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Grand Norway Self Drive: Oslo to Oslo

Duration
12 Days
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Wind your way past stunning fjords, central highlands and picture-perfect towns like Bergen and Trondheim while driving to Norway’s top destinations. Encounter waterfalls, glaciers, UNESCO World Heritage sites, hair-raising mountain roads and dramatic coastlines all in one road trip.


This 12-day self-drive tour is perfect for independent travelers who like the flexibility to decide their own pace and itinerary when exploring the world. Whether you prefer a self-drive car with pre-booked accommodation or a rental car, Goway has you covered. Norway is a perfect country to explore at your own pace. If this tour peaks your interest, we also offer self-drive tours in other parts of the world.

Begin in Oslo, one of the world’s northernmost capitals. While Oslo often gets ignored in favour of its Scandinavian brethren, Stockholm and Copenhagen, the city will surprise you with its combination of urban modernism and gorgeous natural landscape. Examine ninth century Viking longboats at the Viking Ship Museum. See if you can figure out why the new skyscraper district is colloquially called the “Barcode.” Hike the Norwegian capital’s many parks and hills before sampling the vibrant restaurant scene.

From Oslo, drive to Geilo, a ski resort midway across the country. Surrounded by rolling hills, Geilo is perfect for hiking in summer and skiing in winter. You can hike in the nearby Hardangervidda National Park or visit Hallingskarvet to see the Vargebreen glacier. The stunning Voringfossen waterfall is also nearby.

Continue from Geilo to Bergen, a majestic seaside town surrounded by seven hills and seven fjords. Bergen was an important seaport in the Middle Ages. It also served as the capital of Norway and a member of the Hanseatic League. Visit the famous colourful wooden buildings of Bryggen that line the harbour; they’re among the most gorgeous in northern Europe. But Bergen is more than Bryggen. Visit the home of Romantic composer Edvard Grieg, ride the funicular up Floyen Mountain or head north to see the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Norway, which runs 205 kilometres long and can reach a width of four kilometres in parts.

From Bergen, head to Geiranger, a tourist village sitting on the end of the Geirangerfjord, often considered the most beautiful fjord in the world. Ride a ferry across the fjord and relish the green hills, deep blue water and open sky. On your way further north, stop for a view of the Seven Sisters Falls and drive the Trollstigen or Trolls' Ladder, which famously snakes up the mountains.

Alesund lies on a western coastal peninsula. Traditionally Norway’s main port for cod-fishing, Alesund suffered a fire in 1904 and was rebuilt in the Jugendstil or Art Nouveau style. The city remains one of the best examples of this flamboyant style. On the northern coast of Norway lies Trondheim, the centre of all things Viking in the country. It served as its capital until the early thirteenth century and remains a significant trading port to this day. Explore the city’s main Viking sites such as the statue of Leif Erikson and see Europe’s most northernmost cathedral, Nidaros Domkirke.

As you continue back south, you’ll see Roros, a world heritage site and one of the coldest villages in Norway. Roros was historically home to a copper mine and the village’s inhabitants still live in the charming wood houses that miners inhabited. Get up close to these homes dotting the hillside to appreciate their original log facades. Further south is Lillehammer, a gorgeous ski resort north of Oslo. Site of the 1994 Winter Olympics, the town is second-to-none when it comes to winter sports. Visit the Lysgardsbakken Olympic Arena or the open-air museum of Maihaugen. Visit the home of renowned Norwegian author Sigrid Undset, who lived here when she won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928. Enjoy the alpine landscape before returning to Oslo.

This extensive self-drive through Norway takes you through many of the country’s best sites and lets you appreciate its stunning, varied landscape.


 

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Duration
12 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Arrive Oslo - The Capital of Norway

On arrival into Oslo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Continental Oslo

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    Hotel Continental Oslo



    The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 500 feet from Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access. The National Theater is just across the street. The Royal Palace is a …

    The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 500 feet from Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access.

