Hiking Norway's Fjord Country route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6295  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Bergen, Norway
Depart: Bergen, Norway
Lodging: 10 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 2 dinners
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 9 hiking days on moderate trails with some steep sections, 3-5 hours a day, with one optional 6-hour glacier hike


  • Hike amid breathtaking mountains, glaciers, deep blue fjords, and cascading waterfalls
  • Discover Norway’s thriving cultural heritage in quaint waterfront towns, orchards, and farms
  • Our creative use of ferry rides, railways, and private boats allows us to explore this stunning region
  • Charming waterfront hotels offer spectacular views of the fjords

I highly recommend this trip to hikers who want to experience Norway's fjords, food, and culture.Eugenia L.—Berkeley, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


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Mighty glaciers shaped Norway’s epic landscapes, carving long, deep fjords to create one of the most dramatic settings imaginable. We’ve chosen three of the most spectacular—Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord, and ethereal Naeroyfjord—for a journey that brings you deep into the remarkable natural and cultural heritage of this Nordic realm. Our hikes bring you to thundering waterfalls, along a ridgetop trail beloved by the queen of Norway, across the blue ice of a glacier, and through apple orchards for a special cider tasting. Our charming hotels are set right at water’s edge for enchanting fjord views.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Bergen / Sognefjord / Flam

From Bergen, a funicular ride carries you to the top of Mt. Floyen for a hike with panoramic views. A ferry ride through Sognefjord, with its 3,000-foot-high rock walls, brings you to Flam. Step inside the 12th century stave church of Borgund, where the era of the Vikings is hauntingly real. A boat excursion brings you beneath the impossibly steep walls of Naeroyfjord, and we hike to a family’s goat farm for lunch overlooking the fjord.

Days 4-6
Hardangerfjord / Ulvik / Lofthus

Hiking from a mountain plateau right into fjord-side Ulvik, we discover an enchanting landscape of orchards above sparkling blue waters. After lunch and a tasting at a family-run cider farm, boat to Lofthus, where you’ll hear a concert at the historic cottage of composer Edvard Grieg and enjoy spectacular “Queen Sonja’s Hike” on a ridgetop high above the fjord.

Days 7-11
Utne / Folgefonna Glacier / Bergen

One of our hikes brings us along the Kinso River to two massive waterfalls, then we don crampons and hike across the blue ice of the Folgefonna Glacier (weather permitting). Depart on Day 11 via Bergen.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3, Moderate to Strenuous. It features daily hikes and hotel accommodations throughout. One of the great features of this trip is how it takes advantage of Norway’s excellent trains and ferries to get around. This is a wonderful way to be immersed in Norwegian culture, and the route by train or ferry is usually far more direct—we want to save you from too many long drives! This means that you often will be moving your own bags on and off the ferries and trains, and for the short distance between the ferry landings and our hotels (not more than 100 feet). We suggest you limit your baggage to one medium-sized rolling suitcase and a daypack. Any extra luggage can be left at our hotel in Bergen for your return at the end of our adventure.
Most hiking is below 2,000 feet in elevation on good trails over mountainous terrain. The hikes are mostly moderate, sometimes over terrain that can be damp, and there are some short but steep sections. Day 8 includes a 2-hour walk across snowfields with either snowshoes or crampons. No prior experience is needed for this, and it is not technical in any way. Each day you will carry just a daypack with the essentials: camera, water bottle, rain gear, and your packed lunch. Sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots are essential. Hiking poles are highly recommended. For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.

On many days, we will be making our lunches at the hotel’s breakfast buffet. This is a tradition for hikers in Norway, and the extensive breakfast buffets include great breads, tomatoes, smoked salmon (of course!), cheeses, fresh fruit, and more. We will have paid for this ahead of time, and the hotel provides lunch bags. Dinners are hearty local fare, including a lot of fresh fish. Many of our dinners are buffet-style at our hotels, and this is often the only option in smaller fjord-side villages. Vegetarian options are not always available. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than it is in the U.S. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Jun 7-17, 2016  Mike Browder
Jun 21-Jul 1, 2016  Added departure!

