Greetings from Julie & Robert, Sydney
We have undertaken two trips to Norway under the guidance of Svein Jarle Hole and can highly recommend his services as a travel guide. From the remote high mountain peaks around Geiranger Fjord, to the urban centre of Oslo, his breadth of local knowledge and history is astonishing.
Highlights of our trips in the fjord country included the challenging climbs of Slogen and Saksa, with visits afterwards to the wonderful Union Hotel at Oye for a refreshing local beer. Walking days were alternated with visits to the Spa at the Union Hotel at Geiranger and private boat trips on Gerianger Fjord to see the Knivsfla old farm, the Seven Sisters waterfall and general sightseeing. Encouraged by our mountain ascents, on the final day we conquered Galdhopiggen, the highest peak in northern Europe. On Svein Jarle’s advice, our last night in the mountains was spent at Røisheim, a historic boutique hotel situated close to Jotunheimen National Park. The hotel consists of 14 farmyard buildings, all beautifully restored for luxury accommodation and a wonderful restaurant.
Travelling very comfortably in a premium car, other highlights of our trip were Lom, with a visit to the stave church, Dalsnibba observation point, then on to Alesund and a stay at Hotel Brosundet which houses an excellent fish restaurant.
Back in the city lights and as Oslo is Svein Jarle’s home town, his knowledge of history and current events added greatly to our enjoyment of discovering Norway’s capital city. Our sightseeing included Vigeland Sculpture Park, the National Gallery with viewing of Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’, the new Opera House, the Viking ship museum and central Oslo. It was wonderful to have the freedom to change our itinerary as we needed, via the comfort of a luxury vehicle and with a driver and guide who could navigate easily and had the local knowledge for the best spots for meals and shopping.
We would thoroughly recommend the services of Svein Jarle Hole to make your visit to Norway something special.
Julie and Robert Rust