Explore the best of Norway on this intimate journey as you cruise through the country's deep fjords, hike up majestic mountains and through breathtaking national parks, take in the cosmopolitan culture of Oslo, see the bustling wharf of Bergen,the dazzling beauty of UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord, and the picturesque landscapes of Lofoten Islands. This trip showcases the highlights and shows you Norway's magic at every turn, from the Northern Lights and Viking lore to the midnight sun and Norse mythology. There's nothing like seeing Norway up close and personal, on foot and immersed in its landscapes.
Go off the beaten track in Geirangerfjord and spectacular Lofoten Island
Soak up the vibrant urban ambience of cosmopolitan Oslo and historic Bergen
Cruise through Norway's famous fjords, taking in epic views of ethereal panoramas
Welcome to Oslo, the capital of Norway and one of Europe's most sophisticated cities. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel to settle in and then have a brief orientation with the entire group. Set out to explore parts of the city by foot, including a visit to the famed Opera House with its impressively angled roof. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner in the city.
After breakfast, set out to explore Oslo with a walking tour to the Vigelandsparken (Vigeland Sculpture Park), filled with more than 200 stunning sculptures by Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland, including a mosaic labyrinth and a stone forest composed of carved figures. After lunch at the hotel, return to the airport and take a short flight to Bergen, Norway's second-largest city. Check into the hotel, and then take a stroll along the city's colorful and popular waterfront "kaia." Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in town this evening.
Start this day with one of Norway's most popular hikes - to Rundemanen, high above Bergen. Hike for 4 to 5 hours (depending on the desired pace of the group) on a rocky path to a mountain plateau overlooking the city. At the top, take in breathtaking views of distant snowcapped peaks, and neighboring fjords and islands. At the end, descend by cable car from Mt. Floyen to the charming Bergen harbor, and on to the overnight cruise aboard the Hurtigruten, which begins at 8pm.
Begin today with a Scandinavian buffet breakfast on board the ship. Take in magnificent views as the ship cruises deep into the narrow Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO-protected fjord renowned for its majestic mountains, dramatic cliffs, and stunning waterfalls. Arrive to the tucked-away town of Geiranger, check into the hotel, and transfer to the nearby trailhead. Begin the hike on well-maintained trails leading high above Geiranger to the viewpoint at the Storsæterfossen Waterfall. Soak up the vistas before returning down the same trail. Enjoy dinner at the hotel, overlooking the harbor and fjord.
After breakfast, we'll board our mini-bus and transfer one hour up to the top of the Trollstigen, a famously scenic serpentine road with 6 viewing platforms along the way, guaranteed to make you dizzy with some of Norway's most breathtaking views. We'll stop at Trollstigen's largest viewing platform which juts out over a ledge hovering 2,788-feet above the valley. We'll have plenty of time to enjoy this view, visit the Trollstigen café, and explore the paths and steps leading to other nearby viewing points.
After our visit, we'll continue our scenic drive down into the beautiful valley in Åndalsnes, in the heart of the Romsdal Alps. Here, we'll stop at our trailhead and begin our midday hike through colorful meadows beneath these peaks, passing gentle streams and glistening lakes along the way. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch in this picturesque setting, and then continue on at a leisurely pace making a circle back towards our vehicle.
In the afternoon, we'll continue to our charming historic accommodations, the Kavli Moen Gård. Kavli Moen is a guest house and farm with restaurant and outdoor recreation opportunities located between the mountains in the small village of Eresfjord. It was the birthplace and family home of Fred Kavli, a Norwegian-born American, who was a physicist, entrepreneur, business leader, innovator and philanthropist. The village is surrounded by mountains up to 6,000 feet above sea level, and the Eira River runs close to the farm. We'll enjoy this charming location for the next two nights.
We'll wake to another sumptuous breakfast before beginning our morning walk. We've planned a short hike along Lake Eikesdalsvatnet to the Mardalsfossen waterfall, one of the ten highest waterfalls in Europe. The fall is 2,313-feet in two large drops. The highest vertical drop (1,175') is one of the tallest in Norway.
The rest of the day is free to relax, read a book, or explore the natural surroundings on your own. For those who prefer more activity, our hosts are happy to take you fishing at the nearby river or tour the grounds - just tell your guide what you want to do!
