Fjord Explorer

Fjord Explorer
 

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.

Extend your stay Guests may choose to add a stay in colourful Bergen or the picturesque village of Ulvik on the Hardangerfjord at the start of their holiday. Guests adding Bergen will travel to Balestrand on coastal express boat, after their stay in the city, whilst guests who choose to add Ulvik will enjoy a scenic transfer by minibus via Voss.

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) | Day 8 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

BergenFor 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 £24 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 & Loen (and Ulvik if extending to 14 nights)
  • Bed & Breakfast in Ålesund (and Bergen if extending to 14 nights)

*For guests arriving into Bergen on indirect flights via Amsterdam or Oslo, 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)

Inghams Plus

  • Early Booking Offer: Save up to £40 per couple (book by 31 March 2018)* Discount included in the prices shown
  • Inghams Rep service in Balestrand and Loen (and Bergen/Ulvik if extending to 14 nights)
  • Inghams 'Meet & Greet' service in Ålesund centre 
 *Early Booking Discount is based on 'Superior Hotels' holiday

Your Hotels

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

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

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

Ålesund First Hotel Atlantica ***+
or Hotel Brosundet **** 


10 night holiday depart Friday
3 nights Balestrand,  4 nights Loen, 3 nights Ålesuns
(+ 4 nights Bergen or Ulvik at start of stay)

11 night holiday depart Monday
4 nights Balestrand, 3 nights Loen, 4 nights Ålesund
(+ 3 nights Bergen or Ulvik at start of stay)

Excursion options available – see relevant resorts for more
information.

Summer 2018: 
Prices per person (£)Fjord Explorer
 

'Standard Hotels'

3-centre

holiday 

'Standard Hotels'

3-centre

holiday 

'Superior Hotels'

3-centre

holiday  

'Superior Hotels' 

3-centre

holiday 

Board

Mixed Board*

Mixed Board*Mixed Board*Mixed Board*
Holiday CodeNOXX3126NOXX3127NOXX3128NOXX3129
No. of nights10111011
May-£1,259-£1,619
Jun£1,289£1,369£1,649£1,759
Jul£1,379£1,389£1,729£1,769
Aug £1,279£1,299£1,649£1,699
Supplements per person per tour from 

PB or PS WC incl.

Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £30 (10 nts) £33 (11 nts)

Single £156 (10 nts) £198 (11 nts)  except 6 Jun -14 Aug £300 (10 nts) £308 (11 nts) 

Single Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £200 (10 nts) £264 (11 nts) except 6 Jun - 14 Aug £360 (10 nts) £385 (11 nts)

 

PB or PS WC incl.

Side Fjord View Balc in Balestrand, Deluxe room in Loen, Sea View in Ålesund £170 (10 nts) £154 (11 nts) 

Single £240 (10 nts) £264 (11 nts) except 6 Jun - 14 Aug £429 (10 nts) £420 (11 nts)  

Single Fjord View Balc in Balestrand £260 (10 nts) £286 (11 nts) except 6 Jun - 14 Aug £440 (10 nts) £462 (11 nts) 

*Mixed Board = Half board in Loen & Balestrand (and Ulvik if extending to 14 nights), Bed and Breakfast in Ålesund (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

Bergen Airport to Balestrand: 3.5 hrs by minibus (or express boat for indirect flights from the UK)

Balestrand to Loen: 3 hrs by minibus

Loen to Ålesund: 3.5 hrs by minibus/ferry (ferry included)

Ålesund to Ålesund Airport: 20 mins by shuttle bus

For 14-night holidays adding Bergen at start of stay:

Bergen Airport to Bergen: 20 mins by minibus/taxi

Bergen centre to Balestrand: 4.5 hrs by express boat 

For 14-night holidays adding Ulvik at start of stay: 

Bergen Airport to Ulvik: 1.5 hrs by minibus

Ulvik to Balestrand: 3.5 hrs by minibus/ferry (ferry included)

Flights

to Bergen
Gatwick
Aberdeen

Via Amsterdam
Birmingham
Bristol
Edinburgh
Glasgow
Humberside
Leed Bradford
Manchester
Newcastle 

Durations
10/11
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Supp from
Nil
£49


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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. Photo: © Natalia Schuchardt

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