In the land of Fjords...

In the land of Fjords...

This adventure combines the wonders of Southern Norway with the freedom of having your own transport. In the heart of awesome Norwegian landscapes, each day brings something new. Discover staggeringly deep fjords like Geirangerfjord and Sognefjord and visit the iconic cities of Bergen and Alesund. Explore lakes, valleys and forests; go hiking on mountainous plateaus like Jotunheimen. This unforgettable week promises dramatic changes of scenery and the full Norwegian experience.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Arrival Ålesund

    Arrival Ålesund Welcome to Norway! Collect your rental car at the airport and discover the charming town of Ålesund, surrounded by water.

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 2 Ålesund / Geiranger

    Ålesund is renowned for its art nouveau architecture. It is built on several islands, connected by bridges and tunnels under the sea. Travel towardsn Hellesylt then cross Geiranger fjord by boat. The entrance to this dramatic fjord is truly majestic. The steep walls are dotted with waterfalls which have intreguing names like the 3 sisters and bridal veil...

    Transport: 110 km (69 miles)
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 3 Geiranger / Bøverdalen

    Geiranger / Bøverdalen Today you descend towards Lom where we recommend stopping to visit the standing church. Then, you take the road to Norway's most famous national park, Jotunheimen. You spend the night here immersed in the high mountain atmosphere.

    Transport: 110 km (69 miles)
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 4 Boverdalen / Sogndal

    You head towards the stunning Lustrafjorden Fjord which takes you to the city of Sogndal. You pass at the foot of the largest glacier in Europe, Nigardsbreem. Going up the valley of Jostedalen through the city of Bruheim you can enjoy a wonderful hike in one of the largest wilderness areas of southern Norway, Jostedalsbreen National Park.

    Transport: 30 km (20 miles)
    Accommodation: Guesthouse

  • Day 5 Jostedalsbreen National Park

    Jostedalsbreen National Park Today is dedicated to hiking near the iconic Nigardsbreen glacier. It is also possible to go kayaking on the glacial lake.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse

  • Day 6 Sogndal / Bergen

    From Sogndal, a short trip (~10 km/6 miles) takes you to Kaupanger and an interesting Norwegian stavkirker stave church. Then you board a ferry from Manheller to Fodnes. From here, you have the option to make a short detour (~20 km/12 miles) to the beautiful city of Flam where you can enjoy a magnificent train journey to the high mountain station of Myrdal. This line, one of the steepest in the world, takes you to the foot of spectacular waterfalls, beyond the snow-covered mountains to the wild nature of the Flåm Valley from where you can admire the majestic Aurlandfjord. This afternoon, you continue on to Stalheim canyon and Tvinde waterfalls, then Voss and Bergen.

    Transport: 260 km (160 miles)
    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 7 Bergen

    Bergen Visit Bergen city. The Bergen-Pass (25 €) enables you to visit most of the museums and attractions free of charge and to use the public transport. Not to be missed, are the memorable fish market and shrimp sandwiches, the hanseatic district, a selection of Bergens many museums and the views from Ulriken mountain ... a busy day awaits!

    Accommodation: Hotel

  • Day 8 Bergen

    Return your vehicle at the airport and board your flights home.

The details in this programme are regularly updated but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Price

From € 895 per person for 2 travellers

The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.

Included

  • A rental vehicle type A VW type Up! or similar for 7 days, CDW insurance and unlimited km
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels, hostels or guesthouses (double room)
  • Breakfasts (except in Bergen if it's in a guesthouse)
  • A detailed roadbook to guide you through your adventure

Not included

  • International flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)

Additonal costs to pay in-country
  • City toll fees : 40 NOK per day is charged to drive through cities
  • Vehicle hire one way fee 3000 NOK excluding VAT

Notes

Difficulty: This trip enables you to apart your days to your level and your desires. Many options are included with several hikes designed to aid you in discovering the most beautiful wild places in Norway. You are responsible for how challenging or relaxing each day it. It should be noted that the sometimes changeable Norwegian weather can increase the difficulty of your hikes.

Terms and conditions

Please see our terms and condition and information about insurances by clicking the following link: norway.altaibasecamp.com/en/terms

Practical info

Food

Breakfasts are included and served at your accommodations. These are normally scandinavian buffet style breakfasts.

