This self-drive will take you along some of Norway's most stunning roads including some officially designated "National Tourist Routes" – enhanced with breathtaking examples of art and architecture. Experience the contrasts between imposing mountains, colossal glaciers and flourishing fjords. Stay in small, charming, historic hotels with modern facilities and friendly service. Indulge in local regional specialities and learn about Norwegian food culture.
Season: Summer, May – October, Duration: 6 days. Can be extended with a stay in Oslo and the Hanseatic town of Bergen.
Included: Accommodation in twin room with breakfast and 3/4 course dinners in Herangtunet Boutique Hotel, Røisheim, Sognefjellshytta, Walaker Hotel and Store Ringheim. Guided glacier walk on Smørstabbreen (5–7 hrs), Up Digital Travel Guide.
Price per person from: €995/$1060 *Rental car at additional cost if needed.
DAY 1: OSLO – HeggeNES (210 km)
Easy start: Enjoy the Luxuries of Herangtunet
The drive time from Oslo to Herangunet Boutique Hotel in Heggenes is approximately 3 hours, but it's worth slowing down to sample local products along the way. Arriving in the early afternoon, you’ll have time to make the most of this warm, intimate forest hideaway. Relax with a local beer by the campfire, unwind in the wooden sauna, and enjoy the comforts of your individually designed room.
DAY 2: HeggeNES – BØVERDALEN (145 km)
Scenic Route Valdresflye – A Local Food El Dorado
Regardless of where you stop on the 50 km Scenic Route Valdresflye, you will not get far before it starts to feel like a proper expedition. The wide open landscape needs little human intervention, and the rest areas and artworks blend into the background and draw your attention to individual features. Next you will be taken into the Jotunheimen mountain area, legendary home of trolls. Stop in the National Park village of Lom to see the impressive Stave Church and try freshly baked cinnamon rolls at Norway's most charming bakery. A culinary treat awaits you at your home for tonight, Røisheim.
DAY 3: BØVERDALEN – SOGNEFJELLET (50 KM)
Scenic Route Sognefjellet & Glacier Walk
There are few stretches of road that provide such a dramatic and overpowering natural backdrop as the Scenic Route Sognefjellet. Get an early start and drive the 33 km to Sognefjellshytta, where a guide will be waiting to accompany you on a hike over the spectacular glacier Smørstabbreen. You will quickly find yourself in totally secluded wilderness, among visually stunning blue ice formations. Spend the night at Sognefjellshytta overlooking glaciers and the iconic Hurrungane mountains, and relax in an explorer atmosphere.
DAY 4: SOGNEFJELLET – SOLVORN (75 KM)
From Mountains to Fjords
As your journey continues along Scenic Route Sognefjellet to Solvorn, you will descend into fjords where the clear water changes colour from green to blue, in harmony with the light and weather. There are plenty of photo stops along the way to Walaker Hotel, in the small fruit-growing village of Solvorn. This is the oldest family-run hotel in Norway, with more than 370 years of history. The place is an experience on its own, and its lavish gardens are the perfect place to unwind after a day loaded with sensations. Guided gallery tour before a home-cooked dinner.
DAY 5, SOLVORN – VOSS (150 KM)
Orchards, Urnes Stave Church and Fjord Fiesta
Take the ferry across the fjord to admire the jewel that is Urnes Stave Church, before continuing on through the valley of Flåm. For some, Flåm could be worth an extra day's stop to ride the famous Flåm railway, cruise the Nærøy and Aurland fjords or visit Undredal, a village famous for its brown cheese. Continue on the breathtaking Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet across the mountains, and – if you wish – take the looping detour through the world's longest car tunnel, just for fun. Dinner and accommodation at the charming Store Ringheim Gård.
DAY 6: VOSS – BERGEN (105 km)
Morning Mountain Walk. Arrival in Bergen
Store Ringheim Gård is a great place to view traditional Norwegian architecture and folky rose painting, enjoy homemade mountain food and relax in a peaceful setting. Take a walk in the peaceful surroundings before travelling the last stretch of the journey to Bergen.
Return to Oslo on a domestic plane, take an international flight from Bergen Airport, or spend an extra day or two in town – there's plenty to see and do.