ICONS OF THE WEST FJORDS

Regions

Southwest

Starting Point

Stavanger

Best time to travel

late May - early Sept

Recommended Length

8 - 10 days

Minimum Age*

Outdoor Adventure

Activity Level **

4/5

Discover the fantastic scenery along the southwestern fjords of Norway on this nine days tour suggestion. Travel from Stavanger to Bergen and take in the beautiful glacial scenery made from fjords, waterfalls and mountains while out and about hiking, cycling or kayaking. Iconic landmarks such as Preikistolen, Kjerag and Trolltunga or the stunning peninsula of Haugesund are waiting to be discovered.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ fantastic scenery and exciting outdoor adventures along the mighty Hardangerfjord
✓ hiking tour along the scenic Lysefjord from Preikistolen and Kjerag
✓ island hopping and traditional heritage in the Boknafjorden
✓ overnight hiking tour to Trolltunga to experience sunset and sunrise
✓ Norwegian culture and liv and lifestyle in the lively towns of Stavanger, Haugesund and Bergen

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival - overnight in Stavanger
Day 2 - Lysefjord boat tour - Kjerag hike - overnight in Stavanger (160km)
Day 3 - Preikestolen sunrise hike - overnight in Stavanger (150km)
Day 4 - Island hopping to Haugesund - overnight in Haugesund (90km)
Day 5 - Langfoss Waterfall - Trolltunga sunset hike - overnight Trolltungs campsite (50km)
Day 6 - sunrise at Trolltunga - Hardangerfjord - overnight in Eidfjord (80km)
Day 7 - white water jumping and rafting in the Hardangervidda National Park - overnight Eidfjord
Day 8 - sea kayaking in the Hardangerfjord - food tour in Bergen - overnight in Bergen (160km)
Day 9 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO NORWAY
Arrive to Stavanger and check-in. You have the rest of the day to enjoy the young university town with its international atmosphere.
Overnight in Stavanger.

DAY 2 – LYSEFJORDEN SUNRISE CRUISE - HIKING TO KJERAG
You will have an early start today to beat the crowds for a scenic hike to the iconic Kjerag Mountain. Take in the stunning scenery while relaxing over morning coffee on a cruise on Norway's Lysefjord before making your way up to Kjerag, the highest peak in the Lysefjord. You will bridge approx. 800m on your way on this relatively demanding hike and will be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views over the peaceful Lysefjord and Norway's western fjords.
Overnight in Stavanger.

DAY 3 - PREIKESTOLEN - RYFYLKE - SULDAL
Today you will hike to one of the most spectacular viewing points in the world - Preikestolen or "the Pulpit Rock", rising 604m above the Lysefjord. This solid rock block on the top overlooking the fjord was formed during the last ice age around 10,000 years ago and you can enjoy great views over the fjord and Norway's western fjords from the natural platform.
Overnight in the Stavanger.

DAY 4 - ISLAND HOPPING TO HAUGESUND
You will take the island route to Haugesund today, taking you along Norway's beautiful fjord coast with scattered little islands and fantastic coastlines. With over 250 islands, you can experience everything from the idyllic archipelago to the brute force of the north Sea. Stop at the Urstein Monastery, Norway’s only preserved medieval monastery and learn how Norway’s first king, Harald Hairfair, established his seat here. Due to its strong agricultural heritage, the islands landscape is diverse and of great cultural and biological value and therefore are a paradise for nature lovers, where you will find many walking and cycling routes in unspoiled nature or the opportunity to the take a trip on a fishing boat. You can also choose to climb the 293m high Mount Boknafjellet from where you will enjoy fantastic panoramic views all across Haugalandet.
Enjoy a stroll through Haugesund in the evening, taking you along Smedasundet Sound, which will give you a good impression of the city’s history and its strong connection to fishing. You will also find a good choice of restaurants, bars and cultural offers in the area.
Overnight in Haugesund.

DAY 5 - LANGFOSS WATERALL - TROLLTUNGA SUNSET HIKE
Embark on one of Norway's most scenic hikes today as you will make your way up to the spectacular Trolltunga, a rock formation sitting 1,100m above sea level above the Ringedalsvatnet lake. You will get to enjoy both sunset and sunrise on this hike as you will settle down at a campsite at Trolltunga for the night to have enough time to discover all the beautiful spots in the area and to enjoy the fantastic view over the majestic valley once the crowds have left. Enjoy a traditional Norwegian dinner prepared at the campsite while watching the sun setting over the lake.
Overnight at Trolltunga campsite.

DAY 6 - TROLLTUNGA - HARDANGERFJORD
Enjoy the sunrise over the valley over breakfast before making your way from Trolltunga back to civilization. The Hardangerfjord is the fourth longest fjord in the world and the second longest in Norway and you will have the rest of the day to explore the beautiful scenery with dramatic mountains, waterfalls and picturesque villages.
Overnight in the Hardangerfjord area.

DAY 7 - WHITE WATER JUMPING OR RAFTING IN HARDANGERVIDDA NATIONAL PARK
Today, you will explore the fresh and crystal clear waters running down from Norway's Hardangervidda National Park. You can choose to either tame the river on a rafting trip or conquer the water on a canyoning adventure, where you scramble along the river canyon, plunge into the clear water or slip down natural slides. Either way, Hardangervidda National Park is the perfect playground for both activities and you will enjoy nature and activity at its peak!
Overnight in the Hardangerfjord area.

