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Walking the Sognefjord

8 Days & 7 Nights 4.6 Read 7 reviews
  • 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!

What To Expect

The Sognefjord is the world's deepest and longest fjord, and for this reason offers just slightly more dramatic scenery than the Hardangerfjord. Suitable for keen walkers looking for exhilarating and more rugged walks, with daily walks of between 3 and 6 hours and ascents of up to 900m. Overnight stays are in modern city hotels in Bergen and historic hotels in fjord-side locations, and travel is by boat and train.

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:

Groups > 10

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

  • Most Popular
  • Classic

Activity Level & 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

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, so you will have no problem 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 Sognefjord. 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 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.

Included
  • 7 Nights in 3-star 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, 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
  • 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

When To Go

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.

Getting to the Start

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.

Getting from the End

From Bergen, use any of the ways detailed above for your onward travel.

Luggage 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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Bergen Day 2 Train to Myrdal, Walk to Flam 12 miles / 19 km Day 3 Bus to Stegastein Viewpoint, Walk to Prest 5 miles / 7.5 km Day 4 Walk along the Aurlandsdalen Valley 10 miles / 15.5 km Day 5 Choice of Walks around Flam 6 miles / 9 km Day 6 Transfer to Saurdal, Walk to Balestrand 9 miles / 15 km Day 7 Walk to Raudmelen 7 miles / 11 km Day 8 Onward Travel

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