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Highlights of Southern Norway - Mountains and Fjords

Price NOK:
16 500,-
Days: 8
1 x accommodation in Oslo incl. breakfast.
1 x accommodation in Bergen incl. breakfast.
5 x accommodation in Jotunheimen incl breakfast, self-packed lunch, dinner, bedlinen and towel.
Bus from Oslo to Jotunheimen.
Boat trip on lake Bygdin.
Bus from Jotunheimen to Flåm.
Fjord Cruise from Flåm to Bergen.
Luggage transfer (1 piece).
Map and tour description.
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Experience the beautiful landscape while exploring some of the best hiking trails in the area. With five overnight stays in Jotunheimen, you will have plenty of time to explore and enjoy what the National Park has to offer. This tour is self-guided, so you can go at your own pace and take breaks and detours when you want.

After an overnight stay in Oslo, a bus ride awaits to Bygdin Høifjellhotell, where you will spend two nights. The hotel has a beautiful location by the water, surrounded by green-clad mountains and with several opportunities for short or longer hikes nearby.

The trip continues by boat on the idyllic lake Bygdin with the surrounding mountains reflecting in the water. After a hike through the Svartdalen valley with a good view of several 2000-meter peaks, you arrive at Gjendebu. This is the oldest cabin of the Norwegian Trekking Association, located in the middle of the forest and mountains at 995 meters above sea level, and well-known for its good local food. The surroundings offer a rich flora and fauna, peaks and glaciers, and the emerald green Gjende lake right nearby. With two nights here, you have the opportunity to hike the famous Gjendetunga with a beautiful view of the cabin, the lake, and the mountain massif you are in.

From Gjendebu, you continue between the lakes Bygdin and Gjende, through valley Veslådalen to the historic Eidsbugarden. Here you stay at the DNT cabin Fondsbu, well known for its service, good atmosphere, and tasty local food.

From Eidsbugarden, you take the bus to Flåm, the gateway to Fjord Norway. From here, we have included a boat trip on the Sognefjord, arriving in central Bergen. During the 5-hour boat trip, you can relax and enjoy nature from the sun deck or from the salon with large panoramic windows. The trip ends with an overnight stay right by the dock in Bergen, and you can explore Bryggen, Fløyen, and other attractions the city has to offer.

This entire tour is self-guided, meaning that we have created the itinerary and made all the arrangements for you, so you can enjoy the natural experiences at your own pace along the way. The tour can be booked by solo travelers or groups, and the departure dates are flexible.

NB! When booking, you will receive a new e-mail from us when the accommodation is confirmed. This may take from a few hours up to 3 business days. Please don't book your flight or transport until you've received a confirmation from us. 

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Program

  • You go on your own without a guide. You decide when you want to grab a bite to eat, take a breather or enjoy the view. We have done the planning for you and we provide a hiking map and tour description. Luggage transportation is included when you walk from one hotel to the next.
    At DNT (The Norwegian Trekking Association) cabins there is a shared bathroom with towel and bedlinen included.

    DATES 2024: Daily departures, except Mondays, 26 June - 27 August
    NUMBER OF DAYS: 8

    LENGTH: 55 km + optional detours

    GRADING: Medium. This tour is for those who are used to walking in rough terrain in the mountains, with normal good fitness. You should be mountainous. Our selected daily hikes are marked, and you will meet other hikers. The trails are narrow, often rocky and sometimes you need to cross rivers and streams. For orientation, you will receive a physical map from us and a detailed tour description.

  • DAY 1: Individual arrival, Oslo

    If you arrive early, you can explore what the city has to offer.

    Accommodation at a Thon Hotel close to the Central Station.

  • DAY 2: Bus Oslo - Jotunheimen, optional hike, 5 km

    There are several departures from Oslo to choose from. The express bus will take you straight from the city center to the mountains, in a comfortable bus with WIFI, charging possibilities and a toilet. On the way you will pass mountains, vallyes, rivers and beautiful farms.

    If you arrive Jotunheimen early, there are several hiking options in the area. One suggestion is Synshorn (1457 masl), offering a beautiful view towards the National Park. The trail is good, soft in the beginning and more rocky towards the top.

    1-2 hours/ 5 km/ 450 meters ascent

    Accommodation and dinner at Bygdin Høifieldshotell.
    The hotel is beautifully situated by the pier at lake Bygdin.The hotel offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food.

