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.
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.
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!
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!
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.