26 October 2016
On this great Norwegian adventure you begin in the pretty coastal city of Bergen before setting sail with Hurtigurten, the country's famous ferry service that has connected coastal communities for more than 120 years. You will be hugging the coastline on your overnight journey north to Ålesund, a town famed for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture and envious location at the entrance to the Sunnmøre fjords and the spectacular Geiranger fjord..
On arrival at Bergen airport you transfer to the Grand Hotel Terminus for a two night stay. Begin your short break in this city where mountain meets fjord in impressive style. Charming and colourful Bergen embraces its surroundings and offers a fascinating array of activities including good museums, plenty of cultural activities and superb restaurants.
Free time to enjoy Bergen your way. You may wish to take the funicular or cable car up to the top of the surrounding mountains for some impressive views and trekking. Try some delicacies at the Fish Market, or buy a bun from Baker Brun. Take the tram to Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard Grieg and join the throngs exploring the Hanseatic wharf, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and symbol of Bergen’s 11th century cultural heritage.
Your Hurtigruten ship leaves early evening giving you another full day to explore the maze of perfectly preserved wooden houses and cobbled streets or delve into the art museums that fill four buildings in the city centre. Then set sail for the overnight journey to Ålesund. Dinner is served as you cruise the coast with the views made all the more enjoyable as a result of the long summer evenings.
You arrive quayside in the morning but stay on board the ship for a day cruise into the mighty Geiranger fjord during which a delicious lunch is included. There is an optional excursion today where you can disembark at Geiranger and take a dramatic and panoramic return coach journey to Ålesund arriving back to meet the boat late afternoon. Then check in to the Hotel Brosundet for a two night stay.
Today is free for you to explore Alesund at leisure. This can be on foot, by bike or on you can take an exciting sea safari. Public buses and ferries can also take you further afield to Briksdal Glacier or you can consider hiring a car for more flexibility and independence enabling you to see more of this stunning part of Norway.
Direct flights operate to London Gatwick from Alesund enabling you to enjoy another full day at leisure before returning to the UK. See more of the sights, take another exciting tour, meet the locals and go shopping for souvenirs making the most of the long sunny day.
Standard fr £941pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated