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Norway Walking & Hiking Tour

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  • Walk and boat among Norway's unbelievably pristine fjords
  • Idyllic treks past farms, waterfalls and fertile pastures dotted with wildflowers
  • Get to know historic Balestrand, an inviting artist village
  • Enjoy a guided excursion on sparkling Nigardsbreen Glacier
  • Visit 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 complement to 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.

Itinerary

Day 1 Idyllic treks across fertile valleys dotted with wildflowers, farms and waterfalls Visit privately-owned Stalheim Folk Museum, with exhibits depicting Norwegian life from the Middle Ages to World War II Savor delicious homemade specialties at a local mountain farm.

Day 2 Amble and boat among Norway's incredibly pristine fjords Follow an ancient path once used as a postal road to reach remote outposts Join a local guide and explore the rural landscape to learn more about its flora and fauna Behold Urnes Stave Church, a World Heritage site built in the 12th century Ferry through spectacular Nærøyfjord, Europe's narrowest fjord—this is quintessential Norway!

Days 3-4 Guided excursion on sapphire-blue Nigardsbreen Glacier —get ready to don ice-climbing gear From the charming waterfront community of Fjærland, a steep hike leads to a fantastic vista of Jostedalsbreen Glacier The world-famous Norwegian Glacier Museum is a must-see Which sounds better: a challenging and unforgettable hike to the foot of Flatbreen Glacier or a ramble through peaceful Mundal Valley to a magnificent waterfall?

Days 5-6 Get to know historic Balestrand, an inviting artist village with two burial mounds from the Viking age Sweeping views of the Sognefjord's sparkling waters and surrounding snowcapped peaks await in Balestølen If you're feeling brave, indulge in a post-hike dip in the crisp waters of glacier-fed Sognefjord Enjoy a final dinner at a unique local eatery set in the middle of an orchard.

Casual Inns

Stalheim Hotel
Stalheim Hotel

Stalheim (1 night) With stunning views of Norway's highest waterfall and the Nærøyfjord Valley, this historic hotel has its own folk museum.

Walaker Hotel
Walaker Hotel

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.

Kviknes Hotel
Kviknes Hotel

Balestrand (2 nights) Admire panoramic views of one of the world's longest fjords from the rambling verandas of this Swiss-style inn, operating since 1752.

Guest 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.
David Smith- 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.
Leila Engman- Alexandria, VA

Trip Dates & Prices

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2015 CLASSIC DATES
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015

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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.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4* 800 6 700
2 3 200
3 Nigardsbreen Glacier Ice Hike (3 Hours)
4 7 1100 6* 3100
Norwegian Glacier Museum Visit (1 Hour)
5 4 1300 6 1600 8 2900
6 Conclusion of the Trip
 
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The terrain on this trip includes forested alpine trails, glacial tracks and mountain meadow paths.

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $4,598 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $4,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $3,798 pp dbl. occ.

All Private Singles-Solos trips require a minimum of 16 guests.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Norway tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large walking tours and hiking tours, Europe At Large biking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.

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Voss, Norway/Bergen, Norway

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