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Mountains to Fjords Hut to Hut Trek

Highlights

  •   Norway's Jotunheimen national park
  •   Hike the Besseggen Ridge
  •   Mountains, valleys, lakes & fjords
  •   Unique natural & cultural history
  •   Exquisite regional cuisine
  •   Stay in charming mountain huts
  •   Hike with light packs
  •   Amazing fjord cruise

Description

Our Mountains to Fjords Hut to Hut Trek is an incredible way to explore Norway’s best landscapes and most famous National Park, Jotunheimen. This Park boasts the highest mountains not only in Norway, but all of Northern Europe; the name Jotunheimen literally means "home of the giants."

Utilizing Norway’s fantastic hut system, we intimately enjoy the Park and all of its spectacular trails and jaw dropping vistas. After soaking up panoramic mountain views for days, we take you on a visit to one of Norway’s other famous natural features, the Nærøyfjord. This spot is so amazing and unique it is featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, and we are proud to enjoy it via a sustainable, zero emissions cruise.

Also, this trip starts in the capital city of Oslo and ends in the charming town of Bergen, so we have the opportunity to see a large swath of Norway and learn about its many traditions and rich cultural history in one spectacular hiking-centered itinerary. Come explore the land of the Vikings with us on foot!

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Hut to Hut Trek
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Oslo, Norway
8 days
37mi / 59km
$4350 Per Person
$300 Single Supplement

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1
  • Driving Time: 4-5 hours
  • Accommodations: Gjendesheim Hut

This Norway trek begins with rendezvous at the Thon Opera Hotel in Oslo for an orientation meeting with your guides and group. We'll walk to the bus station to catch a comfortable coach to our lodging in Jotunheimen National Park. The drive takes 4-5 hours and includes a bathroom/snack break near the half-way point. The bus has deluxe seating and wifi available during the trip. Once we arrive at our destination, we’ll settle into our accommodations and enjoy a short walk to stretch our legs before sitting down for a 3-course dinner. Tomorrow our Jotunheimen hiking adventure begins!

Day 2
  • Hiking Mileage: 8.4 miles (13.5 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 3346 feet (1020 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 3346 feet (1020 m)
  • Accommodations: Memurbu Hut

After enjoying breakfast and preparing lunch Matpakke style, the Norwegian traditional way of making lunch, we’ll pack our bags and ferry them down to the dock to be transferred to our next night's lodging via boat. Our hike today is possibly the most famous route in Norway and a rite of passage for any Norwegian hiking enthusiast. Besseggen Ridge is a challenging yet rewarding hike that allows for amazing views of towering coastal mountains and sprawling lakes. Bessvatnet and Gjende Lakes make up the majority of the day’s scenery with their spectacular contrasting colors. Once we arrive at tonight's hut, we’ll rendezvous with our baggage at the dock and transport it up to our rooms. Tonight's dinner is well-deserved after our fantastic day trekking across Norway's most famous ridge!

Day 3
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.2 miles (10 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2494 feet (760 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2494 feet (760 m)
  • Accommodations: Gjendebu Hut

Our hike today is another fulfilling one and chocked full of more amazing scenery to reward our efforts. After dropping our luggage at the docks, our deeper exploration of Jotunheimen National Park continues by hiking up to the high mountain plateau above us. From the plateau the views are expansive with many small mountain lakes to enjoy, as well as possible wildlife sightings such as the vast herds of Reindeer that live in the National Park. We’ll stop for lunch at one of these lakes before descending off the plateau to our next night's lodging again on the shores of Gjende Lake. The way down is steep and has chains to assist, but the comfort of Gjendebu hut, a hot shower, and another traditional Norwegian dinner will soothe our body's after the day’s efforts and earned memories.

Day 4
  • Hiking Mileage: 10 miles (16 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1640 feet (500 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1640 feet (500 m)
  • Accommodations: Fondsbu Hut

A breakfast buffet starts off our day before we carry our bags to the dock to be ferried yet again to our next hut. Today our bags travel a bit farther then we do and we may actually beat them to our next hut. (It is important to pack a few extra items in your pack if you desire fresh clothes immediately after arriving at tonight's hut.) The hike is more relaxing today than our past two hikes, but the views remain absolutely outstanding. Our trail takes us up out of the Gjende Lake Valley and over a mountain pass. Once over the pass, we’ll start to see more lakes and rolling mountains as we descend down into another large lake valley. Bygdin Lake makes up the large body of water here and is a stunning backdrop for our last night’s lodging in the Park. Tonight, we stay in a legendary mountain hut full of tradition. The host of this hut is famous in Norway for her kindness, initiative, and voice. If we are lucky maybe we can hear a Norwegian mountain song before dinner!

Day 5
  • Hiking Mileage: 8 miles (13 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1640 feet (500 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1640 feet (500 m)
  • Drive Time: 45 minutes
  • Accommodations: Filefjellstuene Lodge

Today is our final day of hiking in Jotunheimen National Park. This time we climb up between two of Norway’s most famous mountains, Uranostind and Falketind. As we pass under these giants and more pristine mountain lakes our goal will be to reach Uradalsvatnet, one of the larger lakes. Here we will enjoy a nice picnic lunch prepared by your guide before descending down to our awaiting vehicle and driver. As stunning as the views from our hike are today, the views from our drive are equally amazing. Tonight's lodge is a perfect place to relax and refuel with a sauna available and delicious 3-course meal served for dinner. We deserve it!

