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Norway gay expedition tour

Norway Gay Expedition Tour

Bergen, Aurland, Jotunheimen, Hardangerfjorden, Trolltunga, Preikestolen, Kjerag, Oslo, and more!

10 Days from Bergen to Oslo, Norway

August 27 – September 5, 2021
September 2 – 11, 2022

 

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Gay Norway travel A challenging gay tour through Earth's adventure playground. Over the last decade we’ve led countless fellows on a slew of sensational adventures. But few of our tours have required the brawns necessary to tackle our Norway Gay Expedition. The tour begins in coastal Bergen where we’ll get a glimpse of it’s UNESCO-listed harbour. From here we’ll ferry into the heart of fjordland to surmount mountains, kayak fjords and trek glaciers. On this tour we guarantee for every blister earned you’ll walk away with a new friend and at least triple the memories. Are you in?

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Norway Gay Expedition Adventure Tour Highlights

Hike some of the world’s most famous mountain trails including Mount Preikestolen and Mount Kjerag

Photograph Bergen’s UNESCO World Heritage harbour

Enjoy dinner al frescoe from the plataeu of Mount Preikestolen

Kayak between Norway’s imposing fjords

Immerse yourself in urban Scandinavian culture in modern Oslo

• Close your eyes and take a bite of some local “delicacies” such as brown cheese

Stroll across Norway’s third largest glacier

• Sleep in a range of truly unique accommodations, from a 1750’s repurposed farm house to an award-winning architectural hotel

 

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Norway Gay Expedition Adventure Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Bergen, Norway
Hei der! Welcome to Bergen! Our trip kicks off with a Group Meeting in the hotel lobby at 6PM.

After we get acquainted we’ll head out for an included Welcome Dinner.

And if the group is up to it, maybe even a nightcap at a local gay-welcoming bar.

Hotel: Zander K Hotel, Bergen

 

Norway gay tour - Aurlandsfjord

 

Day 2 - Bergen / Aurland
Our day begins with a visit to the UNESCO-listed Bergen harbour. From here we’ll catch a ferry heading towards the glorious Aurlandsfjord.

After disembarking we begin our first invigorating hike up Mount Prest. Some parts of the trail might feel exposed, but we guarantee the view from the top is worth it. In fact, it’s from this magnificent vantage that you’ll get your first glimpse of Norway’s world-famous landscape.

If the weather is nice, we will eat a boxed lunch enroute that you’ll have prepared yourself after breakfast. If the weather is less-than-pleasant our local guide will find a suitable place to eat.

Tonight we’ll enjoy one of our most unique accommodations on tour: a restored 1750’s farmhouse with lush garden surrounds.

A traditional Norwegian dinner will be prepared by the on-site chef using only Norwegian ingredients.

Hike ascent: 700m/2295f
Distance: 6–7km/3.7–4.3mi
Approximate hiking time: 3–4 hours

Hotel: Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri Hotel, Aurlandsfjord

 

Norway gay adventure - Kayaking Aurlandsfjordland

 

Day 3 - Aurland
Rise and shine! This morning we suit up for an invigorating paddle across the Aurlandsfjord—no previous kayaking experience required. From the water we’ll be dwarfed on all sides by gorgeous fjordland, verdant forests and plenty of coastal birds.

Our final destination is the tiny town of Undredal. If you happen to think this picturesque town is ‘straight out of a fairytale’, then you’ll be absolutely right—Underdal was the visual inspiration behind Disney’s box office behemoth Frozen.

After a tour of the town we’ll indulge in a tasting of a regional specialty known as ‘brown cheese’ as well as find a spot to enjoy our packed lunches.

After lunch we’ll drive back to Aurland for some R&R before an included dinner at the guesthouse.

Approximate kayaking time: 4–5 hours

Hotel: Vangsgaarden Gjestgiveri Hotel, Aurlandsfjord

 

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Day 4 - Jotunheimen National Park
Today we bid Aurland adieu and head towards Jotunheimen National Park. Enroute we will get a taste of Norway’s famous countryside and exquisite scenery.

Upon arrival at Hjelle in Årdal, we’ll gather our daypacks and begin a 10km/6.2mi hike towards famous Vettisfossen, Northern-Europe’s highest unregulated waterfall.

The accommodation for the evening is a rustic farmhouse. This accommodation is uniquely situated between the mountains. The facilities are simple, but the views and crisp country air are worth it.

Please note: we will leave the majority of our luggage on the bus and hike approximately 2.5km/1.5mi with a 350m/1150f ascent up a mostly paved path to the guesthouse. Also, this guesthouse has shared dormitories, hot showers and outhouses.

Tonight we dine at the guesthouse.

Ascent: 700m/2300f
Descent: 400m/1300f
Distance: 10-11km/6.2–6.8mi
Approximate hiking time: 5-6hrs

Hotel: Avdalen Gard Mountain Lodge, Jotunheimen

 

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Day 5 - Hardangerfjorden
We start the morning with an early breakfast before taking a private transfer towards Rosendal and Hardangerfjorden.

