Norway Fjords Multisport Tour

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Norway Fjords Multisport Tour

An Inn & Hut Hiking, Rafting, Biking, and Cultural Adventure in the “Soul” of Norway—the Fjordlands

From the mountains to the fjords, Norway is a land of stark contrasts. It is a world where sleek, modern style blends with centuries-old Norse design, where untamed landscapes envelop pristine cosmopolitan cities, and the cordial descendents of ruthless warriors carry the legacies of adventure and harmony in nature. Boasting four UNESCO World Heritage sites, five national parks and several of the world’s highest waterfalls, Norway’s natural beauty is unrivaled. Beginning with the majestic National Park of Dovre, where we might meet musk ox and wild rein deer, we make our way through the mountain plateu, through the steep valleys and down to the fjords. We will travel with bikes, hiking and rafting, and in this compact area with as little driving as possible all the way to the water’s edge discovering why the Norwegian word for folktale, “eventyr,” is derived from Latin for “adventure”.

Day 1. Train Oslo-Dombås. Arrival Dombås train station. Visit the National Park of Dovre and Transfer to Oppdal

Day 2. Hiking up Almanjbergjet Opp, Skifer Hotel

Day 3. Rafting the Driva River

Day 4. Transfer to Sunndalsøra, Hike to Åmotan Waterfall and Cultural Stops, evening hike to Innerdalen, Tredal Hotel (011-47-71-69-87-00 / http://www.tredal.com/en/home / private bath)

Day 5. Biking the Aursjøroad from Sunndalsøra to Aursjøhytta Cabin 

Day 6. Biking the Aursjøroad from Aursjøhytta Cabin to Eresfjord, Kavli Moen Gård 

Day 7. Hiking Romsdalseggen, Åndalsnes

Day 8. Hiking in Åndalsnes, 

Day 9 Departure day, Train from Åndalsnes to Oslo

 

 

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Day 1. Arrival Dombås train station. Visit the National Park of Dovre and Transfer to Oppdal, Skifer Hotel (011-47-99-38-92-33 / http://www.skiferhotel.no/ private bath)

Our starting point is the Dombås train station, approx 4-1/2 hours from Oslo. From here we will have a short transfer up to the mountain plateau and Dovre National Park, home to Europe’s last wild reindeer herds.

We make a short stop at the Wild Reindeer Center with its internationally-recognized Snohetta architecture.  After our visit, it’s only 45 minutes to Oppdal where we check into our hotel for the evening and meet for our briefing and late dinner.

  • Meeting point at Dombås train station.
  • Transfer to Dovre National Park (approx 30 minutes)
  • Transfer from Dovre to Oppdal [45 minutes]

Note:  We can assist with lodging in Oslo and the train transfer from Oslo to Dombås (not included in the tour price).

Day 2. Hiking up Almanjbergjet Opp, Skifer Hotel

We begin our first day of activity after breakfast. Our guide meets us at 9:00 where we begin our hike from the hotel, walking through town to reach our trail to Almanjbergjet Opp. With an immediate ascent, the hike to the summit is a local favourite and excellent introduction to the typically steep hikes of Norway.  The first two hours climb modestly on a nice path through woods and open terrain.  The final hour is above tree line and quite steep (we may use ropes if necessary).  At the summit we can take in the panoramic views of the Trollheimen Mountains and Dovre National Park as we break for a typical Norwegian lunch of fresh bread, meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables that we prepared at breakfast. After summiting, we return by alternate, gentler route back to the village.

In the afternoon, we follow a path west of Oppdal to a clearing of uneven mounds in the trees. Vang—once the center of the community until the railway brought Oppdal to life—remains Norway’s largest Viking-era graveyard. Our guide shares with us Viking lore as we stroll through the 758 graves that date back to the Iron Age. Enjoy a lat dinner at the hotel in the evening. (B,L,D)

  • Hike/climb Almanjbergjet Opp [6 miles, 2584 feet of elevation gain/loss, 4-5 hours including breaks]
  • Visit to Vang graveyard [5-minute transfer and 1-1/2 hour tour]

Day 3. Rafting the Driva River, Skifer Hotel

Today we raft the Class III and IV waters of the Driva River with Opplev Oppdal, an operator of rafting trips for more than 20 years. In a country of fantastic salmon and trout fishing, the Driva River is famous. The trip gets off to a quiet start as we meander through the narrow canyon. Soon the waters change as we enter a series of 11 named rapids--Hakke, Ålmadroppet, Gammastryka, Bruhølen, Gydasteinen and Fliphølen—over an eight-mile section of the river.  There are a few spots where we can cliff jump from large rocks into deep holes in the river.

