Guided Walking & Sightseeing at Ulvik, Norway

Western Fjords Revealed

Code: VSLCL

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Activity types:

  • High Mountains
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
  • Hard
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Difficulty indicator

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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £1,148.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

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.

Holiday highlights

  • 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
  • Great walks through the outstanding scenery of the Western Fjords
  • Relax beside the fjord on your free day or enjoy lunch at a traditional farm

Price includes

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • NEW for 2016 - 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.

Accommodation

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. 

Holidays at Ulvik are on a Half Board basis with buffet breakfast and dinner.

Bedrooms

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, mini bar, complimentary toiletries and shaving point. Safety box is available in reception. Iron can be made available to guests on request.

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Facilities

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 a garden with terraced areas and nearby tennis courts.

There is an indoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, solarium and hot tub.

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Food

Our holidays at Brakenes Hotel are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and your evening meal. The hotel restaurant offers delightful views of the fjord.

Breakfast

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.

Evening meal

The 3-course buffet style dinner is served in the Peer Gynt Restaurant.

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.

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Evening

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 conjour a number of card games and quizzes to ensure that the sociable atmostphere of your holiday continues.

 

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Itinerary

  • 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.

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easyEasier Walks: 4 to 7 miles (6.5-11km) on good paths and tracks. Up to 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent in a day.

 

HF Holidays walks grade 4 hardHarder 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. From high up on the neck of this spur, the easy forest tracks and lanes back round the head of the fjord provide a super introduction for the easier walk and some impressive views down into Osafjord. 4 miles (6.5km) with minimal 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 or the Peninsula of Asen

The harder walk takes the minibus to the nearby town of Voss whilst the easier group takes a very short transfer to the start of the walk at the head of the fjord.

Easier Walk: The easier group continues its exploration of the Ulvik area walking out onto the Asen Peninsula, passing the Hjeltnes Horticulture College, where we stop to admire the many plants and trees. We continue through a wooded area until we come out at a viewpoint above Osafjorden, from where we make our way via Halheim back to the hotel. 6 miles (9.5km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.

Harder Walk:The harder walk travels to Voss where we ascend high above the lake of Vangsvatnet on the 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 finish the day with time to look around Voss. 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 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.


Day 6Norway in a nutshell - Sightseeing Day

We travel to the adventure sports centre of Voss to enjoy a scenic train journey to isolated Myrdal. We now change trains to board the world famous Flåmsbana railway, which falls from 866m to sea level. It is an engineering wonder with its 1:18 gradient and numerous tunnels hewn out of the rock walls of a breathtaking valley. There are wonderful views all round of waterfalls and steep craggy cliffs as we make our way to the tiny 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. From Flåm, we continue with a cruise from Aurland to Gudvangen 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. 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.

Local area

Norway’s Western Fjords are the country’s most enduring image and rightly so. The dramatic high-sided valley landscape has been carved out by glacial activity and the fjords themselves are created by a sea level rise flooding the valleys. The result is a region filled with unquestionably beautiful sea inlets and incredible scenery at every turn that just begs to be explored.

Our holiday begins at Bergen, Norway’s historic second city and former capital, which now serves as the perfect access point to hop over the mountains into the Western Fjords region.

Shops & facilities:

150m away from the hotel there is a small supermarket and a Co-op about 5 minutes walk.  The local tourist information office opens every day (Sunday afternoon only) which can arrange bike hire and has an ATM. In the village, there is a small craft shop (Husfidsnovae) which is run by locals who sell their arts and handicrafts.  The hours are irregular but worth a try.  There are also opportunities to shop in Bergen on the last day. Here you will find an extensive number of shops ranging from department stores to specialized shops selling arts, crafts and souvenirs.

Travel

‘With flight’ holidays

For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.

We offer flights from Heathrow to Bergen.

If you book a ‘with flight’ holiday with us, we automatically include transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer to Ulvik takes 2½ hours.

Independent travellers

All our overseas holidays can also be booked without a flight. This is ideal if you are travelling from overseas, or prefer to make your own arrangements from your local airport. If you choose this option the transfer to the hotel is not included.

