Walking the Fjords

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Trip code: 
TSH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
10–16

Hiking through dramatic fjord landscapes

Norway's stunning fjords are rightly ranked as one of the scenic wonders of the world, and few visitors can fail to be inspired by the contrast of snow-capped mountains, steep green hillsides and powerful waterfalls plunging into the calm clear waters of the fjords.

The majority of visitors come by coach and crowd into a few busy hotspots, whereas we discover these classic landscapes on foot, giving unique access to areas of tranquil beauty and high panoramic viewpoints.Our base at Nes Farm is a cosy family-run guesthouse looking towards the Feigumfoss waterfall across Lustrafjord, nestled between the Jotunheim, Norway's highest mountains, and the massive ice cap of Jostedalsbreen. The valley lies between three national parks: Jotunheim, Jostedalen and Breheiman. Our base is a cosy family-run guesthouse looking towards the Feigumfoss waterfall across Lustrafjord.

Highlights

  • Stunning fjord scenery
  • Guided tour of historic, Hanseatic Bergen
  • Daywalk in the Jotunheimen National Park
  • Boat trip across glacial lake and optional walk over Nigardsbreen Glacier

Key information

  • 1 night hotel in Bergen, 6 nights guesthouse
  • 5 days centre-based walking
  • Group normally 10 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 2000m, average 500m
  • Travel by minibus and ferry
  • Optional glacier walk

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa's and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
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5

Pace:

Approximately 4-5 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 313.0km/8.1miles
Day 411.0km/6.8miles
Day 56.0km/3.7miles
Day 64.0km/2.5miles
Day 712.0km/7.5miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bergen.

    Tonight we stay in a centrally located hotel in Bergen, within easy walking distance of the harbour.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Short sightseeing tour of Bergen; bus and ferry to Lustrafjord.

    In the morning we take a short sightseeing tour, including the famous Hanseatic Wharf. Mid-morning we depart on the long, but varied and scenic journey by private mini bus to our base. A mountain road takes us down to Gudvangen, at the head of the stunning UNESCO listed Naerøyfjord (Narrow Fjord), where we join the tourist ferry north through the fjord to Flåm. From our docking point at the northside of the fjord we rejoin the bus and drive to our guesthouse, arriving in time for dinner. Journey time 4.5hrs approx.
    Comfortable Guest House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Warm-up walk to Molden peak (1116m), excellent viewpoint for Sognefjord; optional visit to UNESCO-listed Urnes Stave church.

    We start the week with a lovely warm-up walk to Molden Peak. At 1116 metres this peak gives us great views up and down Sognefjord and is an excellent introduction to the area. We also visit Urnes Stavechurch, the oldest church in Norway and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    6 Hours walking. 13 km. Alt.gain 520 m. Alt. loss 600 m
    Comfortable Guest House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full daywalk in Breheimen N.P., known as the 'Home of the Glaciers', from Vigdal to Navarsete hut.

    Today we explore the Breheimen National Park, known locally as the 'home of the glaciers'. Here we hike from Vigdal Valley to the Navarsete hiking hut along the 'Bishop's Trail, with panoramic views along the way.

    6 Hours walking. 11 km. Alt.gain 350 m. Alt. loss 350 m
    Comfortable Guest House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Bus to Nigardsbreen glacier (part of Jostedalsbreen icecap); walk and boat trip on glacial lake; optional glacier walk.

    One of the most striking geographical features of this area of Norway is the massive Jostedalsbreen icecap in the Jostedal National Park. From its peak the glacier tongues come tumbling down into deep valleys. We visit the Nigardsbreen glacier for a stunning walk and a boat trip on a glacial lake. There is also the chance for an optional guided walk on the glacier (payable locally - 430NOK, approx. £45, US$75).

    4 Hours walking. 6 km. Alt. gain 620 m. Alt. loss 620 m
    Comfortable Guest House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Daywalk in spectacular Jotunheim National Park.

    To the northwest of our accommodation are Norway's highest peaks in the Jotunheim National Park, we enjoy a full day of hiking. Our route choice will depend on weather conditions, but will take in some of the finest mountain scenery in the country. Depending on conditions there may even be the chance to ascend Galdøpiggen (2469m), the highest peak in Norway which is snow-covered but relatively non-technical.

