Walking the Fjords

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Trip code: 
TSH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
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 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, 7 packed lunches and 6 dinners included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights

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

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5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Approximately 4-5 hours walking per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 36.0km/3.7miles
Day 413.0km/8.0miles
Day 612.0km/7.4miles
Day 711.0km/6.8miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Fly to Bergen

    Fly to Bergen and transfer to our hotel. After our briefing the evening is free to enjoy Norway's beautiful second city. 

    Thon Orion Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Short sightseeing tour of Bergen; bus and ferry through the fjords 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.

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Warm-up walk to Molden peak (1116m), excellent viewpoint for Sognefjord

    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 this incredible region or Norway. We also visit Urnes Stavechurch, the oldest church in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Full daywalk in Breheimen National Park; home of the glaciers

    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. 

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Bus to Nigardsbreen glacier; 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 the glacial lake. There is also the chance for an optional guided walk on the glacier (payable locally - approx 580NOK).

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Daywalk in the 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 here. Our route choice will depend on weather conditions, but will take in some of the finest mountain scenery in the country. There may even be the chance to ascend Galdøpiggen (2469m), the highest peak in Norway which is snow-covered but relatively non-technical.

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Hike into the 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 continue through the canyon it opens up into a wide valley of open moorland dotted with wild flowers and traditional Norwegian summer cottages. A beautiful end to our trip.

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Bus and ferry back to Bergen; transfer to the airport; fly to London

    Bus and ferry back to Bergen, some time to explore the city again before transfering to the airport; fly to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
Trip Notes

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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. 

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. 

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

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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

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

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Experts

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

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  • Reviewed September 2018
    Philip Risdale

    'Hiking in Norway', not 'Walking the Fjords'

    A great week of hiking in a beautiful location with good accommodation and lovely food - and with great guides. This is a full program with little 'down time'.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The iconic views from the Molden peak with its stunning views of Sognefjord.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn is an an exceptional guide and also a very nice man with so much knowledge and experience. Sadly he is looking to retire which will be a shame to miss all of those stories, but he is currently training his replacement Lucas, who I think will make also make a great host/guide. We found them both very helpful & approachable as well as being very knowledgeable of their environment and locality. An real asset to this trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not under-estimate this trip. This is a hiking trip, not walking. Many of the hikes are quite a bit longer than the notes imply and you will be expected to scramble a little as well as doing a lot of walking on very uneven ground. This is all fine if you're used to this & expecting it, but be warned.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Stay an extra night in Bergen, there is so much to see & do there and the itinerary does not give anywhere near enough time there.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Nancy Liu

    Norway hiking

    The accommodation and the guides could not have been better.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing everyone hiking up and down despite their ages.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Awesome

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    No

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Laurie Dainer

    A Trip for the Active

    Nes Gard Farm is a fantastic place. The meals were fresh, healthy, and delicious. Each day we traveled to a new location for hiking. The people in my tour group were great - 8 women and 3 couples. Everyone was game for adventure and being active. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and very personable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The incredible landscape on every hike. It's too difficult to pick out one outstanding moment because each day presented a new aspect of Norway.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leaders were professional and attentive to individual needs.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared to hike on uneven terrain and smooth rock surfaces. Trails are steep and often slick. I was cardio fit but I did my conditioning on groomed trails. The glacier walk is very challenging. Gaitors are highly recommended to pants clean.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Do not go on the glacier walk if it's been raining.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Karin Haferkorn

    Lovely time!

    I had a lovely time in Norway. During the day we were kept busy with hikes in the mountains surrounding the Norwegian fjords - good exercise and beautiful views. Our guest house was charming - was surprised by how nice it was - and the staff was super friendly. We even saw quite a few UNESCO world heritage sites. Overall I was positively surprised with Norway and glad i chose this trip. Great company too!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The beautiful views took me away from my everyday worries and who would have thought going onto the glacier would be so much more fun than just looking at it from up close!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I loved Einar - he is young and super humble but he really tried hard to take care of us. Lovely guy

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Fitness levels - moderate for one person is challenging for another especially when there are time limits for certain hikes.
  • Reviewed July 2018
    Linda Farrant

    Norway at its best

    An action packed week of walking in an area of stunning scenery. Walks full of interest and every day was different terrain so all walks very different all superbly guided. Even the journey from Bergen to our accommodation was beautiful both ways including ferry crossings of stunning fjords Nes Gard was a wonderful place to stay. So friendly, lovely accommodation & superb food.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A beautiful long walk starting in one valley and walking over to another valley with views of multiple glaciers & peaks with an almost 360 degree view.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Einer was an excellent guide, full of information about the area & his country. He took a lot of care to make sure the group able to walk at their own pace while still accommodating the slower walkers. And he carried coffee for all of usto the top of each route every day !! What luxury!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit enough to walk all day, with usually more than half the walk of course being up hill.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Highly recommend this holiday as a good way to visit a beautiful area of Norway. You could not walk in a more stunning area. Food & drink is expensive in Norway but as all our food was included even the meals we thought we were going to have to provide so that meant plenty left to spend on beer!
  • Reviewed July 2018
    MELANIE SMITH

    A fabulous week with fabulous weather

    We were picked up from the airport with no problem and taken to a very nice hotel (Thon Orion) in Bergen. The hotel puts on a free evening buffet type dinner which was perfectly adequate for us. The rooms were good, clean and comfy. Asbjorn owns the farm in Nes where we stayed, and he drove us there, quite a long journey but with plenty of stops. He was happy to tell us all about his country and Nes Gard. The accommodation was lovely, just across the road from the Fjord. My bed was amazingly comfortable, everywhere was spotless. Food was delicious. The walks were varied, not difficult if you're used to hiking. Some might find some of the walks a little challenging, as the terrain was often rocky, and steep in places. Some of the walks were there and back the same way which probably couldn't be helped, but it made me feel a little cheated.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I would say that it had to be our walk on the Glacier as it was something I'd never done before, I didn't know what to expect. We were given crampons and ice picks and roped together in groups of about 12, an experienced guide at the front, and off we went up the Glacier after being told how to walk in crampons of course. The blue of the Glacier was stunning, and looking down into crevices was beautiful. This is an optional extra of the holiday but well worth doing. Quite pricey at nearly £60.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Asbjorn took us on our 1st walk up to Molden Peak. He was great, very informative and knowledgeable . The rest of the week our guide was Inar who was also fantastic. He kept us safe, he knew what we were capable of and he had lots of stories to tell us which kept us amused. He's only a young lad but certainly knew what he was doing, he was a delight.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Most people know that Norway is expensive, but it still comes as quite a shock. If you like a beer to cool you down after a day out walking, take plenty of money. Half litre of lager is about £7.50 and a bottle of wine about £30. Also it might be a good idea to take mosquito spray, we did encounter a few during the week.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'm a Vegan, and my evening meals were fabulous.
  • 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.

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An overview of flight options

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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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