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Southern Norway - Walks & Wildlife - Walking Holiday

Region: Europe // Dates: 13–30 August 2018 (17 nights)
Southern Norway - Walks & Wildlife Walking Holiday

From the highest peaks to the deepest fjords, this 18 day journey explores the best of Southern Norway. After meeting in the oldest Scandinavian capital of Oslo, we travel north via Lillehammer to Norway's first national park, Rondane. We have a total of five nights and four full days for walks on both the southern & northern side of the park. Wild reindeer feed on the sparse vegetation beneath the high peaks and deep valleys of the Rondane massif. Nearby is Dovrefjell Sunndalsfjella National Park, which protects a rich variety of flora and fauna including Musk ox. We have the chance to learn more about these unusual animals on a day safari. We spend two days in the central mountains of Jotunheimen National Park walking to Norway's highest peak, Galdhoepiggen (2469m). In Alesund we take time to appreciate the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, featuring turrets, spires and fairy-tale ornamentation. We then settle in to our overnight berths on the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer travelling through dramatic scenery and fjords to Bergen. Based here for two nights, there are opportunities to hike in the Bergen mountains or sightsee in the city. We transfer by ferry to Flam far up the Aurlandsfjord, surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys. Flam is a nature-lover's paradise with a choice of hikes or fjord cruises. We then board the famous Bergensbanen train for the journey back to Oslo, where we spend our final night.

Overview

From the highest peaks to the deepest fjords, this 18 day journey explores the best of Southern Norway. After meeting in the oldest Scandinavian capital of Oslo, we travel north via Lillehammer to Norway's first national park, Rondane. We have a total of five nights and four full days for walks on both the southern & northern side of the park. Wild reindeer feed on the sparse vegetation beneath the high peaks and deep valleys of the Rondane massif. Nearby is Dovrefjell Sunndalsfjella National Park, which protects a rich variety of flora and fauna including Musk ox. We have the chance to learn more about these unusual animals on a day safari. We spend two days in the central mountains of Jotunheimen National Park walking to Norway's highest peak, Galdhoepiggen (2469m). In Alesund we take time to appreciate the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture, featuring turrets, spires and fairy-tale ornamentation. We then settle in to our overnight berths on the Hurtigruten Coastal Steamer travelling through dramatic scenery and fjords to Bergen. Based here for two nights, there are opportunities to hike in the Bergen mountains or sightsee in the city. We transfer by ferry to Flam far up the Aurlandsfjord, surrounded by steep mountains, roaring waterfalls and deep valleys. Flam is a nature-lover's paradise with a choice of hikes or fjord cruises. We then board the famous Bergensbanen train for the journey back to Oslo, where we spend our final night.

Highlights

Highlights:
  • Travel the breadth of Southern Norway by train, boat & bus
  • Visit the renowned cities and townships of Oslo, Lillehammer, Alesund & Bergen
  • Hike in the classic Nordic scenery of Rondane National Park
  • Spot Musk Ox, reindeer & Grouse on a half day walk in Dovrefjell Sunndalsfjella National Park
  • Understand Viking culture & visit one of Norway’s remaining stave churches in Lom
  • Explore the highest peak in Norway & stay 2 nights in Jotunheimen National Park
  • Travel overnight on a coastal steamer from Alesund to Bergen
  • Return to Oslo on the famous Bergensbanen

Details

Details:

13–30 August 2018 (17 nights)

Twin share/person (ex Oslo)
Advanced Early Bird: A$9,850 until 23/02/2018
Early Bird: A$10,050 until 13/04/2018
Regular: A$10,350
Single Supplement: A$1,050
Note: For guests who request a single room the single supplement will be charged. For single people who prefer to share, we will try to find a suitable room-mate, but if this is not possible the single supplement surcharge will apply.

Minimum Group Size: 10 guests

Special Interest:
Food, Culture, Wildlife, History

Walk Rating:
Moderate to Challenging: 5–20km per walking day. Age is not necessarily as important as your fitness and recent walking experience, and anyone of reasonable fitness should be able to join this tour. We reserve the right to be flexible with the itinerary to allow for unforeseen circumstances including weather conditions and group fitness.

Tour Itinerary

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Leader

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  • Borghild Krossli

    Borghild Krossli is one of the founders of Lillehammer based company, Discover Norway. Borghild has had a long association with the Norwegian tourism industry since 1987 and has extensive experience as a tour leader on hiking and biking tours for many years. Borghild finds great pleasure spending time in the outdoors of her homeland and sharing those experiences and the beauty, history and charm of her homeland with others.

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