From Bergen to Nærøyfjord, Hardangerfjord, and Folgefonna Glacier

Hiking in Norway’s Fjord Country

Norway

11 Days

From $7,195

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    Mighty glaciers carved Norway's majestic landscapes and the grand-scale majesty is evident everywhere, from snow-capped peaks to deep blue fjords. We'll be surrounded by nature's splendor as we explore two spectacular fjords—Sognefjord, Norway's largest, and ethereal Hardangerfjord. We'll hike through lush orchards, across historic trails, to epic viewpoints with bird's-eye views down the length of the fingers of the fjord, and even on a glacier (if conditions are right), with options for a dip in the fjords at our waterside hotels. In between, we explore villages and taste the wares at family-run farms.

    Arrive: Bergen, Norway

    Depart: Bergen, Norway

    Highlights

    • Hike in pristine landscapes of mountains, forests, farms, and tranquil fjords
    • Savor the cultural heritage of quaint fjord-side towns, be welcomed at family farms
    • Explore by RIB boat, sample seasonal summer dishes, from local lamb to mountain trout
    • Enjoy cozy waterside hotels with grand views across the fjords

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      Itinerary

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      From Bergen, we ferry to Flam and set off for hikes on the stunning Vindhellavegen section of Kings Road, an ancient mountain trail connecting fjord country between eastern and western Norway. This trail has been in use since the late 1100s and we'll visit the Viking-era 12th century Borgund Stave Church en route. On Day 4, our private RIB boat takes us through UNESCO-listed Naeroyfjord (too narrow for big cruise ships!), and we hike to a family-run goat farm for a delicious homemade lunch. Our hotel is in Ulvik, nestled along Hardangerfjord in Norway's orchard country.
      In Ulvik, we meet with a local in his family home, first built in the 1700s, to learn how life has evolved in Norway over the generations. We'll walk to a family-run apple farm for lunch and cider tasting, then ferry to tranquil Lofthus, set along the fjord and famous for its orchards. We can visit the cottage of composer Edvard Grieg in town, and our hotel offers rowboats for an evening paddle in the fjord.
      We hike along the Kinso River past waterfalls, then head to the Folgefonna Glacier for a fantastic day of glacier walking (weather dependent, no experience necessary). Views from atop the glacier extend over magnificent Hardangerfjord and, on a clear day, out to the North Sea. Depart on Day 11 via Bergen.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      $600 due at time of reservation
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels
      • All meals
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret

      Bergen, Norway

      Day 1 (1 night)

      With its ideal location and impressive Baroque architecture, Hotel Havnekontoret is a wonderful introduction to Bergen. Guest rooms have comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and nice views overlooking the city. Relax next to the fireplace with a glass of your favorite tipple and be sure to ask the reception about visiting...

      Hotel Husum

      Borgund, Norway

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      This delightful hotel has a long history dating back nearly 200 years! Originally a coaching and posting inn, it offers just eight guest rooms, all decorated in traditional decor and featuring modern amenities. It's just a mile from the famous Borgund Stave Church. Note: While...

      Brakanes Hotel

      Ulvik, Norway

      Day 4 (1 night)

      This hotel as an absolutely amazing location overlooking the deep blue Hardanger Fjord, and the guest rooms take full advantage of the wondrous view. It has been recently remodeled but is still a very simple accommodation.

      Hotel Ullensvang

      Lofthus, Norway

      Days 5-7 (3 nights)

      This former staging inn—now a veritable “grand dame” of hotels—sports a unique mix of lovingly kept traditions and stylish luxury. It enjoys a beautiful fjord-side location with views of the snow-capped Hardanger range. Most of the guest rooms have private balconies, and facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools...

      Utne Hotel

      Utne, Norway

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      This charming and distinctive historic hotel, set along beautiful Hardangerfjord, has been in continuous operation since 1722. Although recently renovated, the Utne still retains its beautiful old world charm. The staff is warm and welcoming and the food is superb. And getting here couldn't be easier—it's...

      Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret

      Bergen, Norway

      Day 10 (1 night)

      With its ideal location and impressive Baroque architecture, Hotel Havnekontoret is a wonderful introduction to Bergen. Guest rooms have comfortable beds, spacious bathrooms, and nice views overlooking the city. Relax next to the fireplace with a glass of your favorite tipple and be sure to ask the reception about visiting...

