Norwegian Fjords Hiking Challenge

from £2530
including flights
7 nights Jun-Sep

Overview

Norway has countless hiking opportunities suitable for all levels of enthusiastic walkers - many of which are famous for the challenge and stunning scenery. For the ultimate test, this escorted small group tour takes you to three of the most iconic locations in the Norwegian fjords – Trolltunga, The Pulpit Rock and Kjerag, as well as some wonderful hidden gems. Trekking for several hours each day, encounter the sheer beauty and magnificence of the mountain landscape and fjords, making new friends and conquering new heights along the way. In hiking terms it doesn’t get any better than this!

Highlights

  • Three of Norway's most iconic hikes
  • Stunning fjord scenery
  • Folgefonna glacier walk
  • Small group escorted tour
  • English speaking guide

What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Oslo
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All meals
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

Working in conjunction with an experienced adventure and expedition company, we are delighted to introduce this escorted tour with an English speaking guide and restricted to a maximum of just seven participants on each departure.

In Norway the summer days are long, and where better to spend the time than outdoors in the fresh air, among the beautiful nature and exploring new places with breath taking views at every turn. I’m sure this sounds too good to be true – but entirely possible with a bit of hard work and enthusiasm the beauty of the Fjords will be laid bare to see.

In a small and sociable group, you first tackle Trolltunga on the longest trek of the tour and one of Norway’s coolest viewpoints– have your camera at the ready! Experience Folgefonna glacier, walking on a thick carpet of ice while roped to your companions, ending the day in the village of Jondal on the Hardangerfjord. Visit Preikestolen (The Pulpit Rock), situated high above the Lysefjord, which has long been one of the most photographed and famous locations in the fjords. Then from the deck of a boat, enjoy panoramic views of the wild and beautiful mountain area, taking you off the beaten track to Flørli, a real gem in the fjord landscape. From here you climb the longest wooden staircase in the world, a staggering 4,444 steps up the mountain! Afterwards a well-deserved meal and hot Jacuzzi waits at the cosy guesthouse to relax after the days exertions. The last day includes a trek to Mount Kjerag, where the bravest can actually stand on the Kjeragbolt – which literally hangs in the air between two mountains! Finally, the tour ends with a drive to Oslo, with time to say your farewells to the group, and a chance to stay for a night or two in Norway’s capital city.

Good to know!

Accommodation on the trip is comfortable, staying in cosy mountain huts, a charming hotel by the fjords and the unique Preikestolen mountain lodge. Most are with en suite facilities, but not all. The hikes are relatively long, going out every day for five days in a row, so a good level of fitness and some hiking experience is recommended. The hardest hike is to Trolltunga on day 2, it can take up to 12 hours in total. The other days are generally about 4-6 hours hiking.

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Prices & Dates

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price Availability
06 Jun 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
13 Jun 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
20 Jun 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
25 Jun 2020 7 nights £2,640 £3,027 Available
27 Jun 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
04 Jul 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
11 Jul 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
18 Jul 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
21 Jul 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
25 Jul 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
28 Jul 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
01 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
04 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,640 £3,027 Available
08 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,627 £3,016 Available
11 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,663 £3,063 Available
15 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,628 £3,016 Available
18 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,663 £3,063 Available
22 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,671 £3,016 Available
25 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,663 £3,063 Available
29 Aug 2020 7 nights £2,530 £2,917 Available
05 Sep 2020 7 nights £2,530 £2,917 Available
12 Sep 2020 7 nights £2,530 £2,917 Available

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Oslo with Norwegian Air
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 5 nights on hiking tour with breakfast, packed lunch and dinner; 2 nights at Thon Hotel Opera on breakfast basis
  • English speaking guide
  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Group size:

This escorted group requires a minimum of 4 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 12.

Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Oslo

Fly to Oslo and make your way to the central hotel (payable locally), either by the local train or airport coach service. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Norway's capital city, before meeting up for the escorted tour the following morning.

Day 2: begin the tour

Meet the tour guide and then travel for about 5 hours towards the mountains, enjoying the scenery on the way and meeting your fellow travellers. On the way you will stop at Hedal Stave Church, and have a look at the fascinating 850 year old building. The next stop of the day is a mountain cabin located around 1,000 metres above sea level called Haukeliseter. This is where you will do a short hike to check that all equipment is ready for the next day and then its onward to Odda and your accommodation for the night. Relax over dinner while the guide explains the schedule for the next few days on tour.

Day 3: hiking Trolltunga

People come from all over the world to experience the challenge of the Trolls Tongue, a spectacular mountain formation situated 1,100 metres above sea level, and 700 metres above the lake of Ringdal. This is a long trek of 10-12 hours roundtrip, but it is well worth it! After a short time at the top to enjoy the view and take photos, return to the fjords of Hardanger and spend the night at a local hotel. In case of bad weather there is the opportunity to swap day 2 and 3 in order to get the best weather conditions for this walk.

Day 4: glacier walk at Folgefonna

Today you travel up to Folgefonna and go for a full day walk (4-6 hours) on the glacier. Folgefonna is Norway’s third biggest glacier and is situated in Folgefonna National Park. Trekking on the glacier is not particularly difficult, but it is a truly magnificent experience walking roped to your companions on the 350m thick carpet of ice! During this trek, the pace is gentle, taking the time to enjoy the company and the beautiful scenery. The evening and night is spent at the local hotel in Rosendal.

Day 5: walk to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)

From Hardangerfjord the drive takes around 4 hours through the beautiful coastal scenery between Folgefonna and Preikestolen to a mountain lodge. The Preikestolen Lodge will be your base and accommodation for the night. During the day there are often many visitors to the plateau, so the hike to The Pulpit Rock will be taken in the evening. Then once most tourists have left this popular destination, you can enjoy the late sunshine and a meal. The trek takes 4-5 hours roundtrip. The next morning is an early start, so most guests head to bed early for a good night’s rest.

Day 6: hike Florli, the longest wooden stairway in the world

After an early breakfast, leave the lodge and catch the ferry, travelling along the beautiful Lysefjord. From the fjord you can see The Pulpit Rock from a completely different view high above. The ferry trip takes about 2 hours, arriving in Florli. This is a very small hamlet by the fjord, surrounded by mountains rising into the sky. From here you hike up the longest wooden stairway in the world – a staggering 4,444 steps up the mountain. The walk down follows a nice path to the fjord (total time trekking is about 5 hours), where you stay in a simple by cosy guesthouse in Florli. In the evening you have a nice dinner, while the hosts prepare a wood-fired hot tub to ease the muscles!

Day 7: Lysebotn and Mount Kjerag

The day starts by taking the morning ferry to Lysebotn, the innermost part of the Lysefjord in preparation for another well-known trekking destination, Mount Kjerag, situated about 1,000 metres above the Lysefjord. Have your cameras ready to capture the moment – no one will believe members of the group are brave enough to stand on Kjeragbolt! The roundtrip takes approximately 6 hours. After the trek head back by minibus to Oslo (journey time about 6-7 hours), arriving back in Oslo around 21.00-22.00. Say farewell to your group and make your way to your hotel.

Day 8: depart Oslo

Make your way to Oslo airport in time for your flight (payable locally), or extend your stay for a night or two in Norway’s capital city.

Thon Hotel Opera, Oslo

Oslo

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Type: Hotel

Thon Hotel Opera is found overlooking Oslo's Opera House at the centre of this bustling city.

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