HF Holidays can help you to reach the hotel by joining our transfer coach from Bergen airport. These are timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights (provisional HF Holidays’ flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or call 020 8732 1220). Cost per single journey is £35.

Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach under any circumstance.

Reviews

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14 Aug 2016, 9:52 a.m.

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The information sent before the holiday regarding flights, what to take etc. was very detailed but some of the information in the booklet describing some of the walks needs to be updated as it did not correspond with the actual walks. This might have caused a problem for some people.

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Overall the holiday was good. I could not fault the walk leaders, the staff at the hotel, the minibus drivers and the food at the hotel. However, although the hotel had a 4 star rating, my room would have struggled to make a 2 star. It was very basic, with dated furniture and fittings including plug sockets that were coming away from the walls. This was very disappointing and definately not what I was expecting and what I had paid for. I was not the only person in the group who felt this way.
13 Aug 2016, 5:08 a.m.

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They have a wide range of holidays and very quick to respond to any query.

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I did not feel I did enough walks. It was partly because of the rain and partly because one walk was not a proper walk. It was very boring and wasted a day. Also Ulvik is far away from towns. So on the free day, I couldn't take the train to Bergen. There is not direct bus to Voss. I have to change buses. It would be nice to visit towns in case the weather was bad or the walk was bad. So I ended up stuck in the hotel. I did only 2 good walks. Last day was bad weather and walk was cut short. Sat , the touring day was very good.
13 Aug 2016, 4:56 a.m.

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Very good

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A lovely area, but the weather was disappointing
1 Aug 2016, 10:28 p.m.

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HF Holidays are very good and thorough.

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Always have a great time with HF
Excellent guides
17 Jul 2016, 8:34 p.m.

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food was fine. hotel was fine. it would be a nice feature to have a drying room for laundry. our leader found one fortunately.

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the easy/short hikes were in my opinion another mile or 2 too short. I had trouble with my footing and did only one long hike.
16 Jul 2016, 8:40 p.m.

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Service was very efficient and helpful

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Really enjoyed the whole experience from the landscape, people, area and activities to the hotel, food and transport.
16 Jul 2016, 7:08 a.m.

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My 7th holiday with HF; it's great to be able to rely on HF to produce very good holidays.

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The Level 4 walks were not always as challenging as I had anticipated.
10 Jul 2016, 10:18 a.m.

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Efficient, good leaders and good choices of holiday destinations.

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Great location, walks and leaders.
10 Jul 2016, 9:33 a.m.

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Easy booking procedure. HF booked our flight to Bergen so we had time there before meeting the group.

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A good variety of walks and sight seeing.
9 Jul 2016, 4:33 p.m.

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As usual hf comes through with first class hiking.

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The only negative is the hotel that now is a stop for the bus tours the food is very pedestrian and the same offerings daily. I t is unpleasant having such hoards of loud coarse people after a day of beautiful hiking.

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Dates & Prices

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28 Jun 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 28 Jun 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Jun 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Jul 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Jul 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
28 Jun 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
5 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 5 Jul 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 5 Jul 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Jul 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Jul 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
5 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
12 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 12 Jul 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 12 Jul 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Jul 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Jul 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
12 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
19 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 19 Jul 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 19 Jul 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Jul 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Jul 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
19 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
26 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 26 Jul 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 26 Jul 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 2 Aug 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Aug 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
26 Jul 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
2 Aug 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 2 Aug 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 2 Aug 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Aug 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Aug 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
2 Aug 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
9 Aug 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
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Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 9 Aug 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Aug 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Aug 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Aug 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
9 Aug 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
16 Aug 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 16 Aug 2017, 7:55 a.m.
  • Arrive: 16 Aug 2017, 10:55 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Bergen Flesland

Flight - Return

BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • Depart: 23 Aug 2017, 11:30 a.m.
  • Arrive: 23 Aug 2017, 12:45 p.m.
  • Depart from: Bergen Flesland
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
7 £1,349.00 £1,348.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now
16 Aug 2017 VSLCL - Guided Walking & Sightseeing Ulvik 7 £1,149.00 £1,148.00 Prices held till 30 September 2016 (pre Brexit prices) Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £22 per night
  • Fjord view: £17 per person per night (2016), £14 per person per night (2017)
  • 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: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person