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Norway – Fjord Country Hiking Tour

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  • 6 Nights / 7 Days
  • Difficulty: Challenging 4/5
  • Self Guided Hiking Tour
  • May 15 - Sept. 30
  • Hiking 10-15km/Day

Breathtaking fjord panoramas, stunning mountain peaks and glaciers within easy reach – this is what awaits you in Norway’s wild west. In a truly unique landscape shaped by the last Ice Age, you will experience a wild and romantic region nestled between the snow capped peaks and the mile-long fjords – the place that makes every hiker’s heart skip a beat. The spectacular mountains surround the king of fjords – Sognefjorden – one of Norway’s most popular hiking areas. With the colours of blue, green and turquoise, the fjords give a spectacular dimension to the hikes. Thundering waterfalls cascade down from snow-covered mountains, with fields of wildflowers coloring the landscape. Starting in Bergen, you will experience all of Sognefjorden from west to east, getting the bird’s eye view of its arms when reaching the peaks. Majestic landscapes along with charming, historic hotels and the best of local food, makes this trip the best way to visit Norway’s fjord country.

Arrival & Departure Location

Fly in/out of Bergen or transfer to Bergen from Oslo by plane/train.

Price Includes

  • 6 nights of hand-picked lodging
  • Welcome meeting and orientation briefing
  • Breakfast daily, 5 packed lunches, 3 dinners
  • Luggage transfers & all transfers mentioned in the itinerary
  • Trail Book – with detailed route notes and maps, GPS files, historical information, dining suggestions and other important and useful information
  • In-country 24/7 assistance and emergency local contact
  • Pre-travel documents and details to help prepare for the upcoming trip
  • Pre-travel assistance with transportation, travel insurance, packing, preparations, and onward travel

Lodging

Included Standard Hotels

  • Bergen: Hotel Holberg ***
  • Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel *** – new building
  • Solvorn: Hotel Walaker ***- new building

Upgraded Options:

  • Bergen: Hotel Havnekontoret ****
  • Balestrand: Kviknes Hotel *** – historical building
  • Solvorn: Hotel Walaker *** – historical building

About: Availability is not guaranteed until booked, we use several hotels in the same standing to assure quality and to accommodate all dates. Upgraded option consists of beautiful historical rooms with original and authentic Norwegian charm; highly recommended.

Optional Add-On Experiences

  • Guided City Tour of Bergen
  • Cider Tasting
  • Trip Extensions / Additional Nights
  • Travel Insurance

Guides & Local Support

Local Expert: Merete, your guide throughout this trip, is from the region and knows it so well! “After a degree in marketing, I have spent the last ten years working with cycling tourism, ensuring quality and great service for biking enthusiasts. My greatest wish is for you to discover how wonderful it is to travel alongside the Sognefjord by bike and really have time to see the fjord landscape at it’s best!” 

Tour Highlights
  • Visit the historical Hanseatic city of Bergen
  • Explore Sognefjord, Norway’s longest & deepest fjord
  • Hike through the pristine fjord country
  • Stay in charming, historical hotels in small Norwegian villages
  • Hike to the top of Mt. Molden with panoramic views over the fjords
  • “Dragon style” artists’ historical houses 
  • Picnic lunches overlooking the endless fjords 
  • Cider tasting option – flight of several types, locally produced at orchard
  • Delicious, fresh and healthy cuisine, true to Norway’s culture
  • Trip extension options, such as glacier hiking or rafting

Need to Know: High tourist travel months are July & August, availability may be limited. Book early!

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival to Bergen

Time to explore Bergen. The vibrant and historic city of Bergen is Norway’s second largest city and has a lot to offer. Most famous is Bryggen; the wooden buildings on Bergen’s iconic wharf are reflections of its history in the Hanseatic League. St. Mary’s Church is Bryggen’s tallest and oldest structure, dating to 1180. The Hanseatic museum provides wonderful insight into daily life of German merchants living and working here during the Hanseatic era. Just beside it, is one of Norway’s best-preserved fortresses; Bergenhus. The oldest structure on site, Håkon’s Hall, dates to 1250, and was a royal residence during the Middle Ages. Tonight, you will have a welcome cocktail and meet with our local guides for an orientation.

Optional services, advance booking required:
-2 hour guided city tour: 2 people – 700 NOK pp, 4 People – 350 NOK pp

Included Meals: None
Overnight Hotel & City: Bergen. Comfort Hotel Holberg or Hotel Havnekontoret

Day 2Hiking in Bergen from Mount Ulriken to Mount Fløyen: 15 km / 9 mi

Your hike today starts with a ride on the Ulriken cable car. When arriving on Mount Ulriken, you are on the highest of Bergen’s seven mountains. From here, you will hike the classic long hike in Bergen. The hike is a journey through varied nature with incredible views and exciting sights along the route. We recommend stopping at “Storefjellet”, or taking the lunch stop at “Borgaskaret”. Arriving at the top of the famous Mount Fløyen, enjoy a bird’s eye view at 1049 feet above the city. Take the cable car down to the city centre – or walk down if you want some extra km. Note: There are several possibilities to do a shorter hike.

Optional services, advance booking required:
-Guided tour can be booked in advance. Cost is 910 NOK pr person
-Cable car and bus to get there and down from Fløyen ca. 300 NOK pr person.