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. While we do not see major elevation gain or loss, you will need to be comfortable hiking 8.5 miles a day and being on your feet for up to 6 hours a day. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 4-5 miles
      • 3-4 hours
      • 1,000 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 8 – 8.5 miles, 6 hours, 1,500 feet gain, and 2,000 feet loss
      Review Trip Level Details
      All hiking is below 2,000 feet in elevation on mountainous trails. The hikes are mostly moderate and can sometimes be damp, rocky, and muddy. It rains almost every day, so be prepared to hike in mud! There are occasional short, steep sections, and Day 9 includes a 2-hour walk across snowfields with either snowshoes or crampons. No prior experience is needed for this, and it is not technical.
      Daytime temperatures are usually in the mid 50s°F and 60s°F, and nighttime temperatures typically drop to the high 30s°F or 40s°F. The weather can provide spectacular and clear days, but rain is very frequent so it is important to bring rain gear and layers. It's possible that hikes will have to be changed or canceled due to the weather, but as rain is so common, this is only in extreme cases.
      Some accommodations are in small, charming hotels. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. We stay in one hotel with only single beds available and may only have en-suite restrooms with a shared bath or shower. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Please note that rooms in Scandinavia are smaller than in the US, and at the Utne Hotel, there is a very short, narrow, curved staircase that is used to access the rooms. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      On many days, we will be making our lunches at the hotel's breakfast buffet. This is a tradition for hikers in Norway, and the extensive breakfast buffets include fresh bread, deli meats, tomatoes, smoked salmon (of course!), cheeses, and fruit. Dinners are hearty local fare, including a lot of fresh fish. Many are buffet-style at our hotels, and this is often the only option in smaller fjord-side villages. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      We will experience Norway's excellent ferry system, which is a wonderful way to be immersed in Norwegian culture. You will need to be able to carry your own bags on and off the ferries, and for the short distances between the ferry landings and our hotels (not more than 200 feet). We recommend one medium-sized rolling suitcase and a daypack. Extra luggage can be left at our hotel in Bergen during the trip.

      Client Testimonials

      "Our experience with Wilderness Travel exceeded our expectations. It was a fantastic trip."

      Ann K.

      Sunnyvale, CA

      "This trip tops my list; at the end of it, I felt more satisfied than after any other I have taken. I have been on several Wilderness Travel trips and have never had a bad experience—they have all been excellent, visiting beautiful countries and experiencing different cultures. But the activities on Norway's Fjord Country provided more opportunities to get to know the land and people than any trip I've been on. Thank you to our charming guides Stefano and Naoise, and thank you, Wilderness Travel!"

      Ann S.

      New Cumberland, PA

      "The itinerary was well designed to expose us to the beauty of Norway, different modes of transportation, its culture/history, local foods. Outstanding leaders—interactive, personable, knowledgeable, senses of humor, flexible, compassionate. I enjoyed the diverse itinerary and hikes, and most of all, the ferry ride to Flam."

      Carolyn H.

      Asheville, NC

      "In addition to the outstanding leaders, the itinerary worked very well and seemed rather ingeniously put together—striking a good balance between traveling enough to see a variety of places and things but not spending too much time in transit. I also liked the reliance on public transportation where possible, which involved some fun travel by rail and water and felt less isolating than using only a private bus or van. I also much enjoyed the historical and cultural aspects of the trip, especially the very special visit to the Hardanger Folk Museum, the stave church at Borgund, the walking tour of Bergen, the RIB boat excursion from Flåm, and visits to a goat farm and an apple farm."

      David R.

      Arlington, VA

      "We all had a wonderful time with our guide. What a professional! So passionate about this trip and saw to it we all had a grand time. It is now of my favorite WT Trips ever!"

      Diane S.

      Reno, NV

      "We had such a great time! The guides were top notch, accommodations were superb, and the overall trip design—with its mix of hiking and delightful activities—was flawless. We really appreciated going places and having activities that were not overrun with large groups of tourists. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for a unique experience in western Norway. I'm running out of superlatives, but we enjoyed every minute of this trip and our expectations were constantly exceeded. Great work!"

      Douglas B.

      Eugene, OR

      "The trip itself was very good—well organized, interesting, and fun. But our guide and the group we traveled with made it an EXCELLENT trip!"

