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Walking the Hardangerfjord

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.8 Read 6 reviews
  • 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
  • Travel on scenic ferries, buses and trains
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.

What To Expect

If you want to get there quickly but also experience those classic fjord landscapes, Hardangerfjord is the trip for you. Suitable for keen walkers used to walking in hillier terrain, with walks of between 3 and 8 hours a day and up to 1000m ascent. Stay overnight in traditional fjord-side hotels in Hardangerfjord and a modern city hotel in Bergen, and travel on the excellent train, bus & ferry network.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Multi Center Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking tour

This trip is suitable for:

Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities, Groups > 10, First Timers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Mountains

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & 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

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 access to our App so you will not have any problems finding your way.

Accommodations

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.

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.

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.

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, pre-departure information pack, GPX tracks and access to our navigation app
  • 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

When To Go

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. 

Getting to the Start

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.

Getting from the End

Your tour finishes in Bergen. Use any of the options mentioned above for your onward travel. If you would like additional nights in Bergen, let us know. 

Luggage 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Bergen Day 2 By train and bus to Ulvik, Short Walk Around Ulvik 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Walk to the Summit of Kvasshovden 8 miles / 13 km Day 4 Loop Walk to Solsaevatnet Lake 11 miles / 18 km Day 5 The Husedalen Waterfall Walk 8.5 miles / 14 km Day 6 Nosi viewpoint and the Monk Steps Trail 6.5 miles / 10.5 km Day 7 Fruit Trail and River Valley Walk from Lofthus 5 miles / 8.5 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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