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7 days - Join us for a Norway in a Nutshell® experience with a difference.
The journey through the Aurland valley is one of the most dramatic and pretty short hikes in Norway. This 3-day trek starts at Finse, takes you over Klemsbu to Geiterygghytta on day 1, and continues over Steinbergdalen to Østerbø on day 2.
On the last day the magnificent route from Østerbø to Vassbygdi will take you trough the Aurland valley. We combine the trek with a train trip from Oslo to Finse at the start, a stay in Flåm and an express boat to Bergen. We have also thrown in a RIB boat safari up the narrow Nærøyfjord.
Think wildflowers, nature, charming lodges, fantastic scenery and company!
- Travel on foot through the magnificent Norwegian mountain
- 24-hour support with our Norwegian office
- Enjoy an afternoon walk underneath the majestic Hardangerjøkullen glacier
- Experience the simplicity and friendliness of your fellow Norwegian mountain walkers - say 'hei' as they pass by, eat together the satisfying breakfast buffets and marvel at walkers of all ages pass you by!!
- Breathe deeply the fresh mountain air, walk on well-trodden and maintained paths and stop to enjoy your lunch pack on top of the ridges
- Express boat from Flåm to Bergen via the Sognefjord – Norway´s longest fjord
- Visit Flåm (Norway in a Nutshell® station)
- Day 1
- Arrive Oslo
- Day 2
- Train Oslo to Finse
- Day 3
- Hike to Geiterygghytta
- Day 4
- Hike to Østerbø
- Day 5
- Østerbø - Vassbygdi - Flåm
- Day 6
- Nærøyfjord RIB safari & Bergen
- Day 7
- Tour ends in Bergen
- Start Place
- Oslo, Scandinavia
- End Place
- Bergen, Scandinavia
- Destinations Visited
- 7 Days
Travel on foot through the magnificent Norwegian mountains. Train from Oslo return, Flåm Railway journey and train to Bergen.
- All accommodation (5-nights) in twin/double rooms.
- Daily breakfast and other meals as described
- Train Oslo-Finse with seat reservation
- Trekking notes and map
- Express boat Flåm-Bergen
- 24-hour emergency phone number in Norway
International flights, travel insurance, gratitudes and items of a personal nature.
Day 1 - Arrive Oslo
Arrive Oslo at any time on day one and make your own way to our centrally located hotel close to the main train station Oslo S.
AccommodationComfort Hotel Grand Central
Day 2 - Train Oslo to Finse
In the morning take the train from Oslo up the valleys of south-eastern Norway to the highest point at Finse at 1222m. Check-in and enjoy afternoon walks underneath the majestic Hardangerjøkullen glacier. Dinner and overnight at Finse.
Day 3 - Hike to Geiterygghytta
After breakfast tie your trekking boots and start the walk north over Klemsbu to Geiterygghytta. You prepare your own lunch pack at Finse before you head off. Lunch packing material provided at the breakfast buffet. Make sure to pack plenty to eat as hiking and the fresh mountain air will make you hungry!
The walk takes approximately 5 hours.
Dinner and overnight at Geiterygghytta.
Day 4 - Hike to Østerbø
Enjoy a hearty breakfast, pack your own lunch and set off towards Steinbergdalen and on to Østerbø.
The walk takes approximately 7 hours . Dinner and overnight at Østerbø Turisthytte.
AccommodationAurlandsdalen Turisthytte Østerbø (mountain hut).
Day 5 - Østerbø - Vassbygdi - Flåm
Savour local specialities at breakfast, and pack your lunch (incl. thermos) for the last and most spectacular hike through the Aurland valley down to Vassbygi. This is the classic hike down the valley of Aurland! The nature is wild and breathtaking, with steep walls, rivers and waterfalls. We pass old settlements from 1850. The path is, in general, easy to walk, but some minor parts are exposed. Duration: 6 hrs.
On arrival catch the local bus from Vassbygdi to Flåm (departs afternoons during summer – timing to be advised - bus ticket paid locally). Dinner and overnight in Flåm.