      Elaine C.

      Zurich, Switzerland

      "Great variety of hiking and culture. Seeing individual farms, orchards, etc. was exceptional."

      Ellen and Fred F.

      Denver, CO

      "I highly recommend this trip to hikers who want to experience Norway's fjords, food, and culture."

      Eugenia L.

      Berkeley, CA

      "A truly delightful journey! The fiords of Norway were so peaceful, I just sat on our hotel front porches each morning and drank them in."

      Jack H.

      Cockeysville, MD

      "The RIB boat ride, kayaking, and especially the glacier walk were adventurous, exciting, and fun. The scenery on the hikes, ferry boat rides and in the small towns on our journey was incredibly beautiful. The quality of the food was amazingly good."

      John R.

      The Woodlands, TX

      "The trip was fabulous and the guides were superb."

      Linda F.

      Bend, OR

      "It goes without saying that Norway is a beautiful and unique country, but our guide made it come alive for us with experiences we could never have had on our own."

      Linda G.

      W. Hartford, CT

      "The cultural experiences were great. Getting to hear and experience local people, food, and flair really added to the trip."

      Marianne V.

      Chagrin Falls, OH

      "We are used to planning our own trips, unless they are taking place in very foreign areas, such as a safari. That said, we and some of our fellow travelers thought that it would have been very hard to plan this trip and coordinate the numerous travel connections, hotels, and hiking trails. And of course, we could not have duplicated the sessions with the local guides and producers. Plus we had the advantage of well-informed Wilderness Travel guides with great personalities and people skills."

      Mary S.

      Mystic, CT

      "Great trip! Beautiful, challenging hikes. Snowshoeing on the glacier was the best: a once in a lifetime experience."

      Michael B.

      Columbia, MD

      "A very enjoyable trip and a great way to see and learn about Norway's history and culture!"

      Nancy K.

      Hazelhurst, WI

      "Loved the trip. The hikes were all very good, the cultural interactions were interesting, the accommodations were good, and the food was excellent. Overall, a very good trip!"

      Peter A.

      Emerald Hills, CA

      "Excellent in all categories—and really, my expectations were truly exceeded. A first rate trip, not a single corner cut, and many nice surprises along the way. I wouldn't change a single thing."

      Ricardo S.

      Seattle, WA

      "Wonderful trip—a great blend of culture and physical activity."

      Robyn W.

      Bethesda, MD

      "A terrific trip in a breathtakingly beautiful country."

      Sandra F.

      Carmichael, CA

      "What a great trip this was. Loved the itinerary and were kept busy on a daily basis with all kinds of fun activities. Traveling with the leaders was an absolute blast (not to mention that the weather was perfect)! I would highly recommend this trip."

      Sandy M.

      Prescott, AZ

      "The spectacular beauty and bucolic life of Norway's Fjord country will be a lasting memory."

      Shirley R.

      San Rafael, CA

      "It was a great way to experience a part of Norway. I LOVED the interactions with local people—made it feel authentic and like we had a genuine experience in the country."

      Susan H.

      Gold River, CA

      "As always...another excellent experience for us with Wilderness Travel."

      Thomas S.

