Multi-Day Tour | Independent

Norway Active - self-drive (11 days)

50 Degrees North

Dalen, Norway To Oslo, Norway

Valid for Departures: 01 Jun 2018 - 15 Sep 2018


Day 1
Dalen, Norway
Dalen Hotel Dinner

Day 1: Pick up your hire car and head to the Dalen region

Pick up your car and drive out to Dalen. Stay at the historic Hotel Dalen built in a Swiss style in the late 19th century. The hotel is a landmark for Norwegian cultural heritage. Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant and is inspired by Telemark as a region with high quality products and long culinary traditions.

Day 2
Dalen, Norway
Dalen Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2: Hike Lårdalstigen & take the Telemark canal boat back

In the morning, hike Lårdalstigen, a challenging, but fantastic walk with spectacular views from the edge of the mountain ridge above the Telemark Canal.

Along the hike, you will pass through old cultural landscape and historic sites. You can stop and admire the rugged silhouettes of Risen and Gygri, and read about the legend associated with these rock formations. Perhaps you will also spot ospreys?

From mid-May to mid-September you can enjoy the return one way from the deck on one of the ferry boats M/S Victoria or M/S Henrik Ibsen on the Telemark Canal.

Day 3
Haukeli, Norway
Haukeliseter Fjellstue Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Drive to Haukelifjell - enjoying kayaking, fishing and more

A short drive today gets you to a wooden mountain lodge Haukeliseter by a lake. Allow plenty of time as we recommend you drive along the small, old, twisty routes that wind their way up the mountains. They were built long before the modern European roads and you will be able to enjoy fantastic, unspoilt mountain scenery, but please drive carefully - the roads are very narrow.

On arrival, you have plenty of leisure options - perhaps try your hand at fishing around Haukeliseter. Hardangervidda is described as one large fishing Eldorado. The different fishing areas are described in a fishing guide available in the reception. It is free to fish for anyone under the age of 16 and fishing licenses for adults are available in the reception.

The selection of hikes are large and there is something suitable for everyone - both by foot and on skis

Day 4
Haukeli, Norway
Haukeliseter Fjellstue Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Hike Hardangervidda

The highest peaks around Haukeliseter are never completely free from snow and should you opt to trek up to 1600-1700 meters above sea level you have to be prepared for snowy conditions. There are, however, plenty of trekking options that does not involve any snow for those who prefer that.

Speak to reception and get details of what you might like to do today - options are from a 4 hour return to a 7 hour return hike. Pack lunches can be organised at breakfast.

Day 5
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Hotel Admiral Breakfast
Day 5: Stunning fjord-view drive to Bergen - waterfalls, fjords & mountains

A scenic 4 hour drive today to Bergen. Follow the road along the fjords and through the mountains to Bergen. Allow some time for stops as you pass by stunning waterfalls and beautiful views.

Day 6
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Hotel Admiral Breakfast
Day 6: Bergen

Bergen offers many attractions and sights - many within walking distance. Recommended sights of interests are the Hanseatic harbour Bryggen, Fløibanen Funicular, Troldhaugen, the Fish and Flower market, Bergen Aquarium and Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen Open Air Museum).

The Fløibanen Funicular takes you directly to the summit of Mount Fløyen, which is an excellent vantage point for vistas of Bergen and its harbour and outlying archipelago. This is also the starting point for easy day walks in the mountains close to Bergen.

Day 7
Aurlandsfjord, Norway
29|2 Aurland Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Drive to Aurlandsdalen via Gudvangen & Flåm

Ready for the fjords and tight turns! This drive is via the tourist route of Gudvangen and Flåm - take your time and enjoy the stops. There are tolls along the way but your hire car will automatically pay these.

Arrive at your Norwegian riverside hotel, 29|2 Aurland. Experience the heart of the Norwegian fjords in this terrific spot. Anglers, fly fishing is available during your stay.

