Our adventures

Bergen, Trolltunga and the Best Hikes in the Norwegian Fjords

This adventure tour combines the best hikes of fjords in Norway. Trolltunga, UNESCO listed harbor of Bergen, magnificent fjord views and close interactions with the local culture.

You MUST book this trip! We were the first of this new tour, and I cannot recommend it highly enough! We had Hanne as our guide, and she was the right amount of laid back, cheerful and funny! We hiked every day, had 3-course meals every night and stayed in the beautiful Hotel Utne. Ticked a few boxes; Trolltunga ate smalahove, walked on a glacier and met some awesome people! Do yourself a favour- jump on the bandwagon!!"— Guest in 2018

From the Hanseatic Wharf and UNESCO listed harbor of Bergen, our guests will experience the most beautiful places of all the Norwegian fjords. From both the waterside and mountainside the fjords of Norway will be enjoyed while trekking. The long fjords have been a natural harbor of people for decades. The beautiful agricultural landscape is maintained through the centuries by the people living here. Its natural beauty is a well-known story, and on this adventure tour, we combine great day hikes such as Trolltunga, with other beautiful, but less known hiking destinations. In our opinion, the best hikes in the Norwegian Fjords. 

Along with fellow explorers, we will experience some of the most spectacular hikes the region has to offer. While moving from one small village to another, we will get to know the local culture, understand their way of living, and get to learn how history and nature have formed their way of life. Impressive architecture, giant waterfalls, locally produced food, the world-known scenery on the Troll's Tongue, and small family owned hotels with high-quality awaits on this tour. On top of this, we will get to hike on one of Norway's biggest glaciers, and enjoy a sheep cuisine especially known for the area. 

Small family owned hotels have an unusually warm atmosphere. Like us, our guests prefer staying in locally owned hotels, eating local food, and enjoying the beautiful nature and local culture. As always, we travel in small groups with other people who desire to experience and learn. Are you curious to learn more about Norway, hiking beautiful mountains, take beautiful photographies or enjoy the natural wonders of Norway? Then this combination of the best hikes in the Norwegian Fjords is the perfect tour.

 You can book the Adventure Tour in the menu to the right; please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at [email protected]

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The hardest hike is the hike to Trolltunga, it can take up to 12 hours all together. The other days will be about 4-6 hours of hiking. You should expect scrambling and the path is rocky and a bit slippery if it rains. You should have hiking experience from similar conditions. Good fitness and some hiking experience are also fine. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay at what we think are the most unique and welcoming accommodation in the area. If you travel alone you share a same-sex twin room, but it might also be possible with single rooms, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this. Most nights we stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. The small hotels we live in have a limited capacity, and the single supplement is 6500 NOK for the whole trip. All meals are included as described in the day to day program. 

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our minibus, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 5 people; Maximum: 7 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide 
  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport (ferries, buses, transfers etc)

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Bergen. 
  • Transportation/train tickets from Voss on day 6.
  • Drinks and snacks.

Day 1: WELCOME TO THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS


Our trip starts early (7:30 AM) by the world famous, and UNESCO listed harbour of Bergen. You can feel the excitement within the group, as we set off for the magnificent fjords of Aurland. Mostly, we will spend our day on the magnificent Sognefjord. One of the world’s longest, and most spectacular fjords. The moment you start thinking that nature can’t be more spectacular, we move into the Aurlandsfjord. As an enormous shaft, the narrow and beautiful walls of Aurlandsfjord surround us. The spectacular landscape has earned this tiny community a place next to Nærøyfjord on the UNESCO world heritage list. Our hiking goal for the day is the mountain Prest (1478 meters above sea level). Some parts of the trail might feel exposed, but we guarantee that the experience on the top is worth it. From here you will have a perfect view of the large fjord landscape. Our accommodation for the night is Vangsgaarden, a restored farm from the 1750’s. Through hard work, the owners have maintained the authenticity of the buildings, and it has small lovely gardens surrounding it. No need for feeling at home – this is home!  

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 700m Distance 6-7km Meals D Descent 700m Time 3-4 hrs hiking Transport 1 hr Transport 5hrs 25min

 


Day 2: A DAY TO REMEMBER - Aurlandsdalen

Just like yesterday’s dinner, your breakfast is a combination of local and healthy ingredients. The local bus stop is a short walk from the hotel, and from here the bus will take us towards our goal for today. Some places make Norwegians extra proud, and the valley of Aurlandsdalen is one of these places. Sparkling green coloured cliffs, summer pasture farms, wild nature, fun hiking and small waterfalls makes you feel like you are hiking in a postcard. The better part of the hike is slightly downhill; hence the terrain is easy, but the walk is quite long. However, with plenty of breaks, healthy food, and the beauty of the surroundings to motivate us, the only worry we will have is that the day will end eventually. We return to Vangsgaarden, where a lovely three-course dinner with a Norwegian touch awaits! 

