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Walking the Fjords - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Bergen
+6 Destinations
Norwegian Fjords
Ends
Bergen
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Highlights

Start and end in Bergen! With the hiking & trekking tour Walking the Fjords, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Bergen, Norway and 6 other destinations in Norway. Walking the Fjords is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes

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  • CH
    Written on July 19, 2018
    5.0 - Excellent

    This tour was so much fun. I can’t say enough about the beauty of Norway. Each of the five hikes provided a unique aspect to the rugged, unique terrain. Nes Gard, the accommodations, friendly staff and absolutely wonderful food each evening, far exceeded my expectations. My only regret was that I had not gotten in just a bit better shape physically. I would call this tour “Hiking the Fjords.” That being said, it is just moderately strenuous and every step up the mountain is worth what awaits!
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  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 2
    Written on July 17, 2013
    1.0 - Bad

    I was extremely disappointed that the leader thought I was not fit enough to take part in the walks, without any justification.  I would not have booked the holiday if I thought I was not fit enough, as it would be unfair on other guests and I would not have enjoyed that.  I have been taking part in walking and other activity holidays for many years, and am well aware of my capabilities.   I was not allowed to take part in the glacier walking trip, the main reason I booked the holiday - even though the guidebooks said there were trips for all levels of ability, and I have done glacier walking before.   I have never enountered any problems before.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The stunning scenery.What did you think of your group leader?See above.  I was not given any opportunity to question his decisions.  Being made to stay behind was very demoralising and embarassing.

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 3
    Written on July 17, 2013
    1.0 - Bad

    I was extremely disappointed that the leader thought I was not fit enough to take part in the walks, without any justification.  I would not have booked the holiday if I thought I was not fit enough, as it would be unfair on other guests and I would not have enjoyed that.  I have been taking part in walking and other activity holidays for many years, and am well aware of my capabilities.   I was not allowed to take part in the glacier walking trip, the main reason I booked the holiday - even though the guidebooks said there were trips for all levels of ability, and I have done glacier walking before.   I have never enountered any problems before.  What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The stunning scenery.What did you think of your group leader?See above.  I was not given any opportunity to question his decisions.  Being made to stay behind was very demoralising and embarassing.

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 4
    Written on December 17, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The landscape was just out of this world - my jaw was almost permanantly dropped! I've seen a million pictures of the fjords so I thought I knew what to expect but actually, once you're there it's like stepping through a gateway to another world, simply awe-inspiring. No National Geographic image can quite prepare you for how small you feel. One lady on the trip was an artist and she took a sketch pad with her, which I thought was a wonderful idea. The guest house was another surprise - it's so quaint! And the dinners - well, it's lucky we were walking all day! Three course meals every evening, truly superb. Even the breakfast was seriously impressive - they bake their own bread so you have fresh rolls, and pick their own fruit from the orchard. The chef is a truly talented individual! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved the waterfalls - just the raw power of nature, feeling the spray on your face and hearing the incredible thunder as the water crashes down. I could never get bored of the view out of the guest house window - overlooking the fjord with the huge waterfall on the opposite bank. The water is so clean in Norway that you can just refill your waterbottle from the icy streams all around you and apparently if you go in August you can pick wild blueberries along the paths!What did you think of your group leader?Asbjorn was excellent - he seems something of a local celebrity, I swear everyone knew him and gave us a friendly wave! His passion for history and the great outdoors is evident - he used to be a teacher, so he's really interactive. He won't just tell you why the fjords are green or what that particular carving inside the church represents, he'll ask and make you all call out guesses - quite a giggle! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I'd suggest taking a variety of clothes - the weather can be quite changeable, so you want a backpack big enough for proper waterproofs although I mainly used mine for when we got close to the waterfalls! The trip notes aren't joking when they say about fully waterproof boots - mine are full leather and I was very grateful! Don't worry about a camel back unless you particularly like them, as you can refill bottles from the fresh water streams on all but one day. If you fancy a refreshing swim in the (glacier-fed) fjord, take a swimming costume as you can do so! It's about 150metres from the guest house so you can wander down whenever you like. It's not as cold as you think but it will definitely catch your attention! Is there anything else you would like to add?The best bit about this trip is you are in proper walker's terriorty. There are no big cruise liners or ugly crowds anywhere; it's very peaceful. You pass some farms but with the exception of the ferry ride through the Narrowfjord everyone else we saw had hiking boots on, and there weren't even many of those. Take a big memory card, you'll need it! It's perfect for a scenery junkie. It is an expensive trip but Norway is generally quite costly; once you're there the price makes a lot of sense, particularly considering the quality of the food and the guest house; it feels much more than three stars.  

