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Norway's Lakeland Adventure

Norway's Lakeland Adventure

Fri 19-Mon 29 Jul 2024: A 11 Day Escorted Coach Holiday to Norway's Lakeland Adventure with Johnsons Coaches

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Friday 19th to Monday 29th July 2024




Norway’s Telemark region offers magnificent scenery with a high mountain plateau, deep valleys, forests, rivers and crystal-clear lakes and has a rich cultural heritage. Our hotel is in the lakeside hamlet of Vradal, a terrific base from which to explore the areas highlights to include The Telemark Canal, Hardangervidda Plateau and the WWII heavy water sabotage site at Vemork. The tour is rounded off with a visit to Oslo, Norway’s capital.


Look What’s Included

  • Door to Door Service

  • Our own courier service

  • Luxury Traveller Coach with ‘First Class’ Seating & Legroom

  • Dover/Calais sailing (19 Jul)

  • Overnight dinner, bed & breakfast on Day 1 at the Postillion Hotel, Deventer, Holland

  • Overnight dinner bed & breakfast on Day 2 at the Scandic Kolding Hotel, Kolding Denmark

  • Ferry Crossings from Hirtshals to Larvik

  • 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast at the Straand Hotel, Vradal

  • Overnight dinner, bed & breakfast on Day 8 at the Thon Hotel Horten, Norway

  • Crossing from Larvik to Hirtshals

  • Overnight dinner, bed & breakfast on Day 9 at the Best Western Prisma Hotel, Neumuenster, Germany Overnight Crossing (28 Jul) from Rotterdam/Hull in inside cabins with lower berths

  • Excursions – A Visit to the museum at Vemork with return coach transfer from the coach park

  • Visit to the West Telemark Museum including Eidsborg Stage Church

  • Telemark Canal boat trip Kviteseid/Spjotsod to Lunde (or vice versa)


Not included: All lunches

Day 1

A morning departure to Dover and our channel crossing to Calais. From here we drive to Holland and our overnight at the Postillion Hotel, Deventer (board includes 3 course buffet dinner & hot buffet breakfast).

Day 2

Travel across Germany and into Denmark for dinner and an overnight stay at the Scandic Kolding Hotel, near Kolding.

Day 3

An early departure from our hotel due to ferry timetables see us travel to Hirtshals on Denmark’s south coast. Here we board a fast-craft for the exciting journey across the Skagerrak Sea to Norway. Leave the port and immediately encounter fantastic Norwegian scenery during the onward journey to The Straand Hotel Vrådal, on the shore of Lake Nisser for our 5-night stay.

Day 4

A day at leisure in Vrådal. The hotel has great facilities including a large panoramic terrace, lounge, indoor swimming pool and a wonderful garden that sweeps down from the hotel to the lake shore and beach.

Day 5

A full day excursion featuring the magnificent Hardangervidda Plateau, home to Europe’s largest stock of reindeer. We include a visit to the fascinating World War II sabotage site at Vemork, now a museum, to learn about the partisan mission to destroy the Nazi’s efforts to create ‘the bomb’. Round off the day by crossing the Telemark canal before arriving back to the hotel.

Day 6

Today enjoy an excursion around the West Telemark region. Call into Dalen, starting point of the Telemark Canal, and continue to The West Telemark Museum. This is one of Norway’s largest open-air museums and also includes the 13th century Eidsborg Stave Church.

Day 7

We include a boat trip on the Telemark Canal, considered one of the World’s most beautiful waterways. We include a journey on one of the historic vessels between Kviteseid and Lunde. This cruise of around 3 hours provides an opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful views. En-route pass through lakes, narrow channels and 2 locks.

Day 8

Depart Vrådal and travel east with a short photo stop at Heddal, Norway’s largest Stave Church. Continue to Oslo, Norway’s charming maritime capital. It offers a unique Scandinavian atmosphere and a beautiful city centre with many green spaces as well as wide range of monuments and historic buildings. Late afternoon, leave Oslo and travel south to the Thon Hotel at Horten for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 9

An early departure from our hotel due to ferry timetables see us travel by fast-craft ferry crossing to Denmark. Proceed to the Hamburg area for dinner and an overnight stay at the Best Western Prisma Hotel, Neumuenster.

Day 10

Travel through Germany, into Holland and on to the North Sea coast for a relaxing overnight crossing from the Hook of Holland, Rotterdam to Hull (departs 8.30pm).

Day 11

Arrive back in the UK at 8.00am and then its homeward bound.

Your Hotel


3* The Straand Hotel, Vradal

The Straand Hotel is located in Vradal village on the north shore of Lake Nisser in Norway’s Telemark region. The hotel has been owned and managed by the Straand family for 5 generations. It combines historic charm with great facilities to include a lakeside garden. Facilities within this 3-star superior hotel include 125 bedrooms, Lift, Indoor swimming pool, terrace and lakeside garden.


Duration, Dates and Prices:

Fri 19-Mon 29 Jul 2024

10 Nights



Tour Departs: 4.45am

Returns By: 12.30pm



Single Room: £256 | Holiday Insurance: £95.50


(All prices are per person & are for the entire tour)


Passports will be required for this tour


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