Day 1: Arrive Stavanger
Easily accessed by flights from around the UK and Europe, Stavanger is a bustling university city with a fascinating history and a charming place to start your trip. Pick up your car at the airport and head to Stavanger city. After checking into your hotel, have a wander around the city, exploring its pretty 18th century cobbled streets, vibrant harbour and picturesque old town.
Day 2: Hike to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Take a ferry from Stavanger to Tau this morning (40min) followed by a short bus ride (25m) to the Pulpit Cabin where you will start this iconic hike. Located 604m high above the Lysefjord, the Pulpit Rock is one of Norway's most photographed sites and a spectacular viewing platform. A steep, narrow trail is rewarded with your first wow-moment of the trip on reaching the summit. Return to Stavanger for another overnight stay.
Walk: 8km, 574m ascent/descent, 4 hrs
Day 3: Hike to Kjerag
Return to the Lysefjord (2.5h drive) for another spectacular hike. The Kjerag mountain soars up to 1000m above sea level on either side of the fjord and your hike today takes you up to the plateau with the ultimate goal of standing on the Kjeragbolten!
This round boulder wedged in between a mountain crevice is unbelievably wide enough to stand on with just that between you and the fjord below. One for the adrenalin junkes! If you prefer you can simply admire the views from the plateau itself. Reaching the bottom, drive to your overnight stop in the idyllic Setesdal Valley, the village of Rysstad.
Walk: 10km, 530m ascent/descent, 4-5 hours.
Drive Stavanger to Lysebotn: 2.5 hours
Drive Lysebotn to Rysstad: 2 hours
Day 4: Hike up Gaustatoppen
Head towards the Hardangervidda National Park today and enjoy a hike up the mountain of Gaustatoppen for views of approximately one-sixth of Norway! Despite its lofty height of 1883m, the trail is wide and clear and the tourist cabin close to the top serves coffee and waffles to make it all worthwhile! Stay overnight in the nearby Kvitavatn Fjellstoge, a comfortable mountain lodge in spectacular surroundings with private rooms available.
Walk: 8.7km, 605m ascent/descent, 4-5 hours.
Drive: 3h, 180km
Dinner & Overnight: Rjukan
Day 5: The Hardangervidda National Park Route
Driving along the Hardangervidda National Park route today, you have a choice of several easier walks around the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, one of the largest in Europe. Follow a route taken by resistance fighters in the 2nd World War down into a deep gorge, take a short hike up the Rauland mountain for wonderful views of Totak lake, or enjoy a fine mountain trail from Haukeliseter Mountain Cabin. As well as the walks, this is also a breath-taking drive with numerous observation points along the way. Continue to the town of Odda, your hopping off point for your next iconic hike, the Trolltunga!
Walk 1 - The Saboteurs Route: 8km, 2-3 hours
Walk 2 - Walk to Te Cabin, Rauland: 2.5km, 1-2 hours
Walk 3 - Walk from Haukeliseter Mountain Hut: 12km, 4 hours
Drive: 3.5h, 200km
Day 6: Optional hikes from Odda - Trolltunga, Juklavass Glacier Hike or Walking in Hardangervidda
If you were to do one day hike in Norway, and are up for a challenge, the Trolltunga is it! Situated 1000m above sea level, and jutting horizontally out of the mountain like a "trolls tongue", this is one of the finest sea cliffs in Europe. Whilst it is possible to do this hike independently we recommend doing it with a guide, as it is a challenge, taking between 10-12 hours in total. This is also the only way to get that iconic picture of you leaping into the air on the tip of the cliff! Choose the option for the Trolltunga guided hike if you would like to do this.
If you prefer something slightly easier and a bit different, another option is a guided glacier hike in the Folgefonna National Park. (only available 10Jun-01 Sep). Easily adapted to suit all abilities, expert guides will take you over the amazing blue ice telling you all about the physical geography of the glacier and its formation.
You can also return to the Hardangervidda if you prefer some more gentle self-guided walking.
We recommend pre-booking with us if you would like to do Trolltunga or the Glacier Hike.
Trolltunga Walk: 20km, 1090m Ascent/Descent, 10-12 Hours.
Day 7: Drive to Hardangerfjord, Husedalen Waterfall Hike
A short drive (55min) takes you to the Hardangerfjord and your base there for the next 2 nights, the pretty village of Lofthus. Today we recommend one of the most beautiful walks in Hardangerfjord, the famous Husedalen Waterfall Hike. This trail follows a succession of four cascading waterfalls, through the Husedalen valley from Kinsarvik right up to the Hardangervidda plateau.
Walk: 15km, 775m ascent/descent, 5-6 hours
Drive: 55m, 44km
Day 8: Nosi viewpoint and the Monk Steps Trail
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.
Day 9: Drive to Bergen, Walk around Mount Floyen
A three hour drive takes you from Lofthus to the historic city of Bergen. After dropping off your car and checking into your hotel we recommend taking the floibanen funicular to the viewpoint high above the city, from where you can continue on a walk around the surrounding mountains, or return to the bottom for a wander around pretty Bergen.
Walk: 7km, 3-4 hours
Drive: 3h, 150km
Day 10: 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. We particularly recommend some additional nights in either Lofthus or Bergen.
Availability and Time of Year
You can start this tour anytime between July and middle of September. From the end of August to mid-September , the ferry usually included from Lauvvik to Lysebotn does not operate, so you will need to take an alternative route by road during those dates.
Single Rooms & Solo Walkers
Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers. However we are able to offer single rooms within your party for a supplement.
Grade & Terrain
We grade this tour as moderate overall (with a couple of the days being moderate-strenuous). You will be walking for between 3 and 8 hours per day with ascents of up to 995m.(10 hours and 1090m ascent if you choose to do the optional Trolltunga hike). The Trolltunga is a tough hike but manageable for most people in good shape with the help of a guide. The hike to Gaustatoppen is graded as moderate-strenuous. All of the walks are also optional so this makes it very flexible as to how much walking you may wish to do.
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 provide comprehensive route notes and maps as well as GPX tracks and access to our navigation based smartphone app, the Macs App. We will also provide a comprehensive road atlas and driving directions.
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.
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.
9 Days Compact Car Hire (similar to a Volkswagen Golf) is included in your tour cost. You can pay to upgrade to a larger car (recommended for parties over 3). If you prefer to arrange your own car hire you can also select this as an option when making your booking and a reduction will be added to your booking.
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 Stavanger
By Air - You can fly direct to Stavanger from a number of central destinations in Europe like Amsterdam (1h 30m), Copenhagen (1h), and London (1h 40m). Airlines include KLM, SAS, Norwegian and British Airways. You can also fly via Oslo (50m), with up to 7 flights daily between Oslo and Stavanger with Norwegian.
By Rail - NSB (Norwegian State Railway) offer regular train departures to Stavanger from Oslo via Kristiansand, taking approx 8 hours.
By Bus - There are several daily bus departures from Oslo (10h), Bergen (5h) and Kristiansand (4h) to Stavanger.
Getting from Bergen
By Air - You can fly direct from Bergen to 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/out of Bergen. There are up to 4 departures daily from Bergen to Oslo. The journey passes through some beautiful landscapes and takes approx 7 hours in total.
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.