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 5
    Written on December 17, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    The landscape was just out of this world - my jaw was almost permanantly dropped! I've seen a million pictures of the fjords so I thought I knew what to expect but actually, once you're there it's like stepping through a gateway to another world, simply awe-inspiring. No National Geographic image can quite prepare you for how small you feel. One lady on the trip was an artist and she took a sketch pad with her, which I thought was a wonderful idea. The guest house was another surprise - it's so quaint! And the dinners - well, it's lucky we were walking all day! Three course meals every evening, truly superb. Even the breakfast was seriously impressive - they bake their own bread so you have fresh rolls, and pick their own fruit from the orchard. The chef is a truly talented individual! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved the waterfalls - just the raw power of nature, feeling the spray on your face and hearing the incredible thunder as the water crashes down. I could never get bored of the view out of the guest house window - overlooking the fjord with the huge waterfall on the opposite bank. The water is so clean in Norway that you can just refill your waterbottle from the icy streams all around you and apparently if you go in August you can pick wild blueberries along the paths!What did you think of your group leader?Asbjorn was excellent - he seems something of a local celebrity, I swear everyone knew him and gave us a friendly wave! His passion for history and the great outdoors is evident - he used to be a teacher, so he's really interactive. He won't just tell you why the fjords are green or what that particular carving inside the church represents, he'll ask and make you all call out guesses - quite a giggle! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I'd suggest taking a variety of clothes - the weather can be quite changeable, so you want a backpack big enough for proper waterproofs although I mainly used mine for when we got close to the waterfalls! The trip notes aren't joking when they say about fully waterproof boots - mine are full leather and I was very grateful! Don't worry about a camel back unless you particularly like them, as you can refill bottles from the fresh water streams on all but one day. If you fancy a refreshing swim in the (glacier-fed) fjord, take a swimming costume as you can do so! It's about 150metres from the guest house so you can wander down whenever you like. It's not as cold as you think but it will definitely catch your attention! Is there anything else you would like to add?The best bit about this trip is you are in proper walker's terriorty. There are no big cruise liners or ugly crowds anywhere; it's very peaceful. You pass some farms but with the exception of the ferry ride through the Narrowfjord everyone else we saw had hiking boots on, and there weren't even many of those. Take a big memory card, you'll need it! It's perfect for a scenery junkie. It is an expensive trip but Norway is generally quite costly; once you're there the price makes a lot of sense, particularly considering the quality of the food and the guest house; it feels much more than three stars.  

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 6
    Written on September 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a wonderful trip that I can highly recommend. Beautiful country to visit, great walks, lovely accommodation with superb food, brilliant leader.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Each day was different and difficult to choose any particular highlight. The optional glacier walk was well worth doing and very good value; pancakes in a mountain hut at 2,000 feet, spectacular waterfalls alongside the footpaths......  The journey to the centre involved a 2 hour ferry so you even experience the feel of a fjord cruise.What did you think of your group leader?THe group leader was really good. He worked hard as the guest house host, guided us on spectacular walks after driving us up steep winding roads, talked about Norwegian culture and ensured we were all sent safely on our way back home. His staff were really great, and he and his wife ensured a very pleasant stay.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You will have plenty of photo-opportunities, so don't forget your camera! Take sufficient money for a meal in Bergen and any going home gifts, and for drinks with your evening meal. Not much else to pay for, other than the optional glacier trip (and you can pay by card anyway).Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy it and relax. The walks are at a relaxed pace and not too demanding, but can be modified according to the group abilities. This has whetted my appetite to return to Norway.

