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Discovery Route


Discovery Route is the historic tourist route (RV13) through Fjord Norway, from Stavanger to Bergen. Established in the 1880s when travellers came by horse and carriage, to experience this spectacular landscape of mountains, glaciers, crystal clear rivers, roaring waterfalls and pristine fjords. Today this natural backdrop creates a unique diversity of outdoor activities and adventures. Along the way, historical hotels will be your home. Whilst traveling the Discovery Route you will find iconic hiking trips, famous waterfalls and some of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway; Preikestolen & Trolltunga.

Our package starts in Sandnes, with the first night’s stay at Kronen Gaard Hotell. This is a charming small hotel, where you’ll be welcomed by the aromas of lavender from the garden and baking from the kitchen. The main building, in Swiss-chalet style, dates from 1898, and the hotel is known for its fine cuisine. A flavoursome dinner is served in the evening.

There are a number of activities to enjoy en route to Suldal the next day.

Outdoorlife Norway offers guided hikes to Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, and the Kjerag area, while Fjord Events provides fun RIB experiences.

Another option is to drive directly to Mo Laksegard in Sand, located on the world-famous salmon-fishing river – Sulldalslågen –to have a go at salmon fishing or join a salmon safari. It’s also the perfect place for lunch.

Driving time from Sandnes to Sand: approx. 3 1/2 hours

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Mo Laksegard is Høse Bridge, one of the stopping points on the Ryfylke National Tourist Route. It was named ‘best bridge’ in a design competition run by the American travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Ryfylke Museum is also close by and definitely worth a visit.

From Sand, it’s just under an hour’s drive to your next overnight stay.

Energihotellet in Suldal is a family-run design hotel in the village of Nesflaten. The hotel was designed in the 1960s by the renowned architect Geir Grung and built as part of Norsk Hydro’s power plant. Local food is important here, as reflected in the dinner served to guests.

After a good breakfast at the hotel the next morning, the self-drive tour continues to Røldal, Odda and Lofthus.

The 13th-century Røldal stave church remains in regular use and is the district’s foremost tourist site. The Låtefoss waterfall is a popular attraction in Hardanger. The twin cascades plunge 165 m down the mountainside close to the road through the narrow Oddadalen valley.

Driving time from Energihotellet to Låtefoss: approx. 1 hour

Odda is home to the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry. The austerely beautiful power station is located down by the fjord and is a monument to the hydropower adventure, which started in 1906. We warmly recommend a guided tour, and a cup of coffee! Trolltunga, the Troll’s Tongue, is also nearby and is one of Norway’s most spectacular mountain formations. Trolltunga Active arranges guided tours to Trolltunga.

The driving time from Låtefoss to Hotel Ullensvang is approx. 1 hour

The Utne family at Hotel Ullensvang bid you a warm welcome to Lofthus and their historic hotel. Lofthus is situated at the heart of Hardanger, known as Norway’s biggest orchard. The high-end Hotel Ullensvang has been run by the Utne family since 1846. The hotel is famous for its excellent dinner served in the evenings.

The next day, you drive to Voss. The Hardanger Bridge is a beautiful sight on the way. The bridge is 1380 m in length, making it the longest suspension bridge in Norway and the eighth longest in the world.

Skjervsfossen, between Granvin and Voss, is one of two waterfalls close together with a fall of 150 m. Skjervsfossen offers a carefully laid-out network of paths. steps, viewpoints and rest areas.

The driving time from Lofthus to Voss is approx. 1 hour

Voss is THE place for memorable experiences, whatever the time of year. The venerable Fleischer’s Hotel is beautifully situated with views over Vangsvatnet lake. The hotel has roots back to 1864 and is now run by the fifth generation of the Fleischer family. Here you can enjoy a delicious evening meal in historical surroundings.

Ready for a little action in Voss? Then Voss Active is what you need, while Voss Folk Museum offers excitement at a gentler pace.

From Voss, drive to Bergen, where you have the option to stay an extra night.

If you want to spend a day in this beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen Base Camp offer various activities in the central area, on Fløyen and Ulriken mountains.

