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    7 days - Independent tour via the Troll Road and Atlantic Highway, travelling by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach.

    "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 tour visiting the Northwestern fjords of Norway, starting from Ålesund and finishing in Trondheim. With our premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, 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 premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, 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.

    The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Ålesund every Thursday. This trip links up with our 'Beautiful Norway' and 'Western Fjords of Norway' tours.

    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 and Trondheim via the Atlantic Road
    Day 7
    Depart Trondheim
    Start Place
    Ålesund, Norway tours
    End Place
    Trondheim, Norway tours
    Country Visited
    Norway tours
    Duration
    7 Days

    Details

    Transportation

    All transportation (buses, trains, and local small ferries) between destinations is included in the price. This includes travel between Ålesund and Kristiansund by premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach, which will accommodate spontaneous photo stops, as well as food and rest stops. The scheduled Mercedes mini-coach 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

    Included
    • 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
    • Premium 50 Degrees North mini-coach (or similar) which travels weekly from Ålesund via Valldalen to Trondheim. Stop along the way for spontaneous photo opportunities, waterfalls, stops to see wandering wildlife or for quick rest stops.
    • Express boat to Trondheim
    • Guided easy hike to Ruggå viewpoint
    • Guided cultural hike with picnic lunch
    • 24-hour support service
    • Taxes and service fees
    Not Included

    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.

    Itinerary

    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.

    Accommodation
    Hotel 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).

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Valldal 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).

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Valldal 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Dinner
    Accommodation
    Hotel Aak or similar

    Day 6 - Travel to Kristiansund and Trondheim via the Atlantic Road

    After breakfast, spend your final day with your driver, travelling to Trondheim 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, catch the late afternoon express boat (3 hours) to Trondheim. Enjoy your final night in Norway and bid farewell to your driver and fellow travellers.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Clarion Collection Grand Olav or similiar

    Day 7 - Depart Trondheim

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    From price per person, twin/double share. Departs each Thursday during midsummer, linking up with our 'Beautiful Norway' and 'Western Fjords of Norway' tour.

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
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    Accommodation
    8 Jul 2021
    14 Jul 2021
    8 Jul 2021
    14 Jul 2021
    AUD 3,530
    Available
    Standard
    8 Jul 2021
    14 Jul 2021
    8 Jul 2021
    14 Jul 2021
    AUD 1,039
    Available
    Extra for Single
    22 Jul 2021
    28 Jul 2021
    22 Jul 2021
    28 Jul 2021
    AUD 3,530
    On request
    Standard
    22 Jul 2021
    28 Jul 2021
    22 Jul 2021
    28 Jul 2021
    AUD 1,039
    Available
    Extra for Single
    5 Aug 2021
    11 Aug 2021
    5 Aug 2021
    11 Aug 2021
    AUD 3,530
    On request
    Standard
    5 Aug 2021
    11 Aug 2021
    5 Aug 2021
    11 Aug 2021
    AUD 1,039
    Available
    Extra for Single
    19 Aug 2021
    25 Aug 2021
    19 Aug 2021
    25 Aug 2021
    AUD 3,530
    Available
    Standard
    19 Aug 2021
    25 Aug 2021
    19 Aug 2021
    25 Aug 2021
    AUD 1,039
    Available
    Extra for Single
    2 Sep 2021
    8 Sep 2021
    2 Sep 2021
    8 Sep 2021
    AUD 3,462
    On request
    Standard
    2 Sep 2021
    8 Sep 2021
    2 Sep 2021
    8 Sep 2021
    AUD 901
    Available
    Extra for Single
    9 Sep 2021
    15 Sep 2021
    9 Sep 2021
    15 Sep 2021
    AUD 3,462
    On request
    Standard
    9 Sep 2021
    15 Sep 2021
    9 Sep 2021
    15 Sep 2021
    AUD 901
    Available
    Extra for Single
    2 Jun 2022
    8 Jun 2022
    2 Jun 2022
    8 Jun 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    2 Jun 2022
    8 Jun 2022
    2 Jun 2022
    8 Jun 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    9 Jun 2022
    15 Jun 2022
    9 Jun 2022
    15 Jun 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    9 Jun 2022
    15 Jun 2022
    9 Jun 2022
    15 Jun 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    16 Jun 2022
    22 Jun 2022
    16 Jun 2022
    22 Jun 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    16 Jun 2022
    22 Jun 2022
    16 Jun 2022
    22 Jun 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    23 Jun 2022
    29 Jun 2022
    23 Jun 2022
    29 Jun 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    23 Jun 2022
    29 Jun 2022
    23 Jun 2022
    29 Jun 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    7 Jul 2022
    13 Jul 2022
    7 Jul 2022
    13 Jul 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    7 Jul 2022
    13 Jul 2022
    7 Jul 2022
    13 Jul 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    14 Jul 2022
    20 Jul 2022
    14 Jul 2022
    20 Jul 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    14 Jul 2022
    20 Jul 2022
    14 Jul 2022
    20 Jul 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    21 Jul 2022
    27 Jul 2022
    21 Jul 2022
    27 Jul 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    21 Jul 2022
    27 Jul 2022
    21 Jul 2022
    27 Jul 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    4 Aug 2022
    10 Aug 2022
    4 Aug 2022
    10 Aug 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    4 Aug 2022
    10 Aug 2022
    4 Aug 2022
    10 Aug 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    25 Aug 2022
    31 Aug 2022
    25 Aug 2022
    31 Aug 2022
    AUD 3,549
    Available
    Standard
    25 Aug 2022
    31 Aug 2022
    25 Aug 2022
    31 Aug 2022
    AUD 946
    Available
    Extra for Single
    8 Sep 2022
    14 Sep 2022
    8 Sep 2022
    14 Sep 2022
    AUD 3,481
    Available
    Standard
    8 Sep 2022
    14 Sep 2022
    8 Sep 2022
    14 Sep 2022
    AUD 912
    Available
    Extra for Single
    22 Sep 2022
    28 Sep 2022
    22 Sep 2022
    28 Sep 2022
    AUD 3,481
    Available
    Standard
    22 Sep 2022
    28 Sep 2022
    22 Sep 2022
    28 Sep 2022
    AUD 912
    Available
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    Certain dates over summer will be unavailable if accommodation is fully booked. Some of the hotels are very small with limited rooms.

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