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Norway Natural Wonders Hiking

Deep Fjords, Majestic Mountains & Lofoten Islands

 

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 waterfalls 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.

  • Cruise through Norway's famous fjords, taking in awesome views of lush panoramas

  • Go off the beaten track in Dovrefjell-Sunndalsfjella National Park, Geirangerfjord, and spectacular Lofoten Island

  • Soak up the vibrant urban ambience of cosmopolitan Oslo and historic Bergen

Arrive:

Oslo, Norway

Depart:

Oslo, Norway

Duration:

11 Days

Activity Level:

3

Departures:

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Price: from $6,695

  • Arrive in Oslo

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Guldsmeden-Oslo, Norway

    Perfectly located close to attractions, Hotel Oslo Guldsmeden is stylishly designed and thoughtfully appointed with Persian rugs, Chesterfield couches, rustic wooden furniture, and lambskin throws. The restaurant serves delicious, 100% organic food, and there is a Turkish-style hammam with a steam bath, cold water tub and organic spa products that are available for guests to use.

    Activity: 2 hours/2-3 miles city walking

    Meals: Dinner

  • Tour Vigeland Sculpture Park & Fly to Bergen

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Zander K-Bergen, Norway

    The brand-new Zander K embodies seamless Scandinavian design - simple and functional. The clean-lined, comfortable rooms are contemporary and showcase a full range of amenities, like Wi-Fi. The relaxing wine bar and restaurant serves fresh, organic fare, making it an excellent place to refuel after a day of exploration. Free bicycles are available for guests to use around town.

    Activity: 2-3 hours/3 miles city walking

    Transportation: 50-minute flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike Above Bergen & Board Overnight Cruise

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Overnight Cruise aboard Hurtigruten-Geirangerfjord

    Hurtigruten uses a fleet of 11 ships that cruise up and down the west coast of Norway. The larger 1,000-passenger ships travel 1,490 miles into the Arctic, while the smaller 290-passenger ships cruise shorter segments. Almost all of them start at or make a stop in Bergen. All ships share the same look and feel, with viewing decks, lounges, cafes, bars and gift shops, cafes, and elevators between decks. Cabins come with windows, en-suite bathroom with hot shower, and Wi-Fi.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/9 miles hiking with 1,500\' elevation gain & 400\' elevation loss

    Transportation: Overnight cruise & cable-car ride

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise Geirangerfjord & Hike to Storsæterfossen Waterfall

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Geiranger-Geiranger, Norway

    Offering panoramic views of the Geiranger Fjord, Hotel Geiranger is a pleasant retreat in an epic location. The hotel has 150 comfortable rooms, some featuring fjord vistas and balconies. There are several dining options at the hotel, as well as bars and a lounge, but the real highlight is the natural wonders that await outside.

    Activity: 2-3 hours/2-3 miles hiking with 550\' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: Scenic boat cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Top Trollstigen & Hike in the Andalsnes

    Day 5

    After breakfast, board the minibus and transfer one hour to the top of the Trollstigen, a serpentine road showcasing some of Norway's most breathtaking views. Stop at Trollstigen's viewing platform which juts out over a ledge hovering 2,788 feet above the valley, to take in the vistas and visit the café. Continue the scenic drive down into the Andalsnes valley, in the heart of the Romsdal Alps. Enjoy a circular hike beneath majestic peaks, passing glistening lakes. In the afternoon, continue to the hotel - home for the next two nights.

    Accommodation: Kavli Moen Gard

    Nestled in the village of Eresfjord, the Kavli Moen Gard is an intimate and charming countryside accommodation. Dating all the way back to 1603, the property has a traditional feel with modern amenities. Guests consistently compliment the hosts, as this family run establishment is known for its warm hospitality and authentic local meals with wonderful wine pairings. With regard to the natural backdrop, one guest remarked "if you are not able to enjoy these surroundings, you need to call your doctor!"

    Activity: 3-4 hours/3-4 miles hiking with 500\' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to Mardalsfossen Waterfall & Unwind at your Historic Hotel

    Day 6

    Wake to a sumptuous breakfast prepared by the talented chefs at Hotel Aak or Kavli Moen Gard, before the morning walk. Today's short hike leads along Lake Eikesdalsvatnet to the Mardalsfossen waterfall, one of the ten highest waterfalls in Europe. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax or explore the natural surroundings on your own. Prefer more activity? The hosts are happy to offer suggestions - just tell your guide what you want to do.

    Accommodation: Kavli Moen Gard

    Nestled in the village of Eresfjord, the Kavli Moen Gard is an intimate and charming countryside accommodation. Dating all the way back to 1603, the property has a traditional feel with modern amenities. Guests consistently compliment the hosts, as this family run establishment is known for its warm hospitality and authentic local meals with wonderful wine pairings. With regard to the natural backdrop, one guest remarked "if you are not able to enjoy these surroundings, you need to call your doctor!"

    Activity: 2 hours/2-3 miles hiking with 500\' elevation gain & loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike to the Aursjovegen Plateau & Reach Oppdal

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: Skifer Hotel-Oppdal, Norway

    Skifer Hotel offers modern, Scandinavian ski lodge-style accommodations in the mountain town of Oppdal. 176 rooms feature amenities such as Dux mattresses, TVs, mountain views and bright, modern bathrooms. The restaurant serves an a la carte menu and a buffet, and there is a spa that offers massages and facials.

