Join us as we explore the land of fjords, mountains, and Northern Lights – welcome to Norway! Nestled in the heart of Scandinavia, Norway’s natural wonders are waiting to WOW you. And what better way to immerse yourself in its breathtaking landscapes than by embarking on foot? Lace up your walking shoes as we uncover the best experiences on our cultural walking tour, one step at a time. Prepare to be invigorated by the crisp mountain air and immersed in the tranquility of the forested footpaths on our top 5 hikes in Norway.

#1 Exploring Jostedal Glacier

Guests on Jostedal Glacier in Norway, exploring the ice with their Classic Journeys guide

Get ready to explore Jostedal Glacier on foot at eye level! With a rich glacial history dating back thousands of years, get up close to the ice mass that has shaped the surrounding landscape, creating stunning fjords, valleys, and dramatic mountainous terrain before you. The glacier is a remnant of the last ice age and holds a significant place in Norway’s geological history.

With the help of our highly trained glacier guides, you’ll be outfitted with crampons and safety gear so that you can enjoy an ‘only with Classic Journeys’ walk on the tongue of the glacier. The panoramic views will unfold around you, revealing a breathtaking tapestry of icy peaks, deep blue crevasses, and pristine snowfields. The surrounding mountains, including the towering peaks of the Jotunheimen range, add to the jaw-dropping backdrop. The crisp Arctic air and awe-inspiring views will make this trek an unforgettable experience in the icy wilderness of Norway.

#2 Walking From The Top of Mt. Floyen into Bergen

Scenic views from Mt. Floyen of the city of Bergen during sunset

Bergen, known as “the capital of the fjords”, is truly a fantastic city to behold. For the best views, join us up to Mt. Fløyen on a scenic funicular ride. Atop the mountain, you can soak in the sea views and the city down below. Invigorated by the mountain air, make your leisurely descent into Bergen, enjoying vistas of rugged mountains, verdant slopes, and meandering streams along the way. You’ll see the landscape transition from forests to quaint neighborhoods, revealing glimpses of the city’s iconic harbor nestled among the hills. Get your camera ready as you enjoy the serene backdrop to the bustling cityscape that gradually unfolds before you. Soon you will have made your way to your perfectly-sited hotel in Bergen to relax over dinner and drinks.

#3 Strolling to Stave Church in Urnes

View of Stave Church in Urnes, Norway, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Picture yourself on tour, taking a small ferry across a fjord for an impressive walk up to Urnes Stave Church. Built in the early 12th Century, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an impressive Norwegian landmark. Perched high above the water, approach this historic church on foot at eye level. On your stroll, which is often accompanied by llamas along the way, you’ll get up close to see that it is built entirely of wood. Your expert local guide will share insight about Viking and Christian architecture and proudly tell you that it is the oldest structure of its kind still standing. Continue your walk while breathing in the fresh mountain air and enjoying the jaw-dropping views of the nearby mountains.

#4 Hiking in Jostedel Valley Lake

Beautiful views of Jostedal Valley Lake in Norway, surrounded by mountains on all sides

Nestled in the heart of Norway, the Jostedal Valley Lake boasts pristine natural beauty. Surrounded by towering mountains, the lake captivates with its crystal-clear waters reflecting the rugged landscapes around it. Enjoy a walk along its shores marveling at the views and trying to capture it all in a photo. Seasonally, join our local guide by kayak or zodiac to explore the glacier-fed lake. Gently paddle your way out and immerse yourself in the silent surroundings. All the way, learn about glaciers and their recession, as they calve into this vivid blue body of water… an important reminder about the fragility of the impressive nature around us and the importance of protecting it.

#5 Traversing Along Norway’s Nærøyfjord Fjord

Views of Norway's scenic fjords, with a quiet village nestled into the side of a mountain

One of the most scenic ways to explore Norway’s amazing landscape is by the iconic Flåm Railway. Celebrated as one of the most spectacular train rides in the world, you’ll soak in the most incredible views during your comfortable ride. From snow-capped mountains to impressive thundering waterfalls and quaint green meadows, you’ll see it all.

Then make your way from train to boat at the tip of Nærøyfjord, one of the narrowest fjords in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The beautiful scenery continues as you cruise its pristine waters, spotting farms and valleys along the way. Continue across the Sognefjord, the largest in Norway, for even more unforgettable views. Peaceful villages with colorful wooden houses dot the shores, adding a charming touch to the wilderness. Whether viewed from above on a scenic hike or experienced up close on a boat tour, the Norwegian landscape captivates the imagination with its natural splendor.

Ready to explore Norway on foot at eye level? Join Classic Journeys on our curated walking tour!

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