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


  • 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, 6hrs, 180m ascent/1015m descent

Dinner & Overnight: Flam

Day 3: Transfer to Stegastein Viewpoint, Walk to Prest

A short transfer (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, 740m 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: 15km, 270m ascent, 1010m 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: 15km, 6 hours, 460m ascent, 1070m 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, 930m 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.


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.


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 provide comprehensive route notes and maps as well as GPX tracks and access to our navigation based smartphone app, the Macs App.

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.


  • 7 Nights in 3-star standard hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Ferry and train journeys as per itinerary
  • Return transfer between Flam and the Stegastein Viewpoint on Day 3
  • Detailed maps, route notes, pre-departure information pack, GPX tracks and access to our navigation app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support


  • 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
  • Taxi to Saurdal on Day 6
  • Lunches
  • Dinners (other than those mentioned)
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment


  • 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.

Spectacular Scenery


Norway's gorgeous scenery is not to be missed--such a grand scale and so many waterfalls. We enjoyed the mix of transportation--train, ferries, bus and taxi. Hotels were great; the buffet at Kviknes Hotel in Balestrand is wonderful.


Madison, WI


ABSOLUTE must - beautiful hiking in Norway!


Amazing experience. Everything from the pre-departure information, communication with the Mac's team, the app was seamless and very reliable. The hiking was absolutely beautiful, jaw dropping views of the Sognefjord and surronding fjords. It was the perfect level of intensity and time spent walking for people with reasonable fitness levels. Highly recommend both this hike and Mac's!




Great views


Accommodations, meals and itinerary were very good. One miscue was the minibus/taxi was not scheduled causing a late start. Lack of local input had us hiking in a flooded out valley with the river crossing washed out. Perhaps if a local provided guidance we would have hikes somewhere else that day. We had to retrace our steps then walk 12 miles back to town half of which was on a busy road.

Vibram Soul



Dramatic intro To Norway's Fjords


Hikes were well selected and certainly represented best of the scenery in the area. We would have preferred hotels less crowded with American "cruise"-type tourists, but of course these are high-profile destinations, and naturally have more tourists than other self-guided walks we've taken (e.g. Romania and Wales). For the Sognefjord area, this was really tops! Plus, you lost the tourists once out on the walks.


Hanover N.H.


Amazing Hikes in the Norway Fjords


Blessed with great weather we had the right mixture of adventurous strenuous hiking days with local exploring time. A chance for mountain hikes to high alps, down beautiful valleys, ferry rides, and train ride if you like. Interesting options like biking, sea kayaking,and exploring the history of the area. The hiking guide book provided by MAC was full of detail and helpful hints. The accommodations very nice. Transportation easy to negotiate. A wonderful trip of a life time!




Spectacular scenery


This trip was amazing from beginning to end. Absolutely spectacular scenery. Accommodations were very nice. Map notes were good for the most part. Mary from Macs was extremely helpful when I reached out with a question in the middle of my trip. This is my second Macs tour. I highly recommend their service.




Recommending this trip


Kellen was a great help in arranging this trip. She was very responsive to our questions and quick to return emails and phone calls!




Walking the Sognefjord

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