Hiking Norway: Alesund and the Sunnmore Alps

From Hjørundfjord through Geirangerfjord with Stefano Pozzi

Trip Level

This trip is rated a Level 4 (Moderate to Strenuous) according to our trip grading system. It is aimed at those who have some recent mountain hiking experience. You will need to be able to keep up with the moderate but steady hiking pace of the group.

Average Hiking Day
• 3-5 hours
• 5 miles
• 2,100 feet gain/loss

Challenge Day
• Day 3: 5.5 hours, 5 miles, ascent 2,500 feet, descent 1,800 feet

How Tough is This Trip?
You must feel comfortable and confident being on the trail for 3-5 hours most days, with recent hiking experience at 5+ miles in a day. You 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. The daily pacing is flexible and may be adjusted by the Trip Leader. Trail conditions, weather, and the group’s level of fitness can affect hiking times.

Terrain

While the Norwegian mountains are not exceptionally high, they are steep and rugged. The trails in Norway are kept very natural and not maintained beyond necessity.  Trails can be uneven, with large rocks or loose scree. Norway is often rainy, so the rocks on the trail will be wet. There are some exposed roots along the way, and there will be muddy spots. You need good balance to be able to hike on these surfaces.

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.

Cuisine

Packed lunches on the trail will be enjoyed amid the beauty of the surrounding mountains, with two lunches served at local family farms. Most evening meals will be at our hotels. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what 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.

Transporation

One of the nice features of this trip is how it takes advantage of small private boats to transfer between locations and some of our hotel accommodations. This is a wonderful way to avoid long drives and be immersed in Norway’s beauty.

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.