Fjord Norway Hiking Tour
ESCORTED - 13 DEPARTURES
Bergen | Myrkdalen | Balestrand | Undredal | Flåm | Bergen
9 Days / 8 Nights - Wednesday Departures from Bergen
From $3036 Per Person Land Only
Departures: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26,
August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 2017*
SMALL GROUP TOUR: This culturally-immersive fjord Norway hiking tour of the famous Sognefjord region with a fantastic sea kayaking component is great for both amateurs and the experienced outdoors enthusiast! Each tour departs with a minimum of 4 people and a max of 7—with the choice to begin/end in Bergen or Oslo—making this an unparalleled small group hiking tour.
Day 01: Arrive Bergen
Arrive at Bergen Airport today and transfer on your own to your first class hotel for check in.
Your first afternoon and evening in Scandinavia is free to explore the city, and to enjoy dinner at any of the fine variety of restaurants in the city center (not included). We recommend a visit to Fløien Folkerestaurant—a popular traditional restaurant on the summit of Mt. Fløien reachable by funicular ride, which features a panoramic view over Bergen—or the contemporary creations of Lysverket, a short walk from Bergen Station and Lungegårdsvannet Lake.
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz
Day 02: Bergen City Walking Tour
After you enjoy your first traditional Scandinavian buffet breakfast, you’ll encounter all the numerous sights and sounds of Bergen on a 3-hour city walking tour of the ‘gateway to the fjords’. Your guide picks you up at the hotel, and you set off across the city together.
This amazing city on the west coast of Norway is a cultural and artistic hotspot, and it features some of the best sightseeing and culinary treasures that the country has to offer. Walk through the ancient Bryggen Harbor section, a living relic of the medieval 12th century, and peer inside 18th-century buildings still in daily use. Bryggen was one of four outposts for the Hanseatic League, an important trade organization which operated from the 14th-16th centuries. Continue the tour by admiring the facades of St. Mary’s Church, Haakon’s Hall, the colorful Bergen city fish markets, and more. Lunch is on your own after the tour ends.
Enjoy a free afternoon in the city. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Thon Hotel Rosenkrantz
NOTE: Second night in Bergen can be moved to end of tour, and 3-hour city tour can be conducted on first stay in Bergen or the day you return to the city.
Day 03: Bergen - Myrkdalen
Buffet breakfast is at your hotel today, followed by a free morning and early afternoon in Bergen. Use the free time to further explore the city and shop for souvenirs, or visit more of the historic landmarks within walking distance.
In the mid-afternoon, transfer on your own to the Bergen train station. From here, board the train and travel to Voss Railway Station. Your guide will pick you up at the Voss station and provide transportation to the hotel, one of the most well-known ski resorts in Norway located in the foothills of the Myrkdalen mountain region. In the winter, snow covers even the largest of the apartments and houses in Myrkdalen nearly to the roof, and ski enthusiasts from around Norway and the world enjoy the spectacular setting from the slopes. In the summer, hiking trails lead out from the hotel.
Dinner is provided at the hotel this evening.
Myrkdalen Mountain Resort
Day 04: Myrkdalen - Sea Kayaking the Nærøyfjord - Myrkdalen
Breakfast is buffet-style this morning at your hotel before you head out on your first activity through one of Norway’s most scenic regions: sea kayaking along the Nærøyfjord, a majestic UNESCO World Heritage landscape with steep mountains, beautiful waterfalls, and quaint villages tucked into the folds of the fjord. You’ll enjoy a packed lunch during the trip.
Dinner is provided at your hotel upon returning from kayaking.
Myrkdalen Mountain Resort
Day 05: Myrkdalen - Hike to Prest - Biking the Flåm Valley - Myrkdalen
Today you’ll enjoy another buffet breakfast at the hotel before your first hike begins. We’ll drive from your hotel to the town of Aurland and then on to Kvammadal, where we’ll begin the hike. Trace a path through the fjordscape and enjoy panoramic views of Norway’s most famous fjord together with your group. During the hike, you’ll enjoy a packed lunch (included).
Following lunch you’ll bike down the atmospheric Flåmsdalen Valley, riding directly toward Flåm on the banks of the Sognefjord. You’ll follow Rallarvegen, an old navigation (navvie) road created during the construction of the Bergen Railway in the early 1900s. Pass by waterfalls, houses and farms dotting the landscape—you might even run into a herd of sheep!
