You will catch up with your guide and the rest of the group in Bergen, and spend the first night in this UNESCO listed city. In the afternoon there will be a group meeting where your guide will brief the group regarding the upcoming tour which will explore the highlights of the Norwegian nature and culture. You will get more information about practical issues during the tour, and in the evening the guide will take you out for an evening meal together with the group.
This day is all about exploring Bergen. Famous landmarks such as the Bryggen dwarf and the nearby exotic fish market is mandatory when you are visiting Bergen. Bryggen is well known for its wooden houses and architecture, and is a magnificent treasure listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. You will be joining on a guided city walk which gives you a lot of information about the city and its cultural and historical attractions. After lunch we will go for the first hike of the tour, climbing mount Fløien to get a fantastic view of the city. This is not a strenuous walk, and a ride down with the cable car is optional. Well back down in the city you will have a couple of hours to explore the city on your own, and we will gather again for dinner in the evening.
As we are on an expedition we do not want to sleep away the long summer day in Norway. The group will meet at 9 AM for departure on day 3, and this day will start with a drive through a beautiful landscape with views shifting from fjords to mountains and forests. Our main goal today is to visit the world famous Nærøyfjord, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The fjord is only 200 meter on the narrowest parts, while the mountains on the sides stretches 1500 meters above sea level. We will go for a hike in the area around the fjord, giving you the opportunity to enjoy the fjord from another perspective. In the afternoon we will get back to some nice and cozy cabins in Gudvangen and spend the night there with waterfalls coming down all around us.
Optional activities day 3 (paid locally):
– Fjord cruise on the Nærøyfjord (NOK 245)
After breakfast this day you will be heading for your next destination; Flåm and the Flåmsbana Railway. The length of the railway and the height of the tracks make the Flåmsbana railway the third steepest adhesion railway in the world, and will take you from the fjord and 865 meters up into the mountains. The railway itself is spectacular and an engineering masterpiece which was ready in 1940. When arriving at the top you will go for a hike down the Flåm valley. This hike will bring you back to the village of Flåm, and on your way you will pass several massive waterfalls, small charming farms and massive mountains on the sides. As an optional activity in Flåm we have a mountain biking option down from Myrdal to Flåm, a ride which take between 2-3 hours. Arriving back in Flåm we have just started on this day’s adventure! Up next is the Stalheimskleiva which is an old postal road crawling up the mountains. Passing this sight you will get an impression of the difficulties the local people in Norway had before technology brought us into the industrial world. In the afternoon this day you might join on an optional rafting experience. If you do not want to join you can relax in the adrenaline city of Voss, a city famous for a lot of extreme sport activities. Before we settle down for the night we continue our journey to the beautiful area around the Hardanger fjord. This area is the main producing district of fruit in Norway, and the fjord itself got excellent conditions for fishing. The night will be spent in small and basic cabins all down by the fjord.
Optional activities day 4 (paid locally):
– Mountain biking from Flåm to Myrdal (NOK 270)
– Rafting (NOK 850)
After having the Folgefonna glacier tour as an optional activity the last seasons, we now include a full day on the glacier on all our tours. This is because of feedback and great reviews from our travelers. You will wake up down by the idyllic Hardanger fjord this morning and then set off on a fantastic journey. We enter the small village of Jondal and then head up in the mountains to find the mighty glacier of Folgefonna. With a total of over 203 square kilometers this is Norway's third largest glacier, and when we come up to the glacier we put on our gear and prepare to spend a full day up in this stunning environment. We give you the opportunity to try ice climbing, take you down into traverses and let you know the glacier personally. We provide all necessary safety equipment and a local glacier guide to ensure the safety of the group. If the weather is on our side it is possible to see all the way out to the Atlantic Ocean, a stunning view! After 4-5 hours (depends on the weather) on the glacier, we will head back to beautiful Lothe camping to spend the last evening and night. In the evening we will have a nice meal, sharing the experiences of the last five days with each other. You will also get an opportunity for a night bath in the mystical Hardanger fjord before you go to bed after this adventure filled day. A night bath in Norway is definitely an amazing experience, so jump in!
After breakfast this morning we will start on our way back to Bergen. We will board a ferry which will take us over the fjord, and the roads in the area are among Norwa's most special. They haven't got a makeover since they were built, and with all the small farms and mountains around the ride itself is stunning. Six days after arriving in Norway you have been exploring some of the most famous fjords, the charming city of Bergen, majestic mountains and joined on exceptional activities like the Folgefonna glacier experience and the Flåmsbana Railway. Arriving back in Bergen you have definitely gained a lot of memories that you will bring back home, and maybe also some new friendships as we say goodbye for this time.