    The National Theater is just across the street. The Royal Palace is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Baggage storage
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi in Lobby
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Oslo - Geilo

After breakfast, collect your rental car at the Europcar office in Oslo and start your journey through the Hallingdal Valley on your way to Geilo, a charming mountain village. On this scenic drive, you will travel past steep ski hills, through beautiful forests and over plateaus with great views.

Driving distance approx. 240 km / 149 mi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Dr Holms Hotel

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    Dr Holms Hotel



    Centrally located in the ski resort of Geilo, Dr. Holms hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a range of spa facilities. Geilo Train Station is 985feet away. The surrounding area is excellent for skiing and hiking. Slaatta Ski Centre is less than 657feet away.

    Centrally located in the ski resort of Geilo, Dr. Holms hotel offers free Wi-Fi, free parking and a range of spa facilities. Geilo Train Station is 985feet away.

    The surrounding area is excellent for skiing and hiking. Slaatta Ski Centre is less than 657feet away.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Cafe
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Ski Equipment Rental
    • Terrace

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Grand Norway Self Drive

11 days Car rental in Norway

Duration0 Hours
Day 3

Geilo - Bergen, Hardangerfjord at its best

From Geilo, drive along the Hardangervidda National Park to the inner parts of the beautiful Aardangerfjord, with its spectacular views, on the way to Osoyro. You will pass the first glacier on your tour, Hardanger Jokulen, and visit the impressive waterfall, Voringfossen - the highest in Norway, with a cascade of 182 metres. From Voringfossen, you will continue through the dramatic and narrow Mabodalen valley, along Eidfjord, and end the day in Bergen.

Driving distance approx. 261 km / 162 mi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret

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    Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret



    Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret is a luxurious 4-star hotel opened in 2006. Its vintage stone-building from the 1920's is located on the quayside and was once the Customs House. The charming cosy guest rooms are soundproofed. The soft shades of the chocolate textures, floor to …

    Clarion Collection Hotel Havnekontoret is a luxurious 4-star hotel opened in 2006. Its vintage stone-building from the 1920's is located on the quayside and was once the Customs House.

    The charming cosy guest rooms are soundproofed. The soft shades of the chocolate textures, floor to ceiling drapes, original granite staircase are all in harmony with the historic character of the building. The big elegant lounge includes an English and Norwegian library, while the rooftop outlooks fabulous views of the harbour.

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Day 4

Bergen City of Wonders

Spend the day in Bergen. Bergen is a wonderful city, full of life and culture. In this "must-visit" city, you will find Bryggen, listed by Unesco as a World Heritage site; exceptional old houses; a vibrant fish and flower market; cable cars offering stunning views, great museums, dynamic culture, and more.

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Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Quality Sogndal

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    Quality Sogndal



    The Sogndal Hotel is located in the heart of Sogndal, the largest city in the area. The hotel is very modern, and the outside with glass walls, the hotel looks like a diamond in the beautiful nature of the areal. This will be an unforgettable …

    The Sogndal Hotel is located in the heart of Sogndal, the largest city in the area. The hotel is very modern, and the outside with glass walls, the hotel looks like a diamond in the beautiful nature of the areal. This will be an unforgettable experience for all who like to admire the mountains and fantastic nature experience. The rooms are decorated in Scandinavian style with cute and pretty colors, and the hotel has all the necessary services to provide good quality service for customers.

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Day 5

Songdal - Geiranger

Drive the Fjaerlands Road to see Jostedal Glacier, "mainland Europe's largest icecap", and visit the Norwegian glacier museum. Then continue via Lake Jolster, Loen and Stryn to Hellesylt, where you will take the ferry on the lovely Geirangerfjord, which can easily be considered the most beautiful fjord in the world. Here you will find magnificent and impressive waterfalls, such as the Seven Sisters and Bridal Veil.

Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Union Geiranger

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    Hotel Union Geiranger



    The Hotel Union is inviting you to enjoy one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world. The inscription of the Geirangerfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List is relatively recent, but magnificent natural surroundings have been an attractive destination for many generations of …

    The Hotel Union is inviting you to enjoy one of the most exceptionally beautiful landscapes in the world. The inscription of the Geirangerfjord on the UNESCO World Heritage List is relatively recent, but magnificent natural surroundings have been an attractive destination for many generations of visitors, from far and near, who come not only to stay, but to experience something that is truly unique. Experience the landscape and nature. Hear the sound of rushing waterfalls. Breathe in the clear, clean air. See the magnificent views across the Geirangerfjord. The fjord and surrounding mountains form a unique and fabulous backdrop to your stay. In surroundings like these, your thoughts can take flight. Close proximity to unspoiled nature helps the body and mind recharge with new energy.

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Day 6

Geiranger - Alesund

From Geiranger, you will drive up Ornevegen, or the "Eagles' highway", to Eidsdal, where you will take the ferry to Linge. Then head east for the dramatic drive up Trollstigen, the "Troll Ladder", which is one of the most visited attractions in Norway. After viewing the high mountains encircling Trollstigen, you will continue to the captivating town of Alesund.

Driving distance approx. 110 km / 68 mi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Scandic Alesund

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    Scandic Alesund



    Scandic Alesund is perfect for anyone who wishes to experience the town at its very best. If you're organising a conference, we have bright conference rooms right by the water's edge, with a capacity for up to 130 participants. If you want to take a …

    Scandic Alesund is perfect for anyone who wishes to experience the town at its very best. If you're organising a conference, we have bright conference rooms right by the water's edge, with a capacity for up to 130 participants. If you want to take a break from it all, the hotel has a sauna and gym. In the evening you can enjoy delicious food, drinks and a lake view from the hotel's restaurant, Molja, where you'll be able to experience the bustling boating scene and the natural environment up close. There's free WiFi for all hotel guests. Scandic Alesund lies in the heart of a beautiful and charming town, famous for its distinctive Art Nouveau architecture.

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Day 7

Alesund

Relax and enjoy the day in the fishing and ferry town of Alesund. The town was rebuilt in 1904 after a terrible fire, and is therefore distinctively different from any other Norwegian town, with its beautiful Art Nouveau architecture. The myriad of turrets, spires and beautiful ornamentation give the town its distinctive character, which is like something from a fairytale. Here you have the opportunity to visit the Atlantic Sea Park and enjoy the stunning views over the town from Fjellstua.

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Day 8

Alesund - Trondheim

Drive to Vestnes and take the ferry to Molde, then head to the fishing village of Bud, which in the 16th and 17th centuries was the most important trading center between Bergen and Trondheim. You will take the Atlantic Ocean Road, with the vast and boundless ocean on one side, and majestic snow-clad mountain peaks towering on the other. Trondheim is the original capital of Norway, and until the 16th century, Trondheim was known as Nidaros. Here you will find Nidaros Cathedral, which is one of Scandinavia's largest buildings from the middle ages.

Driving distance approx. 355 km / 220 mi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Scandic Nidelven Hotel

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    Scandic Nidelven Hotel



    Welcome to Scandic Nidelven, the hotel that has won the prize for having "The Best Hotel Breakfast in Norway" for 10 years in a row. The hotel is fantastically located in the centre of Trondheim, 17 metres out into the beautiful river Nidelven. It offers …

    Welcome to Scandic Nidelven, the hotel that has won the prize for having "The Best Hotel Breakfast in Norway" for 10 years in a row. The hotel is fantastically located in the centre of Trondheim, 17 metres out into the beautiful river Nidelven. It offers great conference facilities adapted to suit our customers' wishes and needs.

