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Hiking, biking and kayaking in Fjord Norway

Exciting glacier walk, kayaking on beautiful fjords, spectacular hikes, a historic cycling trip and Europe's best-known train journey are a few of the highlights on this week-long trip in Fjord Norway.

My 2 daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip -- it was the exciting adventure that we'd hoped for in Norway!— Guest 2017

Want to spend a week to experience the Norwegian fjords like a Norwegian? This is the ultimate way of doing it!

With kayaks, bikes and hiking boots, you will get to experience fjords and waterfalls in the land of the midnight sun. We gather up at Finse on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the highest-altitude station on the classic railway between Oslo and Bergen.

Surrounded by glaciers and national parks we will hike on the glaciers of Hardangerjøkulen, and cycle the famous Navvies' Road (Rallarvegen). Through world-class natural scenery, we will cycle a 1,200-metre descent down from the mountain to Flåm by the Sognefjord.

The next day we hike down the magnificent valley of Aurlandsdalen, you will be marvelled by its beautiful landscape. Then a different view and experience await us, as we kayak on the beautiful fjords. We go from one beautiful place to the next, passing huge impressive waterfalls, small villages and wild nature.The narrow Nærøyfjord is a branch of the large Sognefjord, and this is where we go on an overnight kayak trip. The fjord is on UNESCO's world heritage list. The 18-kilometre-long (11 miles) fjord is only 500 meters (1,600 ft.) wide in some parts. Widely famous for being one of the world's most beautiful and dramatic fjords.

The first two nights we stay in comfortable mountain hotel, then two nights in a guesthouse by the fjord, the last night we go deeper into nature and sleep in comfortable tents so that we can really get in touch with the Norwegian nature.

On this trip, we guarantee views and photographic scenery that will take your breath away – every single day!


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

 

 

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. We are active for 6-8 hours each day, but we have a comfortable phase and enjoy the nature as we go. You should expect some rocky paths and a little bit of scrambling. You need a little hiking and biking experience to do this trip, no kayaking experience is required.

WHAT TO BRING?

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

ACCOMMODATION

We stay at the famous mountain lodge Finsehytta and a charming guesthouse in Flåm/Aurland. The last night is spent in tents on the kayak trip. It is possible to rent sleeping bag and mat for the night in tents, this costs 500 NOK and includes a liner for the sleeping bag. 

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: 7 people; Maximum: 12 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • We always use carefully selected authentic accommodation when sleeping indoors (twin rooms as described in the program). 
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner for all days (see day to day program). 
  • All local transport.
  • Rent of bike, bike helmet, glacier equipment, and kayaks.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point at Finse and from Flåm. We are happy to assist and book train tickets and give advice on travel itineraries.
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Rent of sleeping bag and mat

Day 1: MEETING AT FINSE and AFternoon trek

We meet at Finse, the highest-altitude station on the Bergen Railway, the railway line between Oslo and Bergen. Finse is easily accessible from both cities with several daily departures. After 5 hours from Oslo, or 2.5 hours from Bergen, the train will stop at an altitude of 1,222 meters. We are now situated at the enormous Hardangervidda mountain plateau.

We meet at Finse at 1:30 p.m., after the morning train from Oslo and Bergen has arrived. After getting in order at our room in the Hotel situated right by the train station, we do a 2-3 hours hike to Little Finsenut (1.493 meters) to get to know each other and the Norwegian nature. After the hike, we have a local and delicious dinner together and talk about the next day’s adventures.

The train ticket from Oslo to Finse is not included. However, please contact us at info@hvitserk.no if you like us to assist you with the booking. 

Accommodation Cabin Ascent 200m Distance 6km Meals D Descent `200m`   Time 2-3hrs trekking

Day 2: Glacier walk on Hardangerjøkulen

Hardangerjøkulen is one of Norway's biggest glaciers. After eating a healthy breakfast, we set off on the hour-long walk to the glacier. In order to perform the activity in a safe manner, our highly skilled guides will assist us with equipping ourselves with crampons, ice axes, and rope. When ready, our guide will take us out on the glacier, and together we will explore this spectacular landscape of ice. Hvitserk has all the specialized equipment required, our guides and instructors are highly skilled. With experience from mountain terrain all over the world, they stand ready to teach participants how to conduct themselves safely on the magical blue ice. In the evening, we will have a three-course dinner at our accommodation.

