Meet and greet at Bergen airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Bergen
Located on the shores of Bjørnefjorden and just 30km from downtown Bergen is Solstrand Hotel, a quaint hotel with panoramic views of the mountains and fjords. The Swiss-style hotel has been welcoming people to the fjordlands since 1896 and it is the perfect place from which to explore this beautiful part of Norway. The hotel features 135 rooms, the majority of which offer views of the fjord. High ceilings and Norwegian woodwork give a feeling of tradition, while offering all the facilities you would expect from a luxury hotel. Enjoy local fish and seafood in the restaurant that overlooks the fjord, then relax in the spa which features a sauna, indoor pool and fitness room. The design of the spa itself is very Nordic with birch wood, soapstone, marble and shale. There is also a heated outdoor pool and 124 acres of gardens in which to relax.
Today you will explore Bergen, Norway's UNESCO gateway city to the fjords. Filled with history and tradition, this big city enjoys a small-town charm and is easily explored on foot. Stroll around the fairy-tale-like old cobbled streets and small wooden houses and discover the well-known, old Hanseatic wharf with its unique architecture. You'll also visit Troldhaugen, the home of Nina and Edvard Grieg. The villa was built in 1885, and the couple lived there during the last 22 summers of Edvard Grieg’s life. Troldhaugen became a museum in 1928 and includes Grieg’s Villa, the composer’s hut and the Grieg couple’s gravesite as well as a modern museum building and the concert hall. Surrounded by the magnificent Norwegian Fjords, Bergen boasts a truly breath-taking backdrop.
Take the funicular to the top of Mount Fløyen, one of the seven mountains surrounding Bergen, to enjoy a wonderful view over the city.
With thundering waterfalls, snow-capped mountains of fruit trees in bloom, the natural beauty of Hardanger has inspired national romantic artists. There are few places where you can experience summer by the fjord and winter on the blue ice of a glacier all in one day, or learn about folk music and traditional costumes, followed by a visit to contemporary art galleries and modern industry museums. Wide open spaces are great for contemplation, and then there's the delicious organic food produced in the region too.
Today will be spent hiking on the spectacular Folgefonna Glacier. The day will be tailored to suit you, but whether you choose to climb or hike on the glacier, the sight of the incredible hulks of blue ice are sure to impress.
Discover the Nærøyfjord, a 17km long arm branch of the Sognefjord, as you cruise from Gudvangen to Flåm. This fjord is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and boasts some of the most extreme and spectacular fjord scenery in the world. There are 100 species of birds and animals in the area, and if you keep a lookout, you might spot golden eagles or harbour seals. Along the way, you will pass tiny villages, goat and sheep farms and the smallest post office in the world.
On this tour, you will get to learn more about farming and food culture in Aurland. Take an easy walk to a summer farm where you will enjoy a traditional lunch featuring local food and drinks.
Private transfer to your hotel in Solvorn
- 22 rooms
- Art gallery
Set beside a fjord in the idyllic village of Solvorn, this charming hotel is one of the oldest family-run hotels in Norway, having been owned by the same family since 1690. The 22 comfortable rooms look out over the mountains, garden and Sognefjord. In fact, the gardens are among the hotel’s most prized features. Stroll between lilacs and fruit trees – it’s a peaceful and evocative place to unwind. Every evening a set four-course dinner is served as guests share tales of their day exploring the region. Enjoy dishes such as langoustines from the fjord, venison from the mountains, berries from nearby fields, farmhouse cheeses, home-made apple juice, and raspberry nectar. To celebrate the Nitter Walaker family’s 300-year jubilee at the hotel, a gallery was opened in 1990. The building was constructed in 1883 from material from an old church which dated back to around 1600. Work by local and international artists is featured, with many of them attending the opening of their exhibitions. Spend time exploring the fjords, rivers and small towns around the hotel. A variety of walking trails will take you to waterfalls, glaciers and stave churches.
Today you will visit one of the oldest stave churches in the country and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Urnes Stave Church. Standing in the Sogn og Fjordane, it was built in the 12th and 13th centuries and is a good example of traditional Scandinavia wooden architecture. As you explore, you'll discover traces of Celtic art, Viking traditions, and Romanesque architecture.
This beautiful national park is part of a large mountain range between eastern and western Norway and it includes some of the highest mountains in Northern Europe, with more than 200 peaks standing over 2000m high. With numerous huts and marked trails, Jotunheimen National Park is one of the country's most popular hiking areas, and you will get to go on a guided walk to admire its natural beauty.
You will be driven in a luxury vehicle to your hotel in Hjorundfjord, with a photo stop along the way at the Bøya Glacier. A branch of the Jostedal Glacier, Bøya is the biggest glacier in mainland Europe. You will also visit a handicraft centre in Skei, stop for lunch in Sandane and pop in at the Nordfjord Folk Museum, followed by an easy walk in Nordangsdal.