Enroute we stop at Folgefonna for a full day’s glacier walk. We’ll enjoy a boxed lunch during the hike.

Folgefonna is Norway’s third largest glacier and is situated in Folgefonna National Park. Hiking on the glacier plateau is not particularly hard, but it is a truly staggering experience knowing you’re standing on a 350m/1150f thick carpet of ice. If Mother Nature is on our side and the weather is favourable, we will be granted spectacular views of the surrounding fjord landscape.

After the hike we’ll head toward our hotel where dinner awaits.

Ascent: Variable
Descent: Variable
Distance: 5-6km/3–3.7mi
Approximate hiking time: 4-6hrs

 

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Day 6 - Trolltunga
Today the Troll’s Tongue awaits! After an early breakfast we’ll begin a steep ascent to the famous site.

The Troll’s Tongue is a spectacular mountain formation situated 1100m/3600f above sea level, and 700m/2300f above the lake of Ringedal. This is a long hike (10-12 hours) that will require an early start and a late finish. Even though the hike is tough it is both doable and worth it.

We will have time to relax at the top, enjoy the view, and take unforgettable photos on the plateau. This formation in particular inspired many of Norway’s most notable art, especially pieces from the Romantic era.

It has been a long day, so a well-deserved dinner awaits us in the local village of Odda. After dinner we’ll head to Rosendal where our quaint hotel awaits.

Ascent: 1000m/3300f
Descent: 1000m/3300f
Distance: 22km/13.6mi
Approximate hiking time: 10-12hrs

Hotel: Rosendal Turisthotell, Rosendal, Trolltunga

 

Norway gay tour - Preikestolen

 

Day 7 - Preikestolen
Good morning, Hikers! Another day of unforgettable trekking awaits.

From our hotel we will drive approximately 4 hours through the beautiful coastal scenery between Folgefonna and Preikestolen where we will drop our bags at our award-winning hotel.

Because the trekking route is quite famous, we’ll actually kick back until the late afternoon when crowds are thinner and a fiery sunset is on the horizon.

Our guide will bring a pre-cooked meal to enjoy al fresco on the plateau.

Ascent: 350m/1150f
Descent: 350m/1150f
Distance: 6km/3.7mi
Time: 3-4hrs hiking

Hotel: Preikestolen Mountain Lodge, Mount Preikestolen

 

Norway gay adventure tour - Kjerag

 

Day 8 - Mount Kjerag
Today’s agenda includes one last well-known trekking destination. We start by taking a morning ferry to Lysebotn—the innermost part of Lysefjorden.

From here we head for Mount Kjerag. It is situated 1000m/3600f above the Lysefjord, and the round trip itself takes approximately 6 hours.

At this time of year, it might also be an excellent chance to meet the base jumpers who often take the death defying plunge off the mountain.

After the hike, we’ll kick back on a private transfer to our hotel where dinner awaits.

Ascent: 500m/1650f
Descent: 500m/1650f
Distance: 11km/6.8mi
Approximate hiking time: 6hrs hiking

Hotel: Dalen Hotel, Mount Kjerag, Tokke

 

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Day 9 - Oslo
Rise and shine! Today we’ll get started a bit early ensuring we arrive in Oslo with plenty of time to explore.

On our way into the cosmopolitan capital we’ll visit the striking ski jump before dropping our luggage at our centrally-located hotel. From our hotel we’ll enjoy a private 2-hour walking tour of the city centre.

The afternoon is yours to pick up any last-minute souvenirs before we reconvene for our big Farewell Dinner.

If the group is interested, we may even head to a local gay bar for one last pint.

Hotel: Bristol Hotel, Oslo

 

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Day 10 - Oslo Departure
Congratulations! You survived our industrious Norway Gay Expedition.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.

Your local guide will help arrange your included departure transfer to the airport. Safe journey!

 

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What's Included

• Breakfast and Dinner daily, plus 6 packed lunches

• All land and ferry transportation

• Arrival & Departure transfers to/from Out Adventures joining/finishing point hotels

• Expert local English-speaking Tour Leader and Host

• All activities mentioned in the itinerary

• All accommodations throughout

• All gratuities except for Group Leader

 

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Not Included

• International airfare

• Meals & activities not mentioned

• Alcoholic drinks during included meals

• Spending money

• Items of a personal nature

• Visa fees

• Gratuities for Group Leader

Travel insurance is mandatory for all travellers.

 

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Trip Notes

Norway Visa
If your passport is from the USA, Canada, or Europe you can stay up to 90 days without a visa. There may be exceptions and all visas are the traveller’s responsibility.

Culture Shock
Norway is one of the safest countries in the world to visit, and it comes with all the comforts of home. However, Scandinavians aren’t renowned for being chatty, so don’t be offended if the locals don’t engage you in small talk.