Enjoy your historical journey! 

History of the Discovery Route:

In the 1880s the travel agency Thomas Cook, created the Discovery Route as the very first package holidays to be sold in Fjord Norway. The first explorers of the Doscovery Route travelled by horse and carriage, and by steamboats on the fjords and the inland lakes. The route was also marketed as "The new inland Route" by the Stavanger tourist association. The famous traveller, explorer and writer E. J. Goodman travelled the route in the 1890s, and wrote the book called "The best tour of Norway".

The highlight of the Discovery Route was then, as now, the wild and unspoiled nature at the southern entrance of Fjord Norway. When tourist first started coming to Norway in the 1820-1830s, there were no hotels. The travellers stayed at coaching inns and at the rectories. In the 1880s the tourism industry had grown, and along the Discovery Route you could find several venerable hotels in the smaller villages, amny in Swiss style.

The travellers on the Discovery Route was mainly rich Englishmen, but late in the 19th century the English middle class also started coming. Besides the Englishmen tehere were also travellers from Germany and other European countries.

The Discovery Route was a great success, until the first world war and industrialization put an end to the tourism along the route. In 2013 it was time to bring back the success, in form of the new Discovery Route, inviting you to travel in the footprints of the pioneers from the 1880s.

Included in this package:

  • 1 night accomodation at Kronen Gaard Hotell included dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accomodation at Energihotellet included dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accomodation at Hotel Ullensvang included dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accomodation at Fleicher's Hotel included dinner and breakfast. 

 


  • Available: Valid all year round
  • Starting point: Stavanger/Sandnes
  • Duration: 4 nights/5 days
  • Incl.: Accomodations and meals
  • Highlight: Historic tourist route through Fjord Norway
  • Transport: Self-drive/own car/rental car

 

All inclusive per person from NOK 5 030,-

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Discovery Route is the historic tourist route (RV13) through Fjord Norway, from Stavanger to Bergen. Established in the 1880s when travellers came by horse and carriage, to experience this spectacular landscape of mountains, glaciers, crystal clear rivers, roaring waterfalls and pristine fjords. Today this natural backdrop creates a unique diversity of outdoor activities and adventures. Along the way, historical hotels will be your home. Whilst traveling the Discovery Route you will find iconic hiking trips, famous waterfalls and some of the most visited tourist attractions in Norway; Preikestolen & Trolltunga.

Our package starts in Sandnes, with the first night’s stay at Kronen Gaard Hotell. This is a charming small hotel, where you’ll be welcomed by the aromas of lavender from the garden and baking from the kitchen. The main building, in Swiss-chalet style, dates from 1898, and the hotel is known for its fine cuisine. A flavoursome dinner is served in the evening.

There are a number of activities to enjoy en route to Suldal the next day.

Outdoorlife Norway offers guided hikes to Preikestolen, the Pulpit Rock, and the Kjerag area, while Fjord Events provides fun RIB experiences.

Another option is to drive directly to Mo Laksegard in Sand, located on the world-famous salmon-fishing river – Sulldalslågen –to have a go at salmon fishing or join a salmon safari. It’s also the perfect place for lunch.

Driving time from Sandnes to Sand: approx. 3 1/2 hours

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Mo Laksegard is Høse Bridge, one of the stopping points on the Ryfylke National Tourist Route. It was named ‘best bridge’ in a design competition run by the American travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Ryfylke Museum is also close by and definitely worth a visit.

From Sand, it’s just under an hour’s drive to your next overnight stay.

Energihotellet in Suldal is a family-run design hotel in the village of Nesflaten. The hotel was designed in the 1960s by the renowned architect Geir Grung and built as part of Norsk Hydro’s power plant. Local food is important here, as reflected in the dinner served to guests.

After a good breakfast at the hotel the next morning, the self-drive tour continues to Røldal, Odda and Lofthus.

The 13th-century Røldal stave church remains in regular use and is the district’s foremost tourist site. The Låtefoss waterfall is a popular attraction in Hardanger. The twin cascades plunge 165 m down the mountainside close to the road through the narrow Oddadalen valley.

