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Walking the Hardangerfjord Self-Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Walking Hardangerfjord, the orchard of Norway
  • The World Heritage City of Bergen
  • Hiking to the 4 waterfalls of the Husedalen Valley
  • Climb the historical 'Monk Steps', 616 stone steps used by monks to access the Hardangervidda

Easily accessed from Bergen and with the most gentle but still spectacular landscapes of the Norwegian Fjords, this week long walking holiday is the perfect introduction to Fjord Norway. Enjoy overnight stays in the fjord-side villages of Ulvik, Kinsarvik and Lofthus, and daily walks around the ’Orchard of Norway’.

After a night in the historic city of Bergen, head into the heart of the Hardangerfjord. Wander through fruit orchards tasting delicious local cider, walk to summits with panoramic fjord views, and hike along a valley filled with cascading waterfalls. A couple of ferry journeys with time to relax and take in the views complete your experience.

Day 1: Arrive Bergen

The World Heritage City of Bergen, known as the “gateway to the fjords” is the perfect place to start your discovery of the Hardangerfjord region. Wander through the historic Hanseatic wharf Bryggen,  take the Fløibanen funicular to the top of Mt Floyen for panoramic views of the city, and enjoy a delicious evening meal at one of the city’s fantastic seafood restaurants.


Overnight: Bergen


Day 2: By train and bus to Ulvik, Short Walk Around Ulvik

An hour’s train journey, followed by an short bus transfer takes you deep into the Hardangerfjord, and the village of Ulvik. Surrounded by mountains and at the nook of the Hardangerfjord, this idyllic location puts you right in heart of fjord country.


Enjoy a short walk around the fruit farming village of Ulvik taking in its famous orchards where you can sample some delicious local cider.


Walk:  4 or 10 km, 642m ascent/descent, 2-3hrs


Dinner & Overnight: Ulvik


Day 3: Walk to the Summit of Kvasshovden

A challenging walk today, but one which is well worth the effort! From the centre of Ulvik, follow a trail which rises from the centre of town to 1030 metres above sea-level for outstanding views over the fjords and mountains.


Walk: 18km, 1065m ascent/descent, 7 hours.


Dinner & Overnight: Ulvik


Day 4: Loop Walk to Solsaevatnet Lake

Walk high above Ulvik through orchards and meadows to Solsaevatnet lake, which is surrounded by beautiful alpine views.


An afternoon ferry will take you from Ulvik to Kinsarvik.


Walk: 21 km, 547m ascent/descent, 4-5 hours.


Dinner & Overnight: Kinsarvik


Day 5: The Husedalen Waterfall Walk

Enjoy one of the most beautiful walks in Norway, following a succession of four cascading waterfalls, through the Husedalen valley from Kinsarvik to the Hardangervidda, Europe’s largest mountain plateau.


Walk: 18km, 1166m ascent/descent, 5-6 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Kinsarvik


Day 6: Nosi viewpoint and the Monk Steps Trail

Start the day with a 15 minute taxi transfer from Kinsarvik to Lofthus (included). Today's trail is a steep one on an easy to follow path offering wonderful views of the fjord, a striking waterfall and the town of Lofthus. You will also be walking up the historical 'Monk Steps' a serious of 616 stone steps built by 13th Century monks as a way to easily access the Hardangervidda mountain plateau.


Nosi viewpoint and the Monks steps Trail: 11.5 km, 905m Ascent, 905m Descent, 4-5 Hours.


Dinner & Overnight: Lofthus


Day 7: Fruit Trail and River Valley Walk from Lofthus

Over 500,000 fruit trees grow in the municipality of Ullensvang and your walk this morning takes you through the heart of these orchards. Continue along the Elvadalen river valley to the waterfalls of Bjodnebokse and Skrikjo before heading back to Lofthus.


Time for lunch before jumping on the late afternoon ferry back to Norheimsund (1h 15m), and then a local bus back to Bergen (1h 15m) for a final overnight stay.


Walk: 9km, 239m ascent/descent, 2-3 hours


Overnight: Bergen


Day 8: Onward Travel

Check out after breakfast and make your way back to the airport, or speak to one of our Destination & Adventure Specialists about arranging extra nights.

Accommodation

7 nights hand-picked accommodation is included in your trip. 2 nights are in a good quality, 3-star standard modern city centre hotel in Bergen. 5 nights are in traditional hotels in idyllic fjord-side locations of a 3-star standard. They offer modern rooms with fantastic views, great service, good restaurants and terraces on which you can sit out and relax and look over the beautiful Hardanger Fjord. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers. Single rooms are also available and a supplement is applicable.


