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Aurlandsdalen – Hiking adventure from mountain to fjord

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from 9 690 NOK
Length 5 days
Travel period Jul. - Aug. (more dates)
Degrees of difficulty
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The price includes

  • Accommodation x 4 – sharing room
  • Breakfast according to programme.
  • Packed lunch according to programme.
  • 4 dinners according to programme.
  • Taxi/minibus from Vassbygdi to Flåm/Aurland.
  • Expa Travel’s own experienced tour leader.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.
Availability : Juli - August
Aurlandsdalen - Hiking adventure from mountain to fjord

Hiking in the beautiful Aurlandsdalen valley is an experience on many people’s wish list. Perhaps you’ve thought that kayaking in the Nærøyfjord looks exciting too? Now you can combine kayaking and hiking in beautiful surroundings all on the same trip!
Join us for some active days in an amazing landscape – where fun experiences are guaranteed.

 

The trip starts at Finse station, 1,222 metres above sea level. We walk in the Aurlandsdalen valley for three days, down to the Nærøyfjord for kayaking or a mini-cruise.
The Flåm Line takes us up the mountain again. A fantastic trip in spectacular surroundings!

 

Hiking down the beautiful Aurlandsdalen valley
The trip begins up at Finse station, 1,222 metres above sea level. You get there by train (this is not included in the price).
For three days, we walk down through the Aurlandsdalen valley, a hiking trip through some really beautiful scenery with plenty of ‘kodak moments’ on the way. The trip starts in relatively steep terrain before becoming mostly downhill. We’ll have some fabulous days in the magical mountain landscape.
Despite the fact that it is mostly downhill, the trip is quite demanding with 6-8 hours of hiking every day. The actual hike ends at Flåm/Nærøyfjord.

Kajaking or a mini-cruise on the Nærøyfjord
After a few days on foot, we end the trip with a kayak trip on the Nærøyfjord. It’s a fantastic experience being able to glide out in a safe, stable kayak in these majestic surroundings. You will have a thorough safety briefing from the professional local guides before you paddle out from the beach in Flåm. You’ll get all your equipment when you get there.

If you want to take it a bit easier on the last day, you can choose to take a mini-cruise on the Nærøyfjord. The mini-cruise from Flåm to Gudvangen takes approximately two hours – during which you will be constantly surrounded by the mighty mountains. At the end of the cruise there is a short bus trip back to Flåm.

Also…
We will stay in some lovely places on the way, a good combination of simple mountain cabins and higher standard accommodation. 

Our tour leader is of course familiar with the area and will show you some of the most beautiful places that this part of Norway can offer. In short, it will be a combination of hiking, paddling/fjord cruise and a spectacular train journey – all in our beautiful country. 

Aurlandsdalen, Norway
The Flåm Line takes us up to the mountain again. A fantastic trip in spectacular surroundings. / Photo: Shutterstock
A bit about the trip

This is a trip for you if you like walking. You don’t necessarily need to be in peak condition, but you still enjoy a challenge. If you’re in relatively good shape, we’re certain that you’ll have some truly amazing experiences.
The terrain is hilly with a lot of downhills. Walking downhill can be demanding after a while. We expect around 6-8 hours of walking per day. 

For the first two days, we stay in mountain cabins where you can expect to share a room with others, but you’ll have good access to a shower and toilet. On the last two nights, we’ll stay at a lovely hotel in a room with your own bathroom.

Book the train tickets yourself
You book the train tickets yourself: a return ticket to Finse and tickets for the Flåm Line.
On the day of arrival we meet at Finse station, (1,222 metres above sea level), ready for departure at 1.00p.m. You should have already eaten a good lunch but feel free to bring some light snacks and drinks.

On the day of departure, you decide when you want to leave. Check out from the hotel in Flåm is at 11.00a.m. It might be a good idea to book your train ticket all the way to your final destination, for example, Oslo or Bergen.

Backpack
We’ll be walking with a backpack every day so it’s important to think carefully about what to pack to ensure your bag is as light as possible. There are suggestions on what to pack further down the page. Remember that you need to have room for a packed lunch and a drink.

Highlights
  • The magical scenery of the Norwegian mountains and fjords.
  • Morning bathing at Geiterygghytta.
  • The atmosphere around the dinner table.
  • The unique Nærøyfjord (Unesco).
  • The famous Flåm Line.
Aurlandsdalen and Nærøyfjorden - Visit Norway
Aurlandsdalen and Nærøyfjorden / Foto: Visit Norway

Accommodation

On this trip, we will be staying in the following places:

  • On the first night, we stay at Geiterygghytta where we stay together in dormitories.
  • On the second night, we stay at Østerbør Fjellstove, in bedrooms that sleep 2-4 people or in a cabin for 4-6 people.
  • On the two last nights, we stay at a hotel in Flåm/Aurlandsvangen.

Good food and lovely hospitality all the way.
It is important that you bring your own sleeping bag liner (but sleeping bags are not allowed at the mountain cabins).

