Guided Walking & Sightseeing at Ulvik, Norway
MARVEL AT STUNNING SCENERY - LUSH GORGES, DARK WATERS AND CASCADING WATERFALLS
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
This guided walking holiday explores the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage sites of Norway’s Western Fjords. The Norwegian fjords evoke some of the most idyllic images. Cascading waterfalls tumbling into long bodies of cool water which lie at the bottom of a deep cut lush gorges, on a giant scale. Embracing these thoughts we have a programme that encompasses all of this. Our walks allow you to marvel at the unique landscape from plateau high above to sailing on the fjord. Historically, Ulvik tells its stories of folklore through teenagers re-enacting events from the past, immersing its viewers in engaging tales.
- Pretty Ulvik, famous for its apple orchards, rose-adorned church and peaceful fjord setting
- Ride the famous Flåmsbana train and sail down Naerøyfjord, on our Sightseeing Day; a once-in-a-lifetime experience
- Enjoy the excellent facilities at 4-star Brakanes Hotel with its beautiful position on the fjord
- Outstanding scenery of the Western Fjords and dramatic walking terrain
- Relax beside the fjord on your free day or enjoy lunch at a traditional farm
- A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day plus 1 full sightseeing day
- All transport to and from walks
- The services of experienced HF Holidays leaders
- Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal.
- ‘With flight’ holidays include flights from the UK and hotel transfers
- 7 night's accommodation in en-suite rooms
Other Walking Holidays
You might like to consider our other walking holiday in Norway - Guided Walking at the Lofoten Islands
Two weeks or more
Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts
Jewels of Norway - Combine two wonderful regions of Norway: Ulvik in the spectacular fjords of the west and the Lofoten Islands, justifiably renowned as the most beautiful place in Europe. All transfers are direct. For more information call 0345 470 8558. Or email our Reservations team.
The 4-star Brakanes Hotel enjoys a unique setting in Ulvik by the beautiful Hardangerfjord, surrounded by mountains and apple orchards.
It has a pleasant restaurant, several lounges and a bar. The hotel has beautiful gardens down to the shore, a tennis court and a small indoor pool and spa.
HF Holidays Europe Partner Hotel Awards 2016
Silver Award for Great Hotel Staff.
|The hotel has 143 en-suite bedrooms, standard rooms with mountain views, and fjord views available at a supplement.
All rooms include a work desk and a minibar. Some rooms include a seating area with either a balcony or terrace offering either stunning fjord or mountain views. All rooms have telephone, flat screen TV with some satellite channels, WiFi access, hairdyer, complimentary toiletries and shaving point.
|The restaurant offers views of the fjord, while the garden lies right next to the water. Other facilities include a conservatory and a library lounge.
There is an indoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, solarium and hot tub.
Our holidays at Brakanes Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. The hotel restaurant offers delightful views of the fjord.
This will be served in Peer Gynt Restaurant. The choice is extensive comprising of fish, salads, sausages, fried egg and potatoes. There is also a selection of white and brown breads, rolls, croissants, jams and honey. Drinks will be offered of coffee, tea and chocolate.
The 3-course buffet style dinner is served in the Peer Gynt Restaurant.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
Lunch (payable locally)
A picnic lunch can be purchased from the hotel (pre-ordered). It comprises bread, butter, tomato, ham, salami, cheese, chicken leg, potato salad, knife, fork, salt and pepper and a napkin. No drink is included.
The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.
Guests are encouraged to join in walking the town trail at the start of holiday to get their bearings and discover the delightful village of Ulvik. As well as the cruise on the fjord organised by the hotel for their guests one evening (small charge), there is live music in one of the bars and, subject to the weather being favourable, take advantage of the free boat hire from the shores and fully appreciate the spectacular setting of the hotel.
If the weather is unfavourable, our leaders can conjure a number of card games and quizzes to ensure that the sociable atmosphere of your holiday continues.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of two different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
- Our guides are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Norway’s Western Fjords dramatic high-sided valley landscape provides a diverse collection of walks for you to enjoy. From our peaceful base nestled on the shores of the Ulvik Fjord we will explore this beautiful area with its picturesque views across the valleys created by the dramatic glaciers which once dominated these lands.
