The Land of the Midnight Sun – magical, majestic Norway. Despite being Norway’s most popular national park with the highest peaks in Scandinavia, Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark ("Home of the Giants") feels off the beaten path. We’ll spend our time traversing hut-to-hut through the park, then navigate our way to Bergen, on the west coast, via the country's longest and deepest fjord - Sognefjord. With its rocky, rugged mountains, its wild landscapes, sparkling lakes, friendly locals, cozy mountain huts and spectacular fjords, Norway is not to miss.
We begin our journey on emerald-green Lake Gjende and, for seven days on the trail, we’ll cross roaring rivers, picnic alongside pristine lakes and hike past Glittertinden and Galdhoppigen - northern Europe's two tallest peaks. After each day of winding our way past rocky cairns, herds of reindeer and through splendid scenery, we settle into comfortable and quaint mountain huts where the local owners will greet us with open arms.
Cozying up to a homemade dinner of fresh trout with a sheepskin blanket wrapped around you, with a Norwegian to your right, a Swede to your left and a Dutchman across the table, is the perfect way to end an already spectacular day.
We wind down our time in Scandinavia with a night on the shores of the Sognefjord in a family-run inn before traveling to the coastal town of Bergen. Our journey takes us near tall waterfalls and past remote fishing villages on hundreds of small islands. Sailing through the largest fjord in Norway on a high-speed catamaran is the perfect finale to an unforgettable trip that will leave you wanting to come back for more.
Traverse Jotunheimen Nasjonalpark east to west
Hike for 7 days , staying in remote, charming & cozy mountain huts
Experience spectacular scenery, wildlife & hospitality
Enjoy delicious cuisine like fresh salmon & trout, wild boar, reindeer steak, brunost (traditional brown cheese) & lingonberries
Hike by Norway’s two highest mountains – Glittertinden & Galdhoppigen
Learn about Norway's Viking history & culture
Sail on a high-speed catamaran through Sognefjord - Norway's largest & deepest fjord
Spend your final night in the colorful, coastal seafaring town of Bergen
Excellent leadership from your local guide
All meals (alcohol not included)
6 nights in alpine huts; 2 nights in inns
All activities listed in itinerary
Shuttle from trip-start to first night’s accommodation
Shuttle from trip-end to Bergen airport
Pathways swag (t-shirt, water bottle & other fun surprises)
The Fine Print
Start: Lillehammer, Norway
End: Bergen, Norway
Price: $5,895 (+$300 for single supplement)
2019 group departure date:
Sunday, June 30 - Monday, July 8
Trip length: 9 days/8 nights
Private departures & self-guided itineraries available
What to Expect
This trip is great for experienced and strong hikers who are eager for full days on the trail and the camaraderie of a group. You will spend your nights in alpine huts (sometimes dormitories, sometimes private rooms) sharing hearty home-cooked meals with your group and other hut guests.
This trip is rated challenging meaning we’ll be backpacking from hut-to-hut every day. Our days range from 7-12 miles, including a mix of flat, moderate and steep terrain. This hike is for the sure footed as there are many rocky sections that require some fun, active rock-hopping!
Hiking in the Jotunheimen will likely be an experience unlike anything you've ever had before. There is a rugged simplicity to the days and you'll go stretches without seeing any other hikers. The trails are meticulously maintained and marked and, at times, can be very rocky. We recommend that you realistically and appropriately assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip.
Our recommended guideline is to exercise for at least 60 minutes a few times per week at least 1-2 months in advance of the trip by hiking, walking, jogging or cycling. If you live in an area that’s flat, be sure to add in some climbs. Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding your physical suitability for this trip.
where we stay
For the majority of our trip, we'll stay in quaint, charming mountain huts where we are welcomed with open arms by the families that run each hut. The blend of local hikers and international travelers make the experience of the Norwegian hut system is a true highlight of the trip.
Along the shores of the Sognefjord and in Bergen, we'll stay in small, locally-run 3* or 4* inns.