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Gudvangen is a very small village at the end of Nærøyfjord, one of the two UNESCO-listed fjords in Norway. The old Viking village is a perfect base for exploring the county of Sogn og Fjordane and taking mountain hikes in the area. On a fjord cruise through Nærøyfjord on a hybrid boat, you’ll feel like you’ll be able to touch the mountainsides.

Previous kimkim travelers have taken guided tours through the Viking Valley, a historic recreation of a Viking village that includes a costumed Viking guide and lunch, or a peaceful kayak trip through the fjord. Take a full-day trip starting with the morning bus to Flåm, where you’ll ride the famous Flåm Railway to Myrdal. Pick up a bike in Myrdal and cycle back down to Flåm village, then take the hybrid cruise back to Gundvangen for 90 minutes of relaxing through the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.
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Top Cultural & Historical Experiences in Norway

Norway has a unique culture, influenced by its centuries-old history and distinct geographic location. You'll find bustling cities with fascinating origins, a quaint culture in fjord villages and coastal fishing towns, and unique customs like dogsledding and reindeer rearing, and mountainside farming. Not to mention, a thrilling Viking history that ties it all together.

Stay a night in Gudvangen on the shore of Naeroyfjord
Map of Norwegian Viking Tour - 8 Days
Norwegian Viking Tour - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary is a great way to experience a historic side of Norway that most visitors miss. Between the 8th and 11th centuries, Vikinger was a form of adventure, drawing plunderers but also poets, scholars, and traders. Starting and ending in Bergen, you'll travel through Viking-era settlements, islands, and fjords, including the former stomping grounds of one of the most famous Vikings of all: Eric Bloodaxe.

A Viking Village in Gudvangen with the village Chief standing beside his house. [Photo by redcharlie on Unsplash.]
Map of Norwegian Viking Heritage Tour: Bergen & The Western Fjords - 7 Days
Norwegian Viking Heritage Tour: Bergen & The Western Fjords - 7 Days

Travel through history, nature, and culinary adventures to arrive at an understanding of both ancient and modern Norwegian life with this trip on the Viking trail. In ancient times, Viking was a type of adventurer, with people leaving their traditional settings for remote areas to learn from new cultures and trade. Later, the Vikings developed an image more associated with plunder and pillaging. But is this the whole story? Find out for yourself as you explore the old streets of Bergen, as well as ancient political gathering spots, isolated islands, and even a recreation of a Viking village.

Relish an overnight kayaking and camping experience of and by a Norwegian fjord
Map of Epic Norway Camping, Kayaking & Hiking Journey: Oslo to Bergen - 15 Days
Epic Norway Camping, Kayaking & Hiking Journey: Oslo to Bergen - 15 Days

From conquering bucket list peaks to paddling UNESCO-protected fjords, this active 15-day Norway itinerary gets you close to the country's spectacular natural beauty. Camp in a cozy transparent dome at the famous Trolltunga, hike along Queen Sonja's Panoramic Trail, and explore the cities of Oslo and Bergen as you dash across the country by train, boat, and shuttle bus. This itinerary is perfect for active hikers, adventure-seeking travelers, and those with a moderate fitness level.

A summer trip to Norway offers opportunities for family bonding in the great outdoors
Map of Summer Family Trip to Norway & Denmark - 14 Days
Summer Family Trip to Norway & Denmark - 14 Days

Ready to take your family on a trip bursting with history, cuisine, and theme park adventures, Scandinavian-style? Starting in Oslo, Norway, this two-week itinerary will take you to rural Aurland, Gudvangen, Bergen, and Kristiansand, before you sail to Denmark and continue to Billund and Copenhagen. Along the way, you'll cruise fjords, taste the best of Scandinavian produce, experience Viking life in the flesh, and enjoy Northern Europe's finest attractions.

Learn about Viking history on a family trip to Norway
Map of Family Viking Tour of Norway - 10 Days
Family Viking Tour of Norway - 10 Days

Immerse your family in Viking history during this 10-day road trip through picturesque Norway. Begin by walking in the footsteps of the Norse kings on a heritage tour of Bergen. Spend the night at Svanøy Island with the other 70 inhabitants and learn about Norwegian rural life, then eat like a Viking warrior at a microbrewery in Flåm. Finish your trip with a guided hike past waterfalls and fjords to a goat farm where you will make and sample local cheese.

See the best of southern Norway on this two-week family tour
Map of Southern Norway Family Road Trip - 14 Days
Southern Norway Family Road Trip - 14 Days

Discover the best of southern Norway's treasures as you and the kids embark on an epic adventure that takes you from the shores of laid-back Kristiansand to cosmopolitan Oslo. Kayak across fjords, ride the whitewater rapids at Voss, and zipline through treetops as you explore the stunning scenery around Bergen. Along the way, you'll unearth 1,000-year-old history as you experience Viking life up close through VR technology and step back in time at Viking Valley.

Spend a few nights relaxing in the fjords between Oslo and Bergen
Map of Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days
Oslo, Bergen & Alta Winter Tour - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary is ideal for travelers who prefer to skip the peak-season crowds. The adventure kicks off in Norway's up-and-coming capital where you'll explore Oslo's best neighborhoods on your own and with a local guide. From here, travel by train, ferry, and bus to get to Bergen with a peaceful two-night stay in Aurland along the way. After exploring Bergen's museums, Christmas markets,  and nearby fjords, you'll fly above the Arctic Circle to sled with huskies and hunt for the Northern Lights.

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