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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 arrangements. 

2020 departure dates from Stavanger to Bergen 
28th June - 12th July - 26th July - 9th August - 23rd August - 6th September
2020 departure dates from Bergen to Stavanger 
5th July - 19th July - 2nd August - 16th August - 30th August
2021 departure dates from Stavanger to Bergen
13th June - 27th June - 11th July - 25th July - 8th August - 22nd August - 5th September
2021 departure dates from Bergen to Stavanger
6th June - 20th June - 4th July - 18th July - 1st August - 15th August - 29th August 

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Day 1Welcome to Stavanger

On arrival in Stavanger a member of the Kandoo team will meet you in 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. Stavanger is known as one 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: none
Day 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 most 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
Day 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 a series of large 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
Day 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
Day 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
Day 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 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
Day 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
Day 8Departure

After breakfast we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 1Welcome to Bergen

On arrival in Bergen a member of the Kandoo team will meet you in 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.

  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Meals: none
Day 2Free day in Bergen

Today we have a free day to enjoy the city of Bergen.  A visit to the fish market and a shrimp sandwich is basically compulsory here!  There is a wide range of brilliant museums, 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
Day 3Queen Sonja Trail

Today we follow 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 between the towns of Kinsarvic and Lofthus. 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.

  • Ascent: 760m
  • Descent: 760m
  • Walking: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4Trolltunga

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 Guest house.

  • Ascent: 900m
  • Descent: 900m
  • Walking: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Guest house
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5Folgefonna and the Valley of Waterfalls

Today we trek through the magnificent Folgefonna 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. In the afternoon we take the Ryfylke road south, passing through the town of Sand on our way to Lysefjord.  We will be staying in a mountain refuge on the eastern edge of the fjord.

  • Ascent: 250m
  • Descent: 250m
  • Walking: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Refuge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6Kjeragbolten

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. We climb a series of 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 our refuge in Lysbotn.

  • Ascent: 570m
  • Descent: 570m
  • Walking: 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Refuge
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7Preikestolen

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 most 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 our hostel in Stavanger. 

  • Ascent: 300m
  • Descent: 300m
  • Walking: 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Hostel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Day 8Departure

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

Availability and prices

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Arrival
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Price
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Arrival: September 6 2020
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: June 6 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: June 13 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: June 20 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: June 27 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: July 4 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: July 11 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: July 18 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: July 25 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 1 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 8 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 15 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 22 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Arrival: August 29 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Bergen
Minimum of 4
Arrival: September 5 2021
Days: 8
Price: £1299 $1685 €0
Comment: from Stavanger
Minimum of 4
Included
  • Airport Transfers
  • All Accommodation
  • Full board whilst trekking
  • Luggage Transfers
  • All Transport
  • Expert Guide
Not Included
  • Flights and Visa (if applicable)
  • Drinks, snacks and any personal expenses
  • Meals in Stavanger and Bergen
  • Tips
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums

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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