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Norway Family Breakaway Walking & Hiking Tour

Magical Mountains, Glaciers & Fjords

  • 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 artists' village
  • Enjoy a guided excursion on sparkling Nigardsbreen Glacier
  • Visit Urnes Stave Church, built in the 12th century

Fjords—extraordinary geologic wonders. And Norway is home to an enviable collection. Be humbled as you and your family ferry across magnificent Sognefjord, Norway's deepest fjord, an ideal gateway to vigorous shoreline hikes through serene valleys, quiet villages and dense pine forests. Welcome to a gloriously unique perspective.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Embark on idyllic treks across fertile valleys dotted with wildflowers, farms and waterfalls Visit privately-owned Stalheim Folk Museum, where exhibits depict 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 wear ice-climbing gear  From the charming waterfront community of Fjærland, a steep walk leads to a fantastic vista of Jostedalsbreen Glacier  The world-famous Norwegian Glacier Museum is a must-see  Step back in time and into simplicity with a farm-fresh lunch in a restored cottage  Which sounds better—a challenging and unforgettable hike to the foot of Flatbreen Glacier or a ramble through peaceful Mundal Valley, a wildflower-speckled meadow surrounded by waterfalls? The choice is yours!

Days 5-6 Get to know historic Balestrand, an inviting artists' 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 invigorating glacier-fed waters  Enjoy dinner at a unique local eatery set in the middle of an orchard and raise a glass of homemade brandy to an incredible week.

I'm delighted to be offering this trip as one of our Family Breakaway adventures. The hiking is excellent, with routes that range from a remote valley ramble with waterfall views to a thrilling ice-climbing trek on Nigardsbreen Glacier. You'll check out a variety of historic sites, including a church (now a World Heritage site) built in the 12th century. And we think you'll love the charming atmosphere and scenic settings of our three welcoming hotels.
Mark Selcon- Regional Manager - Europe

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Two Leaders

We ordinarily staff our trips with three leaders: two leaders out on the trail offering support—allowing everyone to have the experience they want, whether it's an easygoing interpretative walk or a rigorous hike—while the third leader moves the van from trailhead to trail end. This trip is a little different in that our routes are a combination of loop hikes and out-and-back trails that begin and end in the same location. This means that you'll still have the same two leaders providing excellent trail support without the need for a third leader to move the van.
$3,798
pp dbl. occ.
(+$470 to $490 for sgl. occ.)

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Voss, Norway/Bergen, Norway

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Casual Inns

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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.

Kvikes 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.

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There's no better way to find out about Backroads than by hearing it from the people who have traveled with us. For more about the Backroads Experience, read our Guest Testimonials.

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I'm delighted to be offering this trip as one of our Family Breakaway adventures. The hiking is excellent, with routes that range from a remote valley ramble with waterfall views to a thrilling ice-climbing trek on Nigardsbreen Glacier. You'll check out a variety of historic sites, including a church (now a World Heritage site) built in the 12th century. And we think you'll love the charming atmosphere and scenic settings of our three welcoming hotels.

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Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4

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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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* 700 6 700
2 3 200
3 Nigardsbreen Glacier Ice Hike (3 Hours)
4 8 1100 6 3100
5 4 1300 5 1600 8 2900
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* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity levels and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in Norway

The Boat Stops Here

Walking beside pristine fjords and through meadows filled with wildflowers, we really do go where no one else does in Norway – other than the people living there, who point us to all the best spots. And because we've built strong local connections, we have many Norwegian friends who are happy to make our explorations a little easier: for instance, by having the public ferry make a special stop just for us after we've hiked among remote farms on the Royal Post Road.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Norway trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

More Leaders to Support You

On our Norway trips we have an extra leader supporting you along the trail—for a total of three, compared to the industry standard two. So we can be in more places at once, giving personal attention to guests traveling at their own pace. Here's more on our Trip Leaders.

Kids Who Aren't Kids Anymore

Only Backroads offers active trips in Norway designed for families with older teens and 20-somethings. Our Family Breakaway trips are aimed at you and the amazingly grownup members of your clan—whether they're almost high school grads, already in college or further along. Find out more in this blog post.

Your Trip Will Run. Period.

Under our Book with Confidence policy, your Backroads trip will run even for a single family of three or four people, subject to a nominal extra fee. Or transfer to another trip, and we'll give you a credit. It's all part of our trademark commitment to treating guests with integrity, transparency and total accountability. Read all the details.

The Best Leaders in Norway

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Norway, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

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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.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,198 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $4,798 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,098 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $5,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $3,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $4,298 pp dbl occ
  • 6 - 7 guests: from $5,298 pp dbl occ
  • 4 - 5 guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 2 - 3 guests: from $6,298 pp dbl occ

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