Highlights

  • Take an unforgettable hike across the Folgefonna glacier to see the blue ice.
  • Taste local specialties at the Ciderhouse in picturesque Balestrand and sample Norwegian speciality "old cheese" in the fertile little village of Vik on the Sognefjord.
  • Learn about life across the centuries in rural Norway and hear a tune from the famous Hardanger fiddles at the open-air Folk Museum.
  • Hike the Fruit Trail through vast orchards of apple pear, plum and cherry trees.
  • Visit Tyssedal and discover how Norway harnesses the power of the mountains.

Magnificent mountains and serene fjords provide an invigorating setting for our Norway Walk. We hike the trails around the breathtaking Western Fjords. We taste the local apple cider and sample the famous Norwegian "brown cheese". We walk the Folgefonna glacier and explore the fascinating Hardanger Folk Museum, discovering more about the local way of life across the centuries. We visit a Staves Church and walk through high meadows filled with wildflowers and fresh forests of pine and beech and acres of fruit orchards. Small ferries are an enjoyable necessity in this coastal region and we use many to wend our way across this lovely country.

Saturday Overnight: Kviknes Hotel

Meet in Bergen and take the express boat out of the city along Norway's scenic Sognefjord.

Sunday Overnight: Kviknes Hotel

Hike above Balestrand on a trail with breathtaking views of the village and surrounding landscape. We walk till mid-afternoon, then descend to a cider house to sample the local specialty.

Monday Overnight: Kviknes Hotel

Transfer by minibus for today's walk along the Gaularfjell mountains. After a delicious home-cooked lunch at a mountain farm, we arrive at an amazing viewing platform with spectacular views of the tumbling river. Afterwards, we stop off at a small enamel gallery to see local art. Tonight, our hotelier, Mr Kviknes, tells us the story of his fascinating home.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Ullensvang

Cross the fjord by boat to see traditional dwellings of the area before walking to the 12th-century Hopperstad Stave Church. We visit the local dairy, famous in Norway for its cheese. After lunch, we continue to Lofthus on the Hardanger Fjord. After, we'll stroll through the orchards along the Fruit Trail.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Ullensvang

The path leads us up along the Husedalen Valley to reach the magnificent waterfalls, perfect for a picnic lunch. From here, we'll walk to Kinsarvik and board a ferry to Utne, to visit the open air Hardanger Folk museum. Get ready for an enchanting recital from the famous Hardanger fiddles.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Ullensvang

Shuttle to Tyssedal, the birthplace of industrial Norway, to visit the Norwegian Museum of Hydropower before walking from the dam along the river. In the afternoon, we return to Lofthus with time to enjoy the hotel's extensive wellness, relaxation, and recreational facilities.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Ullensvang

Travel by boat to the pretty village of Herand, for our journey to the Folgefonna glacier plateau. At the glacier, we embark on a three-hour blue ice trail, the biggest challenge of the week, with incredible glacier views and panoramas. Don't forget your camera! Farewell Dinner at our hotel.

Saturday

One-hour transfer to Voss, where we say goodbye at the rail station for trains to Oslo or Bergen.
Moderate
"Wayfarers' Walks enrich your whole understanding of a country. They understand it's not just scenery; it's culture and history too."
Terrain: Mountain trails and tracks with some moderate ascents and descents. Walking pleasantly balanced with boat and train journeys. 7-12 miles walking per day.

TRIP DETAILS

7 nights from
$5,695.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $865.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $5,410.00

Dates

From Sep 1 to Sep 8 (more dates)
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Walk Begins in Bergen and Ends in Voss.

Activities

Walk ExplorerWalk ClassicBoat RideHistoric Monument VisitMuseum visitUNESCO World Heritage Site VisitGlacier Visit
Bergen & the Western Fjords September 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Kviknes Hotel

Kviknes Hotel

This 'Swiss' style hotel is beautifully located beside the Sognefjord and has been run by Kvikne family since 1877. It has been newly renovated and now it is a modern hotel with old-world charm and atmosphere. The Hotel Kviknes is graced with an extensive collection of artwork and antiques, which have been collected by four generations of the family, giving it a special style. Among other facilities, the hotel features free-access sauna, terrace and dining room with stunning fjord views.Each elegant bedroom in the historic building is individual in character with a spectacular view or the Sognefjord, and all offer ensuite bathroom, hair dryer, cable TV and Wi-Fi.

Hotel Ullensvang

Hotel Ullensvang

Originally a staging inn with one straw bed over a shipping office, Hotel Ullensvang is rooted with deep Norwegian history and traditions. This hotel has been run by five generations of the Utne family after Hans Utne built the inn in 1846. A cabin in Lofthus near the inn was the inspiration and birthplace of the musical creations by the famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Little by little, the hotel was expanded and restored to the luxury hotel that it stands today. Hotel Ullensvang offers over 200 guestrooms with magnificent views of the Hardanger mountain range and Fjord. The natural wonders of Hardanger make Lofthus a convenient location for guests seeking a unique outdoor and private experience.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants