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Norway’s rugged, mountainous landscape features some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, and a wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities to go with it. Ample doses of culture, history and friendly people, most of whom speak English, add to a powerful package of attractions. Is there a fjord in your future? Stride can help you find it.

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Norway Tour Reviews - Summary
95% Recommend

4.6 out of 5
Excellent 247 Great 91 Average 19 Disappointing 2 Terrible 3
Value
4.6 Guide
4.6 Activities
4.6 Lodging
4.6 Transportation
4.6 Meals
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'Hiking in Norway', not 'Walking the Fjords' October 2018

5.0

Walking the Fjords

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A great week of hiking in a beautiful location with good accommodation and
lovely food - and with great guides. This is a full program with little
'down time'.
The iconic views from the Molden peak with its stunning views of Sognefjord.


Asbjorn is an an exceptional guide and also a very nice man with so much
knowledge and experience. Sadly he is looking to retire which will be a
shame to miss all of those stories, but he is currently training his
replacement Lucas, who I think will make also make a great host/guide. We
found them both very helpful & approachable as well as being very
knowledgeable of their environment and locality. An real asset to this trip.


Do not under-estimate this trip. This is a hiking trip, not walking. Many
of the hikes are quite a bit longer than the notes imply and you will be
expected to scramble a little as well as doing a lot of walking on very
uneven ground. This is all fine if you're used to this & expecting it, but
be warned.


Stay an extra night in Bergen, there is so much to see & do there and the
itinerary does not give anywhere near enough time there.


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Operator Exodus Travels

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Norway hiking October 2018

5.0

Walking the Fjords

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
The accommodation and the guides could not have been better.
Seeing everyone hiking up and down despite their ages.


Awesome


No


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A Trip for the Active October 2018

4.0

Walking the Fjords

  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Nes Gard Farm is a fantastic place. The meals were fresh, healthy, and
delicious. Each day we traveled to a new location for hiking. The people in
my tour group were great - 8 women and 3 couples. Everyone was game for
adventure and being active. Our tour guides were knowledgeable and very
personable.
The incredible landscape on every hike. It's too difficult to pick out one
outstanding moment because each day presented a new aspect of Norway.


Group leaders were professional and attentive to individual needs.


Be prepared to hike on uneven terrain and smooth rock surfaces. Trails are
steep and often slick. I was cardio fit but I did my conditioning on groomed
trails. The glacier walk is very challenging. Gaitors are highly recommended
to pants clean.


Do not go on the glacier walk if it's been raining.


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Simply wonderful October 2018

5.0

Arctic Lights & Whales

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Best light show I have ever seen with the Northern lights not dissappointing
us, getting better each night of the 4 nights that we were there. Highly
recommend this trip and though Northern lights are the main attraction, the
rest of the trip has much to offer which felt like the bonus. -Orca and Sperm
whales; beautiful and serene scenery;wonderful hosts and terrific fresh food;
comfortable accomodation and ideally placed to see the lights from; catching
a fish with a simple rod; walks in wonderful snow. The trip felt longer than
the 5 days with wonderful sunrises, sunsets and the northern lights ensuring
that every part of the day had something different to offer. And there were a
lot of daylight hours!
This is by far the best chance of seeing the elusive northern lights which
was well worth waiting for. And though seeing them is never guaranteed, you
would be very unlucky to see none over the 5 days.
flashing, shimmering and expanding rich green northern lights dancing in the
night sky


An expat with the accent to prove it settled in Norway with his norwegian
famiy, and together focussing on providing an all round high stndard of care
and service to their customers. Very good and wonderful traditional local
cooking.


Mini bus got cold particularly around the feet so be prepared with good
socks, shoes and clothes. Phone cameras will not capture the Northern lights
but any basic camera with a selection of settings will get something , even
if grainy. And you will want a photo to capture the experience.


This trip did not dissappoint. And being Norway was of a high standard.


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Cross Country Skiing at Kvitavatn, Norway October 2018

5.0

Cross-country Skiing: Kvitavatn

  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is an amazing place to learn to ski and to ski. The Fjellstue is
friendly and has a great atmosphere and is perfectly set up for you to ski
from your door, out into the wilderness. There is an excellent network of
tracks, but the leaders offer mainly off track and with great skill and
knowledge will take you away into the remote rolling hills, among the trees
and above the tree line, offering fantastic guiding and tuition. I would
have given up cross country skiing probably if I hadn't come here as the
support and leadership is second to none. Perfect for both beginners and for
those with experience and skills. I have been back for many years, as have
many others who come here.
Doing two routes with Ilse that she had never done with groups for many
years.


