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Fly Drive The Mountains and Fjords of Norway

Explore some of Norway's best known natural and cultural attractions with a fly drive around the spectacular Alesund fjord region. Explore Ålesund's Art Nouveau architecture before heading out into the deep fjord valleys and mountain peaks. Wonder at the myriad of turrets, spires and crystal clear waters that are like something from a fairytale. Meandre along quiet roads passing by countless fjords, fishing villages, island gems and snow topped mountains. Home to a wide range of activities the region is perfect an active adventure. Head to the highest peaks on the brand new Loen cable car whisking you up over one thousand metres in six minutes. Get in touch with the Magnetic North Travel team to find out more about this holiday and what adventures lay ahead!

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

Day 1:

Collect your car from Alesund airport to begin your adventure into the untouched wilderness of the Norwegian fjords. We'll provide directions and maps to help you on your way, but you may also wish to rent a GPS from the station (not included). The car rental will be a compact vehicle (VW Golf or similar). Vehicle upgrades may also be available.

Check into your room at the centrally located Hotel Brosundet and settle in for a week of adventure. The rest of your day is free to explore the waterways and art nouveau buildings of this historic town.

Drivetime: 17 KM / 20 minutes

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Day 2:

Enjoy your first delicious breakfast in Norway before preparing for the day of adventures ahead. Alesund is spectacularly located on a chain of small islands, where fjords and mountains meet the ocean. This charming fishing town is one of the most beautiful in all of Norway and is a great starting point from which to explore the fjords and panoramic Sunnmøre Alps. Today spend your day breathing in the fresh sea air, sample some of the best coffee at one of the many coffee shops and taste the freshest seafood for miles. Choose to get out of town with a wildlife sea safari, learn about the art nouveau architecture of the town or get a different view of the town, peacefully kayaking along the waterways.

Day 3:

Today your road trip begins in earnest. Your destination is the village of Øye, a hidden spot that is the point of departure for mountain hikes to Slogen and Smørskredtindane, as well as the mossy paths of Norangsdalen. Your route passes by sheer mountainsides that rise from the deep fjord in the heartland of the Sunnmøre Alps and picturesque villages.

Check into the exquisite Hotel Union Øye for a two nights stay at the very edge of the beautiful norangsfjord. Ever since the 1850s, emperors, adventurous and mountaineers have sought out the sights along its shores, stopping to rest their heads at this very hotel

Drivetime: 56 KM / 2h 30 minutes

Staying at: Hotel Union Øye

Day 4:

Breath in the fresh mountain air after a good night's sleep. Today is free for you to be as adventurous or relaxed as you wish. Choose to explore the snow capped mountain peaks of the Sunnmore Alps, cycle the Norangsdalen valley, paddle along the peaceful waters of the fjord or even snorkel in nearby Lake Lyngstøyl. After an avalanche in 1908 and the water was blocked off, the water level gradually rose so high that several farms slowly but surely disappeared under water. For those looking for a real challenge, hike the peak of Slogen. From its summit, you can enjoy a stunning panorama over the entire region.

Day 5:

Following breakfast it is back to touring the quiet mountain roads with map in hand. Choose to take the short ferry ride back to the main road or explore the path less travelled. Choose to divert your journey to Loen, heading for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Geirangerfjord. See the famous waterfalls: the Seven Sisters, The Suitor, and the Bridal Veil. Perched on mountain ledges high above the fjord, abandoned farms speak of another time. Mountains rise almost 1700 metres above the fjord, which is up to 260 metres deep. People have lived along the fjords and between the fjords and the mountains for thousands of years. In a harsh natural environment and a demanding climate they found a way to make a living based on fishing and agriculture. One of the clearest signs of old cultural history is the many abandoned farms along the Geirangerfjord.

Relax this evening following a day of sightseeing. Check in at Hotel Alexandra before making your way to the dining room to enjoy your included evening meal.

Drivetime: 75 KM / 1h 30 minutes

Staying at: Hotel Alexandra Loen

Day 6:

Take advantage of Loen’s fabulous location and head up to the mountain peak on the new Skylift cable car. The Loen Skylift transport people over 1,000m above the fjords to Mt. Hoven and offer spectacular panoramic views across the mountains and the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. The world’s steepest aerial ropeway takes passengers to the peak in five minutes, being the quickest and easiest way to explore the surrounding Norwegian landscape. Open all year, the Loen Skylift allows access to a network of hiking trails, like the popular Via Ferrata Loen route, which takes in the 120m long Gjølmunnebrua suspension bridge (the longest via ferrata bridge in Europe), accessible to all during the summer, and in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing can be enjoyed.

Day 7:

Your Norwegian mountain to fjord journey comes to an end today. Your final drive skirts the nordfjord for one final time before arriving on the coastal E39 route taking you to Alesund and your flight home.

Want to spend more time in the peace of the fjords? Get in touch with the Magnetic North Travel team to tailor your perfect fly drive of Norway.

Drivetime: 152 KM / 3 hours

PRICE

From £1195 per person, based on two sharing (excluding flights)

£1195.00 GBP roughly converts to: 1,374 EUR | 1,565 USD

We accept payment in GBP, USD, EUR and NOK. You will receive a final trip quotation in the currency of your choice. Prices on the website and currency conversions are indicative only.

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Price Includes

  • Car hire based on compact sized vehicle

  • Two nights stay at Hotel Brosundet in sea view double, including breakfast

  • Two nights stay at Hotel Union Øye in upgraded double, including breakfast

  • Two nights stay at Hotel Alexandra Loen in double room, with half board

 

All our trips include:

  • 24/7 emergency line and concierge service

  • Personalised travel documents

  • Exclusive access to our client travel app where you'll find your travel documents, destination guides, maps, practical tips, Arctic Library and pre-trip inspiration  

Price Excludes

  • Optional activities

  • Flights

  • Meals not stated

Additional Info

This trip has flexible daily departures

Many of trips can be tailored to your requirements and departure dates. Please get in touch with us for a tailored quotation and details of availability for your preferred travel dates. All trips and departures are subject to availability.

AIRPORT ARRIVAL

Alesund Airport, Vigra (AES)

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