The afternoon is free to relax as we prepare for our departure the next morning. We explore the town on our own the last night in this charming mountain resort (B,L)

  • White water rafting the Driva River [half day with snack]
  • Transfer to/from the rafting center [10 minutes]

Day 4. Transfer to Sunndalsøra, Hike to Åmotan Waterfall and Cultural Stops, evening hike to Innerdalen, Tredal Hotel (011-47-71-69-87-00 / http://www.tredal.com/en/home / private bath)

After a leisurely morning, we travel through the Nordmøre Wilderness, with narrow valleys and sheltered grain farms to Sunndalsøra. We stop en route for cultural highlights, which may include Småbruket, a local farm where they grow more than 150 different herbs and the visitor center for Dovre and Sunndal National Parks.  We also take a short hike to view the famous Åmotan waterfall. With steep cliffs, moraines and terraces formed during the last ice age, Åmotan is a fan-shaped river system where seven rivers meet.  Three of the rivers come together to form the magnificent waterfalls. The hike down is relatively steep, but the waterfall is spectacular and well worth the effort.

We break for lunch at a local family farm to taste home-made Norwegian waffles and brown cheese served at the farm house dating to 1767.  Afterwards, we continue our journey through the Norwegian countryside to Sunndalsøra.

Once the mecca for British “salmon lords,” the picturesque village of Sunndalsøra rests at the mouth of the Driva River as it opens into the Sunndalfjord. We pass the city and drive along the fjord to Nerdalen, the starting point for an hour hike to the Summer Farm Renndølsetra in the heart of Innerdalen. This valley is said to be the most beautiful in Norway. Here we enjoy some fresh homemade food prepared at the farm. In the evening we hike back to Nerdalen, and head to Sunndalsøra for the night. Arrival we check in to the quaint Trædal Hotel, where the dinner will be served at the “old house”. Dinner will be served at the “old house” at Trædal, famous for its local and tasty food.  (B,L,D)

  • Transfer from Oppdal to Sunndalsøra [1 hour]
  • Hike to Åmotan waterfall [steep, 20 minutes, 1.5 miles round trip]
  • Transfer to/from Nerdalen [30 minutes]
  • Hike to Innerdalen valley and visit the Summer Farm (1 hour hiking each way on gravel road)

Day 5.  Biking the Aursjøroad from Sunndalsøra to Aursjøhytta Cabin (011-47-47-41-24-74  / http://www.turistforeningen.no/english/cabin.php?ca_id=346 / shared baths)

After a great breakfast, we are ready to begin our two-day bike journey on the Aursjøroad road. We start with the visitor center to watch a short movie about the bike route that we embark upon the same morning, and continue with a thousand-foot climb up Litldalen Valley. As we climb the valley, we will have views of the mountains that are used by base jumpers to our left and the peaceful valley with its meandering rivers and calm lakes to the right.

We enjoy lunch by one of the many mountain lakes that we pass along the route before entering Dovre and Sunndal National Park. Starting from sea level this morning at the fjord, we finish the day at Aursjøhytta cabin at 2,838 feet along the western part of the Dovre massif! With its rounded, gentle peaks, the surrounding tableland offers pleasant biking with views of the Eikesdalen and Sunndalen-Litledalen valleys below.

