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      • Hotels: Basic

      • 07/06/2024 - 07/12/2024

      • Max Participants: 12

      • 7 Days / 6 Nights

      Overview

      Carved by the relentless tides of the North Atlantic over eons, the Norwegian fjordlands are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers of all ages and abilities. This program puts you in the heart of Scandinavia's isolated wilderness, where rugged landscapes and Viking heritage await. You'll forge a real connection with the great green hills, towering peaks, vast glaciers, and breathtaking scenery. Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to conquer the trails as you embark on a quest for your own personal Valhalla. Let the beauty of Norway's fjords ignite your spirit of adventure, all while earning professional development credit with other educators.

      A map of the tour begins in Bergen, with hikes to the south from Odda: Oddadalen, Trolltunga, and Folgefonna Glacier.
      What's Included:
      • Orientation walk in Bergen
      • Hike and climb the Via Ferrata route to Trolltunga
      • Guided glacier hike with crampons and ice axes
      • Hike in the Buerdalen valley
      • Free time to explore Odda
      • G Adventures Tour Leader throughout, local guide for glacier hike
      • Hotel (1 nts), simple hotel with shared bathrooms (5 nts)
      • 6 breakfasts – allow $205-270 USD for meals not included
      • All transport between local destinations and to/from included activities by local bus, ferry, walking, private minivan
      What's Not Included:
      • International air travel
      • Incidentals
      • Travel health and cancellation insurance
      • Applicable visas
      • Tips or gratuities
      • Airport taxes
      • Beverages
      • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
      • Optional tours and admissions
      • Airport transfers

      Itinerary Download PDF

      Arrive in Bergen at any time, but please note that check-in at the hotel is usually around 2:00-3:00 p.m. There are no planned activities until an intro meeting around 6:00 or 7:00 p.m., usually in the hotel lobby, followed by an evening orientation walk. Check for a sign or ask at the reception desk about the exact time and location of the group meeting. Please make every effort to arrive in time for this meeting. If you are delayed and will arrive late, please inform us. Your tour leader will then leave you a message at the front desk informing you of where and when to meet up tomorrow. Due to the potential for flight delays or cancellations, we recommend that you plan to arrive in Scandinavia at least a day in advance. This will also give you time to adjust to the time difference and overcome any jetlag. We can book extra hotel nights for you in Bergen before and/or after the trip.

      Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful city of Bergen. Transfer by ferry and private vehicle along the Hardangerfjord to Odda, the base in the heart of the fjords. Enjoy an introductory hike. Approximate travel time: 2 hours by ferry, 1 hour by private vehicle

      Known as the Valley of the Waterfalls, Oddadalen is a spectacular wooded ravine adorned with numerous beautiful waterfalls. Stretch your legs on a 6- to 8-mile hike along the Buerdalen Valley. Pass valleys and forests reaching breathtaking viewpoints of Buer Valley and Buer Glacier. Consider today’s hike a warm-up to prepare for our full-day Trolltunga excursion on Day 6. Hiking info: 7-9 hrs, 6-8 miles Total ascent: Approx. 0.6 miles

      Strap on crampons, head out on the ice, and take in spectacular views of the Folgefonna Glacier during a hike with an expert local guide. Folgefonna's Juklavass Glacier has large areas with calm, flat ice, as well as challenging crevasses fit for experienced hikers. As snow gives way to blue ice throughout the season, conditions change every day. Your guide will lead the group through the best routes and provide opportunities for both types of experiences. Stop for lunch with a view of the North Sea and the Rosendal Alps. Later, hike back to Odda with the Arctic fjords and mountains framed by early evening light. Hiking info: 5-6 hrs, 3.5-4 miles Total ascent: Approx. 0.2 miles Approximate travel time: 1.25 hrs by private vehicle

      Set in the breathtaking location of the Atlantic fjordlands, Odda is an ideal place to take a day off from hiking. For those looking to recharge today, opt to wander the quaint town that lines the coast with its multi-colored residences or take a rib boat ride on the fjords. For those who are itching to get back out into the wild, take in the views from a bike or kayak, or consider preparing for your Trolltunga Hike by booking the Via Ferrata Sunset/Sunrise Extension for an enchanting night in the Sunrise Dome perched high above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. See our optional activity list further below for more information. Please note that if you choose to book the optional Trolltunga Via Ferrata Sunset/Sunrise Combo Upgrade on Day 5 of the tour, the transfers there and back are not included and cost approximately $30 per person each way.

