We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving in Norway, what the tour includes, accommodation, deposit payment and other useful information for your travels.
We recommend you wait to book flights to Scandinavia, and other parts of your travels, until we can confirm your desired travel dates for this tour. This is due to varying availabilities aboard Norway cruises, as included in this package. Contact us for more details.
ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour, which means you will follow a detailed and personalised itinerary during your road trip in Norway. No dedicated driver or tour guide is included. All accommodation, rental vehicle, and other planned activities or added services will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). As this is a self-drive tour, you are welcome to stop when and where you wish on your drive. Except for accommodation and booked activities, other highlights we’ve listed in the itinerary are suggestions based on Nordic Visitor favourites.
For inexperienced drivers who still want to explore and discover Norway, we recommend one of our guided small group tours, where you will have a local, experienced guide leading the way.
Our team of Norway travel experts carefully selects hotels around the country based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Please note, that in Norway our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.
The cruise includes cabin accommodation (unspecified cabin with windows/port holes) with private facilities, and breakfast is included. All ships have restaurants, a cafeteria, laundry room, WIFI and on-board activities. The Hurtigruten Coastal voyages are not like conventional cruises as there are 11 different ships that vary in size and age that sail the Norwegian coast on different dates. Optional shore excursions are available onboard, and we recommend that you pre-book them. We are unable to offer guaranteed cabin numbers for port-to-port and short voyages. You can disembark the ship in ports where the stop is for more than 30 minutes. Please note that you will be taking the rental car on board the cruise ship.
DRIVING IN NORWAY
For information on driving in Norway we recommend that you take a look at our online travel guide. There you will find handy information on tolls, ferries, tunnels and more! In general, the roads in Norway are of high standard and are well-maintained. Rural roads are generally two lanes and can be narrow and winding, particularly in mountainous areas. Norwegians drive on the right side of the road.
BERGENSBANEN – TRAIN BETWEEN OSLO AND BERGEN
The Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen is considered one of the world’s most scenic train rides. There are four daily departures from Oslo and Bergen. The 7 hour journey brings you across one of Europe’s highest mountain plateaus, and takes you to through spectacular and varied nature.
Journey to Bergen
Departure from Oslo: 08:25 - Arrival in Bergen: 15:00 (depending on availability)
Duration: 6.5 - 7 Hours
BUS TO STAVANGER
The coastal bus route takes about 4.5 - 5 hours, transporting you along the rugged west coast of Norway, through fjords and islands to Stavanger. The bus ride includes two ferry crossings, where you can stretch your legs, visit the cafeteria and enjoy the view from the passenger deck.
THE PULPIT ROCK HIKE
Included in the trip package is a self-guided hiking tour by bus to the Pulpit Rock. The terrain is hilly with an altitude difference of about 350 metres. The hike takes approximately 4 hours back and forth, with a total distance of approximately 6 km. Transportation to the starting point of the hike and back takes a little over one hour each way. Please note if you instead prefer going on a boat tour and skipping the hike, you can choose so during the booking steps online (see our optional activities).
We recommend that you bring enough food and drink for the duration of the self-guided tour. Please note that the tour requires sturdy hiking shoes and appropriate hiking clothing.
All bookings are charged in Euros (EUR). Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate. Therefore, conversions from EUR to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.
AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.