Norwegian Fjords Discovery Tour



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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Holiday overview

Explore the beautiful and dramatic landscapes and marvel at the stunning scenery of Norway’s Western Fjords from our lakeside hotel in Ulvik. On what is likely to be the most scenic holiday you'll ever take, explore historic Vik, take in the impressive Bordalsgjelet gorge and ride the breaktaking Flamsbana railway.

Holiday highlights

  • Ride the famous Flåmsbana train
  • Cruise the magnificent Sognefjord and Naeroyfjord
  • See the Stave Church in Vik
  • Small, sociable groups of up to 15 guests

Price includes

  • Good quality en-suite accommodation in one of our European partner hotels
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ leader
  • Full day excursions with all essential transport in resort
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers

In pictures...


Brakanes Hotel in Ulvik, Norway

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. 


HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016 - Silver
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016

Silver Award for Great Hotel Staff.

Your room

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, complimentary toiletries and shaving point. 

Safety box is available in reception. Iron can be made available to guests on request.

Brakanes Hotel bedroom


Brakanes Hotel conservatory-lounge 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.


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

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.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

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.
Hotel Brakanes bar

Your evenings

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 conjure a number of card games and quizzes to ensure that the sociable atmosphere of your holiday continues.


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 and the mighty Sognefjord

The world's longest fjord, Hopperstad Stave church and Kristianhus Museumm

Vik is 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 like 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 the Sognefjord to view some boathouses. 

Voss and Bordalsgjelet

Norway's 'adventure capital' and the Bordalsgjelet gorge

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 church Vangskykja, 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 scenic Bergen-Oslo and Flåmsbana railways, the Aurlandsfjord and the Naeroyfjord

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 Flåmsbana railway from Myrdal to Flam, and a ferry journey on the Aurlandsfjord and the narrow Naeroyfjord to Gudvangen.

Hardangerfjord & Vøringfossen

Spectacular fjord scenery and the majestic Vøringfossen waterfall

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

Osa and Ulvik

Apples, Cider and the Hjadlane Gallery of Contemporary Art

We’ll spend today in Ulvik, famed for its fruit trees and cider making. We’ll take a short walk along the fruit 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


Set at the head of the Ulvika Fjord, an arm of the Hardanger Fjord, Ulvik is surrounded by spectacular high mountains with steep sides, a remnant of the ice ages experienced in Norway, which carved out the many Fjords and dramatic landscapes of this part of the world. The village itself was mostly destroyed by fire during a German invasion in World War II. Now, the village is a mecca for tourism, from Walking in the summer months, to Skiing and Snowshoeing in winter to Water sports and boat rides, Ulvik is a perfect centre for interest and beauty. For something a bit different, there is a local fruit farm, a bird observation hut to discover the local wildlife, or the Olav Hauge museum, an interactive museum about the local area.


Sitting at the end of the Eidfjorden, another branch of the Hardanger Fjord, Eidfjord has a variety of attractions, and history to explore. The Sima Power Plant, built into the mountains, is a large Hydro Electric Power Plant, which moderates water flow of three major waterfalls in the area. The area has a mild climate, and produces fruit from apples and pears, to plums and cherries, a beautiful site, when the fruit tree flowers are in bloom on the mountain sides. Another attraction of Eidfjord, is the Hardangervidda National Park, which is home to Europe’s largest mountain plateau and also one of Norway’s largest Glaciers. From a walker’s perspective, Eidfjord is stunning, and is an area, which contains an abundance of Iron Age burial sites. There is a regular ferry from Ulvik to Eidfjord across the Fjord.


Voss is the adventure capital of Norway, and like Ulvik and Eidfjord has a great deal of culture. One of the major attractions there is the highly regarded Folks Museum built on the site of a farm and incorporating its buildings into an explanation of traditional Norwegian rural life. There is also a lot of food heritage, and as such, there are several delicacies to try out in the local cafes. Voss can be reached by bus from Ulvik.

Did you know?

Ulvik is at the head of the Hardanger Fjord, which is the second longest in Norway.


We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.


Travel by plane


‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option

Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Bergen airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Brakanes Hotel.

British Airways plane





‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option

Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.

If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Bergen airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flight* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £42. Transfers must be pre-booked.  Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details

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

 Coach heading to Glen Coe


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.

Sandy Smith.

Sandy Smith is a university academic, specialising in geology and environmental sciences, and has written books on these topics. She is particularly interested in the origins of landscape, both natural and human-made. With her wealth of experience, she leads a wide range of HF Holidays’ Walking and Leisure Activities holidays in the UK, Europe and worldwide

Brilliant - made everything so interesting and her local knowledge was really appreciated. 




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Dates & Prices

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Prices are per person


  • Single room: £25 per night
  • Fjord view: £15 per person per night 
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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