      Set out on a challenging full-day journey to the most famous rock formation in Norway, Trolltunga ("the Troll's Tongue"). The view from the top offers breathtaking panoramas from 2,300 ft above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. Hike, bike, and rock climb past waterfalls, steep mountain ridges, and lush greenery to reach the spectacular viewpoint. Ascend more than 3,280 ft along the way to reach views over the Folgefonna Glacier and Ringedalsvatnet. Trolltunga is one of this area's most popular and challenging hiking destinations. It requires preparation from hikers. Prepare for 10-12 hours of hiking, biking, and rock climbing on a route almost completely on a gradient. Should you decide to opt out of the Via Ferrata route, you are welcome to do the hike only. Compared with our full-day hike earlier in the week, Trolltunga will be more physically demanding – and reward you with unrivaled views. Hiking info: 10-12 hrs Elevation gain: 3,280 ft

      Leaving Odda behind, take a bus to Bergen. This tour will end upon arrival in Bergen. We suggest booking any onward travel for no earlier than 4:30 pm. If you wish to extend your stay in Bergen, consider booking post-tour accommodation with us. Approximate travel time: 3 hours by public bus Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO programs in the same school year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs per year). If you would like to extend your time abroad but don't see another GEEO program that interests you, let us know. We can work with you to find a trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Their tours are open to the general public and not designed specifically for educators, but, we can still offer you a discounted educator price on any additional tours that you book.

      Details

      Frequently Asked Questions
      Please read our general FAQs, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
      Resources to Learn & Teach about Norway
      Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
      Terms and Conditions
      It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
      GEEO Program Confirmation Process
      We require a minimum of 6 participants for most GEEO programs. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 8 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 6 people are booked and again once 8 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
      Cancellation policy
      All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to travel@geeo.org. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
      • If you cancel 60 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel between 30 and 59 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
      • If you cancel within 30 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
      Trip Notes
      1. BEING PREPARED: While the hikes on this trip are all-day hikes, you need to carry no more than a small daypack. The walks involve ascents and descents sometimes over rough and steep ground. Good fitness and a familiarity with mountain hiking will help you get the most out of this trip. You will require good well-broken-in walking boots and waterproofs.
      2. WEATHER: Please note that there may be variations on this itinerary, depending on season & weather conditions. Our expert tour leaders will always put your safety first and in extreme cases of heavy rain, storms, or snow, they may cancel a day's activity at their discretion. An alternative will be offered where possible to do so.
      Group Leader Description
      All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, lead your hikes, and introduce you to our local friends. The tour leader for this trip is a Qualified IML (International Mountain Leader).
      Fitness Level
      Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travelers.
      Single Travelers
      Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page. If you want to room alone, please email travel@geeo.org to request a single room. Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, but should you opt to book the Trolltunga Via Ferrata Sunset/Sunrise Combo Upgrade on Day 5, you will not have your own room for that night.
      Joining Instructions
      Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning. There are several options to travel from Bergen airport to the hotel. Train: The cheapest and easiest way to get from Bergen Airport Flesland to the hotel is to go by the City Light Rail (Bybanen). Buy a ticket (NOK 38) from the machine in the corner after you have collected your luggage, and head down the stairs as soon as you get outside. Remember to validate your ticket when you get on the train. The ride will take about 45 minutes from the Airport to Bergen, and you should get off at the station "Byparken" (city center), the last stop, to get to the hotel. Bus: Another way to reach Bergen is by the Airport Bus (called Flybussen in Norwegian), which takes 20-30 minutes and costs NOK 125. Get off at the main bus terminal to get to the hotel. You can find the bus just outside the Flesland arrival terminal. All stops with the Airport bus are announced. Taxi: A taxi from Bergen Airport Flesland to Bergen city center costs around NOK 400-500, but prices vary according to the time of day and the number of passengers. The taxis are parked just outside the arrival terminal.
      Emergency Contacts
      Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures UK office (Weekdays 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. GST) G Adventures Berlin office: +441858378000 If you are unable for any reason to contact the local office, please call the numbers listed below, which will connect you directly with the 24-hour Sales team, who will happily assist you. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from within UK: 0844 272 0000 Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
      Packing List
      Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. When choosing your gear please bear in mind that the best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials, as these are quick-drying and can keep heat in better. The optimum clothing system for trekking is layering, as it allows for easy temperature regulation as you ascend or descend. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a sweater, followed by a fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof jacket. For your bottom half, thermal underwear, hiking pants then windproof and waterproof layers are recommended. Hiking poles are strongly recommended. Health & Safety
      • N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Rapid Covid tests/antigen tests (at least 3)
      Trekking Gear
      • Gloves
      • Hat
      • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
      • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
      • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.)
      • Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).
      • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.)
      • Walking poles (Highly recommended.)
      Essentials Checklist
      • Water-proof, wind-proof rain jacket
      • Personal clothing for hot to cool weather – we recommend packing 5-6 days of outfits so you don’t have to do laundry
      • Sturdy walking shoes for non hiking days
      • Sunblock
      • Sunglasses
      • Water bottle or bladder (like a Camelback)
      • Watch or alarm clock
      • Toiletries
      • Camera
      • First-aid kit, including lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
      Optional Checklist
      • Hiking poles
      • Travel pillow
      • Money belt
      • Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
      • Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
      • AirTags or Tile trackers
      • Packing cubes
      • Flip-flops/sandals
      • Earplugs
      • Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
      • Ziplock bags
      • Reading/writing material
      • Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
      Document Checklist
      • Passport (with photocopies)
      • Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
      • Travel insurance ID card
      • Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
      • USD/EUR cash
      • Credit/debit card
      • G Adventures vouchers
      • GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
      Laundry
      Laundry facilities are sometimes offered at the hotels. You can also use a local laundromat, if necessary. We recommend packing enough clothes so you don't have to do laundry.
      Passports and Visas
      All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to travel to Norway. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
      Money Exchange
      The local currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (kr). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
      Tipping
      It is customary in Europe to leave a small tip for service providers such as waiters if you are pleased with the service (€1-2 EUR for snacks or 10% of a meal bill). Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of this program and an expression of satisfaction with the people who assist you on your trip. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There will be opportunities during the trip to tip your local guides or drivers. You may do this individually, or your tour leader may offer to collect the money and give a tip on behalf of the group. Recommendations for tipping local guides and drivers range from €3-5 EUR per person per day, depending on the quality and length of the service. Ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and expectations. Also, at the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, a tip would be appreciated. The amount is entirely your personal preference, but as a guideline, €30-40 USD per person per week would be appropriate.
      Flights
      We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. This program begins and ends in Bergen. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Bergen. You may want to arrive in Norway one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Bergen any time after 4:30 PM on the final day of the program.
      Plugs and Converters
      There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S. Norway has type C outlets for two circular prongs, and the voltage is 230V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
      Expectations
      Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
      • The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. This trip uses basic hotels.
      • You must be able to handle the physical aspects of the hiking on this trip and bring the appropriate gear.
      Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
      Itinerary Disclaimer
      While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
      Weather
      July is the best time of the year to visit this part of Norway. Daytime temperatures are in the low 60s and nighttime temperatures are in the mid-50s. Expect some rain, as it is a wet climate.