      Reno, NV

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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On Day 4, our private RIB boat takes us through UNESCO-listed\nNaeroyfjord (too narrow for big cruise ships!), and we hike to a family-run goat farm for a delicious homemade lunch. Our hotel is in Ulvik, nestled along Hardangerfjord in Norway's orchard country.<\/body>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Ulvik \/ Lofthus \/ Hardangerfjord","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body>In Ulvik, we meet with a local in his family home, first built in the 1700s, to learn how life has evolved in Norway over the generations. We'll walk to a family-run apple farm for lunch and cider tasting, then ferry to tranquil Lofthus, set along the fjord and famous for its orchards. 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He began hiking and climbing regularly, and what began as a hobby soon became a way of life that led him on extraordinary adventures, including climbing some of the Alps&apos; famous north faces and an ascent, with fellow WT guide Naoise O Muiraheartaigh, of Yosemite&apos;s El Capitan. In 2021, on his birthday, Killian and his partner Maggie welcomed their first daughter Henia into the world. The three of them live in Chamonix, France. Currently, he is adjusting to fatherhood and figuring out how much risk he is willing to take in the high mountains, but still enormously passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of the Earth&apos;s wildest reaches.","BioLong":"Killian Buckley grew up in Killarney, Ireland. His parents, a harpist and a poet, instilled in him a great appreciation for the beautiful things in life, and once he found the mountains, it didn&apos;t take long for him to become addicted to the wild beauty he found there. He began hiking and climbing regularly, and what began as a hobby soon became a way of life that led him on extraordinary adventures, including climbing some of the Alps' famous north faces and an ascent, with fellow WT guide Naoise O Muiraheartaigh, of Yosemite's El Capitan. In 2021, on his birthday, Killian and his partner Maggie welcomed their first daughter Henia into the world. The three of them live in Chamonix, France. Currently, he is adjusting to fatherhood and figuring out how much risk he is willing to take in the high mountains, but still enormously passionate about sharing his love and knowledge of the Earth's wildest reaches."},{"GuideID":850608,"First_Name":"Rob","Last_Name":"Noonan","BioShort":"Rob Noonan came by his love of nature and the mountains early, adventuring throughout most of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and later earning a degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona. 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His personal connections also open many doors along the way, which adds to the fun of any trip Rob leads. \"I love the cultural aspects of having friends all over the world, and it is a true joy in my life to lead adventures in lands I love and respect so passionately.\" When he's not leading trips for us, Rob lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he enjoys hiking and river rafting."},{"GuideID":851151,"First_Name":"Naoise","Last_Name":"O Muircheartaigh","BioShort":"Born on the Dingle Peninsula and into the distinct Gaelic culture of his ancestors, Naoise O Muircheartaigh (the Gaelic spelling of Moriarty) has been steeped in the culture of Ireland since birth and comes from generations of mountain guides, including his father, Con Moriarty, longtime leader of our Ireland trips. Naoise (pronounced &ldquo;nee-sha&rdquo;) has been hiking Ireland&apos;s mountains and coasts since he could walk, and his pursuits as a rock and ice climber have led him around the world, from New Zealand to North Africa and the US. He has a deep love of nature and for sharing world&apos;s wild landscapes and ancient cultures.","BioLong":"Born on the Dingle Peninsula and into the distinct Gaelic culture of his ancestors, Naoise O Muircheartaigh (the Gaelic spelling of Moriarty) has been steeped in the culture of Ireland since birth and comes from generations of mountain guides, including his father, Con Moriarty, longtime leader of our Ireland trips. Naoise (pronounced &ldquo;nee-sha&rdquo;) has been hiking Ireland&apos;s mountains and coasts since he could walk, and his pursuits as a rock and ice climber have led him around the world, from New Zealand to North Africa and the US. He has a deep love of nature and for sharing world&apos;s wild landscapes and ancient cultures."},{"GuideID":851110,"First_Name":"Stefano","Last_Name":"Pozzi","BioShort":"Originally from Italy, Stefano Pozzi has grown up with a passion for the outdoors. He graduated from the University of Milan and later became a resident of Norway, where he studied Arctic natural history for a year on the island of Spitsbergen. Today he spends several months a year working on expedition vessels between Antarctica and Greenland, and guides trips for us in Norway, Finland, and the Alps. &ldquo;I love being out in nature and being amazed by its beauty, and my hope is that I can share my knowledge with trip members, and in turn, learn something new every day from them.