Day 8
Aurlandsfjord, Norway
29|2 Aurland Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Hike, Bike or Fish Aurlandsdalen Valley

After breakfast, you can choose one of these pre-ordered activites. Options today include:

RALLARVEGEN: Use bikes to pedal down Rallarvegen from Haugastøl which was used to construct the railway to Flåm. When you get home you will be treated to a soothing hot tub and a local traditional dinner.

AURLANDSDALEN: One of Norway’s most beautiful walks. This six hour trek will take you on a spectacular scenic experience

STEGASTEIN LOOKOUT: Enjoy the spectacular view from the amazing lookout point above Aurland designed by world reknowned architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen.

THE FJORD EXPERIENCE: Enjoy the scenery from the fjord in kayaks or the traditional Oselver row boat

Day 9
Laerdal, Norway
Herangtunet Historic Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Drive to Valdres region via Lærdal

Situated at the end of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sognefjorden, Lærdal features dramatic mountain tops, unique wooden houses in Lærdalsøyri, and Norway’s best preserved stave church. Borgund stave church dates back to 1180. The church is built of 2,000 pieces of logs and planks, and although it is no longer used regularly for church functions, it is open to the public as a museum and well worth a stop.

The old city centre in the picturesque village Lærdalsøyri is also a popular sight, with more than 150 well-preserved wooden houses that date back to the 16th and 17th century.

Arrive at Herangtunet, a boutique hotel within a historical open-air museum located on a wooded hill by the Heggefjord. This evening, sit down for exquisite local food, served by your host

Day 10
Laerdal, Norway
Herangtunet Historic Hotel Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 : Hike the Besseggen Ridge in the Jotunheimen Region

The Besseggen ridge is one of the most popular day hikes in Norway and has reached a kind of cult status. “Everyone” wants to have done it once in their lives and therefore, it is busy during the summer months.

You need to be fit for this hike! With 6-7 hrs walking time (without rests, which quickly take about up to 2 hrs extra) and net 900 meters elevation gain/loss (both up and downhill), this is no walk in the park! The trail is mainly good, but very stony throughout. Wear hiking boots with solid soles that offer good friction. There are shorter versions and alternate routes for less trained walkers that still offer breathtaking views.

If you choose to do the Besseggen Ridge, there are quite a few logistics to negotiate with this walk and we can help you arrange your day. Other hiking options for today include Knutshø and Peak Bitihorn. We can arrange for these hikes to be guided but it is easy to follow the summer crowds.

Day 11
Oslo, Norway
None Breakfast

Day 11: Return to Oslo

After breakfast, perhaps you might like to drop via the Valdres Golf Club for 9 holes of golf before returning to Oslo.

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Enjoy the trip along the Telemark canal from the deck on one of the historical canal boats M/S Henrik Ibsen & M/S Victoria - little has changed since it was done 150 years ago. Relax on-board after your hike as the historical landscape, steep mountains in the grand western fjords, narrow channels, open water and lakes pass you byHike Lårdalstigen - a fantastic walk with spectacular views from the edge of the mountain ridge above the Telemark CanalHike Hardangervidda, staying in a lake-side mountain hutStunning fjord-view drive to Bergen - waterfalls, fjords & mountainsStay in a farm near Aurland and hike in the valleyHike in Jotunheimen Golf at ValdresMost evenings you can enjoy an included 3-course evening meal

About Us

50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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By: Igofish

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Great options and fast service when needed

By: patcat

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Ours was a complex itinerary and they came through. There were a few minor stumbles and one change initiated by us...but all were handled quickly and professionally. Overall a fantastic experience!
Travel Advisor:  Colette Guterson
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By: Meryl

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Wonderful adventure

By: globetrots

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Terrific service all around offering plenty of options and information. Had to make last minute miodifications and all went smoothly.
Travel Advisor:  Kip Abbott
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Good experience

By: Jensi

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
Travel Advisor:  Ron Phillips
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