Sustainable luxury travel curator Up Norway has launched the new “Coastal, Rural and Urban Norway Journey.” Offering authentic experiences curated for travelers, this immersive eight-day journey is ideal for families and small groups that enjoy slow travel. The journey begins along the Golden Road of Trøndelag region, and then on to the remote island community of Veiholmen, before ending in urban Trondheim. All along the way, this new journey allows travelers to engage with local communities and delve into Norway’s nature, food, soft adventure and more.
Here are a few highlights of the journey.
- Rural: Upon arrival to Trondheim, travelers will pick up their own Polestar electric car before heading north to rural Inderøy. This region is full of forest-lined coasts and fjords. Along The Golden Road’s loop are activities and attractions centered around food, beer, spirits and handicrafts. As the region is home to the “World Cheese Awards” this October, highlights include cheeses and even a pairing with local juices.
- Coastal: Travelers will then make their way from Trondheim via boat to Veiholmen, off Edøy on the island of Smøla. In the small town of Veiholmen, a community of just under 100 people, a local host will escort travelers to their village home for the stay. Later, on a “værvandring” (ramble), an introduction to the community offers insights on the village’s history and its local people through “småtta,” or short cuts through private gardens (fences are illegal there!). Dinner at Naustet, the oldest of Veiholmen’s boathouses, dating to the 1700s, includes local specialties such as pickled herring and saltfish dumplings. Along the coast, travelers will have the opportunity to row in a traditional Viking-style boat and kayak around the archipelago to spot seabirds, seals and the giant fishing pens.
- Urban: After diving into both the rural and coastal areas of Norway, the final leg of the journey explores the small city life of Trondheim. Foodies will enjoy dinner at Michelin-starred Speilsalen, where the food creations served represent pieces of art. The city’s colorful wooden buildings, formerly houses now turned into specialty shops, trendy bars and restaurants, are best seen via a private tour by cruising along the Nidelven River.
Available year-round, the journey includes lodging and all local transfers from arrival to departure, privately guided tours, select meals, and a digital itinerary provided by Up Norway. Each journey can be tailored according to travelers’ preferences.
For more information, visit www.upnorway.com.