From Art-Nouveau Ålesund's pretty peninsula setting, this road trip brings you deep in Norway's western fjords via the vertigo-inducing switchbacks of the Eagle Road. You'll arrive at Geirangerfjord's waterside idyll for three days of independent exploration. Perhaps contemplate the scenery on gentle fjord-side rambles, head into the hills on criss-crossing hiking trails or hit the waters to cruise out among waterfall-dappled cliffs. It's all complemented by soaks in the hotel's outdoor pool and included gourmet dinners that showcase the best of the region's gastronomic offerings.
Day 1: UK/Ålesund
Fly to Ålesund and check in to the Hotel Brosundet, whose antique-beamed rooms are framed by views of the pretty waterfront. Spend the afternoon looking around the town's gorgeous Art-Nouveau centre. Entirely rebuilt following the great fire of 1904, it's a vision of pastel-coloured beauty. Then, perhaps walk the 418 steps up Mt. Aksla to take it all in from up above, along with sweeping views of the surrounding Sunnmøre Alps.
Days 2-4: Geirangerfjord
Collecting your hire car, head out on a scenic drive past towering cliffs and powerful waterfalls to Geirangerfjord. It's well worth taking the longer route via the Trollstigen, a series of switchbacks that bring you over high mountain passes. Then, once arrived, you'll check into the Hotel Union – a grand, 100-year-old dame that's been delightfully updated for the 21st century. The next two days are free for sightseeing. Perhaps take a drive along the famous Eagle's Road, enjoy a cruise on the fjord and visit Dalsnibba. It's the region's highest peak and offers spectacular views of the fjord. There's also the chance to head out on foot, with a number of well-marked trails bringing you among bucolic farmlands and more dramatic outlooks. Each day you'll return to included, gourmet dinners.
Stay: Hotel Union, Geiranger
Day 5: Ålesund
Drive back to Ålesund, mapping those lush-green valleys to arrive for a final night at the Hotel Brosundet. Perhaps admire the harbour's Viking ships, head out to its surrounding island crags or admire the 19th-century lighthouse before dropping your hire car off. You might also want to cap off your trip with a celebration dinner, given that Ålesund's seaside position brings in some of Norway's finest catches. But, you won't need to look far to find some the town's best seafood, with your hotel's own Maki restaurant serving multi-course menus that include everything from haddock dumplings to a delicious, pan-fried catch of the day.
Day 6: Depart for UK
After breakfast, make your way to the airport for your flight home.
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