Today starts with a transfer to the charming town of Eikesdalen, home to just 65 inhabitants. Meet with a local farmer to learn the story of Norway's earliest inhabitants and, if you're lucky, see reindeer. Then continue to the Aursjovegen, a scenic road featuring several 180-degree hairpin turns through a dramatic landscape renowned as Norway's best area for hiking. After a hike, continue along the magnificent Aursjoveien road down to the Sunndal fjord, and to the town of Oppdal, a hikers' home base during the summer.
After breakfast, journey into the heart of the rugged mountain range of Trollheimen ("home of the trolls"), a vast landscape of green, idyllic valleys sprinkled with lakes between high peaks. If the weather cooperates, enjoy a swim in the lake; otherwise return to the hotel to unwind at the spa. Later this afternoon, there is an optional visit to Vang, one of the largest Viking graveyards in Norway. After dinner, transfer to the nearby train station and board the overnight train to Bodo, north of the Arctic Circle.
Upon arrival in Bodo, transfer to the airport for a short flight to Lofoten Island — the grand finale of our Norwegian tour. Your destination on the island is the quaint fishing village of Hamnøy in Reine (population 300), known for its charming cafes, restaurants, galleries, shops, and more. Shower and change at your hotel before setting off to explore the island by foot. Dinner tonight is at one of the local restaurants in town.
If the weather cooperates this afternoon, you can enjoy a boat ride to Vindstad and then hike to the picturesque white-sand beach of Bunesstranda. It is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Lofoten Islands and is only accessible by boat. After enjoying this majestic spot, hike back to Vindstad for the return boat ride to Reine.
After a great breakfast with good coffee, we will prepare for a full day of hiking in Lofoten. We will drive to Fredvang and then hike to the popular summit of Ryten. From here we may continue down to the beach of Kvalvika, before returning back to the car. For those who prefer a shorter hike with less elevation, we can hike straight to the beach of Kvalvika, approx 3 hours, and 600`ascent/descent) Dinner at the charming restaurant Krambua, located near our hotel.
After a tasty breakfast we'll begin our day exploring the outer reaches of Lofoten Island. We'll start with a scenic drive to the Lofotr Viking museum, an historic museum and archaeological excavation of a real Viking Chieftain's village. We'll tour the museum, learning about Norway's important Viking history and culture, and end our visit with a special "Viking lunch". After lunch, we'll have a moderate afternoon hike on Vestvågøya, a centrally located island in the Lofoten archipelago. The goal of today's hike is to find the perfect view, and your guides have several options to choose from. (One of Lofoten`s Islands many sandy beaches will probably be a great spot, so bring bathing suit if you dare to take a bath in the ocean above the arctic circle!)
We'll return to Hamnøy with plenty of time to explore the charming village and its many galleries and shops, abundant with tasteful souvenirs. Reine and Hamnøy are perhaps the most famous locations for photography the Lofoten Islands. Most of the photographs taken in Lofoten are from is this area. Tonight, our farewell dinner is again the restaurant Krambua. We'll enjoy a great meal and toast the end of an amazing adventure.
After breakfast, we'll transfer to the Leknes Airport in time for our internal flight to Oslo. Leknes Airport is located 28 miles from Hamnøy. Departure flights are subject to change without our notice. Our currently anticipated flight schedule departs Leknes at 11:40am, arriving in to Oslo at 2:00pm.
We are one of a few, if not the only North American tour operator, to offer hikes along Europe's newest long-distance trail.
On this special "one time only" departure, follow longtime MT Sobek favorite Brian Weirum, as you hike majestic mountains and explore Scandinavian villages.
Rejuvenate along the way at landscape-inspired lodgings with plenty of chances to unwind in heated pools, saunas, and Jacuzzis.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hiking 4 to 8 hours daily through spellbinding landscapes, en route visiting scenic villages and towns, and sampling local specialties.
Upscale city hotels, family-run inns, and alpine estates, all renowned for superb hospitality, full amenities, and top service.
The weather in the Alps is always unpredictable. We could encounter snow in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Bring layers and warm clothes.
On Day 1, your trip leader will meet you in the arrivals hall of Oslo's Gardermoen Airport (OSL) between 12pm and 12:15pm. We'll then transfer as a group to our hotel in Oslo.
This trip is moderate with good paths, so hiking poles are not mandatory. However, if you like to hike with poles, you should bring your own on this trip.
No. We recommend bringing your own small bottle of Woolite or similar to wash items in your room.
No. Because of the sea breeze that we frequently encounter on this trip, the mosquitos are not a problem.
On the last day of the trip, when we transfer from Leknes to Bodo by plane, there is a weight limit of 8 kilograms (17 pounds) for your CARRY ON LUGGAGE ONLY.
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