Our adventures

Hiking in Fjord Norway

Join us this summer for a fantastic hike around one of Norway's most beautiful fjords.This is a trek in beautiful scenery with magnificent views of the sea and fjord. We stay in unique and charming accommodation during the trip.

Thank you Hvitserk for a wonderful week hiking in Hjorundfjord! It was a wonderful experience. I loved the variety of accommodations, the variety, time and challenge in all of the hikes!— Guest in 2017

On this trip in Fjord Norway, we will explore the exceptionally beautiful mountain scenery surrounding the fjord of Hjørund in Sunnmøre. It offers spectacular views and opportunities to get off the beaten track. We trek from village to village, carrying light backpacks. During the trip, we will make our way up summits, and explore local destinations and valleys en route. 

Every night we stay in high-quality, and authentic accommodation. You can look forward to staying in the beautiful Sagafjord Hotel in Sæbø, and the historic Hotel Union Øye. The route's lowest point is the shore down by the fjord, and the highest point is the 1,564-metre-high mountain of Slogen. One of the most spectacular summits in the Alps of Sunnmøre!

The scenery along the whole trip is magnificent, and if you want to experience the Norwegian mountain landscape at its absolute best, this is an excellent alternative. On the trip, we also visit the city of Ålesund. The place is a famous seaport, and it is widely known for its concentration of Art Nouveau architecture. Ålesund is where the trip starts, the airport offers good connections (direct flights) to several foreign cities (KLM, among others, operates daily flights). Norwegian and SAS also operate several daily flights to Oslo. It is also possible to fly directly from Oslo to Ørsta, near the Hjørundfjord (Widerøe).

You can book the trip in the menu to the right, please let us know if you have any questions. Contact us at info@hvitserk.com 

 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 4 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. This trip is for people who have previous multi-day hiking experience. We carry what we need for the trip in our backpacks. 

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay at what we think are the most unique and welcoming accommodation in the area. Some nights in modernly equipped cabins and other nights in nice hotels. If you travel alone you share a same-sex twin room, but on some nights single rooms are possible, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this. The single supplement is 2500 NOK for the whole trip. All meals are included as described in the day to day program. 

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: 4 people; Maximum: 16 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional local knowledge nature guide 
  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All local transport

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International and domestic flights (our program starts and ends in Ålesund)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Snacks
  • Single room at the hotels (Please let us know if you want to stay in the single room - then we will give you a price for the single room supplement)

 

DAY 1: Arrival in the Art Nouveau Town of Ålesund

Ålesund is known for its Art Nouveau architecture and incredible hiking opportunities. The town harbors the Hurtigruten Coastal Express at a daily basis and is often referred to as the world's most beautiful sea voyage. After arriving in Ålesund, you meet the guide and the rest of the group in the evening for a brief at 7 pm at the hotel. The group will then go to a nice restaurant in the city to have dinner together. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals D

Photo: Terje Rakke

Day 2: Spectacular hiking in photographic scenery

Time to hike in some photographic scenery! You may leave some luggage at the hotel in Ålesund since we will return to the same hotel at the end of the trip. From Ålesund, we travel by bus and ferry for about one hour to the west side of the Hjørundfjord. From here we hike through the Molladalen valley. Molladalen is a popular hiking area, and very often characterized as Sunnmøre's answer to Chamonix. The highest point today is Grønetinden (1014 meters), we return from the spectacular view before we make our way down towards Ytre Standal. Only a few meters from the lovely shore of Standal, we will spend the night in a lovely small house by the fjord. You can look forward to a social evening with the rest of the group, as we prepare the dinner together with the guide. 

Accommodation Cabin Ascent 800m Distance 9km Meals B L D Descent `400m`   Time 6-7hrs trekking Transport 1 hr

Day 3: hiking off the beaten track 

After a healthy breakfast, and the obligatory lunch packing, we head out for the mountains. Today's hike is a bit shorter than yesterday. The valley of Kvandalen offers us some off-piste terrain and a real fun hiking terrain. It is a varied terrain, and our view is dominated by steep cliffs and spectacular blue-white glaciers. Our goal for today is Standaleidet, where we will spend the night in well equipped private cabins. This is a popular place for locals to start their hiking and ski touring trips. Similar to the day before, we will make dinner together with the guide, and share all the experiences we have had during the day. 