Easier Walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) on good paths and tracks. Up to 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent in a day.
Harder Walks: 8 to 9 miles (13-14.5km) on steeper and rougher terrain. Up to 3,000 feet (900m) of ascent in a day.
Day 1: Arrival day
You should arrive with time to settle into your room, and perhaps take a short stroll in the village. In the evening your leaders will explain more about the walks and there will be plenty of time to meet with your fellow guests.
Day 2: Upland farms and orchards or Solsaevatnet
Easier Walk: Across the fjord from our hotel a small pretty peninsula splits Ulvik Fjord from Osafjord. Our walk starts at the side of the fjord near an important bird watching area. We then ascend through a wood to easy forest tracks and lanes. This provides a super introduction for the easier walk and some impressive views down into Osafjord. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The harder group goes past apple orchards and meadows above Ulvik that eventually give way to high Alpine scenery which is easily accessible. We travel high up to the old Granvin road and then walk on gentle forest tracks to reach the reservoir of Solsaevatnet, set in a superb amphitheatre with waterfalls and high pastures. We walk gently around its southern end before starting a steeper descent to the orchards. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 3: Voss
Today both groups start together from a point just outside the town of Voss, but walk in opposite directions.
Easier Walk: Starting from near an excellent viewpoint overlooking Voss and its great lake, we descend on farm roads to visit a dramatic ravine. From here we reach the lakeside following its edges to the town centre of Voss. After visiting an historic building we ascend to the Folks Museum where there is an opportunity to visit (charges apply). We return to the town centre to meet our transport back to the hotel. 7 miles (11km) with 400ft (120m) of ascent and 1,300ft (390m) of descent.
Harder Walk: From the same start point above Voss, we ascend high above the lake of Vangsvatnet on the uncomplicated slopes of Grasidetoppen. This is a superb walk on a mixture of minor and forest roads and rough mountain paths to reach the small Roset mountain cabin with its excellent views of the valley below and surrounding
peaks. We return to Voss to meet our transport. 9 miles (14.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.
Day 4: Free day
On your free day you may wish to relax in Ulvik, hire a rowing or pedal boat, take a fjord cruise or visit a nearby cider farm. For other free day options see the Local Area tab.
Day 5: The Postal Route and Kvasshovden
Easier Walk: A little over 100 years ago the only route into Ulvik was via today’s route which links Granvin in the west to our village. A pleasant path with gentle sections of ascent for most of the way skirts remote cabins and a tranquil lake amidst the mountains. We finish high above Ulvikfjord and descend into Ulvik. 7 miles (11km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent and 2,200ft (660m) of descent.
Harder Walk: Today we ascend the well known local peak of Kvasshovden, which offers outstanding views in all directions from its modest height of 1,065m. En route we reach the pretty collection of cabins called Littlestol. The route climbs steeply on rough and rocky ground to just below the summit, with a short chained section to aid progress. The return path goes down to the meadows above Ulvik. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,200ft (660m) of ascent and 3,000ft (900m) of descent.
Day 6: Norway in a nutshell - Sightseeing Day
We travel to the small but busy port of Gudvangen. Here we board our ferry for a spectacular cruise through the World
Heritage site of Naerøyfjorden. This provides a vision of archetypal Norway: a deep blue fjord, only 250m across at its
narrowest point with towering 1,200m cliffs, isolated farms, and waterfalls that plummet from above. Kjelfossen, for instance is one of the ten highest waterfalls in the world. There are wonderful views all round of waterfalls and steep craggy cliffs as we make our way to the village of Flåm at the head of Aurlandsfjord. Flåm is set in spectacular surroundings and is a stop off point on the popular "Norway in a Nutshell" tour. It is also the destination for many of
the large cruise ships that sail up into the inner reaches of Sognefjorden. At Flåm we board the world famous Flåmsbana
railway, which takes us from sea level to 866m. It is an engineering wonder with its 1:18 gradient and numerous tunnels hewn out of the rock walls of a breathtaking valley. The train takes us to the isolated station at Myrdal where we await our connection to Voss from where our transport returns us to the hotel. It is a truly wonderful trip.