      Costs

      Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
      Tour Company Fee
      See our price in the top right corner
      Optional Activities
      $100-500 USD
      International Airfare from the United States
      Roughly $600-1,400 USD If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
      Insurance
      $79-200 USD Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
      Tipping
      We recommend $40-45 USD for your G Adventures tour leader.
      Airport Transfers
      $20-40
      Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
      $205-270 USD
      Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
      Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
      Vaccines
      Variable. Please consult your doctor.
      Souvenirs
      Variable. At your personal discretion.
      Non-Educator Donation
      $100 USD (suggested donation) This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.

      Optional Activities

      Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
      Odda
      Rib Boat Fjord Cruise: 1050 NOK per person Hop in a rib boat and take in the amazing sights of the towering mountain fjords, passing by natural wonders like the Edna waterfall, Agatunet, and Velure. Sit back, relax, and learn about the history and wildlife of this area. Sandvinsvatnet Lake: free (3h-5h) Opt for a peaceful hike around Sandvinsvatnet Lake. Trolltunga Via Ferrata Sunset/Sunrise Combo Upgrade: $344 USD per person Can't get enough of Trolltunga? Opt to upgrade your Trolltunga hike and stay overnight in the Sunset/Sunrise Dome the night before your hike. Cozy up in the dome (picture a comfy, see-through igloo) situated off the beaten path. Enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment as you take in incredible panoramic sunset views. As day turns into night, take in the constellations through the dome's transparent ceiling. Wake up refreshed for a breathtaking sunrise flooding the surrounding mountains and Lake Ringedalsvatnet below with sunlight. Before departing, eat a delicious breakfast to energize you on your way. Please note that we recommend booking this activity in advance of your departure date to guarantee availability. Kayak on Lake Sandvin: 1045 NOK per person Kayak on Lake Sandvin, just next to the hotel. Paddle through the calm waters, see two waterfalls, beautiful nature, and see where the glacier feeds into the lake.