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Trekking Fjords and National Parks of Norway

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Date:
August 18 -
September 1, 2019

Price:
CMC Members: $5365
Non-Members: $5900

Trip Overview

We will start our adventure in Norway’s second largest city, the western coastal town of Bergen. As a university town and cultural center, it boasts a plethora of museums as well as several theatres and a renowned philharmonic orchestra. Set on a peninsula surrounded by seven mountains, Bergen’s history is closely tied to the sea.

Our first whole day in Bergen we will have the opportunity, depending on the weather, to hike between Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen, on a high plateau with spectacular views of Bergen below.  Next, we will move to the small town of Rosendal along the Hardangerfjord. With a population of around 1000 people, Rosendal will be our base camp for the next five nights. Nestled at the foot of Malmangernuten, a peak we will climb during our stay, Rosendal makes the perfect location for many excursions in and around Folgefonna National Park as well as a trek along mainland Norway’s third largest glacier Folgefonna.

We’ll continue our adventures around Rosendal with a classic hike to Trolltunga, or Troll’s Tongue, one of the most spectacular scenic cliffs in Norway. We’ll also do lower key hikes to the beautiful waterfalls of Vøringfossen and have the chance to drink locally made cider at a cider farm.

Then we are off to Aurlandsdalen, for one of Norway’s classic hikes through the Aurlandsdalen valley, probably used as early as the Viking Age, which traces the final miles of an ancient path that connected eastern and western Norway. The Aurlandsdalen Valley is often called “Norway’s Grand Canyon” and is a hike par excellence.

Next, we will start a four-night trek through Jotunheimen National Park. The Jotunheimen, or the Home of the Giants, long known as Norway’s premier walking area, offers as amazing concentration of high peaks. We will stay each night in mountain huts along Lake Bygdin and Lake Gjende and our luggage will be transported most nights by boat. The mountain lodges where we will be staying are staffed facilities that include a restaurant, shared bathrooms and showers and the possibility of private two-person rooms (when reservations are made early). Our trek will take us along the spectacular Bukkelægret mountain ridge and across the famous and phenomenally scenic Besseggen ridge, with incredible views of Lake Gjende and the surrounding mountains.

From here we go to Oslo for the finish of our tour through fjords and national parks of Norway. You may want to consider spending an extra day or two to visit classic city of Oslo before leaving for home.

 

What's Included?

All lodging for 13 nights. 2 nights hotel Bergen, 5 nights hotel in Rosenda, 1 night hotel in Aurland, 4 nights in Mountain Lodges, 1 night hotel in Oslo All breakfasts. All lunches. All dinner except the last night in Oslo Airport transfers to/from Bergen/Oslo.  Local guide for the entirety of the trip. All transportation during the trip. Entrance fee to the Barony of Rosendal. Guided trek on the Folgefonna Glacier including equipment (crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet and rope).  One-way cable car ticket to our hike in Bergen.

 

Level of Activity / Difficulty

Pre-requisites for the trip are very good physical conditioning, the ability to hike 76+ miles in 11 days with 17,000+ feet of vertical gain and an ongoing, regular, conditioning program. A CMC-Denver Group hiker rating is not needed for this trip. We will carry day packs (a suggested list of items is provided) which include all clothing typically needed for changing alpine weather conditions.

 

 

 

Trip Leader: Denise Snow

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