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The famous travel company Thomas Cook created the Discovery Route in the 1880s – the first ever fjord package holidays to be sold in Norway. Their clients at the time were mainly rich Englishmen. This new Discovery Route will take you through the incomparable beauty of Norway in all its diversity. Breathtaking scenery awaits: conquer Preikestolen, look out over Allmannajuvet and, after an active day, relaxation and local food and drink will provide the perfect end to your adventures. Local hosts will welcome you into your historical lodgings, and will be eager to tell you more about themselves and their country.

The route can be taken as either a one-way route or a round trip starting and ending in Bergen or Stavanger. Variations can be tailored with more or less activities, and/or more or less nights. Winter variations available with skiing, snow shoeing and ice skating adventures.

Day 1:
ADVENTURE STARTS IN STAVANGER
Discovering Norway's Oil Capital Stavanger is Europe’s oil and energy capital, which attracts all nationalities. Begin with a stroll through the city centre. Based on your preferences we will give you our best insider tips, visiting the cutting edge Oil Museum or the local Canning Museum, where you can learn about how early fishing-based economy fed the growth of this powerhouse city. Tucking into Stavanger's gourmet food scene is a must. Restaurants such as Re-Naa and Sabi Omakase are internationally acclaimed, and with good reason. You’ll stay at a hotel next to broad, windswept Jæren, which includes one of the most beautiful beaches in Norway.
Day 2:
PULPIT ROCK OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Experience the iconic rock away from the crowds Avoid the crowds and let our guide conduct you to one of Norway’s legendary landmarks along secret paths using local knowledge. Crossing Refsvatn lake by canoe, you’ll continue to the majestic rock on foot through splendid nature, switching between official footpaths and off-trail hiking. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery with Lysefjorden stretching out beneath you, enjoy the neck-tingling views from the vertiginous summit of Preikestolen, otherwise known as Pulpit Rock. The dramatic location recently featured in the climax of 2018 film Mission Impossible 6. After the hike, return for dinner in the wine cellar of the hotel.
Day 3:
TRANQUIL SPA
Wellness and relaxation Start your journey on the RV13 road on the way to your next night’s accommodation: a tranquil spa on the banks of the fjord. After the previous day’s hike, here you will receive a relaxing massage and nourishing healthy meal with a glass of bubbly as you watch the sunset from the garden. This place has all the elements for the perfect and unforgettable romantic moment.
Day 4:
POWERFUL ROAD TRIP
Guided tour in zinc mines and Energy hotel stay A detour on the Ryfylke Scenic Route takes you through Sauda on your way to the Energy Hotel, where you will spend the night. The building, by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, at Allmannajuvet zinc mines is worth the trip in itself. (Even the lavatories here are the most sumptuous and expensive you are ever likely to try.) Walk the scenic path and venture inside the mines to gain insight into the strenuous lives of the miners who excavated 12 000 tonnes of zinc ore over an 18 year period. Accommodation is in one of the Energy Hotel’s designer rooms, in which the focus of every one is the view of Suldalsvatnet. An evening feast awaits, with local produce served by your hosts.
Day 5:
HARMONIOUS HARDANGER
Stave Church & Cider Visit the stave church in Røldal, built between 1200-50 and famous for its crucifix said to possess healing properties, which can still be found in the church. Make a detour via a beautiful agricultural village with original medieval dwellings. Hardanger is known for its idyllic orchards where apples, plums and cherries are turned into gorgeous juices and quality ciders, which one of the local farmers will ply you with. Continue to a historic hotel in Ullensvang by the mighty Hardangerfjord, where you can swim in Norway's longest outdoor pool and relax in the spa. Your room has a view over Hardangervidda, Folgefonna and Hardangerfjorden.
Day 6:
HISTORICAL ULLENSVANG
Enjoy a leisurely day at Hotel Ullensvang Enjoy a leisurely day at Ullensvang Bath, take a stroll through the garden and walk along the fjord. Enjoy a taste of Hardanger in the restaurant, with the finest local produce. We will tailor your days to your preference: options include a private guided hike on the royal-approved HM Queen Sonja Panoramic Trail. Insider Tip: Try the cherries in the harvesting season, they are probably the tastiest in the world!
Day 7-9:
VIBRANT BERGEN
Explore charming Bergen Enjoy a spell in this historic yet vibrant maritime and cultural city on Norway’s west coast. Your boutique hotel room features modern design and luxurious interior. Enjoy your quality time together, while we tailor the rest. You can whizz on an electric bike to Trollhaugen, the former home of Norway’s national composer Edvard Grieg, and finish the visit with traditional Norwegian waffles with a local family. Before you leave, you can also take a private guided stroll along the UNESCO-rated Bryggen Wharf.

Included:

  • 8 nights in higher-end hotel accommodation with breakfast; spa access in two hotels
  • 4 dinners
  • Rental Car 8 days
  • Guided hike to Preikestolen
  • Private guided tour of Allmannajuvet and private guided tour in Bergen
  • Up Norway services and digital travel guide
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