Waterside renovated wharf buildings in Alesund

The Road Trip

driving up along Norway’s mountain spine to Dombas on the edge of Dovrefjell, a habitat for protected flora and fauna that some botanists believe to have survived from the Ice Age; starting with a couple of days in Oslo. Taking in Aalesund, one of Europe’s finest examples of art nouveau architecture, a luxury road trip alongside lakes and across fjords with overnights at two of Norway’s legendary fjord hotels, and the Hanseatic port of Bergen with its indelible maritime atmosphere.

Our Plus

quite simply that we’ve road tested the route and know it like the back of our hands, that we have lots of insider hints and tips for you get the most out of it and provide you with everything you need for a hassle free holiday.

Victoria Hotel

The wide sweep of the tiled floor reception and the atrium housing the restaurant signifies everything the Victoria is about: well executed efficiency. Just a ten minute walk from the station the spacious ( 20m2) superior rooms all have private WC/bath/shower along with TV, telephone, coffee making unit and a separate seating area.

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.

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.

Hotel Park

less a hotel, more a home from home, the Park being in 2 one time residential buildings and family run by Anne Margrethe Klohs. The 35 rooms are all individually designed and furnished with an effortless elegance that throws together antiques, contemporary art and modern design in an eclectic mix only somebody with an eye can pull off. Little touches like homemade brownies being on tap in the evening and tea and coffee throughout the day all augment the feeling of staying with friends for the weekend. Further from the harbour than our other hotels but ideal if you want something a little different in a quit location.

The Brosundet

Hoteliers Knut and Line Flakk's Brosundet, whose interiors were designed by Snøhetta the architects who gave the world the Oslo Opera House, is a class act in every sense of the word. Meticulously crafted from a warehouse building in the old port from which it takes its name, the hotel is a prefect example of function meets form with greys, blacks and browns used to offset the exposed timber beams in both the public areas and bedrooms. The rustic maritime theme is carried through with different fabrics and materials elegantly contrasting with the wet shower rooms loaded with Bulgari. Alongside the water's edge this is the place to stay in Alesund; an Art Nouveau restoration to match an Art Nouveau city. Idiosyncraticly, room 47 is 5 minutes away from the other 46, in Molja Lighthouse at the end of a nearby jetty.

1st Day UK - Oslo

fly from the UK to Oslo’s Gardermoen airport and transfer by high speed rail to the city centre. Walk the short distance to and spend 2 nights at the Hotel Opera, Victoria or Hotel Grims Grenka.

2nd Day Oslo

after breakfast discover the Viking Capital; look the haunting image of Edvard Munch’s Scream in the eye at the National Gallery; take in the Viking Ship Museum, Nansen’s Fram or the open air Folk Museum on Bygdøy; hang out down by Aker Brygge or walk on the roof of the Opera House. At night you’re spoilt for choice with an eclectic bar & restaurant scene running the gamut from retro cocktail Bar Boca to Bent Stiansen’s Michelin starred Statholdergaarden.

3rd Day Oslo - Dombas

after breakfast collect your hire car and take the E6 out of Oslo and alongside Lake Mjosa to Lillehammer. Make a pit stop and then continue alongside the Rondane National Park to Dombas. Stay for two nights at the Hotel Dombas.

4th Day the Dovrefjell

home to free grazing reindeer, moose, wolverine, the arctic fox and the Golden Eagle, the Dovrefjell National Park’s mountain eco system is a legacy of the Ice Age. There is a herd of 200 Musk Oxen (an original Ice Age indigenous species) although the current one was introduced from Greenland. The park is marked with hides and ‘pit falls’ alongside the old migratory trails and log causeways in the mires. You can take a gentle hike along fairly marked trails or a guided tour searching for the Musk Oxen herd.

4th Day Dombas - Alesund

set off alongside the E136 on the south side of the park to Andalsnes at the head of the Romdalsfjorden and corkscrew along the fjord’s edge before turning down on the E9 into Alesund. Your best bet with parking is to drop your luggage off at the hotel and park in one of the 4 multi store car parks in the centre of town. Stay for two nights at the Hotel Brosundet.

5th Day Alesund

explore the old town with its unique collection of art nouveau houses dating from the beginning of the 19th century when, after a destructive fire, young Norwegian architects re-designed the city in Art Nouveau style: ornamentory fairy tale spires, towers and Gaudi like swirls at every turn.

6th Day Alesund - Loen

after breakfast plan your day with about a three hour drive to Loen in mind. Your planned route uses the 20 minute ferry crossing from Festoya to Solavagen ferry and follows the E39 through to Loen so there is time to see more of Alesund if you want. Spend two nights Hotel Alexandra.

7th Day Loen

Loen is one of Mrs Odinsson’s all-time favourite spots in Norway. The hotel looks down over the emerald green waters of the lake, the gardens are carefully manicured with an almost English look to them, the pool and spa would grace a country club and the evening buffet table groans superbly. If you do nothing else here drive to the Kjendal glacier which has coach denying access so you can avoid the coach hordes.

8th Day Loen – Balestrand

drive south to Moskog and then over the mountains for the serpentine descent to Balestrand on the Sognefjord and a night in a fjord view room in the heritage wing of Kviknes Hotel.

9th Day Balestrand – Bergen

drive to Bergen along the northern shore of the Sognefjord to Lavik for the ferry at Oppedal and onward to Bergen. Final night at Hotel Park.

10th Day Bergen – UK

Depending on the day of week either drive to Flesland Airport or drop off your car in the city before returning to the UK

What’s included in your ScanAdventure:

Return scheduled flights from the UK to Norway
All passenger service and airport departure taxes
Complimentary tea, coffee, soft drinks & pay on board food service
Accommodation at hotels specified in itinerary
Lodgings in twin room(s) with private WC/shower
Breakfasts throughout 3 dinners 8 days (8 x 24hrs) cat B car hire including unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver and theft protection insurance, all local taxes and airport surcharge.
Fodor’s Guide to Norway & Touring Map

Departure Dates & Prices:

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Safaris included or available on request

Dovrefjell & Alesund Bespoke

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