DAY 8 - KAYAKING IN THE FJORD - FOOD TOUR BERGEN
Start the morning with a refreshing sea kayaking tour in the Hardangervidda fjord and paddle between majestic mountains and deep fjord valleys. A great way to take in Norway's wonderful fjord coast scenery one last time.
Continue to Bergen in the afternoon, stroll along the port and the UNESCO World heritage listed Bryggen with it's beautiful historic houses before joining a guided food tour in the evening taking you closer to some of Norway's best culinary gems.
Overnight in Bergen.

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport and departure.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
As the country stretches over a length of just under 1,500km from south to north, the climatic conditions in Norway are quite varied. The gulf stream brings mild conditions to the western coast. Temperatures in spring in the west and south lay around 14 degrees. Norway's northern and eastern regions have cold, long winters and warm summers.
Due to the northern location, November, December and January are the darkest months in Norway with long dark nights everywhere and hardly any daylight in northern Norway. February and March are still considered winter months and come with long dark nights, but offer great conditions for winter sports. Including October, these months also bear the best chances to spot the Northern lights. Temperatures still tend to be quite low in April and October, but spring is unfolding all across Norway in May and between June and September the conditions for getting outdoors are perfect with warm temperatures and long days.

How to travel
Oslo Gardermoen is by far the largest and busiest international and national hub for passengers arriving to Norway by plane. Many airlines offer regular schedules and direct connections to many European cities and it is also easy to connect here to other destinations in Norway. There are only a few direct long-haul connections from Gardermoen, but it is possible to connect through the European hubs like Copenhagen, Frankfurt or London.
After Gardermoen, Bergen, Stavanger, Trondheim and Tromso have the highest passenger volumes. International direct European connections are also available from these airports.
It is also possible to arrive to Norway by ferry with links to Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany or the UK.
The national flight network is well developed with frequent and regular national connections, also to the smaller, regional airports.
Despite the natural challenges like fjords, high mountains and harsh winter conditions, infrastructure is well developed in Norway. Railroads are mainly located in the south while most northern regions are accessible by car, ship or plane. Local transport issues have seen large investments since many tunnels, bridges or ferryboat connections are indispensable in many parts of Norway.

Travelling with children
Norway is a great country to travel with the whole family with kids friendly hotels, restaurants and activities waiting around every corner. From roaming the green parks and museums of Oslo, enjoying outdoor activities and Viking culture around the western fjords or whale watching and dog sledding adventures in the north, Norway holds many adventures that kids will never forget.
Many Norwegians tend to travel as a family, so many hotels and attractions are well prepared to look after families and make them feel welcome. Admission to museums and other attractions is often free for children under six years and family tickets are nearly always available.
Outdoor adventures are the best way to experience the magnificent landscape of Norway and there is a wide range to enjoy with the whole family, obviously the older the kids, the wider the range of adventures. For younger kids, there are wildlife safaris or theme parks all over the country, where kids can also learn about the magnificent nature and the mythical heritage.
Children’s products are widely available, but, like many things in Norway, are very expensive, so you might want to consider to pack a reasonable supply from home , specially for very small kids.
As many activities center around being outside, the summer months are the best time for families to travel to Norway. But winter also holds some great experiences to be enjoyed with the whole family, like the Northern lights, skiing or dog sledding, so don’t let the cold temperatures hold you back, it’s all about being prepared and bringing the right clothes.
Many restaurants offer kids menus with smaller portions for cheaper prices. Baby changing areas and high chairs are available in most places. Car seats are available when renting a car, but it is advisable to reserve in advance when traveling over the summer months.

What to bring
If traveling in summer
As with many northern and coastal countries, it is possible to experience all four seasons within a couple of hours, especially over summertime. So it’s best to be prepared for all weather and keep in mind that it can be cold in the south and warm in the north and vice versa.
As conditions can change quickly in Norway and temperatures vary with altitude, it is best to dress in layers and always bring a waterproof jacket and, if hiking, some waterproof trousers and proper waterproof hiking boots. As the sun is strong over the summer months, sun lotion, sun glasses and a sun cover are a must.
As the days can get quite warm over the summer months, you might want to bring a swimsuit to test the waters in the Norwegian fjords, so it’s always a good idea to bring a swimsuit. You should also bring some light summer clothes for warm days where you plan to be less active.
On the other hand, the days can be quite cold as well and especially when going to the mountains it is important to stay warm. A warm wooly sweater, some thermal leggings or underwear and a warm hat will save the day. To be on the very safe side, you should pack some gloves and a scarf too.
Some people might find it hard to sleep during the short and bright nights in the summer months, so sleeping masks can help to prevent missing out on sleep.
Besides some of the essentials listed above, your waterproof backpack should also be filled with some snacks and a reusable water bottle when heading out to the wild. The natural water in Norway is very clean and you can easily refill your bottle on the way.

When travelling in winter
Packing for winter in Norway is quite straight forward - pack the warmest clothes that you can find in your wardrobe! Definitely pack a warm, water- and windproof coat, a warm hat, thick gloves and a proper winter hat. Warm and lined winter boots will keep your feet warm when out for longer periods and walking in snow.
Thermal layers are essential, ideally bring thermal underwear, but tights and a warm wooly jumper will already help to keep you much warmer. Snow pants will keep you dry and warm in any weather.
Most people are not used to the cold air of the Norwegian winter and your skin might dry out quickly, so a rich moisturizer or skin oil is also a good addition to the packing list.
As the winter nights are dark, many people in Norway wear reflectors, especially in the smaller towns and in the countryside. A reflector vest or reflectors that can be clipped on the coat will do just fine.

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Norway, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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