Beginning among the Art-Noveau architecture and pretty harbour of Ålesund, traverse deep into Norway's western fjords on this spectacular intinerary via the hairpin bends of the famous Eagle Road. Arrive at the beautiful shores of Geirangerfjord where you’ll explore over three idyllic days, enjoying everything from mountain hikes to cruises past the rippling cliffs. Alongside it all you'll enjoy dips in the outdoor pool and delicious dinners offering the very best of Norwegian fare.
Day 1: UK to Ålesund
Board your flight to Ålesund and, on arrival, check in to the Hotel Brosundet. Here, antique beams and timber floors are the frame for Ålesund’s pretty streetscape and waterfront. Perhaps spend the afternoon strolling among the city's pastel-hued Art-Noveau architecture and venture the 418 steps up Mt. Aksla to be greeted with awe-inspiring views of the snow-topped surrounds. End it all with a drink at the swish hotel bar – we also recommend treating yourself to the five or seven course degustation menu where you’ll be taken on a culinary journey through some of Norway’s finest dishes, paired with sommelier-chosen wines.
Day 2: Ålesund
You have a full day to explore Ålesund today, and your waterfront hotel is perfectly placed for venturing out on foot. The town is home to several unique museums, including the Ålesunds Museum, Fisheries Museum, and Art Museum KUBE. Sunnmøre Museum & Borgundkaupangen offers a chance to look around a collection of old houses and historic boats out in the fresh air, while the Atlantic Sea Park houses penguins, otters and other marine animals. As this is is Norway's most famous fishing harbour, be sure to sample the local cuisine, perhaps with fish and chips on the harbour, or at your hotel, which offers the likes of haddock dumplings and delicious, pan-fried catch of the day.
Day 3: Ålesund to Geirangerfjord
After collecting your hire car, your journey towards one of Norway's most famous fjords begins – we recommend going via the epic Trollstigen that sees you traverse mountain passes and hairpin bends past roaring waterfalls. Check in to the charming Hotel Union on arrival, a century-old property that's been immaculately renovated to suit its picturesque surroundings. Tonight, perhaps visit the onsite outdoor therapy pool, overlooking the fjord and mountains, before an included gourmet dinner.
Days 4-5: Geirangerfjord
Enjoy two full days of exploring from your base in Geiranger – you can take in road trips on the switchbacks of the famous Eagle's Road and visit the area’s highest peak for wonderfully panoramic vistas. For something a little different, take the Geiranger-Hellesylt Ferry on an idyllic fjord cruise and climb to 1011m heights on the spectacular Loen Skylift. And, after days spent walking well-trodden trails among the lovely scenery, look forward to multi-course gourmet meals included in your stay.
Day 6: Depart for UK
Today begins with rolling green valleys as you drive back towards Ålesund after breakfast. Return your hire car to the airport and take your flight home to the UK.
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