Wednesday, 17 July 2013

FlyDrive Norway's November Newsletter is here


November 2013 – Let it snow!
While we wait for the skies to discharge tons of the white stuff and set us up for a great winter season, there’s no reason you can’t be planning an affordable Spring/Summer tour of Norway with FlyDrive Norway. We cater for travellers all year round; whether you are looking for adventure packages (skiing, mountain biking, white water rafting, golf etc.), or perhaps the rich and varied culture of a Scandinavian city break, or simply to take in the breathtaking scenery unique to Norway, we offer the perfect tool to organise your trip.
Our site helps you plan your own tour of Norway, cutting out the tour operator fees that can make Norway pricey. Our network of Norwegian partners on the site just keeps growing and growing, with many of them open all year round. It's also worth keeping in mind that the summer and winter peaks have large gaps between them (otherwise known as spring and autumn!), so it's possible to get the best of the weather but still have a more affordable visit. Use FlyDrive Norway to get in touch with suppliers directly for specially negotiated prices.
                                             
For our customers who are short of planning time, unsure of what they're looking for or (for whatever reason) just don't want to design their own holiday, fear not! Norwegian Wood Travel offer great-value packages across Norway's resorts all year round. More information on special deals can be found on norwegianwoodtravel.co.uk, or feel free to call us and speak to one of our representatives.


Ålesund
Ålesund
A serving suggestion…
Ålesund is the perfect gateway to explore Norway’s famous fjords. Nestled amid seven mountains, Ålesund is a charming and beautiful port famed for its Art Nouveau architecture and stunning panoramic views. With very affordable flights from the UK, Ålesund is the ideal starting point to discover what is arguably the most beautiful region of Norway. Less than three hours away, of what is a spectacular drive, lies Geiranger – one of the jewels of Norwegian tourism. You will, I’m sure, have seen pictures. But nothing compares with standing there and taking in one of the most breathtaking vistas in the world. Not only was it named the best travel destination in Scandinavia by Lonely Planet, but since 2005, the Geirangerfjord area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. High praise indeed! But that is not all. Within another hour or two drive you will find such marvels as the dramatic Trollstigen, a steep, serpentine mountain road with its eleven hairpin bends,  the Seven Sisters waterfall (amongst many other waterfalls), the picturesque town of Åndalsnes, miles of outstanding hiking, and more staggering views than you can shake a big stick at. 
Trollstigen
Trollstigen
Geirangerfjord
Geirangerfjord











Here comes the snow!

So with another ski season almost upon us, this is your chance to take to the slopes that were immortalised in the 1994 winter Olympics by the likes of  Markus Wasmeier and Alberto Tomba. At our sister website norwegianwoodtravel, we are never in short supply of last minute deals for classic winter holidays in the Lillehammer valley. With a range of slopes to suit all levels, there are also plenty of other attractions such as Hunderfossen Winter Park, husky rides, a trip to the Olympic ski jump, or even a ride on the actual Olympic bobsleigh! Now Norway’s biggest ski resort, Hafjell/Kvitfjell offers everything you could possibly want in a winter holiday.

Alpepass Region
Alpepass Region
 Something a little different…
Whilst fjords are undoubtedly beautiful to look at, they can also be great fun to ski on. The buzzword this season is ‘Fjord skiing’! The Alpepass region boasts a joint lift pass for eight designated ski resorts, situated in the centre of the fjord region in a coastal-alpine landscape that, in recent years, has been a magnet for international film-makers. With this unique lift pass you have the opportunity to explore the whole region. Stranda is typical of resorts in the area, catering as it does for all abilities, offering a multitude of extra activities, but most importantly, providing a simply breathtaking backdrop to your winter break!



Bring Your Own Car!
We were delighted earlier this year to forge a partnership with Fjord Line. Their international ferry sailings take you from Denmark to 4 different locations in Norway - including right into the very heart of the Fjords. If you've got a bit more time to play with and fancy road-tripping across Europe, this could be the way for you! As for those of you who have a camper van or similar... well, the possibilities are endless but Fjord Line might just be the way to get even further afield than you thought possible! Even though main roads are generally kept clear in Norway (whatever the weather) we wouldn’t recommend an extensive driving holiday until April at the earliest!


That's it for now - more next month!. In the meantime keep in touch - if you have any questions or need any help, call us in the UK on 01562 67707, or drop us an email! 












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FlyDrive Norway - July Newsletter
New partners, new deals, new adventures!
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July 2013 - Summer's here...

We hope you're all enjoying yourselves and making the most of the good weather. Here in Norway, we got off to a damp start but have enjoyed some beautiful sunny days recently - always welcome when you're spending most of your time out on the road!