&rdquo;","BioLong":"Originally from Italy, Stefano Pozzi has grown up with a passion for nature. He studied at the University of Milan and after graduating, took to the outdoors by riding his bike from Milan to Lisbon&mdash;and back again&mdash;by way of the Camino de Santiago pilgrim route, covering some 4,900 miles along the way. He became a resident of Norway in 2011, and studied Arctic natural history for a year on the island of Spitsbergen. Today he spends several months a year working on expedition vessels between Antarctica and Greenland, and guides trips for us in Norway, Finland, and the Alps. &ldquo;I love being out in nature and being amazed by its beauty, and my hope is that I can share my knowledge with trip members, and in turn, learn something new every day from them.&rdquo; When he's not at sea or leading trips for us, he enjoys rock climbing in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter."},{"GuideID":851157,"First_Name":"Orri","Last_Name":"Sigurj&oacute;nsson","BioShort":"Orri Sigurj&oacute;nsson grew up in the small town of Hvanneyri in the western region of Iceland. 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He studied carpentry in college, but his true calling has always been the enchantments of Iceland's rugged landscapes, and he has been guiding in Iceland since 2010. \"Traveling throughout the mountains is my passion,\" he says, \"and being able to share that passion with other travelers and show them around my beautiful country is something I consider a privilege.\" When he's not leading trips, he enjoys mountaineering, skiing, ice climbing, skydiving, and playing music with his band, Vertigo."},{"GuideID":850823,"First_Name":"Skye","Last_Name":"McDonald","BioShort":"Skye McDonald lives in Scotland&apos;s Highland capital, Inverness. She has worked as a Trip Leader in 35 countries since the millennium and lived in Germany, France, and Tanzania. &ldquo;Bringing understanding between peoples of very different cultures and backgrounds is one of the joys of being a Trip Leader, and of course, the chance to make friends around the world.&rdquo; Closer to home, she delights in sharing the glories of her native Scotland, and says that a good day scaling some of the beautiful Scottish mountains is hard to beat. Skye speaks German, French, beginners' Portuguese, and unusually, a smattering of Swahili from earlier years as a volunteer agricultural officer in Tanzania. Life continues to be an adventure for Skye, who has recently taken up bee-keeping, wild-water swimming, and scuba diving.","BioLong":" Skye McDonald lives in Scotland&apos;s Highland capital, Inverness. She has worked as a Trip Leader in 35 countries since the millennium and lived in Germany, France, and Tanzania. &ldquo;Bringing understanding between peoples of very different cultures and backgrounds is one of the joys of being a Trip Leader, and of course, the chance to make friends around the world.&rdquo; Closer to home, she delights in sharing the glories of her native Scotland, and says that a good day scaling some of the beautiful Scottish mountains is hard to beat. Skye speaks German, French, beginners' Portuguese, and unusually, a smattering of Swahili from earlier years as a volunteer agricultural officer in Tanzania. Life continues to be an adventure for Skye, who has recently taken up bee-keeping, wild-water swimming, and scuba diving."},{"GuideID":850549,"First_Name":"Annie","Last_Name":"Hawkins","BioShort":"Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and realized that leading adventure trips was her vocation&mdash;nothing would keep her inside an office again! She has led exclusively for Wilderness Travel since 1995 and has led journeys for us in France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Niger, Oman, and more! She divides her time between Europe and San Francisco, where she lives with her husband.","BioLong":"Annie Hawkins, born and raised in a small village in Burgundy, is a passionate world traveler and one of our most enchanting Trip Leaders. After studying art history in Provence, Annie moved to California, where she led adventure tours in the American Southwest and realized that leading adventure trips was her vocation&mdash;nothing would keep her inside an office again! She has led exclusively for Wilderness Travel since 1995 and has led journeys for us in France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Niger, Oman, and more! &ldquo;As a Trip Leader, I see myself as the personal ambassador to a place. In France, I love introducing the products of the \u2018terroir&apos; such as wine or cheese, or in southern Spain, taking the group to my home to share a paella with them. And in the Sahara, I have a passion for the wind-created landscape I call \u2018the yellow circle&apos; and the ingenuity of the people who live in this place of extremes. I'm also fascinated by the friendships that people forge while traveling together day after day. I remember how six guests become lifetime friends after our trip in Niger&mdash;this warms my heart!