Meals: breakfast
Distance/Elevation: 15 km / 9 mi, 20-662 meters, 5 hours
Highlights: Mount Fløyen and panoramic views
Overnight: Bergen

Day 3Bergen - Balestrand with Hike: 4 km / 2.5 mi

This morning take the coastal express boat into the Sognefjorden, whose glacier waters mirror snow-covered majestic mountains. Admire small villages along the fjord and cascading waterfalls as you make your way to Balestrand at mid day. As early as the 18th century, Balestrand was known as a popular tourist destination for the wealthy and also many artists from Norway and Europe. A number of artists built their summer residences in the dragon style, a popular architectural style from this period. Many of these houses are well preserved today, creating a unique architectural environment and also Scandinavia’s largest concentration of dragon style houses. Take a walk along King Bele’s Road, to enjoy these houses or take a longer hike, which also features artistic influences! Tonight, stay at the Kvikne’s Hotel (from 1877), with its imposing façade facing the fjord.

Optional services, advance booking required:
-Guided tour in Balestrand can be booked in advance. 3 hours guided tour 2100 NOK, can end at Ciderhuset.
-Cider tasting (270 NOK pr person in 2019) highly recommended!
-Longer hike in Kvamsøy, ca 4 km. Transfer to trailhead (ca 6 km from Balestrand) with taxi or bus. You will also need a transfer back to Balestrand.

Meals: breakfast
Distance/Elevation: 2 different options in the afternoon – ca 4 km / 2.5 mi
Highlights: boat ride, exploring Balestrand, cider tasting option
Overnight: Balestrand

Day 4Hiking to Raudmelen: 8 km / 5 mi

After breakfast, today’s hiking starts from the hotel. Follow a relatively steep path up through the woods, until it opens up to a view over Balestrand and the Sognefjord. From here, follow the path upwards to a marvellous viewpoint over Sognefjord and Esefjella. On one side you will see the bright green slopes of Balestrand and on the other, dramatic rocky mountains towards Esedalen. Follow along the ridge towards the highest peak, Raudmelen, with its expansive views on both sides. Note: There are plenty of options to take shorter routes in case of bad weather or other.

Optional services, advance booking required:
-Easier hike (ca 5 km) that can end with a cider tasting.

Meals: breakfast
Distance/Elevation: 8 km / 5 mi, 100- 978 m, 6 hours
Highlights: views from Raudmelen
Overnight: Balestrand

Day 5Hiking Årøy – Solvorn: 8 km / 5 mi

Transfer from Balestrand to Årøy. From the end of Barsnesfjorden you pass the mighty Årøy River and start the hike at the other side of the bridge. Follow the same road that King Holy Olav took in 1023 with his men. This is the path where they found fresh water from the source and since then, was named the “Olav Source.” The path goes up to Hafslo and continues along the lake until Galden, where you hike down to picturesque Solvorn. A small village with white wooden houses, Solvorn is busy in the summertime with its public beach, ferry to Urnes, and nice summer atmosphere. The town has a small café and a nice art gallery in one of the old boathouses. Overnight at the historic Walaker Hotel, which is over 370 years old. Passed on from generation to generation since 1690, the hotel is now an attraction in itself.

Optional services, advance booking required:
-Transfer (or bus) – hike from Nyre from Solvorn, or to Legene. Both tours along the fjord, 4 to 8 km.

Meals: breakfast
Distance/Elevation: 8 km / 5 mi, 240 m, easy walk
Highlights: hiking by Årøy River, Hafslo Lake, cute town of Solvorn
Overnight: Solvorn

Day 6Hiking Molden: 10 km / 6 mi

Transfer to Molden, ca. 6 km to reach the trailhead. The first few km follow trails through the forest, then the path rises steeply and climbs to Svarthiller, with its spectacular view over the fjord towards Ornes. Leaving Svarthiller, the path turns and winds its way past steep crags before levelling out, where you reach the top of Molden, at 1116 m above sea level. The best view is to the east, over the innermost parts of Lusterfjorden with Nes and Høyheimsvik in the foreground. Molden is described as the finest viewpoint of the Sognefjord, with a panoramic view of the fjord arms and the high mountains of Jotunheimen. Return to Solvorn to relax and have dinner.

Optional services, advance booking not required:
-Ferry to Urnes: 43 NOK, visit the famous Urnes stave church and hike from the church. You can also add this to an optional day.
-Visit the inside of Urnes church – 90 NOK

Meals: breakfast
Distance/Elevation: 10 km, 1116 m
Highlights: magnificent Molden, Urnes stave church option
Overnight: Solvorn

Day 7Departure Day or Trip Extensions

Today is your departure day, following your last delicious Norwegian breakfast. Or, continue on! Many options exist.

Departure:
-Take the bus to the coastal express (either from Sogndal or Leikanger). Departure from Sogndal is at 7:05 am and Leikanger is 12.20 pm. Must check timetable for every booking because Saturday and Sundays are different.
-Take the bus to Oslo.
-Flight from Sogndal Airport to other parts of Norway.

Extension Options – Ask us for more info!
-Glacier visit and trekking
-Kayak or rib boat tour on the fjord
-Hike from Urnes to Kroken, Tausasva or Nystølen
-Flåm and historic Flåm railway to Oslo or Bergen
-Jotunheimen hut to hut trek

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Rates

Tour Rates: (based on double occupancy)

Superior Three & Four Star Hotels:

  • 2 persons:  1717 euros/person
  • Single Supplement:  420 euros/person (applies when 2 or more traveling but in separate single use rooms)
  • Solo Supplement:  ask us for rates
  • UPGRADE Lodging where available Incl Demi suite:  335 euros/person
  • Boat Tickets Bergen-Vik & Sogndal-Bergen:  165 euros/person

Note:

  • Private Group Guided departures available: Contact us with your dates and we will send a quote.
  • Half board – dinners – can be added to Kviknes for 60 euros/person total for both nights – booked in advance.
  • Outside of Bergen, most of these places are small and can be quiet without many dining choices. Here, nature is the focus instead of nightlife.

Make it Custom: Do you like this tour but want to make it different? Tell us your wishes & we will quote it!

 

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