And experience the beauty and magic of Norway
As Stephen Spielberg’s film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s childhood classic The BFG comes to the big screen, experience the beauty and magic of Norway that served as the inspiration for some of Roald Dahl’s enchanting stories on the new Roald Dahl’s Norway holiday from Best Served Scandinavia (0207 664 2241, www.best-served.co.uk).
Born to Norwegian parents, Roald Dahl spent many of his childhood holidays on the beaches and by the fjords of Norway, and his mother’s tales of trolls and mythical Norwegian creatures are said to have been inspiration for some of his characters such as the BFG himself.
The young Roald was transfixed by these tales and entranced by the country – as he wrote in his autobiography, Boy: Tales of Childhood ‘unless you have sailed down the Oslo-fjord like this yourself on a tranquil summer’s day, you cannot imagine what it is like.’
Such was his love of the country that as an adult, he returned there to holiday for many years, with a particular favourite being The Strand Hotel in the seaside village of Fevik, on Norway’s southern tip. Best Served Scandinavia’s ‘Roald Dahl’s Norway’ is a new five-day tailor made holiday visiting Oslo and Fevik, staying at the very same Strand Hotel for three nights, following a one night stay exploring Oslo.
Set on a beautiful sandy beach, overlooking the islands and skerries of Grimstad’s archipelago, the hotel is one of Norway’s last remaining functionalist hotels and hosted Dahl and his wife on their summer holidays for some 30 years. Now it offers the very best in Scandi-style, and is ideal for couples and families alike, with an excellent restaurant, outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, fitness area and activities such as beach volleyball, fishing, diving and boat trips to explore some of the hidden coves along the coastline.
Best Served Scandinavia offers a five-day Roald Dahl’s Norway holiday priced from £595 per person, including return flights from London to Oslo, one night at the Saga Hotel Oslo, 3 nights at the Strand Hotel Fevik and economy car hire for 4 days.