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- New tour 2020
7 days - Independent tour via the Troll Road and Atlantic Highway, travelling by private 50DN minivan
"It's the best of both worlds. It's touring without really being on a tour, so all the minor details are taken care of, allowing you the freedom to get on and enjoy the holiday." Tim Warrington, New Zealand
Join our new tour visiting the Northwestern fjords of Norway, starting from Ålesund and finishing in Kristiansund. With our private 50 Degrees North minivan, relax and enjoy the scenery as your driver navigates two of the most famous Norwegian Scenic Routes. Be amazed by Norway’s most visited tourist road, Trollstigen Road with its eleven magnificent hairpin turns and the Atlantic Highway, famous for its twisting bridges over the coast.
With your private 50 Degrees North minivan, enjoy five days of travel through an enchanting area of Norway. Stop along the way for guided hiking trips, waterfalls, strawberry farms, Stave Churches and cultural visits.
- Day 1
- Arrive in Ålesund and transfer to your hotel
- Day 2
- Meet the minivan and then travel to Valldal via Strandafjellet
- Day 3
- Explore the Valldal region
- Day 4
- Travel from Valldal to Åndalsnes with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road
- Day 5
- Day around Åndalsnes
- Day 6
- Travel to Kristiansund via the Atlantic Road
- Day 7
- Depart Kristiansund (or Trondheim)
- Start Place
- Ålesund, Norway tours
- End Place
- Atlantic Road, Norway tours
- Country Visited
- Norway tours
- 7 Days
All transportation (buses, trains, and boats) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Ålesund and Kristiansund by private 50 Degrees North minivan, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops. The scheduled minivan has space for 1-12 people and this partly self-guided tour with a driver gives you greater independence, but also offers the safety of being in a group. A great option for solo travellers!
The bus does this route with you:
Day 2 Brosundet Hotel, Ålesund via Strandafjellet to Valldal Fjord Hotel
Day 4 Valldal Fjord Hotel via Trollstigen to Hotel Aak ( Åndalsnes )
Day 6 Hotel Aak ( Åndalsnes ) via Atlantic Road to Kristiansund (Thon Hotel )
- 6 nights’ hotel accommodation in shared double / twin rooms with private facilities
- 6 breakfasts, 4 dinners
- All transport between destinations by buses, trains and boats
- 50 Degrees North minivan (or similar) which travels weekly from Ålesund via Valldalen to Kristiansund. Stop along the way for spontaneous photo opportunities, waterfalls, stops to see wandering wildlife or for quick rest stops.
- Guided easy hike to Ruggå viewpoint
- Guided cultural hike with picnic lunch
- 24-hour support service
- Taxes and service fees
International flights, lunches and dinners that have not been detailed in the program, and items of personal nature. A small tip for the bus driver will be appreciated.
Please note that there is no guide for this tour. However, your bus driver will offer help and answer questions when possible.
Day 1 - Arrive in Ålesund and transfer to your hotel
Arrive in Ålesund and transfer to your lovely hotel by the water. Ålesund is known for its art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904. Explore on your own or add an adventure into your afternoon. Options include kayaking trips around the historic waterfront buildings; wildlife sea safari; climbing Mt. Aksla for lunch (418 steps); 6 hours long hike up the most famous summits in Norway (Mt Saksa); or perhaps a guided walking tour around the city centre.
AccommodationHotel Brosundet or similar
Day 2 - Meet the minivan and then travel to Valldal via Strandafjellet
This morning, meet your minivan driver and fellow passengers around 10am - be sure to enjoy the port before the minivan arrives. Make yourself comfortable in this private van that will take you through the fjords and along the coast.
Along the way today, you will travel through the Strandafjellet valley, stopping along the way at points of interest.
Your home for the next two nights is the Valldal Fjord Hotel, located just a few metres from the shoreline, boasting breathtaking views of fjords and mountains. Check in and relax before your dinner at the hotel (2 courses).
AccommodationValldal Fjord Hotel or similar
Day 3 - Explore the Valldal region
Today is spent exploring the Valldalen region. Depending on your level of fitness, we include a day tour which allows you to experience this amazing landscape with great mountains, vast valleys, deep fjords, and historical Norwegian farmland.
The area around Valldal is a paradise for hiking. We have included an easy hike through traditional Norwegian farmland and wild nature, with multiple viewpoints with spectacular views. You will stop at Ruggå, a large boulder on top of the hill between Fjørå and Valldal, enjoy lunch, and try to make Ruggå sing! Before your group continues, you will of course enjoy the amazing view towards Valldal valley and the mountains beyond. On the way back you will follow a different trail, a panoramic trail that gives you spectacular mountain and UNESCO fjord views. Lunch along the way consists of local delicacies, including both hot and cold drinks (depending on the weather).
