Take the less trodden path and experience the Norwegian fjords and mountains the active way. Three magnificent day hikes are included in this short tour. Professional guides, extra safety equipment, 'off the beaten track' routes, added inclusions such as caning and transfers between villages gives you the assurance of hiking at ease in Norway.
|Tour Provider||50 Degrees North|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|10 Jun 2019||28 Aug 2019||Available||AUD $2,262|
Stavanger is a town and a region in South Western Norway - well known for it's oil industry. However, it is also lovely to visit as a tourist due to it's high degree of 18th and 19th century wooden houses at it's centre, creating an intimate and welcoming village feel. Of course, with this comes lovely old cathedrals, museums, markets and cobblestone streets.
Settle into your hotel and then head out to enjoy the atmosphere of this lovely town. Please request a lunch pack for your early start next morning.
Before breakfast, head out early for this summer hike to the famous Kjerag boulder and experience Norway’s wilderness at its peak. Wake up your senses in the summer’s bright sunlight while enjoying a cruise through the spectacular Lysefjord. Hike in near-solitude on trails that have recently been upgraded by Nepalese Sherpas, who used local stones to make overcoming the final (and steepest) slope easier. Hikers that make their way up to Kjerag are awarded with an abundance of breath-taking views of the Lysefjord…but for many, the trip’s highlight is simply standing atop Kjerag’s famous boulder.
Your journey begins early-morning when your professional nature guide picks you up at your hotel. While being transported to the edge of the fjord, which takes about 1 hour, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of some of Norway’s stunning landscapes. Upon arrival at the shore of the Høgsfjord, you’ll board a speed-ferry.
The ferry will set-off navigating under a suspension bridge that spans the mouth of the Lysefjord. Steep mountain walls towering hundreds of meters above the fjord will then emerge. The cruise will transport you further into the Lysefjord where you will pass waterfalls, abandoned farms, and the famous Preikestolen cliff, which towers 604 meters above sea-level.
Once ashore, you’ll be driven through 26 hairpin turns along the (one and only!) road from the village of Lysebotn up to the Sirdal mountains and then onward to the Eagle’s Nest trail-head (one can speculate it got its name because it sits a lofty 640 meters above sea level). Before the crowds of tourists have begun to arrive, you’ll be well on your way up to the Kjerag boulder.
The hike to Kjerag is relatively demanding: you’ll trek 11 kilometers (round-trip) with an ascent of 800 meters in 5.5 hours. During the approximately 2.5-hour hike to the boulder, you’ll encounter 3 periods of steep climbing interspersed with 2 shallow valleys. Along the way, you’ll enjoy views of Lysebotn, which is situated at the head of the Lysefjord. The final 2 kilometers leading up to the Kjerag boulder are relatively flat and will allow you to focus more on the spectacular nature around you. Once you reach the edge of the mountain’s plateau, while standing on a 1000-meter-high cliff, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the 42-kilometer-long Lysefjord.
Cliff-side, you’ll have plenty of time to rest and enjoy your packed lunch. If you’re among the brave, you’ll have the opportunity to stand atop the Kjerag boulder. Base-jumping is legal in Norway, so if you’re lucky, you’ll get to watch as daredevils hurdle themselves off the side of the cliff.
After the lunch break, your guide will lead you back down to the Eagle’s Nest, which takes approximately 2 hours. On the drive back to Stavanger, the guide will navigate over a mountain pass through the municipality of Sirdal. You’ll pass through a barren, glacier-scoured landscape that many experience as being moon-like.
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).
Included in this tour:
Suitable for adults (16 yrs. +) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.
A day to recover, explore and relax in Stavanger. A recommended day excursion is just a 20 min boat ride from Stavanger, the Flor & Fjære, a sanctuary for garden lovers. Available only in summer, you can departure from Skagenkaien with M/S Rygerfjord at 12:00. Enjoy a private tour of the gardens, warm lunch buffet at their restaurant, dessert and coffee or tea and then return to Stavanger at 16:30. A perfect summer's day out.
Avoid the crowds by joining a sunrise hike and enjoy a unique Preikestolen experience. You’ll start your adventure in the midst of darkness and walk with headlamps through the twilight of the night. After approximately 2.5 hours of trekking, you’ll reach Preikestolen where, after finding yourself a beautiful spot to relax, you’ll watch as the first deep orange beams of sunlight illuminate the steep mountain walls that tower over the Lysefjord.
Long before the first tourist-packed busses arrive from Stavanger, you’ll be on your way back down the trail to conclude your unique hiking experience with a well-deserved breakfast at Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.
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Travel to Odda to prepare for your next hike. Recharge your batteries in this small picturesque town. If you want to explore the region, you can hire bikes, join a rib boating trip, walk along the glacier river or find a pleasant window sill to perch on so you can enjoy the scenery.
Today you will hike to Trolltunga - one of Norway's most spectacular sight. After breakfast, transfer to the start of the hike in Skjeggedal, and with your guide, follow the path by foot to Topp with the stunning views of the Folgefonna National Park. The trip continues on foot towards Tyssebotn. Here you'll find giant marmites, deep holes in the mountain, made by sand and stone rotating in the now dry Tyssestrengene waterfall. This was the world's fifth tallest waterfall, before the power station was built.
The hike ends at Trolltunga. A memorable nature attraction, with a stunning view of the Ringedal lake and the Folgefonna glacier. Plus, it should add some butterflies to your tummy.
Hike is recommended if you are in normal good shape and over 15 years of age. Please bring hiking clothes/shs according to the forecasted weather, food for 10 hours, a 30-40 l backpack, and some extra warm/change of cloths in your backpack. Duration: 8-12 hours
Local bus from Odda to Rosendal, a lovely village, famous for its little castle, Norway's only Barony, surrounded by a beautiful renaissance garden and famous for its many cultural events. Catch an express boat to Bergen and check into your centrally located hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.