Local LGBT Scene
Like almost all of Scandinavia Norway is assuredly gay welcoming. Same sex marriage and adoption are legal – a given really – and it’s home to some of the world’s oldest anti-discrimination laws for our community. Gay tourists will feel comfortable across the country but the community congregates primarily in the capital city of Oslo. That’s where this tour ends so why not stick around an extra couple days?

 

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Weather
Despite the extra-long days in the summer, temperatures remain cool around here so pack accordingly. Expect highs of 16C/61F with lows of 7C/45 F. You can also look forward to fewer tourists since the vacation rush will be over.

Required Vaccinations
The WHO suggests immunization against Hepatitis A and B, rabies, and influenza before visiting Norway. To determine if you should take preventative measures, talk to your doctor or a travel medical clinic as we cannot provide vaccine recommendations.

Electricity
You will need an international travel plug/adapter for F-type sockets.

Connectivity
We hike through some remote parts of the country, with cellular signals to match, but most of our accommodations will have, at the very least, Wi-Fi service so feel free to tweet, post and pin.

 

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Travel Insurance
For everybody’s peace of mind, medical travel insurance is required on all Out Adventures tours. At a minimum, your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses, emergency repatriation and personal liability, with a minimum medical coverage of US $200,000.

Meals
All breakfasts and dinners are included on this trip, as are 6 packed lunches for our hikes.

Money
The local currency is the krone (NOK). Norway is considered the world’s first cashless society, so credit cards and electronic payment methods are widely accepted. However we recommend you bring about $400 USD in case of an emergency, or if your credit/ATM cards are placed on hold.

 

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Tipping
We’ve covered all gratuities for included activities and meals. You’ll only need to offer a tip for the Group Leader and any extra drinks or services you buy on the trip (budget roughly $150 USD).

What to bring
Our adventures entail carrying your own luggage on occasion. And while you’ll never schlep far, things can quickly get costlier than a celebrity breakup if you don’t keep your baggage under 20kg/44lb thanks to costly surcharges on domestic flights. You should also bring something smaller for day trips to carry water, your camera, and any souvenirs you find along the way.

Optional Activities
Every Out Adventure offers optional excursions that are not included in price of this trip. Please see the daily itinerary in your final pre-trip packet to learn what’s available.

 

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How We Travel
Out Adventures is all about good times with likeminded guys. Whatever’s on the itinerary – from fireside camping to five-star decadence – our goal is to make the experience magical. We’re also committed to supporting the communities we visit by hiring local guides, staying at locally-owned accommodations when possible, and celebrating local cuisine. It all adds up to a great way to immerse yourself in the culture.

Your Guide
All Out Adventures are led by a gay (or gay-welcoming) guide. Whenever possible, we hire destination locals. And we can also connect you with the right people if you’d like to delve deeper into the local culture. If you’re pleased with your guide, we recommend a tip of US $5-10 per person, per day…they’ll certainly appreciate it!

Flying Solo
If you’ve never travelled on your own, it’s an amazing way to get to know yourself while making new friends along the way. We can arrange for you to share a room with people in your age range at no charge, or you can pay a supplement for your own room. If there’s an odd number of solos, we’ll rotate a single room on a random basis.

 

Zander K Hotel, Bergen

 

Starting Point Hotel
Zander K Hotel, Bergen
Located next to Bergen Train Station, Zander K Hotel offers designer hotel accommodation in Bergen, 1.1 km from Bergen University. Guests can benefit from the fitness room, on-site wine bar and restaurant.

Each room includes a flat-screen TV. All rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a shower.

 

Zander K Hotel room

 

You will find free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and indoor bicycle parking at the property. The hotel also offers free use of bicycles.

Hurtigruten Terminal Bergen is 1.5 km from Zander K Hotel, while Aquarium Bergen is 2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Bergen, Flesland Airport, 16 km from the property.

 

Bristol Hotel, Oslo

 

Finishing Point Hotel
Bristol Hotel, Oslo
This elegant hotel is 850 m from Oslo Central Station and 2 minutes’ walk from the main street Karl Johans gate. It offers free Wi-Fi, along with free gym and sauna access.

Hotel Bristol’s bright rooms have a TV and minibar. All feature charming, antique-style furniture and interiors.

 

Bristol Hotel Oslo room

 

Guests can try traditional Norwegian food at the Bristol Grill, which has an English-pub feel. A popular meeting point for politicians, musicians and actors since the 1920s, the Library Bar offers live piano music. Hambro's Café features classic décor and a varied menu of light dishes.

Bristol Hotel is only 3 minutes’ walk from the National Theatre and the National Gallery.

 

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Norway Gay Expedition Adventure Tour Prices

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$ 6,795

Tour Only, Per Person, Double Occupancy

$ 6,795

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