Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the spectacular beauty of Norway’s dramatic fjords up close during exhilarating hikes and ferry rides on this new Active Journey.

Starting at: $5,695 Register Interest or Call 833-254-6678
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Hiking Norway’s Fjords

8 days from $5,695

Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the spectacular beauty of Norway’s dramatic fjords up close during exhilarating hikes and ferry rides on this new Active Journey.

or Call 833-254-6678

Overview

Level 3: Moderate / Active

Expectations: This trip is part of the Smithsonian Active Journeys collection. These trips feature a daily schedule of physical activities—such as hiking, rafting, and/or bicycling—in addition to activities designed to offer context to the culture, history, or natural history of your destination. Each trip entails a different level of physical expectations. The following information outlines a general overview for Activity Level 3. More specific information will be posted soon. Please contact an Active Journeys Specialist to discuss the trip at more length, including details on the Activity Level.

Almost anyone who is reasonably fit should be comfortable on a Moderate/Active tour (Level 3), which generally features daily hikes of two to four hours through landscapes and small towns in Europe. Our Active Journey to Alaska and river rafting trip on the Colorado River are also Level 3. These trips are great for those travelers starting out on groups hikes and include our most popular Active Journeys. Hikes are taken at a leisurely to active pace over various types of terrain that may include groomed or gravel trails, and alongside roads or through open meadows. Some hikes are coastal or mountainous, which can entail being exposed to wind and rain. Surfaces can be uneven, with uneven steps, rough limestone bedrock, mud, and exposed roots. A few long travel days with early morning departures may be expected.

Hiking boots and day packs for daily necessities are a must; some travelers may wish to bring hiking poles. Hikes are generally not long enough to require support vehicles so once a hike is begun it is necessary to finish. (However, depending on the tour, it is sometimes feasible to skip a day’s activities and relax at the hotel, if desired.) Leisure time can be limited to the evenings.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a slightly vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to four hours of hiking per day, and enjoy challenging themselves physically.  

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Norway.

Day 2 — Arrive in Bergen

Welcome to Bergan, Norway’s second largest city. Upon arrival at the airport, transfer to the hotel for a brief orientation.

This afternoon, set out to explore this vibrant city on a walking tour, including the colorful waterfront. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your fellow guests. Walking 1-2 hours (D)

Day 3 – Explore Bergen

After breakfast, embark on today’s hike directly from the hotel. Explore the mountains that surround Bergen and take in beautiful panoramic views of the fjords. Stop to enjoy a picnic on the trail before returning to town.

This afternoon, visit the Edward Grieg Museum, a presentation on the life of the famous Norwegian composer and Bergen native. Dinner is on your own tonight. 2-3 hours hiking (B,L)

Day 4 — Mount Fløyen and Ferry to Sogndal

Start your morning by taking the Fløibanen funicular up to Mount Fløyen. From here the views of Bergen are incredible! Soak in the views on a relaxed hike atop Mount Fløyen before taking the funicular back down into town.

This afternoon we take a ferry down Norway’s longest fjord, the Sognefjorden, to Sogndal region, our home base for the next three nights. We’ll enjoy dinner together tonight at a restaurant in Sogndal. 2-3 hours hiking (B,L)

Day 5 – Glacier Hike

Today you will enjoy an amazing experience as you hike on the blue ice of the stunning Nigardsbreen glacier. Learn about the effects of climate change as you witness the glacier’s retreat. No experience is necessary, simply bring warm clothes and sturdy hiking boots. All other gear will be provided. We’ll stop to enjoy a tasty picnic lunch on the glacier, looking out to the vistas beyond.

Return to Sogndal in the afternoon. Dinner tonight will be on your own. 3-4 hours of glacier hiking (B,L)

Day 6 — Summit Mount Molden

Today we are in for a real treat as we climb Mount Molden! We will take it slow and steady as we make our way to the summit. Stop at the top to catch your breath and enjoy a sense of accomplishment as you take in incredible views of the fjords and mountains. We’ll have another great picnic at the top before enjoying our walk back down.

This afternoon, on the way back to our hotel, we’ll visit the historic 12th century Stave Church in Kaupanger. Transfer back to Sogndal where dinner is on your own. 4 hours hiking (B,L)

Day 7 — Return to Bergen

On our final day, we will leisurely make our way back to Bergen, taking time to enjoy the stunning scenery. Following breakfast, take a bus or ferry to the town of Flåm where a short transfer brings us to the trailhead of the beautiful Aurlandsdalen Valley. Located at the end of Sognefjord, it’s often referred to as the “Grand Canyon” of Norway.

Following lunch, we will board the train for the ride back to Bergen where our farewell dinner awaits. 1-hour hiking (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Departure

After a final breakfast, a group transfer is provided to the Bergen airport for your homeward-bound flight. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)