Jul 4-14, 2016
Jul 30-Aug 9, 2016  Leila Thompson
Aug 22-Sep 1, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$6295 (11-14 members)
$6795 (6-10 members)
Single supplement: $890
Forced single supplement: $690
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 2 dinners
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Land transportation, airport transfers, and sightseeing as noted

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Bergen, Norway
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Bergen, Norway (airport code BGO)
Suggested arrival time: anytime one day prior to start of trip
Bergen, Norway
Date: Day 11

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Bergen, Norway (airport code BGO)
Suggested departure time: anytime

Bergen Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 10 (1 night), Bergen, Norway

In Bergen we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotel in Flam

Hotel in Flam

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Flam, Norway

In Flam we stay at one of the following properties:
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Brakanes Hotel

Brakanes Hotel

Days 4 to 5 (2 nights), Ulvik, Norway

Although this hotel is a little dated, it has a great location overlooking the deep blue Hardanger Fjord and the rooms take full advantage of the ...
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Hotel Ullensvang

Hotel Ullensvang

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Lofthus, Norway

This former “staging inn”—now a veritable “grand dame” of hotels—has been run by five generations of the Utne ...
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Utne Hotel

Utne Hotel

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Utne, Norway

This charming and distinctive historic hotel, set along beautiful Hardangerfjord, has been in continuous operation since 1722. Although recently ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Santiago Bejarano

Santiago Bejarano trained in Environmental Sciences in his native Ecuador and began his guiding career by bringing visitors to the jungle and highlands of Ecuador and the storied Galapagos Islands, where he worked as a naturalist. He later moved to Britain, where he lives with his British wife and ...
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Richard Bell

For a man who has traveled to more than 100 countries, been a trip leader for Wilderness Travel for more than 20 years, and has an ever expanding palate to cook exquisite dishes with global infusion (ask him about his infamous slow-cooked lamb with pomegranates), Richard Bell still takes as much ...
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Gill Browder

Gill Browder is British by birth, but has made her home in the alpine capital of Chamonix, France, for almost 30 years. She has explored destinations throughout Europe, Central Asia, the Far East, Africa, and Alaska, but delights most in the discoveries to be found in the Alps. In addition to her ...
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Mike Browder

Departure Dates: June 7-17, 2016, July 4-14, 2016

Mike Browder leads WT adventures from Corsica to the Alps and northward to the fjords of Norway. He has worked in outdoor settings all his life, directing parks and recreation programs in Bend, Oregon, coaching ski teams, and mountain climbing in North America and Asia, including a 2003 ascent of ...
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Leila Thompson

Departure Dates: July 4-14, 2016, July 30-August 9, 2016

Leila Thompson has made the mountains her focus since she was 18, when she moved to Yosemite to climb, hike, and learn to guide backcountry adventures. Later in Oregon, she added the crafts of backcountry skiing and whitewater guiding to her skills. She began exclusively leading trips for us in ...
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Client Comments

I highly recommend this trip to hikers who want to experience Norway's fjords, food, and culture. Eugenia L., Berkeley, CA The spectacular beauty and bucolic life of Norway's Fjord country will be a lasting memory. Shirley R., San Rafael, CA The trip itself was very good—well organized, interesting, and fun. But our guide, Santiago, and the group we traveled with made it an EXCELLENT trip! Elaine C., Zurich, Switzerland Wonderful trip—a great blend of culture and physical activity. Robyn W., Bethesda, MD We all had a wonderful time with Richard. What a professional! So passionate about this trip and saw to it we all had a grand time. It is now of my favorite WT Trips ever! Diane S., Reno, NV
A truly delightful journey! The fiords of Norway were so peaceful, I just sat on our hotel front porches each morning and drank them in. Jack H., Cockeysville, MD It goes without saying that Norway is a beautiful and unique country, but Richard made it come alive for us with experiences we could never have had on our own. Linda G., W. Hartford, CT As always...another excellent experience for us with Wilderness Travel. Thomas S., Reno, NV Great trip! Beautiful, challenging hikes. Snowshoeing on the glacier was the best: a once in a lifetime experience. Michael B., Columbia, MD The trip was fabulous and the guides were superb. Linda F., Bend, OR

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Norway's Deep Blue, Jacques Perret