An adventure where you get to experience the Hardanger Plateau in winter – on a sledge pulled by a dog team! And the Hardangerfjord in bloom – with cider tasting and walking tours.
The contrasts are huge with winter in the mountains and spring in Hardanger, the dog team and the stunning wild scenery. The tour ends in beautiful Bergen!
You start in Oslo and take the train to the Hardanger Plateau, where you will be picked up at the station and driven to a traditional cabin in the mountains. After dinner, there will be time for a quick evening snow shoe walk to experience the beautiful light of the mountains.
The following morning, you’ll get to know the dogs. Everyone will help to prepare the dogs before going up to the plateau. The night is spent in a traditional cabin up on the mountain with no electricity or water.
After waking up in the fresh mountain air, we prepare the dogs together and take a trip to the plateau before heading off to the Hardangerfjord. On the way, we’ll stop at the spectacular Vøringsfossen waterfall. We round off this day at Jaunsens Gjestgivarstad. Here you’ll experience Hardanger in full bloom, do a cider safari and some mountain walks. We end the trip with a few days in Bergen.
As a guest on this trip, you will experience some beautiful scenery in two different seasons. You’ll get to witness real passion and enormous skill and knowledge of dog sledding, and spring in Hardanger combined with snow-covered mountains. Absolutely beautiful!
You can book this trip yourself with our local guides, or you can be accompanied by your own dedicated tour guide from Expa Travel. If you would like to book an Expa Travel guide, please contact us for a quote.
Good food and lovely hospitality all the way.
You must book your flights to Oslo Gardermoen Airport, Norway yourself.
From Oslo to Ustaoset there is train connection. Payment for the trips is made directly with the carrier. That includes bus connection and transport to Bergen, and airport connection both in Bergen and Oslo.
We can help you find the tickets and correct times.
In total, it will cost approx. NOK 4.000,- per person.
Meals included in the price:
No set plans for dining have been set up in Bergen but we will happily give you suggestions for restaurants and things to see and do.
Drinks with lunch and dinner are not included.
The programme is preliminary. Expa Travel reserves the right to make any changes to the programme during the trip.
Weather conditions: we may change the order of the activities according to the weather. Some activities can be cancelled due to weather conditions. In the event that an activity is cancelled, alternative activities will be offered.
You will be met by a car at Haugastøl or Ustaoset train station and driven up to Halne Fjellstugu.
From your room you can enjoy the Hardanger Plateau in all its white glory.
After a delicious dinner at Halne Fjellstugu we put our snow shoes on and take a trip out to one of the Hardanger Plateau’s hidden treasures: Halnekollen.
Tonight we’ll go on a light safari. The light is magical at this time of year and whether it’s a clear sky full of stars, or heavy snow drifts, we can promise you, you will have an amazing experience.
You’ll start with a good breakfast, make your packed lunch and enjoy the fresh mountain air before going out to meet the dogs. After playing with the dogs for a bit, you’ll learn how to harness them and set up the team. You should enjoy the silence before a bunch of eager huskies pull you away to the realm of the wild reindeer.
Today we’ll go on a round trip of the ‘roof of Norway’, the Hardanger Plateau. Long, beautiful plateaus as far as the eye can see. You will experience differences in the terrain from east to west, with flat stretches in the east to more hilly terrain in the west. You can experience heavenly days with cloudless skies and hot sun while you glide along the white plateau. But it can also show you its rougher side with wind and heavy snow. Regardless of the weather, it will be a unique experience you will never forget.
After arriving at Skaupa we’ll see to the dogs and give them some well-deserved petting after a hard working day on the mountain. Then we’ll make some food. Together with the dog handlers you’ll prepare a delicious meal right out on the Hardanger Plateau. Out on the plateau there is no mobile coverage or roads; there is only nature, silence and your group.
After breakfast and preparing our packed lunches, it’s time for a new trip. Today is all about enjoying the dogs, the silence and the scenery. Now you’ve become a proper dog handler you can relax while you glide away into the whiteness. Tonic for the soul!
Back at Halne we get in the car and drive to the Hardangerfjord – on the way, we can stop to see the spectacular Vøringsfossen waterfall.
Then we to drive down all the twists and turns and bending roads to the Hardangerfjord. Remember to enjoy the view on the way. At Jaunsens Gjestgivarstad, it’s time for dinner and relaxing with Eli at Jaunsens.
