Norway Walking & Hiking
- Walk and boat among Norway's incredible pristine fjords
- Idyllic treks across fertile valleys dotted with wildflowers, farms and waterfalls
- Get to know historic Balestrand, an inviting artist village
- Guided excursion on sparkling Nigardsbreen Glacier
- Urnes Stave Church, built in the 12th century
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Mountains, Glaciers & Fjords
Mountains and beaches. Both can be beautiful. Every continent has them. But fjords - now there's originality. And Norway is endowed with an enviable collection. Carved by glaciers, dramatic slopes, soaring cliffs. Be humbled by towering formations on either side as your ferry navigates the waters of Sognefjord, Norway's deepest fjord. It's the perfect reward after the vigorous hikes along the shores through the serene valleys, quiet villages and dense pine forests. Norway welcomes you with happy people, beautiful scenery and a gloriously unique perspective.
Day 1 Idyllic treks across fertile valleys dotted with wildflowers, farms and waterfalls Ascend into the mountains by cable car from Voss, Norway's adventure capital The jingling of sheep bells accompanies your walk along the Hangur Mountain foothills.
Day 2 Amble and boat among Norway's incredible pristine fjords Begin the day with a hearty hike above the valley floor, then share some local traditions - including songs, storytelling and dessert - at a local farm Ferry through spectacular Nærøyfjord, Europe's narrowest fjord and a World Heritage site - this is quintessential Norway!
Days 3-4 Guided excursion on sapphire-blue Nigardsbreen Glacier - get ready to don ice-climbing gear Behold Urnes Stave Church, a World Heritage site built in the 12th century From the charming waterfront community of Fjærland, a steep hike leads to a fantastic vista of Jostedalen Glacier.
Days 5-6 Get to know historic Balestrand, an inviting artist village with two burial mounds from the Viking age Which sounds better: a challenging and rewarding hike to the foot of Flatbreen Glacier or a ramble through peaceful Mundal Valley to a magnificent waterfall? The world-famous Norwegian Glacier Museum is a must-see If you're feeling brave, indulge in a post-hike dip in the crisp waters of glacier-fed Sognefjord A final dinner at a unique local eatery set in the middle of an orchard.
Guests Reviews About This Trip
The landscape of Norway is probably the most beautiful I have ever seen. This trip really captured the essence of the geography as well as Norway's culture. From the hikes to the ferry rides through the fjords, the beauty of Norway was always present. Both of our leaders were great. They were part Mother ("don't forget to hydrate"), part Doctor (bandaging blistered feet), great leaders, but most of all, our friends. I definitely would be more than happy to see them again on another Backroads trip.- Swansea, IL
My specialty is customer and employee satisfaction, and I can tell you - the leaders were absolutely incredible. They are the main reason why I will return to Backroads for years to come . . . you can't teach people the incredible leadership and management skills that they have - that is something innate - and they exceeded my every expectation and dealt with every small detail with seamless leadership - WOW . . . it doesn't get better than that!Teik Francis - Delaware, OH
Our leaders were fantastic at supporting us in our first hiking trip. Since we were always at the back, one of them was with us, and I found the going got easier as I listened to Norwegian lore or looked at wildflowers, etc. while puffing uphill. We became confident in our ability to climb so that by the last day, we walked the 1320 feet with greater ease. They gave instruction in both walking and breathing techniques, which made the trip a lot of fun.- Alexandria, VA
Stalheim (1 night) With stunning views of Norway's highest waterfall and the Nærøyfjord Valley, this historic hotel has its own folk museum.
Solvorn (2 nights) This small family-built inn, dating back more than 300 years, offers charming guest rooms and a lovely setting along the Sognefjord.
Fjærland (1 night) This simple country hotel, steeped in history, provides a wonderful base from which to explore the glorious surroundings.
Balestrand (1 night) Admire panoramic views of one of the world's longest fjords from the rambling verandas of this Swiss-style inn, operating since 1752.
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This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
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|3||Glacier ice hike (3 hours)|
|Norwegian Glacier Museum visit (1 hour)|
|6||Conclusion of the trip|
The terrain on this trip includes forested alpine trails, glacial tracks and mountain meadow paths.
* Includes a shuttle