Hike Norway’s Most Famous Trails
This Adventure Tour combines the most famous hiking destinations in Norway: Trolltunga, Preikestolen, and Kjerag. En route, we will hike one of the biggest glaciers in Norway, as well as the longest wooden stairway in the world. Norway has become famous for its iconic, dramatic, and exciting viewpoints: Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjerag.
These three hikes, three of the most beautiful viewpoints in Norway, along with three more days exploring Norway’s more hidden gems make this tour the best of all worlds. Dramatic fjord views, high mountaintops, and unique geological rock formations provide travelers with an exciting and well-rounded tour of South-Western Norway.
Day 1: From Oslo to the mountains
We meet outside Oslo Opera house at 10 a.m.; the guide will pick you up there. Look for our logo on a minibus. Together you go for a four-hour drive towards the mountains. As you drive, the settlements get smaller, and you will get a glimpse of Norway`s many rural areas. On the way we will stop by Heddal Stave Church, and have a look at the charming old building, this is one of Norway’s largest stave churches. Our destination for the day is a mountain cabin located around 1000 meters above sea level called Haukeliseter. Rough and wild nature surrounds Haukeliseter. Norwegians on a mountain holiday highly approve the mountain lodge, and every year Norwegians of every age visit the area. We do a short hike to make sure all the equipment is ready for the next day. After that, we have a traditional three-course dinner and go through the itinerary for the next days with the guide.
Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
Transport: 4-5 hrs
Day 2: Trolltunga
People come from all over the world to experience Trolltunga, and today it’s our turn! People come from all over the world to experience Trolltunga, and today it’s our turn! In English, it is named the Troll’s Tongue. Trolltunga is a spectacular mountain formation situated 1,100 meters above sea level, and 700 meters above the lake of Ringedal. Trolltunga is a long hike (10-12 hours), the longest hike of the trip, so we start off early in the morning, and will have dinner quite late. Even though the hike is tough, it is both doable and worth it! We will have time to relax at the top, enjoy the view, and take memorable photos on the plateau. This place inspired many Norwegian artists during the Romantic era and led to some of the most remarkable artworks ever coming out of Norway. In a case of bad weather, we have the opportunity to swap day 2 and 3 and get the best weather possible on Trolltunga.
Time: 10-12 hrs hiking
Transport: 1-2 hrs
Day 3: Up to the eternal ice - glacier walk at Folgefonna
From Rosendal we make our way up to Folgefonna and go for a full day walk (4-6 hours) on the glacier. Folgefonna is Norway’s third biggest glacier. Our adventure starts in the Folgefonna National Park. Hiking on the glacier plateau is not particularly hard, but it is a truly magnificent experience walking roped up on the 350m thick carpet of ice! When the weather allows, it is a spectacular view of the surrounding fjord landscape from the glacier. During this day we will walk at a gentle pace, and take the time to enjoy our company, and beautiful scenery. We spend the evening and night at our small hotel in Rosendal.
Time: 4-6 hrs hiking
Transport: 1-2 hrs
Day 4: Preikestolen (The Pulpit rock)
On this day we head towards one of the most famous mountain hikes in the whole world, Preikestolen! From the hotel, we will drive (around 4 hours) through the beautiful coastal scenery between Folgefonna and Preikestolen. Tonight, we will rest in the spectacular Preikestolen Mountain Lodge. The new lodge opened in 2008, and have won several prizes for its unique architecture. During the day, it is often a lot of people visiting the plateau. Therefore, we choose to hike in the evening; here we can enjoy the sunset and a meal after most tourists have left this popular destination. The trek to Preikestolen is a four-hour round trip, and the beautiful landscape has resulted in numerous international top rankings. Among these are CNN, who listed the Pulpit Rock on top of the bucket list of natural wonders.
Accommodation: Mountain Lodge
Distance: 6 km
Time: 3-4 hrs hiking
Transport: 4-5 hrs
Day 5: The longest wooden stairway in the world
We leave the lodge after breakfast and take the ferry into the mystical fjord landscape in Lysefjorden. From the ferry, will be able to see Preikestolen from a completely different view than last night. Within two hours we arrive in Flørli. The village is a roadless hamlet by the fjord, surrounded by mountains rising over 1,000 meters into the sky. From Flørli we hike up the longest wooden stairway in the world – 4444 steps right up from the fjord to the mountain. In Flørli we will stay in a simple but cozy guesthouse by the fjord. There is only one accommodation here, and it has a lower standard then the other places we stay at on the trip, but what Flørli lacks in fanciness, the place makes up in charm. We get a very nice farewell dinner, while the hosts prepare a bonfire or a wood-fired hot-tub on the old ferry quay!
*On the departure starting on July 7, August 4 and September 15 we will arrive later at Flørli.
Time: 5-6 hrs hiking
Transport: 3 hrs.
Day 6: Lysefjorden and Mount Kjerag
Another well-known trekking destination is on today’s program. We start by taking a morning ferry to Lysebotn – the innermost part of Lysefjorden. From here we head for Mount Kjerag. It is situated 1,000 meters above the Lysefjord, and the round trip itself takes around 6 hours. At this time of year, it might also be an excellent chance to meet the base jumpers who jump out of the 1000 meters cliff! After the trek, we return to Oslo in our minibus (6-7 hours). During the drive back, we will talk about our fantastic trip, and sum up all the experiences that we have had together. We also stop at a café so that those who want can have dinner on their way back. Arrival in Oslo in the evening, around 9-10 p.m., so we recommend staying in Oslo to the next day.
Time: 6 hrs hiking
|Trip Dates||16 – 21 June 2019
23 – 28 June 2019
30 June – 5 July 2019
7 – 12 July 2019
10 – 15 July 2019
14 – 19 July 2019
21 – 26 July 2019
28 July – 2 August 2019
31 July – 5 August 2019
|4 – 9 August 2019
14 – 19 August 2019
18 – 23 August 2019
25 – 30 August 2019
1 – 6 September 2019
8 – 13 September 2019
15 – 20 September 2019
|Arrival/Departure Location||Oslo, Norway|
|Included||Professional nature guide
Accommodation for five nights
|Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program)
All local transport (ferries, buses, transfers etc.)
|Not included||Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you with booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital.
Drinks and snacks
Please note: The hikes on this tour are relatively long (see day to day itinerary), and we hike every day. So, you need some hiking experience and fitness to join. The tour starts and ends in Oslo, and we go by small groups with a maximum of seven guests per guide, traveling by minibus. On this tour you can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so you only have to carry what you need for your day hike.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pillow Case: If you want to stuff it with clothes to act as a pillow at night.
Insect Repellent: Optional if sensitive to insects.
Bed linens and towels are included all nights except the night you are camping. Dry bags for personal equipment, kayaking equipment, eating utensils, toilet paper for camping is provided.
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.
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!
This is a multi-day trip with fixed departure dates. Some trips have different itineraries or lengths, so please check that you've chosen exactly what you want, and the correct trip start date. If you have any questions at all, please use the chat feature and we'll answer as quickly as possible.