Infection Control

In collaboration with our partners, we arrange our trips in accordance with the infection control advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. In order for you to feel safe, we have made adjustments to our tours to ensure that we always comply with the advice from the authorities.
It is, of course, also important that you yourself take responsibility and follow the rules at all times, uphold social distancing, wash your hands, use antibacterial hand sanitiser, and wear a mask where necessary.

You must bring your own antibacterial hand sanitiser and masks.

Dining

Meals included in the price:

  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner every day.

Exception: On the day of arrival, only dinner is included. On the day of departure, only breakfast is included.

Nærøyfjorden and Flåmsbana, Norway
Beautiful Norway / Photo: Shutterstock
Programme

The programme is preliminary, Expa Travel reserves the right to make any changes throughout the trip. Weather conditions: we may have to change the order of the excursions if the weather dictates.

Day 1Arrival day. Finse station, 1,220 metres above sea level - Geiterygghytta. Approx. 5-6 hours/15km.

We meet at Finse station at 1p.m. If you take the train from Oslo at 8.35a.m. you’ll be in Finse at 12.31p.m.
Welcome briefing and talk about the trip with our guide.

From Finse we head towards Klemsbu. If we have good weather and a good view we might take a quick detour to the top of Sankt Pål, (1,695 metres above sea level). A fantastic view over Hardangerjøkulen (one of the largest glaciers on Norway’s mainland) on one side, and Jotunheimen on the other.

We expect to be at the cabin by late afternoon.
Check in and possibly bathing before dinner.

We end the day with a long-awaited and well-deserved homemade dinner.

Day 2Geiterygghytta - Østerbø Fjellstove. Approx. 7-8 hours/20km.

At 9.00a.m. we’ll meet for check out and a short briefing before we leave.

Today the landscape changes from high mountain to lush green landscape. We begin with a bit of an uphill climb before we get a lovely view towards Vestredalsvatnet.
We’ll have a short break at Steinbergdalen tourist cabin before we continue on towards Stemmerdalen. From here, the landscape becomes a bit more dramatic where the valley gets narrower and narrower, and then suddenly Aurlandsdalen appears in all its glory. The path is relatively steep on all sides so we take our time and stick together.

It’s a wonderful feeling when we arrive at Østerbø Fjellstove and get checked in.
A well-deserved dinner awaits after a good shower.

Day 3Østerbø Fjellstove - Vassbygdi. Approx. 6-7 hours/15km.

We recommend that everyone should walk through the Aurlandsdalen valley! The landscape down towards Vassbygdi does something to you. It’s one of the most beautiful places you will find in the Norwegian mountains. We pass several old farms and smallholdings; each has its own history.

The steep mountains create waterfalls and a mighty panoramic view. The area is also known for its rich flora and fauna.
We gather the group together in the little café at Vassbygdi before taking transport all the way down to the Aurlandsfjord and Flåm/Aurlandsvangen.

Check in at the hotel. We’ll have a bit of time to enjoy the surroundings here before having a lovely dinner together.

Day 4Kayaking or mini-cruise in the unique Nærøyfjord (Unesco).

On this day, you can choose whether you want to go kayaking or on a mini-cruise.

If you decide to go kayaking, we meet the guide at 9.00a.m. for a thorough demonstration on technique, safety and equipment.
We paddle in pairs and in stable and safe kayaks. The excursion takes 3-4 hours.
We will eat our packed lunch along the way.

If you decide to take the mini-cruise, you’ll meet at the quay at 9.10a.m. You will be able to enjoy this amazing experience without any physical demands on you at all! The boat trip from Flåm to Gudvangen takes 2 hours. Here we really get the opportunity to enjoy this completely unique Norwegian fjord and mountain landscape. After arriving in Gudvangen we take the bus back to Flåm.
You’ll have a bit of time to yourself before we board the Flåm Line at 4.05p.m. It’s often referred to as ‘the world’s most beautiful train journey’. Both the Nærøyfjord and the Flåm Line are included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

A wonderful closing dinner at the hotel.

Day 5Flåmbanen up to Myrdal station - Journey home

Today the journey home is a special one. You start the trip with what is often referred to as ‘the world’s most beautiful train journey’ – on the Flåm Line. Both the Nærøyfjord and the Flåm Line are on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

The Flåm Line takes you up to Myrdal station and when you get there, you say goodbye to the rest of the group before the train takes you on towards either Oslo or Bergen.

The programme is preliminary and subject to change.

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Dates

We have set up this trip on the following dates:

  • 04 – 08 July 2021 (Sunday – Thursday)
  • 11 – 15 July 2021 (Sunday – Thursday)
  • 25 – 29 July 2021 (Sunday – Thursday)
  • 01 – 05 August 2021(Sunday – Thursday)

P.S.! Contact us if you would like to do this tour on your own, on a date of your choice.

Price

The total price for this trip is from NOK 9690,- per person.

Included in the price

  • Accommodation x 4 – sharing a room with others in a group.
  • Taxi/minibus from Vassbygdi to Flåm/Aurland.
  • Breakfast, packed lunches, and dinner every day (only dinner on the day of arrival, and only breakfast on the day of departure).
  • Expa Travel’s own, experienced tour leader.
  • Tour is covered by the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund.