Day 6
  • Hiking Mileage: 3.7 miles (6 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 1896 feet (578 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 1896 feet (578 m)
  • Driving Time: 1.5 hours
  • Accommodations: Vangsgaarden

After a full breakfast we’ll shuttle to today’s trailhead. En route we will stop by one of Norway’s National Heritage sites, Borgund Stave Church. This fabulously unique building is 800+ years old, and is a wonderful place to stop, stretch our legs and appreciate the history of Norway. Our drive continues to take us out of the mountains to the fjords. And what an amazing transition it is! Fjords are long, narrow strips of ocean tucked between towering cliffs. Often these natural features are created by the geologic submergence of glaciated valleys. Our hike today is up to the summit of Prest Mountain for stunning views down into the fjords. Our accommodations tonight are far below in the small town of Aurland. Dinner tonight will be right on the water’s edge overlooking the fjord, a truly unique Norwegian experience.

Day 7
  • Boad Ride Time: 2.5 hours
  • Train Time: 3 hours
  • Drive Time: 15 minutes
  • Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Admiral

Our last day of exploration takes us to one of Norway’s most famous fjords, Nærøyfjord. Here we’ll enjoy a 2.5 hour ecologically friendly boat cruise down the narrow sea inlets of this breathtaking channel. High towering cliffs will frame every magical shot along the way. After our dazzling boat ride we’ll head to Flåm for a relaxing lunch before continuing on by train to Myrdal. In Myrdal we will catch our last leg of transportation of the day on a relaxing 2 hour train ride to our final lodging of the trip in the charming coastal town of Bergen. Tonight we have plenty to celebrate and will celebrate with a final farewell dinner out in Bergen’s popular neighborhood, Bryggen.

Day 8
  • Shuttle to Airport: 20 minutes

Today we enjoy one last breakfast together. Afterward we’ll have a shuttle planned for those who need a ride to the airport for morning flights. What an exciting, fun, and challenging 8 days it’s been!




Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 with a bus transfer to Jotunheimen National Park and ending Day 8 with the morning airport shuttle.
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour (Lodging Details)
  • Use of backpack, trekking poles and other gear
  • All meals from Lunch day 1 to breakfast on day 8
  • Experienced, professional Wildland Trekking certified guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Oslo, Norway
  • Transportation from Bergen, Norway
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills, wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry/ spa or sauna)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles
  • Gratuity for guide(s) (industry recommendation is 10% of total trip cost; USD or NOK is acceptable.)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

Norwegian cuisine is very traditional and features a simple approach to breakfasts and lunches. Norwegians often eat Matpakke, which is a cold lunch made from breakfast supplies. Norwegians focus a lot of their diet on meat, fish, root vegetables and heavy sauces. For dinners, ingredients are very high quality and are traditional Norwegian dishes. Menus are often set, and there is not an option to order something else at most of our accommodations. The ability to choose your meal off a menu depends on the restaurant and can be organized beforehand when possible.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Norrøna backpacks
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group will in Oslo, Norway on the first day of the trip. The meeting time will vary the morning of day 1 of the itinerary. It is dependent on the trip’s start day and the bus schedule for that day (approximately 10am-1pm bus departures are common). Typically, we will meet 1.5 hours before the bus is scheduled to leave for an orientation meeting and to get to know each other before walking to the bus station together. We recommend guests arrive in Oslo the day before and stay the night in a city central hotel. Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days before your trip to coordinate and confirm your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Trip Insurance

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.


Weather in the Norway

Norway's weather is generally cool and wet. Precipitation is common, but least common in July and August. However, in July and August, it still rains most days if just small amounts. Weather changes quickly in the mountains of Norway, from bright warm and sunny, to windy and rainy. Guests need to be prepared for any weather on this trip. In Bergen, on the west coast of Norway, rain is extremely common.

Over the last 5 years, summers have been getting increasingly warm, with highs in the 30s Celsius (high 80s, low 90s Fahrenheit). In Jotunheimen National Park, the average high temperature in July is 19 degrees Celsius (66°F), with a low of -5 (23°F). In August, the average high temperature is 16 degrees Celsius (61°F) with a low of -1 (30°F). Wind in July and August is at its lightest of the year, and has an average of 12-14 m/s. Average rainfall in July is 69mm, August is 82mm.

Accommodations

Norway Mountain Huts

Mountain Huts

4 nights

The mountain huts we stay in are warm, cozy, basic accommodations in stunning locations. They feature double or communal rooms most often with bunkbeds (single rooms are not available in the huts.) They have hot water with showers, flush toilets, and some have wifi.

Filefjellstuene Lodge

Filefjellstuene Lodge

1 night

This wonderful lodge puts us right in the action for making the most of our journey from the mountains to the fjords, as its situated in a stunning location overlooking a deep, majestic valley. This lodge features private rooms (double or single) with private bathrooms, wifi...etc.

Vangsgaarden

Vangsgaarden Lodge

1 night

Surrounded by towering mountains and deep fjords, this lodge has been operated by one family since the 18th century. This is where the salmon-fishing British gentry came to fish throughout the nineteenth century. The historic buildings have been updated to modern, wonderful accommodations.

Clarion Hotel Admiral

Clarion Hotel Admiral

1 night

This hotel is perfectly situated in central Bergen with wonderful views of the harbour and Norway's surrounding mountains as well as easy access to the bustling fish market. With plenty of character, it is a modern, comfortable hotel that was convered from an early 20th century maritime warehouse.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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