18 Scenic Roads, ‘Fjord Cuisine,’ Electric Car Tours

We all know that Norway is a beautiful land of mountains and fjords. But there are modern day and thrilling surprises, also. We asked Harald Hansen, a extensive-time Norwegian travel expert, to share a sampling of the greatest of the previous — and the new.

Inform me about Norway’s new designated Scenic Roadways.

“The Norwegian street authorities picked 18 roadways that are particularly scenic, with no enormous buses or professional site visitors allowed, all along the coast and across mountains down to southern Norway. To complement mother nature, they invited architects, designers, and artists. So you have all these great viewpoints, and distinctive rest stops. Just one even has a gold toilet.

Together the way, modern young architects have developed exclusive structures. Some are suitable on the ocean, and provide great sights — if you’re there by on your own you can seriously construct up your inner self.”

In summer season, what do you advise?

“Alaska and New Zealand also have lovely fjords, but in Norway, men and women stay suitable there, and you can appreciate the outdated farms and the regional foodstuff. It’s a living culture.

You can also acquire pilgrimage excursions, alongside routes with wood stave church buildings that go back to the 11th century. They are constructed like upside-down Viking ships.”

What about winter pleasures?

“The coastline of Norway is ice-cost-free, so you can go on wintertime expeditions on passenger boats like Hurtigruten. Persons appreciate canine-sledding, reindeer safaris, or heading out with guides searching for the Northern Lights.

Higher than the Arctic Circle you can keep in exceptional ice accommodations and snow lodges and beautiful lodges.”

For animal enthusiasts, what’s not to miss out on?

“Along the coast we have humpback whales, white whales, orcas and beluga. On the island of Svalbard, midway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, there are much more polar bears than individuals. We’re not permitted to search for polar bears simply because they’re shielded, but you’ll see them in the distance.

The Sami folks live inland in the winter on the Finnmark plateau, a national park. At the finish of April they start off migrating with their reindeer to the coastline. If you go to Northern Norway can normally meet up with reindeer.”

Give us an notion about the foodie scene.

“So a lot has transpired the earlier 20 yrs. The Oslo Opera Household, opened in 2008, really put Oslo on the map, and a new museum and a library opened nearby. So the whole waterfront location is now shops and bars, eating places and artwork galleries.

Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, has turn into really well-known since of new cooks opening restaurants. They catch their possess foodstuff, so you will find heaps of seafood. We contact it ‘fjord delicacies.’

And there is a town called Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement, which was in fact established by an American, where by you have gorgeous inns, places to eat, and a person of the most effective wine cellars in Norway.”


With scenic streets in mind, I discovered a particular tour which properly highlights both of those the aged and the new Norway.

The seven-working day Travel the Fjords supercar experience — out there on June 12 August 7 and September 4, 11, 18 — has been made by Off the Map Journey to showcase Norway’s Nationwide Vacationer Routes in the Fjords. (For the best splurge, a non-public version of the application is also offered.)

You are going to travel via Norwegian fjords and the Sunnmore Alps experiencing open roadways behind the wheel of an electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The route is pre-programmed you do the driving.

Highlights: A night in the artwork nouveau town of Alesund, with a boat ride in the fjords, and a night in a classic Sami tent in the pine forests. You will journey together the Atlantic Street, “the road across the sea,” with its seven bridges and community of tunnels journey deep into the mountains to the Troll Wall, the premier rock wall in Europe take a ferry into the Geiranger fjord journey up a gondola for the sights of the North Atlantic and encounter the fjords from the sky in a non-public helicopter.

The electric supercar achieves 283 miles on a demand, and has a built-in “charging planner” that calculates the optimum route, primarily based on your demand status. Onsite chargers are offered for your vehicle.

This unusual inexperienced excursion emphasizes gradual travel in a quickly automobile. The menu capabilities the region’s greatest nearby delicacies, together with seafood from regional purveyors. All hotel lodging support the program’s sustainability, from the electric vehicle to eco-toiletries.

(Harald Hansen’s responses were being edited and excerpted from Episode #9 of my award-successful vacation podcast, Areas I Bear in mind with Lea Lane. For the complete interview, go to your preferred podcast app, or to the website link in my bio.)