We just got back from trips to Geilo, Ålesund, Geiranger and Kristiansund - all in the name of finding new partners for FlyDrive Norway. The site helps you plan your own tour of Norway, cutting out the tour operator fees that can make Norway pricey. Our network of Norwegian partners on the site just keeps growing. Many of them are open year round, and are eager for visitors in late summer/ autumn. It's also worth keeping in mind that the summer peak season (with peak prices) finishes earlier here than in some other countries, so it's possible to get the best of the weather but still have a more affordable visit. Use FlyDrive Norway to get in touch with suppliers directly, for their best prices.

For our customers who are short of planning time, unsure of what they're looking for or (for whatever reason) just don't want to design their own holiday, fear not! Norwegian Wood Travel will be offering great-value packages across Norway's resorts this winter. More information coming soon on norwegianwoodtravel.co.uk! Or if you want to use FlyDrive Norway but need some help, just ask!


Big news for Fjord Skiing

Voss Myrkdalen is one of Norway's newest and most modern resorts. Our resident "tame" ski instructor loves the place, he's always going on about the quality of the snow, great facilities etc etc... Well good news, it's just about to get even better! In their own words:

The owners in Myrkdalen are investing 60 million kroner in a new chair lift, which will double the capacity of the ski resort. The chair lift will be up and running from the first week of December 2013. The new lift, named Storhaugsekspressen, is awesome news for ski enthusiasts in Fjord Norway. With up to seven new slopes, varying from beginner to expert, Myrkdalen will become the largest and most complete ski resort in the region.

"Myrkdalen has developed a lot in the last few year" says CEO Elin Bolann. "With a new hotel and more cabins we have increased the accommodation capacity. The growing numbers of ski tourists has indicated that it's time to increase the capacity in the ski resort as well."


Impressive stuff! You can read the full press release here. With seven new runs at Myrkdalen and the exciting Alpepass scheme further north, we predict this year will be the start of something big for Fjord skiing - watch this space!


Wet and Wild Adventures

Norway has many sights, but some are best enjoyed close-up. Take rivers. You can watch from a bridge, but to really experience the force of white water you have to get more involved! That's why we work with top-quality activity providers. Our partners specialise in providing the right balance of fun, adrenaline, and of course safety.

Trysilguidene, based close to the Swedish border, have a whole range of activities at their disposal - canoeing, ducky, riverboarding, rafting... Their experienced guides will find the right challenge for your group, however young or old you feel! With the time to book ski holidays coming up fast (yes it is that time already!) It's also worth noting that Trysilguidene run a comprehensive skischool at Trysil (Norway's biggest resort) in Winter too.

Norway is also home to one of the most exciting rafting rivers in Europe - the Sjoa. Heidal Rafting have been established for 21 yeasrs and are experts on the river. There are different trips in the area to suit all tastes, whether you've got the family along for the ride or fancy taking on the mighty gorges of the Sjoa.

Heidal Rafting also offer an exclusive deal to FlyDrive Norway customers- it's a real cracker so find them on our website for more info - you can't get the deal anywhere else!

Aurora Season

If we say that Autumn will soon be here, don't think we're being pessimistic - it's one of the best times to see the Northern Lights. These natural atmospheric phenomena bring more and more people to Northern Norway every year. When it comes to seeing the lights Arctic Guide Service are on-hand and ready to help show you the Aurora Borealis in all their glory. While they can't make any guarantees on the weather, they do know the best spots to see the lights. They offer a range of different products depending on your preference, including a neat guided tour of Tromsø too (for keeping you occupied while you wait for night to fall and the lights to come out...) If seeing the Aurora is on your must-do list, get in touch with them to arrange your own Northern Lights Chase! The season starts in September.

FlyDrive staff trip - Skiing in July

It's a hard life out in Norway... Earlier this month a few of us popped over to Stryn for a cheeky day's skiing! Check out the video here. We had a blast - the quality of the skiing was superb and we've all said that we'd like to go back next year. Unfortunately Stryn Sommerski is closed now, but Stryn Vinterski will be open as soon as they've got enough new snow, and if you're in Norway you can still go and carve up at Galdhøpiggen right up til September!
That's it for this time - more next month!. In the meantime, keep in touch with us. If you have any questions or need any help, Sheila is contactable in the UK on 01562 67707, or email Brent & Phil in Norway.

Bring Your Own Car!

We were made-up to get Fjord Line involved with the FlyDrive Project. Their international ferry sailings take you from Denmark to 4 different locations in Norway - including right into the heart of the Fjords. If you've got a bit more time to play with and fancy road-tripping across Europe, this could be the way for you! As for those of you who have a camper van or similar... well, the possibilities have always been endless but Fjord Line might just be the way to get even further afield than you thought possible!
Geiranger 08.07.13 (see blog)
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