Discovery Tour of the Norwegian Fjords

Norway

Code: VSLEL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace
From £1,379.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Explore the beautiful and dramatic landscapes of Norway’s Western Fjords from our lakeside hotel in Ulvik. You will be blown away by the stunning scenery on this tour. 

Holiday Highlights:

  • Ride the famous Flamsbana train
  • Cruise the magnificent Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord
  • See the Stave Church in Vik

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include 7 nights’ Half Board en-suite accommodation, plus five full day excursions, with plenty of stops at places of interest and short walks of up to 2½ miles
  • Knowledgeable leader: learn more about the culture and landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords from your knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: enjoy comfortable accommodation in a unique setting on the Hardangerfjord, surrounded by mountains
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the sociable atmosphere of our holidays - explore together, eat together, relax together

Accommodation

The 4-star Brakanes Hotel enjoys a unique setting in Ulvik by the beautiful Hardangerfjord, surrounded by mountains and apple orchards. It has a pleasant restaurant, several lounges and a bar. The hotel has beautiful gardens down to the shore, a tennis court and a small indoor pool and spa. 

Holidays at Ulvik are on a Half Board basis with buffet breakfast and dinner.

Bedrooms

The hotel has 143 en-suite bedrooms, standard rooms with mountain views, and fjord views available at a supplement. All rooms include a work desk and a minibar. Some rooms include a seating area with either a balcony or terrace offering either stunning fjord or mountain views. All rooms have telephone, flat screen TV with some satellite channels, WiFi access, hairdyer, mini bar, complimentary toiletries and shaving point. Safety box is available in reception. Iron can be made available to guests on request.

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Facilities

The restaurant offers views of the fjord, while the garden lies right next to the water. Other facilities include a conservatory and a library lounge. There is a garden with terraced areas and nearby tennis courts.

There is an indoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, solarium and hot tub.

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Food

Our holidays at Brakenes Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and your evening meal. The hotel restaurant offers delightful views of the fjord.

Breakfast

This will be served in Peer Gynt Restaurant. The choice is extensive comprising of fish, salads, sausages, fried egg and potatoes. There is also a selection of white and brown breads, rolls, croissants, jams and honey. Drinks will be offered of coffee, tea and chocolate.

Evening meal

The 3-course buffet style dinner is served in the Peer Gynt Restaurant.

Lunch (payable locally)

A picnic lunch can be purchased from the hotel (pre-ordered). It comprises bread, butter, tomato, ham, salami, cheese, chicken leg, potato salad, knife, fork, salt and pepper and a napkin. No drink is included.

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Evening

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Guests are encouraged to join in walking the town trail at the start of holiday to get their bearings and discover the delightful village of Ulvik. As well as the cruise on the fjord organised by the hotel for their guests one evening (small charge), there is live music in one of the bars and, subject to the weather being favourable, take advantage of the free boat hire from the shores and fully appreciate the spectacular setting of the hotel. If the weather is unfavourable, our leaders can conjour a number of card games and quizzes to ensure that the sociable atmostphere of your holiday continues.

 

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Itinerary

During your Discovery Tour you will have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places of interest. this is the proposed programme, but our HF Holidays' leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather or local opening times or the wishes of the group.

Vik

An historic settlement situated on the edge of the mighty Sognefjord, the longest fjord in the world in the heart of Norway’s fjordland. The journey  is incredibly scenic and provides ample opportunity to stop and take in the surroundings. In Vik we’ll explore the Hopperstad Stave church and you may want to visit the Kristianhus Boat and Engineering Museum, where you can experience what life was like for the seafarers of the Sognefjord in years gone by. We’ll have the chance to take a short cultural walk along the shores of  to view some boathouses. 

Voss

Voss, known as the ‘adventure capital of Norway’, is surrounded by snowy mountain tops, valleys and forests, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes. We’ll visit Voss churchVangskykja, built in 1271-77 and still in use today, and the Folkemuseum, which preserves items of historic interest from Voss and the surrounding area. In the afternoon we visit Bordalsgjelet, a spectacular natural attraction within walking distance from Voss town centre, where we enjoy an impressive view of the potholes that have been formed by the ice and river over a period of many thousands of years

Norway in a Nutshell

The ‘Norway in a nutshell’ trip takes you through some of Norway’s most beautiful fjord scenery. Today you will experience the scenic Bergen-Oslo railway, the breathtaking Flam Railway from Myrdal to Flam, and a ferry journey on the Aurlandsfjord and the narrow Naeroyfjord to Gudvangen.

