Mountains, Glaciers, and Nordic Culture

Overview

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 ridgetop trails, 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

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.

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Days 4-6
Hardangerfjord / Ulvik / Lofthus

From Voss, hike across a high ridge through lush, green farmlands and deep forests with magnificent views over Hardangerfjord. Enjoy lunch and a tasting at a family-run cider farm and boat to Lofthus, stopping to stretch our legs on a hike on the Haereid mountain plateau.

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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 ice of the Folgefonna Glacier (weather permitting). Depart on Day 11 via Bergen.

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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6295  
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