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.
In the morning this on this third day we will start our journey towards the city of the Black Gold, Stavanger. We start loading the luggage into the van at 08.45 and plan to hit the road at 09.00 in the morning. We will drive along the coast and we will pass several fjords and islands on our way. There will be some spectacular views of the Norwegian coastline before we reach our first target, the city of Stavanger. Stavanger offers a unique cultural atmosphere and is the place where the Norwegian oil-adventure started. The city was the European Cultural City together with Liverpool in 2008, and is a natural stop on our tour down to the pulpit rock Preikestolen. In Stavanger you will have the opportunity to explore the city before we continue our journey towards the Preikestolen which we will visit the next day.
Our main goal today is the famous pulpit rock Preikestolen. After breakfast we will start our 4km long hike up to the rock itself. The pulpit rock Preikestolen is an amazing nature phenomenon, giving you the opportunity to walk on the edge of a 604 meter high rock ending right down in the fjord! We will have lunch on the top while enjoying the magnificent views of the Lysefjord and the beautiful surroundings around Preikestolen. In the afternoon we will continue our exploration to Røldal, the entrance of Hardangervidda National Park which is the largest year-round alpine climate plateau in Europe. We will spend the night up in the mountains near Røldal, and you will get an opportunity to go for a magic dip in a lake which offers the definition of cold water.
This morning we will take you through “the valley of waterfalls”, introducing you to the spectacular Låtefossen waterfall. This waterfall is one of Norway’s most visited natural attractions, and got a total fall of 165 metres. Along with several mighty waterfalls in this valley you will see why it got its name. The rest of the day will be spent out in the wild, giving you the opportunity to go for an 8 hour return hike to the stunning nature formation of Trolltunga if the weather is not to bad. Translated into English "Trolltunga" means "The tongue of the Troll" and is a spectacular stone formation hanging out of a cliff with exceptional views of the mountains around and a lake below. The hike is quite hard, but the views and pictures you get from Trolltunga pays back really good after the strenuous hike. If the weather is to rough we will spend the day hiking in the beautiful valley of Buerdalen. After finishing hiking this day we will take you deep into the district of Hardanger, which is famous for its fruit and natural beauty. We will drive pass several fruit farms and arrive at our campsite in the afternoon where we will spend the night. Here you will be able to see, smell and feel the magic atmosphere as you will be having dinner all the way down by the fjord with the mountains and fruit farms surrounding you.
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, so be sure to bring your camera! 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 arrive 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 (conditions might vary), 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! Afterwards we will travel back to the same camping spot as last night, spending the evening relaxing with some great food and games after a day packed with adventure. 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 make this fantastic day perfect by jumping in!
After spending two nights down by the Hardanger Fjord we leave this fruit haven and head further north to the UNESCO listed Nærøy fjord and the definition of the Norwegian Fjords. The Nærøy fjord is a branch of the world’s second longest fjord, the Sogne fjord, which stretches a total of 204 kilometers inland. On our way there we will make a stop at Tvindefossen waterfall, giving you the opportunity to walk up and into(!) the waterfall for a refreshing moment of joy. We will also give you a snap shot of the dramatic history of Stalheim Hotel and bring you down the stunning Stalheimskleiva, the steepest hairpin road in Norway with a decent of 18-23%. Arriving in Gudvangen we will spend the rest of the day in the area around the Nærøy fjord. The Nærøy fjord is a nature miracle and in some parts the fjord is only 200 meters wide as the mountains around stretches 1500 meters on the sides! We will go for an extraordinary hike in the area, walking from sea level up to 900 meters above the fjord. This hike give you amazing views of the fjord beneath, and the hike might be tough and steep, but the views on the top makes the struggle of the hikes well worth it!
Optional activities (paid locally):
– Fjord cruise on the Nærøy fjord (NOK 245)
This day we will be visiting the village of Flåm and we will go for a ride on the famous Flåmsbana Railway. This is an extraordinary railroad, mostly built by manual labour, crawling and climbing 865m up from the sea level up into the mountains. The length and height of the railway makes Flåmsbana Railway the third steepest adhesion railway in the world. 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 we have a mountain biking option down from Myrdal to Flåm, a ride which take between 2-3 hours. For those of you who want to join on rafting this is the day to do it. After arriving back in Flåm we will continue our journey to the “adrenaline-city” of Voss. This city is known for its extreme sport festival arranged each June where extreme sport fanatics from all over the world get together in a massive festival with a lot of different extreme sport activities like skydiving, rafting, caving, base jumping and so on. If you want to raft in Norway this is your possibility, and for those of you who do not want to go rafting we will spend the afternoon in the city of Voss, relaxing and enjoying the city’s atmosphere. There will also be possible to catch a gondola to a nearby mountain to enjoy the view of the area.
Optional activities (paid locally):
– Mountain biking from Flåm to Myrdal (NOK 270)
– Rafting (NOK 850)
This is the final day of the tour, and we will be heading back towards Bergen from Voss. Around noon we will arrive in Bergen after 9 days of exploring, and this will be the end of our adventure for this time. You will definitely bring back home a lot of enjoyable memories and probably also some new friendships as we say goodbye for this time.