Norwegian Fjords Spring Experience
Travel to the great open spaces of the Norwegian fjords and discover a stunning springtime destination.
Featuring glaciers, birds, railways, helicopter rides and wonderfully scenic drives, this ten-day experience will reveal many of Norway’s most exciting northern highlights.
Start in Bergen and traverse the wilderness, just as the snow is melting and mountains reflect in blue waters. This is an iconic journey and it can be used as a starting point for designing your own perfect itinerary in Finland.
Day 1 - Bergen
Stay at Hotel Opus XVI, Bergen
Enjoying a classic afternoon tea, you will easily picture Edvard Grieg sitting close by for a lively chat with his friend Henrik Ibsen.This building is from the 19th century, and though you will find your rooms have contemporary décor, the restaurant still has the original architecture and style. Edvard Grieg’s family owns and runs the hotel, so you can expect a musical and cultural ambience.If you want to be in the heart of Bergen, enjoying unique rooms and an elegant artistic atmosphere, this is your place.
Day 2 - Bergen
Bergen World Heritage City Tour
Stroll along the seafront at Bryggen, admiring the colourful buildings that have stood here for centuries, hearing stories about the merchants who ruled this place.Then head to the fish market, which has been there for 800 years. Talk about tradition. Try excellent seafood in the restaurants. In the aquarium, you will come close to sea lions and penguins. And if you would like to see the city from above, there’s the funicular to Mount Fløyen. Just tell your guide what interests you, and he will tailor this tour accordingly.
Bergen Gastronomy Tour
Follow your guide through the streets of Bergen, from foodshop to foodshop. And experience an authentic taste of daily life in the city.On this private tour, away from tourist haunts, you will discover specialties like reindeer sausage and brown cheese. You will taste local fish soup and wild salmon, and try smoked seafood at a family-run business.If you are interested in culinary traditions, tell your guide. You will discover 100 year-old recipes in a restaurant from 1929, and local sweets in a 1908 sweets shop.
Day 3 - Norway's Legendary Fjords
Drive Road 7 From Bergen to Hardangerfjord
Explore one of Scandinavia’s most scenic routes. Mountain peaks, waterfalls and lakes combine to create wild landscapes that speak of power and freedom. You’ll walk behind the 50-metre Steinsdal Waterfall, discover the Goldfish Lake, and cross the Hardangerbrua, one of the longest cable-stayed suspension bridges in the world. At Øvre Eidfjord, you will visit the Hardangervidda Nature Center to learn about Norway’s unique nature.Your tour will end on the edge of a narrow rocky valley, into which Vøringsfossen waters plunge from a dizzying height of 180 metres.
Waterfalls of Hardangerfjord Tour
“Fossen” is the Norwegian word you want to learn. It means “waterfall”. And you have a number of them to choose from. You can hike to the foot of Vøringsfossen, which plunges into a rocky dell from the plateau 180 metres above. You can walk behind the waters of Steindalsfossen. You can see the twin falls of Låtefoss, feel the power of the four falls of Husedalen, and enjoy the beauty of Furebergfossen as it glides directly into the peaceful Maurangerfjord.Discuss your preferences with your travel designer, and they will take care to design a waterfall itinerary that suits you best.
Day 4 - Hike a Glacier
Hike around Folgefonna Glacier
After driving through craggy mountains, deep valleys and fjords, you will arrive at the little village of Jondal. This is where the road to the mighty Folgefonna Glacier begins.Traveling to the glacier you will admire the stark beauty of an icy landscape interspersed by lakes and waterfalls. Have a snack at the glacier café before starting your privately guided glacier hike. Besides plains of ice, the glacier has crevassed areas where you can get more adventurous and do some climbing. Let your guide know your preferences, and they will tailor the hike accordingly.This can be an easy and accessible excursion onto a glacier, or it can be a true adventure into the icy unknown.
Stay at Hotel Aurland 29.2
Enjoy a cozy farmhouse ambience and rooms decorated with traditional colours and style. Look out of your window to see beyond the fjord. Out here you’re beneath a tall, impassable blue wall of cliffs.The farm buildings at Hotel Aurland 29.2 have all been carefully restored, so you will get a feel of local history. A highlight is the traditional smokehouse, used originally for smoking fish, which has been converted into an atmospheric dining lounge (the food is another highlight here).
