50 Degrees North, has introduced an innovative new eight-day tour for 2019 – The Western Fjords of Norway. While largely unknown to international visitors, the Western fjords are a rare gem. The landscape is pristine and exceptionally beautiful even by Norwegian standards.
However, the landscape is not the only factor that makes The Western Fjords of Norway tour exceptional. It’s the ease to access such a unique and remote region without having to face peak summer traffic. This journey takes travellers off the beaten path as it showcases sites that aren’t known by many travellers. 50 Degrees North eases the experience by offering private transportation to the various sites in the comfort of a spacious and yet intimate minivan (one to 12 people) which offers safety, flexibility and convenience, more so for solo travelers.
Tietse Stelma, 50 Degrees North’s CEO and co-founder, said, “The Western Fjords of Norway is designed for people who wish to see a more authentic Norway while still visiting some of the most breathtaking locations that Norway has to offer. The most famous routes in Norway get very crowded, and we recognise the importance of introducing travellers alternatives routes and lesser known experiences.”
The self-guided tour starts from Bergen and finishes in Ålesund. In between, travellers get to join the locals on a coastal ferry ride from Bergen to Måløy, followed by a three-day minivan journey through the fjords with the picturesque village of Loen as the main base from where to explore nearby glaciers, waterfalls, as well as local history, food, and culture. The last leg of the journey follows the Hjørundfjord, a stunning fjord surrounded by lush forests and small, scenic villages.
The trip runs weekly from May to September with fixed departures from Bergen every Friday. It can also be combined with its sister tour, Beautiful Norway, making it a 14-day tour across the fjords.