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. Go hiking on Bergen's Mount Floyen and the Sogndal region's Mount Molden and stunning Nigardsbreen glacier!

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 Hikers viewing a fjord  View of Bergen from above  Bryggen, the historic wharf in Bergen. Credit: Jens Henrik Nybo/Innovation Norway  Home of composer Edvard Grieg, Bergen  The fjord near Bergen  Typical village along the Sognefjord  Traditional Viking boats in Norway  The beauty of Sognefjord  Hiking Nigardsbreen Glacier  Enjoying the view of a fjord  Stave church in Kaupanger  View from the Flam railway  Norway's beautiful Flam Valley

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. Go hiking on Bergen's Mount Floyen and the Sogndal region's Mount Molden and stunning Nigardsbreen glacier!

Overview

Activity 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 walking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, or bicycling—in addition to activities designed to offer cultural or historical context. Each trip entails a different level of physical expectations. Please review the following activity level description—and feel free to contact an Active Journeys Specialist to discuss the trip at more length—to ensure this Active Journey is right for you.

Almost anyone who is reasonably fit should be comfortable on a Moderate/Active tour (Level 3). On this trip, daily hikes of approximately 2 to 5 miles (2 to 4 hours a day) are taken at a leisurely to slightly vigorous pace. The terrain will vary from cobblestoned village streets to good trails to glacier surfaces. Mountainous trail surfaces may be uneven, muddy, or rocky at times, and be exposed to wind, but no scrambling is involved. You should be prepared for hiking an elevation gain of 2,000 feet to an altitude of 3,661 feet—and for glacier hiking! A trained guide will teach you the proper techniques of hiking with crampons and ice axes as you walk along the ice towers and caves of a glacier. No previous glacier hiking is required.

Hiking boots and day packs for daily necessities are a must; hiking poles can be very helpful for steeper ascents and descents. Once a hike is begun it is necessary to finish, however it is sometimes feasible to skip a day’s activities and relax at the hotel, if desired. Leisure time is found in the later afternoons and evenings. Transport between hotels and to some sites is by 9-person vans, ferry, public bus, and train.

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 Bergen, 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 the hotel in Sogndal. 2-3 hours hiking (B,L,D)

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)