Exciting glacier walks, kayaking on beautiful fjords, spectacular hikes, a historic cycling trip and Europe's best-known train journey, are a few of the highlights on this week-long guided trip in Fjord Norway.
Season: Fixed starting dates in Summer 2018: 22 July, 5 August, 9 August & 19 August.
Highlights: Traverse from one beautiful place to the next, passing huge impressive waterfalls, small villages, wild nature and the Nærøyfjord; one of the world's most beautiful and dramatic UNESCO sites.
Price per person: NOK 20,000 (approx. € 2090 / $ 2585) *Based on 2 people sharing a room.
Includes: Professional nature guide, authentic accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner for all days, all local transport, rent of bike, glacier equipment and kayaks. (Sleeping bag and mat can be rented)
Level of difficulty: You should expect some rocky paths and a little bit of scrambling. You need a little hiking and biking experience to do this trip, no kayaking experience is required.
DAY 1: MEET AT FINSE & AFTERNOON TREK
You will meet the group at Finse at 1:30 p.m., after the morning train from Oslo and Bergen has arrived. Finse is the highest-altitude station on the Oslo - Bergen Railway at an altitude of 1,222 meters. You are now situated at the enormous Hardangervidda mountain plateau.
The tour starts off with a 2-3 hours hike to Little Finsenut (1493 meters) where you will get to meet new friends and be introduced to spectacular Norwegian nature. Local dinner and introduction to the next day’s adventures.
DAY 2: GLACIER WALK ON HARDANGERJØKULEN
Hardangerjøkulen is one of Norway's biggest glaciers. After eating a healthy breakfast, you set off on the hour-long walk to the glacier. Your highly skilled guides will assist you with equipping yourselves with crampons, ice axes and rope. When ready, your guide will take you out on the glacier, and together you will explore this incredible landscape of ice. Your guides will provide all the specialized equipment required and stand ready to teach you how to conduct yourself safely on the ice. 3-course dinner at the hotel, and maybe a high altitude beer by the fire?
DAY 3: CYCLING THE NAVVIES' ROAD (RALLARVEGEN)
The Navvies' Road was built at the same time as the Bergen Railway, just over a 100 years ago. Today, the road is Norway's most famous mountain biking stretch. Send you luggage off on the train, and gear up for a magnificent day on two wheels. You will pass mountain lakes, majestic waterfalls and the famous Flåm Railway; considered one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world. Continue down a descent of 1,200 meters to Flåm, by the Nærøyfjord. After a short transfer, you will reach Aurland for dinner and overnight in at a rustic guesthouse by the fjord.
DAY 4: AURLANDSDALEN VALLEY
Today's activity is a famous day hike down the Aurlandsdalen Valley from Østerbø to Vassbygdi. The trek is mainly downhill, but quite long, and it is smart to bring your trekking poles for this day. The hike offers fantastic views as you make your way through a narrow, spectacular river valley, that many consider the most beautiful in Norway. You pass summer pasture farms, waterfalls and wild nature. In the evening, a three-course dinner awaits. Second night in Aurland.
DAY 5: KAYAKING ADVENTURE ON THE FJORD
An overnight kayak adventure awaits in safe and stable double kayaks. The two-day tour takes you from Flåm out the Aurlandsfjord and the full length of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Pass through landscape carved out by glaciers, and watch waterfalls dive off the steep mountainsides. You might spot seals, eagles, otters or small whales on your way. You will end up in the little village of Undredal; home to 70 people and 500 goats. The village is known for its production of goat's cheese, and you will, of course, sample this traditional Norwegian cheese. The night is spent in tents by the fjord.
DAY 6: KAYAKING AND END OF TRIP
After an outdoor breakfast the trip continues by kayak between the waterfalls and small farms along the fjord. After lunch, you end up in Gudvangen. From here you will be transported back to Flåm so that you will have more than enough time to catch the last connection with the Flåm Railway to Oslo or Bergen. Flåm Railway is one of Europe's most famous (and steepest) railway lines. Tour ends.
If you wish to extend your adventure with a tailored itinerary in another part of the country, we will assist.