Photo: “UNESCO fjord Nærøyfjorden (Visit Norway)

Acquaint yourself with Norway’s passionately made cider from delicious apples that have been exposed to almost 24 hours of daylight, and local food from forests and mountains - all vegan. Your self-guided road trip includes visits to cider houses and some of our favourite local food and drink establishments offering Vegan cuisine. 

Season: Primary season May - September, variations available all year. 
Highlights: Explore Oslo's urban wilderness, go foraging and prepare a real Nordic vegan meal from your harvest; watch the finest Norwegian apples turn into the world’s best cider; experience the wildest nature and fjords and meet passionate local food and beverage entrepreneurs.
Price per person: NOK 35 500 (approx. Euros 3700 / USD 4570) *Based on two people travelling together.
Includes: Includes 13 nights in twin room accommodation in high quality hotels with breakfast and 10 vegan dinners. Rental car for 9 days. One guided foraging experience and cooking session, Cider tasting Terroir Hardanger; Cider tasting Terroir Sognefjord and lunch at The Cider House; Fjordcruise on UNESCO Nærøyfjord (return trip). 13 days Up Digital Travel Guide. *Optional activities on days 12 and 13 at extra cost. 

Video: Meet Åge and Eli-Grete at Ciderhuset in the picturesque village of Balestrand. (Scott Sporleder / Matador Network / www.fjordnorway.com)

 

Itinerary

 Photo:  Losæter urban farming community (Alexander Benjaminsen)

Photo:  Losæter urban farming community (Alexander Benjaminsen)

Day 1-2: Oslo urban foraging

Welcome to urban wilderness!

Your introduction to Norwegian veganism will start the fjord in our capital city, Oslo. We will guide you to green produce commonly used as ingredients in New Nordic cuisine. 

Your residence over the next three days is the a fairytale hotel overlooking Oslo, near the entrance to the wilderness of Oslo's vast forest called Oslomarka. Guided forest walk, and if you are at the right spot at the right time, your basket might just be filled with delicious mushrooms, wild blueberries, raspberries, edible flowers and herbs. On the second night your harvest will be the ingredients in a truly organic feast prepared by you in the hotel's show kitchen. 

 
 Photo: Ekeberg Sculpture Park, overlooking the Oslo fjord. 

Photo: Ekeberg Sculpture Park, overlooking the Oslo fjord. 

DAY 3 gREEN ART EXPERIENCE

Female art installations in natural surroundings

Today you will have time to explore Oslo on your own, however we will also invite you to a guided tour in the Ekeberg Sculpture Park. Stroll through the forests where Edvard Munch painted his world famous Scream, and feel the woman power among the art installations made by female artists. There might also be some green edible surprises along the way. 

 

 
  Photo: Fruit trees in bloom in Hardanger

Photo: Fruit trees in bloom in Hardanger

DAY 4: East to west (350 KM)

Onwards to the fjord and cider country!
Picking up your rental car, and leaving Oslo behind, the journey ahead is a marvel. It’s no secret that the Hardangervidda is picture postcard-beautiful. The drive takes you along part of the Scenic Route Hardangervidda. The ferry from Kvanndal to Utne feels almost like a fjord cruise. Your home for the next two days is the charming Utne Hotel, dating back to 1722. Your stay includes a taste of local ciders with the local hosts, and a three-course dinner based on local produce and traditions - all vegan of course. 

 
  Photo: Alde Cider

Photo: Alde Cider

DAY 5: tastes of hardanger

An introduction to the Hardanger cider and food traditions

The hotel will prepare a matpakke based on local produce. Set off on a self-guided hike on the spectacular Dronningstien or explore the rich local culture such as Agatunet and Hardanger Folk Museum.

 
 Photo: Nærøyfjord / Visit Norway 

Photo: Nærøyfjord / Visit Norway 

DAY 6 and 7: Fjordcruise, farmstay and local produce

Stalheimskleiva, UNESCO Heritage Nærøyfjord, and Aurland valley
Make an early start from Utne and detour to Ulvik for a visit to Ulvik Frukt og Cideri. Continue through Stalheimskleiva - Northern Europe's steepest road with amazing waterfall views.  From Gudvangen, venture on cruise in on the UNESCO fjord Nærøyfjord with an impressive hybrid ferry. Two nights at boutique hotel in Aurland with a 100% ecological and sustainable focus. Kayaking and hiking in the lush  fjord landscape of the Aurland Valley.  

 
  Photo: Stegastein Viewpoint ( Kjetil Rolseth)

Photo: Stegastein Viewpoint (Kjetil Rolseth)

DAY 8: Aurland - SKJOLDEN (130 KM)

Stegastein Viewpoint, Luster and Local Beer
From Aurland, do a scenic detour to Stegastein Viewpoint – you’ll never get a more breathtaking fjord view than this. The Scenic Route Aurlandsfjellet will take you past the charming village of Lærdal – if you are traveling in July or August, look out for newly picked fruits and berries sold along the road.

Today's final stop is Skjolden Hotel far inside the world's longest fjord, Sognefjorden, in the foothills of the Jotunheimen mighty mountains. Prepare to be amazed by the dedicated hosts, and have a go at craftbeer from their own brewery.

 
 Photo: Kviknes Hotel

Photo: Kviknes Hotel

DAY 9: SKJOLDEN - BALESTRAND (101 km)

Urnes Stave Church, Solvorn and Cultural Walk
A 45-minute drive will take you to Urnes Stave church - Norway's oldest and possibly most spectacular example. From here, take the ferry across to Solvorn, and continue for one and a half hours along to the fjord to Balestrand; a village so idyllic that Disney used it as inspiration when creating the movie Frozen. Enjoy a peaceful afternoon exploring the hotel grounds and bask in the landscape Disney fell in love with. The historic Kviknes Hotel has their own vegan chef!

 
 Photo: Cider tasting at The Cider House in Balestrand

Photo: Cider tasting at The Cider House in Balestrand

DAY 10: The Ciderhouse 

Cider highlights, fjord culture and nature
We recommend a morning mountain hike or a fjord paddle. Today's highlight is lunch and cider tasting at The Cider House, run by the Eitungjerde Høyvik family. You will get to taste a range of their products based on local apples and plums. Lunch is based on seasonal ingredients with a Turkish twist. Second night at Kviknes Hotel. 

 
 Photo: Utsikten, Gaularfjellet by Jiri Havran

Photo: Utsikten, Gaularfjellet by Jiri Havran

DAY 11: CruiSING FJORDS AND MOUNTAINS to BERGEN

A fairytail tour through roaring nature

For most people, Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret.  Be sure to reward yourself with stops and enjoy the sight from the many architectural view-points along the road. Arrive in the Hansesatic city in the afternoon. 

 
 Photo: Bergen harbour (Visit Norway/Gweezy10)

Photo: Bergen harbour (Visit Norway/Gweezy10)

Days 12 & 13: the finale in Bergen

Bergen is referred to as the gateway to the fjords: you will have time to explore its beauty and to dig into the local vegan temptations we will introduce you to. Our favorite ways of exploring this pearl of a town is by foot, bike or in a kayak. Set off time trot the cobblestone alleys with a running guide, climb Mount Ulriken and breathe in the fresh salty breeze.