Said to be born with skis on their feet—Norwegians are ready from birth to live a life in harmony with Nordic nature. With nearly 19 hours of daylight each day, we can see why. Norway is the perfect place to bike, hike, sea kayak and raft under Scandinavian skies, and we don’t just visit Norway—we cross it.
We meet in Newark and travel as a group to Oslo, taking the train to the charming town of Ålesund. Once there, the journey really begins. Sea kayaking through the land of epic sagas and true Viking spirit, we paddle six days on the deep blue UNESCO-protected Geirangerfjord. Surrounded by majestic snow-covered peaks, massive ice sheets and the wild Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls, we see the most compelling landscape in all of Norway.
Giving our arms a rest, we travel inland to Jotunheimen (Home of the Giants) National Park. Jotunheimen gets its name from Norse mythology, which holds that giants—the original inhabitants of the earth—once ruled this mountain range. We hike up and down the lush green summits and rolling tundra, along meandering valleys of waterfalls in search of Kvikk Lunsj. To most of the world, this iconic chocolate bar may not seem like anything special, but to Norwegians it is! Join us as we backpack through high, open lake-strewn playground amongst the highest peaks in Northern Europe with our trusty new companion, Kvikk Lunsj, and find out why.
Teamwork comes into play for the next leg, as we raft the unique drop-pool rapids of the Stranda River. We trade our paddles for mountain bikes and journey towards the Rallarvegen, cutting across open mountains and passing the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier with dramatic views around every bend. Then it is back to Oslo for our giant-sized banquet and a chance to celebrate our coast-to-coast journey in the footsteps of giants.