Photo: “The Norwegian Champagne - Home made cider from The Cider House, Balestrand (Sune Eriksen)

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 35500 (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 at Utne Hotel; Cider tasting and lunch at The Cider House; Fjordcruise on UNESCO Nærøyfjord (return trip). 

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

Photo: Ekeberg Sculpture park

DAY 3 gREEN ART EXPERIENCE

Female art installations in natural surroundings

Take some time to explore Oslo on your own. We will make sure you do not miss The Ekeberg Sculpture Park. Guided walk: stroll through the forests where Edvard Munch painted his world famous Scream, and indulge in art with a female vibe.

 

 
  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 nighs 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 11-13: 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 and dig into the local vegan temptations presented by our selected partners. Bergen is referred to as the gateway to the fjords: make sure to have time to explore its beauty.