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Scenic Wonders of Norway

Scenic Wonders of Norway

Adventure Rating
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Tour Pace
3+

Walk Challenge
3-

From a standpoint of breathtaking scenery, nothing compares to Norway. Pristine mountains, crystal-blue glaciers, pounding waterfalls, mirror-smooth lakes, and the endless vistas of unforgettable fjords make Norway a walking explorer’s delight! Factor in the fascinating story of the Vikings and you have a classic WAI blend of unforgettable history, culture, and scenery!

Combo Package

Scenic Wonders of Norway can be enjoyed on its own or combined with Denmark, Sweden & Finland for a truly Scandinavian Adventure! Travelers participating in both parts have an extra free day in Oslo, then an overnight ferry passage across the Baltic Sea to Copenhagen. Ferry passage from Oslo to Copenhagen, transfers to and from hotels, and dinner and breakfast aboard the ferry are complimentary.

Testimonials

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“Great company, great guides a fun adventure.”

- John S., Cheney, WA
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

Scenic Wonders of Norway

Scenic Wonders of Norway was last offered in June 2012. It is not currently being offered. Please call us if you would like to see us run this tour for your group!

Contact the office at fun@walkingadventures.com or 800.779.0353 with any questions

 

Testimonials

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“Every day another adventure, a surprising experience – typical of a WAI tour. Never a dull moment”.
Margie M. – Gaithersburg, MD.

- Margie M., Gaithersburg, MD
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

Scenic Wonders of Norway

Below is an itinerary from the last edition of this tour. We are not offering Scenic Wonders of Norway in the coming season. Please call us if you would like to see us run this tour for your group!

Day 1: Arrive In Oslo, Norway (D)

Our Adventure begins today in Oslo. As you exit customs in the Oslo airport, a WAI representative will meet you and arrange transportation to our hotel in the heart of the city. Many of Oslo's highlights, including the Royal Palace and National Museum of Art, Architecture, and Design, are just a few minutes’ walk from our hotel. Since travelers are arriving throughout the day, the only group activity is a "Get Acquainted" dinner this evening at the hotel.

Day 2: Activities In Oslo (B)

Oslo Heritage Walk - 10 km, rated 1+

Today's walk takes us through the evocative, spectrum-of-life statuary of sculptor Vigeland in Frogner Park, along picturesque Oslo Fjord, through medieval Akershus Fortress, and up the busy pedestrian shopping mall to the Royal Palace. This afternoon we visit two icons of Nordic life - the Viking Ship Museum (three 1000-year old ships) and the Fram Museum (showcasing the uniquely designed vessel sailed by Roald Amundsen to conquer the South Pole).

Day 3: Oslo - Flåm (BD)

Following a drive through the serene country landscape of Hallingdal Valley, we board the Flåm Train. One of Europe’s outstanding rail trips takes us through the steep, narrow Flåm Valley, past mountain-studded vistas and snow-fed waterfalls, and on to the tiny hamlet of Flåm. Our lodgings are here on the shores of Aurlands Fjord.

Day 4: Flåm - Bergen (BD)

Voss Gorge Walk - 12 km, rated 3+

Another memorable day of Norwegian scenery begins with a ferry ride into sheer-walled Nærøydalen Fjord - Norway's narrowest, and a tiny branch off Sogne Fjord - Norway's largest. We dock at Gudvangen, completing a portion of the famed "Norway in a Nutshell" route. Stalheimskleiva, the steepest road in Europe, takes us to Voss. Here we meet friendly local walkers for today’s nature route through pristine forest settings, over delightful footbridges crossing rushing snow-fed streams, and into stunning gorge scenery. A second scenic drive takes us to Bergen for a two-night stay.

Day 5: Activities in Bergen (B)

Beautiful Bergen Walk - 11 km, rated 3

Bergen was a member of the Hanseatic League, a medieval, German-based trading consortium dominant throughout Northern Europe. Remnants of its illustrious past can still be seen in the Bryggen (the trading center) and along the waterfront. Bergen is a great strolling town; after our morning walk, again in the company of local walkers, you have the balance of the day free to explore and wander. Visit the Hanseatic Museum, meander through Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen), and stop by the fish market for some fragrant photo fun!