After a soothing hot shower, we enjoy dinner at the Aursjøhytta and then breathe in the cool mountain air as we watch the barely-setting sun. (B,L,D)

  • Bike ride from Sunndalsøra to Aursjøhytta Cabin [22 miles, 2,838 feet of gain, 8 hours]
  • Luggage transfer

Day 6.  Biking the Aursjøroad from Aursjøhytta Cabin to Eresfjord, Kavli Moen Gård (011-47-92-86-81-59/ no website / private bath]

The reward for yesterday’s ride comes in the form of the descent today into the Eikesdalen valley. We stop frequently to appreciate the breathtaking views and for a few interesting stops…possibly a reindeer crossing or two.  We stop at Aurstaupet, one of the famous take-offs for base jumpers.  We have time for a “bath” (bring a swim suit) in a jettegryte, a “giant’s pot” created by water, a massive rock and thousands of years.  Upon arrival in Eikesdalen (population 85) we marvel at the Mardalsfossen, fourth largest waterfall in the world at 2,160 feet high.

The descent to Eikesdalen is very steep so we ride very carefully into the turns. We break near Eikesdalen to enjoy the views of Mardalsfossen, and the lake encompassed by mountain peaks. The final 12.5 miles from Eikesdalen to Eresfjord is flat and follows the shoreline of Lake Eikesdalsvatnet.

We stay tonight at the famous scientist and philanthropist, Fred Kavli’s, farm. The childhood home of Mr. Kavli is now a guesthouse, which opened in April 2011.  Our host, Bjørn Cameron, is a Nordic cooking champion who will prepare for us delicious Norwegian delicacies and staples to complete this truly authentic immersion in the Norwegian culture. (B,L,D)

  • Bike ride from Aursjøhytta Cabin [34 miles, 330 feet of gain, 3,168 feet of loss, 8 hours]
  • Luggage transfer

Day 7. Hiking Romsdalseggen, Åndalsnes, Hotel, Villa Vengetind (http://romsdal-adventure.com/norsk/villa-vengetind private bath, double room)

After the best breakfast of the week we leave the bikes, and prepare for a spectacular hike close to Åndalsnes, the Romsdalseggen mountain ridge. The hike climbs above the town for breathtaking views that stretch all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. From the top, we can see the Rauma River as it meanders through the valley and empties into the fjord. Along the horizon lies Geirangerfjord, where we first began our journey. To the east lie endless snowy peaks including Trollveggen, Romsdalshorn, and Vengetindene. This hike is challenging with some exposure, but the rewards are great. Our guide will choose the hike that suits our group, and the Romsdalseggen is one of hundreds of hikes available in this area

Known as “the village between fjell (mountain) and fjord,” Åndalsnes is located in the heart of the Romsdal Alps nestled on a peninsula and hugged by mountain peaks that beckon rock climbers from around the world. We celebrate our “mountains to fjord” journey at dinner tonight at the charming new place Villa Vengetind; known for there cozy atmosphere and excellent home-made food. (B,L,D)

  • Hiking the Romsdalseggen, or another mountain, depending upon the groups preferences
  • Transfer from Eresfjord to Åndalsnes (approx. 1 hour)

Day 8. Hiking from Åndalsnes, Hotel, Hotel, Villa Vengetind (http://romsdal-adventure.com/norsk/villa-vengetind private bath, double room)

After breakfast we decide with our guide what mountain we should climb for the day, depending upon your legs from yesterdays climb. One alternative is to drive up the famous Trollstigen and pick one of the peaks on the plateau. At dinner this evening, we raise a toast to the end of an excellent active week. (B,L,D)

  • Hike from Åndalsnes [mileage and difficulty level to be decided that day]

Day 9. Train ride from Åndalsnes to Oslo

The train ride today to Oslo takes about 5-1/2 hours.  The 71-mile stretch from Åndalsnes to Dombås on the Rauma Line, Raumabanen, is considered the most beautiful train ride in all of Norway, and recently ranked by Lonely Planet as the best scenic rail trip in Europe. We will have time to reflect on our incredible journey as we absorb the spectacular scenery along the way. If you are connecting by plane, please do not schedule a flight before 4:00 p.m.  Oslo is a great city, and worth an extra night if you prefer taking a flight out in the morning.

Highlights

A real multisport adventure in Fjord Norway, inclding the mountain plateu!

- biking

- hiking

- rafting

- cultural highlights

- off the beaten track!

Route

  1. Oslo
  2. Dombås
  3. Dovrefjell Nationalpark
  4. Oppdal
  5. Gjøra
  6. Sunndalsøra
  7. Aursjøveien
  8. Eresfjord
  9. Åndalsnes
  10. Oslo