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Day 9

Trondheim - Roros

Today you will head southeast, close to the Swedish border, to explore the World Heritage-listed village, Roros. Roros is a beautiful gem with a charming atmosphere, lovely houses and delightful tiny streets and alleys.

Driving distance approx. 155 km / 96 mi.

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Duration1 Night
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Scandic Partner Bergstadens

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    Scandic Partner Bergstadens



    Enjoy a great stay in Roros and the Bergstaden district. Our hotel has everything you need for a comfortable vacation or business trip. Wake up relaxed, eat from our big breakfast buffet and great food in our à la carte restaurant in the evening. For …

    Enjoy a great stay in Roros and the Bergstaden district. Our hotel has everything you need for a comfortable vacation or business trip. Wake up relaxed, eat from our big breakfast buffet and great food in our à la carte restaurant in the evening. For the whisky connoisseur we have a bar with plenty of brands to choose from. We arrange meetings for up to 130 people and we are conveniently located close to bus station, airport and the city centre.

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Day 10

Roros - Lillehammer

From Roros, drive south to Lillehammer, the host town of the 1994 Winter Olympics. In Lillehammer, you can visit the Maihaugen open-air museum, the Olympic Museum and/or the Lysgardsbakken Olympic Arena.

Driving distance approx. 240 km / 149 mi.

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Duration1 Night
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Scandic Victoria Hotel Lillehammer

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    Scandic Victoria Hotel Lillehammer



    This hotel is located in the Olympic city, in the central street, "Storgatan" with its famous old wooden houses. It forms the ideal location to enjoy the many attractions and activities that Lillehammer and the surrounding area has to offer. The hotel was built in …

    This hotel is located in the Olympic city, in the central street, "Storgatan" with its famous old wooden houses. It forms the ideal location to enjoy the many attractions and activities that Lillehammer and the surrounding area has to offer. The hotel was built in 1872, and the old part of the hotel has maintained the character of that era, with its cozy and cute atmosphere. The hotel has several suites, and all rooms have television, telephone, radio, minibar, private bathroom with shower.

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Day 11

Lillehammer - Oslo

Leave the Olympic village after you have seen and enjoyed all the best Lillehammer has to offer. On you way to Oslo, stop at Hamar to visit Vikingskipet, the impressive ice rink built for the Olympics. Enjoy the rest of the day in the capital. Spend the night at a hotel in central Oslo.

Driving distance approx. 240 km / 149 mi.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Continental Oslo

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    Hotel Continental Oslo



    The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 500 feet from Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access. The National Theater is just across the street. The Royal Palace is a …

    The elegant Hotel Continental is centrally located in Oslo, only 500 feet from Oslo's main street, Karl Johan. It is the only 5-star hotel in Norway, and offers free in-room Internet access.

    The National Theater is just across the street. The Royal Palace is a 5-minute walk from the hotel.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Babysitting Services
    • Baggage storage
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Free WiFi in Lobby
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Day 12

Oslo Departure

After breakfast you have the opportunity to do some last-minute shopping, visit one of Oslo's many museums or just relax at a café after this enjoyable holiday. You are then transferred to the airport for your onward or return flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • All accommodation as listed
  • 10 day car rental with basic insurance CDW / THW
  • Meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals and beverages not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
  • Entrances fee to attractions
  • Fees for ferries, tunnels, toll roads, parking of any kind or any other miscellaneous driving

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Car options (subject to availability)

 

 

Vehicle class:     Sample model:     Minimum age required:     
Economy VW Polo 19 years
Compact VW Golf 19 years
Intermediate Audi A3 Sportback  19 years
Compact VW Golf DSG Automatic    19 years
Standard VW Tiguan 4WD 25 years
Premium BMW 3-Series 25 years

 

Hotel check in is 3:00PM

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

From pricing is based on an estimated cost of 10 day car rental based on Economy VW Polo. Prices are subject to change due to the fluctuation of car rates until such time of deposit, when guaranteed prices are confirmed. Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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