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EDVARD GRIEG'S FAVORITE PLACE

 
  • address
  • N-5787 Lofthus i Hardanger
  • phone
  • +47 53 67 00 00
  • fax
  • +47 53 67 00 01
Hotel Ullensvang is a first class hotel established in 1846 and owned and operated by the Utne family for five generations. Come discover the gorgeous Hardangerfjord, the country’s largest fruit district and the cabin of famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Admire the breathtaking scenery and experience a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Check in and breathe out.

FROM THE BANKS OF THE FJORD TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAINS

 
  • address
  • N-6789 Loen, Nordfjord
  • phone
  • +47 57 87 50 00
  • fax
  • +47 57 87 50 51
Hotel Alexandra is beautifully situated on the shores of Nordfjord, surrounded by magnificent mountains and glaciers. This first class hotel, operated by the Grov family, has offered high standards of comfort and hospitality for more than 120 years. You are unlikely to find a better place for recreation, indoor and outdoor. Immerse yourself in the countryside and enjoy the lovely spa and swimming facilities.

YOUR SECOND HOME IS FIRST

 
  • address
  • Kongens gate 5, NO-0153 Oslo
  • fax
  • +47 23 10 72 10
The only design hotel in Oslo, First Hotel Grims Grenka is a member of the “Design Hotels”. This urban resort features sensual, color-schemed accommodation in large deluxe rooms and suites – many larger than 70 m2 – and a range of sleek urban amenities such as modern restaurants, bars and a summer rooftop lounge.

You Want It, We Make It Happen

 
  • address
  • P.O Boks 684 , N-3003 Drammen, Norway
  • phone
  • +47 32 81 62 00
  • fax
  • +47 32 81 62 03
Try Norway is a leading receptive operator ready to assist you with all your Norway travel arrangements. Book your stay at any of the “Essence of the Fjord” hotels, schedule tours to some of the area’s most coveted spots and program transportation arrangements during the length of your stay. The best is that you relax while they plan your dream vacation.

Our Initiative

Our initiative is comprised by the best hotels of the fjord region and one of Norway's most respected tour operators. We pride ourselves in providing bookable solutions for travelers interested in exploring this beautiful Scandinavian country. Contact us to learn more about our excellent offerings in terms of lodging, transportation and recreational tours.

National Geographic Traveler magazine ranked the Norwegian fjords the world's top unspoiled travel destination in 2009.

SELF DRIVE THROUGH NORWAY

photo: Johnny Mazzili
photo: Innovation Norway
photo: Anders Gjengedal
photo: Johnny Mazzili

day 1     OSLO
Arrive in Oslo, the Norwegian capital. Check in at the First Hotel Grims Grenka, where you’ll experience a friendly, intimate, mystic and Scandinavia vibe.

day 2     OSLO – LOFTHUS (370 km)
In the morning, visit Oslo’s Akershus castle and the newly built Opera House, just minutes away from the hotel. Afterwards, pick up your rental car and start your drive over the mountains to “Fjord Land”, while you enjoy spectacular views of mountains, lakes and fjords. At beautiful Lofthus, once home to composer Edward Grieg, you will stay at Hotel Ullensvang.

day 3     LOFTHUS
Awaken in Lofthus to the marvelous view of the Folgefonna glacier. Relax in this charming hotel or do some sightseeing in the area, to places like the Hardangervidda National Park, Europe’s steepest railway in Flåm, or one of the various folk museums. Or simply go rowing on the fjord while you enjoy the views of the surrounding fruit orchards.

day 4     LOFTHUS – BERGEN (170 km)
Enjoy a traditionally Norwegian breakfast at the hotel before continuing your journey to Bergen, known for the Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf, where german traders built a one their many trade stations spread around the North Sea. Don't miss the bustling fish market, or the sunset from atop the Fløyen funicular viewpoint. Stay the night at the First Hotel Marin, situated right in the heart of the city, and enjoy dinner at one of the city´s many top-notch restaurants.

day 5     BERGEN – SOGNEFJORD – LOEN (320 km)
Start your day with a tour around Bergen and later, continue your journey to Loen. On the way you will cross the world’s longest fjord, stop at the Norwegian Glacier museum, prior to arriving at Hotel Alexandra.

day 6     LOEN
Start your morning at this historic hotel with a tasty breakfast. Sign up for one of the memorable experiences offered in the area, such as trips on foot, ski, boat, helicopter and bicycle. Don’t miss a visit to Europe’s largest glacier, in Briksdal, where you can treat yourself to some delicious local trout for lunch.

day 7     LOEN - OSLO (450 km)
Feeling invigorated, depart from Loen to Oslo. Along the way stop at Lillehammer, known for its old farms
and alpine ski resorts, all part of the 1994 Winter Olympic Games. End your unforgettable journey at the Gardermoen airport, in Oslo.

A BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY ACROSS NORWAY

photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Jens Henrik Nybo
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Johnny Mazzilli

day 1     OSLO
Arrive Oslo and self transfer to your hotel by the high-speed airport express train. If you thought rail transportation was a thing of the past, think again! Take a stroll around quaint and beautiful Oslo before you spend the night at First Hotel Grims Grenka, one of the most famous in the Norwegian capital.

day 2     OSLO – GEILO – HARDANGER – LOFTHUS
Departure by train from Oslo to Geilo.

Departure from Oslo South Central Station, just steps away from your hotel, at 08:11 a.m. and Arrive Geilo at 11:45 a.m.

At Geilo a comfortable tour bus awaits you to take you across the Hardangervidda National Park, the biggest mountain platou in all of Europe. Passing Eidfjord you will drive along the bank of the famous Hardanger Fjord, arriving Lofthus at 14:35.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ullensvang. Check into your room with fjord view, and stroll around this quiet orchard on your own. If you are up for it, Lofthus also has spectacular trails that go up to the Nosi viewpoint, 1000 metres above sea level.

day 3     LOFTHUS
Enjoy the beautiful Hardanger area!

On this day you can choose to take a fjord cruise to Eidfjord, departing from Lofthus to Eidfjord at 10:10 in the morning and arriving back at Lofthus at 11:45 .
On this sightseeing tour from the quay in Eidfjord we visit the Hardangervidda Nature Center. At the nature center you can learn more about the interaction between human activities and nature. We join in a journey past spectacular fjords, mountains, waterfalls, lakes and glaciers. We promise you a stunning sightseeing tour!
The tour continues up the valley of Måbødalen, offering views of Norway’s number one tourist attraction - the breathtaking waterfall at Vøringsfossen, with a vertical drop of 145 meters and a total fall of 182 meters. Afterwards, the bus returns to Eidfjord. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ullensvang.

day 4     LOFTHUS – NORHEIMSUND - BERGEN
Enjoy a breakfast at the Hotel Ullensvang before spending the day enjoying sightseeing or taking advantage of the hotel´s facilities. In the afternoon you wil depart on the fjord cruise from Lofthus to Norheimsund, where the tour bus picks you up and takes you to Bergen.

In Bergen you will spend the night at First Hotel Marin, right in the centre of town, with easy Axess to all of Bergen´s restaurants, shops and attractions..

day 5     BERGEN
Explore Bergen on your own! Take a tour of the Hanseatic Wharf, the centuries old German trading station that has made Bergen´s architecture so famous. And don´t miss the bustling fish market where you can taste almost anything that swims in the sea.

Spend one more night at First Hotel Marin while you digest Bergen´s many impressions, and prepare for departure the next day.

day 6     BERGEN – OSLO
In the morning, go back to Oslo by the famous “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, one of the world´s steepest railways that takes you through spectacular landscapes.

You will get on the train from Bergen to Voss early in the morning, and arrive Gudvangen with a stopover in Voss. Then you depart for a fjord cruise to Flåm where you get on the Norway in a Nutshell railway.

Upon your arrival at the top of the mountain you take the train to Oslo where you arrive at night.

After a long day with many impressions, enjoy a good night's sleep at First Hotel Grims Grenka.

day 7     OSLO
The splendid breakfast at First Hotel Grims Grenka will make for a great end to you trip in Norway.

