Mountains, Glaciers, and Nordic Culture

Trip Level

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 must be able to carry 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 200 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 trails over mountainous terrain. The hikes are mostly moderate, sometimes over terrain that can be damp, rocky, muddy, and there are some short but steep sections. Day 9 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. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Weather

Temperatures should be in the mid 50s-60s, perfect for hiking. The weather can provide spectacular clear days but can also be very wet and changeable, and we want you to be well prepared for all you may encounter. Trip members need to remain flexible in consideration of inclement weather that may require changes, such as substituting different hiking routes, canceling hikes, or switching the days of certain hikes.

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.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

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