Driving time from Energihotellet to Låtefoss: approx. 1 hour

Odda is home to the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower and Industry. The austerely beautiful power station is located down by the fjord and is a monument to the hydropower adventure, which started in 1906. We warmly recommend a guided tour, and a cup of coffee! Trolltunga, the Troll’s Tongue, is also nearby and is one of Norway’s most spectacular mountain formations. Trolltunga Active arranges guided tours to Trolltunga.

The driving time from Låtefoss to Hotel Ullensvang is approx. 1 hour

The Utne family at Hotel Ullensvang bid you a warm welcome to Lofthus and their historic hotel. Lofthus is situated at the heart of Hardanger, known as Norway’s biggest orchard. The high-end Hotel Ullensvang has been run by the Utne family since 1846. The hotel is famous for its excellent dinner served in the evenings.

The next day, you drive to Voss. The Hardanger Bridge is a beautiful sight on the way. The bridge is 1380 m in length, making it the longest suspension bridge in Norway and the eighth longest in the world.

Skjervsfossen, between Granvin and Voss, is one of two waterfalls close together with a fall of 150 m. Skjervsfossen offers a carefully laid-out network of paths. steps, viewpoints and rest areas.

The driving time from Lofthus to Voss is approx. 1 hour

Voss is THE place for memorable experiences, whatever the time of year. The venerable Fleischer’s Hotel is beautifully situated with views over Vangsvatnet lake. The hotel has roots back to 1864 and is now run by the fifth generation of the Fleischer family. Here you can enjoy a delicious evening meal in historical surroundings.

Ready for a little action in Voss? Then Voss Active is what you need, while Voss Folk Museum offers excitement at a gentler pace.

From Voss, drive to Bergen, where you have the option to stay an extra night.

If you want to spend a day in this beautiful city surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen Base Camp offer various activities in the central area, on Fløyen and Ulriken mountains.

Enjoy your historical journey! 

History of the Discovery Route:

In the 1880s the travel agency Thomas Cook, created the Discovery Route as the very first package holidays to be sold in Fjord Norway. The first explorers of the Doscovery Route travelled by horse and carriage, and by steamboats on the fjords and the inland lakes. The route was also marketed as "The new inland Route" by the Stavanger tourist association. The famous traveller, explorer and writer E. J. Goodman travelled the route in the 1890s, and wrote the book called "The best tour of Norway".

The highlight of the Discovery Route was then, as now, the wild and unspoiled nature at the southern entrance of Fjord Norway. When tourist first started coming to Norway in the 1820-1830s, there were no hotels. The travellers stayed at coaching inns and at the rectories. In the 1880s the tourism industry had grown, and along the Discovery Route you could find several venerable hotels in the smaller villages, amny in Swiss style.

The travellers on the Discovery Route was mainly rich Englishmen, but late in the 19th century the English middle class also started coming. Besides the Englishmen tehere were also travellers from Germany and other European countries.

The Discovery Route was a great success, until the first world war and industrialization put an end to the tourism along the route. In 2013 it was time to bring back the success, in form of the new Discovery Route, inviting you to travel in the footprints of the pioneers from the 1880s.

Included in this package:

  • 1 night accomodation at Kronen Gaard Hotell included dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accomodation at Energihotellet included dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accomodation at Hotel Ullensvang included dinner and breakfast.
  • 1 night accomodation at Fleicher's Hotel included dinner and breakfast. 

 

This is the tour:

Day 1:
Dinner Kronen Gaard Hotell
Accomodation Kronen Gaard Hotell
Day 2:
Breakfast Kronen Gaard Hotell
Dinner Energihotellet
Accomodation at Energihotellet
Day 3:
Breakfast Energihotellet
Dinner at Hotel Ullensvang
Accomodation Hotel Ullensvang
Day 4:
Breakfast Hotel Ullensvang
Dinner Fleischer's Hotel
Accomodation Fleischer's Hotel
Day 5:
Breakfast Fleischer's Hotel