Fjords of Norway Guided Strolling Vacation

Most individuals go to Norway from the consolation of cruise ships however I fancy seeing it from the land so I be part of a Fjords of Norway guided strolling journey.

Alesund

Alesund (c) Rupert Parker

For eight days I discover the area close to Ålesund utilizing a combination of ferries, lengthy street tunnels and naturally my very own two ft. The strolling is comparatively simple, by no means rather more than 5 hours, though it may be steep in locations.

Getting across the fjords

Getting round is comparatively simple however transfers may be fairly lengthy, notably in the event you miss one of many ferries. After all the views, as you drive alongside the fjords, or climb the excessive mountain passes, are merely gorgeous. The previous Geiranger street has gradients of 10%, consists of 29 hairpins and took 300 males, working for eight years, to finish it in 1889. It’s closed in winter and even in early June, snow ploughs are busy working, preserving the way in which clear.

Geiranger

Geiranger (c) Rupert Parker

Norwegians actually do like the outside and round two thirds of them often go strolling, a quantity that’s rising yearly. They take it so critically that even the Norwegian equal of Equipment Kat, “Fast Lunch”, options climbing trails on the within of its wrappers.

On the summit of each hilltop or mountain you may signal a “Match Guide”, and council officers tot up who’s been that month’s most lively individual. I don’t suppose I’ll be successful any prizes however I do handle to achieve the summit of Mount Haugsvarden at 2,828ft and add my signature.

Guide with Map

Information with Map (c) Rupert Parker

I additionally get to the highest of Mount Hoven from the city of Loen, and I solely take 5 minutes to climb from sea stage as much as 1000m. After all I’m dishonest, taking the model new Loen Skylift, a excessive tech cable automobile up the sheer sides of the Nordfjord. I have to admit to feeling barely giddy as we plunge into the mist, shrouding the edges of the mountain, however I’m quickly stepping out into the shiny metal and glass Hoven restaurant. I get pleasure from a scenic Sunday lunch, however there’s a community of climbing trails working across the tops if fancy some train.

It’s simple to see why the 15 km Geiranger Fjord has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Website. It’s breathtakingly dramatic, its sheer sides rising 1700m upwards and the waters plunging to a depth of 260m. Deserted farms perch precariously on skinny mountain ledges the place kids had been solely allowed to play in the event that they had been secured by ropes. Spectacular torrents of water tumble over the cliffs and the 2 waterfalls going through one another are referred to as the Suitor and the Seven Sisters, one attempting to woo the opposite.

Geiranger Waterfall

Geiranger Waterfall (c) Rupert Parker

In addition to common ferries, giant cruise boats ply this Fjord and the city of Geiranger is stuffed with memento outlets, barely too touristy for my style. I want the isolation of Norangsfjord, an arm of Hjørundfjord, which appears untouched by time. At its head is the Lodge Union in Oye, relationship from 1891, which has been restored to its former glory and furnished appropriately.

Every room is called after a well-known visitor, together with the German Kaiser Invoice, Knut Hamsun, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the composer Edvard Grieg, playwright Henrik Ibsen and the explorer Roald Amundsen. Room quantity 7 is supposedly haunted, the sobbing of a suicidal chambermaid preserving you awake all night time, however I hear nothing.

Simply down the street is the Urke Kaihus, a bar and café which opens at any time when thirsty clients give them a hoop. Outside tables vary the water’s edge and if makes the proper place to view the encircling peaks and dream of reaching the summits.

Slogen and Norangsfjord

Slogen and Norangsfjord (c) Rupert Parker

The 1564m Slogen is the one to sort out right here, nevertheless it makes a protracted day’s hike and I’ve acquired to catch the ferry again to Ålesund. As an alternative I climb up by the woods for yet one more spectacular Norwegian panorama. Even after eight days, the sight of snow-capped mountains plunging dramatically right down to glowing fjord waters nonetheless takes my breath away.


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Truth File

PACKAGE: Headwater’s eight night time Fjords of Norway Guided Strolling vacation prices from £2,099pp. The worth consists of top quality lodges, with buffet breakfasts, all lunches (2 in native eating places) and all night meals, baggage transfers and floor transportation, together with ferries. Flights may be organized from most UK airports to Ålesund Vigra airport, Flight inclusive worth (from London Heathrow) is £2349pp.

FLY: KLM flies to Ålesund from Heathrow through Amsterdam.

MORE INFO: Go to Norway has vacationer data.


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