Hiking Norway's Fjord Country

Mountains, Glaciers, and Traditional Nordic Culture

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6195  
Length: 10 days
Arrive: Bergen, Norway
Depart: Bergen, Norway
Lodging: 9 nights in hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on moderate trails with some steep sections, 3-5 hours a day
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Highlights

  • Hike amid breathtaking mountains, deep blue fjords, cascading waterfalls, and glaciers
  • Discover Norway’s thriving cultural heritage in quaint waterfront villages, orchards, and farms
  • Our creative use of ferry rides, railways, and a private boat allow us to explore this stunning region


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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Departure Notes

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Mighty glaciers shaped Norway’s epic landscapes, carving long, deep fjords to create a world of extraordinary beauty, with soaring, glaciated peaks and sheer rock walls dropping straight to the sea. We’ve created a truly original hiking journey as striking as this magnificent land, exploring deep into one of the most breathtaking settings on the planet. We travel along majestic Sognefjord, one of nature’s grand-scale wonders, discover lush Hardangerfjord, with its lacy waterfalls, apple orchards, and ancient farmsteads, and head out each day for wonderful hikes to high ridgetops, across snowfields to see the blue ice of a glacier, and to historic villages nestled between mountain and fjord. Our cultural discoveries are a treat, too, as we visit family farms and enjoy Norwegian cuisine fresh with ingredients from its fields and coasts.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Bergen / Mt. Floyen / Sognefjord / Hardangerfjord / Ulvik

From Bergen’s historic waterfront, a spectacular funicular ride brings us to the top of Mt. Floyen, and we ferry through vast Sognefjord, with its 3,000-foot-high walls, to reach the isolated village of Flam. Our ridgetop hike across high farmlands grants us superb views across Hardangerfjord, with its 3,000-foot rock walls. From Ulvik, nestled on the shores, we hike through enchanting orchards to a family-run cider farm for lunch and a tasting.

Days 5-6
Eidfjord / Lofthus

Surrounded by mountains and sea, we boat to Lofthus, picturesquely set along the fjords, and either hike to a waterfall or go for a paddle by kayak. The next day, we visit Lofthus’ stone church, dating to 1250 AD, and the cottage of the Bergen-born Edvard Grieg, who composed his Holberg Suite in this village. Following in Grieg’s footsteps, we hike along the Opo River to two towering waterfalls. Our lodging is in a fifth generation family-run hotel right at water’s edge.

Days 7-8
Utne / Folgefonna Glacier

Hike En route to Utne, one of the prettiest towns on Hardangerfjord, we hike along the Kinso River to the riveting sight of two waterfalls with a tranquil river flowing between them. The next day, we hike across blue ice and into fantastic ice caverns at the Folgefonna Glacier, with views atop the glacier stretching over the Hardangerfjord.

Days 9-10
Hardanger Folk Museum / Bergen

We visit the renowned Hardanger Folk Museum, then journey back to Bergen, stopping for a delicious lunch mid-fjord at a “floating” salmon farm. Depart via Bergen on Day 10.

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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

2014
Jul 31-Aug 9, 2014  Richard Bell
Aug 28-Sep 6, 2014  Mike Browder
2015
Jun 14-24, 2015  Mike Browder
Jul 7-17, 2015  Richard Bell
Jul 30-Aug 9, 2015  Santiago Bejarano
Aug 26-Sep 5, 2015  Ingrid Crossland

*2015 dates are 11 days, call for details

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2014
$6195 (12-14 members)
$6495 (9-11 members)
$6795 (6-8 members)
Single supplement: $820
Forced single supplement: $620
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Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included
  • 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.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Bergen Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 9 (1 night), Bergen, Norway

In Bergen we stay at one of the following properties:

Flamsbrygga Hotel

Flamsbrygga Hotel

Day 2 (1 night), Fiam, Norway

Picture-perfect views of the fjords, the mountains, and the cruise ships lining the harbor are on offer at the Flamsbrygga. All rooms have balconies ...
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Brakanes Hotel

Brakanes Hotel

Days 3 to 4 (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 5 to 6 (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 7 to 8 (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

Departure Dates: July 30-August 9, 2015

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

Departure Dates: July 31-August 9, 2014, July 7-17, 2015

Richard Bell was born and brought up in Yorkshire, on the northeast coast of the UK, and has been an avid traveler all his life (he has now explored more than 100 countries). His first job was working as a purser on cruise ships for P&O and Princess Cruises, including a stint on that infamous ...
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Mike Browder

Departure Dates: August 28-September 6, 2014, June 14-24, 2015

Mike Browder has worked in outdoor settings all his life, from directing parks and recreation programs in Bend, Oregon, to mountain climbing in North America and Asia (including an ascent of Everest!) to coaching school ski programs. He spent much of the 1990s in Central Asia, guiding, teaching ...
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Ingrid Crossland

Departure Dates: August 26-September 5, 2015

Ingrid Crossland is a global wanderer whose life has been shaped by travel, mountains, and rock climbing. During the 1990s, following a number of mountaineering and climbing expeditions in Asia and Africa, she changed paths from a business career to leading treks, making the outdoors and mountains ...
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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
Hiking Norway's Fjord Country