- 40 rooms
- Restaurant and bar
Lose yourself in the beauty of Norway at Sagafjord Hotel in Hjørundfjord. Surrounded by wide-open skies, majestic mountains and deep fjords you’ll be perfectly placed to experience the unique meeting of traditional and modern culture. The luxury hotel, which was fully renovated in 2012, features 40 cosy rooms in the main building and traditional wooden lodges, and a private marina. There is also a yard house which boasts six beds and its own kitchen. Parts of the building include timber that is over 200 years old and was sourced from an old building inland. The team of chefs at Sagafjord update the menu regularly to reflect the changing seasons. Drink in the magnificent views from the bar, settle down in front of the fire in the lounge, or breathe in the fresh mountain air out on the terrace of down at the quayside. The surrounding area is ideal for exploring, fill your days with hiking, kayaking, cycling or fishing.
Go on a privately guided fishing trip, talk a walk, or kayak along the Hjorundfjord.
Private transfer to your hotel in Alesund
- 47 rooms
Indulge all your senses at Hotel Brosundet, an intimate, family-owned hotel in Alesund. Originally warehouses in the small fishing town, the buildings have been carefully preserved, right up to the antique beams. In the 46 rooms, the décor is elegant and complemented by carefully-selected artworks – together, they tell the authentic story of the hotel and the area. For a truly special experience, book yourself into Molja Lighthouse, the 47th room, which is situated just five minutes’ walk from the hotel. It is at once rustic and modern, and perfect for a romantic getaway. Dine on seafood and dishes featuring the catch of the day at Restaurant Maki. You’re encouraged to allow the chef to have the freedom to create a multi-course tasting menu for you. At the end of the day, sink into a comfortable leather chair at Brosundet Bar and enjoy one of their signature cocktails, or delve into their extensive wine and beer menus.
Head out into the city with a private guide and visit popular sites like the Jugend Museum and the Atlanterhavsparken Aquarium.
Go on a private wildlife sea safari to the bird cliffs at Runde where you'll find the widest variety of seabirds in Scandinavia. Nesting season is from February to August and over this period 500,000 sea birds take over the island. Keep an eye out for the 100,000 pairs of nesting puffins. A guided hike or kayak tour can be arranged as an alternative if you'd prefer.
Private transfer to Alesund airport
Flight from Alesund to Oslo
Private transfer to your hotel in Oslo
- 119 guestrooms
- Restaurant and bar
- Rooftop terrace
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
With enough avant-garde design to make the most discerning art collector turn green, impressive views steal your attention every way you turn at The Thief. From inspiring contemporary art gracing guestrooms to Julian Opie animations playing in the elevators and an Andy Warhol piece sitting in the restaurant – and not forgetting those fjord panoramas – this is Oslo’s exciting, cutting-edge design hotel. Facing the water’s edge in the Tjuvholmen district, now deemed a hotspot for innovative design, with the Astrup Fearnely Museum of Modern Art next door and superb restaurants scattered among pedestrianised streets and squares, this boutique bolt-hole fits perfectly into its creative environment. Closely tied to its Norwegian setting, The Thief is adorned with local designers’ furniture while the restaurant’s seasonal menu is peppered with regional accents. Drinks and views then come hand in hand up at the gorgeous roof terrace, though each room and suite also offers private vistas from floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies. Scenery isn’t the only thing your room provides either. Infused with gadgets, carefully chosen artwork and luxuries including rainforest showers, bespoke woollen blankets, slippers and bathrobes, the accommodation here is superb.
- 131 rooms and 23 suites
- Five bars and restaurants
Hotel Continental Oslo’s location is as central as it gets, directly across from the National Theatre, and a stone’s throw from the parliamentary building and royal palace. A beacon of luxury since its opening in 1900, the hotel is the country’s only five-star hotel, with 155 individually designed rooms and suites. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Restaurant Eik Annen Etage while the historic Theatercaféen has been the Oslo’s most popular dining and meeting place for over 100 years. Drinks and snacks can be enjoyed at the maritime-style Steamen Café, or at the popular Dagligstuen bar which homes a privately owned collection of graphic works by Edvard Munch.
- 292 rooms (including a dedicated ladies' floor)
- Two restaurants and bars
- Swimming pool
- Spa with treatment rooms, sauna and steam room
First opening its doors in 1874, the Grand Hotel is steeped in classic history and regarded as the original landmark hotel of Oslo. Sitting on the city’s main street, Karl Johans Gate, the Grand strikes a palatial pose with its timeless elegant design. While the city lies at your doorstep, you can relax in utter luxury within. Traditional and modern indulgences come together to create a first-class service, from handsomely furnished rooms and suites to a complete spa experience and numerous dining choices. Tuck into delicious meals and afternoon tea at the Grand Cafe and Palmen Restaurant, before taking in the cityscape from the top floor bar and rooftop terrace.
This privately guided tour of Norway's capital will be structured with your interests in mind. Your local guide will introduce you to some of the city's most important and interesting sites. You could take a tour of the Viking Ship Museum and learn all about the Scandinavians who explored Europe by its seas and rivers. Stop in at the open-air Norwegian Folk Museum, the country's largest museum of cultural history, where there are a variety of exhibitions of folk art, costumes, toys and Sami culture. Or spend some time in the Vigeland Sculpture Park which boasts more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron, all crafted by Gustav Vigeland. You can also take a turn past Holmenkollen ski jump hill and the Ski Museum below it. The museum's exhibitions outline 4000 years of ski history.
Private transfer to Oslo airport