Accommodation

In Ålesund and Bergen: Guesthouse accommodation, double room.
In the mountains and fjords: Hotel or guesthouse (2 person rooms) accommodation. Please note the wilder regions of Norway, accommodation is scarce and often small. Moreover, the beautiful summer season is short (about two months) making it difficult to find places to stay during the summer. Despite a permanent effort in the choice of accommodation, the level of comfort and equipment provided remains variable.
All chalets have the following elements: heating, hot showers, toilets, communal dining room and equipped kitchen.
For sleeping, cottages and gites are equipped with blankets: you must bring a sleeping bag liner or a lightweight sleeping bag.

Transportation

To hire a vehicle you will need a valid drivers liscence, issued for a minimum of 12 months. Minimum age: 19 (or 25 for vehicle categories E, I, K & L).

Budget & exchange

The currency is the Norwegian Krone (kr)
Visit http://www.xe.com for the latest currency converter and exchange rates.
You can withdraw the local currency from in-country ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. Please budget for meals and transport as necessary, drinks, tips, museum entry fees and other personal expenses.

Tips

Although the custom is not widespread here, if you are satisfied with the services of your guide, tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Vital equipment

  • A sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner
  • Sunglasses (high quality protection)
  • A wind and waterproof jacket (breathable, sealed seams)
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Hiking boots (high-rise, strudy soles)
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
  • Sun cream
  • A headtorch and spare batteries
  • Warm thick socks
  • Gloves
  • A warm hat
  • Any personal medication
  • Towel & toiletries
  • A thermos/suitable water bottle(s)

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm
Winter in Norway can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference. We recommend:
  • No cotton
  • Bring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
  • Wear multiple layers including:
    1. A warm breathable base layer
    2. A second thermal layer
    3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer (we provide an additional quality jacket and over trousers.

Helpful equipment

You may also consider packing
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for evenings in towns
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Your swim stuff
  • Walking poles
  • Tupperware and cutlery for picnics
  • Extra layers
  • Wetwipes
  • Blister plasters
  • A suitable camera
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Tissues
  • Toilet paper & a lighter

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a rucksack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical to transport. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

We recommend that you bring your medications: 
  • Personal medication
  • Anti pain medication Paracetamol 
  • Diarrhoea drugs 
  • Intestinal dressing 
  • Sun screen with strong protection for the lips and the skin 
  • Eye drops for the eyes 
  • Moisturizing cream for the treatment of superficial burns (blisters and sunburns) 
  • An adhesive elastic banda box of adhesive plasters and disinfectant compresses 
  • Double skin for blisters

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requierements on the website provided by the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709

Visa

Most travellers of EU states do not need a VISA to visit Norway, as Norway is part  of the Schengen agreement. This does not apply to travellers of other nations. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific visa requirements. You can check the following web site of the Norwegian government: www.udi.no/en/word-definitions/persons-who-do-not-need-a-visa-to-visit-norway-/#link-709

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks.

Weather

In winter, the weather in Northern Norway is subject to frequent changes. This part of Norway, the Arctic Zone, benefits from a surprisingly pleasant micro climate. At a latitude of 68° North and 300km North of the Arctc Circle, summer here is relatively mild with average temperatures of around 14°C (57°F). However, it is humid and does rain regularly. Good quality (breathable with sealed seams) rain clothing, jacket and trousers are paramount.

Keep in mind this Norwegian proverb when packing: 'There is no bad weather, only bad clothing'

Electricity

In Norway, the standard Europlug (Type C & F) with two round prongs is used and most of Scandinavia uses 220 volts.

Local time

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)/ Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) +1. Daylight Savings Time (DST) is observed.

Sustainable tourism

As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously.

We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...
  1. Be prepared
  2. Stick to trails and camp overnight right
  3. Stash your trash and pick up waste
  4. Leave it as you find it
  5. Be careful with fire
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates.

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.


If you have any questions regarding how to be a responsable traveller or concerning any other subject, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Cecile

  • Outdoor activities enthusiast
  • Adventure travel expert
  • Studied Travel and Tourism management
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Region
South Norway
Activity
Hiking Summer
Duration
8 days
Code
ENORL8VA
Price
From €895

Strengths

  • Discover the freedom which comes with having your own rental vehicle
  • Go hiking in the Jotunheimen National Park
  • Visit Bergen and Ålesund
  • Explore the fjords and mountains of southern Norway

Required level

This is your active adventure. You can choose how strenuous or relaxing each day is.
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