full day tour
We'll start early morning from Norsyn and drive to Dale, where we can visit the famous sweater factory and outlet. From Dale we'll continue through Voss and a stop at the most visited waterfall in Norway, Tvindefossen. Next we'll drive to Stalheim Hotel to visit the popular terrace with epic views of the Nærøydalen Valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). When you are done enjoying the view and taking some memorable photos we'll drive via the steep hairpin turns of Stalheimskleiva Road, Europe's steepest road, to the valley floor and visit the ancient village Gudvangen. From Gudvangen you will embark on a 1.5 hour cruise to the beautiful secluded Undredalen (The Wonder Valley) on the spectacular Aurlandsfjord, where I will meet you with the car. From Undredalen we continue to Flåm and Aurland where we drive the narrow mountain road to Stegastein viewpoint (a 90 ft long lookout point above Aurland and Aurlandsfjord at 2100 ft above sea level). Depending on time a trip to a second waterfall named Skjervsfossen and also the little village Bakka ten minutes from Gudvangen is a possibility.
walking tour in Bergen
a city with a small town charm
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway with a small-town charm and atmosphere. As a World Heritage City and as The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway, the city has attracted visitors for more than 900 years.
Your host is very familiar with Bergen, A UNESCO World Heritage City. Some of the highlights from a walking trip are the UNESCO Heritage Site Bryggen, a trip with the Funicular to Mt. Fløyen, the National Theatre and Bergenhus Fortress. The Fishmarket is a must see as well as Torgallmenningen, the common meeting place with the Seamen's Monument. We will walk past the lake Lille Lungårdsvann with the fountain and the beautiful gazebo nearby. We will see several churches including the 800 year old Mariakirken and Johanneskirken with the tallest spire at 61 meters. You will get to see the building where the Gestapo headquarters were during WWII and a memorial for their victims. The Railway station is one of the grandest in Norway.
This beautiful, charming city offers lots of experiences and photo opportunities!
fishing trips and
You will have access to a small boat with a 15 horsepower outboard engine. Your host can bring you to favorite fishing spots and also give you a tour of the area in the vicinity of Norsyn. The small islands nearby are picturesque and the geology is quite interesting. We mostly catch haddock, coalfish and the occasional cod. The fish will be cleaned, filleted and cooked for dinner if you so desire. The days are long and going for an evening fishing trip is peaceful and feeds the soul regardless of the catch. Sunsets can be amazing.
Culture in Bergen
The renowned Norwegian composer Edward Grieg and the violin virtuoso Ole Bull are both from Bergen and their homes Troldhaugen and Lysøen (the island of light) are popular tourist destinations. The grounds of the royal residence Gamlehaugen is open to the public and is close to Fantoft Stave Church. The oldest church in Bergen, Mariakirken is over 800 years old and is usually open for tours. There are ample museums to visit as well. Among the parks in Bergen is a botanical garden.
hikes for all skill levels
The seven mountains surrounding Bergen are ideal for exploring and provides endless hiking opportunities. The panorama views make it easy to understand why the locals can't get enough of the outdoors. A short stroll or a full day hike and everything in between are all possibilities.
*Many thanks to my sister in law Sissel for her beautiful hiking pictures!
in and around Bergen
Downtown Bergen provides shopping in historic surroundings like Bryggen and the fish market. There are three shopping malls in the core of Bergen and several centers outside of Bergen. Dale of Norway has a factory outlet which we usually visit on the one day tour to the fjords. The Janus Factory outside Bergen specializes in wool clothing and has an outlet store as well.
The Waterfall Safari goes east from Bergen towards the picturesque village of Nordheimsund and the Hardangerfjord. The Hardangerfjord starts at the Atlantic Ocean south of Bergen and reaches 179 km east into Norway. It is deepest at 860 meters right outside of Nordheimsund. On the way we will pass the popular vacation spot at Kvamskogen and the drive over the mountain is beautiful. The first big waterfall is Fossen Bratte. The battle at Fossen Bratte on April 22, 1940 has become a symbol of the Norwegian wartime spirit of resistance and sacrifice. Not far up the road we will stop at Steinsdalsfossen. With a 50 meter fall and walking path behind the waterfall it is one of the most popular in Norway.
The tour continues along the breathtaking views of the Hardangerfjord and eventually goes north towards Skjervsfossen. It has two falls in succession and drops 150 meters. There is a hiking path along the waterfall and the newly renovated restrooms are a must see. A little further north we will find Tvindefossen east of Voss. It is known for its beauty and is one of the most visited waterfalls in Norway. From Tvindefossen it is a two hour ride back to Norsyn.