Norway: Breathtaking Geirangerfjord on a Norway Fly Drive
Freedom to make your holiday your own
Seeing Norway by car is one of the most independent ways to experience the country, giving you the freedom to spend as much or as little time in each place. Following our suggested Norway fly drive route, the amount of driving is kept to a minimum, but the sights you will see are plentiful. Also, with the Norway self drive tour being in summer, you can take advantage of the long hours of daylight that these northerly regions experience. We do all the hard work for you, planning the route, booking the hotels and arranging the flights, and we leave the easy part of the Norway fly drive to you. Norway is actually a driver’s paradise as the roads are long and winding and spectacular views present themselves around every turn.
One of the highlights of the Norway fly drive holiday is Geirangerfjord. This 15 kilometre branch of the enormous Sognefjord has earned its UNESCO World Heritage status for its unmatchable beauty. Ferry trips along the fjord double up as sightseeing cruises, and you can witness some of the most notable waterfalls, including the ‘Seven Sisters’ and the ‘Suitor’. The story behind these waterfalls stems from the fact that they face each other across the fjord, and it is said that the ‘Suitor’ is trying to woo the ‘Seven Sisters’. The waters are deep and crystal blue, the surrounding mountain peaks are completely humbling, and the lush green vegetation wraps itself along the valley sides. There is no other sight on Earth quite like Geirangerfjord, and our Norway fly drive holiday can take you there.
Day 1 - Arrive Bergen
Flying into Bergen, collect your hire car and make your way to the Rica Hotel where you will spend the first night of your Norway fly drive holiday. Bergen has a colourful Hanseatic Wharf, beautiful botanical gardens and an intriguing Hanseatic Museum which is well worth exploring if you have time. You may also want to take the funicular railway up Mount Fløyen for superb views of the city and surrounding islands.
Day 2 - Instefjord
With directions to hand, hit the open road to begin your Norway fly drive. Heading north through fjordlands, you have the freedom to stop at any time to admire the views or explore towns and villages. Instefjord is a stunning branch of the colossal Sognefjord, and its small, picturesque town takes the same name. Check in to the Brekkestanda Fjord Hotel for an overnight stay.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 3 - Balestrand
Today your Norway fly drive tour takes you on a ferry ride across the epic Sognefjord. Continue to drive alongside the fjord on a winding road to the idyllic town of Balestrand which is backed by lush, green mountains. Around one kilometre south of the town is an old Viking Burial Ground where remnants of a boat, skeletons, jewellery and weapons have been found. There is also a fascinating aquarium within Balestrand itself, located close to the ferry dock.Meals included:Breakfast
Days 4 to 5 - Olden
Journeying further north on your Norway fly drive holiday, reach the town of Olden at the top of the beautiful Innvikfjord. Because there is so much to see in the surrounding area, we book you in at the Innvik Fjord Hotel for two nights. The Jostedalsbreen National Park is close by and is home to the largest glacier on the European mainland – the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The Briksdal Glacier forms part of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier and it is probably one of the most famous in Norway. It is easily accessible on foot or you can take a boat cruise on the lake at the base of the glacier. If you are feeling adventurous during your Norway fly drive, book a glacier walk. Led by an expert guide, explore deep crevasses and wormholes for a real eye-opening experience.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 6 - Geirangerfjord
Today is a real highlight of the Norway fly drive tour. Taking the road north, travel through the stunning Geiranger-Herdalen National Park before reaching the charming town of Geiranger. From there you can take a boat cruise along the extraordinarily beautiful Geirangerfjord and see its gushing waterfalls thundering down the vertical valley sides. You may like to take a drive up the Eagle Road for stunning panoramas across the fjord. Continue to Stranda for an overnight stay.Meals included:Breakfast
Days 7 to 8 - Ålesund
Spend two nights of your Norway fly drive holiday at the Radisson Blu Hotel and have a break from driving. The city has a deeply intriguing history. It was burned down in a devastating fire in 1904 and was rebuilt in a glorious Art Nouveau style that can be seen today. You may wish to take a guided sightseeing tour to learn more about the architecture and the city’s fascinating past. For amazing views of the rugged, fragmented Norwegian coast, climb the 418 steps to the top of Mount Aksla.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 9 - Lesja
Today on the Norway fly drive tour, head east along stunning valleys, arriving in the pretty hillside village of Lesja. This quaint settlement is ideally placed for summer hikes in the mountains, and it takes its name from the old Norse word for ‘pasture’, as it is surrounded by acre upon acre of farmland. Three national parks surround Lesja and it is a lovely, quiet place to relax.Meals included:Breakfast
Days 10 to 11 - Lillehammer
Your Norway fly drive route takes you south to the town of Lillehammer via the scenic Dovre National Park. Famous for hosting the Winter Olympics in 1994, the town has become a popular holiday resort. It is situated on the shores of Lake Mjøsa and is home to numerous museums and galleries. Maihaugen is Northern Europe’s largest open air museum and has 200 traditional Norwegian buildings which you can look around. In the summer, hiking is a popular activity here.Meals included:Breakfast
Days 12 to 14 - Oslo
The Norway fly drive holiday finally takes you south to the country’s capital. There you will spend two nights at the Rica Strand Hotel as you absorb all that Oslo has to offer. Take a city tour, wander the leafy parks and botanical gardens, or investigate the abundant museums and galleries. The National Gallery and the Munch Museum are particularly worth a visit. You might also like to take a tour of the Royal Palace which only opens its doors to visitors during the summer months, or pay a visit to the modern Opera House which won an award in 2008 at the World Architecture Festival. The city is surrounded by forest which makes it an excellent place to go biking or walking. On the final day of your Norway fly drive, make your way to the airport to drop off your hire car and catch your flight home.Meals included:Breakfast
- Flights from London to Bergen and return from Oslo. Regional flights available at a supplement
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Car Hire, Group A Nissa Micra (or similar) upgrade prices on request
- Local ferries, tolls and entrances
- Travel Insurance.