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.
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 LeadersWe 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.
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.
- 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
Stalheim Hotel (1 night): With stunning views of Norway's highest waterfall and the Nærøyfjord Valley, this historic hotel has its own folk museum.
Walaker Hotel (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 (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.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
|Daily Route Options|
|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|
|3||Nigardsbreen Glacier Ice Hike (3 Hours)|
|Norwegian Glacier Museum Visit (1 Hour)|
|6||Conclusion of the Trip|
* Includes a shuttle
2015 Dates & Pricing*
- 6/28-7/3 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/12-17 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/19-24 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
- 7/26-31 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/2-7 Price: $4198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/9-14 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
- 8/16-21 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $490 for sgl. occ.)
*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.
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)
|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.
Guest Trip Reviews
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!- 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
This was my fifth Backroads trip and I had a wonderful time. I always feel so completely satisfied at the end of your trips. Satisfied that I have experienced a country by breathing in its air, stomping across its land, becoming for a moment part of it and bringing some of it back on the bottoms of my boots!- New York, NY
This was the BEST vacation experience I've ever had! My expectations of this trip were exceeded by the end of the first day. The leaders commitment to customer service was amazing - they are truly two of the most committed, hard-working and generous individuals that I've ever met. This was my first Backroads trip and certainly not my last. I can't imagine having a better time on another trip!- Boston, MA
So first let me tell you I am totally IN LOVE with Backroads!!! This company is really AMAZING and I plan to do another trip with them next summer - and also having you help me again! I can't THANK YOU enough - EVERYTHING you did for me (hotels, trains) were 1000% on target - including the train times and what to do about getting a seat on the train, etc, etc. It went so smoothly!!! THANK YOU so much again!!! I am already starting to look at what trip I want to do with Backroads next summer. I LOVED the hard hikes during the day and the GOURMET food and plush hotels at night!!! I was in GREAT hands! THANKS! THANKS ! THANKS!- Lancaster, CA
This was truly a trip of a lifetime! I can't believe how much I accomplished under such enjoyable conditions. I am a HUGE fan of Backroads and have already been marketing you to my family and friends. THANK YOU for everything so many did to make this such a wonderful, wonderful experience!- Washington, DC