On this adventure, you will hike the historical route through the mountainous national park of Jotunheimen towards the beautiful fjords in the west.
- Trek on the Kings Road in Jotunheimen
- Hike the Besseggen
- Beautiful, dramatic fjord views
- Staying in authentic mountain lodges
- Learn about the Norwegian Trekking Association
- Walk through Utladalen
- Hike Mount Prest
On this adventure, you will trek the historical route in the National Park of Jotunheimen towards the beautiful fjords in the west. You will explore some of the most reknown, and beautiful mountain passages within the area. The hiking and trekking culture has been active in Norway for more than 150 years. During this tour, you will visit some of the most important places in Norwegian outdoor culture and follow trails established by the Norwegian Trekking Association.
On day two on your adventure, you will hike on the famous Besseggen. According to the myths, the ridge was forged by Thor on the anvil of the earth. Besseggen is one of the most classic hikes in Norway, and the view towards the lake of Gjende's tourquoise waters is humbling and breath-taking. The Besseggen ridge itself is just a short part of about one kilometer of the complete 14 km long track, but it’s situated right in the middle of the tour. This trail is for confident hikers who are comfortable using their hands and feet in some scrambling terrain. The scrambling sections are a short part of Bessegen, however, it can feel exposed. We encourage you to have experience in this type of terrain to join this trip, as the hike is commiting to get to our destination.
After your days in the National Park's mountains, your route heads towards where fjord meets mountains, to the famous Norwegian fjords in the west. First, you will hike on the Old King's Road from 1790, although originally established in the 12th century, the first road used for horse transportation between eastern and western Norway. Today, it is a beautiful hike that takes you through fascinating architectural history and beautiful nature. On the next day, you experience the green and wild valley of Utladalen. In Utladalen, you will find old traditional Norwegian farms and the largest unregulated waterfall in all of Norway. With its 275 meters of free falling water, the sound and view of Avdalsfossen is an incredible natural wonder.
Our tour ends with one of Fjord Norway's most beautiful views. You will hike to the mountain Prest, one of the most beautiful viewpoints around Flåm before you leave with Flåmsbanen to Oslo or Bergen - one of the worlds most beautiful train journeys.
While hiking in a small and exclusive group of explorers, you will stay in the beautiful and traditional mountain lodges en route. Jotunheimen is the heart of hiking and alpine adventure tours in southern Norway. Later, you will stay in modern cabins and a beautiful hotel with a stunning fjord view. Your luggage will be transported in Jotunheimen while you hike.
If you are a keen hiker and explorer, looking for a real adventure tour in Norway, then you should add this to your bucket list!
Physical level and risk
So that you can have a good experience, it is important that you choose a trip that suits your ability level. The scales for physical requirements and risk are general. Therefore, it is important that you read more about the difficulty of the specific trip under “Details”. This will help you to gain an understanding of the level required and the risks involved for each specific trip.
Read more about physical requirements and risk here.
On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity. Read more about the grading on our trips here
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help. Read more about the grading on our trips here
- All accommodations
- All meals
- Professional nature guide
- Transport within itinerary
See more of what's included under the "details" tab
Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.
Level 3 out of 6. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. The paths in Norway can be slippery, muddy and rocky, having hiking experience in similar terrain is beneficial. Some of the trails are exposed and require some scrambling. Being comfortable in scrambling conditions, slightly exposed settings and challenging hiking terrain is necessary on this trip.
What to bring?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation or with luggage transporation by boat each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day.
How to get there?
Wondering how to get from the airport to Oslo city? Read more here. The trip starts in Oslo and ends in Flåm.
We stay in unique and welcoming accommodations within the area. If you are traveling alone, you will share a same-sex twin room. If you would like a single room, please request this directly for a single, additional payment of 3000 NOK. Most nights we will stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. If you want a single room we can't guarantee en-suite room each day. On this trip we can't offer single rooms on the huts in Jotunheimen.
Due to limited space in the minibus, we ask that you bring one piece of luggage (we recommend a duffel bag, which is easier than a rolling bag to transport on this tour) with your clothes, toiletries and items necessary for when we are not hiking. We require you bring a day pack (hip belt strongly recommended) to use when hiking for food, water, cameras and layers.
There will be luggage transportation by boat in Jotunheimen, so be prepared to carry it from the boat pier to the cabins, max 400m (easier with a duffelbag).
You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.
The guide will speak English.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.
Number of participants
Minimum: 4 people; Maximum: 8 people.
- Professional nature guide
- Accommodation for seven nights
- Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program).
- All local transport (ferries, buses, transfers etc.)
Not included in the price:
- Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo.
