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Norwegian Fjords Hike & Bike (10 days)

50 Degrees North

Oslo, Norway To Bergen, Norway

Valid for Departures: 01 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019

Norwegian Fjords Hike & Bike (10 days)

Day 4

Finse , Norway

Day 5

Flam, Norway

Day 6

Flam, Norway

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Oslo, Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel None

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo

Arrive in Oslo and make your own way to your central hotel in the heart of Oslo. The Norwegian capital has a great deal to offer for the discerning traveller. If you arrive early, we can recommend a walk around the centre of town to view the Parliament, the Castle & the Harbour area. Overnight in Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret or similar with breakfast.

Day 2
Oslo, Norway
Clarion Collection Hotel Breakfast

Day 2: Explore Oslo - the most beautiful capital in the world

Free day to discover this modern and green city. We recommend visiting some of the Oslo highlights including the Viking Ship, Kontiki & Fram museums, the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Ekerbergeparken and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump and Museum. To make most of your stay, ask us about the Oslo Pass which will grant you free entry to many of the sights. Overnight at Clarion Collection Hotel Folketeateret or similar with breakfast.

Day 3
Finse, Norway
Finse 1222 Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Train Oslo to Finse, one of Norway's most popular walking and 'outdoors' spot

Depart Oslo by train to the highest point on the Bergensbanen (Oslo to Bergen railway) at Finse; 1222 meters above sea level. At Finse you will disembark the train and stay at the mountain lodge for the night. If you take the morning train from Oslo you have time to enjoy Finse for local walks in the area. Finse is situated on the edge of Hardangervidda (the Hardanger Mountain Plateau) and offers great views of the Hardangerjøkulen (glacier).

Hardangervidda is one of Norway's most popular walking and trekking areas, and if you are an active walker we recommend to extend your stay at Finse for more extended walks in the area.

We have included a luggage service between Oslo and Bergen, meaning you do not have to bring your main luggage for the trip. Your luggage will be picked up from your hotel in Oslo and transferred to your hotel in Bergen. You will take an overnight rucksack only for your trip to Finse and Flåm.

Overnight in Finse with full board.

Day 4
Finse , Norway
Finse 1222 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Active day out in Finse

Finse is the place for variety of nature-based experiences and depending on your preferences you could spend the day hiking on the Hardangerjøkulen glacier with an experienced guide, or go for an independent hike in the area. The hikes vary from routes suited to families to strenuous all-day hikes straight from your mountain lodge. Overnight in Finse with full board.

Day 5
Flam, Norway
Flamsbrygga Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Cycle to Flåm across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau then downhill through the valley.

After breakfast you will pick up your bicycle at Finse and start the cycling trip along the railway construction road (Rallarvegen) to Myrdal and on to Flåm. The trip follows a well-maintained gravel road through the Hardangervidda. Take your time to enjoy the fabulous scenery, and if you are lucky you might even spot wild reindeer in the area. You will pass by the Fagervatn Lake, which is the highest point of Rallarvegen at 1310m. In the summertime, a café is run in the Fagernut Dwelling, where you can buy freshly made waffles and coffee.

The terrain is reasonably flat with some up and down between Finse and Myrdal (38km). Then at Myrdal you will take off towards Flåm and follow the very steep downhill switchback path to the bottom of the Flåm Valley. These last 20km from Myrdal to Flåm offer stunning views down the valley following the Flåm Railway. Doing the trip by bike allows you to plan a leisurely trip with lots of photo opportunities that those travelling by train will miss.

On reaching Flåm you will check into your local hotel. Make sure you keep your bikes for the afternoon in Flåm to do local bike rides.

Alternative walking itinerary

If you are more of a walker than a cyclist you can chose to take the train between Finse and Myrdal, and then walk from Myrdal down the Flåm Valley to Flåm (20km) instead of biking.

Travelling with different activity levels

If you travel as a party of 2 or more, and only one (or a few) of you want to do the active Norway in a Nutshell version, then we are more than happy to arrange those who do not want to bike to do the ’standard’ Norway in a Nutshell version of the itinerary. You will still be staying at the same hotels each night, and follow the same general itinerary, just using different modes of transport. Just ask us for details.

Lunch is a packed lunch. Accommodation and dinner at Flåmsbrygga.

Day 6
Flam, Norway
Flamsbrygga Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Full day active fjord excursion

After breakfast, join a fjord-safari through the stunning Aurlandsfjord and be prepared for an active day with light hiking and lunch at a local goat farm. In the evening, enjoy a delicious dinner at the restaurant and have a beer at the local microbrewery. Overnight and dinner at Flåmsbrygga.

Day 7
Balestrand, Norway
Kvikne's Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Stegastein Viewpoint and Balestrand

After breakfast, join the lovely 1,5h bus excursion to the Stegastein Viewpoint, 650 meters above the fjord. Here you'll get a fantastic view of the fjord landscape that will give you the truly unique holiday photos. After, you have time to relax or go for short walks in Flåm before departing at 15:30 by express boat to the idyllic village of Balestrand on the Sognefjord.