    Activity: 4 hours/3-4 miles hiking with 300\' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike in Trollheimen & Catch Overnight Train to Bodo

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: Overnight Train to Bodo

    Imagine sleeping as you're whisked north of the Arctic Circle by train! Enjoy a cozy berth - accommodating up to two adults - with high-quality mattresses, quilts, and pillows. Compartments do not have private WC or showers, but restrooms are located at each end of the train car. Wake up in beautiful Bodo.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/4-5 miles hiking with 1,800\' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: Overnight train

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Lofoten Island

    Day 9

    Rise and shine and enjoy breakfast aboard the train this morning. In Bodo, board a nearby ferry for the grand finale of the Norwegian tour - Lofoten Island. Take in the magnificent archipelago within the Arctic Circle, with its jagged peaks, sheltered bays of bright-blue water, white-sand beaches, and windswept grasslands. Upon arrival, head to the quaint fishing village of Hamnoy in Reine, change into hiking clothes at the hotel, and set off to explore the island on a short hike. Tonight, enjoy dinner at one of the local restaurants.

    Accommodation: Eliassen Rorbuer-Hamnoy, Norway

    On the secluded island of Hamnoy near the Reinefjord fjord, Eliassen Rorbuer offers lodging in traditional fishermen's cabins over the water, featuring dazzling views. The cabins have one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a large living and dining room, bathroom with shower, and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves a diverse selection of mouthwatering Norwegian cuisine with Italian flair.

    Activity: 2 hours/2-3 miles hiking with 1,000\' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 3-hour ferry transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Visit Loftr Viking Museum & Hike Vestvagøya Island

    Day 10

    After breakfast, begin exploring the outer reaches of Lofoten Island. Start with a scenic drive to the Lofotr Viking Museum, built on the site of a former Viking village. After touring the museum, enjoy an afternoon hike on Vestvagøya, a centrally located island in the Lofoten archipelago. Bring a bathing suit for a dip in the ocean above the Arctic Circle. Return to Hamnoy to explore the charming village and its many galleries and shops. Enjoy your farewell dinner at Krambua on the harbor, renowned for its fresh fish straight from the sea.

    Accommodation: Eliassen Rorbuer-Hamnoy, Norway

    On the secluded island of Hamnoy near the Reinefjord fjord, Eliassen Rorbuer offers lodging in traditional fishermen's cabins over the water, featuring dazzling views. The cabins have one or two bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a large living and dining room, bathroom with shower, and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves a diverse selection of mouthwatering Norwegian cuisine with Italian flair.

    Activity: 4 hours/3-4 miles hiking with 1,000\' elevation gain & loss

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly from Leknes to Oslo & Depart

    Day 11

    After breakfast, transfer to Leknes airport in time for the flight to Oslo. Departure flights are subject to change without notice but will depart in the morning with every attempt to get you into Oslo in the late afternoon. The currently anticipated flight schedules will arrive into Oslo between 4PM and 5PM, but please check in with your Adventure Coordinator to confirm the arrival time for your specific departure.

    Transportation: 3-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Norway Natural Wonders Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek's expertly crafted Norway itinerary is organized to perfection, enabling travelers to cover 1,400 miles in just 10 days.

Reason #02

You'll follow professional, local and highly qualified guides as you hike majestic mountains and explore Scandinavian villages.

Reason #03

Best of Norway's Great Outdoors is an MT Sobek best-seller and one of our most sought after classic adventures.

Meet your guides

Anne Stine Mathisen

Anne Stine Mathisen

Anne Stine is an accomplished Norwegian guide and has close ties to MT Sobek as the operations manager of a local guiding team. She is highly knowledgeable about hiking and skiing in Norway, and has skied 1,600 miles north to south across the country! Anne's passion for the outdoors and for adventure travel, coupled with her love of guiding, makes her a perfect leader and trip companion. Meet Anne on MT Sobek's popular Best of Norway's Great Outdoors adventure.

Sondre Stensbol

Sondre Stensbol

Sondre is from Skien in southern Norway, but moved to the mountains on the west coast where he lives now. He is passionate about the outdoors and has a broad experience from the sea to the mountains, both in summer and in winter. He is currently studying for his Bachelor Degree in Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership, and enjoys introducing people to the wonders of his home-Norway.

Thomas Riis

Thomas Riis

Thomas is an active wilderness guide, who grew up in the south of Norway. With a degree in Adventure Education & Wilderness Leadership under his belt, he now enjoys doing what he loves most: nature guiding. Explore Norway with Thomas on MT Sobek's popular Best of Norway's Great Outdoors adventure.

Activities

Spectacular and moderately paced hikes, overnight trains, scenic cruises, and cultural encounters.

Lodging

Traditional fishermen's cabins and sleek Scandinavian-style hotels with modern amenities. A scenic overnight cruise and a night train ride.

Climate

Norwegian summers can be both hot and cold. The weather can change quickly -so be ready for sun, rain and maybe wind.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

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.

Are hiking poles provided or recommended for this trip?

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.

Are there hairdryers available at all of the accommodations?

Yes.

Do any of the hotels on this trip provide laundry service?

No. We recommend bringing your own small bottle of Woolite or similar to wash items in your room.

Will there be mosquitos on this trip?

No. Because of the sea breeze that we frequently encounter on this trip, the mosquitos are not a problem.

Is there a weight limit for luggage on this trip?

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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Additional costs

  • $550 Internal Airfare
  • $800 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving and departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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Additional costs

  • $550 Internal Airfare
  • $800 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving and departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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