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the best of south norway
the best of south norway

The Best of South Norway

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

On this tour we will visit the most iconic natural landmarks of southern Norway including the Priest’s Pulpit, troll’s tongue and the 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 cities of Bergen and Stavanger. 

The itinerary below outlines the tour from Stavanger to Bergen but please be aware that we operate this tour in reverse every other week.  Please carefully check the start and end point of your tour before confirming travel arrangments. 

The following departures will start in Bergen and finish in Stavanger: 12 July, 09 August, and 30 August.  

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1Welcome to Stavanger

After arrival in Stavanger you will meet your guide and the rest of the group and check in to your accommodation.  Depending on your arrival time there may be some time to explore the city.  Stavanger is known as on of the most beautiful cities in Norway with its impressive Cathedral and districts of traditional wooden houses.  Former European Capital of Culture, Stavanger also has a wide range of museums and there are countless cultural events.

  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Meals: Dinner
2Preikestolen

This morning we will be taking a ferry to the start of the “Pulpit Rock” hike, so named due to the 600m high rocky promontory that overhangs the Lysefjord.  This jaw dropping natural feature is one of the famous attractions in Norway, and for good reason!  A well maintained track leads us to the top and after taking some time to absorb the magnificent views we descend and transfer to the village of Lysbotn.  Here on the eastern tip of the fjord we will be staying in a DNT refuge (equivalent to the Norwegian Alpine Club) specially designed for hikers.

  • Ascent: 300m
  • Descent: 300m
  • Walking: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Refuge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
3Kjeragbolten

This morning we leave the refuge and begin ascending the Kjerag massif on the southern side of the Fjord, our goal is the famous hanging rock known as Kjeragbolten.  Passing through ever changing scenery we climb reach a series of large and steep granite slabs fitted with chains to aid ascent.  The challenging climb to the top makes our arrival at Kjeragbolten all the more satisfying!  You will quickly understand why this is one of Norway’s most popular base jumping locations. 

In the afternoon we return to the refuge in Lysbotn.

  • Ascent: 570m
  • Descent: 570m
  • Walking: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Refuge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
4Folgefonna and the Valley of Waterfalls

Today we say goodbye to Lysefjord and take the Ryfylke road north, passing through Sand on our way to the Folgefonna National Park.  At the village of Bondhus we leave our transport and begin hiking into the valley.  Folgefonna is home to the third largest glacier in Norway and is renowned for its spectacular icefalls, waterfalls and scenic pastures.  Visitors have been drawn to the awe inspiring scenery here since 1833.  We hike through the valley taking our time to enjoy the surroundings and take plenty of photos before reaching our chalet near the village of Odda. 

  • Ascent:250m
  • Descent: 250m
  • Walking: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Refuge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
5Trolltunga

We depart early this morning as this is going to be a big day.  We will be walking 20km with an ascent of 900m to reach the dramatic Trolltunga! The Troll’s Tongue sticks out from the mountain top 700m above the waters of Lake Ringedalsvatnet.  On the way we will see the Ringedal Dam and the fascinating potholes of Rullestad.

We descend again and spend the night at Trolltunga Refuge.

  • Ascent: 900m
  • Descent: 900m
  • Walking: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Refuge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
6Queen 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 raises to an altitude of 1100m in the mountains in between the towns of Lofthus and Kinsarvic.  From the heights we have spectacular views of typical southern Norway landscapes and the beautiful Hardanger fjord.  In the evening we arrive in Bergen and settle in to our hostel in the heart of the city.

  • Ascent: 760m
  • Descent: 760m
  • Walking: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
7Bergen

Today we have a free day to enjoy the city of Bergen!  A visit to the Fish Market for a shrimp sandwich is highly recommended.  There is a wide range of brilliant museums to explore, the Hanseatic quarter or a visit to the wooden church of Stave.  The more adventurous can hike to the top of Ulriken Mountain for exceptional views!

  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
8Departure

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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Arrival: July 12 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1689 €0
Comment: Minimum of 4
Arrival: July 19 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1689 €0
Comment: Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 9 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1689 €0
Comment: Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 23 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1689 €0
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Arrival: August 30 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1689 €0
Comment: Minimum of 4
Arrival: September 6 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1689 €0
Comment: Minimum of 4
Included
  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation as outlined
  • Full-board except for arrival and departure days
  • Luggage transfers
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Local transport
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Drinks, snacks and any personal expenses
  • Meals on departure and arrival days (allow 290-390 NOK per meal)
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums
  • Tips
  • Visa fees (if applicable)

Difficulty

Difficulty Level 3/5 MODERATE

Daily walking time: maximum 8 hours

Daily ascent: maximum 1000m

This adventure is of moderate difficulty.  This means you will need to be in good physical condition with experience of walking for at least 6 hours a day for several days in a row.  On some days we will have up to 1000m of ascent on rocky and possibly slippery ground.  

Comfort

Comfort Level 3/5 COMFORTABLE

In Stavanger on arrival and Bergen before departure we will be staying in hostels.  Rooms are shared with between 2 and 8 people with shared bathrooms.  Some mountain refuges will provide bedding but refuges belonging to the DNT (Norwegian Trekking Association) will not, so please bring a sleeping bag and sleeping bag liner with you.  All mountain refuges will have heating, hot showers, toilets and communal dining area.

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