Accommodation Cabin Ascent 600m Distance 15km Meals B L D Descent `600m`   Time 5-7hrs trekking

Day 3: Cycling the Navvies' Road (Rallarvegen)

The Navvies' Road was built at the same time as the Bergen Railway, just over a 100 years ago. Today, this spectacular mountain bike ride is Norway's most famous cycling trip. By bike, we follow the mountain landscape, as we pass the Hardangerjøkulen glacier. After we leave our luggage on the train, we adjust our bikes and get ready for a magnificent day on the bike seat. We will follow mountain lakes, majestic waterfalls, pass by the famous Flåm Railway, considered as one fo the most beautiful rail journeys in the world. We continue down a descent of 1,200 meters to Flåm, by the Nærøyfjord. We hand in our bikes, and do a short transfer to the small cosy village called Aurland. Here we stay in a rustic guesthouse by the fjord. We eat dinner together and have a relaxed evening.

Accommodation Guesthouse Ascent 100m Distance 55km Meals B L D Descent `1300m`   Time 6-7hrs biking Transport 15 minutes

Day 4: Aurlandsdalen Valley

Today's activity is a famous day hike down the Aurlandsdalen Valley from Østerbø to Vassbygdi. The trek is mainly downhill, but it is quite long, and it is smart to bring your trekking poles for this day. The hike offers fantastic views as we make our way through a narrow, spectacular river valley, that many consider the most beautiful in Norway. We pass summer pasture farms, waterfalls and wild nature. In the evening, we will eat a three-course dinner, and spend the night at our guesthouse in Aurland.  

Accommodation Guesthouse Ascent 100m Distance 20km Meals B L D Descent 820m Time 6hrs hiking Transport 40 minutes

Day 5: Kayaking adventure on the fjord

An overnight kayak adventure awaits us on the narrow Nærøyfjord! We explore the beautiful fjord kayaking in safe stable double kayaks. The two-day tour takes us from Flåm out the Aurlandsfjord and the full length of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Passing through the landscape that has been carved out by glaciers, watching the waterfalls dive off the steep mountainsides. If we are lucky we might even spot some seals, eagles, otters or small whales on our way.
The tour also takes us to the little village of Undredal, which is home to around 70 people and 500 goats. The village is known for its production of goat's cheese, and we will, of course, sample some of the traditional Norwegian cheese. We will spend the night in tents by the fjord. All necessary equipment is included – but you need your own sleeping bag and mat, this can be rented.

DAY 6: KAYAKING and end of trip

We start the day with breakfast outside and then we continue the kayaking between the waterfalls and small farms by the fjord. After lunch, we do the last part of the kayaking and end up in Gudvangen. From here you will be transported back to Flåm so that you will have more than enough time to catch the last connection with the Flåm Railway to Oslo or Bergen for the day. Flåm Railway is one of Europe's most famous (and steepest) railway lines. The train journey up the steep and spectacular Flåmsdalen valley is one of Norway's most famous tourist attractions. At the top of the railway line, it's possible to board the Bergen Railway and take the train to Oslo or Bergen, 5 hours to Oslo, 2.5 hours to Bergen. We would be happy to assist you with the bookings for the train ticket, that we recommend booking in advance or hotels in Oslo or Bergen.

 

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.no you have any questions.

Underwear

Preferably synthetic or wool.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool.

Fleecejacket

Bring a good Mid Layer.

Shell jacket

Gore-Tex or similar. The jackets must be wind proof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. Also good ventilation under the arms.

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, on socks help reduce gall.

Cap/hat

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

Headover/skarf

 

Shorts and swimware

 

T-shirt

 

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes that you have used before.

Rucksack

40-50 l (depending on how much you need to bring).

Sleeping bag

Can be rented, please let us know a while before departure. 

Sleeping pad

 

Dry bags

We recommend you to bring some dry bags. In the sizes small, medium and large. You will be able to borrow one 55liter dry bag, and you can also borrow plastic bags.

Sunglasses

 

Water bottle/camelbak

 

Thermos

A small one.

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

 

Headlamp

Remember new batteries.

Ear plugs

 

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars.

* Renting sleeping bag and/or mattress for the kayaking? Please bring 500,- NOK in cash.