Fjord Explorer

Fjord Explorer
 

A highly recommended combination encompassing the best of the diverse scenery the Fjord Norway region has to offer - from the stunning Atlantic coast in the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund, onto Loen with its spectacular glacial arms and over the magical Gauler mountains to Balestrand on the mighty Sognfjord before a scenic express boat along the coast back to Bergen. Guests may also choose to extend their trip by adding a stay in Lofthus on the Hardangerfjord or a few extra nights to explore Bergen city - see below.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Monday or Friday) | Transfer by pre-booked shuttle minibus to the Atlantic city of Ålesund at the mouth of the Fjords. Once in Ålesund, explore the city sights including its Art Nouveau architecture, perhaps on the tourist office guided tour, the several museums and large Aquarium or take one of the excursions out to the surrounding islands, fjords, bird sanctuary at Runde and local fishing communities.  

Day 3 or 4 (Friday or Monday) | A spectacular 3 hour transfer by minibus is more of an scenic excursion as you travel from Ålesund to the Loen through some of Norway's most impressive scenery. Once in Loen, trips to the famous Geirangerfjord or the emerald lakes and ice-blue glaciers of the Lodal and Briksdal valleys are a must (subj. to min numbers).  There are also good walking opportunities here, which are set to be improved further by the addition of the brand new cable-car 'Hoven Loen' due to open by May 2017. A trip to the top will be a must-do just for the views. 

Day 7 (Monday or Friday) | A scenic 3 hour transfer by minibus via the Jolster Lake to idyllic Balestrand on the mighty Sognefjord, known as the 'King of the Fjords'. Once in Balestrand, you have chance to stroll or cycle along this picturesque fjord or head up Fjaerlandfjord to the Jøstedal Glacier. An excursion to Flåm and its famous cog railway (Mon-Fri only) is also a popular excursion. 

Day 10 or 11 (Friday or Monday) | For guests travelling back to Bergen for their flight home, the day starts with a glorious 4-hour express boat transfer from Balestrand to Bergen harbour - a fabulous trip along wonderful coastal scenery to end your holiday. Depending on your flight time, there may be time for you to have lunch and explore Bergen before your taxi transfer back to the airport. Luggage lockers are available at the boat quay for a small charge (pay locally), if you wish to spend a short time exploring Bergen's old Bryggen Wharf, just a few minute's walk away.   

Optional 4th centre

BergenFor guests extending their holiday with 3 or 4 nights in Bergen, 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 £24 per person.  

Lofthus | For guests extending their stay to Lofthus, transfers from Balestrand are a scenic 3 hour drive. In Lofthus, guests have chance to explore the wonderful Hardangerfjord, known as the 'Orchard of Norway' for its fruit and cherry blossoms.  The picturesque village of Ulvik at the end of the fjord and an excursion to the Eidfjord and impressive Voringfossen waterfalls are both by express boat. Alternatively, guests can simply relax in the serene setting of the fjordside garden or spa of the Hotel Ullensvang, or explore by foot on one of the nearby walking trails. 

What’s included

• Return flights from the UK to Ålesund and back
from Bergen including airport transfers (supplements may apply)
• Scenic 4-hour coastal express boat transfer from
Balestrand to Bergen
• Transfers by minibus between Ålesund, Loen and
Balestrand and between each resort
• Accommodation with private facilities
throughout
• Half board meals included in Loen & Balestrand
(and Lofthus if extending to 14 nights). Bed & Breakfast in Ålseund (and Bergen if extending to 14 nights).
• Services of an Inghams Rep in Loen, Balestrand and Bergen (phone service in Lofthus if extending to 14 nights)

Inghams Plus

  • Early Booking Offer: Save up to £40 per couple (book by 31 March 2017)
  • Inghams Saver Plus: Save £50 per couple (book y 31 January 2017)
What our guests say....
 