AccommodationFlåmsbrygga or similar
Day 6 - Nærøyfjord RIB safari & Bergen
Enjoy a morning fjord safari by RIB boat through the narrow Nærøyfjord. In the early afternoon board an express boat from Flåm to Bergen via the Sognefjord – Norway´s longest fjord. Overnight Bergen.
Day 7 - Tour ends in Bergen
Our tour ends after breakfast in Bergen. Ask us for options to stay on in Bergen a few extra days.
All prices listed are per person. Please note that 2019 prices are indicative only.
14 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
Bus Vassbygdi - Flåm (16:40-17:10) NOK80
Interactive Tour Map
Packing List - Summer Trekking in Norway
Proper equipment is essential for hiking in the mountains. The weather can be unstable and may change quickly, so it is important to bring warm clothes, raingear as well as shorts. Mountain boots are recommended, and they should be well broken in. Bedding, dishes and cutlery are available at all lodges. A sleeping sack and towel are necessary for all tours. Correct packing requires good planning. Your backpack should not weigh more than 8-10 kilos. We suggest you bring the following clothes and hiking gear during your summer hiking in Norway.
wool, part wool or synthetic underwear
wind jacket/anorak or all-weather jacket
shirt or light sweater of wool or fleece
In pack or pockets
rain jacket (if your jacket isn't all-weather)
rain trousers (if your trousers isn't all-weather)
sweater/jacket, wool or fleece
wool, part wool or synthetic long underwear
sleeping bag/sleeping liner
first aid kit
extra underwear (trousers, shirt, socks)
extra indoor trousers (optional)
map and compass
map case (with pencil and paper)
thermos or water bottle
Total weight: 7 - 12 kg.
For tent camping you also need
cook set and fuel
plate and cutlery
you can leave out a thermos
Total weight can easily be 15 - 20 kg for tenting
Other useful gear
"Til fots i Norge" guidebook
In forests you can get along with less gear and need not have the quality needed for mountain tours. The same applies to sheltered areas along the coast.
Spring and autumn can have winter weather in the mountains, so extra warm clothing is essential.
Pack light and don't take too much!
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/
The Scandinavian Art of 'Hygge’
The Scandinavian Art of 'Hygge’ by Ivy Thompson
The Scandinavian term ‘Hygge’ is a word that’s hard to translate - in short ‘hygge’ means coziness. But it’s so much more. Some define ‘hygge’ as enjoying life’s simple pleasures, or the joy of creating a cozy environment.
As a born and bred Norwegian, my personal definition of hygge is the art of enjoying quality time by yourself or with family and friends. Hygge is as simple as the act of curling up under a blanket with a good book on a rainy Sunday. It’s peeling (and eating!) fresh prawns on a pier during bright summer-evenings by the coast with your relatives. Hygge is just as much the shared laughs, coffee and home baked cinnamon scrolls at your friend’s house.
‘Hygge’ brings back a concept we are losing touch with: to live in, and enjoy, the present. This is a balancing-act that Scandinavians are particularly good at: they value their ‘hygge’. Hygge allows us to take time out and create a setting that encourages either quiet reflection or shared conversation. Both are good for the soul. Could ‘hygge’ be part of the reason why Scandinavian countries keep topping the UN’s world-wide ‘Happiness Report’?
Hygge happens in all our very defined Nordic seasons, but is even more special in the cold, dark winter-months of November through to February. Hygge creates the perfect balance with the sometimes harsh environment outside, and the comfortable feeling of being snug and cosy inside after a day spent in the snow.
In my mind (and experience!), hygge often goes hand in hand with a nice bite to eat. Nordic cuisine is simple, tasty and honours local produce and seasonal availability. Make sure you try waffles with sour cream and fresh strawberries, a variety open top sandwiches or smoked and pickled fish as part of your Scandinavian experience- I have no doubt you’ll find it both enjoyable and ‘hyggelig’!
We can’t talk about hygge without mentioning Christmas- the possibly most ‘hyggelig’ (cosiest) time of year in Scandinavia! This is where the epitome of hygge really shines: Christmas is about family, catching up with friends, celebrating the end of another year, food, festivities, candles, open fires and spending time in the countryside (it's common to own a family cabin in the forest or the mountains).
