Norway Inn-to-Inn

Peer Gynt Trail


Trip Details

Location Oppland, Norway
Length 11 days
Grades Strenuous
Accommodations Mountain Lodge, Guesthouse
Group size 10-12
Dates Jul 8, 2019 - Jul 18, 2019,
Aug 8, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019
Land Cost $4,595.00
Single Supp Cost $550.00

Hiking Trip Summary

This 11–day trip is a combination inn-to-inn and hotel-based trip to two of Norway’s most classically beautiful areas.

Our trip will begin in the central Gudbrandsdalen Valley, between Lillehammer and Vinstra, in southeast Norway. Surrounded by the National Parks of Rondane, Jotunhiemen, and Dovrefjell, this is “Peer Gynt’s Kingdom,” named for Henrik Ibsen’s legendary Norse folk hero. A stunning area of sparkling lakes, rich forests, open moorlands, and expansive mountain vistas, this is the region where the folk character Peer Gynt was born and the place that inspired Ibsen to turn the folk tale into his epic play. Starting in Skei and ending in Espedalen, we will hike the 40-mile length of the Peer Gynt Trail, each night stopping at a variety of comfortable, classic Norwegian mountain lodges. Peer Gynt may well have been a boaster and a dreamer, but experiencing these landscapes on foot will convince you that he had good reason.

The second part of our trip will be based at the Nes Gard Guesthouse on Lusterfjord, the innermost arm of the 125-mile-long Sognefjord, the longest fjord in the world. Nes Gard sits across the fjord from the Feigumfossen, one of the highest waterfalls in Norway. With magnificent views of the mighty Hurrungane Mountains in western Jotunheimen and access to the Jostedal glacier to the north, this area has many hiking and mountaineering opportunities. Our hikes will take us up luxuriant green valleys with roaring waterfalls, across highlands with panoramic views, and up fjord-side hills with breath-taking views of the fjords. Our walks will take us by summer farms, isolated homesteads, and cultural sites including the Urnes Stave Church, the oldest stave church in Norway and a UNESCO Heritage site.

For this trip Distant Journeys works in collaboration with Discover Norway, a Norwegian active travel company. Discover Norway is an innovator in organizing inn-to-inn hiking, cycling, and skiing trips in Norway. For the inn-to-inn segment of this trip, a Discover Norway guide, along with our Distant Journeys guide, will accompany the group. For our hotel-based segment, a local guide will also accompany us. The local guides will help connect us to the communities, people, and history of the Oppland and Sognefjord regions of Norway.

For anyone who has become captivated by hiking in Europe, this trip is one for your bucket list.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELERS

If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. Please let us know if you would like a single at the time of registration. If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If there is no one with whom you can share, we will not charge you extra for this “forced” single.

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations
  • All breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Entrance to Maihaugen outdoor museum in Lillehammer
  • Entrance Breheimsenteret Glacier Center
  • All group transportation as described in the itinerary
  • Discover Norway guide – Peer Gynt Trail
  • Nes Gard local guide
  • Distant Journeys guide
  • Great hiking and wonderful memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, guided glacier walk, optional/individual transfers or excursions, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, personal items, tips to guides. Allow roughly $350 in additional costs.

LUGGAGE

During the inn-to-inn segment of the trip, our luggage will be transferred ahead to our night’s accommodations. Our luggage will be transported with us to our hotel at Nes Gard. This means you will only need to carry a daypack with those items you will need during the day’s hike. A sample packing list is posted on our website, and we are happy to provide one on request. You will receive a detailed packing list upon registration.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

During the inn-to-inn section, Days 1–5, we will be staying in comfortable Norwegian mountain lodging. Rooms are double occupancy with private baths. Most have saunas and some have swimming pools. Typically, they are located in beautiful surroundings with good access to a variety of outdoor endeavors, but do not offer much by way of shopping.

Days 6–10, we will be staying at Nes Gard Guesthouse, an 1850’s farm that has been renovated to offer accommodations. The architecture and interiors are reminiscent of the period. Rooms are double occupancy with private baths.

MEALS

Breakfasts are buffet style and will usually including bread, cheese, breakfast meats and fish, cereal, yogurt, and hot beverages. Picnic lunches will be packed from the breakfast buffet (hotels will provide wax paper and plastic bags, or you can bring a reusable container).

Set dinners will be taken at the hotels. They will generally consist of a starter followed by a main course and dessert. Wine and beer will be available at an additional cost. The main course tends to be either meat or fish accompanied by potatoes and fresh vegetables. With advanced notice, we are happy to accommodate those with medically restrictive diets or vegetarians, and we will do our best to accommodate those with non-red meat or vegetarian preferences.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport. Trains leave directly from Gardermoen Airport for Lillehammer and take about two hours.

MEETING POINT

The trip will start at 1:00 pm on Day 1 at the Lillehammer Train Station. We will confirm the exact location and confirm the meeting time in the final information. The Lillehammer train station is small, so finding the group will not be a problem, and it is an easy walk to our accommodation at the Mølla Hotell.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end in Myrdal on the last day. After breakfast, the group will transfer to Flåm the morning of the last day. From Flåm, we travel together by train to Myrdal, where the trip officially ends. In Myrdal, individuals travel on their own to either Bergen or Oslo. Travel from Myrdal to Oslo is about 5 hours, and about 2 1/2 hours from Myrdal to Bergen.

For a more detailed itinerary that includes elevation gain, loss and distance, or to register please call.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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