Discover the dramatic landscapes of western Norway where glacially carved fjords cut deep into the mountainous coast, and seals, porpoises and eagles hunt for fish in the waters. Narrow green valleys dotted with cozy farms and charming villages of red and white wooden houses interrupt the steep shorelines. This world, rich in folklore and history, is the stage for our seven-day adventure by paddle and foot. Experience fjords by kayak, stroll through historic villages, visit centuries-old farms and churches, and hike up mountainsides for breathtaking views of waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.
Spend full days kayaking along beautiful Sognefjorden, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord.
Hike to famous Stigen Gard (Ladder Farm) for a bird’s-eye view of the fjord and surrounding mountains.
Stay in charming hotels located in the heart of traditional Nordic villages, and enjoy views of iconic fjords.
Hike to the intricately decorated 12th-century stave church of Urnes
Activity Level: Moderate
We will be hiking 2 to 6 hours per day (2 to 7 miles) on moderate to steep grades and at elevations up to to a maximum of 4,500 feet. This trip is suitable for beginner and expert kayakers alike; no previous experience is necessary. We will be paddling stable, two-person kayaks for an average of 4 to 6 hours a day.
Itinerary - 7 Days
Day 1 — Bergen, Norway/Flåm
Arrive in Bergen this morning and transfer to Flåm Village on the shores of Aurlandsfjorden — a branch of the Sognefjorden. Along the way we will stop for lunch, then take a short walk to visit a beautiful waterfall. In Flåm, stretch your legs on a walk into the old town and visit Flåm church, then hike up to the Brekkefossen waterfall for a sweeping view of the Flåm valley. This evening learn about the region’s flora, fauna, history and people. (4–5 miles hiking, 1–2 hours)
Fretheim Hotel (L,D)
Day 2 — Flåm/Undredal
Pack a niste pakke (picnic lunch) and head to the water for an introduction to sea kayaking. Venture out on an all-day paddling trip down the Aurlandsfjord towards the town of Undredal, the self-proclaimed goat cheese capital of the world. Along the way, keep an eye out for grey and harbor seals, harbor porpoises and golden or white-tailed sea eagles. High cliffs, gushing waterfalls, and traditional sheep and goat farms line the fjord. Arriving in Undredal, walk up to the town’s tiny stave church, dating from 1147, and try the famous goat cheese. Back on the water, paddle toward scenic Stigen Gard for a visit to a hillside organic farm with sweeping views of the fjords. (7 miles kayaking, 4–6 hours) Fretheim Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 3 — Solvorn/Lustrafjorden
Journey from Flåm towards the main Sognefjorden via the 15-mile-long Lærdalstunnel, the world’s longest road tunnel. Ferry across the Sognefjorden to the enchanting town of Solvorn on the Lustrafjorden. Settle into the oldest family-run hotel in Norway, the Walaker Hotel, and stroll through the village. Paddle across the fjord to Urnes and hike to the world’s oldest and most beautifully decorated stave church, built in 1150 and now a World Heritage site. Later, paddle back to Solvorn for a hearty dinner. (5–7 miles kayaking, 3–6 hours) Walaker Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Solvorn/Marifjora/Balestrand
After a breakfast of home-baked bread and jam made from the Walaker’s garden, hike up the highest peak along the Lustrafjorden, Molden, nearly 3,600 feet above sea level. Follow a forest trail and pass steep crags en route to the top. Catch spectacular views of the fjord and enjoy a traditional Norwegian picnic lunch. Relax with coffee in the town of Marifjora, looking across the fjord towards the spectacular waterfall of Feigumfossen. Head to the artistic town of Balestrand, with its Swiss-style villas; the distinctive, wooden St. Olaf’s Church; and the statue of legendary King Bele, a key figure in the “love” saga of Fridtjof and Ingeborg. (2 miles hiking, 3 hours)
Kviknes Hotel (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Balestrand/Kvamsøya
Kayak along the shore of the idyllic town of Balestrand to view famous villas from the water. Weather permitting, journey out to the island of Kvamsøya, home to historic Kvamsøy church, built around the year 1300. After a picnic lunch, hop a shuttle back to Balestrand. (7 miles kayaking, 4–6 hours) Kviknes Hotel (B,L)
Day 6 — Balestrand/Bergen
Hike up into the mountains behind Balestrand. On the way up examine the local flora, checking if blueberries or cloudberries are in season. At the top, enjoy great views while drinking tea and tasting local delicacies. Return to Balestrand for lunch, then board an express boat and travel down the coast to Bergen. Celebrate our Norwegian fjord adventure at a festive farewell dinner. (4–5 miles hiking, 2–5 hours) Scandic Hotel Ørnen (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Bergen
After breakfast, transfer to Bergen Airport for flights home. (B)
Pricing starts at $7,000 per person, double occupancy. For a single room add $800. International airfare to Oslo and return from Bergen is not included in the cost.
Group Size: 8-15
Accommodations (hotels, tents and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we can assign a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a single supplement fee will apply.
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