looking across LustraFjord

Walking the Fjords Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Norway
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
TSH
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Ages: 16+

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

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

Trip 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

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. 

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Adult min age:
16
Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Bergen

    After our briefing we have a guided tour in the evening in Norway's beautiful second city. 

    Thon Orion Hotel 

  • Day 2

    Drive to Voss; ferry to Naerøyfjord

    In the morning we depart our minibus from the hotel and drive to Voss. We have lunch en-route by the lake of Vossavatnet. After lunch we continue our journey to the top of Stalheimskleiva and we may walk down this scenic road (30 minutes). The vehicle will be waiting for us at the end of the road.

    After the short walk we continue to Gudvangen and take the ferry, which will take us to the stunning UNESCO listed Naerøyfjord (Narrow Fjord), through the fjord to Kaupanger before arriving to Nes Gård. 

    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
    Distance covered: 6 km / 3.7 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    620
    Total descent (m):
    620
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • 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
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    520
    Total descent (m):
    600
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • 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. 

    Nes Farm or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 12 km / 7.4 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    220
    Total descent (m):
    220
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • 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
    Distance covered: 11 km / 6.8 miles
    Total ascent (m):
    350
    Total descent (m):
    350
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 8

    Scenic drive to Bergen; end Bergen

    Following breakfast we say our goodbyes.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Lunch

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

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. All the rooms are different and are individually decorated. Some of the rooms have sloping ceiling.

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Accommodation - Pre trip

Pre-tour accommodation available in Bergen on request. 

Accommodation - Post trip

Post-tour accommodation available in Bergen on request. 

 

Single supplement from £400.00

Food & Transport

Eating & 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. 

Transportation

Transport via private bus and ferry to and from Lustrafjord.

Weather & Seasonality

When to go

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.

Weather Information

You should expect some rainfall, even though warm and sunny weather is not infrequent in this area and summer rain is also common. 

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

We normally use the scheduled services of Norwegian Airlines (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

There are alternative flight options from regional airports (Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester…). Please ask our Sales team for more information. 

Travelling land only: 8 days starting and ending in Bergen

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Bergen in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary.  Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

Accommodation check‐in times are normally from around 5pm.

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. Please note that transfers are not included for clients arriving on any other flight, even if Exodus has booked it. Those arriving from London on non‐group flights should read the airport transfer section below for information on reaching the start point. Please check with the Exodus office.

NOTE: Transfer from the fjords to Bergan Airport arrives in the afternoon. Land only clients must book late afternoon/evening return flights. 

Location start:
Bergen
Location end:
Bergen

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Day sack (approx capacity: 30 litres)
  • Warm jacket
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves and warm hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Good waterproof trekking boots (fully leather is best)
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles
  • Insect repellent
  • Eye shield for light sleepers
  • Swimming costume
looking across LustraFjord

Practical Information

Passport

Norway

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Norway

No visa required for British passport holders.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Norway

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) are still valid and offer the same cover as GHICs in the EU. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and in some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance. Once your EHIC has expired, you’ll be able to replace it with a GHIC.

Local Time

Norway's Timezone:
Europe/Oslo CET (GMT +01:00)

Electricity

Norway's Electricity:

Standard 2 pin European plugs.

230 Volts standard European adapter.

Money

Norway's Currency

The national currency of Norway is the Norwegian Kroner (NOK), with an exchange rate at the time of publication of approximately 10.8 to the UK£ and 8.4 to the US$.

Exchange rates are correct at the time of publication.

ATM Availability

Visa/Mastercard credit or debit cards may be useful for paying drinks bills, shopping, extra excursions and withdrawing cash. ATM's can be found throughout Bergen, but there are none close to Nes Farm. Please do not bring travellers cheques.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend you bring your spending money in cash, although Nes Farm can accept credit and debit cards, your bank may charge you to do so.

Glacial walk on day 5: 580NOK approx. paid locally.

Tipping

Tipping is not customary in Norway, although people do tend to round up bills in restaurants. 

Responsible Tourism

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… 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

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You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.