Prices:
NOK PP/DBL: 9.215
Single supplement: 3.420

Included in tour:
- Overnight and breakfast at the above mentioned hotels
- Dinner at Hotel Ullensvang
- Train with Economy class seat reservation
- Boat and bus, as mentioned

For booking – please send us an email at trynorway@trynorway.no or go to the ‘book with us’ section of this website

THE NORWEGIAN CAPITAL AND ITS FJORDS

photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Johnny Mazzilli

day 1     OSLO
Arrive Oslo and self transfer to your hotel by the high-speed airport express train. If you thought rail transporation was a thing of the past, think again! Take a stroll around quaint and bueatiful Oslo before you spend the night at First Hotel Grims Grenka, one of the most famous in the Norwegian capital.

day 2     OSLO – LOEN
Departure by comfortable scheduled tour bus from Oslo to Loen! Departure from Oslo Bus Terminal, just steps from your hotel, and arrive at Loen at 6:10 pm after a brief stopover in Stryn .

Enjoy the excellent food of one of Alexandra's highly regarded gourmet restaurant, Andrine, or enjoy traditional Norwegian food at Charlotte.

day 3     LOEN
This beautiful area is home to the magnificent Jostedal Glacier National Park, where the Briksdal Glacier is located. The magestic glacier swoops down from a height of 1200m to the lush, narrow Briksdal Valley - a very pretty sight that attracts 300,000 visitors from all over the world each year.

The tour boats on the lake in front of Briksdal Glacier is a very popular activity. You can prebook this tour with the reception at the Alexandra Hotel.

The bus leaves from Loen to Briksdal at 0940, arriving Briksdal at 10:30.

While at Briksdal you will sightsee from their Trollcar - and you can even enjoy local trout for dinner at the mountain lodge.

After lunch, the bus return to Loen, arriving at 14:15. You still have plenty of time to sightsee, or to take advantage of the ultra modern Spa at Hotel Alexandra. Enjoy another great meal at Hotel Alexandra before you go to sleep in the quiet of the Loen Fjord.

day 4     LOEN - BERGEN
After a breakfast at restaurant Charlotte, your bus leaes for Bergen where you arrive in the afternoon .

In Bergen you will spend the night at First Hotel Marin, right in the centre of town, with easy access to all of Bergen´s restaurants, shops and attractions..

day 5     BERGEN
Explore Bergen on your own! Take a tour of the Hanseatic Wharf, the centuries old German trading station that has made Bergen´s architecture so famous. And don´t miss the bustling fish market where you can taste almost anything that swims in the sea.

Spend one more night at First Hotel Marin while you digest Bergen´s many impressions, and prepare for departure the next day.

day 6     BERGEN – OSLO
In the morning, go back to Oslo by the famous “Norway in a Nutshell” tour, one of the world´s steepest railways that takes you through spectacular landscapes.

You will get on the train from Bergen to Voss early in the morning, and arrive Gudvangen with a stopover in Voss. Then you depart for a fjord cruise to Flåm where you get on the Norway in a Nutshell railway.

Upon your arrival at the top of the mountain you take the train to Oslo where you arrive at night.

After a long day with many impressions, enjoy a good night's sleep at First Hotel Grims Grenka.

day 7     OSLO
The splendid breakfast at First Hotel Grims Grenka will make for a great end to you trip in Norway.

Prices:
NOK PP/DBL: 9.750
Single supplement: 3.280

Included:
- Overnight and breakfast at the above mentioned hotels
- Dinner at Hotel Alexandra
- Train with 2nd class seat reservation
- Boat and bus, as mentioned

For booking – please send us an email at trynorway@trynorway.no or go to the ‘book with us’ section of this website

A TASTE OF NORWAY'S MAGNIFICENT FJORDS

photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Johnny Mazzilli
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Innovation Norway
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Valeria Zoppello
photo: Valeria Zoppello

day 1     OSLO
Arrive Oslo and self transfer to your hotel by the high-speed airport express train. If you thought rail transporation was a thing of the past, think again! Take a stroll around quaint and beautiful Oslo before you spend the night at First Hotel Grims Grenka, one of the most famous in the Norwegian capital.

day 2     OSLO – LOEN
Departure by comfortable scheduled tour bus from Oslo to Loen! Departure from Oslo Bus Terminal, just steps from your hotel, and arrive at Loen at 6:10 pm after a brief stopover in Stryn .

