8 Days
Duration
Norway
Location
8/10
Physicality
Hvitserk & Eventyrreiser
Operator
$2,635
base price per person

Join us this summer for a fantastic hike around one of Norway’s most beautiful Fjords!

The hike around the Norwegian Fjord is a trekking tour in beautiful scenery with magnificent views of the sea and fjord. We will stay in unique and charming accommodations during this Adventure Trip.

On this hike around one of Norway’s beautiful fjords, we will explore the exceptionally beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the Norwegian Fjord Hjørundfjord in Sunnmøre. It offers spectacular views and opportunities to get off the beaten track. We trek from village to village, carrying light backpacks. During the tour, we will make our way up summits, and explore local destinations and valleys en route.

Every night we stay in high-quality, authentic accommodations. You can look forward to staying in places such as the beautiful Brosundet Hotel in Ålesund and the historic Hotel Union Øye. The route’s lowest point is the shore down by the fjord, and the highest point is the 1,564-metre-high mountain of Slogen. One of the most spectacular summits in the “Alps of Sunnmøre”!

The scenery along this hiking tour is magnificent, and if you want to experience the Norwegian mountain landscape at its absolute best, this is an excellent alternative. On this hiking tour, we also visit the city of Ålesund. The place is a famous seaport, and it is widely known for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival in the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund

Ålesund is known for its Art Nouveau architecture and incredible hiking opportunities. The town harbours the world-known sea voyage Hurtigruten Coastal Express on a daily basis. After arriving in Ålesund, you meet the guide and the rest of the group in the evening for a brief at 7 pm at the hotel. The group will then go to a nice restaurant in the city to have dinner together.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: Spectacular hiking in photographic scenery

Time to hike in some photographic scenery! You may leave some luggage at the hotel in Ålesund since we will return to the same hotel at the end of the trip. From Ålesund, we travel by bus and ferry for about one hour to the west side of the Hjørundfjord. From here we hike through the Molladalen valley. Molladalen is a popular hiking area, and very often characterized as Sunnmøre’s answer to Chamonix. The highest point today is Grønetinden (1014 meters), we return from the spectacular view before we make our way down towards Ytre Standal. By the lovely shore of Standal, we will be picked up by boat and transported a few minutes to the tiny village of Trandal. It is only possible to reach this place by a small local ferry, or by private boat. Dinner is served at the only restaurant situated here.
Accommodation: Cabin
Ascent: 800m
Distance: 9km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 400m
Time: 6-7hrs trekking
Transport: 1 hr

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Day 3: Hiking off the beaten track

After a healthy breakfast, and the obligatory lunch packing, we head out for the mountains. Today’s hike is a bit shorter than yesterday. The valley of Kvandalen offers us some off-piste terrain and enjoyable hiking terrain. The first half of the day you will hike in bright green grass and grazing sheep that freely enjoy their valley. It is varied terrain, and cliffs and spectacular blue-white glaciers dominate our view. Our goal for today is Standaleidet, where we will spend the night in well equipped private cabins. This is a popular place for locals to start their hiking and ski touring trips.
Accommodation: Cabin
Ascent: 1000m
Distance: 10km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 600m
Time: 6-7hrs trekking

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Day 4: Down to the Fjords

We start the day hiking over a mountain pass. An impressive fjord view follows us down to the fjord! On the route, we cross the picturesque Nøvedalen valley, before we follow the deep Litledalen valley down to our destination. Along the route, you will have the opportunity to see the local grazing sheep, enjoy the beautiful flowers, and the green forest track through the deep Litledalen valley. In the little village of Sæbø, we stay in a lovely hotel at the edge of the fjord. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner and have the opportunity to enjoy the evening by the fjord.
Accommodation: Hotel
Ascent: 700m
Distance: 12km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 800m
Time: 7hrs trekking
Transport: 45 mins

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Day 5: Hiking to Saska, and the 19th century

After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, the ferry will take us across the fjord. From the deck, you will have a great view of today’s mountain. Saksa (1073 meters) is often used by local mountaineering enthusiasts, probably because of the spectacular views and fun hiking terrain. When we return from the summit, our transport will take us to the Historical Hotel of Union Øye. The old hotel has a long history, and it has been a favorite venue for royalties, writers, climbers, and lovers for generations. A stay at this hotel will be like being transported back in time and will give us a unique experience to get to know the area and its history. We have a nice three-course dinner at the hotel and spend the night here.
Accommodation: Hotel
Ascent: 1000m
Distance: 6km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 1000m
Time: 6hrs trekking
Transport: 25 minutes

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Day 6: Ready to hike Slogen

We enjoy a relaxing morning and a delicious breakfast at Hotel Union Øye. Nice and fed we drive a short distance to the foot of Slogen (1564 meters), the highest point of our trip. This mountain has often been mentioned a favorite among the visitors of Hjørundfjord. From the entrance of the hotel, we start to hike towards the Norwegian Trekking Associations cabin, Patchellhytta. If the weather is nice, and we are not too tired, we make our way up to the top of Slogen the very same day. With its pyramid-shaped summit, the mountain is a magnificent sight, and there is a fantastic view from the top across great swathes of Sunnmøre. The trek from Patchellhytta, to the summit, and back again will take us about 3-4 hours depending on the weather conditions.
Accommodation: Mountain Hut
Ascent: 1200m
Distance: 8km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 400m
Time: 6-7hrs trekking
Transport: 10 minutes.