    3 Hours walking. 4 km. Alt. gain 80 m. Alt. loss 80 m
    Comfortable Guest House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Hike into Mørkrisdalen Valley.

    We finish the week with a hike into one of Norway's most scenic valleys, Mørkrisdalen, the walk starts in a narrow canyon dominated by a stunning waterfall. As we walk the canyon opens into a wide valley of open moorland dotted with wild flowers and traditional Norwegian summer cottages.

    6 Hours walking. 12 km. Alt. gain 220 m. Alt. loss 220 m
    Comfortable Guest House

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Bus and ferry back to Bergen; end Bergen.

    Scenic bus and ferry journey back to Bergen via Voss and Hardanger. End Bergan. If you are booking your own flight, please make sure it is in the late afternoon evening, to allow time to drive back from fjord region.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

7 breakfasts, 7 packed lunches (made yourself from the breakfast buffet) and 6, 3-course dinners included.

An evening meal is not included on the first night in Bergen, but there are plenty of lovely restaurants to choose from. At Nes Farm the owners prepare excellent home-cooked food, often with fruit from their own farm. There is a strong focus on local produce, including fish, lamb, berries and cheese. 

Weather

You should expect some rainfall, even though warm and sunny weather is not infrequent in this area and summer rain is also common. From June to September Lustrafjord has about 15 days a month with some kind of precipitation. When the sun shines, expect temperatures to average around 18-22ºC.

Is this trip for you?

Easy, well maintained trails, which may be steep in places. On average we will walk for 3 hours in the morning and two in the afternoon, including stops. On the longest day we may walk for up to 7 hours including stops. 

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Accommodation

Hotel & Guesthouses

You will spend 1 night at a hotel in Bergen and 6 nights in guesthouse accommodation. The hotel in Bergen is a standard tourist class hotel with en suite facilities.

Nes Farm located on the banks of Lustrafjord, is private guesthouse on a working farm. Double rooms are en suite, while single rooms have shared facilities

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  • Reviewed September 2016
    Lillian Schutt

    Walking in Norway 28th to 4th Sept

    The only problem I have with waking in Norway was the tracks . They are in a state of great repair . Ground in places need to be leveled out . Some rocks need to be removed . New soil needs to be placed down in most places. As below

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Scenery

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very good no issues

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As above the walking tracks only

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The food, accommodation and guide were 100%
  • Reviewed July 2016
    Jillian Broadbent

    great holiday all round

    our host at Nes Farm was excellent ,changing the order of our walks to suit the weather pattern ,giving us great information about Norway's history and sharing his passion for the outdoors and his country. Food and hospitality made this trip special. Jillian

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Asborg ,our group leader, was outstanding he made many moments inspirational
  • Reviewed September 2015
    Teresa Neal

    Walking the Fjords - Norway

    An excellent holiday! The walking was wonderful, the scenery stunning, food fantastic, and the guide generous, (I like alliteration!). We stayed at Ned Guard where our room was very comfortable and the staff brilliant. Our guide, Asbjorn Manum, was a wonderful host who shared his love of hiking with the group. A gentleman of, let's say, more mature years, but still walked up the steepest slopes like a youngster.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We took the optional trip to walk on a glacier. Once geared up with crampons, ice axe, harness and rope, we were taken on a stunning two hour walk on the glacier including descending through an ice cave. Our guide for the trip was a young Nepalese man who told me he had climbed Everest 9 times - can't accuse him of lacking mountaineering experience!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn was an excellent host and guide. Having climbed up the mountain, he would produce tea and coffee that he had carried up with him, and small mats for everyone to sit on. He also loved to tell us stories about the area and its history. A wonderful man. I hope I'm as fit as he is when I reach his current age!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The weather can be variable, so make sure you pack both tee shirts and shorts, and something much warmer. Gloves and hats are essential for some of the walks. On our last day we walked at around 1,400m elevation and the temperature was only just about freezing with a brisk wind blowing.Z

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is our third Exodus holiday and yet again we found we were travelling with a wonderful and diverse group of people.
  • Reviewed July 2015
    Valerie Phillips

    Walking in Norway

    A brilliant holiday

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing to the top of the waterfall in the spray and on hands and knees at times!!! But we all did it ( with ages up to 81). Truely inspirational view.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. He couldn't do enough for us. Was exceptionally encouraging.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    All weather gear