Hardangerfjord

Hardangerfjord is the third largest fjord in the world and the second largest in Norway. We’ll spend the day touring the areaincluding a stop at the visitors centre, and a visit toVeringfossen, Norway’s most famous waterfall with a 182meter fall.

Osa and Ulvik

We’ll spend today in Ulvik, famed for its fruit trees and cider making. We’ll take a short walk along thefruit and cider walk, possibly tasting some of the produce along the way. We’ll also visit the Hjadlane Gallery of Contemporary Art in Osa.


Holiday information

All transport relevant to the itinerary (hired minibus, or local transport) is included in the price of your holiday, but for flexibility we do not include entrances, or optional cable car rides (allow NOK 500-700 per person).

Discovery holidays involve active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet. Optional short walks of approximately 2½ miles allow you to stretch your legs and see the best of the local scenery.

Free day – on our 7 night holidays we allow one free day where there is no organised excursion. This is an ideal opportunity for you to relax, enjoy the hotel facilities or explore independently.

Local area

Norway’s Western Fjords are the country’s most enduring image and rightly so. The dramatic high-sided valley landscape has been carved out by glacial activity and the fjords themselves are created by a sea level rise flooding the valleys. The result is a region filled with unquestionably beautiful sea inlets and incredible scenery at every turn that just begs to be explored.

Our holiday begins at Bergen, Norway’s historic second city and former capital, which now serves as the perfect access point to hop over the mountains into the Western Fjords region.

Shops & facilities:

150m away from the hotel there is a small supermarket and a Co-op about 5 minutes walk.  The local tourist information office opens every day (Sunday afternoon only) which can arrange bike hire and has an ATM. In the village, there is a small craft shop (Husfidsnovae) which is run by locals who sell their arts and handicrafts.  The hours are irregular but worth a try.  There are also opportunities to shop in Bergen on the last day. Here you will find an extensive number of shops ranging from department stores to specialized shops selling arts, crafts and souvenirs.

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow to Bergen.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Ulvik takes 2½ hours.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel by joining our transfer coach from Bergen airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £35.

Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.

Leaders

Deirdre Bartley

Deirdre has worked for HF Holidays since 2003 leading walking and sightseeing holidays in Europe (including the Western Fjords) as well as Guided Walking holidays in the UK.  She has taken her interest in walking, history and European culture further more recently by leading Discovery Tours, and really enjoys using her language skills to enhance guests’ enjoyment of their visit. 

Deirdre is looking forward to sharing her delight and appreciation as you join her on your personal discovery of all things Norwegian.

Jim Hart

Jim is a professional horticulturist with more than 35 years experience, working in local authority parks departments and commercial nurseries, in Britain and abroad.  For more than 15 years he was a lecturer in plant production and landscape management. He has also run his own nursery and landscape design business. Jim combines visiting gardens and plant spotting with hiking and sightseeing in various countries. Jim leads Walking, Discovery and Garden Tours in Europe, and Garden Tours in the UK.

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This was a wonderful holiday with a good combination of walking and exploring
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While communication and information was slow on occasion prior to leaving for this holiday ultimately everything I needed was tended to.

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My holiday was incredibly well planned and executed - even better than I had anticipated.
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I have been on several HF holidays, and like all the others this holiday was well organised, good leaders and excellent in every way.

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The programme was well planned, covering different aspects of Norway.
It was a small group with an excellent leader. The hotel and transport were good, and we couldn't have had better weather
24 Aug 2015, 7:23 a.m.

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Enjoyed every minute
22 Jun 2015, 4:35 p.m.

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Booking and administration process could be a lot better

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Very good hotel in excellent location
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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
28 Jun 2017 VSLEL - Discovery Tour Ulvik 7 £1,379.00 Book Now
16 Aug 2017 VSLEL - Discovery Tour Ulvik
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Aug 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Aug 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Aug 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Aug 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,589.00 Book Now
16 Aug 2017 VSLEL - Discovery Tour Ulvik 7 £1,379.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Double room for sole occupancy: £22 per night
  • Sea view: £17 per person per night (2016), £14 per person per night (2017)
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person