A guide to berries of Scandinavia
Take a Hike: The Berries of Scandinavia by Ivy Thompson
Scandinavian summers are magic. With their long, bright days and midnight sun you have the amazing opportunity to experience Nordic nature at it’s best. What would it taste like if you could bottle some of that magic?
To me, the taste of Scandinavian summer is found in the abundant wild, seasonal berries. They ripen throughout early summer till late autumn and are an important part of Nordic cuisine. Best eaten fresh straight off the bush- but also lovely as jams, jellies, cordial, juice, pies and cakes- or my favourite: sprinkled on top of freshly made waffles.
One of the greatest joys of hiking in Nordic forest and bush-land during the summer-months is without doubt the berry-picking. Like most Scandinavians I’ve enjoyed it since I could barely walk. It's a wonderful way of fuelling long hikes whether you’re going at it hard and fast, or slow and leisurely. Here’s everything you need to know about the delicious berries of Scandinavia:
Season: early June till July
Wild strawberries are tiny but incredibly sweet and flavourful. You’ll be lucky if they last till the end of your hike - these are like nature’s own lollies! In Norway we serve them crushed/ stirred as a sugar-free alternative to traditional jam. It’s amazing topped on anything from buttered toast to pancakes and waffles. Another summer dessert-favourite is simply wild strawberries topped with a dash of cream.
Season: Mid-July till August
Unlike the oversized store-bought, pale-fleshed blueberries we get at the supermarket; Scandinavian blueberries are small and deep purple all the way through. Their low-growing bushes cover entire forest floors during summer. Eager locals get in early to fill their buckets with fresh berries, ready to freeze them for later in the year. Wild Nordic blueberries are tart but more flavourful; they taste absolutely amazing topped with cream and a sprinkle of sugar. They’re also beautiful in a pie or a berry-crumble. Wild blueberries pack a serious antioxidant-punch too; eat till your heart's content.
Season: Mid-July till August
It’s not unusual for us to find wild raspberry-bushes next to a bus-stop or on the side of a quiet residential street. It’s always a pleasant surprise; wild raspberries are tasty although slightly less sweet and smaller than their farmed, store-bought relatives. My kids all love them and eat them up on the spot. These are commonly found growing on the edges of forests and fields.
Season: Late July till September
If you’ve been to IKEA you’re probably familiar with their meatballs and side of lingonberry-jam. Lingonberries are quite sour and the jam is made with large amounts of sugar to make it more palatable. In Scandinavia you’ll find the homemade jam-varieties are less sweet. Lingonberry-jam offers an amazing balance to rich red-meat dishes such as meatballs, venison-roasts and meatloaf. Don’t knock it till you try!
Season: Late July till September
Gooseberries tastes similar to kiwi-fruit and look like a small, somewhat hairy grape. They commonly grow in Scandinavian gardens as the bush does well in cooler climates. They might not grow abundantly in the wild but if you see them at a local grocer or on a cafe-menu, give them a go. Gooseberries have a grape-y, floral-like flavour, and taste best when ripe.
Black/ Red currants
Season: Late July till September
Black- and red currants can be quite sour but really makes a dessert, pie, cake or jelly “pop” with their refreshing fruitiness and flavour. Commonly used as a base in both home-made and store-bought cordial-mixes In Scandinavia, currants remind me of the picnics, warm toddies and long summer-nights of childhood. They commonly grow in gardens but you can also find them in the wild in and around residential areas.
Season: August till September
Cloudberries look like small orange raspberries, and are often called “Mountain Gold” due to their golden skin and expensive price-tag. They grow in mountainous areas spanning from from mid-Norway/ Sweden/ Finland all the way up north towards the Arctic. They are notoriously fussy and a good cloudberry season depends on many, many factors. A typical Norwegian Christmas-dessert is cloudberry whipped cream piped into “krumkaker”; a light, crisp waffle shaped into a cone. Cloudberries are considered a Norwegian delicacy, and if you are lucky enough to come across them during a hike or trek, make sure you try them for yourself.