Norway’s Glaciers & Fjords
Ice-hike across Nigardsbreen Glacier, take a high-speed boat ride through beautiful fjords & sea kayak into the Geiranger wilderness
Norway’s Glaciers & Fjords
About your trip
Imagine a landscape pierced with peaks and glaciers, where striking fjords sink into serene blue lakes. This is your ticket to pure nature escapism.
Your eight-day adventure begins in Bergen, a charming city nestled between sea-drowned valleys and backed by vast rugged mountains – your gateway to wild, beautiful Norway.
From here, you’ll venture beyond the city for a high-speed boat ride across the country’s longest and deepest fjord. You’ll ice-hike across the blue Nigardsbreen Glacier and sea kayak through the wilderness of Geiranger. There’ll be ziplines, via ferrata, bike rides and Viking feasts, with wild swims and Scandi saunas to boot.
Immersed in Norway’s pristine landscapes, this trip is an active, outdoor-lover’s dream, which you’ll experience with a group of like-minded adventurers. Are you ready to breathe and go?
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
- Hand-picked 3-4 star hotels
- Local transport including minibus & ferries
- Arrival airport transfer
- Equipment for activities
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
Flashpackers must provide evidence that they have purchased travel insurance for the duration of their adventure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 A Viking welcome
Welcome to Bergen, Norway’s second largest city, founded by Vikings on a picturesque North Sea inlet. Known as the ‘gateway to the fjords’, it’s a scenic starting point for exploring the country’s convoluted coastline. You’ll be met at the airport by a private Flash Pack transfer and taken to your heritage hotel, a stone’s throw from the Unesco-listed harbour. Take a stroll through the city’s characterful streets, lined with art galleries and colourful timber cottages, or take the cable-car up to Fløyen peak for panoramic views across the bay. Tonight, you’ll get to know your Pack Leader and group over a delicious three-course dinner, fresh from the sea. Your Nordic adventure has begun.
Day 02 High-speed thrills on Sognefjord
You’ll be up early to begin your road trip to Aurland, with some incredibly pretty stops along the way. Following coastal Route 16, you’ll feel the spray of photogenic Tvindefossen waterfall before taking in the views over the Nærøydalen Valley, gouged out by ancient glaciers. Arriving in the small village of Flåm, with its quaint 17th-century wooden church dwarfed by lofty mountains, you’ll don goggles and waterproof overalls for an exhilarating high-speed RIB excursion through Norway’s longest and deepest fjord: Sognefjord. Dry off with a hike to beautiful Mount Prest for a picnic lunch before cosying up in your chic Scandi base.
Day 03 A day of scenic ups & downs
Keep your camera handy for this morning’s spectacular ride on the gravity-defying Flåm Railway. Hugging the Rauma River, you’ll climb steeply through deep canyons and jagged rock faces up onto the wild windswept plateau of Reinheimen National Park. With tunnels carved by hand in the early 20th century, it’s an incredible feat of engineering offering a vital lifeline for the remote fjord hamlets. Arriving in Myrdal, you’ll descend in an altogether different way, starting with Scandinavia’s longest zipline. From here, you’ll transfer to mountain bikes and freewheel back down the valley. A traditional Norwegian sauna awaits, followed by a five-course Viking dinner paired with five local beers. Skål!
Day 04 Ice-hike on a pristine glacier
Another early start, but we promise it’s well worth it. Today’s star activity will see you ice-hiking the Nigardsbreen Glacier. Equipped with ice axes and crampons, you’ll be led out onto the icy spur by an expert local instructor. Roped together with your group, you’ll clamber past blue phosphorescent ice towers and across deep crevasses, even crawling through ice tunnels. Marvel at the frozen landscape as it sparkles and drips – a stark reminder that in less than a century this 5,000-year-old glacier will no longer exist. After a picnic lunch out on the ice, you’ll hike back to your minibus and return to your hotel for a relaxed evening.
Day 05 Via ferrata in Loen
Located at the mouth of the dramatic Lodalen Valley, Loen is a base for all kinds of mountain activities. If you’ve got a good head for heights, you’ll love what’s in store today: a via ferrata excursion, high above the fjord. Translated as ‘iron path’ in Italian, these climbing routes are equipped with fixed cables, ladders and rungs to help you navigate the rocky terrain. After a safety briefing, where you’ll learn how to clip your carabinas along the cliff face, you’ll set off on one of four graded routes offering different levels of challenge – all with incredible views (do look down!). Feeling invigorated, you’ll stop for lunch in a panoramic restaurant tilted over the amazingly blue fjord, before descending on the Skylift gondola.
Day 06 SEA KAYAK THROUGH A PURE FJORD LANDSCAPE
Start your day with heart-stopping views from the Dalsnibba skywalk, above a 1,500-metre precipice. Then, immerse yourself in the Unesco-listed Geirangerfjord on a stunning sea kayaking adventure. One of Norway’s most scenic spots, the fjord’s turquoise water flows fresh from a glacial melt upstream, forming an inlet of cool beauty. Keep an eye out for seals and porpoises as you go, with views of the jagged mountains unfolding before you. You’ll stop for a picnic lunch in a secluded bay, and admire the beautiful Seven Sisters waterfall as it dances playfully down the towering granite cliffs. The hardy can take a bracing cold-water dip, known to increase circulation, boost your immune system and even burn off calories.