&rdquo; While scouting our trip in southern Spain in 1999, Annie bought a 300-year-old house in a village clinging on the flanks of the highest mountains in Spain. It took her three years to transform it into the home she calls La Casa del Milagro. She divides her time between Europe and San Francisco, where she lives with her husband."},{"GuideID":851149,"First_Name":"Irene","Last_Name":"De Benedictis","BioShort":"Originally from Rome, Irene is a physical therapist specializing in Ayurvedic medicine and also a seasoned WT Trip Leader. Her love of different cultures and languages (she knows seven!), paired with her love for hikes and pilgrimages (she walked the Camino de Santiago...twice) makes her a wonderful traveling companion. Irene's father is a member of the Italian congregation of St. James, which is responsible for the upkeep of pilgrim trails from Italy into Spain and Jerusalem, and she has also worked as a &ldquo;hospitalera&rdquo; (pilgrims' albergue host) in Italy. Fun fact: Irene wrote a book called Spaghetti and Sauna about the cultural differences between Italy, her home country, and Finland, where she lived for four years.","BioLong":"Originally from Rome, Irene is a physical therapist specializing in Ayurvedic medicine and also a seasoned WT Trip Leader. Her love of different cultures and languages (she knows seven!), paired with her love for hikes and pilgrimages (she walked the Camino de Santiago...twice) makes her a wonderful traveling companion. Irene's father is a member of the Italian congregation of St. James, which is responsible for the upkeep of pilgrim trails from Italy into Spain and Jerusalem, and she has also worked as a &ldquo;hospitalera&rdquo; (pilgrims' albergue host) in Italy. 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Thank you to our charming guides Stefano and Naoise, and thank you, Wilderness Travel!"},{"GuestNames":"Carolyn H.","GuestLocation":"Asheville, NC","GuestReview":"The itinerary was well designed to expose us to the beauty of Norway, different modes of transportation, its culture\/history, local foods. Outstanding leaders&#8212;interactive, personable, knowledgeable, senses of humor, flexible, compassionate. I enjoyed the diverse itinerary and hikes, and most of all, the ferry ride to Flam."},{"GuestNames":"David R.","GuestLocation":"Arlington, VA","GuestReview":"In addition to the outstanding leaders, the itinerary worked very well and seemed rather ingeniously put together&#8212;striking a good balance between traveling enough to see a variety of places and things but not spending too much time in transit. I also liked the reliance on public transportation where possible, which involved some fun travel by rail and water and felt less isolating than using only a private bus or van. I also much enjoyed the historical and cultural aspects of the trip, especially the very special visit to the Hardanger Folk Museum, the stave church at Borgund, the walking tour of Bergen, the RIB boat excursion from Fl&#229;m, and visits to a goat farm and an apple farm."},{"GuestNames":"Diane S.","GuestLocation":"Reno, NV","GuestReview":"We all had a wonderful time with our guide. What a professional! So passionate about this trip and saw to it we all had a grand time. It is now of my favorite WT Trips ever!"},{"GuestNames":"Douglas B.","GuestLocation":"Eugene, OR","GuestReview":"We had such a great time! The guides were top notch, accommodations were superb, and the overall trip design&#8212;with its mix of hiking and&#160;delightful activities&#8212;was flawless. We really appreciated going places and having activities that were not overrun with large groups of tourists. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is looking for a unique experience in western Norway. I'm running out of superlatives, but we enjoyed every minute of this trip and&#160;our expectations were constantly exceeded. Great work!"},{"GuestNames":"Elaine C.","GuestLocation":"Zurich, Switzerland","GuestReview":"The trip itself was very good&#8212;well organized, interesting, and fun. But our guide and the group we traveled with made it an EXCELLENT trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Ellen and Fred F.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"Great variety of hiking and culture. Seeing individual farms, orchards, etc. was exceptional."},{"GuestNames":"Eugenia L.","GuestLocation":"Berkeley, CA","GuestReview":"I highly recommend this trip to hikers who want to experience Norway's fjords, food, and culture."},{"GuestNames":"Jack H.","GuestLocation":"Cockeysville, MD","GuestReview":"A truly delightful journey! The fiords of Norway were so peaceful, I just sat on our hotel front porches each morning and drank them in."},{"GuestNames":"John R.","GuestLocation":"The Woodlands, TX","GuestReview":"The RIB boat ride, kayaking, and especially the glacier walk were adventurous, exciting, and fun. The scenery on the hikes, ferry boat rides and in the small towns on our journey was incredibly beautiful. The quality of the food was amazingly good."},{"GuestNames":"Linda F.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"The trip was fabulous and the guides were superb."},{"GuestNames":"Linda G.","GuestLocation":"W. Hartford, CT","GuestReview":"It goes without saying that Norway is a beautiful and unique country, but our guide made it come alive for us with experiences we could never have had on our own."