Day 7: Norddalen and high up on the Hardangervidda
Today we get chance to explore the area around Norddalen, starting at Osa which is just 10km from Ulvik.
Easier Walk: Our route is a simple out and back to the head of this narrow valley, where the scenery in both directions is truly jawdropping. Massive vertical cliffs and waterfalls, that could only be in Norway, are viewed mostly from a good woodland path with minimal ascent. The final section of the path is narrower and rocky but leads to a spectacular waterfall at the head of the valley. 7 miles (11km) with 700ft (210m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The harder route also starts by walking up this valley before ascending steeply up a zig-zag path through the trees to reach a high alpine valley with spectacular views and the cabins at Ossete before returning to Osa. 9 miles (14.5km) with 3,000ft (900m) of ascent.
Day 8: Departure Day
Please note that all itineraries outlined are provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leaders will brief you every evening about the following day’s walks.
Make the most of your European holiday by visiting two resorts. Why not combine our two Norwegian resorts to create a stunning holiday?
Ulvik & Lofoten Islands - 14nts
Combine a week at Ulvik with a week on the Lofoten Islands. Experience some of Europe's most awe-inspiring scenery bathed in the light of the midnight sun. Discover soaring peaks, plunging fjords and the white sand beaches of the Lofoten archipelago. Please note that this holiday can only be booked visiting Lofoten Islands first due to flights.
With flight & transfers from: £3,249
Without flights & transfers from: £2,849
To book any of our Two-Centre holidays call our Reservations Team on 0345 470 7558
Set at the head of the Ulvika Fjord, an arm of the Hardanger Fjord, Ulvik is surrounded by spectacular high mountains with steep sides, a remnant of the ice ages experienced in Norway, which carved out the many Fjords and dramatic landscapes of this part of the world. The village itself was mostly destroyed by fire during a German invasion in World War II. Now, the village is a mecca for tourism, from Walking in the summer months, to Skiing and Snowshoeing in winter to Water sports and boat rides, Ulvik is a perfect centre for interest and beauty. For something a bit different, there is a local fruit farm, a bird observation hut to discover the local wildlife, or the Olav Hauge museum, an interactive museum about the local area.
Sitting at the end of the Eidfjorden, another branch of the Hardanger Fjord, Eidfjord has a variety of attractions, and history to explore. The Sima Power Plant, built into the mountains, is a large Hydro Electric Power Plant, which moderates water flow of three major waterfalls in the area. The area has a mild climate, and produces fruit from apples and pears, to plums and cherries, a beautiful site, when the fruit tree flowers are in bloom on the mountain sides. Another attraction of Eidfjord, is the Hardangervidda National Park, which is home to Europe’s largest mountain plateau and also one of Norway’s largest Glaciers. From a walker’s perspective, Eidfjord is stunning, and is an area, which contains an abundance of Iron Age burial sites. There is a regular ferry from Ulvik to Eidfjord across the Fjord.
Voss is the adventure capital of Norway, and like Ulvik and Eidfjord has a great deal of culture. One of the major attractions there is the highly regarded Folks Museum built on the site of a farm and incorporating its buildings into an explanation of traditional Norwegian rural life. There is also a lot of food heritage, and as such, there are several delicacies to try out in the local cafes. Voss can be reached by bus from Ulvik.
Did you know?
Ulvik is at the head of the Hardanger Fjord, which is the second longest in Norway.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ from Gatwick to Bergen airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 2 hours 30 minutes to the Brakanes Hotel.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Bergen airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flight* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £42. Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £25 per night
- Double for sole occupancy £72 per night
- Fjord view: £15 per person per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Sightseeing costs included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person