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I hope to see more of Norway. The hotel and food were delightful.
  • Reviewed July 2014
    Steve Adams

    Walking the Fjords

    The superb walking with plenty of spectacular and varied landscapes along the way would by itself make for great trip, but what makes it special is staying at the guest house at Nes Farm. The accommodation is comfortable, the location is wonderful and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Asbjorn & Mari, are the perfect hosts and together with their staff, work hard to keep their guests happy. They also have a good chef, so the standard of the breakfasts and dinners is excellent. As a cautionary note, the 'wow' factor on this trip may depend on the weather. I'm not sure if we were particularly lucky, as we did have rain on some days, but generally it was only for a short duration and nothing that detracted from the enjoyment of any of the walks. There again, they had just experienced two months without much rain before we arrived, so you never can tell.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I enjoyed the Molden peak walk the best with its stunning views of the Sognefjord, closely followed by the Vigdal to Navarsete walk in Breheimen National park with its glacial landscapes and changing scenery. Meeting the Norwegians and listening to their stories. Beyond that, just enjoying the serenity of Nes Farm! Taking an early morning swim in the fjord (very cold but just about bearable for a short dip), then relaxing with a coffee in the living room before breakfast. Enjoying a glass of wine or a beer, at the end of a satisfying days' walking or after dinner, while taking in the lovely views over the Lustrafjord. I'm sorry, but I could drone on about this endlessly...

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn was the guide for the duration of our trip. As well as being an exceptional guide, he's also a lovely man and it was a great pleasure to have met both him and Mari. As you might expect from a former teacher, he was knowledgeable on all matters relating to the trip and good at imparting it with a sense of dry Norwegian humour. The itinerary was tailored to the weather conditions on the day rather than following the order in the trip notes, although to be honest, I wouldn't have put it past him to have fixed the weather for us as well.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Although the trip is correctly graded as moderate, it does require a reasonable level of fitness to cope with the uphill sections, especially if it gets warm, so read the trip notes and be honest about your own abilities. Be prepared for sun, warm, cold and wet weather. It can get cool in the evenings so a fleece is a good idea, but I don't think that thermals or gaiters are required. Poles can be useful when going over streams or very brief sections on snow, but if you don't normally use them then they are not necessary. I would definitely take eye shields as it hardly get dark at all during the evening. Waterproof boots are are must for crossing very wet ground, snow and streams. If you want to take energy food on the walks, then ask Asbjorn if you can stop at a local supermarket to stock up rather than take it with you. A word on tipping, which does appear to becoming more commonplace in Norway in restaurants and so on. Our group didn't tip Asbjorn as he and Mari own Nes Farm; however, we did take a collection for the staff - this was not expected but was very much appreciated by them.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you have the time, I would strongly recommend travelling in Norway either before or after the trip. Getting around by ferry and train is a lot of fun and it is easy to book NSB rail tickets via the internet or mobile app. The group trip ends at Bergen Airport, so one admittedly backtracking option is to make you way from Bergen by train to Voss and then bus to Guvangen. From Voss & Gudvangen there is a variety of activities that you can do, including kayaking on the Naeroyfjord. From Guvangen you can catch a very scenic ferry ride along the Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjorden to Flam. From Flan you can travel on the famous Flamsbana railway to Myrdal then onto Oslo. Others on our trip, flew into Oslo first then made their way to Bergen by train. It is worth spending a few days in Bergen and the fjord cruise to Rosendal make for a very nice day trip.
  • Reviewed July 2014
    Anthony Pruvey

    Walking the Fjords

    This is a trip with some cultural content for walkers who are capable of hiking up hills and walking for between 4-6 hours a day. The scenery is stunning.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is a difficult question. I think probably walking across a high plateau, and seeing snow capped mountains in the distance.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was excellent. He had a deep love of his home; an encyclopaedic local knowledge; and knew much of his country's history as well. He adjusted the programme according to the weather, and other factors.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this holiday if you are something of a hiker who can climb hills on rocky paths. Do not do this holiday if you only walk in towns or in parks, and do not have a decent degree of fitness.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I honestly cannot remember enjoying a holiday more, and the weather was good.
  • Reviewed December 2012
    Anonymous