Meals

7 breakfasts and 5 evening meals (Days 2, 4, 5 and 6) are included. Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.



 

 

 



Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana - Bergen



Clarion Collection Hotel Oleana - Bergen

A bright, friendly hotel located on the popular Torgalmenningen square in central Bergen. The building dates back to 1926, and has been lovingly converted into a funky, modern hotel with many of the original features still preserved.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Strand Fjordhotel - Ulvik



Strand Fjordhotel - Ulvik

A family-run traditional hotel located right on the fjord. The restaurant and rooms have panoramic views over the fjord. Enjoy good food, a friendly atmosphere and personal attention, and relax on their beautiful sun terrace after a days walking.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Kinsarvik Fjord Hotel - Kinsarvik



Kinsarvik Fjord Hotel - Kinsarvik

Located in the small village of Kinsarvik, and in a perfect location for walking the Husedalen Valley. The lounge and sun terrace look out over the fjord, and you can enjoy a drink in the hotel garden. The rooms are simple but have good fjord views.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Hotel Ullensvang - Lofthus



Hotel Ullensvang - Lofthus

Hotel Ullensvang is a beautiful historic hotel which has been run by five generations of the Utne family dating back to 1846. The guestrooms have magnificent views of the Hardanger Fjord and facilities include a beautiful wellness area with heated indoor and outdoor pools and panoramic sauna.


 

 

 

Availability and Time of Year

You can start this tour anytime between the middle of June and middle of September. This is the most pleasant time of the year to walk in the Hardangfjord area with lots of hours of daylight and warm daytime temperatures. Please note that depending on weather and the previous winter, there can still be some snow on the higher trails (Kvasshovden) at the end of June.


Grade & Terrain

We grade this tour as moderate. You will be walking for between 3 and 8 hours per day, and the maximum ascent in one day is just over 1100m.  There are two days which would be graded more as moderate-strenuous which are Days 3 and 5. However, both walks are optional. This trip is suited to keen walkers who are used to walking long days in hillier terrain.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

Norway has an excellent system for trail-marking and all of the paths you will be following will be well way-marked. We also provide comprehensive route notes and maps so you will not have any problems finding your way.


Baggage Transfer

You will travel with your bags between destinations. 


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes, and lighter clothes for the sunny days, along with a day pack.

Getting to Bergen

By Air - You can fly direct to Bergen from a number of central destinations in Europe like Amsterdam (1h 30m), Copenhagen (1h 30m) London (2h), and Paris (2h).  You can also fly via Oslo (55m), with up to 20 flights per day between Oslo and Bergen.


By Rail - The Bergen Railway stretches between Oslo and Bergen and is a lovely way to travel into Bergen. There are up to 4 departures daily from Oslo to Bergen. The journey passes through some beautiful landscapes and takes approx 7 hours in total.


By Road - It is approx a 7 hour drive from Oslo to Bergen via the Hardangervidda mountain plateau. This route is partly on the National Tourist Route. There are several other routes to Bergen from Oslo by car, via either Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord or Hemsedal. All take between 7-8 hours.


By Ferry - There are a couple of different ways to travel to Bergen by ferry or boat.

The famous Hurtigruten cruise line stops there. You can also arrive by one of the high-speed ferries which travel up and down the Norwegian coast with Norled. Or you can catch the ferry from Stavanger with Fjord Line.

Included

  • 7 Nights in 3-star standard hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners
  • Ferry journeys as per itinerary
  • Train from Bergen to Voss
  • Bus from Voss to Ulvik on Day 2
  • Transfers on Day 6 (between Kinsarvik and Lofthus)
  • Detailed maps, route notes and pre-departure information pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Bergen
  • Local buses or taxis
  • Bus from Norheimsund to Bergen on Day 7
  • Lunches
  • Dinners (other than those mentioned)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Single room supplement if required

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the region is extremely popular and the accommodations do get booked up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

We grade this tour as moderate. You will be walking for between 3 and 8 hours per day, and the maximum ascent in one day is just over 1000m.  There are two days which would be graded more as moderate-strenuous which are Days 3 and 6.  This trip is suited to keen walkers who are used to walking in hillier terrain.

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

WOW!!

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Of all the Macs Adventures we have been on, this one perhaps was the most outstanding!! Terrific hikes, beautiful vistas, outstanding hotels with terrific food (and we are vegetarians) and all the transfers (by bus, ferry and train) were perfect. Norway is a treasure and we look forward to returning next summer we hope to do another Norway adventure with Macs. Thank you!!

Devorah and Margaret

Amherst MA

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