Return to Myrkdalen tonight for dinner and overnight.
Myrkdalen Mountain Resort
Day 06: Myrkdalen - Vikafjellet Mountain Plateau - Holo - Balestrand
Buffet breakfast is at your hotel this morning. Today your second hike begins at the top of the Vikafjellet mountain plateau (5 hours). Trace a path from the plateau back across the mountains to Myrkdalen Hotel, discovering the charming mountain farm Bjørndalen and the beautiful waterfall in Holo. During the hike, enjoy a packed lunch with the group (included). After the hike, the group departs the Myrkdalen region and heads to Balestrand.
Arrive in Balestrand tonight and check in to a historic hotel perched on the banks of the Sognefjord, enjoying one of the region’s most spectacular buffet dinners.
Day 07: Balestrand - Hiking to Raudmelen
Enjoy a buffet breakfast at the hotel this morning before heading out on a breathtaking hike to the top of Raudmelen Mountain. The mountain around which Balestrand was built, Raudmelen boasts spectacular views over the Sognefjord from the viewpoint at the top, and the journey to reach it starts at Kviknes Hotel. There are a number of beautiful sights on the way, with the option to do a shorter hike if the full hike is too demanding. Enjoy a packed lunch during the hike.
Return tonight to your hotel and enjoy another mouthwatering Scandinavian buffet dinner.
Day 08: Balestrand - Flåm - Aurlandsfjord Cruise - RIB Boat Fjordsafari
We leave Balestrand behind after a buffet breakfast at your hotel, embarking on a boat cruise along a short section of the Sognefjord and directly into the Aurlandsfjord. We’ll sail through the waters of the fjord until we reach Flåm, a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to the Sognefjord and the world-famous Flåm Railway. Once here check in to your hotel, and then head to the nearby docks for a thrilling fjordsafari with your group.
At the docks you’ll board a small RIB boat, sail into open waters with a local guide, and encounter the sheer magnitude of the Aurlandsfjord and UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Stop in Undredal, a little village containing 60 people and nearly 500 goats, known for its famous cheeses (including brunost, a traditional Norwegian brown goat cheese). Sample a selection of Undredal’s delicious products and listen to the process of production, as well as a few local folktales, before boarding the RIB boat back to Flåm.
Your final Scandinavian dinner is served at your hotel tonight.
Day 09: Flåm - Flåm Railway - Depart Bergen
Enjoy your final buffet breakfast at your hotel this morning.
Walk from your hotel to the train station to board the Flåm Railway, one of the most beautiful and renowned train journeys in the world. Keep your eyes peeled as you depart Flåm and travel toward Bergen: the scenery between Flåm and Bergen is some of the most breathtaking in the country. You’ll catch glimpses of waterfalls, the stunning fjord and its villages, and wildlife.
Arrive in Bergen in the early afternoon, and transfer to the airport on your own for your flight home.
- 8 nights Bergen - Bergen
- 8 nights’ accommodation including daily buffet breakfasts (excl. day 01), 5 lunches, and 6 dinners as per itinerary in standard historic and modern hotels, all rooms with private facilities
- Local mountain tour guide, who will accompany the group days 03-09
- Local transportation throughout the Voss Railway Station - Flåm Railway Station portion of tour
- Train ticket Bergen Station - Voss Railway Station
- Train ticket Flåm Railway Station - Bergen Station
- Bergen city tour
NOTE: Prices do not include transfers to/from Bergen airport, beverages, extra items, and any services not listed in the program. It is possible to begin/end in both Bergen and Oslo, please see pricing below.
Additional packing needs for this tour: Sturdy hiking boots, small backpack for day trips, summer and warm clothing, a warm hat and gloves to accommodate for rapid weather changes (weather may fluctuate between 41-86+ degrees in summer), waterproof jacket and waterproof pants.
2017 PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
Departure Dates and Information
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Tour dates per 1/01/2017. 1 departure (Aug 2) is guaranteed, and all tours are in USD. All departures are a 4-person min./7-person max. land-only tour. Please note that above outlined tour starts in Bergen on Wednesdays and ends in Bergen, however tour can begin or end in both Bergen and Oslo. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.
Alternative route available! Flåm-Oslo departure supplement: Add $56.