South Coast & Hardanger Fjord

Oslo, Kristiansund, Stavanger, Hardangerfjord & Bergen
7 days
April - October
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This self drive tour circle tour takes you from Oslo to the south and west of Norway. Highlights include Stavanger, from where you can visit the famous Pulpit Rock, the beautiful Hardangerfjord area, and the old Hanseatic trading city of Bergen.

Day 1 Oslo Arrival
Arrive at Oslo's Gardermoen Airport, pick-up your rental car, and drive into the city. We recommend a visit to the famous Vigeland Sculpture Park, or one of the many great museums. These include the Viking Ship Museum where the best preserved Viking ships ever found are on display, the Fram Museum of polar exploration where the entire original Arctic exploration ship Fram is exhibited along with it's original interior and inventory, and the Kon-tiki Museum which contains original vessels and objects from Thor Heyerdal’s many expeditions, And spend time in the old Bryggen wharf area, now bustling with bars and cafes. Overnight in Oslo. 

Day 2 Oslo - Kristiansand 325km
In the morning, depart from Oslo and head south. The southern part of Norway is known as  “The Norwegian Riviera” - this stretch of coast has more sunny days per year than anywhere else in the country. Drive via Larvik, an attractive port town with a fine maritime museum, and continue to Kristiansand. Southern Norway’s largest city is a charming place; the city was built by King Christian IV in 1641 in a characteristic chessboard layout featuring four town “quarters”, and the centre of the town is an attractive mixture of historic buildings and relaxed seaside atmosphere. Overnight in Kristiansund. 

Day 3 Kristiansand - Stavanger 270km
Leave Kristiansand and drive to Mandal, the southern most town in Norway. The town is built on both sides of the Mandalselva river and has extensive parklands and 2km of sandy beaches within easy reach. The wooden church of Mandal, built in 1821 and Norway’s largest, is well worth a visit. Continue to Stavanger, the cosmopolitan centre of the region and Norway’s 4th largest city. Visit the Cathedral (the oldest in Norway) and Old Stavanger, where you will find Northern Europe’s biggest and best preserved  concentration of wooden houses, with more than 170 houses built at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Overnight in Stavanger. 

Day 4 Stavanger - Rosendal 295km
Explore the Rogaland region and take the ferry from Lauvvik to Oanes. Easily accessible from Stavanger is one of Norway’s most famous sights, Preikestolen or "Pulpit Rock", which is an awesome flat rock formation standing out almost 600 metres above the Lysefjord. The sheer rock walls rise as high as one kilometre in places. Hiking up to the Preikestolen gives you an astonishing view of the Lysefjord from 600 metres above sea level. Or you can cruise on the fjord past this awesome sight. From Stavanger continue towards the Hardanger region, and take the ferry from Hjelmeland to Nesvik and on to the romantic village of Rosendal, located by the fjord. Overnight in Rosendal. 

Day 5 Rosendal - Bergen 119km 
In the morning drive to Utne. Travel by ferry to Kvanndal, and continue to the old Hanseatic town Bergen, capital of Western Norway and gateway to the fjords Take a tour of Bergen; visit the Fish and Flower Market, the old harbour of Bryggen, the Hanseatic quarters and  take a ride on the funicular up to Mount Fløien to admire the magnificent views over the city and the surrounding area. Overnight in Bergen.

Day 6 Bergen Departure
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Bergen Airport.

Departures: daily April - October 

Includes: 5 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in 3 star centrally located hotels; automatic car rental class J Toyota Auris or similar for 6 x 24 hour days (144 hours) pick up Oslo Airport and drop off Bergen Airport  including unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and taxes and one way drop off fee; domestic ferries for car and passengers according to the programme being Ferry Lauvvik - Oanes, Ferry Hjelmeland - Nesvik, Ferry Utne - Kvanndal.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2056.00
Single AUD$ 3519.00

Includes: 5 nights’ accommodation including breakfast in 3 star centrally located hotels; automatic car rental class J Toyota Auris or similar for 6 x 24 hour days (144 hours) pick up Oslo Airport and drop off Bergen Airport  including unlimited mileage, CDW, theft protection and taxes and one way drop off fee; domestic ferries for car and passengers according to the programme being Ferry Lauvvik - Oanes, Ferry Hjelmeland - Nesvik, Ferry Utne - Kvanndal.

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