A terrific exploration combining an historic lakeside hotel in Vraadal, in Norway’s Telemark region, with Stalheim, one of Europe’s most dramatic hotel locations, right at the heart of the Fjord country.
Local departure points.
Quality Straand Hotel, Vraadal
Our delightful three-star superior hotel boasts a great lakeside location. In addition to very comfortable bedrooms, the hotel has a lovely terrace, lakeside garden and indoor swimming pool.
Stalheim Hotel, Stalheim
Set on a mountainside, overlooking the Naeroy, Brekke and Jordal Valleys, our historic hotel offers stunning views from the comfortable lounges, bar and restaurant. The hotel is furnished with a combination of modern and antique furniture and offers a special ambiance which reflects its style and tradition.
We leave from our local departure points and drive south to Hull where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Rotterdam. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
We travel east to the German border and continue north to Lower Saxony, Bremen and our overnight hotel. Hotel Achat.
After breakfast we drive north into Denmark, passing Aarhus, to arrive on Denmark’s north coast and our hotel for the night in Hirtshals. Montra Skaga Hotel.
We board Fjordline for the exciting journey across the Skagerrak Sea to Langesund. On arrival in Norway, we are greeted with fantastic scenery during the onward journey to Vraadal, on the shore of Lake Nisser, for a three night stay. Straand Hotel.
We enjoy a full day circular excursion featuring the magnificent Hardangervidda Plateau, home to Europe’s largest stock of reindeer. A visit will be made to the fascinating World War II sabotage site at Vemork, now a museum, to learn about the ultimately successful mission to destroy the Nazis’ efforts to win the atomic race and create the ‘bomb’. We travel to Heddal, to view Norway’s largest stave church.
More fabulous scenery awaits as we leave the Telemark region travelling west over the Haukeli high mountain pass and descend to the Hardangerfjord. We travel to the Folgefonna Glacier before joining a short ferry across the fjord. We continue past Voss, before ascending to Stalheim for four nights. Stalheim Hotel.
A highlight of our holiday will be the world famous ‘Norway in a Nutshell’ excursion. We include the wonderful fjord cruise through the Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjord between Gudvangen and Flam and a return trip on the Flam Railway, with views of some of Norway’s wildest scenery. Another highlight will be a wonderful excursion encompassing fjords, waterfalls and high mountain passes. We sail across the Sognefjord, view the Vik Mountains, visit the Norwegian Wild Salmon centre and the Borgund stave church. A visit will be made to the Stalheim Folk Museum and we enjoy the fabulous scenery and comfortable surroundings of our hotel.
Farewell to Stalheim as we travel south via Aurlandsdalen, Hol, Gol and Vikersund to arrive in Horten, on Norway’s southern coast in time for dinner and the night. Thon Hotel.
An early start this morning, as we board the fast-craft ferry crossing to Denmark. We continue south to Hamburg for dinner and the overnight stay. Leonardo Hamburg Stillhorn Hotel.
We continue south to the Dutch frontier and Rotterdam, where our ferry awaits for the overnight crossing to Hull. Twin low-berth outside cabins. Dinner and breakfast on board ship.
We return to Scotland in the early evening after a magnificent Norwegian holiday. Our Norwegian holiday highlights the stunning beauty of Norway and will appeal to clients who enjoy coach travel as part of the holiday experience. The travelling is most certainly the highlight and it is not the arrival but the journey that counts.
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