Accommodation Cabin Ascent 1000m Distance 10km Meals B L D Descent 600m Time 6-7hrs trekking

Day 4: down to the fjords

We start the day hiking over a mountain pass. An impressive fjord view follows us down to the fjord! On the route, we cross the colorful Nøvedalen valley, before we follow the deep Litledalen valley down to our destination. Along the route, you will have the opportunity to see the local grazing sheep, enjoy the beautiful flowers, and the green forest track through the deep Litledalen valley. In the little village of Sæbø, we stay in a lovely hotel at the edge of the fjord. Here we will enjoy a delicious dinner and have the opportunity to enjoy the evening by the fjord. 

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 700m Distance 12km Meals B L D Descent 800m Time 7hrs trekking Transport 45 minutes

Day 5: hiking to Saksa, and the 19th century

After a healthy breakfast at the hotel, the ferry will take us across the fjord. From the deck, you will have a great view of today's mountain. Saksa (1073 meters) is often used by local mountaineering enthusiasts, probably because of the spectacular views and fun hiking terrain. When we return from the summit, our transport will take us to the Historical Hotel of Union Øye. This is an old hotel with a lot of history, and it has been a favorite venue for royalties, writers, and lovers for generations. A stay at this hotel will be like being transported back in time and will give us a unique experience to get to know the area and its history. We have a nice three-course dinner at the hotel and spend the night here.

Photo: Mathias Fredriksson

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 1000m Distance 6km Meals B L D Descent 1000m Time 6hrs trekking Transport 10 minutes Transport 15 minutes

Day 6: READY to hike SLOGEN

We enjoy a relaxing morning and a delicious breakfast at Hotel Union Øye. Nice and fed we drive a short distance to the foot of Slogen (1564 meters), the highest point of our trip. This mountain has often been mentioned a favorite among the visitors of Hjørundfjord. From the entrance of the hotel, we start to hike towards the Norwegian Trekking Associations cabin, Patchellhytta. If the weather is nice, and we are not too tired, we make our way up to the top of Slogen the very same day. With its pyramid-shaped summit, the mountain is a magnificent sight, and there is a fantastic view from the top across great swathes of Sunnmøre. The trek from Patchellhytta, to the summit, and back again will take us about 3-4 hours depending on the weather conditions. 

Accommodation Mountain Hut Ascent 1200m Distance 8km Meals B L D Descent 400m Time 6-7hrs trekking Transport 0 minutes

Day 7: HIKING TO STRANDA, AND BACK TO ÅLESUND 

In case yesterday's weather did not allow us to climb Slogen, we will start the day with climbing the spectacular 1,564 meters. We will return from the mountain and down to Stranda, by Storfjorden. From here our transportation goes back to Ålesund. Some of you would probably like a shower, and we have the opportunity to do this at the hotel before summing up with a delicious farewell dinner in the city.

Accommodation Hotel Distance 6km Meals B L D Descent 300m Time 2 hrs trekking Transport 2,5hrs

DAY 8: FINAL DAY OF THE TRIP  

We eat breakfast together at the hotel, and maybe you will have some time to look around in Ålesund. It is always sad to say goodbye to new friends, but we hope that you have time to do some reflection on the bus trip back to the Ålesund airport. 

Accommodation Hotel Meals B

B = breakfast included
L = lunch included (normally you make your own lunch box at the breakfast)
D = dinner included

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Norway in this period can be anything from a warm summer day to a cold day with snow in the air (not very likely, but can happen). We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip. Please contact us at info@hvitserk.com if you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Pants with ventilation.

Hiking pants

 

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 

Socks

Wool is the best, bring several pairs, fresh socks help reduce gall.

Cap/hat

Bring a warm cap, and something to protect you from the sun is also smart.

Head over/skarf

 

Shorts

 Some days might be hot, and let's go for a swim in case of warm weather!

T-shirt

 Bring two or three

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes that you have used before.

Backpack / Rucksack

40-50L (it should be a good one, we carry our backpack each day)

Hiking poles

 

Sleeping liner

We need this for the night at Patchelhytta 

Sunglasses

 

Water bottle/camelbak

 2L of water is needed each day

Thermos

If you want warm tea or similar during the hikes

Sunscreen

And sunblock for your lips.

Insect repellent

 

Toiletries

 

First aid kit

Compeed, sports tape etc.

Camera

Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

Toilet paper

For the hikes.

Antibac

 

A smile

Light weight, and good for the group dynamics

Ear plugs

 We stay in double rooms at some of the cabins

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars.

Backpack

40-50L preferably rainproof / with rain cover 

Bed covers and towels are included all nights except for the one at the Patchell cabin. Keeping the weight of your backpack low is important, as we carry our backpacks each day.