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Walking the Fjords

from $3,799.00

Hike in the heart of Norway’s unique fjord landscape

  • Reviews 14 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 16
All about the Walking the Fjords.

Norway’s stunning fjords are rightly ranked as one of the scenic wonders of the world, and few visitors can fail to be inspired by the contrast of snow-capped mountains, steep green hillsides and powerful waterfalls plunging into the calm clear waters of the fjords. The majority of visitors come by coach and crowd into a few busy hotspots, whereas we discover these classic landscapes on foot, giving unique access to areas of tranquil beauty and high panoramic viewpoints. Our base at Nes Farm is a cozy family-run guesthouse looking towards the Feigumfoss waterfall across Lustrafjord, nestled between the Jotunheim, Norway’s highest mountains, and the massive ice cap of Jostedalsbreen. The valley lies between three national parks: Jotunheim, Jostedalen and Breheiman. Our base is a cosy family-run guesthouse looking towards the Feigumfoss waterfall across Lustrafjord.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 packed lunches and 6 dinners included
* 1 night in a hotel in Bergen, 6 nights guesthouse
* Airport Transfers (at designated times)

  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2000m, average 500m
  • Travel by minibus and ferry
  • Optional glacier walk
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Stunning fjord scenery
  • Guided tour of historic Bergen
  • Daywalk in the Jotunheimen National Park
  • Boat trip across glacial lake and optional walk over Nigardsbreen Glacier
  1. Day 1 Start Bergen.

    After our briefing the evening is free to enjoy Norway’s beautiful second city. *Thon Orion Hotel *

  2. Day 2 Sightseeing tour of Bergen. Journey to Lustrafjord

    In the morning we take a short sightseeing tour in the city of Bergen, including the city’s famous Hanseatic Wharf. Mid-morning we depart on the long, but varied and scenic journey. We drive a minibus from Bergen to the town of Voss, crossing the montain pass Vikafjellet to Vik/Vangsnes. From here we go by ferry (15 min) to Hella. From Hella there is a drive of 1 hour to our guesthouse, which is our base for the next 5 days. We arrive in time for dinner. Journey time 4.5hrs*Nes Farm or similar*

  3. Day 3 Warm-up walk to Molden peak (1116m), excellent viewpoint for Sognefjord; optional visit to UNESCO-listed Urnes Stave church.

    We start the week with a lovely warm-up walk to Molden Peak. At 1116 metres this peak gives us great views up and down Sognefjord and is an excellent introduction to this incredible region or Norway. We also visit Urnes Stavechurch, the oldest church in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. *Nes Farm or similar*

  4. Day 4 Full daywalk in Breheimen National Park, known as the 'Home of the Glaciers', from Vigdal to Navarsete hut.

    Today we explore the Breheimen National Park, known locally as the ’home of the glaciers’. Here we hike from Vigdal Valley to the Navarsete hiking hut along the Bishop’s Trail, with panoramic views along the way. *Nes Farm or similar*

  5. Day 5 Bus to Nigardsbreen glacier (part of Jostedalsbreen icecap); walk and boat trip on glacial lake; optional glacier walk.

    One of the most striking geographical features of this area of Norway is the massive Jostedalsbreen icecap in the Jostedal National Park. From its peak the glacier tongues come tumbling down into deep valleys. We visit the Nigardsbreen glacier for a stunning walk and a boat trip on the glacial lake. There is also the chance for an optional guided walk on the glacier (payable locally – approx 580NOK).*Nes Farm or similar*

  6. Day 6 Daywalk in the spectacular Jotunheim National Park.

    To the northwest of our accommodation are Norway’s highest peaks in the Jotunheim National Park, we enjoy a full day of hiking here. Our route choice will depend on weather conditions, but will take in some of the finest mountain scenery in the country. *Nes Farm or similar*

  7. Day 7 Hike into the Mørkrisdalen Valley.

    We finish the week with a hike into one of Norway’s most scenic valleys, Mørkrisdalen, the walk starts in a narrow canyon dominated by a stunning waterfall. As we continue through the canyon it opens up into a wide valley of open moorland dotted with wild flowers and traditional Norwegian summer cottages. A beautiful end to our trip.*Nes Farm or similar*

  8. Day 8 Scenic drive to Bergen; end Bergen.

    We drive the minibus from the Guesthouse to Kaupanger and go by ferry, which takes us to the stunning UNESCO listed Naerøyfjord (Narrow Fjord), through the fjord to Gudvangen.  The journey takes 2,5 hours.   After the boat trip the guide will bring us to the top of Stalheimskleiva, and you may walk down this scenic road (30 minutes). The van will be waiting for us at the end of the road. After this short walk, the trip is going on to Bergen and the airport. If you are booking your own flight, please make sure it is in the late afternoon evening, to allow time to drive back from fjord region.

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Where you stay

Hotel & Guesthouses

You will spend 1 night at a hotel in Bergen and 6 nights in guesthouse accommodation. The hotel in Bergen is a standard tourist class hotel with en suite facilities.

