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Couple lunching on fresh lobster at a restaurant on Oslo's Bryggen

The Adventure

hospitality at two of Norway’s legendary family owned hotels taking in the western skerry littered coast, blue fjords, emerald green lakes, white tipped mountains and with each day capped by sumptuous evening buffets.

Loen

lying at the eastern end of Norfjorden the tiny village of Loen is flanked by majestic mountains and close by the Kjendal glacier, an arm of Jostedalsbreen the largest in Europe.

Balestrand

sitting on a promontory overlooking the Sognefjord the village was popularised by 19th (on the other side of the fjord you can somewhat unexpectedly run into a statue of the Kaiser!) The village is dominated by the Kviknes a family run hotel one of whose female antecedents built the Anglican St. Olaf’s Church.

The Kviknes Hotel

still owned and run by descendants of the founding family the Kviknes overlooks the Sognefjord and from the tiny village of Balestrand and was originally popularised in the 19th c by European aristocracy, Scottish fishermen and painters who came for the magnificent light reflected on the fjord. Our rooms are in the historic Swiss style part of the building each with their own balcony and individually styled fabrics, furnishings and period furniture. The hotel’s restaurant overlooks the fjord and our guests are seated by the window; you can have afternoon tea or coffee after dinner in the period part of the building facing down across manicured gardens to the fjord’s edge.

Exterior view of Hotel Marin | Bergen | Norway Holidays
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Roof Terrace Hotel Marin | Bergen | Norway Holidays

Hotel Marin

set on the Bryggen quayside alongside Bergen’s old harbour the Marin is a touch of class in a perfect location Superior rooms are invariably styled in primrose yellow and sea blue with mahogany headboards and wing back patterned chairs. Lots of open brick work in the public areas gives everywhere a maritime warehouse look and feel including in the restaurant where breakfast is served. Everything you need to see and do here is literally on your doorstep.

Lovely double room in Hotel Alexandra
The facade of Hotel Alexandra
Delicious dish
The lobbybar in Hotel Alexandra wishes you a warm welcome!

Hotel Alexandra

the somewhat functional exterior belies its interior which still has a period feel to it carefully nurtured by members of the Grov family, one or other of whom are always around keeping a loving eye on things and it’s their care and attention that makes this a gem. Surrounded by landscaped gardens looking out over an emerald green lake, the views, whether of mountain or lake, are very special. Our rooms are Medium or above to guarantee a fjord view and give you plenty of room (up to 35sq m) during your stay. There is an indoor heated pool and outdoor pool and two restaurants.

1st Day UK to Bergen

fly from the UK to Bergen’s Flesland airport. Transfer by taxi to Bergen and stay at Hotel Marin for 2 nights.

2nd Day Bergen & Beyond

after breakfast in your hotel your day is to do with as you please. A trip on the Fløybanen Funicular to Mount Fløyen with its spectacular views across the mountains and marked hiking trails is a must. Before you go stroll the fish market and pick up lunch. Behind the touristy boutiques on Bryggen are the old Hanseatic merchants quarters. You can also take in Voringsfossen, the Eidfjord and Ulvikfjord , both inner arms of the Hardangerfjord and the mountain village of Voss, although you might want to add an extra night to do this.

3rd Day Bergen to Loen

after breakfast leave early by bus for the Nordfjord, cross the Sognefjord and travel alongside Lake Jolster to Skei. Then continue through the pastorally quite Vatedal Valley, over Utvik Mountain and continue to the Nordfjord and Loen. Stay 3 nights at the Alexandra Hotel.

4th/5th Day Loenfjord & Beyond

at leisure in this one of Norway’s most dramatic settings overlooking the inner reaches of the Nordfjord against a backdrop of snow topped mountains. Our favourite spots here are Lovatnet Lake and the Kjendal Glacier, a favourite with locals, the Geirangerfjord with its ferry journey from Hellesylt to Geiranger passing the famous ‘Seven Sisters’,‘Bridal Veil’ and ‘Suitor’ waterfalls and Dalsnibba & Flydalsjuve viewpoints. Tailor what you’d like to do beforehand or locally.

6th Day

after an early breakfast travel by bus over the Utvik mountain through the pastoral tranquility of the Vatedal Valley to Skei, through the Fjærland tunnel and then along the Sogndal Valley to the village of Sogndal. Make a pit stop before travelling along the north shore of the Sognefjord to Balestrand. Stay at the Kviknes Hotel for two nights

7th Day

choose between either sailing along the Fjaerlandsfjord to the Glacier Museum and Bøyum and Suphelle glaciers, crossing the Sognefjord and travelling on the Flam railway or walking in the foothills behind the hotel.

8th Day

after an early breakfast catch the express boat out along the fjord to the coast and down into Bergen where a car will be waiting to take you to Flesland airport for your return flight to the UK.

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights from the UK to Norway
All airport passenger service charges & departure taxes
Pay on Board cabin service
Lodgings as specified in itinerary
Accommodation in twin room with private WC/shower at ScanSpecial Hotels4 Breakfasts and 2 Suppers

Departure Dates & Prices:

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*Guide Prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don't do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available.This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.      

Safaris included or available on request

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