Walking the Fjords
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
I enjoyed the Molden peak walk the best with its stunning views of the Sognefjord, closely followed by the Vigdal to Navarsete walk in Breheimen National park with its glacial landscapes and changing scenery. Meeting the Norwegians and listening to their stories. Beyond that, just enjoying the serenity of Nes Farm! Taking an early morning swim in the fjord (very cold but just about bearable for a short dip), then relaxing with a coffee in the living room before breakfast. Enjoying a glass of wine or a beer, at the end of a satisfying days' walking or after dinner, while taking in the lovely views over the Lustrafjord. I'm sorry, but I could drone on about this endlessly...
What did you think of your group leader?
Asbjorn was the guide for the duration of our trip. As well as being an exceptional guide, he's also a lovely man and it was a great pleasure to have met both him and Mari. As you might expect from a former teacher, he was knowledgeable on all matters relating to the trip and good at imparting it with a sense of dry Norwegian humour. The itinerary was tailored to the weather conditions on the day rather than following the order in the trip notes, although to be honest, I wouldn't have put it past him to have fixed the weather for us as well.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Although the trip is correctly graded as moderate, it does require a reasonable level of fitness to cope with the uphill sections, especially if it gets warm, so read the trip notes and be honest about your own abilities. Be prepared for sun, warm, cold and wet weather. It can get cool in the evenings so a fleece is a good idea, but I don't think that thermals or gaiters are required. Poles can be useful when going over streams or very brief sections on snow, but if you don't normally use them then they are not necessary. I would definitely take eye shields as it hardly get dark at all during the evening. Waterproof boots are are must for crossing very wet ground, snow and streams. If you want to take energy food on the walks, then ask Asbjorn if you can stop at a local supermarket to stock up rather than take it with you. A word on tipping, which does appear to becoming more commonplace in Norway in restaurants and so on. Our group didn't tip Asbjorn as he and Mari own Nes Farm; however, we did take a collection for the staff - this was not expected but was very much appreciated by them.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you have the time, I would strongly recommend travelling in Norway either before or after the trip. Getting around by ferry and train is a lot of fun and it is easy to book NSB rail tickets via the internet or mobile app. The group trip ends at Bergen Airport, so one admittedly backtracking option is to make you way from Bergen by train to Voss and then bus to Guvangen. From Voss & Gudvangen there is a variety of activities that you can do, including kayaking on the Naeroyfjord. From Guvangen you can catch a very scenic ferry ride along the Naeroyfjord and Aurlandsfjorden to Flam. From Flan you can travel on the famous Flamsbana railway to Myrdal then onto Oslo. Others on our trip, flew into Oslo first then made their way to Bergen by train. It is worth spending a few days in Bergen and the fjord cruise to Rosendal make for a very nice day trip.