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Fjord Explorer Self Guided Tour

  • Norway, Balestrand

For more information or to book the Fjord Explorer, please call 01483 79 11 11

A highly recommended combination encompassing the best scenery the Fjord Norway region has to offer – starting in the fjordside village of Balestrand on the mighty Sognefjord, you will have an opportunity to travel on the famous Flåm railway or visit Fjaerland with its Glacier Museum. From here, your included transfer will take you over the magical Gauler Mountains to Loen on the Nordfjord with its spectacular glacier and sparkling lakes. The areas that surround Loen are arguably home to the fjords’ greatest display of natural beauty and there are good walking opportunities here especially now with the addition of the new Skylift cable-car. The last leg of your journey takes you to the Atlantic Coast and the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, where regular boats take visitors to the surrounding small islands and fishing skerries. An Inghams Representative will be on hand in Balestrand and Loen.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday or Friday) Fly to Bergen airport and transfer to Balestrand on the Sognefjord, known as ‘King of the Fjords’ for being the longest and deepest fjord in Norway and stretching over 200km. Exploring this fjord is a real treat with an opportunity to enjoy picturesque boat trips, gentle walking routes along the shore, the impressive Jøstedal glacier and the world’s steepest gauge railway from Flåm.

Day 4 or 5 (Friday or Monday) A spectacular 3 hour drive over the magical Gauler mountains to Loen on the Nordfjord, your base for the next 3 or 4 nights. Trips to the famous Geiranger Fjord or to the emerald lakes and ice-blue glaciers of the Lodal and Briksdal valleys are a must and the new Skylift cable-car from the village provides further exploring opportunities with several walking trails at the top, not to mention the views. The spa and pool facilities at the Hotel Alexandra provide a great setting to relax and unwind after your day out.

Day 8 (Monday or Friday) Another scenic transfer to the vibrant Art Nouveau city of Ålesund allows you to sit back and admire the spectacular scenery of the Nordfjord and Sunnmøre regions up close. Once in Ålesund, explore its museums, discover its interesting architecture and surrounding islands or simply take a stroll along its pretty waterfront.

Day 11 or 12 (Friday or Monday) Return by shuttle to Ålesund airport for your flight back to the UK. 

Optional 4th centre

Bergen: For guests extending their holiday with 3 or 4 nights in Bergen at the start of their holiday, the 'Bergen Card' is a great value way to explore this colourful city, with its many galleries, museums, thriving fish and flower markets. Or visit one of the classical concerts, the large park and gardens or the Fløiban funicular railway for stunning views. Bergen Cards are available to purchase locally a 24, 48 or 72 hour period, from £28 per person. Your transfer to Balestrand is by 4-hr coastal express boat from Bergen (departure approx. 8:00 or 16:30).

Ulvik: For guests extending their holiday with 3 or 4 nights in Ulvik at the start of their holdiay, transfers to Balestrand are a scenic 3 hours drive and short ferry ride (included).  In Ulvik, guests have chance to explore the wonderful Hardangerfjord, known as the 'Orchard of Norway' for its fruit and cherry blossoms.  An excursion to the Eidfjord and impressive Vøringfossen waterfalls can be done by express boat. Alternatively, guests can simply relax in the serene setting of the fjordside garden or spa of the Hotel Brakanes, or explore by foot on one of the nearby walking trails.

What’s included

  • • Return flight from the UK to Bergen and back from Ålesund
  • • Scenic transfers to and from the airport and between each resort*
  • • Accommodation with private facilities throughout
  • • Half board meals included in Balestrand (Hotel Kviknes only) & Loen and Ulvik if extending to 14 nights
  • • Bed & Breakfast in Ålesund & Balestrand (Hotel Midtnes only) and Bergen if extending to 14 nights
  • • Inghams Rep service in Balestrand and Loen (and Bergen if extending to 14 nights)
  • • Inghams 'Meet & Greet' service in Ålesund centre and visiting rep service in Ulvik (if extending to 14 nights)

*For guests arriving into Bergen on indirect flights via Amsterdam, transfers from Bergen airport to Balestrand will be by minibus. For all other guests, transfers will be by coastal express boat (transfer from airport to boat quay included)

Pre-book your excursions in Balestrand, Loen and Alesund

Departure dates & prices for 2019

  • Monday departures = 11 nights = 4 nights Balestrand, 3 nights Loen, 4 nights Ålesund
  • Friday departures = 10 nights = 3 nights Balestrand, 4 nights Loen, 3 nights Ålesund
  • Prices from £1,299 in standard hotels
  • Prices from £1,699 in superior hotels

Your Hotels

Accommodation: Guests will have a choice of either 'standard' hotels or 'superior' hotels.

Standard Hotels

Balestrand  Hotel Midtnes ★★+

Loen  Hotel Loenfjord ★★★+

Ålesund  First Hotel Atlantica ★★★+

Superior Hotels 

Balestrand  Hotel Kviknes ★★★★

Loen   Hotel Alexandra ★★★★+

Ålesund  Hotel Brosundet ★★★★

Departure flights to Bergen from:

  • Gatwick & Aberdeen
  • Or indirect flights via Amsterdam from regional airports available on request
  • Flight supplements may apply

For more information or to book the Fjord Explorer, please call 01483 79 11 11

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Excursions

Explore the local area independently, at your own pace, with these pre-bookable recommended day trips:

Fjærland Ferry and Jøstedal Glacier £79, full or half day, dailym mid June- mid August. Enjoy a highly scenic return boat trip along Fjaerlandsfjord to this small community of great natural beauty including a visit to its fascinating Glacier Museum and to the foot of the Supphellbreen and Boyabreen Glaciers. A shorter half day version visiting only one glacier is available daily.  

Vik by Boat £29, twice weekly (day confirmed locally).  By express boat across the majestic Sognefjord to Vik, includes guided tour of beautiful Hopperstad Stave Church.

Sognefjord and Flam Railway (high season) £99, full day, Mon- Fri only, mid-June - mid-August. A majestic return cruise up the Sognefjord to experience spectacular scenery on the famous Flam mountain railway. (In early and late season continue by train to Voss, by bus over Vikafjell mountains and express boat back to Balestrand).

Flåm railway via Vik & Voss (low season), full day, Mon-Fri only, £99, mid-May - mid June & mid-August to end of season.  A round trip by boat, bus, train via Vik, Voss & Myrdal to catch the Flåm railway to Flåm. Return to Balestrand by express boat. 

Book locally | Prices shown are for guidance only. 

Sognefjord Aquarium £7, daily

Norwegian Tourism Museum £8, daily

Please note that we act at all times as selling agent for the suppliers of activities & excursions.

This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

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