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Norway Grand Tour

Duration
8 Nights / 5 Days Touring

Tour Region
Norway

Driving Distance
1,400

Availability
May till October

Our Norway Grand Tour takes you on a week long journey across this entire stunning country and includes five of Norway's 18 National Scenic Routes. Starting and ending in the capital, Oslo, the route will immerse you in fine Norwegian cuisine and wines, relax you in some of the top hotels in Northern Europe, excite you with kilometre after kilometre of drivers' roads and awe you with the scenery. 

The two modern cities of Oslo and Bergen lie separated by 350km of sparsley populated wilderness...Reindeer, waterfalls, blossoming orchards and ancient Viking churches fill the endless scenery, make this journey of discovery through this stunning country. You will enjoy memories that will last a lifetime. 

Combine the trip with one of BMW's latest saloons or jeeps, or bring your own car to the start in Oslo

Famous for its fjords and windswept mountain plateaus, driving through Norway will never dissapoint. Leaving your hotel and spa in Oslo, your first two days of driving will take you through the Hemsedal ski region and the infamous Hardangervidda National Park. You will stay two nights on the shores of the Bjørna Fjord in the culture rich Solstrand Hotel and then two more nights at 29.2 Aurland, a old farm turned cozy B&B in a valley settled by the Vikings long ago. Both of these stays offer wide varieties of activities to fill your extra days...shopping in Bergen, canoeing to Solstrand's private island, catching and eating your own fresh fish, relaxing in the spa, hiking to the top of a waterfall...the list is endless!

Now there is only two days left of your Scandinavian holiday, we may have saved the best for last. The next day includes THREE national scenic routes - Aurlandsfjellet, Sognefjellet and Valdresflye - and the final day takes you across the unforgettable Panoramavegen on your way back to Oslo.

Day 1 - Arrive Oslo - Sightseeing in Oslo

Arrive at the Oslo airport and pick up your car before driving to your hotel, The THIEF, near the Aker Brygge boardwalk and Tjuvholmen Park. There will be an Ultimate Drives Grand Tour Roadbook waiting for you in your room. After checking in, take a walk along the harbor towards the city center, enjoying the modern shops, galleries and restaurants. The THIEF has several dining options including a fantastic rooftop restaurant when the weather is nice, or choose one of the many lovely restaurants along the boardwalk.

Overnight: 5 Star, The THIEF, Oslo, Norway  Room type: Deluxe room

Day 2 - Tour 1 - Oslo to Hemsedal

In the morning, head west out of Oslo to skirt the southern coast of Tyrifjorden, Norway’s fifth largest lake. Progress through the the lush lowlands of this area into a popular ski region in the low mountain slopes. On the way, stop in Noresund for lunch at Norefjellhytta, which serves locally grown Norwegian delicacies in an alpine cabin atmosphere. If you are ahead of schedule, perhaps visit the Villa Fridheim, a beautiful fairytale museum on the island of Bjørøya. After some exciting driving on an isolated mountian road, you'll arrive in Gol to turn north into the Hemsedal valley. Your hotel, Skarsnuten, lies up on the ski slopes with a commanding seat over the valley, and a delicious dinner with views through the giant windows. 

Overnight: 4 Star, Skarsnuten Hotel, Hemsedal, Norway  Room type: Standard room

Day 3 - Tour 2 - Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau

Today’s tour crosses the rest of the country in splendid style. Drive back down the valley from your hotel and head West from Gol to a quick coffee stop in the ski resort town of Geilo. Shortly after the coffee stop begins the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the largest in Europe. One of the National Scenic Routes, the road is both an exciting to drive and very scenic, with rocky plains and crystal clear lakes stretching in all directions. Once you've crossed the plateau, you have entered the fjord region. You will get to see the Sysen Dam and the 182m Vøringsfossen waterfall right before lunch in Øvre Eidfjord and the rest of the days drive on the coast of the Hardanger fjord. The wonderful Solstrand Hotel & Bad will great you at the end of the drive with a gourmet dinner, cozy fjord view room, and a heated outdoor infiniti pool. 

