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8-day adventure

The Best of South Norway

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8 days
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Our specialist arctic circle guides look forward to welcoming you on the picturesque Lofoten Islands. We keep a storage base for our equipment in the village of Fredvang and our team travel to Norway each spring to prepare a warm welcome for our guests. Weather you are traveling on a kayak expedition or a hiking trip, you can be sure our experienced guides and top quality equipment will keep you safe and warm as you immerse yourself in this...
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Kandoo's view

There can be few regions in the world with a landscape as strikingly beautiful as South Norway. It is a wonderland of glaciers, fjords, vertical rock walls and waterfalls. Arctic flowers shelter between the rocks and elk can be spotted roaming through the forests.

On this tour we will visit the most iconic natural landmarks of South Norway including the Priest’s Pulpit, Troll’s Tongue and Kjerag Boulder. We will stay in mountain refuges in stunning locations, gaze across the expanse of Hardanger Fjord, visit the Folgefonna Glacier and explore the vibrant city of Bergen.

Trip highlights

  • 3 legendary hikes: Preikestolen, Trolltunga and Kjeragbolten
  • Phenomenal scenery on hikes and as you travel
  • Experience beautiful Bergen and Stavanger

Experiences

  • Kandoo Trekking
    Hikers in Thorong, during the Annapurnas Tour
    Our core collection of treks and hikes, through some of the world's most outstanding landscapes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    WELCOME TO BERGEN

    On arrival in Bergen a member of the Kandoo team or your guide will meet you at the door of the arrivals area. Look out for a Kandoo sign. You will be transferred to your accommodation and meet your guide and the rest of the group.
    Depending on your arrival time there may be a chance to get out and explore the city a little. We recommend fish and chips in the red tented area next to harbour for dinner.

    • Accomodation: Hostel
  • Day 2

    BERGEN

    Today we have a free day to enjoy the city of Bergen. Your guide can take you on a hike to the top of Ulriken Mountain for exceptional views of the city and the surrounding scenery. A visit to the Fish Market and a shrimp sandwich is basically compulsory! If you'd rather stay in the city centre there are a wide range of brilliant museums, the Hanseatic quarter with it's distinctive old wooden buildings, or a visit to the wooden church of Stave.

    • Accomodation: Hostel
    • Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    QUEEN SONJA TRAIL

    Today we continue along the road towards Eidfjord where we will be walking the “Panorama of Her Majesty the Queen Sonja Path”. The track rises to an altitude of 1100m in the mountains between the towns of Lofthus and Kinsarvic.
    From the heights we have spectacular views of typical South Norway landscapes and the beautiful Hardanger fjord. At the end of the day we meet our vehicle and transfer to the Trolltunga Guesthouse for the night.

    • Hiking time: 5 hours
    • Ascent: 760 m
    • Descent: 760 m
    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Please note

The details in this programme are regularly updated but unforeseeable and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. Under no circumstances would this give rise to a refund or compensation.

Trip information

Difficulty

The mountains in Norway are not to be under estimated, they are steep sided and often rise directly from sea level, so your legs will be getting a good workout. Yet, whilst a high level of fitness will make the days a lot easier it by no means requires super human fitness. A solid training plan will allow you to better prepare for the hikes and enjoy your trip. This adventure is of moderate difficulty. On some days we will have up to 900m of ascent on rocky and possibly slippery ground. Trekking poles are also a lifesaver!


If you are comfortable walking for 6 hours with an ascent of 900m over consecutive days then you are certainly fit enough to succeed on this trip. Think of it as climbing Snowdon or Ben Nevis every day for five days! If you can do this then there is no reason why you won't be absolutely fine on this trip. We find that all successful hikers share a real Kandoo attitude and that means high levels of grit and determination. 

Food & drink

We are proud of the fresh and frankly delicious food we provide. Each day begins with a well rounded breakfast with plenty of tea and coffee. You will have the opportunity to shop with your guide so you can look out for preferences for meals, especially if you have specific dietary requirements. For each hike day, you and your guide will prepare a picnic lunch the night before including sandwiches, salads, fruits, cakes and dried fruits.


Evening meals are prepared together with your guide based on available local products. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to taste grilled or smoked salmon, fresh shrimp and cod.

Please be aware that meals are not included in Stavanger or Bergen.  While you are staying in the cities please feel free to explore and find a restaurant that you like or order meals in the hotel.

Do not forget that alcohol and cigarettes are heavily taxed and expensive in Scandinavia. If you wish to enjoy an aperitif with your group in the evening we recommend purchasing duty-free products at the airport.

During the trip, all drinks, including water, are your own responsibility. There are plenty of opportunities to refill your water bottle each day.

