The Vikings were some of the toughest people to ever walk this earth, and looking at the land that spawned them, it’s not hard to see why. Carved by the relentless North Atlantic for eons, the Norwegian fjordlands are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers of all ages and abilities. This trip will put you on intimate terms with the great green hills, monstrous peaks, enormous glaciers, and flat-out gorgeous scenery of this isolated chunk of Scandinavia. Lace up your hiking boots and set forth in search of your own personal Valhalla.
Perfect for those looking to experience the region’s natural marvels alongside some adventure and leisure time for self exploration and yes definitely to inhale some of the many local cuisines and cultures.
Start/Finish City: Bergen to Bergen
Service Level: Basic (Simple and clean hotels and hostels; affordable public and private transport; lots of optional activities.)
Physical Grading: 4 – Demanding (Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers)
Travel Style: Active
- Admire stunning views across the Hardangerfjord from the overhanging rock of Trolltunga
- Walk on the blue ice of the Buer Glacier
- Hike through the stunning scenery of the Buerdalen valley
- Day 1 8th June 2019 Bergen Arrive at any time. Meet your group for a welcome meeting before heading out for an orientation walk of Bergen. Day at leisure.
- Day 2 9th June 2019 Bergen/Odda Take some free time to explore Bergen and opt to enjoy a freshly caught lunch at the famous fish markets. Transfer by ferry and private vehicle along the Hardangerfjord to Odda, the base in the heart of the fjords.Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 3 10th June 2019 Odda Known as the Valley of the Waterfalls, Oddadalen is a spectacular wooded ravine adorned with numerous beautiful waterfalls. Travel to the Oddadalen area and stretch your legs on a 10km (6.2 mi) hike along the Buerdalen valley. Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 4 11th June 2019 Odda/Buer Glacier/Odda Join an expert local guide for a hike across the frozen landscape of the Buer Glacier. Strap on crampons, head out on the ice and take in spectacular views of the glacier. Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 5 12th June 2019 Odda Enjoy free time today to relax in the beauty of the surrounding Fjords, or opt to partake in any of the many activities this area has to offer. Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 6 13th June 2019 Odda/Trolltunga/Odda Gear up for the highlight of the week – a challenging full-day hike up to the most famous rock formation in Norway. Trolltunga (the “Troll’s Tongue”) grants breathtaking views from 700m (2,296 ft) above the Ringedalsvatnet lake and surrounding fjordland. Meals included: Breakfast
- Day 7 14th June 2019 Leaving Odda behind, take a transfer and ferry back to Bergen. Trip ends on arrival in Bergen. Depart at any time. Trip ends with countless memories. Meals included: Breakfast
Please Note: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us.
- Exclusive Guided Hiking to Trolltunga.
- Exclusive Guided Hiking in the Buerdalen Valley
- Exclusive Guided Hiking around the Hardangerfjord
- Exclusive Guided Glacier Hike with crampons and ice axes
- Orientation walk in Bergen
- Self Exploration time in Odda, Norway
- 5N Hotel Acco with shared bathrooms + 1N Hotel Acco (On Sharing Basis)
- Meals as specified in the itinerary (6 breakfasts)
- Road/Ferry Transfers (Between destinations and to/from included activities)
- Exclusive Tour Manager, Local Guides & Support Team Charges & Expenses
- Flights & Visa Charges from Home Location to Bergen, Norway
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary (Allow USD205-270 for unspecified meals)
- Porter, guide etc tips
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions
We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. All other relevant clothing and other details will be provided upon confirmation.
General things to carry: Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended), Pack liners to waterproof bags, Rain gear, Sleeping bag (Also available for rent), Thermal base layer, Travel pillow, Drybag (Will help keep cameras and essentials dry), Sport Sandals or Water Shoes (if you plan to do waterfall rappelling and/or rafting, Waterproof hiking boots, Sandals/flip-flops, Sun hat/bandana, Swimwear
Note: When packing your gear, the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended.
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- Complete payments will be required towards confirmation and verbal confirmation will not be considered towards booking the seats.
- Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome orientation meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Upon arrival to the airport, take the “Flybussen” Airport Bus into the city. Buses run regularly and are scheduled to connect with flight arrivals. The cost is 100NOK for one way or 160NOK with return (valid for 30 days). The stop you ask would be Festplassen.
- The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). Credit cards and debit cards are very useful for cash advances. Visa cards are the most widely accepted cards. While ATMs are widely available, there are no guarantees that your credit or debit cards will actually work in Europe. Check with your bank. You should be aware that to purchase products or services on a credit card a fee of 5%-10% usually applies.
- All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy, or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THE CORRECT TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION.
- It is important to note that accommodation in Europe tend to be quite different to other areas of the world you may have travelled in. Buildings and rooms are generally old and may not have been renovated or maintained to the highest standard. Downtown hotels in Europe were not build to be hotels but rich owners houses, which have been changed into hotels. Therefore unusual room sizes are common as large rooms have been partitioned in the past, resulting in rather “thin” walls. Reception areas, rooms and bathrooms tend to be very small as they were often added into an existing room, and may have a hand nozzle rather than a conventional shower head.On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations.
- It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers, such as waiters, if you are pleased with the service (€1-2). Further tipping for wait staff is appropriate in the case of excellent service. Tipping is an expected – though not compulsory – component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. TThe amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline €30-40 per person, per week can be used.
- Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).Swimming, including snorkelling, is always at your own risk.
- Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details. When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all clients must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
- Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD $200 (or equivalent) as an ’emergency’ fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control (ex. a natural disaster) require a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
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- Detailed Terms & Conditions, Experience prep kits would be provided upon confirmation.