- Transportation from Flåm on the last day. You can easily book tickets on vy.no, either to Oslo or Bergen.
- Drinks and snacks.
Day by Day
Depart Oslo to Jotunheimen
Your adventure tour starts in the morning from the capital of Norway, Oslo. At the bus central station, you will meet your guide at 09:45AM, and team up with the other hikers. We will travel like locals, and go on the public bus to Gjendesheim Mountain Lodge. During the day you will see large parts of the mountain areas in eastern Norway and the small local settlements within the area. At our accommodation at Gjendesheim Mountain Lodge in the national park of Jotunheimen you will be served a traditional 3-course dinner in the evening.
Ask any Norwegian about today’s adventure - Besseggen, and they will know what hike and mountain area you will visit. Ever heard of the famous act Peer Gynt? Or it’s even more famous author, Henrik Ibsen? Ever since Henrik Ibsen released his piece in 1867, and probably even before that – the dramatically looking mountain ridge has been famous in all of Norway. It is a reason why the tour itself is one of Norway’s most popular hikes. The view from the ridge is simply stunning, and Besseggen is the area for some of the most beautiful nature pictures in Norway. Our night is spent at the traditional Memurubu Mountain Lodge. Should weather prevent us from attempting the ridge, we will hike around the lake to our next destination.
When most people stop at the end of Besseggen, our tour continues further into the national park. Today, you will be hiking the mountain trek Bukkelægret. Many people think the hike over Bukkelægeret is every bit as lovely as Besseggen, if not more so. There are some scrambling sections, but no more challenging than the day before with some chains to assist us in steeper sections. We have the whole day, so we won't rush more than we need to. The area is known for a rich blooming of various mountain flowers, and the blue, almost turquoise colored water creates a beautiful contrast to the mountain terrain. In the evening, you will be served dinner at Gjendebu Mountain Lodge. The oldest Mountain Lodge owned by the Norwegian Trekking Association, established in 1871.
Today is our last day on the historic route through the national park of Jotunheimen. We have two route options today in order to get to our destination. Keen hikers familiar with the area often refer to this part as the most beautiful. The area is popular amongst adventurers and climbers, you will see why throughout the day. Regardless of which route we choose, we will hike in green and lush valleys with rugged peaks surrounding us. Eventually, we arrive to the cabin DNT-cabin Fondsbu, and we are transported from there to our accommodation for the evening. You can look forward to a nice local dinner in the evening, in our modern cabins at Filefjellstuene.
The King's Road
Today's adventure takes us to the Kings' road. The Kings Road was awarded the EU prize for Cultural Heritage in 2017, and it is a beautiful hiking terrain. Though the historic route in the national park has come to an end, the history is not over yet. The massive stone walls along the route were hand built by thousands of workers, forming the main road between Oslo and Bergen at the beginning of the 19th Century. During the day, you will also visit the stave church of Borgund. In the evening, we head back to our accommodation at Filefjellstuene.
Traditional Farmsteads and Landscapes
After a healthy breakfast, we will visit the beautiful valley of Utladalen. Our transportation goes directly from our accommodation, and from Utladalen, we will hike to Avdal, an old farm situated on the hillsides. In the valley, you will find some of the most impressive waterfalls in Norway, and the day is spent hiking and exploring the fairytale-like landscape. In the evening, we are picked up and driven back to our last night at Filefjellstuene.
Hike the Mountain Prest
The first part of the day you will be driving on one of Norway's national Scenic Routes. Along with selected roads in Norway, natural wonders are amplified by art, design and architecture – taking you closer to nature in new and surprising ways – and Stegastein is one of the most iconic viewpoints. From here, you have a beautiful view of the UNESCO site Nærøyfjorden.
Our hiking goal for the day is the mountain Prest (1478 meters above sea level). Some parts of the trail might feel exposed, but we guarantee that the experience on the top is worth it. From here you will have a perfect view of the large fjord landscape. Our accommodation for the night is Vangsgaarden, a restored farm from the 1750’s. Through hard work, the owners have maintained the authenticity of the buildings, and it has small lovely gardens surrounding it.
End of trip
Though it is our last day of this week-long adventure tour, we will enjoy breakfast together before we depart.
A short ride from our hotel is the famous Flåmsbanen; many people consider the old ride the most beautiful journey in the whole world. You can choose to end your adventure in both Bergen and Oslo, as the train very well connected to both destinations. It is also possible to take the ferry to Bergen from Flåm or Aurland (right outside our accommodation). Otherwise, you can also choose to spend some more days by the Norwegian Fjords.
Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:
- Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
- Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
- Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.
Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here.
We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay.
Bed linens and towels are included all nights.