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Norway Fjords Multisport Tour
An Inn & Mountain Cabin Hiking, Rafting and Biking Adventure from the Mountains to the Fjords
The western part of Norway is called Fjord Norway, a region blessed with fantastic scenery that is unique to this part of the world. People have lived in small villages and on farms along the fjords since time immemorial and yet they've retained their feeling of untouched nature. Four of the area's natural and cultural treasures are so important that they have been named as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Days 1-2: Oslo-Oppdal-Almanjbergjet Opp-Vang
We take the train from Oslo to Oppdal passing through Dovre National Park en route on arrival day. We walk from our hotel in Oppdal the following morning for the ascent of Almanjbergjet Opp. At the summit we enjoy distant views to the south of the Trollheimen mountains. In the afternoon we visit Vang, site of the largest graveyard in Norway from the Viking period.
Days 3-4: Driva River-Åmotan Waterfall-Sunndal Fjord
We raft the Class III/IV waters of the Driva Riverwith a series of 11 named rapids--Hakke Ålmadroppet, Gammastryka, Bruholen, Gydasteinen and Flipholen. The next day we transfer from Oppdal to Sunndal Fjord with a short hike en route to the famous Åmotan waterfall. We also stop at Småbruket, a local herb farm, and at the visitor center for Dovre and Sunndal National Parks.
Days 5-7: Sunndal Fjord-Aursjøhytta-Eresfjord-Åndalsnes
We embark on our two-day bike journey on the renowned Aursjøroad from Sunndal Fjord to Åndalsnes. Our route climbs through Litldalen, an amazing valley with breathtaking scenery, as we switchback our way up to peaceful Aursjøhytta cabin at 2,838 feet for our first overnight stay. The following day we're rewarded with a long descent into the Eikesdalen Valley...interrupted quite possibly by a reindeer crossing or two. We watch some base jumpers along the way and stop for a "bath" in a jettegryte, a "giant's pot" created by water, a massive rock and thousands of years. We marvel at Mardalsfossen, fourth largest waterfall in the world at 2,160 feet high, as we approach Eikesdalen and finish the day with a flat ride along the shoreline of Lake Eikesdalsvatne before arriving at Fred Kavli’s farm for the night. We next hike along the ridge of Romsdalseggen and enjoy spectacular views all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.
Days 8-10: Åndalsnes-Vingarden Tuen-Oslo
We leave our bikes behind and switch back to our hiking muscles today for a pleasant hike in the Romsdal Alps. This evening we visit Vingarden Tuen, a winery just outside of Åndalsnes, and raise a toast to the end of an excellent and active week. We leave Åndalsnes the following morning by train in order to catch flights home from Oslo on the final day. The stretch of the train ride from Åndalsnes to Dombås (Raumabanen) is felt to be the most beautiful train ride in all of Norway.