Roald Dahl spent many of his childhood holidays in Norway. Born to Norwegian parents, Harald and Sofie, the young Roald was transfixed by the tales of myth and legend told by his mother of her homeland, tales that influenced his writing in later years. Indeed, inspiration from his happy childhood can be seen throughout his works including in children's classic, The Witches, and several of the adventures (and misadventures) from his autobiographical book, Boy: Tales of Childhood. Following in the footsteps of this legendary author, our five-day tailor-made holiday visits Oslo and the seaside village of Fevik. After a day spent exploring the Norwegian capital you'll drive to the coast, checking into the Strand Hotel. Overlooking the sea, it was this very hotel that hosted Dahl and his wife, Patricia Neal, on their holidays to Scandinavia.
Roald Dahl’s Norway
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » Oslo
Fly from the UK to Oslo for a night at the Thon Hotel Bristol, where elegant rooms hark back to the Art Deco sensibilities of the 1920s. It's a wonderful boutique base from which to explore one of Scandinavia’s most vibrant cities. Your time in the capital can be as action-packed or as laid-back as you wish. With several excellent museums and galleries, the city's art and culture scene rivals many of the continent’s big hitters while its thriving café and bar culture and abundance of nightlife options are hard to ignore.
Stay: Thon Hotel Bristol
Days 2-4 » Fevik
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before collecting your hire car and driving south along the coast to Fevik, a journey of around three-and-a-half hours.
The Strand Hotel, one of Norway’s last remaining functionalist hotels, welcomed Roald Dahl and his wife as guests for over 30 years. Overlooking a sandy beach and the islands and skerries of Grimstad’s archipelago it’s an idyllic place to spend a few days. There’s an excellent restaurant, outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, fitness area and activities including beach volleyball, fishing, diving and boat trips.
Meals: Breakfast included
Stay: Strand Hotel Fevik
Day 5 » Departure
After breakfast, return to Oslo Airport and drop off your hire car before flying home.
Meals: Breakfast included
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