Our new range, Norwegian Coast, comes from the heart. With pride, we offer independent itineraries exploring secret coastal gems. On this tour, you will encounter some of the best fjord landscapes in Norway, stay at classic wooden hotels where hosting traditions have been kept alive for centuries. This self-guided itinerary has you travel by hire car, Hurtigruten coastal ferry and transfers, making your way around the coast and across fjords.
Highlights along the route include: famous landmarks, such as Torghatten, De Syv Søstre (The Seven Sisters mountain range), Svartisen glacier and Saltstraumen (world’s strongest whirlpools). Easy journey with emphasis on Norwegian coastal exploration and fabulous fjord scenery. Norway is breathtakingly beautiful and this is the perfect trip to enjoy it.
Day 1: Arrive Bergen
Day 2: A free morning in Bergen and then board your Hurtigruten ship
Day 3: Ålesund and Geirangerfjord
Day 4: Arrive in Trondheim
Day 5: Pick up your car and start your Norwegian Coastal exploration in detail
Day 6 & 7: Vega - World Heritage Island
Day 8: Visit Lovund - one of the most spectacular Helgeland islands
Day 9: Tonnes - Hire fishing boats and outdoor saunas along the coast
Day 10 & 11: Be charmed by the Norwegian Coastal outpost, Støtt - a step back into the past
Day 12: Head to Bodø
Day 13: Departure day
Glacier walks, cave exploration and Svartisen glacier tours can be arranged on request.
Driving in Norway during the peak season (July - early August):
Europeans love driving in Norway and during the summer months, the more popular tourist roads becomes crowded with European vans. This can slow the roads down, as it can be difficult to pass these vans. Norwegian country roads are often quite narrow. Having said this, these roads are incredibly scenic and have lots of picnic & photo spots.
If you are going to be using ferries during your drive, depending on the size of the ferry, this might involve a wait to get on. The ferries are reliable and regular but you may need to arrive early to secure a spot in the line. On some of the ferries, consider catching a ferry outside of the peak times. Your accommodation hosts will have the most up to date local information on hand so ask them for suggestions for your following days travel.
However, please note that the route of this self-drive takes lesser-known roads. This route does have a quite a few ferry journeys (10 mins to 60 mins long) and we will provide you recommended ferry times to catch. We have a prepared driving timetable and recommended route for you to ensure your holiday goes seamlessly. This route is off the beaten track and designed especially by our Norwegian product team.