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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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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.

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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