Mountains, Glaciers, and Nordic Culture

Overview

Mighty glaciers carved Norway’s epic landscapes and the grand-scale majesty is evident everywhere, from snow-capped peaks to roaring waterfalls and deep blue fjords. The fjords are enormous, and we’ve chosen three of the most spectacular—Sognefjord, Hardangerfjord, and ethereal Naerøyfjord—for our unique hiking journey. Using an ingenious mixture of ferry, railway, funicular, and private boat rides, we hike across high passes, through lush farmlands, into deep forests, along the fjords, and even onto the blue ice of a glacier. In between hikes, we explore villages, taste the wares at a family-run goat farm, and enjoy a musical performance. Our accommodations are in charming hotels right at water’s edge for unrivaled views.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Bergen / Sognefjord / Flåm

From Bergen, a funicular carries us up Mt. Fløyen for a panoramic hike, and we ferry to the pretty town of Flåm through Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway, carved deep into mountain country. We travel by inflatable boat through Naerøyfjord for an up-close experience of the glacial carving of Norway’s legendary coast. Our hike to a family-run farm for lunch gives us an opportunity to taste some of their products (including delicious goat cheese).

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Days 4-7
Hardangerfjord / Ulvik / Lofthus

After a ride on the Flåm Railway, we hike through green farmlands down to our hotel in Ulvik, nestled on the shores of Hardangerfjord. This is orchard country, so we’ll enjoy lunch and cider tasting at a family-run apple farm, then boat to Lofthus, where we visit the cottage of composer Edvard Grieg, who wrote his ‘Holberg Suite’ here. Following in Grieg’s footsteps, we hike along the Opo River to two magnificent waterfalls. Our waterside hotel offers rowboats for exploring the fjord.

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Days 8-11
Utne / Folgefonna Glacier / Bergen

We hike along the Kinso River past massive waterfalls, then drive up to the Folgefonna Glacier, the third largest in Norway, for a fantastic day of glacier hiking, complete with helmets, and crampons (weather dependent, and no experience necessary!). Views from atop the glacier stretch out over magnificent Hardangerfjord and, on a clear day, out to the North Sea. Depart on Day 11 via Bergen.

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Highlights

Highlights

Our creative use of ferries, railways, and private boats brings you to Norway’s most stunning realms
Hike in breathtaking landscapes of mountains, glaciers, and tranquil fjords
Savor the thriving cultural heritage of quaint towns, visit welcoming family farms
Enjoy charming waterside hotels with spectacular views

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $6895  
Arrive: Bergen, Norway
Depart: Bergen, Norway
Lodging: 10 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

8 hiking days on moderate trails with some steep sections, 3-6 hours a day, with one optional glacier hike

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