9 days 8 nights in Norway
Arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel.
Kristiansand - Stavanger (335km/10h) - 2 ferries
Kristiansand is a bustling town that thrives on its good ferry connections with the continent, it has busy marinas and an attractive fishing harbour. Have a short tour in the town and continue to Stavanger. En route you will pass Jøssingfjord before reaching the tranquil village of Sogndalstrand, a well-preserved settlement with wooden houses from 1700 and 1800s. Few kilometres beyond Sogndalstrand lies the busy fishing port of Egersund. From here, one of the country’s most important fishing ports, head through Gloppedalen valley. Gloppedalsura is a field of huge avalanche boulders, piled a hundred metres thick on top of a moraine. Continue on through the valleys of Byrkjedal and Hunndalen, before turning onto the narrower scenic road toward Lysebotn. The ferry from Lysebotn sails the full length of the famous Lysefjord. You can see the towering Kjerag on the southern shore, and the sheer 600-metre Pulpit Rock on the northern. The 45-minute ferry stops at Forsand. Then drive across the splendid Lysefjord Bridge, and continue to Stavanger. Overnight.
Stavanger – Røldal (227km/5h) 2 ferries
Today take the Ryfylke Road, which will let you experience the varied natural magnificence of the Ryfylke region – the verdant countryside with its well-kept farms, rolling heath lands, mountains and waterfalls, and a myriad of Islands. Have a stop at Landa a prehistoric village, reconstructed on the basis of archaeological finds that shows how people lived in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Later the road takes you through Tau and Hjelmeland. Take the ferry to Nesvik, and drive on to Sand, stopping at its fascinating salmon studio. You can even take a salmon safari, seeing the salmon close up as you float down the river Suldalslågen! Then continue across the mountains to Røldal, a village with a stave church that merits a visit – for centuries it was a place of pilgrimage, thanks to a crucifix with healing powers. Overnight.
Røldal – Voss (145km/3h) 1 ferry
From Røldal, past the famous Låtefossen falls. The main route follows the eastern shore of the Sørfjord – pay a visit to the old Tyssedal power station. Continue to Lofthus and Kinsarvik. After a 10-minute crossing on the Brimnes–Bruravik ferry, you may well choose a short side trip the charming village of Ulvik. Then the road climbs to Voss, an inland town steeped in cultural traditions. Have the chance to visit Voss Folk Museum Mølstertunet or a Hardanger fiddle concert .You will also find excellent adventure opportunities, from rafting and kayaking, to rock-climbing and paragliding. Overnight.
Voss – Sogndal (120km/3h) 1 ferry
Carry on through Tvindefossen falls. Continue to Gudvangen. From this village you should take a sightseeing ferry on the Nærøyfjord, the narrowest fjord in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage attraction. It takes a couple of hours to Flåm. Reaching Flåm, you can stop for wilderness activities or a journey on the world-famous Flåmsbana Railway, before continuing along the fjord to Aurland. The most scenic route, the Aurland Road, climbs up to 1300 m onto the mountain plateau that forms the “roof” of this tunnel. Here the stark landscape of rock and snow has its own beauty. Stop at the Stegastein viewpoint, 600 metres above the fjord. After you descend, a short drive along the fjord leads to Lærdalsøyri, a wonderfully preserved old village that merits exploration on foot. One of the best known salmon rivers runs right through the village and the Norwegian Wild Salmon Centre is situated right on the banks of the river. From Lærdal drive to Fodnes and take the Fodnes–Mannheller ferry. Arrival at Kaupanger where you will visit Sogn Folk Museum and Kaupanger stave church before you reach Sogndal. Arrival and overnight.
Sogndal – Stryn (265km/5h)
Today continue to Stryn. Take the Sognefjell Road, a National Tourist Route. First go to Gaupne, then along the beautiful Lustrafjord, before climbing up into Norway’s favourite mountains and Jotunheimen National Park, which has the country’s highest peaks. Have a stop at Lom village before taking the scenic Old Strynefjell Road toward Stryn. The Sognefjell Road is an old trade route, merely upgraded for modern means of travel. Arrival at Stryn. Overnight.
Stryn – Geiranger (100km/2h)
Continue to Geiranger. The Geiranger is one of the most beautiful mainland fjords. In a rating of UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geirangerfjord obtained top score in a survey conducted by prestigious National Geographic Magazine. You will pass many mountain lakes on your way to Geiranger. Here you can visit Dalsniba - a 1500 m (4920 ft) high mountain. Have an astonishing view over the fjord and the mountain behind and Ørnesvingen (The Eagles Curve), where you can have a view of the fjord and the village. Overnight.
Geiranger – Trondheim (365km/7h) 1 ferry
Today travel to Trondheim. During the drive you can enjoy another national treasure: Trollstigen (the Troll Ladder) - a mountain road which takes you across the 320 metre high Stigfossen falls. The valley of Isterdalen leads you down to Åndalsnes on the fjord. A coastal journey takes you along a series of fjords and fjord arms – Åfarnes, Eresfjord and Eidsøra, and then to Sunndalsøra. This village is situated at the head of its fjord. Anglers may wish to follow the river Driva upstream, it is said to offer some of the best trout fishing in Europe. Then continue to Rykkjem, crossing by ferry to Kvanne, then head to Surnadal. You will soon arrive at Trondheim, a city with many historical attractions. Overnight.
Transfer to the airport for final departure.