    WALKING THE FJORDS

    The landscape was just out of this world - my jaw was almost permanantly dropped! I've seen a million pictures of the fjords so I thought I knew what to expect but actually, once you're there it's like stepping through a gateway to another world, simply awe-inspiring. No National Geographic image can quite prepare you for how small you feel. One lady on the trip was an artist and she took a sketch pad with her, which I thought was a wonderful idea. The guest house was another surprise - it's so quaint! And the dinners - well, it's lucky we were walking all day! Three course meals every evening, truly superb. Even the breakfast was seriously impressive - they bake their own bread so you have fresh rolls, and pick their own fruit from the orchard. The chef is a truly talented individual! 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved the waterfalls - just the raw power of nature, feeling the spray on your face and hearing the incredible thunder as the water crashes down. I could never get bored of the view out of the guest house window - overlooking the fjord with the huge waterfall on the opposite bank. The water is so clean in Norway that you can just refill your waterbottle from the icy streams all around you and apparently if you go in August you can pick wild blueberries along the paths!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn was excellent - he seems something of a local celebrity, I swear everyone knew him and gave us a friendly wave! His passion for history and the great outdoors is evident - he used to be a teacher, so he's really interactive. He won't just tell you why the fjords are green or what that particular carving inside the church represents, he'll ask and make you all call out guesses - quite a giggle! 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I'd suggest taking a variety of clothes - the weather can be quite changeable, so you want a backpack big enough for proper waterproofs although I mainly used mine for when we got close to the waterfalls! The trip notes aren't joking when they say about fully waterproof boots - mine are full leather and I was very grateful! Don't worry about a camel back unless you particularly like them, as you can refill bottles from the fresh water streams on all but one day. If you fancy a refreshing swim in the (glacier-fed) fjord, take a swimming costume as you can do so! It's about 150metres from the guest house so you can wander down whenever you like. It's not as cold as you think but it will definitely catch your attention! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The best bit about this trip is you are in proper walker's terriorty. There are no big cruise liners or ugly crowds anywhere; it's very peaceful. You pass some farms but with the exception of the ferry ride through the Narrowfjord everyone else we saw had hiking boots on, and there weren't even many of those. Take a big memory card, you'll need it! It's perfect for a scenery junkie. It is an expensive trip but Norway is generally quite costly; once you're there the price makes a lot of sense, particularly considering the quality of the food and the guest house; it feels much more than three stars.  
  • Reviewed September 2012
    Anonymous

    WALKING THE FJORDS

    This was a wonderful trip that I can highly recommend. Beautiful country to visit, great walks, lovely accommodation with superb food, brilliant leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Each day was different and difficult to choose any particular highlight. The optional glacier walk was well worth doing and very good value; pancakes in a mountain hut at 2,000 feet, spectacular waterfalls alongside the footpaths......  The journey to the centre involved a 2 hour ferry so you even experience the feel of a fjord cruise.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    THe group leader was really good. He worked hard as the guest house host, guided us on spectacular walks after driving us up steep winding roads, talked about Norwegian culture and ensured we were all sent safely on our way back home. His staff were really great, and he and his wife ensured a very pleasant stay.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You will have plenty of photo-opportunities, so don't forget your camera! Take sufficient money for a meal in Bergen and any going home gifts, and for drinks with your evening meal. Not much else to pay for, other than the optional glacier trip (and you can pay by card anyway).

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy it and relax. The walks are at a relaxed pace and not too demanding, but can be modified according to the group abilities. This has whetted my appetite to return to Norway.
  • Reviewed August 2011
    Anonymous

    WALKING THE FJORDS

    A great escape! The trip was appropriately graded: the hikes were just challenging enough to make it feel like we'd earned our suppers! The food, service and accommodation at Nes Gard were first class - well above expectations. Asbjorn, Mari and their staff were wonderful. Eric was a fantastic guide too. We enjoyed ourselves very much!
  • Reviewed July 2011
    Anonymous

    WALKING THE FJORDS

    Superb trip. Fantastic walking, each day very different scenery.  Great accomodation, with excellent food. Very friendly hosts, felt like you were staying in a private house, rather than a hotel.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The views, especially up in the mountains,  looking across at the snow covered peaks and the glaciers. Stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn, trip leader an absolute star. Everything well planned and organised. Really friendly and passionate about the area.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

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