Halfway between Norway's two largest cities—Oslo and Bergen—lies an extraordinary wilderness area situated between two national parks. This itinerary includes four days of hiking along well-marked trails (becoming more difficult each day) from Geilo to Finse. Start and end the trip with some urban culture and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.

Highlights

  • Warm-up your legs on Oslo's new 5.5-mile harbor promenade
  • Get plenty of scenery as you encounter a range of landscapes in two national parks
  • Stay in a different staffed cabin for three nights that serve dinner and breakfast
  • Travel by train through mountains and fjords for a relaxing start and end to the trek
  • Explore Bergen's cobbled streets and wharf dating back to the 16th century

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Oslo Oslo
Day 2 Train to Geilo - Hike to Hakkesetstølen Geilo
Day 3 Hike from Hakkesetstølen to Tuva Tuva Turisthytte
Day 4 Hike from Tuva to Krækkja Krækkja
Day 5 Kjækkja to Finse - Train To Bergen Bergen
Day 6 Depart Bergen  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Oslo

Akrobaten pedestrian bridge in downtown Oslo
Akrobaten pedestrian bridge in downtown Oslo

Welcome to Oslo! Norway's rapidly growing capital is still considered a small city, helped by the fact that it's surrounded by mountains and sea. Not only is the city center made for walking, but outlying neighborhoods—filled with charm and character—are easily accessible by public transportation, so jump on a tram, train, or bus and explore all of what Oslo has to offer.

Suggested activities include: 

  • Take a half-day and wander around Aker Brygge, an area on the Oslofjord made up of beautiful, modern buildings where you can find bars and abundant nightlife. It acts as a sort of courtyard for the city of Oslo and brings together both tourists and locals alike to enjoy the great food, atmosphere, and entertainment.
  • Spend the afternoon visiting the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Open-Air Folk Museum by way of public transportation. Both museums are in the same area, so they pair well together! 
  • Walk along the Havnepromenaden (harbor promenade)—a new five-and-a-half-mile waterfront park, which combines sightseeing, history, art, architecture, and a little bit of adventure.
  • Visit the Vigeland Sculpture Park, where 200 larger than life sculptures are placed throughout this green lung in the middle of the city. 

For dinner, explore the city's historic core buzzing with restaurants and cafés that stay cozy in cold weather, with several options that offer outdoor seating during summer months.

Day 2: Train to Geilo - Hike to Hakkesetstølen

Take the train to Geilo to start the trek

After an early breakfast, take a three-hour train ride on the Bergen Railway to the beautiful mountain village of Geilo—an area well-known for its hiking and mountain biking opportunities, as well as white water rafting, fishing, and horseback riding. Hiking season starts at the end of June and lasts until the snow arrives (usually October).  

From Geilo station, you can hike the 1.25-mile (2 km) trail that takes you to Hakkesetstølen, a traditional Norwegian cabin where you will stay overnight and have dinner. Alternatively, if you're traveling by car or bus, there is also road access.

Day 3: Hike from Hakkesetstølen to Tuva

Hardangervidda National Park

After breakfast is prepared at your lodge in Hakkesetstølen, hit the trail towards Tuva Turisthytte, one of the longest-running cabins in Hardangervidda National Park. Open since 1915, the place has been family-owned for three generations.

The distance of this moderate hike is nearly 10 miles (15.7 km) and takes about five hours to complete. You'll see remarkable landscapes as you walk along the peaceful Norwegian highlands. Alternatively, those with a car can take a road all the way to the cabin. 

Once you reach your destination, you'll have time to relax before dinner is prepared by the staff.

Day 4: Hike from Tuva to Krækkja

Tulips in the late spring
Tulips in late spring

Wake up this morning with breakfast at your lodge in Tuva, which, according to locals, is known to serve the best Norwegian waffles in the country. 

From here, you'll have an 11.8-mile (19 km) hike to Krækkja, which should take about six hours to complete. This trail is a bit more challenging than yesterday's and therefore better suited for active adults. However, there are several shorter hikes available for those with a car. Either way, you'll experience stunning views of the Hallingskarvet mountain range.

Stay overnight at a historic lodge with 85 beds in two-bunk, three-bunk, and four-bunk configurations, as well as a larger room and dormitory. The place is equipped with bathrooms, showers, and a diesel generator. Relax with a hearty dinner prepared by staff.

Day 5: Kjækkja to Finse - Train To Bergen

Welcome to Bergen!
Bergen's UNESCO-listed waterfront

After filling up on a hearty breakfast at the cabin, you'll hike to Finse along a 14-mile (23.3 km) route. This trip is quite demanding and suitable only for adults. Otherwise, you can take an alternative method of transportation.

For those hiking, you will encounter a beautiful lake (Finse Lake) and meet the famous bike trail known as Rallarvegen. For a good portion of the trek, the mighty Hallingskarvet will be on your right hand, while Northern Europe's largest mountain plateau will be on your left.

Upon arrival in Bergen, you can explore the colorful UNESCO-listed Bryggen district and other historic streets, which are compact and walkable. Reward yourself by sampling the city's lively restaurant and bar scene.

Day 6: Depart Bergen

A summer sunset in Bergen
Summer sunset in Bergen

It's time to say farewell to Norway! Enjoy your last moments in this beautiful city with a leisurely breakfast, neighborhood stroll, and/or souvenir shopping before you head to the airport for your return flight home.

Map

Map of Multi-Day Trek in the Norwegian Highlands - 6 Days
Map of Multi-Day Trek in the Norwegian Highlands - 6 Days