Not included in the price

  • Train tickets to and from Finse.
  • Train ticket on the Flåm Line.
  • Paddle trip/mini-cruise on the Nærøyfjord (you choose which excursion you want to do on the registration form).
  • Travel insurance certificate (obligatory on our tours).
  • Drinks with dinner.

Payment / Conditions

Coronavirus terms and conditions

We make it safe for you to book your travel with us. If the scheduled trip cannot go ahead due to travel advice from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we offer a full refund. This means that you will receive a refund directly from us if the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to the area where the trip is planned at the time that your trip would have taken place.
This also applies to the paid deposit, minus the administrative fee of 495NOK.
We aim to refund you as soon as possible, and a maximum of one week after a cancelled trip.

If you wish to cancel the trip without the Norwegian Directorate of Health/Ministry of Foreign Affairs having advised against travel to your planned destination, our normal cancellation policy applies (see below).

Cancellation due to your own quarantine?

If you have to cancel your trip due to your own quarantine, insurance such as European Travel Insurance will cover your cancellation.
NB! It is important that you check the terms that apply to you with your own insurance provider.

Normal cancellation policy

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  • The payments are made by bank transfer with a KID number. You will find your KID number on ‘My pages’. All bookings are binding.
  • The first instalment (deposit) of 3,000NOK must be paid within 7 days of your booking. Any unpaid deposit gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • The final payment is made 35 days before departure. You will receive a reminder by mail a few days before the final payment is due. Any unpaid instalment gives Expa Travel the right to cancel the booking.
  • If you book the trip less than 35 days before departure, the full amount will be required on booking.

If, for any reason, you need to cancel the tour, you will receive a 100% refund (minus an administrative charge of 495NOK) up to 35 days before departure You can read our full terms and conditions here.

Tick the box on the registration form to indicate that you have read and accepted our terms and conditions.

There will be an additional fee for a single room/other types of room than those included in the price. See more under ‘single room/room sharing’ further down the page.

Expa Travel’s tours are covered by The Package Travel Act and our membership in the Norwegian Travel Guarantee Fund Reisegarantifondet gives you, as a consumer, the best possible protection.

Number of participants

The minimum amount of participants on this tour is 6 and the maximum is 16. The price requires there to be a minimum of 6 people per group. If there are fewer participants the price will increase, or the trip may be cancelled.

Single room/room sharing

Room sharing
In order for the tour to be both reasonable and sociable, and also because of limited space where we are staying, we expect to stay in dormitories for the first two nights. The last two nights are in double or single rooms.

Single rooms
Single rooms are not available for the first two nights.
If you would like a single room on the two last nights, there is an additional single room fee of 1,000NOK per person.

Flåmsbanen, Aurlandsdalen, Norway
Flåmsbanen in Norway / Photo: Shutterstock
Practical information

Luggage

It’s important to have a good backpack that sits well and that has room for everything you’ll need for all five days.
Remember that you also need to have room for a packed lunch, a thermos flask and extra drinks.

Equipment

Here are some suggestions on what to pack:

  • A good, tried and tested, backpack. Usually a 70-90 litre bag is sufficient.
  • Water bottle x 2 (minimum 2 litres). A ‘camel bag’ with a drinks bag is also good.
  • Comfortable, well worn-in mountain shoes. Or strong trainers/hiking shoes. 
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket.
  • Waterproof/windproof trousers.
  • Walking trousers/shorts.
  • Comfortable clothes for hiking at heights = warm fleece and/or thin puffer jacket.
  • Shorts and swimming costume.
  • Gloves and hat. 
  • 1 x set of thermal underwear.
  • Thermos flask.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Indoor shoes for evenings.
  • Toilet paper for your own use on daily excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera/mobile phone.
  • Travel-sized first aid kit.
  • Toiletries.
  • Comfortable casual clothes for evenings.
  • Travel insurance certificate (compulsory on our tours).
  • Power bank for mobile phone.
  • Waterproof cover for backpack.
  • Small knife.
  • Antibacterial hand sanitizer and masks for your own use.

You should be prepared for changing temperatures and weather conditions, even during the summer.

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Travel insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on our tours. Read more here.

Help us to help others

One of the organisations close to our heart is “SuperSelma” – a Norwegian organisation that supports children with cancer and their families. Every year, SuperSelma organises various activities that they call Glimmers of Light – a respite in the everyday lives of cancer patients and their families. It’s a fantastic organisation that we are proud to support. 
Read more here www.superselma.no
We organise our own SuperSelma cycling trip in Spain every year, and the proceeds from the trip go directly to SuperSelma.

Everyone who registers for an Expa Travel tour is given the opportunity to donate 100NOK to SuperSelma.
We appreciate all contributions!

Expa Travel reserves the right to make typing errors and currency/price changes. The programme is preliminary, and subject to changes.

Photo(s) licensed from Expa Travel / Shutterstock.com / Sverre Hjørnevik/Fjord Norway.

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Questions / enquiry?

Please contact Aina on +47 918 19 556 / mail aina@expa.no or Eric on +47 926 18 805 / mail eric@expa.no

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