In Balestrand you will stay at the historical Kvikne's hotel where the Kvikne family have been the hosts since 1877. Now a modern hotel with all the comforts, the hotel still holds on to its special old-time character and also hosts an extensive collection of artworks and antiques worth a look. Dinner and overnight at the Kvikne's hotel.

Day 8
Balestrand, Norway
Kvikne's Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Fjærlandsfjord cuise and Bøyabreen glacier

After breakfast, join a cruise on the Fjaerland fjord, also known as "the green fjord" to Fjaerland passing tiny villages, waterfalls and steep mountains along the journey. From Fjaerland it is only a short bus drive to the Boyabreen glacier and the Norwegian Glacier Museum. Entry to the museum is included. After, return back to Balestrand and take the opportunity to explore the village and its surrounding by foot or by bike. Dinner and overnight at the Kvikne's hotel.

Day 9
Bergen, Norway
Clarion Hotel Admiral Breakfast

Day 9: Enjoy the amazing views as you depart Balestrand to Bergen

Take the morning or afternoon express boat out of the Sognefjord and south towards Bergen. With 5 - 6 hours on the water, you have plenty of time to soak in the atmosphere and the fresh air. There is a cafe on board with simple options. You can sit out on the deck on the upper floor with room to move. The boat moves pretty quickly and there are several stops along the way. Precipitous mountains, thunderous waterfalls and small homesteads that cling to the mountain sides are the framework of this boat tour.

Bergen is known as the "The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway" and it is a lively town with small-town charm and international feel. We recommend a walking tour via the famous fish market and along the Bryggen, the old Hanseatic wharf which is architecturally unique and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Also worth a visit is the Fløibanen funicular which will take you to Mount Fløyen for the best views over the town. Overnight Clarion Hotel Admiral or similar with breakfast.

Day 10
Bergen, Norway
None Breakfast

Day 10: Departure day

After breakfast, continue your journey onwards or home, or enjoy a relaxing stay in Bergen. Ask us for ideas if you want to extend your tour.

Tour Features

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Description

Take the less trodden path and experience the Norwegian fjords and mountains the active way. Warm up with a cycling trip along the famous Rallarvegen from Finse to Flåm. The construction route known as the ‘Rallarvegen’ is a 100-year-old man-built transport road designed for the conveyance of men and materials during the building phase of the most mountainous sector of the Oslo - Bergen Railway Line.

Each night, you will stay in boutique historic hotels with many lunches and dinners included.

Highlights of this Norway tour include:

Fjord-safari in Aurlandsfjord with goat farm visit

Stegastein Viewpoint excursion in Flåm

Sognefjord in a Nutshell from Flåm via Balestrand to Bergen

Half-day excursion on Fjærlandsfjord to Bøyabreen glacier and Museum.

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50 Degrees North is a family owned, boutique destination specialist tour operator for the Nordic region and the Scandinavian Arctic. The company’s entirely Nordic sales staff offers in-depth knowledge of all its destinations. Luxury for us means experiencing something extraordinary beyond your everyday life; immersing yourself into the local culture, nature and people and, when possible, venturing away from the well-trodden paths and into the ‘un-known’. We do things the simple and beautiful Scandinavian way. With offices in Norway, Canada and Australia, 50 Degrees North is able to provide our clients with support 24/7.

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Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Given that 59 Deveees North is in Norway, they had no presence in Greenland whatsoever. While they were able to arrange the activities we requested, we had no single point person in Greenland. We felt on our own on a daily basis. This may have been due to a lack of personal experience with Greenland and more specifically the town where we visited. Since this is a national heritage site, I would have expected greater familiarity. However, we were able to fend for ourselves when neededttt
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Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

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Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Did not get what we had hoped for overall on our trip to Iceland. The only part of our trip that was planned for us and we loved was at The Blue Lagoon. Did not get "guided" tours, got pick up and drop off at destinations. Planning done on own and helped put together by our agent was better than what 50 Degrees North did for us.
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Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

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Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2018

My travel agent worked directly with 50 North in planning our trip. I can say that all of our tours were professional and fun. Also, when the weather caused restrictions on some of the planned activities, the company was quick to find a suitable alternative. Everything was exactly as described to us and we had a fantastic trip!
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Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

Hotels were very nice, tour operators were good, private guides were stellar and informative, particularly those with Mountain Guides. Would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. Only complaint was one tour operator (Artic Adventures) had buses that were so compact we all had to turn and leave our legs in the aisle, and I'm not tall. While the sites were beautiful and the tour guide knowledgeable, the long sardine-can bus ride was very difficult. Perhaps they were the only operators sending trips to our desired locations, unsure of that detail.
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Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2018

I would definitely use 50 Degrees North again. They planned our trip, which was perfect. There were 4 people in our group and they had something for all of us, and we all enjoyed everything we did. Leena our tour guide was absolutely wonderful. She made the walking tour a lot fun and we learned a lot. Hotels they choose were great and I couldn't have asked for anything more.
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Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

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Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

Guides and transportation were very good. They were not responsive to our requests for restaurant reservation....they made some...and then ignored other requests.
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