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Three day road trip with accommodation and dinner at Kviknes Hotel and Hotel Union Øye
Gaularfjellet is a well-kept secret for most people, but for anyone who has discovered this road, it stands out as something very special.
This road trip takes you along great nature experiences from Balestrand to Sunnmøre. There are places along the way that make it possible to stop, stretch your legs or just enjoy the details or the view. This is a trip full of unique experiences, combined with good stays at a historic hotel!
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Day 1: Arrival Balestrand and check-in at Kviknes Hotel
The road trip starts in beautiful Balestrand, idyllically located in the heart of the Sognefjord. Here you check in at the majestic Kviknes Hotel.
The Kvikne family has been hosting since the hotel was built in Swiss style in 1877, and despite both renovations and expansions, the hotel by the fjord has managed to retain its unique character. Kviknes Hotel is today a modern hotel with soul and atmosphere, and both works of art and treasures collected over generations help to give the hotel its special style.
In Balestrand you can visit the Norwegian Museum of Tourism, which opened in 2016, and walk over to Ciderhuset, where in the summer you can join a cider tasting and shop in the farm shop. Ciderhuset has its own shop with approx. 20 different types of Balholm cider and fruit juice.
Balestrand also has a good, varied and well-marked hiking trail network where most people will find a suitable alternative. Some of the trails are information trails where you can read about the nature and the animals that live in the area. The trails are also well organized with viewpoints, benches and campfire sites. Many are accessible from the center of Balestrand.
And after the trip? Then rest in quiet surroundings on the terrace or in one of the hotel's lounges. In the evening, enjoy a good dinner in the magnificent dining room. You will surely also find something good in the glass, as the hotel's wine list is the most richest and largest in Sognefjorden.
Day 2: Norwegian Scenic Route Gaularfjellet and arrival Øye
After a good breakfast and maybe some experiences in Balestrand, you start the drive towards Gaularfjellet.
The tour goes along the fjord before the road winds its way up to the highest point on the mountain. At the picnic area at Utsikten you can enjoy the sight of a lush and beautiful landscape where Highway 13 winds its way up the hillside. The road follows the Gaular watercourse, which is one of the few protected watercourses in Norway, and offers everything from wild rapids and waterfalls to quiet sections where the water flows quietly. A trip over the resilient bridge over Likholefossen waterfall gives you the experience of being in the middle of the exuberant waterfall.
See route here. The drive takes just over 4 hours.
The tour ends in Øye by the Norangsfjord and the Sunnmøre Alps, where you will be warmly welcomed to Hotel Union Øye, a journey back in time. The hotel has for generations been an attractive destination for royalty, writers and lovers. Ever since its opening in 1891, the hotel has been a place where guests come to enjoy the silence, tranquility and good life in magnificent surroundings.
The hotel's 30 rooms are all individually decorated and furnished with carefully selected antiques. The rooms are also named after famous people who have stayed at the hotel throughout the ages; Kaiser Wilhelm II, King Oscar II, Queen Maud and King Haakon, as well as the authors Karen Blixen, Knut Hamsun, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and not least the composer Edvard Grieg. Every day, visitors are given the opportunity to look into the hotel's available rooms.
Take a stroll in the hallways and get lost in the stately fjord castle before being served a good 3-course menu in the hotel dining room. Dinner is served at 18:30 and 20:30. Choose the time that suites you best.
Sunnmøre is one of the world's most attractive destinations for those seeking nature-based experiences. At Hotel Union Øye you have the Sunnmøre Alps and Hjørundfjord right on your doorstep - an area known for being Norway's best among top tour enthusiasts. The hotel is beautifully located at the end of the fjord and beautiful Norangsdalen and offers kayaks and bicycles to its guests. See the hotel's activities here.
Day 3: Check-out and ready for new adventures
The next morning, after a hearty breakfast, you continue your journey – and no matter where you go from here, you are surrounded by magnificent nature.