},{"GuestNames":"Marianne V.","GuestLocation":"Chagrin Falls, OH","GuestReview":"The cultural experiences were great. Getting to hear and experience local people, food, and flair really added to the trip."},{"GuestNames":"Mary S.","GuestLocation":"Mystic, CT","GuestReview":"We are used to planning our own trips, unless they are taking place in very foreign areas, such as a safari. That said, we and some of our fellow travelers thought that it would have been very hard to plan this trip and coordinate the numerous travel connections, hotels, and hiking trails. And of course, we could not have duplicated the sessions with the local guides and producers. Plus we had the advantage of well-informed Wilderness Travel guides with great personalities and people skills."},{"GuestNames":"Michael B.","GuestLocation":"Columbia, MD","GuestReview":"Great trip! Beautiful, challenging hikes. Snowshoeing on the glacier was the best: a once in a lifetime experience."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy K.","GuestLocation":"Hazelhurst, WI","GuestReview":"A very enjoyable trip and a great way to see and learn about Norway's history and culture!"},{"GuestNames":"Peter A.","GuestLocation":"Emerald Hills, CA","GuestReview":"Loved the trip. The hikes were all very good, the cultural interactions were interesting, the accommodations were good, and the food was excellent. Overall, a very good trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Ricardo S.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"Excellent in all categories&#8212;and really, my expectations were truly exceeded. A first rate trip, not a single corner cut, and many nice surprises along the way. I wouldn't change a single thing."},{"GuestNames":"Robyn W.","GuestLocation":"Bethesda, MD","GuestReview":"Wonderful trip&#8212;a great blend of culture and physical activity."},{"GuestNames":"Sandra F.","GuestLocation":"Carmichael, CA","GuestReview":"A terrific trip in a breathtakingly beautiful country."},{"GuestNames":"Sandy M.","GuestLocation":"Prescott, AZ","GuestReview":"What a great trip this was. Loved the itinerary and were kept busy on a daily basis with all kinds of fun activities. Traveling with&#160;the leaders was an absolute blast (not to mention that the weather was perfect)! I would highly recommend this trip."},{"GuestNames":"Shirley R.","GuestLocation":"San Rafael, CA","GuestReview":"The spectacular beauty and bucolic life of Norway's Fjord country will be a lasting memory."},{"GuestNames":"Susan H.","GuestLocation":"Gold River, CA","GuestReview":"It was a great way to experience a part of Norway. I LOVED the interactions with local people&#8212;made it feel authentic and like we had a genuine experience in the country."},{"GuestNames":"Thomas S.","GuestLocation":"Reno, NV","GuestReview":"As always...another excellent experience for us with Wilderness Travel."}],"Extensions":[{}],"SimilarTrips":[{"TripID":10351,"SimilarTripID":10380,"Trip_Code":"LOFOTEN","Trip_Name":"Hiking Norway's Lofoten Islands and Beyond"},{"TripID":10351,"SimilarTripID":10491,"Trip_Code":"ALESUND","Trip_Name":"Hiking Norway: Alesund and the Sunnmore Alps"},{"TripID":10351,"SimilarTripID":10420,"Trip_Code":"HIKEFARO","Trip_Name":"Hiking the Faroe Islands"},{"TripID":10351,"SimilarTripID":10424,"Trip_Code":"ICEGREEN","Trip_Name":"Hiking the Fjords of Greenland and Iceland"}],"Specialists":[{}],"TripSegments":[{"VendorID":73182,"ProductID":84636,"SelectType":"Optional","ChoiceGroup":0,"ProductType":"Extra Hotel Night","Vendor":"Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret","Address1":"Slottsgaten 1","Address2":"","City":"Bergen","State":"","Postal":"5003","Product":"Pre-Trip Extra Services: Clarion Hotel Havnekontoret (DATES, 1 night)","Day":0,"Sequence":20,"Duration":1,"PropertyDescription":"<p>With its ideal location and impressive Baroque architecture, Hotel Havnekontoret is a wonderful introduction to Bergen. 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You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">saito8.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-04-19T13:27:44 --><p><strong>COVID-19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please double-check COVID-19 entry requirements for any countries you may be traveling to or transiting through, on this website: <a href=\"apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions\">apply.joinsherpa.com\/travel-restrictions<\/a><\/p>","System_Pre-Trip_Safety":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:37:06 --><p><strong>PRE-TRIP SAFETY:<\/strong> In the next weeks, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy. Please practice social distancing, steer clear of potential COVID-19 exposure, and take an at-home antigen or lab based PCR test before you depart.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.borrowlenses.com\/\">borrowlenses.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<meta charset=\"utf-8\"\/><body><p>$600 due at time of reservation <br \/>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p><\/body>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}