After breakfast and preparing the packed lunches, it’s time for a new trip.
Today you’re doing a cider safari.
Experience the romantic, lush Hardanger. Take the local bus in to one of the farms and wander along the spectacular Hardangerfjord. Here you will see how they produce fruit and juice as well as their exquisite cider.
Enjoy the beautiful surroundings with springtime in bloom, the fjord and the mountain. Learn how the farmers make cider and treat yourself to a taste in Hardanger’s hospitable and historic surroundings. After visiting several farms you can enjoy lunch in the centre of Ulvik, before taking the bus back to Jaunsens Gjestgivarstad where it will be time for dinner and some relaxation.
After breakfast and preparing the packed lunches, it’s time for a new trip.
Today you can choose whether you want to go for a long or short walk. The choices are endless and whatever you choose it will be beautiful.
There are many iconic walks in Hardanger and it’s easy to find a route that suits your level. For the fit and active, the Dronningstien or Oksen trips are great, with amazing views over the mountains and the fjord.
Maybe you only want to do parts of the walk, or a shorter walk from Jaunsens Gjestgivarstad. Depending on where the walks go, some trips require transport, we can help you with this.
From the top of Oksen there is a magnificent 360 degree view over almost all of Hardanger to both fjord and mountain: the Hardangerfjord, the Granvinfjord, the Sørfjord, the Eidfjord and large parts of the Hardanger Plateau, Folgefonna, Vossefjellene and Raundalsryggen’s peaks in the northwest. You can enjoy your packed lunch along the way.
Whether the trip is on foot or on snow shoes depends on the amount of snow in the mountains.
In the afternoon, back at Jaunsens it’s time for a lovely meal and a good night’s sleep.
After breakfast, it’s time to take the bus to Bergen. The trip takes approximately three hours and goes through some beautiful landscape.
On arrival in Bergen there are lots of things to experience, so today there isn’t much of a programme and you decide yourself how you would like to spend your time. When you get to Bergen you might want to find a place to get some lunch?
Walk through the narrow streets that lead to Bryggen (the dock) with the historical atmosphere from when Bergen was one of Europe’s most important trading sites. Bryggen is a UNESCO world heritage site and is bustling with life.
Bergen is the city between the seven mountains, and the most accessible of them all is Fløyen (320 metres above sea level), which can easily be climbed in six minutes – thanks to the Fløibanen. At the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view over the city centre. To come down again you can either walk or take the Fløibanen.
If you like seafood, you are guaranteed to get a taste of it in Bergen, which has a UNESCO gastronomic city status. Choose from the best in haute cuisine, or enjoy the local specialties like Bergen fish soup, fishcakes and persetorsk (a traditional salt-cured cod). We can recommend places to go for lunch and dinner.
After breakfast, it’s time to head home. You’ll take the airport bus to Bergen Flesland and take all your great memories and experiences with you!
This trip can easily be extended, combined with other destinations, or shortened.
Perhaps you’d like to combine it with a cruise further north on the Hurtigruta?
A few more days in Bergen or start the trip with a few days in Oslo?
We are happy to help you with your itinerary and booking accommodation…etc.
The spring blossoming in Hardanger is from mid-April to May. An alternative trip can be done in March, before the blossoming.
You can choose the dates on which you and your group would like to take this trip. We can arrange guiding in Hardanger, and tailor the trip for you.
The total price for this trip is from NOK 21900,- per person, sharing in a double room.
If, for any reason, you need to cancel the tour, you will receive a 100% refund (minus an administrative charge of 495NOK) up to 65 days before departure You can read our full terms and conditions here.
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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.
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The trip is based on two people travelling together. If there are more or less of you, please contact us and we will tailor the trip to your requirements.
In order for the tour to be both reasonable and sociable, we will stay in double rooms at the hotels. You can indicate who you would like to share a room with when you book.
Single rooms are available at Halne, Jaunsens and in Bergen.
At Skaupa the availability of a single room will depend on the number of participants.
Extra fee for single room: from NOK 2.500,-.
It’s important to have warm clothes and a small backpack (that sits well) for the most important items you’ll need for one night.
Remember that you also need to have room for a packed lunch, a thermos flask and extra drinks.
Here are some suggestions on what to pack:
You should be prepared for changing weather conditions and low temperatures.
In Hardanger and Bergen it will be springtime and temperatures range from 0-15 degrees, in Halne it will be winter and you can experience as low as -10 to -15 degrees.
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