  • DAY 3: Hike Bitihorn, 10 km

    Bitihorn (1607 masl) is a classic route at Bygdin. It is one of the easier peaks in the area and is well suited for both beginners and more experienced hikers. At the top you will get a panoramic view of large parts of the Valdres area.

    5-8 hours/ 10 km/ 600 meters ascent

    Accommodation and dinner at Bygdin Høifieldshotell.

  • DAY 4: Boat trip, hike 14 km

    You start the day by taking the boat on lake Bydin to Torfinnsbu (45 mins), where your hike through valley Svartdalen starts. 

    The valley is beautiful with a view towards serveral peaks towering more than 2000 masl, some with glaciers. However, this is not an easy hike, as you need to cross several streams and the trail is very rocky. A good balance is an advange. Towards the end, there is a steep downhill awaiting. With wet conditions this part can be slippery and challenging. Take your time, and make it safely to the cabin.

    6-8 hours/ 14 km/ 610 meters ascent

    Accommodation and dinner at DNT cabin Gjendebu (shared bathroom). The cabin is located at the west end of lake Gjende, at 990 masl. being the oldest DNT cabin, it offers a traditional and historic atmosphere, with good local food.

  • DAY 5: Hike Gjendetunga, 10 km

    Today you can enjoy an easier day with a hike to Gjengetunga, towering over the cabin. You can enjoy your lunch at the top, with panoramic views of the green colored lake Gjende and the mountain massif you are surrounded by.
    3-5 hours/ 10 km/ 520 meters ascent

    If you would like more og a challenge you can go for a roundtrip across Bukkelægret. This hike starts steep from the lake up to the ridge where the terrain gets easier. The last 4 kilometers you will follow the river back to your accommodation. This hike is steeper and longer than Gjendetunga.
    3-6 hours/ 14 km/ 550 meters ascent

    Accommodation and dinner at DNT cabin Gjendebu (shared bathroom).

  • DAY 6: Hike Gjendebu - Eidsbugarden, 16 km

    The hike from Gjendebu to Eidsbugarden, passes between the lakes Gjende and Bygdin, through the valley Veslådalen.

    5-7 hours/ 16 km/ 516 meters ascent

    Accommodation and dinner at DNT cabin Fondsbu (shared bathroom). This cabin is widely known for its atmosphere, accommodating hosts and great location in historic surroundings. This is a popular place for hikers.

  • DAG 7: Bus Jotunheimen - Flåm, Fjord cruise to Bergen

    You take the bus from Eidsbugarden to Flåm.

    At 15.30 the Fjord cruise departs for Bergen, taking about 5 hours. Relax and enjoy the scenery at the Sognefjord.

    Accommodation at De Bergenske Hotel, centrally located in Bergen.

  • DAY 8: Departure

    Breakfast and individual departure.

    We recommend exploring Bergen before you travel onwards.

    It is possible to book additional nights in Bergen.

     

Departures and prices

Dates 2024:
Daily departures from 26 June to 27 August (except Mondays).

Price 2024:
NOK 16 500,- per person in a doubleroom
Single room supplement: NOK 3 640, -

Shared bathroom at DNT cabins Gjendebu and Fondsbu.

Price includes:
1 x accommodation in Oslo incl breakfast
1 x accommodation in Bergen incl breakfast
5 x accommodation in Jotunheimen incl breakfast, self-packed lunch, dinner, bedlinen and towel
Bus Oslo - Jotunheimen
Boat trip on lake Bygdin
Bus Jotunheimen - Flåm
Fjord Cruise Flåm - Bergen
Luggage transfer (1 piece)
Tourdescription
Map

Extra:
Extra accommodation in Oslo, per person in a doubleroom, incl breakfast: NOK 1 350.-
Extra accommodation in Oslo, single room incl breakfast: NOK 580.-
Extra accommodation in Bergen, per person in a doubleroom, incl breakfast: NOK 1 350.-
Extra accommodation in Bergen, single room incl breakfast: NOK 735.-

Not included:
Travel- and cancellation insurance
Beverages
Meals not mentioned
Travel to Oslo/from Bergen

Other hikes:
Dovrefjell - Along the Pilgrim´s Trail
Peaks in Jotunheimen - Grønolen Mountain Farm

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