While the likes of the Geirangerfjord and the Nærøyfjord are
rightly UNESCO heritage sites there are other, less well known,
places to explore in the region including a 'private' fjord at the
end of which sits a tiny and remote homestead hotel.
There's also the impossibly pretty shoreline hugging city of
Alesund. To the north of Alesund lies the Atlantic Road, recently
voted the most incredible stretch of tarmac (as Jeremy Clarkson
would no doubt say) '... IN THE WORLD.' The Big Sur might have
something to say about that particular result, but for sheer
engineering flair and dramatic scenery this makes for a truly
memorable road trip.
Finally, and straying away from the coastline for once, we
wouldn't warrant the name Original Travel if we didn't sing the
praises of the super-original Juvet
Landscape Hotel, an architectural oddity that allows the full
impact of the regions scenery into the bedrooms dotted around the
woods thanks for huge ceiling to floor window walls.
Once you've stayed there and seen the rest of this stunning area
in all its panoramic glory it won't just be Monty Python's
Norwegian Blue parrot who'll be pining for the fjords.
Photo credits: The Atlantic Road, Credits: Øyvind Heen -
Visitnorway.com; Name: Single track, Hellesylt, Credits: Mattias
Fredriksson Photography AB - Visitnorway.com; Name: Blue Hour,
Ålesund, Credits: Per Eide/visitnorway.com; Name: Dalsnibba,
Mills/Tasteofnationaltouristroutes.com/visitnorway.com; Name: From
Randers Topp, Sunnmøre, Credits: Håvard Myklebust -
Visitnorway.com; Name: From Stålberget, Norangsfjorden, towards
Slogen, Credits: Håvard Myklebust/visitnorway.com; Name: Skiing in
Fjord Norway. The Geirangerfjord in the back. Credits: Fredrik
Schenholm - Visitnorway.com; Name: The Atlantic road, Credits: CH -
Visitnorway.com; Name: The Atlantic Road, Møre and RomsdalCredits:
C.H. - Visitnorway.com; Name: Geiranger, Møre og Romsdal; Credits:
Terje Rakke/Nordic life - Visitnorway.com