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Walking in the Sognefjord Self-Guided Walking Holiday,© Flåm Utvikling as , Credit Kyrre Wang - Blue
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Highlights

  • Walking around Sognefjord, the "king of fjords".
  • Scenic journeys by boat and rail into and around the fjord.
  • The wild Aurlandsdalen Valley, Norway's Grand Canyon.
  • Walk the "Navvies Road" from Myrdal to Flam.
  • An optional fjord cruise on the UNESCO World Heritage site Naeroyfjord.

Enjoy spectacular fjord views and wild green valleys surrounded by mountains on a week long walking trip around the "King of Fjords", the Sognefjord. Starting and ending with a night in Bergen, your time around the fjord is split between 3 nights in Flam and 2 nights in Balestrand, with plenty of time for some of the finest walks in the area in between.

Discover the old "Navvies Road" on a winding descent from Myrdal to Flam following the famous Flamsbana Railway, hike through the wild and beautiful Aurlandsdalen Valley, and enjoy panoramic trails with the best fjord views - this is the Norway of your dreams!

Day 1: Arrive Bergen

The World Heritage City of Bergen, known as the “gateway to the fjords” is a beautiful city filled with history. Wander through the Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, take the Floibanen 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: Train to Myrdal, Walk to Flam

A train journey on the scenic Bergen railway takes you to the village of Myrdal this morning. Disembark and enjoy a walk down the “Navvies Road” to the charming village of Flam on the innermost reaches of the Sognefjord. This winding downhill path passes by a mountain farm and provides wonderful views of the surrounding valley. If you get tired, you can always jump on the famous Flam Railway, which almost shadows the route.


Walk: 20km, 4-5hrs, 315m ascent/1133m descent


Dinner & Overnight: Flam


Day 3: Bus to Stegastein Viewpoint, Walk to Prest

A short bus ride (30min) will take you to the Stegastein Viewpoint first thing this morning, where you can enjoy fantastic views of the fjord landscape below you. A steep path takes you from here past the Turlifossen waterfall and mountain farm Turli to the Prest summit, where you have  panoramic views of the Aurlandsfjord 1363m below and the surrounding mountains.


Walk: 7.5km, 829m ascent/descent, 5-6 hours.


Overnight: Flam


Day 4: Walk along the Aurlandsdalen Valley

The wild Aurlandsdalen Valley is often referred to as the “Grand Canyon of Norway” due to its jaw-droppingly beautiful landscapes of untouched nature, fjords,  roaring rivers and paths cut into the steep mountainside. Your walk today is one of the classic hikes of fjord Norway from Østerbø to Vassbygdi.


Take a bus from Flam to Østerbø (1h). Then follow the trail cut into the cliff face along the Nesbø-vatnet lake, with an optional detour to the Vetlahelvete cave. Expect amazing views every step of the way! Arriving at Vassbygdi, take the bus back to Flam (25min).


If you prefer to take it easy you may like to take a cruise on the Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a particularly beautiful arm of the Sognefjord.


Walk: 18km, 470m ascent, 1208m descent, 6 hours 


Overnight: Flam


Day 5: Choice of Walks around Flam

Take your pick of a number of short walks around Flam this morning. We suggest two routes— one to a pretty waterfall not far from Flam or another to a nearby farmstead dating back to the 17th century.  There are also a number of other short walks you can take around Flam itself.


In the late afternoon hop on board the ferry for a beautiful journey by water to the pretty village of Balestrand.


Walk: 1-3 hours


Dinner & Overnight: Balestrand


Day 6: Transfer to Saurdal, Walk to Balestrand

Saurdal is an easily accessible area in the mountains, and after a short taxi transfer there this morning, you walk back to Balestrand via mountain valleys, plateaus, rivers and lakes.


Walk: 16km, 4-5 hours, 470m ascent, 1077m descent


Overnight: Balestrand


Day 7: Walk to Raudmelen

From the centre of Balestrand, the Raudmelen route follows a pretty nature trail before heading uphill for views to Balestrand on one side and over the rocky mountains to Esedalen on the other. At the top you are rewarded with fine views over the Sognefjord.


You should have time for lunch in Balestrand before hopping on the ferry back to Bergen for one final overnight stay.


Walk: 10.5km, 925m Ascent/Descent, 5-6 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 in Norway. We particularly recommend additional nights in either Balestrand or Bergen.


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 Sognefjord. 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 again a supplement is applicable.


Meals

7 breakfasts and 2 evening meals (Days 2 and 5) 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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Flamsbrygga Hotel - Flam



Flamsbrygga Hotel - Flam

A traditional family-run chalet-style hotel located by the Aurlandsfjord. Enjoy views of the surrounding spectacular scenery through large windows and glass balcony doors.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Kviknes Hotel - Balestrand



Kviknes Hotel - Balestrand

A beautiful old hotel run by the Kvikne family since 1877. It has been tastefully refurbished into a modern hotel whilst retaining its olde-world charm and atmosphere. From your room you can enjoy wonderful views of the Sognefjord.


 

 

 

Availability and Time of Year

You can start this tour anytime between the beginning of June and end of August. This is the most pleasant time of the year to walk in the Sognefjord 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 at the end of June.


Grade & Terrain

We grade this tour as moderate. You will be walking for between 3 and 6 hours per day, and the maximum ascent in one day is about 900m. This trip is suited to keen walkers who are used to walking 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. On Day 2 when you walk between Myrdal and Flam, your bags will be transferred by train from Myrdal to Flam.


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
  • 2 Dinners
  • Ferry and train journeys as per itinerary
  • Return bus tickets between Flam and the Stegastein Viewpoint on Day 3
  • Detailed maps, route notes and pre-departure information pack
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Bergen
  • Luggage transfers on Day 2 from Myrdal to Flam (approx £5, arranged locally)
  • Local buses on Day 4
  • 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 6 hours per day, and the maximum ascent in one day is about 900m. 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.

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