Overnight: 4 Star, Solstrand Hotel & Bad, Osøyro, Bergen, Norway   Room type: Junior Suite/Duluxe Room 

Day 4 - Rest Day - Solstrand Hotel

This area and award winning hotel are worth an extra day. Bergen is only a half hour away if you want to visit the Atlantic coastal city to shop, take the funicular to Fløyen for views over the city, or stroll along the picture postcard Bryggen Wharf. If you want to fully experience the Solstrand Hotel, you can take your own boat to their private island in the fjord, charter a fishing trip, grill fish with the head chef in the fjordside garden, or simply relax in the spa. 

Overnight: 4 Star, Solstrand Hotel & Bad, Osøyro, Bergen, Norway   Room type: Junior Suite/Duluxe Room 

Day 5 - Tour 3 - Hardanger Fjord to Aurland

This morning drive to Odda has two massive glacier-fed waterfalls to stop at - Furebergfossen and the one you see in the video. After leaving Odda, you drive up the eastern coast of the fourth largest fjord in the world, the Hardanger Fjord. This area is considered the “fruit orchard of Norway,” and during the summer season, local farmers will dot the side of the road selling their delicioius, freshly picked fruits! The remainder of the drive includes Norway's longest suspension bridge and Northern Europe's steepest road before spitting you out of a tunnel to a breathtaking view of the Aurlandsfjord only 15 min from your hotel. 

Overnight: 3 Star, 29.2 Aurland, Aurland, Norway   Room type: Superior Double

Day 6 – Rest Day - 29.2 Aurland

Your hotel, 29.2 Aurland, endears you to the valley - a river teeming with fish, towering waterfalls, and plentiful wildlife. You’ll want to stay here forever. Our grand tour doesn't last forever, but we can give you an extra day. Drive the scenic and empty Fv50 for some on the road fun, take the Flåm railway roundrip to Myrdal for one of the most famous train rides in the world, or take part in one of the many otudoor activiites hosted by the hotel itself.

Overnight: 3 Star, 29.2 Aurland, Aurland, Norway   Room type: Superior Double

Day 7 - Tour 4 - Aurlandsfjellet, Sognefjellet and Valdresflye

Your fourth day of touring drives around wester, northern and eastern sides of the Jotunheimen National Park. It begins with 13 switchbacks to get up and out of the Aurland valley with a stop at the Stegastein Viewpoint 650m above the fjord. A true driers road with sweeping curves, ups and downs and otherworldly scenery, this mountain pass brings you back down to the Sognefjord. After driving alongside the second largest fjord in the world, you will drive to 1400m above sea level on the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe, Songefjellet. Lunch is at Norway's finest bakery in Lom before driving the Valdresflye Scenic Route to the ski town of Beitostolen and your hotel. 

Overnight: 4 Star, Radisson Blu Mountain Resort, Beitostolen, Norway   Room type: Superior Double

Day 8 - Tour 5 - Panorama Road Return to Oslo

This is the final day of driving, completing the Norway loop back to Oslo. Head through lakeside farmland to the unforgettable Panoramavegan, a hard packed gravel toll road offering splendid views of high mountains, rivers, lakes and rolling farm land that eventually emerges in the Hemsedal Valley which you visited on your first day. Then you will hop on Highway 7 and finish of the drive to Oslo. Though a primary cross-country thoroughfare, Highway 7 is a beautiful winding two-lane road that follows the Hallingdalselva River. Picturesque farmland, sparkling lakes and majestic forests make this a peaceful and pleasant summer drive.

Overnight: 5 Star, The THIEF, Oslo, Norway  Room type: Deluxe room

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  • Car Rental & Insurances
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  • Breakfasts & Parking
  • Day by Day Roadbook
  • Suggested activity plans
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Package Includes

  • Car Rental & Insurances
  • Luxury Accommodation
  • Breakfasts & Parking
  • Day by Day Roadbook
  • Suggested activity plans
  • Programmed GPS
  • Meet & Walkthrough
  • On Call Support when on tour