Norway:

Bergen & Sognefjord Hiking Tour


Six nights; seven days. Moderately challenging hikes through lush valleys, fjords and mountain ranges, with a scenic train ride and a fjord boat cruise. Spectacular views and diverse wildlife are abundant.






Itinerary


Start: Pickup at Bergen Airport, 15:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.


Finish: Bergen, 14:00, day seven.


Day 1

Arrivals and introductions
Start with a mid-afternoon pickup at the Bergen Airport in Flesland for a transfer to your hotel. Before dinner stroll through Bergen's old wharf district, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen. A reminder of the town's role in the Hanseatic League's trading empire of the 14th-16th centuries, the characteristic wooden houses of Bryggen have endured a number of fires; rebuilding efforts have focused on preserving original patterns and building methods. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfasts only).
Hotel Park Bergen, or
Det Hanseatiske Hotel; Bergen

Day 2

Vidden Plateau Hike; 13km
Leave the city's centre for today's hike, tackling two stunning mountains: Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen. Choose between steeper, more challenging climbs, or longer, gentler treks. Either way, you will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the fjords and islands surrounding Bergen, and on clear days you can see the Folgefonna glacier. BL
Same lodging

Day 3

Gudvangen to Flam; boat cruise & hike 6km
An early morning 2 ½ hour transfer brings you to Gudvangen for a boat tour along the Nærøyfjord. Visit the quaint villages of Bleiklindi, Bakka, Styvi and Dyrdal, with a longer hike along the Royal Post Road. Dating back to the 17th century, the scenic route was a key element of the postal service between Bergen and Oslo. BD
Flamsbrygga Hotel, or
Fretheim Hotel; Flam

Day 4

Myrdal to Flam; train ride & hike 20km
A one-way train ride from Flam to Myrdal leads you up into the heart of the fjords, with majestic waterfall sightings along the way. Hike back down into the valley on the last section of the Rallar Road, built in the early 1900s to transportation equipment for the construction of the Bergen Railway. Halfway down the valley is the Berekvam Gorge; its farms were active long before roads and railways were developed, and are still in use year-round. Stop at the Rallarrosa dairy, a traditional mountain farm, for a well-deserved break and sample of their goat cheese. BL
Same lodging

Day 5

Østerbø to Vassbygdi; 20km
Today's hike is a 20km path through the wild beauty of the Aurlandsdalen Valley. You will see many charming farms and mountain dairies along the route, most of which were abandoned a hundred years ago when the inhabitants emigrated to America in the hope of a more prosperous life. Fortunately, a number of farms have now been restored to their former states. The glacially-formed valley boasts abundant plant species due to both the soil, which is rich in minerals formed from phyllitte in the rocks, and cultural influence over centuries. BLD
Same lodging

Day 6

King’s Road & Borgund Stave church; 5km
Transfer 45 ins to the Borgund Stave church, built in 1180, to learn some local history before embarking on a walk along King’s Road, which was voted the most beautiful road in Norway by the Norwegian Public Roads Administration. the route is both interesting and awe-inspiring. It runs through am amazing landscape, and there are many memorable experiences along the way. The living culture landscape, spectacular mountains and great attractions are all waiting to be explored. Finish your day with an hour transfer to your hotel. BLD
Fleischers Hotel, Voss

Day 7

Bordalsgjalet; Hike 5km + 1.5 hr transfer
This morning's gentle and scenic path alongside Vangsvatnet Lake, through the wooded Prestegardsmoen and over the River Vosso into the dramatic Bordalsgjelet gorge, is a beautiful and fitting end to a week of spectacular hikes. Transfer back to Bergen in time for an afternoon flight to Oslo. B


Description


Hailed as one of the world's most beautiful countries, Norway's stirring landscapes - narrow fjords, waterfalls, never melting glaciers - are the result of a succession of ice ages. Following the last ice age some 10,000 years ago, humans settled in the west, leaving behind artifacts that have been well-preserved and can now been viewed in local museums. The area's rich history is hard to miss; traces of the Viking rule are still evident, and the government has invested in the restoration of ancient farmsteads. The fjords of Western Norway you will explore on your hikes are peppered at either end with charming communities and villages, each with its own traditions and cuisine, reflecting the humble nature of the Norwegian people. You can expect plenty of deliciously fresh cold water fish, and the opportunity to try more adventurous authentic local dishes. The alpine climate has allowed many species of arctic animals and plants to flourish; its wild reindeer herds are among the largest in the world, and, along with deer, moose, and grouse, are featured in most restaurant menus. The best way to arrive is by plane from Oslo to Bergen, where you will be collected and transferred to your first inn. If time allows, plan for a day or two at the beginning or end of your tour to enjoy the vibrant culture of Norway.

 

Notes about the route:
Moderate hikes, 5-20km/day, with more challenging or gentler options available some days.



Maps & Elevations






Learn more

Explore more of Norway with our Lofoten Islands Bike Tour.

Oslo: Imagine a fascinating polar expedition aboard the Fram at the Fram Polar Ship Museum.

Visit a world of sculptural culture at the Vigeland Museum. or if you enjoy the opera and ballet, don’t miss this national opera house.

Learn about Norweign cuture and folklore.

Flights to Bergen with Norwegian Air.





Costs

US 3795 C 4295

(per person, double occupancy, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, full time vehicle and guide support, maps, VAT)

US 3665 C 4095

(per person, double occupancy, includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, emergency on-call support, VAT)

Single Occupancy

US 995 C 1125

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.