Europe Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report Norway: Hiking trip with Backroads; photos

Jump to last reply

Hello

I wasn't going to post this yet because I haven't reviewed but a fraction of my photos so far. With yesterday's tragedy I thought I'd post them now anyway. Such a beautiful and peaceful country.

I felt very safe the whole time I was there - country, city. In fact in one hotel where we were to set off from a hike I took my Garmin watch off in the restroom of the hotel (near lobby) in order to reapply sunscreen. I forgot to put the watch back on. It was still there when I got back.

Brief summary: Norway has been on my visit list for some time, primarily to see the Fjords. I knew very little about Norway before this trip and my one-week visit has whetted my appetite for more.

Doing a hiking tour with Backroads is a great way to see the countryside. Hiking is a must-do, here, and it's good to have a company who knows the ropes and who will take care of you. Someone to lug your luggage, know where the good hikes are, and bonus: a group of like-minded people for camaraderie on the hikes. Their hotel picks were fantastic (more on them later) and we lucked out with the weather. Eight nights in Norway and only one day of rain (a little bit on a few other days but at night which didn't affect us).

Itinerary:
Flight into Bergen, one full day/night on my own.
Next morning I met the group in Voss.
Five nights with Backroads. We stayed at the Hotel Stalheim one night; two nights at the Walaker Hotel in Solvorn; one night at the Hotel Mundal in Mundal (also called Fjaerland); one night at the Hotel Viknes in Balestrand. Each hotel was chosen for both comfort and for the history. More on them later.
Last two nights on my own in Oslo at the Grand Hotel Rica. I flew to Oslo from Bergen.

We didn't merely hike on this trip, we also did a good morning of glacier climbing (Nigardsbreen - breen means glacier) and had a number of Fjord boat rides. In all, I saw three new UNESCO World Heritage sites on this trip, too.

I'll fill in more details about the trip later as well as continue to update the photos on flickr. If you click the link below you will get a smattering of photos but by the time I'm done I imagine I'll have three times as many included.

Enjoy the photos - it really is a beautiful country. So sad, so very sad for the people of Norway today.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skywalkerbeth/sets/72157627141775324/show/

29 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

  • Announcement:
  • Please Take Our Survey
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Jan 20, 15 at 11:06 AM
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Is this realistic... advice?
  2. 2 Michelin, Fodors, Rough Guide, or ???-What's your favorite travel guide?
  3. 3 Pleased help! Does Venice have a ZTL?
  4. 4 Euro Quiz #44 - Museum Pourri
  5. 5 Should I buy Euro's now?
  6. 6 Spontaneous trip to Eastern Europe
  7. 7 which is worse in july - rome or venice?
  8. 8 Pickup rental car in Germany and drop off in Switzerland
  9. 9 Home Base in Belgium
  10. 10 Destination Benson; help with 2 options, please
  11. 11 Recommendations for hotels in Helsinki
  12. 12 Practicing Spanish while in Spain - any ideas?
  13. 13 Age for booking a hotel?
  14. 14 How tough are they with carry-ons for intra European flights?
  15. 15 Winter in europe - am I being too ambitious?
  16. 16 Euro Quiz # 43 - Geography
  17. 17 Trip Report MaiTaiTom's Paris When It Sizzles; Paris When It Fizzles Anniversary Trip
  18. 18 Heading off to our 18day Eurotrip soon - 3000€ for 2 people? Enough?
  19. 19 First Europe trip - France, Italy & Greece
  20. 20 Two weeks in Paris ... how to fill?
  21. 21 Potential return trip to Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  22. 22 Summer vacation in Greece for 2 weeks, need help w itinerary !!
  23. 23 mallorca
  24. 24 Train to Harry Potter Studio---Tips?
  25. 25 Switzerland Trip with Family
View next 25 » Back to the top