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 7
    Written on September 1, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was a wonderful trip that I can highly recommend. Beautiful country to visit, great walks, lovely accommodation with superb food, brilliant leader.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Each day was different and difficult to choose any particular highlight. The optional glacier walk was well worth doing and very good value; pancakes in a mountain hut at 2,000 feet, spectacular waterfalls alongside the footpaths......  The journey to the centre involved a 2 hour ferry so you even experience the feel of a fjord cruise.What did you think of your group leader?THe group leader was really good. He worked hard as the guest house host, guided us on spectacular walks after driving us up steep winding roads, talked about Norwegian culture and ensured we were all sent safely on our way back home. His staff were really great, and he and his wife ensured a very pleasant stay.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You will have plenty of photo-opportunities, so don't forget your camera! Take sufficient money for a meal in Bergen and any going home gifts, and for drinks with your evening meal. Not much else to pay for, other than the optional glacier trip (and you can pay by card anyway).Is there anything else you would like to add?Enjoy it and relax. The walks are at a relaxed pace and not too demanding, but can be modified according to the group abilities. This has whetted my appetite to return to Norway.

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 8
    Written on August 23, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A great escape! The trip was appropriately graded: the hikes were just challenging enough to make it feel like we'd earned our suppers! The food, service and accommodation at Nes Gard were first class - well above expectations. Asbjorn, Mari and their staff were wonderful. Eric was a fantastic guide too. We enjoyed ourselves very much!

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 9
    Written on August 23, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    A great escape! The trip was appropriately graded: the hikes were just challenging enough to make it feel like we'd earned our suppers! The food, service and accommodation at Nes Gard were first class - well above expectations. Asbjorn, Mari and their staff were wonderful. Eric was a fantastic guide too. We enjoyed ourselves very much!

  • Walking the Fjords reviewer 10
    Written on July 29, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    Superb trip. Fantastic walking, each day very different scenery.  Great accomodation, with excellent food. Very friendly hosts, felt like you were staying in a private house, rather than a hotel. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The views, especially up in the mountains,  looking across at the snow covered peaks and the glaciers. Stunning.What did you think of your group leader?Asbjorn, trip leader an absolute star. Everything well planned and organised. Really friendly and passionate about the area.

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  1. Day 1: Start Bergen.
  2. Day 2: Short sightseeing tour of Bergen; bus and ferry through the fjords to Lustrafjord.
  3. Day 3: Warm-up walk to Molden peak (1116m), excellent viewpoint for Sognefjord; optional visit to UNESCO-listed Urnes Stave church.
  4. Day 4: Full daywalk in Breheimen National Park, known as the 'Home of the Glaciers', from Vigdal to Navarsete hut.
  5. Day 5: Bus to Nigardsbreen glacier (part of Jostedalsbreen icecap); walk and boat trip on glacial lake; optional glacier walk.
  6. Day 6: Daywalk in the spectacular Jotunheim National Park.
  7. Day 7: Hike into the Mørkrisdalen Valley.
  8. Day 8: Bus and ferry back to Bergen; end Bergen.

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  • What physical level is required for this tour?

    You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

    Walk profile for the tour is:
    Daily distance in km/miles:
    Day 3
    13.0km/8.1miles
    Day 4
    11.0km/6.8miles
    Day 5
    6.0km/3.7miles
    Day 6
    4.0km/2.5miles
    Day 7
    12.0km/7.5miles
    Number of days walking: 5
    Pace: Approximately 4-5 hours walking per day
    Terrain: Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 560 km.
  • Bergen (Norway)
  • 99 km
  • Gudvangen (Norway)
  • 6 km
  • Naeroyfjorden (Norway)
  • 31 km
  • Sognefjorden (Norway)
  • 101 km
  • Breheimen Nasjonalpark (Norway)
  • 46 km
  • Jostedalsbreen (Norway)
  • 73 km
  • Jotunheimen NP (Norway)
  • 205 km
  • Bergen (Norway)

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