Coastal Fly Drive Southern Norway

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Self Drive Holiday in Southern Norway

Norway’s southern coast is the destination of choice for many Norwegians seeking a laid back seaside holiday. The coastal towns and villages are picture perfect with their white-washed wooden houses and views to islands, skerries and lighthouses. Connecting them are vast sandy beaches that are just a few steps away from the coastal roads you’ll meander along during this 10 day fly-drive holiday. Along the way, you’ll meet with fine dining opportunities as well as three of Norway’s most formidable cities - Oslo, Kristiansand and Stavanger. The final few days of this roadtrip explore the southern fjords and mountains with a chance to hike to the Pulpit Rock and drive through picturesque Telemark County. The self drive holiday can be tailored to your travel dates, accommodation preferences and activities.

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ITINERARY

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN

DAY 1:

Arrival to Oslo Gardermoen or Sandefjord Airport. Enjoy some time to explore Norway’s capital city with our recommendations for sites to visit and places to eat. Overnight stay in one of Oslo's four star hotels.

DAY 2:

Today your Norwegian road-trip begins in earnest as you collect your rental car and ead out of the city to the southern coast. The first stretch of the journey between Oslo and Kristiansand follows the shoreline of the Skagerrak - the strait that connects Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Many of the towns you’ll pass through pay homage to Norway’s coastal culture and are the picturesque setting for many summer homes.

Your first stop should be the fjord town of Åsgårdstrand which has for centuries attracted artists and painters, not least Edvard Munch who set up his summer home here, now a museum. Continuing along the minor roads that hug the shoreline, your next visit should be the historical village of Tønsberg and the island of Tjome before a well deserved rest at the seaside town of Sandefjord. Here your options are numerous, including fine dining at Geir Skeie’s restaurant Brygga 11, culture at Midtåsen Sculpture Park - or white sandy beaches, perfect for younger travellers. Finally your day comes to a close at Kragerø in Telemark county. This scenic coastal town is surrounded by over 490 islands and skerries. Wander through narrow alleys, past colourful wooden houses and along the picturesque harbour front. Your overnight stay at Kragerø Resort spa hotel will be a perfect opportunity for relaxation as well as to enjoy the stunning archipelago views.

DAY 3:

After breakfast, your journey along the southern highway continues. Travel inland and take the fast road to Risør, or alternatively meander along the coastal road for a leisurely and scenic drive. Risør offers a step back in time. The white wooden buildings of the harbourfront are perfectly preserved and the wooden boat heritage stands at the forefront of the town’s legacy. The beaches and unusual giant rocky potholes offer a perfect setting to enjoy the sunshine. Alternatively, take a short ferry crossing to the car-free island of Lyngør, a historical seaside village. If you’d like to make a night of it, there’s the option to stay in Lyngør Lighthouse. Your final destination for today will be Kristiansand, the largest city in southern Norway where you’ll stay overnight in one of the city’s four star hotels.

DAY 4:

After breakfast, there’ll be plenty of time to explore Kristiansand with its city beach, popular fishmarket and visitor attractions. There are plenty of places for wild swimming nd island hopping punctuated by visits to museums, galleries and shops. For families, a visit to Norway’s largest zoo is a must.

Your journey this afternoon will be to Norway’s southernmost tip Lindesnes. The southern cape is as wild and windy as the name suggests where the elements can create calm beauty or whip up a raging storm. Out to sea the Lindesnes Lighthouse overlooks the spectacle as well as the headland which will soon be hiding an underwater secret. From April 2019, a submerged restaurant named Under will brave the mighty sea and offer diners an experience like no other five meters below the surface. Fronted by chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard, the Immersion menu will showcase seafood specialities as well as locally sourced meat and produce. The panoramic window provides an awe-inspiring backdrop teaming with fish and sub-sea views. This impressive feat of architecture will be lowered into the water ensuring no disturbance to the marine life beneath. Your base for tonight will be the nearby Lindesnes Havhotell overlooking this stretch of rugged coastline.

DAY 5:

After a memorable stay in Lindesnes, it’s time to continue your roadtrip along the southern coast to Stavanger. We recommend taking the North Sea Road, closer to the ocean and more scenic than the faster inland E39 highway. Rocky outcrops, mountains and deserted beaches come together on this part of the journey. The temptation to stop and breathe in the sea air will be too strong to ignore, no matter the weather. Here the pace will slow somewhat as you meander through quiet country roads that pass fields and ocean views peppered with lighthouses on the horizon. Norway’s longest sandy beach at Orrestranda is not to be missed particularly at sunset if you time it just right.

Your final stop will be Stavanger on Norway’s west coast. You’ll stay overnight in one of the city’s four star hotels.

DAY 6:

Today is a day at leisure to relax and explore Stavanger, which is known as Norway’s oil capital. Despite its industrial legacy, the city itself is full of charm with a relaxed atmosphere. Here you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out and cultural sites to visit. The Petroleum Museum is an interactive showcase perfect for families, and the more quirky cannery museum is one to visit when exploring the hidden away alleys in the old town. Overnight in Stavanger.

DAY 7:

After breakfast, we recommend setting off early to hike to the Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen). This is one of Norway’s most popular hikes so an early start is recommended. You’ll need to allow around four hours for the hike. Or if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds, then there’s plenty more hiking opportunities in the region which we’ll happily recommend with or without a guide.

After the hike, board the ferry to Lysebotn and enjoy the stunning Lysefjord open up before you. From here there’ll be a mountain drive around hairpin bends to Sirdal and a two hour drive to Dalen. You’ll stay overnight in the historical wooden hotel Dalen Hotel.

DAY 8:

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the area around Dalen Hotel including the Telemark Canal. Join a day cruise on Norway's longest man-made waterway or enjoy the views from a nearby hike. The hotel comes with spa facilities for relaxation at the end of an active day.

DAY 9:

Your drive back to Oslo will give you the opportunity to explore Telemark county in more depth. Along the way visit the Norwegian Ski Museum in Morgedal, birthplace of modern skiing or Seljordsvannet, Norway’s answer to the Loch Ness monster. Heddal Stave Church is a must-see stop, Norway’s largest and best preserved stave church. From here, the Telemark canal offers boat tours and easy hiking. You’ll return to Oslo or Oslo Airport hotel where you’ll spend the final night of your trip.

DAY 10:

A final breakfast and departure. If you’re not ready to leave, our team will tailor the holiday with your preferred travel dates and itinerary. Get in touch with us to customize your holiday.

PRICE

From £1195 per person (excluding flights) based on two guests travelling together

£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 rental (economy vehicle) throughout the trip including unlimited mileage 
  • Accommodation for seven nights in a twin/double share room including breakfast

 

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

  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Optional excursions
  • Dinner at Under Restaurant - seats will need to be booked in advance 

 

This trip can also start and end in Kristiansand or Stavanger. The trip is available year round, but the route will vary for winter driving.

Image credits: Patricia Thiede & Ann Cathrin Solbakken/Foap/VisitNorway.com, Johan Wildhagen, Johan Berge & Terje Rakke/Nordic Life & VisitNorway.com

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.

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