Summary Norway has always been on Walkabout’s radar. Jon visited as a Scout in 1987 and kept coming back, learning to speak Norwegian along the way. Indeed, the concept of Walkabout itself was born in an igloo camping skiing trip to Stranda in Sunnmøre in 1996. It’s always been our aim to return with walking holidays and it is with a tinge of sadness that it has taken us so long. However, the fantastic mountain views, the fresh smell of the forests, clean air, rivers and lakes are still there and waiting!
Itinerary The holiday includes 6 nights full board accommodation and 7 full days of guided walking through Jotunheimen, Sognefjord, Hardangervidda plateau and Hallingdal. Departure will be from Oslo S station at 9.00 am on the first Sunday of the hiking holiday, returning around 3pm on the 7th day. We will spend as much time away from Oslo and some of the most visited tourist hot-spots as possible - however with plenty of scope for an inspirational and varied schedule.
Detailed Itinerary Day 1 (Sunday): Travel to Beitostølen - We will depart Oslo S and head northwards along the Valdres valley to our accommodation at Beitostølen where we will do a short warm-up walk in the afternoon. (450m/1500ft ascent, 6m/10km, easy tracks, 4 hours)
Day 2 (Monday): Besseggen - As featured in Henrik Ibsen’s Per Gynt! This is one of Norway’s classic walks - and can be busy - the narrow ridge has the light green waters of glacier-fed Gjende lake to the south and the higher snow-melt fed fresh water to the north. We do the walk as an out/back trip from the car at Gjendesheim. 600m/2000ft, 6m/10km, stepped path, rough in places, 6 hrs.
Day 3 (Tuesday): Jotunheimen hiking - We transfer across the almost Scottish looking Valdresflya around the eastern side of Jotunheimen before driving up into the mountains to the mountain lodge at Spiterstulen, before a hike in the afternoon 300m/1000ft, 6m/10km, rough path, snow slopes, 5 hours We will then head westwards over the 1400m high Sognefjell road to our accommodation at Sognefjord.
Day 4 (Wednesday): Nigaardsbreen Glacier Walking - an interesting excursion onto the most accessible of Jostedalbreen's glacier arms using local guides, Jostedalen Breførarlag. Crampons and ice axes are supplied.
Day 5 (Thursday): Ferry to Naerøyfjord - A couple of hour’s ferry ride in the morning along the world famous Naerøyfjord to Gudvangen, followed by one of the long road tunnels to Flåm/Aurland where we do an afternoon hike to a goat farm. 300m/1000ft 10km, good trail 4 hours. We then have a transfer from the fjords to the Hardangervidda plateau at the Geilo area, which will be our base for the last 2 nights.
Day 6 (Friday): Plateau hike - We use forest roads to gain some ascent followed by hiking above the tree line - with great views to Hallingskarvet mountain and the surrounding plateau. 300m/1000ft 6m/10km, 300 . Day 7 (Saturday) Oslo Nordmarka We travel back to Oslo but not before doing a great short hike in the Nordmarka forest from Sognsvann station, just north of the city. You can either stay over for further city exploring or we will transfer you to Oslo S station for the airport train.
Dates and Prices 2020 September 6th to 12th October 4th to 10th
£1350 (Single Supplement £300)
Accommodation and Meals Your accommodation for the week is in personally selected small bed and breakfasts and mountain cabins in small towns and villages in Southern Norway. Evening meals for the whole group on this trip are normally taken at a local inn or restaurant. On all our tours we make a special effort to ensure that your evening meals are a highlight of the trip and seafood is a particular speciality on this trip. Specific dietary requirements can normally be catered for if we know in advance. Packed lunches are not included.
Grading of Walks The walking throughout this tour we class as “moderate” – suitable for people of reasonable fitness who enjoy walking or the outdoors but who needn’t necessarily have any previous hiking experience. Walks each day are between 5-7 hours, with some lower level walks with little ascent and more challenging days involving some mountain ascent (see above). You will be on patted terrain throughout the week, but this will vary to being quite rugged or sometimes rocky with one day on a glacier with local guides. If you have any doubts about your suitability for the trip please just ask! Please read our grading guide here