Headwater - Norwegian Fjords Walk

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Trip code: 
W08FJ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min group size:
6
Min age:
13

Western Norway's Sunnmøre region is internationally recognised for its astounding natural beauty and this eight-night guided walking holiday will take you to some of the true highlights.

Surrounded by the Sunnmore Alps (with peaks rising 1,700m straight up from the fjords), this is a place where towering rock formations, thundering waterfalls, endless shimmering fjords and glacial valleys will show you a side of nature that can rarely be glimpsed elsewhere.

Highlights

  • Striking, untouched scenery and incredible natural wonders - from the idyllic Hjorundfjord to the jagged beauty of Molladalen
  • Walking along footpaths and tracks with breathtaking views - including high waterfalls running directly off Europe's largest glacier and the UNESCO listed Geiranger Fjord
  • The happiest country in the world 2017 - we can see why!
  • High-quality hand-picked hotels (mostly restored historic buildings) with excellent restaurants
  • Wonderful scenery as we transfer by mini-bus and ferry

Key information

  • 8 nights hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of hotels
  • 7 Days walking
  • All buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers
  • Ferry transfers included
  • Experienced local guide

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • All buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals
  • Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
  • Services of an experienced walking guide
  • Luggage transfers between hotels 
  • Walking transfers
  • Ferry transfers included
  • Experienced local guide

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

7

Days of Walking & Trekking
Terrain:

The walks are relatively short but can be demanding in places, especially where routes lead straight up/down the mountainside along rocky footpaths. Walking is on footpaths and tracks.

Day by day breakdown
Day 25.0km/3.0miles
Day 37.0km/4.5miles
Day 47.0km/5.0miles
Day 512.0km/8.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 75.0km/3.0miles
Day 86.0km/4.0miles

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here

Itinerary

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  • Day 1

    Arrive in Norway

    Transfer to the historic Hotel Brosundet in Alesund for the first night, with an evening briefing before a superb welcome dinner. (Staying at Hotel Brosundet, Half board)

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Sukkertoppen

    The 'Sugar Top' ridge rises above Alesund, offering us panoramic views of the Atlantic, surrounding archipelago and beyond to the mountains and fjords. We picnic at the top, taking in the views, and then head back down to Sabo. (Staying at Sagafjord Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Melshornet

    Melshornet is a peak that dominates over the Orsta fjord and town. We walk up through birch forest for exceptional views over the fjord, islands and out towards the North Sea. (Staying at Sagafjord Hotel, Half Board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Holmoyane

    A gentle, steady climb to the summer farm at Utigard, which overlooks the deepest lake in Europe, then a descent back through the ancient forest to walk along the shores of the lake, stopping to enjoy lunch beside the cove of Holmoyane. (Staying at Gloppen Hotel, Half board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Haugsvarden

    Today we climb up to Haugsvarden summit (starting around half-way up) from where we will admire the 360°ree; panorama of high, rugged peaks to the south-east and the blue waters of the Nordfjord and Gloppenfjord to the north-west. Quite simply incredible. (Staying at Gloppen Hotel, Half board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Bodalsbreen and Raksetra

    After a drive up over the Utvik mountain pass and towards Leon, walk to the top of the Bodal Glacier. After lunch at Kjendalstoven, walk on to the summer farm at Raksetra. We transfer you back to Leon for a two night stay with evening meals included. (Staying at Hotel Loenfjord, Half board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Segestad

    From the lakeside town of Hjelle follow a beautiful trail up to the pretty 17th century Segestad Farm, with great views of Hjelledalen and Erdalen, then finish in Saetra. (Staying at Hotel Loenfjord, Half board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Geiranger

    We visit the viewpoint at Dalsnibba (1,476m), high above the UNESCO-listed Geiranger Fjord, before a lovely trail above the fjord to the little lake of Mollsvatnet from Korsmyra. Then a scenic ferry across the fjord and a drive along the Norangs valley, with plenty of photo stops. (Staying at Union Hotel, Half board)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Leave Norway

    A morning ferry takes us back across the Hjorundfjord to Alesund. It's a transfer to the airport for those who are departing or a drop-off at the Hotel Brosundet for those having extra nights in the cosy waterside town of Alesund, famous for its unique concentration of Art Nouveau architecture.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.

Norwegian cuisine is a mix of fresh seasonal produce and cured and smoked produce. The harsh winters have kept these traditions going and most homes have their own smoker or curing recipe. The cuisine is fairly simple relying on the flavour of the product.

Meat plays a large part of the diet, lamb and beef is particularly good, but if you get the chance you can try venison and elk. Meatballs and meat cakes are also found regularly on menus and one speciality, in the west of Norway (but gaining popularity in the rest of the country), is Pinnekjott - Lamb or Mutton ribs normally smoked on pine leaves.

Seafood also plays an important part of the Norwegian diet. Smoked salmon, of course, is well known internationally but you can also find Gravlax which is Salmon normally marinated for 24 hours in salt, sugar and a mix of herbs. The other staple fish in Norway is the herring which can be served in many different guises. Freshly grilled is lovely but more often than not it is served pickled using various herbs and spices. Shellfish fans will not be disappointed with prawns, mussels, crayfish and lobster all in abundance.

Wine is not produced in Norway but is readily available and due to the costs associated with importation it tends to be good quality. The after dinner drink of choice is Akvavit (water of life), a caraway seed flavoured liqueur and apparently the maturing process involves being put on ships in sherry casks and crossing the equator and back!

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 18-22degC.

Is this trip for you?

Setting out from the waterside town of Alesund (famous for its art-nouveau architecture), our walks take us to such bucket list-worthy places as the jaw-dropping Hjorundfjord, still relatively unknown to tourism, Jostedalsbreen, Europe's largest glacier, and the incredible UNESCO World Heritage listed Geirangerfjord. 

Along the way we'll hike to shining mountain lakes beneath jagged mountain peaks and enjoy unrivalled views of the famous Nordfjord. We'll walk to one of the arms of the great Jostedalsbreen glacier, whose thick glacial ice appears blue in the sunlight, and travel along an historic mountain pass where snow melt is ever present in the form of crystal-clear lakes of ice water. 

The relatively short walks can still be demanding in places but the breathtaking views make it well worth the effort. Walking is on footpaths and tracks and while a head for heights should not be necessary, walking boots and suitable mountain attire will be essential.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

At the end of each day, relax at some of Western Norway's finest hotels. Your first stop is the beautiful art-nouveau Hotel Brosundet. In Saebo, the newly renovated Sagafjord lets you relax in comfort just metres from one of Norway's most tranquil and untouched fjords. The holiday culminates with a stay in the Union Hotel in Oye, which has been welcoming European royalty for centuries - here, a fine meal and wine package is included to ensure a truly memorable last night in the fjords.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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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. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Call us on 020 8772 3936