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

We all know that Norway It is a wonderful land of mountains and fjords. But there are modern and exciting surprises, too. We asked Harald Hansen, longtime Norwegian travel expert, to share a sample of the best of the old – and the new.

Tell me about Norway’s new scenic roads.

“Norwegian road authorities have specifically chosen 18 scenic routes, with no mega buses or commercial traffic allowed, along the coast and through the mountains into southern Norway. To complement the nature, they invited architects, designers, and artists. So you have all these views. Brilliant, unique restrooms.One even has a golden toilet.

Along the way, innovative young architects create one-of-a-kind buildings. Some are right on the ocean, offering great views – if you’re there on your own, you can really build your inner self.”

In the summer, what do you advise?

“Alaska and New Zealand also have beautiful fjords, but in Norway, people live right there, and you can enjoy old farms and local food. It’s a living community.

You can also take pilgrimage tours, along the routes with 11th-century wooden churches. They were built like upturned Viking ships.”

What about the pleasures of winter?

“The coast of Norway is ice-free, so you can go on winter excursions on passenger boats like Hurtigruten. People love dog sledding, reindeer safaris or going out with guides looking for the Northern Lights.

Above the Arctic Circle, you can stay in unique snow hotels, snow hotels and beautiful lodges. ”

For animal lovers, what should not be missed?

“Along the coast we have humpback whales, beluga whales, orcas and beluga. On the island of Svalbard, halfway between mainland Norway and the Arctic, there are more polar bears than humans. We are not allowed to search for polar bears because they are protected, but you will see them from afar.

The Sami people live indoors in the winter on the Finnmark Plateau, which is a national park. At the end of April, they began to migrate with their reindeer to the coast. If you go to northern Norway you can always meet a reindeer.”

Give us an idea of ​​the foodie scene.

“A lot has happened in the past 20 years. The Oslo Opera House opened in 2008 and it really put Oslo on the map, and a new museum and library opened nearby. So the entire waterfront area is now shops, bars, restaurants and art galleries.

Bryggen, Bergen’s old wharf, became really popular due to new chefs opening restaurants. They hunt for their food, so there is a lot of seafood. We call it “Strait Kitchen”.

And there is a town called Longyearbyen, a settlement in the far north of the world, already founded by an American, where you have beautiful hotels and restaurants and one of the best wine cellars in Norway.”

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With scenic routes in mind, I found a private tour that perfectly highlights both old and new Norway.

Drive the Fjords Seven Day Superhero Adventure – Available June 12; August 7, 4, 11 and 18 – Created by Off the Map Travel to show Norway’s national tourist routes in the fjords. (For the ultimate splurge, a special version of the software is also available.)

You’ll travel across the Norwegian Fjords and the Sonmore Alps to enjoy the open roads behind the wheel of an electric Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo. The route is pre-programmed; do the driving.

Highlights: A night in Art Nouveau Alesund, with a boat ride in the fjords, and a night in a traditional Sami tent in the pine forests. You will travel along the Atlantic Way, the “way through the sea” with its seven bridges and network of tunnels; Travel deep into the mountains to the Troll Wall, the largest rock wall in Europe; take the ferry to Geiranger Strait; trek over a gondola for views of the North Atlantic; And experience the fjords from the sky in a private helicopter.

The electric supercar achieves 283 miles on a charge, and has a built-in “charge chart” that calculates the optimal route, based on your charging status. Chargers for your vehicle are provided on site.

This unusual green ride emphasizes slow travel in a fast vehicle. The menu features the best local cuisine in the area, including seafood from local suppliers. All hotel accommodations support the sustainability of the programme, from the electric car to eco-cleaners.

(Edited comments by Harald Hansen and excerpts from Episode #9 of the award-winning travel podcast, Places I Remember with Lea Lin. For a full interview, go to your favorite podcast app, or to the link in my bio.)

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