Accommodation

In Stavanger and Bergen, we will be staying in hostels.  Rooms are shared between 2 and 4 people with shared bathrooms. For our two nights in Trolltunga Guesthouse you'll be in a mixed dormitory in bunkbeds with up to 8 people sharing a dorm. For our two nights in refuges we will book the best available refuge for our group. The DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) have a range of refuges with differing amenities and numbers of beds. You may be staying in a place in the wilderness with no showers, power, or hot water, however many of the refuges do provide these when near the road. Many of them provide a duvet and pillow, but you might want to bring your own sleeping bag  if you prefer.

Luggage

You will need two bags for this trip.

One travel bag for your replacement clothes which will be transferred between locations by vehicle and will be waiting at your accommodation at the end of each day.  Please do not bring a rigid suitcase - a flexible duffel bag / holdall is easier to transport. We recommend packing all of your clothes into dry bags in case of bad weather.


One 30-40L rucksack that you will carry during the day.  You will carry your own personal equipment (spare warm clothes, waterproofs, water bottle, camera and sun screen) as well as your packed lunch in your rucksack.

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive at Bergen Airport (BOO) on day 1 of your itinerary where a member of our team will be waiting to greet you.
From the UK, KLM offer flights from Heathrow and Manchester with a stop in Amsterdam, the journey time is roughly 4 1/2 hours. Norwegian Airlines also offer direct flights from London Gatwick and Edinburgh via Oslo.
For those travelling from the US, SAS, Delta and KLM offer flights from New York via Oslo, the journey time is around 11 hours. You can also fly with SAS from San Francisco or LA connecting through Copenhagen. Travellers from Dallas can fly with Lufthansa via Frankfurt. 
On arrival in Bergen a member of the Kandoo team or your guide will meet you at the door of the arrivals area. Look out for a KANDOO sign. You will be transferred to your accommodation and meet your guide and the rest of the group.

Travelling Responsibly
Alternatively if you wish to travel more responsibly, then there are other ways to reach Bergen. The Man in Seat 61 and Rome to Rio suggest optimal routes from London to Bergen via the ferry from Hirtshals in northern Germany or the sleeper train from Oslo. These take a few days, meaning you can start your holiday early! Expect to pay more for trains and ferries than the cost of a flight, at anywhere from £170-200pp each way, but be rewarded with time to marvel at the passing scenery and experience the delights of the Kristiansand ferry.  If you decide to travel this way, get in touch and let us know, because we like to reward our responsible travellers!



Budget & change

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (KR). You can withdraw the local currency from ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. Please budget for meals and transport as necessary, drinks, tips, museum entry fees and other personal expenses. Norway can be expensive and a meal out for two can cost at minimum GBP £60 (USD $70) in Bergen, whilst a bus ticket will be roughly £4.60 if not bought in advance. Taxis in Norway are also insanely expensive, expect to pay somewhere in the region of £15 for a 5 minute journey...it's definitely worth going by foot where possible. Therefore, our recommended guidance for spending budget in the Norway would be roughly £200 (2600 NOK)  on top of any tips, to give you ample souvenir spending money. 

Tips

Tipping customs vary all over the world and can be very confusing when travelling to a new country. Tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual in Norway. Tips are not a substitute for good wages: our guides are all well paid and well looked after. If you are satisfied with your guide’s services, we recommend a tip between £30-40 per person (equivalent to 350-450 NOK) for the entire trip. On the other hand, if you receive bad service or have not been treated well, you would not be expected to tip at all.

Formalities & health

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least six months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requirements on the website provided by the Norwegian government

Visa

Travelling to Norway is visa free for up to 90 days, for UK and US citizens

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times but we recommend you carry the following items: - Painkillers - Anti-inflammatory tablets/gel - Sunscreen for lips and skin - Moisturising cream (for sunburn) - Elastic bandage, regular bandages and blister plasters - Sanitary products - Water purifying tablets or filters

Equipment & clothing

Clothing to bring

  • Your walking boots (high-rise, sturdy soles)
  • Waterproof windproof jacket (breathable)
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Warm socks
  • Pyjamas, towel and toiletries

We recommend that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and does not dry quickly. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Equipment to bring

  • Sunhat and sun cream
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • Water bottle / thermos
  • Any personal medication
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Daypack 30L to 40L
  • Duffle bag 80L to 100L or similar flexible bag for your main equipment bag. Not a suitcase.
  • Camera
  • Comfortable shoes for the evenings
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Walking poles
  • Tupperware (not too large, must be able to fit in your day pack along with other gear) and cutlery for picnics
  • Wet wipes
  • Toilet paper and lighter to burn it
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Single duvet cover and pillow cover

Optional
  • Sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner
  • Binoculars (for bird and wildlife watchers)
  • Water bladder for your day pack. It makes it much easier to drink on the move

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers on arrival day
  • An expert Kandoo guide
  • All transportation as detailed above
  • All accommodation as detailed above
  • Full board whilst trekking

Price does not include

  • International Flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals in Bergen and Stavanger
  • Personal hiking equipment