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Day 7: Hiking to Stranda, and back to Alesund

In case yesterday’s weather did not allow us to climb Slogen, we will start the day by scrambling the spectacular 1,564 meters. We will return from the mountain and down to Stranda, by Storfjorden. From here our transportation goes back to Ålesund. Some of you would probably like a shower, and we have the opportunity to do this at the hotel before summing up with a delicious farewell dinner in the city.
Accommodation: Hotel
Distance: 6km
Meals: B L D
Descent: 300m
Time: 2 hrs trekking
Transport: 2.5hrs.

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Day 8: Final day of the trip

We eat breakfast together at the hotel, and maybe you will have some time to look around in Ålesund. It is always sad to say goodbye to new friends, but we hope that you have time to do some reflection on the bus trip back to Ålesund airport.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: B

Trip Dates 19 – 26 July 2019
Arrival/Departure Location Ålesund, Norway
Included Professional local knowledge nature guide
Accommodation for 7 nights
Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program)
All local transport
Several days trekking in some of the most beautiful nature Norway has to offer
Not Included International and domestic flights (our program starts and ends in Ålesund
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
Snacks
Single room at the hotels (Please let us know if you want to stay in the single room – then we will give you a price for the single room supplement)

Please Note: Ålesund is where the tour starts and the airport offers good connections (direct flights) to several foreign cities (KLM, among others, operates daily flights). Norwegian and SAS also operate several daily flights to Oslo. It is also possible to fly directly from Oslo to Ørsta, near the Hjørundfjord (Widerøe).

Gear List

Take a good look at the list below, and make sure you bring everything you need.  Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials.

Remember the Norwegian saying “There is no bad weather, only bad gear”, and prepare appropriately for any weather.

Required:

Base Layer: Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.
Mid-Layer: A medium thickness wool or fleece top.
Insulated Jacket: A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalent in warmth is also okay.
Shell / Rain Jacket: Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation.
Hiking Pants: Hiking pants comfortable for all-day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneath and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip-off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is an option. Hiking Shirt: Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking.
Gloves / Mittens: 1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.
Hats: 1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.
Hiking Socks: 2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.
Hiking Shoes: Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots.
Backpack: Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.
Sunglasses: UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don’t get lost.
Sunscreen / Chapstick: Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it.
Water Bottle / Camelback: 2 liter capacity.
Toiletries: Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc…
Personal Medications: Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs.

Recommended:

Wool Underwear: We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.
Waterproof  Shell Pants: We recommend having a waterproof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy hiking more when warm and comfortable.
Scarf or Buff: A layer to protect your neck or face. THERMOS We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.
Swimwear: A bathing suit and a small towel if you would like to swim, hot tub or sauna depending on your trip. Trekking Poles: Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days.
Headlamp: Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days.
First Aid Kit: If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc…
Camera: It is important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane.
Casual Clothes: A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

Optional:

Antibac: If you need it for the bathroom or lunch.
Wet Wipe or Toilet Paper: If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use “pack it in pack it out” ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.
Ear Plugs: If you’re a light sleeper.
Journal: In order to take notes and write about the trip.
Snacks: Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.
Sleeping Mask: To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can also use your buff.

About Hvitserk of Norway

”The Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, high mountains and fjords. Norway is beautiful and has nature experiences that we would urge as many people as possible to experience! Let us show you Norway’s treasures!”

Hvitserk is Norway’s is a leading provider of expeditions and adventure holidays. For more than 30 years, Hvitserk has organized exciting journeys for adventurous Norwegians to all corners of the world. At the same time as they have taken Norwegians to exciting destinations abroad, they have also built up an extensive network in Norway.

They have skilled guides and local partners across the length and breadth of their beautiful country. In recent years, more and more Norwegian and foreign guests have joined them on adventure trips to unique Norwegian nature experiences! They also have extensive experience on extreme trip destinations and demanding logistics.

Hvitserk was the first Norwegian operator to offer expeditions to the South Pole, and no other Scandinavian tour operator has accompanied as many guests as they have on skiing expeditions to the Antarctic. No other tour operator in the world has accompanied as many guests on skiing expeditions across the inland ice of Greenland, and they have organized several skiing adventure trips to the Arctic and climbing expeditions to the peaks of the Himalayas.

Why TOV loves Hvitserk of Norway

In Hvitserk, they have always emphasized to give something back to the local communities they visit. Through the Cairn Foundation, Hvitserk and our guests support various aid projects in the destinations that they visit.

Thirty years ago, their company was established on the steppes of Africa, after one of their founders had been key to the development of tourism on Kilimanjaro. Ever since they have worked to have a positive impact on the places they arrange expeditions and adventures holidays.

They are proud to say that this is something they started doing, long before responsible travel became a phenomenon. The Cairn Foundation (Stiftelsen Varde in Norwegian) was started in 2011, and in 2013 they started to facilitate so their guests had the opportunity to donate one extra dollar for each day they were traveling with them.

Together with their guests, Hvitserk and the Cairn Foundation have gathered several hundred thousand Norwegian kroner to various aid projects. Especially in Nepal and Kenya, but also Uganda, Tanzania, and Greenland.

The Guides

Their guides are some of the most experienced and best expedition leaders, mountain guides and tour guides there is. Their expedition leaders, mountain guides, and tour guides have a wide competence within tour planning, training, altitude, first-aid, management, group relations, and safety in combination with local knowledge of our destinations.

In their team, you will find internationally certified mountain guides, glacier-guides, climbers, paddlers, skiers, globetrotters, and passionate travelers like yourself!

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