"A very good tour from Alesund to Loen, Balestrand and Bergen - all beautiful places in their different ways and we had enough time in each to do what we wanted" Mr. Manger, Jul 2016
"We are so glad we chose this holiday over a cruise -much better! We particularly enjoyed the extension in Bergen but our whole holiday was very enjoyable overall" Mrs. Y. Clark, Aug 2016
"We have been on the Fjord Explorer and had an excellent holiday - it has bene extremely well managed by Inghams" Mrs. K. Vickers, Jul 2016

Your Hotels

Depart: Mon (11 nights), or Friday (10 nights)


Ålesund First Hotel Atlantica ***+
or Clarion Hotel Brygge **** 

Loen Hotel Loenfjord ***+
or Hotel Alexandra ****+ 

Balestrand Hotel Midtnes **+
or Hotel Kviknes **** 


10 night holiday
3 nights Ålesund, 4 nights Loen, 3 nights Balestrand
(+ 4 nights Bergen, Lofthus)

11 night holiday
4 nights Ålesund, 3 nights Loen, 4 nights Balestrand
(+ 3 nights Bergen, Lofthus)

Excursion options available – see relevant resorts for more
information.

 
Prices per person (£)Fjord Explorer
 

'Standard'

3-centre

holiday
 

'Standard'

3-centre

holiday 

'Superior'

3-centre

holiday  

'Superior' 

3-centre

holiday 

Board

Mixed Board*

Mixed Board* Mixed Board* Mixed Board*
Holiday Code NOXX3001 NOXX3002 NOXX3003 NOXX3004
No. of nights 10 11 10 11
May - £1,099 - £1,489
Jun £1,159 £1,239 £1,439 £1,549
Jul £1,199 £1,239 £1,539 £1,579
Aug  £1,089 £1,149 £1,449 £1,459
Supplements per person per tour from 

PB or PS WC incl.

Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £20 (10 nts) £33 (11 nts)

Single £187 (10 nts) £200 (11 nts)  except 5 Jun -13 Aug £300 (10 nts) £308 (11 nts) 

Single Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £250 (10 nts) £264 (11 nts) except 9 Jun - 10 Aug £350 (10 nts) £374 (11 nts)

 

PB or PS WC incl.

Deluxe room in Loen, Side Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £110 (11 nts) £130 (10 nts) 

Single £253 (11 nts) £300 (10 nts) except 5 Jun - 13 Aug £420 (10 nts) £429 (11 nts)  

Single Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £320 (10 nts) £286 (11 nts) except 5 Jun - 13 Aug £440 (10 nts) £462 (11 nts) 

*Mixed Board = Half board in Loen & Balestrand (and Lofthus if extending to 14 nights), Bed and Breakfast in Alesund (and Bergen if extending to 14 nights).

Prices include flights, transfers, the relevant nights' accommodation and meals as indicated.  All prices shown are correct at time of going on the website but may vary up or down at time; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking. 

 

Transfers

Airport to Alesund: 20 mins by minibus

Alesund to Loen: 3hrs by minibus/ferry 

Loen to Balestrand: 3hrs by minibus

Balestrand to Bergen Airport : 4 1/2 hrs by express boat & minibus

or 

Balestrand to Lofthus : 3hrs by minibus

Lofthus to Bergen Airport:  2 1/2 hrs by minibus

or

Balestrand to Bergen: 4 hrs by express boat 

Bergen to Airport: 1/2 hr by minibus or taxi

Flights

to Bergen
Gatwick

Durations 
10 / 11

Supp
Nil

Other regional airports are available on indirect flights

Please call our reservations team on 01483 79 11 11 to book this holiday

General Terms and Conditions: All prices, offers and availability are correct at time of publishing, are subject to change & availability and can be withdrawn at any time. All offers are for 7 nights unless otherwise stated. All prices are per person based on maximum occupancy of a room or apartment and on the lowest priced departure point, supplements for other flights/airports may apply. The late booking fee of £30 per person applies to late bookings made within 14 days of departure.

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