Nes Farm located on the banks of Lustrafjord, is private guesthouse on a working farm. Double rooms are en suite, while single rooms have shared facilities

Eating and Drinking

7 breakfasts, 7 packed lunches (made yourself from the breakfast buffet) and 6, 3-course dinners included.

An evening meal is not included on the first night in Bergen, but there are plenty of lovely restaurants to choose from. At Nes Farm the owners prepare excellent home-cooked food, often with fruit from their own farm. There is a strong focus on local produce, including fish, lamb, berries and cheese.

Easy, well maintained trails, which may be steep in places. On average we will walk for 3 hours in the morning and two in the afternoon, including stops. On the longest day we may walk for up to 7 hours including stops.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveler on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Lovely time!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beautiful views took me away from my everyday worries and who would have thought going onto the glacier would be so much more fun than just looking at it from up close!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    I loved Einar - he is young and super humble but he really tried hard to take care of us. Lovely guy
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Fitness levels - moderate for one person is challenging for another especially when there are time limits for certain hikes.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

WALKING THE FJORDS

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the waterfalls - just the raw power of nature, feeling the spray on your face and hearing the incredible thunder as the water crashes down. I could never get bored of the view out of the guest house window - overlooking the fjord with the huge waterfall on the opposite bank. The water is so clean in Norway that you can just refill your waterbottle from the icy streams all around you and apparently if you go in August you can pick wild blueberries along the paths!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn was excellent - he seems something of a local celebrity, I swear everyone knew him and gave us a friendly wave! His passion for history and the great outdoors is evident - he used to be a teacher, so he's really interactive. He won't just tell you why the fjords are green or what that particular carving inside the church represents, he'll ask and make you all call out guesses - quite a giggle! 
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'd suggest taking a variety of clothes - the weather can be quite changeable, so you want a backpack big enough for proper waterproofs although I mainly used mine for when we got close to the waterfalls! The trip notes aren't joking when they say about fully waterproof boots - mine are full leather and I was very grateful! Don't worry about a camel back unless you particularly like them, as you can refill bottles from the fresh water streams on all but one day. If you fancy a refreshing swim in the (glacier-fed) fjord, take a swimming costume as you can do so! It's about 150metres from the guest house so you can wander down whenever you like. It's not as cold as you think but it will definitely catch your attention! 
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The best bit about this trip is you are in proper walker's terriorty. There are no big cruise liners or ugly crowds anywhere; it's very peaceful. You pass some farms but with the exception of the ferry ride through the Narrowfjord everyone else we saw had hiking boots on, and there weren't even many of those. Take a big memory card, you'll need it! It's perfect for a scenery junkie. It is an expensive trip but Norway is generally quite costly; once you're there the price makes a lot of sense, particularly considering the quality of the food and the guest house; it feels much more than three stars.  

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

A Trip for the Active

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The incredible landscape on every hike. It's too difficult to pick out one outstanding moment because each day presented a new aspect of Norway.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leaders were professional and attentive to individual needs.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to hike on uneven terrain and smooth rock surfaces. Trails are steep and often slick. I was cardio fit but I did my conditioning on groomed trails. The glacier walk is very challenging. Gaitors are highly recommended to pants clean.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do not go on the glacier walk if it's been raining.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

A fabulous week with fabulous weather

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I would say that it had to be our walk on the Glacier as it was something I'd never done before, I didn't know what to expect. We were given crampons and ice picks and roped together in groups of about 12, an experienced guide at the front, and off we went up the Glacier after being told how to walk in crampons of course. The blue of the Glacier was stunning, and looking down into crevices was beautiful. This is an optional extra of the holiday but well worth doing. Quite pricey at nearly £60.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn took us on our 1st walk up to Molden Peak. He was great, very informative and knowledgeable . The rest of the week our guide was Inar who was also fantastic. He kept us safe, he knew what we were capable of and he had lots of stories to tell us which kept us amused. He's only a young lad but certainly knew what he was doing, he was a delight.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most people know that Norway is expensive, but it still comes as quite a shock. If you like a beer to cool you down after a day out walking, take plenty of money. Half litre of lager is about £7.50 and a bottle of wine about £30. Also it might be a good idea to take mosquito spray, we did encounter a few during the week.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm a Vegan, and my evening meals were fabulous.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Walking the Fjords - Norway

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We took the optional trip to walk on a glacier. Once geared up with crampons, ice axe, harness and rope, we were taken on a stunning two hour walk on the glacier including descending through an ice cave. Our guide for the trip was a young Nepalese man who told me he had climbed Everest 9 times - can't accuse him of lacking mountaineering experience!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn was an excellent host and guide. Having climbed up the mountain, he would produce tea and coffee that he had carried up with him, and small mats for everyone to sit on. He also loved to tell us stories about the area and its history. A wonderful man. I hope I'm as fit as he is when I reach his current age!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather can be variable, so make sure you pack both tee shirts and shorts, and something much warmer. Gloves and hats are essential for some of the walks. On our last day we walked at around 1,400m elevation and the temperature was only just about freezing with a brisk wind blowing.Z
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is our third Exodus holiday and yet again we found we were travelling with a wonderful and diverse group of people.

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