I maaaaay have over-indulged at dinner the night before.

The good thing about that though – combined with the clear sea breeze meant that I slept rather soundly that night. (Seriously, nothing beats a good night’s sleep when you’re travelling).

The next morning (after breakfast, of course), packed our bags, bade farewell to our hotel in Alesund, picked up the car and hit the Norwegian roads!

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We didn’t even get to drive too far before having to stop to take in the stunning view of the countryside.

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As it turns out, this would end up being a theme of our trip across Norway and guarantee that it would take us almost twice as long to drive anywhere – its just that beautiful here!

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We headed off to Solavågen to catch the ferry to Festøy, which we missed by minutes –which in turn, ended up being the perfect opportunity to get a taster of what we were off in search of in the Norwegian countryside, those amazing fjords!

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Alesund To Solavågen To Festoy To Leknes To Oye... One Of Norway's Most Scenic Driving Routes (7)

From Festōy we carried on to Ørsta…

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…before making our way (slowly, I might add) to Sæbø

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Alesund To Solavågen To Festoy To Leknes To Oye... One Of Norway's Most Scenic Driving Routes (21)

…where we then caught the connecting ferry across the Hjørundfjord and the surrounding Sunnmøre alps to Leknes.

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By the way, you just drive right up to the ferry here so you needn’t worry about how you’re gonna get your car across – all the ferries take the cars on board. (Might sound like an obvious fact to some people but coming from the UK, we don’t really do ferry crossing to get around the country – we usually have trains so it was an interesting experience to drive everywhere and connect using ferries).

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Now, it’s got to be said – the drive right from Alesund right through to Leknes and eventually ending in Øye (for the day anyway) is a pretty spectacular drive and filled with so many reasons to make a pit stop!

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Alesund To Solavågen To Festoy To Leknes To Oye... One Of Norway's Most Scenic Driving Routes (34)

In fact, if you’ve got time – I reckon you should pack yourself a picnic and just stop anywhere that takes your fancy along the way and take some time to fully appreciate the Norwegian countryside (weather permitting – we had t-shirt weather, the warmest I’ve ever experienced in Norway).

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Øye is pretty close to Leknes and so in a few minutes drive, we found ourselves at our home for the night in Øye… but more on that in the next post.


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  • breathtaking!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We’ve got a HUGE soft spot for Norway! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • The mountains and lakes are so stunning! It seems so serene!

    Abigail Alice x

    • HandLuggageOnly

      It really was Abigail… there was no one around either – it was so peaceful!

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Ahh, Norway! I can’t wait until our trip there in a few months. I already know I’m going to need to plan another one to visit more outside of Oslo. It just looks breathtaking!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ahhhh! Rachel, you’re going to LOVE it! Honestly, if you need any tips of help with plans etc – just pop us a message… always happy to help if we can!

      Can’t wait to see your pics! 🙂

      Lloyd & Yaya xx