Day 5 - Trains & Yachts
Ride Famous Flam Railway
Far over the misty mountains cold, through dungeons deep and caverns old, you will experience Norway’s iconic scenery.From Myrdal station, at nearly 900m above sea level, to the shore of Sognefjord, you will travel on the world’s steepest standard gauge railway. Sheer mountainsides, tall waterfalls and woods that cling to the most unbelievable slopes. These are the landscapes that will glide by your train windows.On the Flam Railway you will experience what is considered by National Geographic one of the ten best train journeys in the world.
Private Naeroyfjord Yacht Charter
Enter into the beauty of the world’s most famous fjord, aboard your private luxury yacht. You will be cruising the deep quiet waters, alongside the sheer cliff walls that enclose them.Flawless service, a crew who can tell you all you want to know about the fjords, and local seafood cuisine by a chef. Every detail will ensure your cruise is a remarkable experience.This is a remarkable place and you can explore at your pace. Set foot ashore in the town of Njardarheimr. Here a local host will lead you to discover how the Vikings lived — and live still. Then cruise some more, around the natural bliss of this famous fjord.
Day 6 - Loen
Loen Skylift & Hike
Glide upwards in a cable car from the shores of Nordfjord to the top of Mount Hoven. At over 1000 metres the view from here is something special. You may feel you are really closer to Valhalla. On a clear day it can feel like you’re on top of everything. Your guide can take you on a hike, so you can enjoy variations of the splendid fjord view. There are various options, dependent on how long you wish to walk. And either before or after the hike, according to your preferences, you will be treated to scrumptious local food at the restaurant.
Kayak on Lake Lovatnet and Nordfjord
Dip your kayak paddle in the turquoise waters of Lovatnet. Frink in the stillness around. You will feel small in the presence of those enormous mountains. Another kayaking option is to glide on the surface of the vast Nordfjord itself. Your guide will tell you about this region. You will learn that Lovatnet is formed by glacier waters that flow into it, then out into the fjord. You can learn a few words in Norsk too. Did you know that “vatnet” means “lake”?You can combine this tour with a guided hike in the wooded mountain scenery. Or do some rock climbing in the area.
Day 7 - Geirangerfjord
Scenic Geirangerfjord Helicopter Flight
Fly above and into the deep abyss of Geirangerfjord. The mountain walls rise so abruptly out of the water that there are no habitable shore areas. All around, you will see towering mountain peaks, nearly-vertical slopes covered by woods, and tall waterfalls. Some of Norway’s most famous waterfalls are here: the Seven Sisters, the Suitor, the Bridal Veil. Ask your guide and you will hear old tales local about them.Geirangerfjord is the most iconic destination for a scenic helicopter flight, the helicopter appearing so small beneath the vast fjord walls. You can extend the flight further to see more of the Fjordland and touch down in a place few people venture.
Alesund and Mount Aksla Private Tour
Explore Ålesund and its islands in the company of your local guide.First, take the underwater tunnels to Giske and Godøy islands. Here you will discover a 12th-century Norman church, stroll through the fishing village of Alnes, and visit a 19th-century lighthouse that is still in operation.In Alesund, you will travel back in time at an open-air museum. The Viking ships are not to be missed. Your guide will then take you to Mount Aksla, to admire the view over the city and the islands. Your discovery of Alesund will end with a tour through the art nouveau houses of the city centre.
Day 8 - Marine Encounters
Runde Island Birdwatching Tour
Discover Norwegian birdlife in the park that offers the largest variety of bird species anywhere in Scandinavia.Your driver will take you through awe-inspiring mountains and colourful, traditional villages. Cross to Runde on the 428-metre bridge or by boat, as you prefer. Once there, your expert guide will take you to the bird colonies, where you will be struck by the spectacle of thousands of winged creatures nesting. If you like, go on a hike and visit the lighthouses too. And remember to ask your guide about the Dutch treasure.
Day 9 - Atlantic Ocean Road
Tour the Atlantic Road
Drive over the sea to the island of Averøy. The Atlantic Road connects the island to the mainland over a series of rocky, sea-beaten islets. At times, you will feel you are driving on the ocean.Maybe it will be a sunny day, with hazy blueness and a quiet sparkling sea. Maybe it will be stormy, the waves washing wildly over the road. But however you live it, the Atlantic Road is always a beautiful and unique experience.If you like, you can make a stop during the trip to go sea kayaking. There’s an option to drive on the open roads, or to hire a driver for the day.