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Oslo to Bergen: Rail & Hike

10 Days & 9 Nights 4.2 Read 4 reviews
  • Travel from Oslo to Bergen on the scenic "Bergensbanen" Railway.
  • Walking in the mountains and fjordlands of Norway.
  • The mountain village of Finse, located 1222m above sea level.
  • The beautiful Flåm and Aurlandsdalen fjord valleys.
  • Hardangerfjord, the "Orchard of Norway".
Travel on one of the world’s most scenic railways from Oslo to Bergen, hopping off to enjoy fantastic walking along the way. With stops in the mountains at Finse and Geilo, the Flåm valley by the picturesque Aurlandsfjord, and the famous Hardangerfjord, this is a journey which captures the true essence of Norway. Starting with a night in the capital city of Oslo, travelling by rail allows you to admire the unfolding scenery in comfort, as well as getting out on foot to explore the extraordinarily beautiful landscapes which Norway is so famous for. Finish your journey with a night in the World Heritage City of Bergen, the perfect end to an amazing trip!

What To Expect

Perfect if you enjoy the journey as much as the destination, this tour allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery, in between varied walks of 8- 20km and ascents of up to 775m. Overnight stops are in charming mountain inns and traditional fjord-side hotels.

Tour Style:

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

Activity:

Rail & Hike | See more of a destination by mixing train travel with walks accessible from the rail-line. Travel inn-to-inn by train & enjoy hikes from each stopping point. Train fare inc- no baggage transfers.

Inspiration:

Classic

Activity Level & 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 6 hours per day with ascents of up to 775m. Many of the walks are also quite easy to shorten if you don’t want to walk as much and as you are not walking from inn to inn each day, this gives you the flexibility to enjoy as much walking as you desire. 

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, the Macs app.

Accommodations

Stay for 9 nights in 3-star standard hotels. We have carefully chosen traditional hotels in spectacular mountain and fjord-side locations which offer great service, fantastic views and good restaurants. The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. Occasionally we may have to use different hotels than the ones named  subject to availability but they will be of a very similar standard. 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

Unfortunately this trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of some of the walks. However we are able to offer single rooms within your party for a supplement.

Meals

9 breakfasts and 3 evening meals are included. To keep things flexible, other dinners and lunches are not included. Most of your accommodations will be happy to prepare a packed lunch or you can stop on your way at a cafe or restaurant of your choice. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodations.

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.

Included
  • 9 Nights in 3-star standard hotels
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 4 Dinners
  • Train journeys as per itinerary
  • Detailed route notes, maps, information pack, GPX tracks and access to our navigation app
  • 24-7 Emergency telephone support from our office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Oslo and from Bergen
  • Luggage Transfer on Day 4 from Myrdal to Flam (payable locally)
  • Lunches
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Local buses or taxis
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Guided glacier hike (this is only possible mid July till mid August)

When To Go

You can start this tour on any day of the week between the start of July and the end of August subject to availability. This is the most pleasant time of the year to walk around in Norway with plenty 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 trails at the beginning and end of the season.  We recommend booking as far in advance as possible as the accommodations get booked up very quickly however we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

Getting to the Start

There are direct flights to Oslo from most major cities in Europe, and from some cities in North America and Asia. Example flight times are London-Oslo (2h), New York-Oslo (7.5h), Rome-Oslo (3h).

Getting from the End

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 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.
By Train: If you are flying back from Oslo, we can book a return ticket on the train for you. Please select this as an option when making your booking. The total train journey from Bergen back to Oslo takes approx. 7 hours.

General Information

All your train tickets as per the itinerary are included as part of this tour. This will be in a standard cabin/seat. If you would like to upgrade to first class, please let us know and this can be priced on request for you.

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 Oslo Day 2: Train to Geilo, Walk around Ustedalsfjorden 6.5 miles / 10 km Day 3: Train to Finse, Optional Glacier Hike or Klemsbu Hytte Walk 7 miles / 11 km Day 4: Train to Myrdal/Walk to Flam 13 miles / 20 km Day 5: Walk along the Aurlandsdalen Valley or Short Walks around Flam 9 miles / 15 km Day 6: By Train and Bus to Lofthus Day 7/8: Choice of Walks from Lofthus Day 8 Choice of Walks from Lofthus Day 9: Bus to Voss, Loop Walk from Voss, Train to Bergen 6.5 miles / 10 km Day 10: Onward Travel

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