About Fjord Travel Norway

Bergen Norway, the Fish Market, hillsides and mount Ulriken. Photo by Rita de Lange, Fjord Travel Norway

About Fjord Travel Norway –
Fjord Travel Norway is a family owned, Norwegian company, founded by Rita de Lange in 2000.

Our aim is to show and share the beauty of Norway with people around the globe, based on our local know-how, offering our personal service

Sustainable tourism is our core value.  We offer eco-friendly travel that leaves as little an environmental footprint on our nature as possible. We strive daily to give you an authentic and local experience with public and environmentally friendly transport like trains, electrical cruise ferries and buses. As well as focusing on the environmental aspect of our tours, we cooperate closely with local activity, transport and accommodation providers. We set strict requirements to our partners and ensure that they operate within our standards.

Our providers
Being locals, we pick out and cooperate with the very best local providers to make up the vacation packages. We know them, and they know us.

Company name: Fjord Travel Norway AS
Street address: Ostre Nesttunvei 4-6, 5221 Nesttun, Bergen – Norway
Telephone: +47 55 13 13 10
Fax: +47 55 13 13 11
E-mail: [email protected]
Org. no.: NO 982 076 811
Managing director: Mrs Franziska Schwarzlmüller
In operation since 2000
Customer Protection Through the Norwegian Tour Guarantee Fund (RGF) – external link

Fjord Travel Norway is:
A lawfully registered company: Foretaksregisteret (tel.: +47 75007500)
A registered incoming tour operator; member of the Reisegarantifondet (Tour Guarantee Fund tel.: +47 51859940)
A member of the Bergen Tourist Board (tel.: +47 55313860)
A member of VIRKE, one of the main Business Federations in Norway

Rita´s story:
Rita has always been closely related to the travel business, being the daughter of a cruise director taking American tourists on fjord cruises on board the tiny Norwegian cruise ship “MS Meteor” back in the early 1960’s.

As a student she chose clinical psychology, whereas every summer she worked in the tourist office in Bergen. Having a strong motivation towards entrepreneurship, she soon left psychology and started the business in 2000.

Back then the internet was in its infancy. By accident her brother was already into making web sites, so he suggested to set up a company web site for Fjord Travel Norway – most likely one of the very first Norwegian travel web sites!

To her surprise, Rita immediately started receiving lots of emails from Americans, whereupon she soon realised that the internet was the future; an ideal sales channel for a travel company like hers, although nobody believed her!
Looking back, we now know the answer!

Fjord Travel Norway team

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Rita de Lange - Founder & Owner

Rita de Lange

Founder & Owner

Rita is the founder of Fjord Travel Norway.
She worked as the general manager until 2017, when she stepped down and Franziska took over. However, Rita still keeps her hand on the business from the side line, both as head of the board as well as owner.
From the first day in business, Rita’s main goal was to show the beauty of Norway to customers throughout the world, providing quality and authentic travel experiences. She is happy to see that Franziska and the rest of the team have kept her goal and values.

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Franziska Schwarzlmüller - Managing Director

Franziska Schwarzlmüller

Managing Director

Franziska, who is originally from Germany, fell in love with Norway during her first visit in 1995. After finishing her Master degree in Tourism Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich, she moved to Norway in 2006 together with her family. She has worked all her professional life in the Norwegian tourism industry. Having been able to travel the whole length of this remarkable country, she is keen to share her passion for Norway with you.

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Lene Holmelid-Hansen - Booking & Accounting

Lene Holmelid-Hansen

Booking & Accounting

Lene moved from the southeast of Norway to Bergen in 1998 to study at the University of Bergen, and after finishing her studies, decided to stay. She has worked in Fjord Travel since 2007, after a few years in other areas of the travel industry. She works in booking & accounting, and is eager for travellers from all over the world to discover the many beautiful places in Norway.

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Yvonne Solheimslid Bjorke - Booking & IT

Yvonne Solheimslid Bjorke

Booking & IT

Having lived 10 years abroad, Yvonne, got a higher appreciation of all the natural beauty Norway has to offer. She has enhanced this appreciation with her love for travel and a 1-year study in Nature and knowledge tourism – natural and cultural landscapes in Norway. She also has a Bachelor- and a Master degree from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University. Enabling visitors of Norway to experience her amazing and beautiful country gives her great pleasure.

What our customers say:

  • We just recently completed the Tromso, Northern Lights & Arctic Coast tour. I am writing to say what an amazing tour we had. Everything ran smoothly without an issue, the accommodation was fantastic and the tours were brilliant. We cannot fault the package at all. I would also like to thank Franziska and Lene, they both were fantastic in answering all my questions promptly, whilst booking the tour. Thank you for a wonderful and memorable holiday!

    Robert, Australia

  • Thank you for assisting us with our trip to Norway. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Kirkenes and the Snow Hotel. The arrangements you made for us were perfect. The lodging was comfortable and the excursions were fun. Tom and I rarely use the services of a travel company when we travel; you enriched our trip and made the planning easy.

    Alison, United States

  • I wanted to thank everybody. We had a wonderful trip. Everything went well and fortunately we had the chance to see the lights while on the cruise. All my friends in Turkey would like to go on a similar trip. So I will be in touch with you. Thanks again and best wishes to all of you.

    Candan, Turkey