Day 07 The winding road back to Bergen
There’s a long drive in store as you wind your way back to Bergen, so download a good playlist and relax as the scenery passes you by. It’s another spectacular drive, with plenty of stops en route at waterfalls, picnic spots and local shops. Arriving in the late afternoon, you’ll have a couple of hours free to relax and explore, then it’s time for your celebratory farewell dinner. Enjoy a feast of traditional local dishes and raise a toast with your fellow Flashpackers to an incredible eight days of adventure that have seen you kayak, zipline, ice hike, mountain bike and via ferrata your way around this incredible part of the world.
Day 08 Until next time, Norway
All too soon, your Norwegian adventure has come to an end. It’s over to you now to make your own way back to the airport for your onward flight. The best way to get over those post-trip blues? Start planning your next adventure. Looking for further Scandi inspiration? Take a peek at our adventures in Iceland and Finland, come snow or shine.
Our Favourite Hotels
Here's a taste of the hotels we sometimes use on this adventure. The hotels you'll stay in for your departure will be shared with you one month before you go.
CLARION COLLECTION HAVENKONTORET, BERGEN
Housed in a 1920s neo-Baroque building on the historic Bryggen harbourside, this elegant hotel is the epitome of sultry sophistication. Crystal chandeliers, oversized armchairs and royal purple fabrics adorn the dimly lit lobby, while the tower features beautiful interior stonework and panoramic views across the city.
VISNES HOTEL, STRYN
Step back to the 19th century in the picturesque village of Stryn. The Swiss chalet facade and art nouveau interiors of this 1950s farmhouse have been faithfully restored to create a soulful atmosphere full of nostalgic character. Dine on freshly baked bread and traditional farm-to-table food or take a scenic stroll along the river.
SAGAFJORD HOTEL, Sæbø
A charming grass-roofed hotel idyllically located on the shores of Hjørundfjord, surrounded by the majestic peaks of the stunning Sunnmøre alps. The building features 200-year-old timber walls and a school oven as part of its history, while the modern rooms are decorated with calm tones and wood furnishings to reflect the surrounding nature.
- Which airport do I need to fly into and out of (plus airport code)?
Fly into and out of Bergen Airport (BGO).
- What time should my flight arrive (in time for the welcome meeting)?
Before 3 pm ideally. The welcome meeting and dinner will be from 5 pm onwards starting at the hotel.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
There are no planned activities for Day 8, so you can leave any time you like. The airport is approximately 40 minutes away from your hotel in Bergen.
- Do you include airport transfers?
If you arrive on Day 1 of your adventure, or you book pre-tour accommodation with us, your airport arrival transfer will be included. If you book alternative pre-tour accommodation or are arriving by another mode of transport you must arrange your own arrival transfer.
Arrival transfers are private to Flash Pack and will be in groups depending on flight times. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived.
The departure transfer is not included, but your Pack Leader can help you arrange a local taxi.
- What are the drives times like?
Given the geographical landscape of western Norway, roads can be narrow and winding as they negotiate fjords and mountains. This makes for slow progress – but some truly stunning scenery. You’ll cover a lot of ground on this eight-day itinerary, requiring some early mornings and long drives. Those who suffer from motion sickness might want to pack anti-nausea pills.
- What level of fitness do I need?
This is one of our more active itineraries, so a good level of fitness and mobility is needed. The most challenging activities are:
- Day 2: Mount Prest hike – 2.5 kilometres (2-4 hours) on marked trails, can be adapted to the group’s ability
- Day 4: Glacier hike – 4 hours (1.5 hours on the glacier), not technically difficult
- Day 5: Via ferrata – 5-6 hours (3-4 hours on the via ferrata), the most challenging activity, a good head for heights and moderate to high level of fitness is needed, but no technical climbing expertise
- Day 6: Sea kayaking – 4 hours, a moderate level of fitness is needed
We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above to make sure you are happy partaking in the activities mentioned. Please get in touch if you have specific questions on fitness.
- What equipment do I need?
Norway’s west coast has an oceanic climate and rainfall is plentiful in all seasons. Remember that the weather changes quickly in the mountains, the weather forecasts are often unpredictable and even on a summer day there can be snow.
You’ll be provided with specialist equipment needed for individual activities, such as via ferrata, kayaking and ice hiking. However, it’s important that you bring your own good-quality outdoor clothing, including:
- windproof waterproof jacket
- long trousers
- warm clothes
- head necker / buff
- sturdy hiking boots
- solid sports shoes / low hiking shoes with Vibran soles (yellow mark) for the via ferrata
A full packing list will be provided upon booking.
- Do I need a visa?
You do not normally need a visa if you’re visiting as a tourist from the EU, UK, USA, Australia or Canada. Please check with your local consulate/embassy if the country you are travelling from requires a visa.
From 2024, ETIAS travel authorisation will be an entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals travelling to European countries https://travel-europe.europa.eu/etias/what-etias_en.
We recommend that you have at least six months validity remaining on your passport and can show a return ticket.
- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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