Fjords of Norway Guided Walking
Hotel Brosundet AAAA
Alesund (Day 1)Situated in one of Alesunds ten listed Art Nouveau buildings, the stylish Brosundet was once a warehouse but is today a beautifully renovated hotel sitting directly over the waters of the Ã…lesund Strait. The hotel was designed by the same architects who were responsible for such buildings as The Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo, and the Ground Zero Pavillion in New York, and each room has been given its own individual charm. Many rooms feature original wooden beams, slanted rooves and views of fishing vessels passing by on their way to unload the catch of the day. The hotel, naturally, offers an outstanding seafood restaurant.
Further details on the hotel website.Day 1 - Arrive in Norway
Transfer to the historic Hotel Brosundet in Alesund for the first night, with an evening briefing before a superb welcome dinner. (Staying at Hotel Brosundet, Half board)Day 2 - Melshornet 7km/4.5mi/4hr
Melshornet is a peak that dominates over the Orsta fjord and town. We walk up through birch forest for exceptional views over the fjord, islands and out towards the North Sea. (Staying at Sagafjord Hotel, Half Board).
Sagafjord Hotel AAAA
Saebo (Days 2+3) A genuine treasure, the Sagafjord Hotel in the fjord-side village of Saebo offers some of the best views to be found from a hotel. Dramatically located on the shore of the stunning (but still relatively unknown) Hjorundfjord, the hotel sits beneath the Sunnmore Alps and stares directly across the water to the rugged Mt Slogen. Only recently renovated, the bedrooms are modern in design and have been decorated to reflect the surrounding nature, with calm tones and wood furnishings. The restaurant here is also highly impressive and serves both traditional and modern cuisine as part of a regularly changing menu.
Further details on the hotel website.Day 3 - Molladalen - 7km/4.5mi/4hr
Heading west this morning, our route leads us to Mighty
Molladalen. The hike there takes us up past sheer rocks and incredible tumbling waterfalls to the cool mountain lakes that nestle beneath the multiple jagged peaks of Molladalen. We picnic at the top, taking in the views, and then head back down to Saebo. (Staying at Sagafjord Hotel, Half Board)Day 4 - Holmoyane - 7km/4.5mi/3.5hr
A gentle, steady climb to the summer farm at Utigard, which overlooks the deepest lake in Europe, then a descent back through the ancient forest to walk along the shores of the lake, stopping to enjoy lunch beside the cove of Holmoyane. (Staying at Gloppen Hotel, Half board)
Gloppen Hotell AAA
Sandane (Days 4+5)Dating to the mid C19, the wonderful family run Gloppen Hotell is located in Sandane, virtually on the shore of Gloppen Fjord. The traditional buildings have been updated and extended to offer the same historic atmosphere but with modern convenience and warm hospitality, so you can be sure of a comfortable stay. The Moen family puts a strong emphasis on locally sourced produce so you can also expect high quality cuisine from the hotels celebrated restaurant, which features dishes both modern and traditional, local and international.
Further details on the hotel website.Day 5 - Haugsvarden - 12km/7.5mi/6hr
Today we climb up to Haugsvarden summit (starting around half-way up) from where we will admire the 360 degree panorama of high, rugged peaks to the south-east and the blue waters of the Nordfjord and Gloppenfjord to the north-west. Quite simply incredible. (Staying at Gloppen Hotel, Half board).Day 6 - Segestad 5km/3mi/3hr
From the lakeside town of Hjelle we follow a beautiful trail up to the pretty C17 Segestad Farm, with great views of Hjelledalen and Erdalen, then circle around to finish in Satra. (Staying at Visnes Hotel, Half board)
Visnes Hotel AAA
Stryn (Days 6+7)Originally a farmhouse, this historic hotel, with its Swiss style faÃ§ade, was managed from 1850 by six generations of the Visnes family, before being purchased by married couple Arvid and Marit Otterdal in 2014. With their passion for food and wine combined with a love for the local area and outdoor activities, they set about retaining the historic character of this 15-bedroom property (with a few mod-cons like complimentary Wi-Fi).
The public areas and each bedroom are decorated individually with nostalgic styles reminiscent of the times the hotel has seen over the years, with the added advantage of most of the rooms overlooking the fjord. There are no televisions in the rooms but there is a library on the first floor, with a TV, where guests can gather in the evenings. The hotelâ€™s dining room is another gathering point, for breakfast in the morning, tea and coffee throughout the day and, in the evenings, for dinner with the menu focused on Norwegian dishes made from locally sourced ingredients including trout and deer.
Find out more on the hotel website.Day 7 - Hamsevik 7km/4.5mi/2.5hr and Billingen 4km/2.5mi/2hr
Today's walks showcase the rolling terrain of the interior highlands of Norway. Hamsevik leads off across wide sweeping valleys and the Billingen waterfalls impress with their dramatic drops, volume and engineered bridges. (Staying at Visnes Hotel, Half board).Day 8 - Geiranger - 6km/4mi/2.5hrs
We visit the viewpoint at Dalsnibba (1,476m), high above the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord, before a lovely trail above the fjord to the little lake of Mollsvatnet from Korsmyra. Then a scenic ferry across the fjord and a drive along the Norangs valley, with plenty of photo stops. (Staying at Union Hotel, Half board).
Union Hotel AAAA
Oye (Day 8)Situated in an elegant and traditional manor house at the foot of Mt Slogen, The historic Union Hotel is located at one end of the spectacular Norangdal glacial valley and has for well over a century been welcoming such personalities as Kaiser Wilhelm, Princess Victoria, Edvard Grieg and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The interiors feature lavish period furnishings and each bedroom has been individually decorated with many featuring a four-poster bed. There is also a garden and a terrace where guests can relax surrounded by the incredible mountain scenery. The restaurant serves seasonal menus with specially selected wines and local produce, and after dinner guests can relax in one of the hotels lounge areas, which include a cozy bar and a wood-paneled library.
Further details on the hotel website.Day 9 - Leave Norway
A morning ferry takes us back across the Hjorundfjord to Alesund. It is a transfer to the airport for those who are departing or a drop-off at the Hotel Brosundet for those having extra nights in the cozy waterside town of Alesund, famous for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.Walking information
The walks are relatively short but can be demanding in places, especially where routes lead straight up/down the mountainside along rocky footpaths. Walking is on footpaths and tracks and while a head for heights should not be necessary, walking boots and suitable mountain attire will be essential.