Moderate
Difficulty level
Hiking/Walking
Activity (Hike)
6 Night, 7 Day
Duration

Norway: Bergen and Sognefjord Hike

Six nights; seven days of moderately challenging hikes through lush valleys, fjords, and mountain ranges in one of the world’s most beautiful countries.


WHY THIS TRIP?

  • Stirring landscapes with spectacular views!
  • Fjord boat cruise and scenic train ride.
  • Diverse wildlife due to alpine climate: many species of arctic animals and plants, and largest wild reindeer herds in the world.
  • Rich ice age history with traces of Viking rule.
  • Restored ancient farmsteads.
  • Deliciously fresh Norwegian seafood and unique, authentic cuisine.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

Requiring moderate fitness levels, these cover terrain with hills and valleys, and tend to include distances of 50-80km (30-50mi.)/day cycling, or 3-6 hours of walking per day. Most Freewheeling Adventures fall into this category, and are suitable for most ability levels.


Moderate hikes, 5-20km/day, with more challenging or gentler options available some days.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Introductions
  • DAY 2: ~13 km
  • DAY 3: ~20 km + boat cruise
  • DAY 4: ~20 km + train ride
  • DAY 5: ~20 km
  • DAY 6: ~5 km
  • DAY 7: ~5 km & Farewells

Elevation Profile:

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Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

 

Start: Pickup at Bergen Airport, 15:00, day one.

Finish: Bergen, 14:00, day seven.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Introductions

Start with a 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

2

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

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 Hotell, or, Fretheim Hotel, Flam

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

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 phyllite in the rocks, and cultural influence over centuries. BLD

Same lodging

6

King’s Road & Borgund Stave church; ~5km

Transfer 45 min. 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. The living culture landscape and spectacular mountains are waiting to be explored. Finish your day with an hour transfer to your hotel. BLD

Fleischers Hotel, Voss

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

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST OF YOUR TRIP?

Not sure about difficulties, and support level? Check out our What to Expect page!

Guided: C 5175 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners, vehicle and guide support, maps, taxes

Does not include single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and guide(s) gratuities.


Self-Guided: C 4495 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, emergency on-call support, taxes

Does not include single supplement charges (pricing can be found in next booking step), airfare to/from tour, and support driver gratuities.

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


2022 Guided dates:

  • May 22-28
  • Sep 4-10

2023 Guided dates:

  • May 21-27
  • Sep 3-9

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above. New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.

1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.

2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. Please ask us for a no-obligation quote from our insurance providers: Century Insurance, or CSA Travel Protection.

More Reading:


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.