Enjoy the excellent food of one of Alexandra's highly regarded gourmet restaurant, Andrine, or enjoy traditional Norwegian food at Charlotte.

day 3     LOEN
This beautiful area is home to the magnificent Jostedal Glacier National Park, where the Briksdal Glacier is located. The magestic glacier swoops down from a height of 1200m to the lush, narrow Briksdal Valley - a pretty sight that attracts 300,000 visitors from all over the world each year. A very popular optional activity is taking a safari boat on the lake in front of Briksdal Glacier.

Bus from Loen to Briksdal
- Depart 09:40 / Arrive 10:30

Excursion to Briksdalen Glacier by Trollcar -Depart 11:00 will be pre booked

Bus return to Loen via Olden
-Depart: 13:40 / Arrive 14:15

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Alexandra

day 4     LOEN - BERGEN
After enjoying Norwegian specialities for breakfast at Hotel Alexandra your board your bus for Bergen where you arrive early in the afternoon.

In Bergen you will spend the night at First Hotel Marin, right in the centre of town, with easy access to all of Bergen´s restaurants, shops and attractions..

day 5     BERGEN
Explore Bergen on your own! Take a tour of the Hanseatic Wharf, the centuries old German trading station that has made Bergen´s architecture so famous. And don´t miss the bustling fish market where you can taste almost anything that swims in the sea.

Spend one more night at First Hotel Marin while you digest Bergen´s many impressions, and prepare for departure the next day.

day 6     BERGEN – NORHEIMSUND – LOFTHUS
After breakfast, depart Bergen by bus to Norheimsund where you embark on a fjord cruise to Lofthus.

At Lofthus you check in at Hotel Ullensvang. Enjoy your fjord view, and stroll around this quiet orchard town on your own. If you are up for it, Lofthus also has spectacular trails that go up to the Nosi viewpoint, 1000 metres above sea level.

day 7     LOFTHUS
Enjoy the beautiful Hardanger area!

On this day you can choose to take a fjord cruise to Eidfjord, departing from Lofthus to Eidfjord at 10:10 in the morning and arriving back at Lofthus at 11:45 .

On this sightseeing tour from the quay in Eidfjord we visit the Hardangervidda Nature Center. At the nature center you can learn more about the interaction between human activities and nature. We join in a journey past spectacular fjords, mountains and waterfalls. We promise you a stunning journey of high mountains, deep fjords with drops over steep gorges and spectacular waterfalls, lakes and glaciers.

The sightseeing continues up the valley of Måbødalen, offering views of Norway’s number one tourist attraction - the breathtaking waterfall at Vøringsfossen, with a vertical drop of 145 meters and a total fall of 182 meters. Afterwards, the bus returns to Eidfjord. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ullensvang.

Cruise from Lofthus to Eidfjord
- Depart 10:10 / Arrive 11:45

Sightseeing tour from Eidfjord to Lofthus
- Depart 14:40 / Arrive 16:15

On this sightseeing tour from the quay in Eidfjord we visit the Hardangervidda Nature Center, joining in a journey past spectacular fjords, mountains and waterfalls. At the nature center you can learn more about the interaction of humans with nature, before continuing up the valley of Måbødalen, which offers views of Norway’s number one tourist attraction - the breathtaking waterfall at Vøringsfossen, with a vertical drop of 145 meters and a total fall of 182. After a beautiful journal, the bus returns to Eidfjord.

Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ullensvang.

day 8     LOFTHUS – VOSS – GUDVANGEN – FLÅM – MYRDAL - OSLO
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before you catch your bus to Voss, less than two hours away.

After a quick connection in Voss you will arrive Gudvangen where you instantly depart for a fjord cruise to Flåm. At Flåm you will board the Norway in a Nutshell railway, a journey that offers some of the dramatic views you can imagine.

Upon your arrival at the top of the mountain you take the train to Oslo where you arrive at night.

After a long day with many impressions, enjoy a good night's sleep at First Hotel Grims Grenka.

day 9     OSLO
Tour ends after breakfast, so participants are free to explore this vibrant city!

Prices:
NOK PP/DBL: 13.035
Single supplement: 4.200

Included in tour:
- Overnight and breakfast at the above mentioned hotels
- Dinner at Hotel Alexandra & Hotel Ullensvang
- Train with 2nd class seat reservation
- Boat and bus, as mentioned

For booking – please send us an email at trynorway@trynorway.no or go to the ‘book with us’ section of this website

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