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 100m Distance 21km Meals B L D Descent 820m Time 6-7hrs hiking Transport 2 hrs


Day 3: BLOOMING HARDANGER

Today we head south with a railway that many people consider to be «the world’s most beautiful train journey». The Flam Railway is a favourite ride and the main reason why people visit the area. We leave the train in Voss, and our goal today is to experience authentic Norwegian agriculture, culture, architecture and nature. Voss is famous for being the extreme sports capital of Norway, and from here we head towards the fruit capital of Hardanger. On our way, we will pass spectacular architecture, such as the hanging bridge of Hardanger, Norway’s longest swinging bridge, even longer than the Golden Gate bridge. Apples and cider were first introduced here by English monks in the 1300’s. Today, Norwegians know Hardanger best for its lovely blooming and exquisite fruit handcraft. By now, we should all be ready for a majestic sight. The length of today’s hike is not the longest, but that does not make it less exciting. As we cross a small bridge, the 182 meters of free falling water appears to us, called Vøringsfossen, one of Norway's most famous waterfall. It is a majestic sight, watching and hearing the water thundering down from the mountainside is an experience you will never forget!

We spend the night in one of the oldest hotels in Norway, Utne Hotel, staying here is like being in a history book, with careful thought given to architectural details, amenities and décor. Our three-course menu at the hotel restaurants is a result of their chefs’ interest in ingredients from local small-scale producers in Hardanger. As an appetiser, we will join them tasting a lovely batch of locally produced cider. Welcome!

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 100m Distance 9,6km Meals B L D Descent 820m Time 3-4hrs hiking Transport 3 hrs

Photo: Robin Strand

Day 4: THE TROLLS TONGUE / Trolltunga

Early breakfast, our legs are rested, and we are ready to experience The Trolls Tongue! People come from all over the world to experience Trolltunga, and today it’s our turn! In English, it is namede the Troll's Tongue. Trolltunga is a spectacular mountain formation situated 1,100 meters above sea level, and 700 meters above the lake of Ringedal. This is a long hike (10-12 hours), the longest hike of the trip, so we start off early in the morning, and will have dinner quite late. Even though the hike is tough, it is both doable and worth it! We will have time to relax at the top, enjoy the view, and take memorable photos on the plateau. This place inspired many Norwegian artists during the Romantic era and led to some of the most remarkable artworks ever coming out of Norway. It has been a long day, so a well-deserved dinner awaits us in the local village of Odda. Nice and fed we head back to Utne Hotel. 

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 1000m Distance 28km Meals B L D Descent 1000m Time 10-12 hrs  Transport 2 hrs

Day 5: UP TO THE ETERNAL ICE – GLACIER WALK AT FOLGEFONNA

Ever seen or hiked on a glacier before? From our hotel, we make our way up to Folgefonna and go for a full day walk (4-6 hours) on the glacier. Folgefonna is Norway's third biggest glacier, and our tour starts in Folgefonna National Park. Hiking on the glacier plateau is not particularly hard, but it is a truly magnificent experience walking roped up on the 350m thick carpet of ice! When the weather allows, it is a spectacular view of the surrounding fjord landscape from the glacier. During this day we will walk at a gentle pace, and take the time to enjoy our company, and beautiful scenery. After the glacier hike we drive 1,5 hours to Voss, were Smalahovetunet farm is ready to welcome us for our final farewell dinner together.

All cultures have its special kind of traditional food, and western Norway is no exception. The village of Voss is known for its traditional sheep cuisine. And, we would love to give you the opportunity to experience one of the more wonderful traditions of this area. At a local farm, we will have the opportunity to taste the cuisine of Smalahove. We promise you a once in a lifetime experience and a lot of good memories to get the laughter going during the last dinner together.

Accommodation Small Boutique Hotel Ascent variable Distance 5-6km Meals B L D Descent variable Time 4-6  hrs Transport 2hrs Transport 2 hour

Photo: Pål Hermanssen

DAY 6: Train to Oslo or Bergen

Our journey ends in Voss after breakfast. For those of you who would like to stay longer in Norway – Voss has connections to Bergen or Oslo with train. Let us know if you need any assistance or tips on what do after the trip. Maybe you want to combine this tour with one of our other tours?

Meals B Transport 2hrs/6hrs

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

Bed linens and towels are included all nights. All the equipment you need for the glacier hike on day three is also included, also hiking boots that are compatible with crampons.