Both leaders are superb


If you have never skied before go for a beginners group. Work on your basic
fitness before you go!


Gold star


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Norway Tours and Travel Guide


Norway Attractions & Landmarks Guide

It’s given the world skiing, Vikings, fjords, Norse mythology, and a parcel of notable explorers and creative artists. It’s also celebrated as the Land of the Midnight Sun, where, in the far northern summer, the sun never sets. Norwegians would say you need all that daylight just to begin to sample all their country has to offer.

Tucked away on the far western and northern reaches of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Norway’s mountainous, often sparsely populated landscape stretches far above the Arctic Circle. Those who visit enjoy some of Europe’s most stunning scenery, along with outdoor recreational activities that include hiking, climbing, rafting, skiing, and even glacier walking and reindeer sledding.

The Capital, Oslo

Most tours begin in Oslo, a modern city of 600,000 residents with a medieval hilltop fortress, a royal palace (Norway is a constitutional monarchy), and a harbor facing an island-dotted fjord. While Oslo might seem a bit staid at first, some of its major attractions -- such as the Munch Museum, devoted to the 19th century expressionist painter Edvard Munch known best for his anguished work “The Scream” -- and sculptor Gustav Vigeland’s writhing, nude figures that line the walkways of an outdoor park, might give you another impression. 

Similar ships to those displayed in Oslo’s Viking Ship Museum once carried Viking explorers like Eric the Red and Leif Ericsson off to raid distant lands, reaching the coast of North America five centuries before Columbus landed in the Caribbean. (Modern Norwegians, while descendants of the marauding Vikings, have mellowed considerably; the country’s violent crime rate is among the world’s lowest.)

Other Oslo-area maritime-related museums include the Kon-Tiki Museum, celebrating the exploits of Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who sailed from Peru to Polynesia on a log raft, and one showcasing the Fram, an expedition ship used by Roald Amundsen on his 1910 voyage to the South Pole.

Norway’s Scenic Second City

Bergen is a must-stop on any Norway tour. Situated on the North Sea coast, it’s the very picture of a seafarer’s city, with a busy harbor where you can sit out in summer and dine on herring and other fresh seafood.

With its colorfully painted peaked-roof wooden houses gleaming in the sun and its mountainous backdrop, the medieval wharf area has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bergen’s cultural cred is enhanced by serving as home for Edvard Grieg, Norway’s most famous composer, while playwright Henrik Ibsen, author of “A Doll’s House” and “Hedda Gabler,” began his theatrical career here.

Bergen is also the gateway to some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords -- long, deep, glacier-cut inlets (often flanked by sheer cliff sides) that are among the world’s great natural wonders. The Songefjord, leading to the village of Flam, is the most famous.

The Hurtigruten

Bergen serves as the starting point as well for the Hurtigruten ships that make their way year-round up and down the Norwegian coast for some 1,300 miles. Along the way, the half-passenger, half-cargo vessels make numerous port stops, some very brief -- others allowing for hours to tour cities like Trondheim and Tromso -- to drop off and pick up transient passengers as well as food and supplies. The latter provide a lifeline for isolated Norwegian villages that are otherwise virtually cut off from the rest of the country.

The fjord-rich, island-speckled western coast continues hundreds of miles north of the Arctic Circle and peaks at the North Cape, continental Europe’s northernmost point, before heading farther west to Kirkenes. The Hurtigruten has been called the world’s most beautiful voyage, and it’s certainly a contender.

We should also mention the Norwegian island of Svalbard (Spitsbergen) here, hundreds of miles north of the North Cape in the polar regions and an adventurer’s and wildlife-lover’s dream, reached by small-ship expedition cruises, including Hurtigruten.

Year-Round Skiing

There’s a reason Norwegians tend to do well in Olympic ski competitions: this is where the sport was born, as evidenced by Norwegian rock art depictions dating back some 4,000 years. With Norway’s glaciers and snow-capped peaks, you can usually find places to ski here year-round -- or go glacier-walking, if you prefer. Hiking and climbing among waterfalls, mountains, and meadows are other favorite outdoor pastimes.

With so much to see and do in Norway, it’s vital to pick the group tour that’s right for your preferred level of physical activity, cultural immersion, and budget. Let Stride’s easy to use tools help you find the Norwegian fjord in your very near future.

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