Day 6: Bergen - Loen (BD)

Briksdalbreen Glaciers and Waterfalls Walk - 6 km, rated 3+ (unsanctioned)

We travel north this morning to cross Sogne Fjord, Norway’s longest and deepest, continuing through pristine postcard panoramas of mountains, lakes, and fjords. Our destination is Briksdal Glacier, with a nature hike past a pounding waterfall and through wildflower-lined paths to the crystal-blue face of the glacier. We spend the night in the tiny village of Loen, perched on the edge of Innvik Fjord, a great place for an after-dinner stroll (Sunset is around midnight!).

Day 7: Loen - Geiranger (BD)

From Loen, more scenic driving brings us to Geirangerfjord for an unforgettable cruise beneath looming cliffs and bursting waterfalls up one of Norway's most spectacular fjords. Our hotel is at the head of the fjord in the village of Geiranger, but before settling in for the afternoon, we continue further up the mountain to a couple of stunning vantage points offering great photo ops over some of the most dramatic scenery of the Adventure.

Day 8: Geiranger - Gålå (BD)

Isfjorden Mountains & Fjords Walk - 10 km, rated 2+

We continue today through fabulous fjordland vistas along the Golden Route, including Trollstigen (Stairway of the Trolls) and the Eagle's Road. Midway through the day, we stop in Isfjorden to walk with our friends in this quiet, remote Norwegian hamlet. From Isfjorden, our route takes us south through the placid Gudbrandsdalen Valley to a country inn overlooking a lake in the hills of Gålå.

Day 9: Gålå - Lillehammer (BD)

A short drive this morning takes us across the Gudbrandsdalen Valley to visit the Stave Church of Ringebu. Dating to the dawn of Christianity in Norway, some of them nearly 1000 years old, less than thirty of these iconic Norwegian wooden churches remain. Later this morning we arrive in lovely Lillehammer, site of the 1994 Winter Olympics. After a stop at the Olympic ski jump, we enjoy a free afternoon from our hotel in the center of Lillehammer. Afternoon options include visiting the Maihaugen Open-Air Folk Museum or enjoying the pedestrian shopping zone.

Day 10: Lillehammer - Oslo (BD)

Olympic Lillehammer Walk - 10 km, rated 3

Our final walk in Norway blends Lillehammer’s natural setting of forest and stream with its traditional neighborhoods. Following a pleasant drive south along Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, we continue south to the capital. You have one more chance to enjoy Oslo this afternoon before tonight's Farewell Dinner.

Day 11: Depart from Oslo (B)

The Adventure comes to a close this morning with a drive to the Oslo Airport. Images of beautiful Norway will forever linger in our minds' eye, inviting us to return and explore more of the history, scenery, and culture of this captivating Nordic nation at the top of Europe.

Travelers continuing on to Denmark, Sweden & Finland for Part Two of this Adventure have free time today in Oslo. Later this evening, we transfer to the Oslo port for an overnight ferry across the Baltic Sea to Copenhagen. Ferry passage, transfers from and to hotels, dinner, and breakfast are included in your tour price.


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Testimonials

“This organization is well run, trips are well planned, and you feel like WAI really cares about your trip and what you think."

- Fred B., Indian Harbour Beach, FL
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

Scenic Wonders of Norway

Scenic Wonders of Norway was last offered in June 2012. It is not currently being offered. Please call us if you would like to see us run this tour for your group!

Contact the office at fun@walkingadventures.com or 800.779.0353 with any questions

Testimonials

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“I have found that WAI tours are always well-organized, the WAI guides are very competent and friendly, and the national guides are knowledgeable."

- Judy S., Gaithersburg, MD
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com

Blogs

Dan penned a series of travel blogs describing the 2012 tour of Norway, Denmark, Sweden & Finland! Go to Dan's blog to view pictures and descriptions of the sights featured on this tour!

Photo Slideshow

Testimonials

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“Great company, great guides a fun adventure.”

- John S., Cheney, WA
For more information please call Debbie or Jeannette at 1.800.779.0353 or email us at fun@walkingadventures.com