Norway Hiking
Bergen, Norway
Oslo, Norway
Bergen, Norway

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Trip Overview

Love to explore the paths less traveled? Enjoy the top Norwegian destinations and attractions with a private itinerary combining guided Norway sightseeing with adventurous hiking and uniting with nature. This program is fully customizable and can include any locations to your liking, what is more, stays at top central hotels, varied transportation, exciting activities, as well as all the hard planning will be done for you!
 

Tour type:
Private tour
Tour rating:
4.89 / 5, Based on
  • BEST HOTELS
  • 4-star centrally-located hotels
    Standard rooms
    8 nights
  • BEST CONNECTIONS
  • Private airport/hotel transfers
    Flamsbana train ride
    2 boat rides
  • BEST SIGHTSEEING
  • 2 guided city tours
    4 guided hikes
  • MEALS
  • 8 breakfasts
    1 packed lunch
    1 lunch with cheese tasting

Day-by-Day

Day 1
Arrival to Oslo

Welcome to the fabulous capital of Norway - Oslo! Your driver meets you at the airport and transfers you to your centrally located hotel.

The rest of the day is free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

  • Activity recommendation: take a trip to Grefsenkollen that provides great views over the city, fjord, Holmenkollen, and surrounding forest. Upon arrival, take a short hike further north to Trollvann lake and enjoy a wonderful sunset over Oslo. *Grefsenkollen can be reached by bus, tram or metro.

No meals included.

Day 2
Oslo Sightseeing & Hike in Oslomarka Forest

After breakfast, you meet your guide in the hotel lobby and go on a 7-hour guided hike of the marvelous Norwegian capital and its surroundings.

Here's what you can expect from your time here:




You start by walking through the city center and seeing Oslo's main attractions, including the old town, the Akershus Fortress, and the Royal Palace. Then you take the metro up to the Frognerseteren neighborhood, offering wonderful views of the city.

From there you go on a hike* in Oslomarka, also called "the forest of the North", to enjoy its untouched nature and magical landscapes. Hiking is a much beloved national pastime for the vast majority of the population in Norway. To make your hiking experience truly authentic, we offer you a typical Norwegian packed lunch which is made up of Norwegian flatbread with Norwegian cheese, sausages with some bread, and Norwegian chocolate. The hike ends at Songsvann Lake from where you take the metro back to the city center. The hiking distance is approximately 10.5 km (6.5 mi), the difference in altitude is about 400 m (1,312 ft).

*Please, note: rainproof walking shoes/trainers and clothes suitable for the outdoors are required for this tour and for all the other hiking tours. No hiking experience is needed, though a reasonable physical level is required for the uphill hike.

Breakfast and packed lunch included.

Day 3
Train Trip to Flam

Following breakfast, you check out from your hotel and walk to the train station (easily accessible by foot), where you board a train that takes you to an unforgettable Oslo - Myrdal - Flam rail ride. This trip is a perfect chance to admire the mind-boggling nature and picture-postcard sceneries of Norway. The duration of your trip is about 6 hours. Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel and have an evening at leisure.

Breakfast is included.

Day 4
RIB-boat Ride to the Fjords & Hike to a Goatfarm

In the morning you meet your guide and embark on a 5.5-hour group tour that combines the main attractions of the area, from fjords to the mountain and a traditional farm.

You start from a RIB-boat tour on the Aurlandsfjord, one of the most picturesque fjords in the world. Upon arrival to the great Sagfossen Waterfall, you go ashore at the Skjerdal wharf and start a nature-trail hike uphill. During that time you ascend the valley, going up to 400 m (1,312 ft) in altitude. The 1.5-hour hike route offers unforgettable views over the forest, fjords, and waterfalls.

Finally, you reach a goat cheese farm in the Aurlandsfjord. Here you have a guided tour by the hostess and learn some secrets behind the traditional goat cheese making. Then you enjoy a cheese tasting and lunch made of local products. Following lunch, you hike back down to Skjerdal and return to Flam by minibus. The hiking distance is approximately 11 km (6.8 mi), the difference in altitude is about 400 m (1,312 ft).

*Please, note: the farm is open from July 1 to August 31.

Breakfast, lunch, and cheese tasting included.

Day 5
Boat Ride to Balestrand

After breakfast you check out from your hotel and have the rest of the morning free to spend at your leisure or join our carefully-prepared optional tour.

  • Optional tour: Old King Path Kayaking, Flam
    This is a sea kayak tour and short hike combined, the ideal way to experience the fjords of Norway. You paddle to Fronneset, a place of historical importance from the Viking Era.
  • Optional tour: Tour to Stegastein Viewpoint and Hike to Mt. Prest
    This excursion starts with a drive from Flam to the Stegastein Viewpoint and continues with a hike (about 6.5 km in length, 4 hours). Enjoy the fresh mountain air and witness one of the most amazing nature's creations, the Norwegian fjords.

In the afternoon walk to the pier to enjoy an express boat ride to the charming town of Balestrand that is set in a truly magical location nearby Norway's largest fjord - Sognefjord (trip duration: 1,5 hours).

Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel located very close to the boat station and have the rest of the day free to explore the village on your own and enjoy its unique atmosphere.

