Exciting glacier walks, kayaking on beautiful fjords, spectacular hikes and a historic cycling tour are a few of the highlights on this week-long hiking, biking and kayaking tour in the Norwegian fjords.
Want to spend a week to experience the Norwegian fjords like a Norwegian? Hiking, biking, and kayaking is the ultimate way of doing it! With kayaks, mountain bikes, and hiking boots, you will get to experience fjords and waterfalls in the land of the midnight sun. We gather up at Finse on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the highest-altitude station on the famous railway between Oslo and Bergen, and end the tour at Flam in the famous Sognefjorden.
Surrounded by mountainous wilderness and national parks we will hike on the glaciers of Hardangerjøkulen, and cycle the famous Navvies’ Road (Rallarvegen). Through world-class natural scenery, we will cycle a 1,700-metre descent down from the mountain to Flam by the Sognefjord.
Then a different view and experience await us, as we kayak on the clear water of the fjords. We go from one beautiful place to the next, passing substantial, impressive waterfalls, isolated villages and wild nature. The narrow Nærøyfjord is a branch of the massive Sognefjord, and this is where we go on an overnight kayak tour. The fjord is on UNESCO’s world heritage list. The 18-kilometre-long (11 miles) fjord is up to 500 meters (1,600 ft.) deep in some parts and only 250 meters (820ft.) wide at the narrowest. Widely famous for being one of the world’s most beautiful and dramatic fjords. Last but not least; With a truly magnificent view of the fjords, you get to experience real western Norwegian landscape by foot as we hike the mountain Prest.
On this hiking, biking and kayaking tour, we guarantee views and photographic scenery that will take your breath away – every single day!
Day 1: Meeting at Finse and afternoon trek
We meet at Finse, the highest-altitude station on the Bergen Railway, the railway line between Oslo and Bergen. Finse is easily accessible from both cities with several daily departures. After 5 hours from Oslo, or 2.5 hours from Bergen, the train will stop at an altitude of 1,222 meters, on top of the vast Hardangervidda mountain plateau. We meet at Finse at 1:30 p.m., after the morning train from Oslo and Bergen has arrived. After getting in order at our room in the Hotel situated right by the train station, we do a 2-3 hours hike to Jomfrunuten (1.471 meters) to get to know each other and the Norwegian nature. After the hike, we have a local and delicious dinner together and talk about the next day’s adventures. The prices do not include train ticket from Oslo to Finse, but, please contact us at [email protected] if you like us to assist you with the booking.
Time: 2-3hrs trekking.
Day 2: Glacier walk on Hardangerjøkulen
Hardangerjøkulen is one of Norway’s biggest glaciers. After eating a healthy breakfast and packing our lunch at the hotel, we set off hiking to the glacier. The hike itself takes about two hours on a small trail each way., and offers panoramic views to the area surrounding us. We will cross a couple of small rivers on the way, which makes ut feel even closer to nature. Glaciers are beautiful and rough, and our highly skilled guides will assist us in equipping ourselves with crampons, helmets, harnesses, ice axes and rope, to ensure the safety of our glacier hiking. Together we will explore this spectacular landscape of snow and ice and discover both deep crevasses and interesting historical treats. Hvitserk has all the specialized equipment required, and our guides are highly skilled and have experience from mountain terrain all over the world; they stand ready to teach participants how to conduct themselves safely on the magical blue ice. In the evening, we will have a three-course dinner at our accommodation.
Meals: B L D
Time: 7-8hrs trekking.
Day 3: Cycling the Navvies' Road (Rallarvegen)
The Navvies’ Road was built at the same time as the Bergen Railway, just over a 100 years ago. Today, the trip along the traffic-free construction road is Norway’s most famous cycling trip. this spectacular mountain bike ride is Norway’s most famous cycling trip and consists of sections with gravel, mountain biking terrain and some paved road. By bike, we pass the Hardangerjøkulen glacier and follow the changing landscape as we pass mountain lakes, majestic waterfalls and continue down a descent of 1,700 meters to Flam, at the head of an arm of Sognefjorden. On the way down we will find a nice spot to enjoy our packed lunch, have a rest and take some pictures. The last part of the tour is along the famous Flam Railway, considered as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world. In Flam we leave our rental bikes and do a short transfer to the small and cozy town called Aurland. Here we will stay in a rustic guesthouse by the fjord and enjoy our dinner in a social atmosphere. In some cases, we will have too much snow at the start of our biking tour. In such a scenario we take the train in the first part, then bike the last part from Hallingskeid to Flåm(1200m descent).
Meals: B L D
Time: 7-9hrs biking
Transport: 15 minutes.
Day 4: Kayaking adventure on the Fjord day 1
An overnight kayak adventure awaits us on the narrow Nærøyfjord! We explore the beautiful fjord kayaking in safe, stable double kayaks. The two-day adventure tour takes us from Flam out the Aurlandsfjord and the full length of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Passing through the landscape that has been carved out by glaciers, watching the waterfalls dive off the steep mountainsides. If we are lucky, it is possible that we spot some seals, eagles, otters or porpoises on our way. Today you will also paddle to the little village of Undredal, which is home to around 70 people and 500 goats. The tiny place is known for its production of goat’s cheese, and if we have time, we will sample some of the traditional Norwegian cheese. We will spend the night in tents. All necessary equipment is included (also wetsuits and waterproof pack bags). If you don’t have your own sleeping bag and mat, it is possible to rent.
Distance: 33km (12+21km)
Meals: B L D
Time: 2 days kayaking
Transport: 1hr (15+45mins)
Day 5: Kayaking adventure on the Fjord day 2
Same as day 4 but today we will go back to Aurland after the kayaking and have our farewell dinner together.
Day 6: Hike the mountain Prest and end of trip
Today we will get the opportunity to see the Aurlandsfjord from above! After breakfast, we will drive up the steep mountainside towards our hiking goal for the day, the mountain Prest (1363 meters above sea level). Some parts of the trail might feel exposed, but we guarantee that the experience on the top is worth it. The view is nothing but spectacular and in clear weather, we will be able to see the mountain tops and glaciers around us, we will see how the National tourist road rolls further over the mountain, and take a peek straight the in the fjords – at the same time! After the hike, we will go our separate ways. The trip ends in time for the last connection with Flam Railway to Oslo, Bergen and Voss. Flam Railway is one of Europe’s most famous railway lines. It is also possible to travel to Bergen by boat. Please contact us if you need help or tips after the group tour.
Meals: B L
Time: 4-5hr hiking
|Trip Dates||14-19 July 2019
4-9 August 2019
11-16 August 2019
|18-23 August 2019
25-30 August 2019
|Arrival/Departure Location||Finse, Norway||Flam, Norway|
|Included||Professional nature guide
We always use carefully selected authentic accommodation when sleeping indoors (twin rooms as described in the program)
Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (see day to day programme)
|All local transport
Rent of bike, bike helmets, glacier equipment and kayaks
|Not Included||Transportation to the meeting point at Finse and from Flåm. We are happy to assist and book train tickets and give advice on travel itineraries. The trip ends in Flam.
Drinks and snacks
|Rent of sleeping bag and mat|
The first two nights we stay in a comfortable mountain hotel, one night in a guesthouse by the fjord, then we go deeper into nature and sleep in cozy tents so that we can get connected with the Norwegian landscape, and then back to the guesthouse for our last dinner together.
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 day 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 Medication: Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs.
Sleeping Bag: Bring your own rated to -5 C or you can rent one on the trip.
Sleeping Mat: Bring your own or rent one on the trip.
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 the 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.
Paddling or Biking Gloves: To protect your hands over the length of the trip.
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!
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