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A journey off the beaten track in Norway is an experience of a lifetime! Connect with kind-hearted locals, discover endless hidden gems and taste delicious cuisine. This 13 day, active cultural & nature immersion will provide plenty of jaw dropping sights, cultural treasures and opportunities to challenge yourself through kayaking, cycling and hiking. Don't worry - It's not all hard work. You will...

A journey off the beaten track in Norway is an experience of a lifetime! Connect with kind-hearted locals, discover endless hidden gems and taste delicious cuisine. This 13 day, active cultural & nature immersion will provide plenty of jaw dropping sights, cultural treasures and opportunities to challenge yourself through kayaking, cycling and hiking. Don't worry - It's not all hard work. You will spend a significant amount of time in comfort, during a midnight fjord cruise and several stunning rail journeys. All aboard!

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Day 1: Arrival in Oslo

Welcome to Norway...

• Begin your adventure in a city full of unforgettable charm and character

The city is made for walking and the local transportation makes it easy to get around

• Enjoy a free evening in Oslo

• For dinner, stop by either Lofoten Restaurant, Cafè Skansen, or Smalhans


Day 2: Eco kayaking excursion

• Sample brown goat cheese for breakfast - a must!

• Set off on a guided small group half day kayaking experience in the Oslofjord (no experience necessary)

• Learn about wildlife conservation efforts and participate in a beach cleanup activity (optional)

• Afterwards, you will receive eco-travel recommendations from your guide


Day 3: Railway Journey to Åndalsnes

• Embark on a epic rail journey from Oslo to the mountaineering base of Åndalsnes (5h)

• Along the route, observe Norway's most dramatic terrain. The beautiful emerald-green Rauma River will keep you company for most of the journey

• Take in the views of Kylling Bridge and Trollveggen, Europe’s highest perpendicular mountain wall

• Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transfer to your charming hotel

• For dinner, you will be served a Norwegian meal based on seasonal ingredients


Day 4: Ona lighthouse & midnight cruise

Day trip to Ona, Norway’s southernmost fishing village with a permanent population of 25 people!

• The trip starts in Ålesund by high-speed ferry to Harøya. Then you go by bus to Finnøya and on to Ona by ferry

• After dinner, you'll embark on the Hurtigruten cruise from Ålesund to Florø

Midnight departure ensures peaceful landscapes and a good night sleep in your private cabin


Day 5: Hiking in Åndalsnes

• Enjoy delicious breakfast aboard the cruise before arrival in Bergen in the afternoon

• Prepare for Romsdalseggen - the most beautiful hike in Norway (8h, moderate, guide optional)

• Today's excursion will offer unmatched viewsof the Trollveggen wallRomsdalshorn & Vengetindene peaks, valleys, tiny towns and the Norwegian Sea

• Shorter and easier Rampestreken hike is a great alternative (2h)

• For dinner, it's probably safe to say you've earned a delicious local meal


Day 6: Ålesund

• Transfer to the bus station and take the local bus to Ålesund (2h)

• Upon arrival, get lost among the colorful streets and outdoor cafés

• As for activities, you can visit museums or a sea park. Numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are also available

A hike to Kniven is obligatory when visiting Ålesund!

• For authentic Norwegian cuisine, consider dinner at Café Lyspunktet, XL Diner or Ano Restaurant


Day 7: Bergen

• Today, you will sail into Bergen. Here are some suggestions for how to spend the rest of the day:

Ride the Fløibanen funicular (or hike the trail on foot) to the top of Mount Fløyen for the best views of the city

Go for an evening stroll around Bergen in the evening for a peaceful experience of these Hanseatic buildings

• Dine out. We have a large list of recommendations for a night of indulgence.


Day 8: Hike in Bergen with a local

• Meet up with a local resident for a private hike of Bergen based on your interests! Here are a few ideas that past travelers have enjoyed:

Hike to Anker Cabin (4h): Head up to the mountainside known as “Sandviksbatteriet” with spectacular views over the city and arrive at a hidden cabin rich in World War II history

Hike Mt. Sandviken (3h): Includes a visit to Stoltzekliven - consisting of 900 steps built by sherpas from Nepal

Relaxed walk along Fjellveien (3h): A combination of a relaxing city walk and a stunning view from the hillside


Day 9: Fjord cruise & Bondhus Glacier hike

• Walk down to Bergen harbor and board the Hardanger express to Rosendal

• Enjoy a scenic journey through the fjords surrounded by steep mountains (2h) Onboard, drinks and snacks are available for purchase

• At arrival, you will be picked up by your wonderful local hosts, Sjur and Laila, who will take you on your adventure to Bondhus Glacier

• Set off on a easy two-hour hike while looking for wild strawberries, blackcurrants and other seasonal berries on the way

• Continue through the Vetledalen valley and make a closer approach to the glacier itself. Breath in the fresh air and enjoy the view!

• After the hike and lunch, return to the pier and cruise back to Bergen


Day 10: Fjord cruise & cider tasting

​•  Board the ferry to Balestrand. This fjord cruise takes you into the longest and deepest fjord in Norway!

• Check-in and relax before meeting charming locals for a cider tasting

• The Cider House in Balestrand is a family-run business situated in an organic orchard offering a 45-minute tasting including a flight of five ciders. (For guests under 18, the ciders are replaced by juices)

• The locals produce cider, sparkling cider, fruit wines and brandy, in addition to a range of juices

• Following the tour, continue exploring Balestrand on your own

Fjord de GeirangerBalestrand

Day 11: A day at leisure in Balestrand

• In addition to exploring the area's St. Olav's Church, local museums, and hiking trails, you can also rent bikes at the tourist office

Cycling suggestions include:

• Esefjordsvegen road: Visit an arboretum and a bathing place, located at a church from the 1800s

Kvamsøy: an island with a great outdoor area, barbecue and bathing spot, as well as sculptures and a ballroom. The entire route offers excellent fjord views and is not too steep

For hiking options, we recommend the following:

• Ja - Steinen: Various marked walking trails start at the Belehalli sports hall. The short Kreklingen nature trail starts here.

• Raudmelen: Hike up 972m to the top of Mt Raudmelenover, overlooking Balestrand


Day 12: Fjord cruising & scenic railway to Oslo

• Walk down to the pier, board a ferry and cross the fjord to Flåm (1h30), connecting Flåmsbana Railway to the UNESCO world heritage Nærøyfjord

• We recommend sampling pastries at Flåm bakery and a visit to the fascinating Flåm railway museum

• In the afternoon take the Flåm Railway to Myrdal, one of the most beautiful and steepest rail journeys in the world!

• In Myrdal, change train towards Oslo

 On arrival, walk a short 10 minutes to your hotel


Day 13: Oslo departure 

• Say farewell to Norway and head to the airport by local train

We hope you had an excellent time and wish you a safe onward journey!


OsloÅndalsnesHurtigruten ÅlesundBergenFjord de GeirangerBalestrand

Price details

This tour idea is fully customizable

The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.

For 2 Adults
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All year round $3,870

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