  • Activity recommendation: we advise you to go on a self-guided hike to start exploring the great outdoors. You can take еthe Kreklingen Nature Trail that provides a fine view of Balestrand or take a hiking trail on Gaularfjellet that takes you past 14 waterfalls and seven mountain lakes.

Breakfast is included.

Day 6
Mountain Hike in Balestrand

Following breakfast, you meet your experienced guide and together you go on a 4-hour hike. Balestrand is a traditional tourist resort famous for its magnificent mountain scenery, pure clean air, and peaceful surroundings. Well-marked and maintained trails around Balestrand can easily be reached from the town and attract tourists from all over the world.

Your hike route provides breathtaking views of the little town and across the fjords, even to the parts of the fjord that you can not see from Balestrand. The highest point you reach today is a lookout at Buraasi which is 575 m (1,886 ft) high, and your route back down goes via Fjærestadstølen which is 430 m (1,411 ft) above sea level. The hiking distance is approximately 8 km (5 mi), the difference in altitude is about 575 m (1,886 ft).

After the tour, you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy Balestrand on your own.

Breakfast is included.

Day 7
Boat Ride to Bergen

Early in the morning you check out from your hotel and walk to the pier (easily accessible by foot) to enjoy a 4-hour boat trip to Bergen - the second largest city in Norway. Upon arrival, you walk to your hotel located very close to the boat station. The rest of the day is free to have rest or to take an optional hiking tour.

  • Optional tour: Self-guided hike at Mt. Ulriken
    Take a bus from the city center and then a cable car up to Mt. Ulriken (643 m or 2,110 ft high). You start walking to "Turnerhytten" on one path and return via a different route, where you also pass several ruins of old cabins. The hike is around 4.5 km (2.8 miles) and takes approx. 2.5 hours to walk. This is a self-guided hike, which means that you are provided with an app that gives you the route and information about the places you visit along the trail. Transport from and to the city center, tickets for the cable car to Mt. Ulriken, and a packed lunch made for you at Mt. Ulriken are included.

Breakfast is included.

Day 8
Bergen Sightseeing & Floyen Mount Hike

Following breakfast at your hotel, you meet your private guide in the hotel lobby and enjoy a 5-hour hike around the most interesting sights of Bergen and its surroundings.

The treasures of Bergen:




During the tour, you take a walk at the famous Bryggen district, visit the Fish Market, and experience a fantastic journey on the Bergen Floibanen Mountain Train. Bergen's Floibanen funicular is one of Norway's best-known attractions. You spend about 10 minutes to walk to the lower station where the cruise ships dock along Bryggen. The journey up to Floyen, located 320 meters (1,050 ft) above sea level, takes only 5-8 minutes. It is an experience in itself, but when you appear at the top you will be amazed by the fantastic views over Bergen. The hiking distance is approximately 7 km (4.3 mi), the difference in altitude is about 320 m (1,050 ft).

After the ride, you go hiking down the picturesque Mount Floyen to enjoy fantastic scenery once again. The rest of the day is free for you to do some independent sightseeing, dine in one of the local restaurants or just take a leisurely walk around the city.

Breakfast is included.

Day 9
Departure

This is the last day of your amazing hike adventure to Norway! After breakfast, you are transferred to the Bergen airport for your flight back home. We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.


Included

8 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels

  • Hand picked hotels
  • Best value rooms
  • Restaurant
8 nights in centrally-located 4-star hotels

Always included:

  • Best location for sightseeing
  • Breakfasts
  • All taxes and fees

What's Included
  • Accommodation at remarkable hotels in Oslo, Flam, Balestrand and Bergen;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Private hiking tours with professional English-speaking guides in Oslo, Balestrand and Bergen;
  • Group hike in Flam with RIB-boat ride and visit to a goat farm;
  • Norwegian packed lunch in Oslo;
  • Cheese tasting and traditional lunch in Flam;
  • Floibanen Funicular round trip;
  • Regular class train tickets Oslo - Flam (via Myrdal);
  • Regular class boat tickets Flam - Balestrand & Balestrand - Bergen;
  • Emergency line support during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Tour Highlights
  • Fully tailor-made program according to your interest
  • Your own professional local guides and drivers
  • Use of various unique Norwegian transport means
  • Exploration of fantastic wildlife of the north during hikes
  • Guided sightseeing tours of Oslo and Bergen
  • Exciting boat rides to see the fjords
What to Know
  • Scandinavian climate is unpredictable and weather can be quite harsh even during summers. Bringing a water-resistant jacket, umbrella, and some warm clothes is a must.
  • Most of the tours you’re going to have are walking, so make sure to bring convenient walking shoes.
  • Tips to guides and drivers in Scandinavia are not required or expected. However, if you really enjoyed the service, a symbolic tip of no more than $10 will be appreciated.

Dates & Rates

Package type Price
Friends Trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$3,297
Deposit $660
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$3,697
Deposit $740

Note: the best time to travel is July & August.

Package type Price
Friends Trip: 4+ travelers (price per person)
$3,297
Deposit $660
Two travelers: double occupancy (price per person)
$3,697
Deposit $740

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