Alternate options can be arranged, such as a gondola ride in Stranda or a foodie experience.
AccommodationValldal Fjord Hotel or similar
Day 4 - Travel from Valldal to Åndalsnes with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road
After breakfast, be sure to have your cameras charged as you travel from Valldal to Åndalsnes, with stops along the Trollstigen National Scenic Road. Trollstigen is Norway’s most visited tourist road, and this masterpiece in engineering in the midst of majestic natural landscapes is a true joy ride (particularly when you are in the safe hands of our Norwegian driver).
The eleven magnificent hairpin turns along Trollstigen offer fantastic scenery along the mountain road. Each bend has its own name, often named after the person who supervised the construction work on that particular section. At some locations, you will discover that the road is carved into the mountain itself, and in other places it is built in stone instead.
Historically, Trollstigen used to be an important transport passage between the villages Valldal in Indre Sunnmøre and Åndalsnes in Romsdalen. When the road opened in 1939, it wasn’t long before Trollstigen became a tourist attraction.
The Trollstigen is surrounded by mighty mountains that reach an altitude of over 1600 meters. To the west of the road lie the mountains of Bispen (1450m), Kongen (1614m) and Dronninga (1701m), and to the east of the road lie the Stigbottshornet (1583m) and the Storgrovfjellet (1629m).
Your minivan will stop along the way today for photos, rest stops and a stop at the Strawberry Cafe to sample the famous strawberry cakes on offer. You will also stop at the thundering ravine, Gudbrandsjuvet, near the Juvet Hotel. Gudbrandsjuvet is a 5 metre narrow and 20–25 metre high ravine through which the Valldøla River forces itself. The waters have formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. The depth down from the surface of the water is about equal to the depth of ravine down to the river.
AccommodationHotel Aak or similar
Day 5 - Day around Åndalsnes
Today we have included an easy cultural hike to explore the region of Åndalsnes. Get to know the old history, culture and wildlife of the Rauma River. Join a local guide for a 2-hour hike on easy trails along the Rauma River. You will get the feel of the wilderness among the waterfalls, high mountains and boulders in the forest. Depending on your fitness level, alternative hikes can be included, such as the Romsdalseggen ridge hike. For those on a more relaxed timetable, how about visiting Tuen, the world’s northernmost vineyard and the only one of its kind in Norway. The wine is developed by using the finest hand reaped berries, flowers and even tree sap, all harvested from the garden or from the wild nature in Romsdalen. You can visit up to 11 different cellars..
There is also an option to include a walk to Rampestreken - the breathtaking lookout over the valley. This takes 3 hours return and can be organised as an extra outing or as a part of your hiking adventure.
This evening, sit back and admire the view during your three course dinner.
AccommodationHotel Aak or similar
Day 6 - Travel to Kristiansund via the Atlantic Road
After breakfast, spend your final day with your driver, travelling to Kristiansund via the Atlantic Road. After leaving your hotel, the first stop is visiting the tiny Rødven Stave Church beside the fjord. The history of this church dates back to the 13th century, and a crucifix from that period is among the oldest furnishings. A new chancel and sacristy was built in the 17th century, and restored to its present look early in the 18th century.
Next along the route, stop to visit the Romsdal Museum, one of the largest and most comprehensive folk museums in Norway (optional entry) before heading out to the Atlantic Road. The Atlantic Road takes you from lush coastal landscapes and heaths to bare rocks along the exposed Hustadvika, where you can see the sun sink into the horizon. This National Tourist Route has been called the world’s most beautiful drive and has been voted the “Norwegian construction of the century”.
On arrival into Kristiansund, enjoy your final night in Norway and bid farewell to your driver and fellow travellers.
AccommodationThon Hotel Kristiansund or similar
Day 7 - Depart Kristiansund (or Trondheim)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport or alternatively we can arrange an express boat trip to Trondheim. This takes 3 hours and is a super easy way to get to Trondheim, the regional capital of central Norway.
Price per person, twin/double share. Departs each Thursday during midsummer, linking up with our 'Beautiful Norway' and 'Western Fjords of Norway' tour.
24 Sep 2020
24 Sep 2020
Certain dates over summer will be unavailable if accommodation is fully booked. Some of the hotels are very small with limited rooms.