Best of Finse

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Finse
Sitting roughly 4,000 feet (1,222 m) above sea level between Bergen and Oslo, remote Finse is accessible only by train connection at the highest station on the entire Norwegian railway. There are no roads up to this mountaintop spot, but there is plenty of snow, ski possibilities, and hiking almost year-round. Take a bike ride through Rallarvegen from Finse to Flåm or Haugastøl, or opt for a guided tour of the Blåisen glacier. It’s also a starting point for the Aurlandsdalen Valley trek, a three-day trek from mountains to sea between Finse and Aurland.

Previous kimkim travelers have gone kiting or snow sailing at Finsevatn. You can also go paddling on the icy arctic waters, then warm up at the Finse 1222 hotel, so named for Finse’s position above sea level. It serves as the center of town and has been in business for more than 100 years, through bombing, violent storms, and pandemics.
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Map of Multi-Day Trek in the Norwegian Highlands - 6 Days
Multi-Day Trek in the Norwegian Highlands - 6 Days

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.

One of many trails in the mountainous area near Geilo
Map of Ultimate Summer Hiking Adventure in Norway - 20 Days
Ultimate Summer Hiking Adventure in Norway - 20 Days

This 20-day Nordic journey is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who want to maximize their time in the country's stunning mountains and fjords. Start off with an authentic cabin-to-cabin trek in a wilderness area halfway between Norway's two largest cities: Oslo and Bergen. You'll stay in Norway's great hiking lodges with fellow trekkers, ending each day in a different staffed abode that serves dinner and breakfast. The latter hiking portion of this trip takes place in the Lusterfjord where you'll stay in a charming guesthouse with access to 30 hiking trails in the area. It's not all about hiking, though: you'll get urban culture, restaurants, and nightlife in the two aforementioned cities to round out this awesome adventure.

Happy hikers at Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)
Map of Highlights of the Norwegian Fjords - 11 Days
Highlights of the Norwegian Fjords - 11 Days

Explore the highlights of the Norwegian fjords on this adventurous journey to the Hardangervidda Mountain Plateau, Aurlandfjorden and Nærøyfjorden by kayak on an overnight trip, and beautiful Bergen. You'll also explore the Navvies' Road by bicycle, hike to the iconic Trolltunga (Troll's Tongue), and trek to Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) before ending your Norwegian adventure in Stavanger.

Drive through the village of Loen on the Nordfjord at the end of this trip.
Map of Aurland Valley Trek & Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 10 Days
Aurland Valley Trek & Norwegian Fjord Road Trip - 10 Days

You'll be at the helm of this Norwegian adventure, as you make your way through some of Scandinavia's most spectacular landscapes and two of the country's biggest cities. It starts with a train ride from Oslo that connects to a three-day trek in the Aurlandsdalen Valley. From here, ferry to Bergen via the Sognefjord and grab a rental car as you make your way to coastal villages and mountain towns on your way back to Oslo.

End your multi-day trek at the base of the Aurlandsfjord
Map of Nordic Self-Guided Trek & Island Tour - 11 Days
Nordic Self-Guided Trek & Island Tour - 11 Days

This active adventure kicks off in Oslo where you'll explore Norway's capital on your own and with a guide, followed by a train ride to the starting point for a multi-day trek. Once you reach the Aurland Valley (by foot), you'll ferry to Bergen's lively wharf surrounded by fjords and mountains. Finish with additional boat transfers to a lesser-known—and bike-friendly—archipelago, known for authentic island culture.

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