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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. 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. Along the way, historical hotels will be your home.


Day 1: Welcome to Sandnes

This unique experience starts in Sandnes,  a small and quiet city a short distance south of Stavanger. Your first night’s stay will be here at Kronen Gaard Hotell - 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 all the way back to 1898.

The hotel is known for its fine cuisine, which you will experience when a flavoursome dinner is served in the evening.

Day 2: Suldal and Energihotellet

Enjoy a good breakfast and take some time to explore the area before you continue your journey.

There are a number of activities to enjoy en route to Suldal:

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. Have a go at salmon fishing or join a salmon safari. It’s also the perfect place for lunch. The drive from Sandnes to Sand takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. See route here.

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Mo Laksegard is Høse Bridge, one of the stopping points on the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke. 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. See route here.

Your next stop is Energihotellet in Suldal, 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. The architectural work consists of housing estate, power station and the building which today is Energihotellet. The strong concrete brutalism breaks with what you would expect to find in a small village in Western Norway. At Energihotellet, the architecture creates the perfect frame for a spectacular meeting with nature.

In the evening you will have a food experience in harmony with the surroundings. Food and beverages are always designed to compliment the seasonal availability of local produce.


Day 3: Hardanger and Hotel Ullensvang

After a good breakfast at the hotel the next morning, the journey continues to Røldal, Odda and Lofthus. Driving time from Energihotellet to Lofthus is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. See route here.

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

Continuing from Låtefoss you will travel through Odda and 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.


Check in at Hotel Ullensvang, situated at the heart of Hardanger - better known as Norway’s biggest orchard. Hotel Ullensvang’s history dates back to 1846. Today, the hotel has an impressive range of facilities, including the wonderful Ullensvang Bath with swimming pools indoors and outdoors, tennis court and restaurant serving dishes based on wonderful local produce. Located at the heart of beautiful Hardanger, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring the region.

Enjoy the facilities and historic surroundings and end the day with a local dinner.


Day 4: Voss and Fleischer's Hotel 

After a good breakfast the next day, you continue to Voss. The driving time from Lofthus to Voss is approximately 1 hour. See route here.

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.

On the road between Granvin and Voss lies Skjervsfossen with its twin falls plunging out from a height of 150 metres. Skjervsfossen offers a carefully organised network of paths, stairs, viewpoints, rest areas, picnic areas and parking facilities. The experience of the waterfall will differ depending on your location along the waterfall, the weather, seasons and water flow. At the foot of the waterwall, you can experience the Shower; a beautiful scenic area in which you feel the immense power of the waterfall surging through your body.

Your last stop is at venerable Fleischer’s Hotel, 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. 

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

In the evening you are served a delicious evening meal in historical surroundings.


Day 5:
 Departure and new adventures 

From Voss, drive to Bergen, where you have the option to stay an extra night. We recommend a night at Opus XVI. As relatives of Edvard Grieg, it is the hotel's desire to give its guests a different, nice experience - a classic and modern twist that gives the guest an insight into the composer's rich life.

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

  • Available: 5/3 - 21/11 2022
  • Starting point: Stavanger/Sandnes
  • Duration: 4 nights/5 days
  • Incl.: Accommodation, breakfast and dinner
  • Highlight: Historic tourist route through the fjords
  • Transport: Self-drive/own car/rental car

Price per person from NOK 6 390,-

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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. 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. Along the way, historical hotels will be your home.


Day 1: Welcome to Sandnes

This unique experience starts in Sandnes,  a small and quiet city a short distance south of Stavanger. Your first night’s stay will be here at Kronen Gaard Hotell - 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 all the way back to 1898.

The hotel is known for its fine cuisine, which you will experience when a flavoursome dinner is served in the evening.

Day 2: Suldal and Energihotellet

Enjoy a good breakfast and take some time to explore the area before you continue your journey.

There are a number of activities to enjoy en route to Suldal:

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. Have a go at salmon fishing or join a salmon safari. It’s also the perfect place for lunch. The drive from Sandnes to Sand takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. See route here.

Just 5 minutes’ drive from Mo Laksegard is Høse Bridge, one of the stopping points on the Norwegian Scenic Route Ryfylke. 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. See route here.

Your next stop is Energihotellet in Suldal, 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. The architectural work consists of housing estate, power station and the building which today is Energihotellet. The strong concrete brutalism breaks with what you would expect to find in a small village in Western Norway. At Energihotellet, the architecture creates the perfect frame for a spectacular meeting with nature.

In the evening you will have a food experience in harmony with the surroundings. Food and beverages are always designed to compliment the seasonal availability of local produce.


Day 3: Hardanger and Hotel Ullensvang

After a good breakfast at the hotel the next morning, the journey continues to Røldal, Odda and Lofthus. Driving time from Energihotellet to Lofthus is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. See route here.

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

Continuing from Låtefoss you will travel through Odda and 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.


Check in at Hotel Ullensvang, situated at the heart of Hardanger - better known as Norway’s biggest orchard. Hotel Ullensvang’s history dates back to 1846. Today, the hotel has an impressive range of facilities, including the wonderful Ullensvang Bath with swimming pools indoors and outdoors, tennis court and restaurant serving dishes based on wonderful local produce. Located at the heart of beautiful Hardanger, the hotel is the perfect base for exploring the region.

Enjoy the facilities and historic surroundings and end the day with a local dinner.


Day 4: Voss and Fleischer's Hotel 

After a good breakfast the next day, you continue to Voss. The driving time from Lofthus to Voss is approximately 1 hour. See route here.

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.

On the road between Granvin and Voss lies Skjervsfossen with its twin falls plunging out from a height of 150 metres. Skjervsfossen offers a carefully organised network of paths, stairs, viewpoints, rest areas, picnic areas and parking facilities. The experience of the waterfall will differ depending on your location along the waterfall, the weather, seasons and water flow. At the foot of the waterwall, you can experience the Shower; a beautiful scenic area in which you feel the immense power of the waterfall surging through your body.

Your last stop is at venerable Fleischer’s Hotel, 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. 

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

In the evening you are served a delicious evening meal in historical surroundings.


Day 5:
 Departure and new adventures 

From Voss, drive to Bergen, where you have the option to stay an extra night. We recommend a night at Opus XVI. As relatives of Edvard Grieg, it is the hotel's desire to give its guests a different, nice experience - a classic and modern twist that gives the guest an insight into the composer's rich life.

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

This is the tour:

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