Bergen, Norway Sognefjord, Norway

Self-Drive Norway

Sail down the beautiful rivers
Sail down the beautiful rivers

Enjoy this tour which offers an ‘Exclusive’ Norwegian self-drive itinerary. During the tour you will have the opportunity to enjoy outstanding beauty and breathtaking scenery. You will pass several fjords, including the Fjærlandsfjord and the Geirangerfjord. Experience scenic fjord cruises, spectacular mountain crossings and memories to last a lifetime. Also included is an overnight on board the well- known Hurtigruten. The tour starts and ends in Bergen, the gateway to the fjords.

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ITINERARY

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$5,200 per person, based on two guests traveling together. Please contact Exeter International for specific pricing and availability. 

Day 1
Arrival | Oslo

Upon arrival into Bergen, you will be met by your private driver outside of baggage claim and transferred to your hotel.

Exeter Services: Transfer

Hotel: Continental 

Day 2
Oslo | Oslo

This morning, your guide will meet you at 10:00am for a tour of the Norwegian capital. Even though Oslo is a city, its numerous parks and waterfront give it a very quaint feeling. First, you will visit City Hall and view the ceremonial hall with its beautiful murals, including the largest oil painting in Europe. This is the location of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony every December.

Enjoy a stroll down Karl Johans Gate, the main thoroughfare of Oslo. This street contains many shops and places to eat. Storinget (the Norwegian Parliament), the University and numerous parks line the street. The street ends at the Royal Palace, which prominently sits on a hill.

Journey out to Vigeland Park. The park, named after sculptor, Gustav Vigeland, contains 212 human sculptures, depicting all the stages of life. The main focal point of the park is the 56 foot tall monolith, comprised of over 100 human figures all molded into one another.

Next, you will visit the Viking Ship Museum where three of the largest ships, the Oseberg, Gokstad, and Tune are housed. Found in royal burial mounds of Oslo, these well preserved ships were used to carry the dead overto “the other world.”

This afternoon is at leisure.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours); Car & Driver (3 Hours) 

Hotel: Continental 

Day 3
Oslo - Balestrand | Oslo - Balestrand

This morning, you will be transferred to to the train station to catch the high-speed train to Myrdal.
Upon arrival into Myrdal, you will board the historic Flamsbana train. The train will take you up some of the steepest train tracks in the world, passing by waterfalls, steep mountain sides, and of course the famous fjord.

Arrival into Flam, where you depart via express boat through the Sognefjord to Balestrand. Cruise among the towering mountain tops dotted with tiny villages.

Your boat will arrive right to the Kviknes hotel set on the edge of the fjord.

Exeter Services: Transfer; Trains & Boat Transportation

Hotel: Kviknes Hotel 

 

Day 4
Balestrand - øye | Balestrand - øye

This morning, your car will be delivered to your hotel. Cost of rental car is not included and will be paid locally.

At your leisure, head out today for the Hotel Union Øye in Norangsfjorden.

Your 4-5 hour journey will take you right by Fjærland, an area that has been settled since the Viking Age, and is the meeting point of the Bøyabreen and Supphellebreen arms of the largest glacier on the European continent, Jostedalsbreen. You can stop to visit the Norwegian Glacier Museum where you can learn more about glacier formation and movement. If you’re ready for lunch, we suggest Fjaerland Fjordstove, where they specialize inlocal produce and Nordic Cuisine. (Museum and lunch not included in price, payable locally.)

Upon arrival, check into the historical Hotel Union Øye. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the surrounding area, or just enjoy the setting sun on the terrace. Dinner at the Hotel Union Øye is included with your stay this evening. The three-course dinner uses local, seasonal ingredients and is created by therestaurant’s chef.

Exeter Services: Car Rental

Hotel: Hotel Union øye

Day 5
øye | øye

Today explore Geiranger. Board the ferry at Hellesyt for the 8:00am departure.
The ferry ride is approximately 60 minutes and will take you through the Geiranger fjord. Stunning cliffs rise from the water with farms doting the coastline. You will see the Seven Sisters waterfall along the way.

We suggest a drive to the famous Trollstigen (Troll’s Road). The switchback road takes you down amountainside with fantastic views into the valley. You will also experience Eagle’s Road. Today’s drive will takeabout 5 hours but the stunning scenery and lookout points will beg for you to stop for photo ops many times!

Return on the 5:00pm ferry from Geiranger to Hellesyt. Round-trip ferry tickets are included.

Exeter Services: Car Rental

Hotel: Hotel Union øye

Day 6
øye - Alesund | øye - Alesund

This morning, at your leisure depart for Alesund and turn in your rental car. The city is known for its exquisite Art Nouveau style. The entire city was rebuilt after a fire in 1904.

Exeter Services: Car Rental

Hotel: Hotel Brosundet

Day 7
Alesund - Bergen | Alesund - Bergen

Your driver will greet you for your transfer to the airport. Cost of flight not included.

Upon arrival into Bergen, you will be greeted just outside of baggage claim and transferred to your hotel.

Exeter Services: Transfers

Hotel: Hotel Opus XVI

Day 8
Bergen | Bergen

Today, your guide will introduce you to the charming town of Bergen. Just steps from your hotel is the Old Bryggen, the original settlement of Bergen. Here just ten of the original gabled houses on the harbor still stand.

The city’s oldest surviving church, St. Mary’s, dates back to the 11th century. The Hanseaticmerchants worshipped in this church and the detailing is testament to their generous donations.

The fish market is a “must see” and can be quite lively with locals. This is the place to sample different types of fish and meats. Try to taste the difference between wild or farmed salmon or maybe sample some reindeer sausage.

Afterwards, your guide will take you the funicular to the Fløv Mountains for a truly spectacular view overlooking the city. You may choose to stay on the mountain top at your leisure for hiking or even hike down the mountain instead of taking the funicular back down.

Exeter Services: Guide (4 Hours)

Hotel: Hotel Opus XVI

Day 9
Departure | Departure

This morning, your driver will meet you for your transfer to the airport for your departing flight.

Exeter Services: Transfer

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