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Norway: Gay Expedition

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?

Please Note: 2021 and 2022 booking conditions differ, please ensure you have read all booking conditions thoroughly.


Quick Facts

  • Who's it for? Gay men, friends and family
  • Countries visited: Norway
  • Duration: 9 Nights/10 Days
  • Starts in: Bergen, Norway
  • Ends in: Oslo, Norway
  • Group size: Min 4; max 16
  • Accomodations: Hotels, B&Bs and Simple Lodges
  • Physical Rating: 5/5
  • Theme: Active
  • Activities: Hiking, Kayaking/Canoeing, Wildlife

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

DATES AND PRICES

Aug. 27 - Sep. 5, 2021 (From $6,795.00 USD)
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  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $6,795.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,050.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $500 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure (2021)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Robert Sharp, Bjørn
September 2-11, 2022 (From $6,795.00 USD)
OPEN
  • Tour Prices - All tour prices are in USD and based on double/twin occupancy
    • Tour Price: $6,795.00 per person
  • Single Supplement (Optional) - All single supplement prices are in USD and additional to the tour price
    • Single Supplement: $1,050.00 per person
  • Payment Terms: $500 Deposit - Balance Due 60 Days Before Departure (2022)
  • Guides and Hosts for this trip: Gabor Laszlo, Bjørn
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ITINERARY

Day 1 Bergen

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.

Day 2 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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 8 Oslo

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

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. 

Day 10 Departure

Congratulations! You survived our industrious Norway Gay Expedition. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure.


GUIDES AND HOSTS

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NORWAY GROUP LEADER
OWNER & HOST

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

WHAT ISN’T 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. Click here for more details.

LGBT INFO FOR Norway

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EXAMPLES OF ACCOMMODATIONS

Bergen
Zander K Hotel
Exterior view
Bergen
Zander K Hotel
Standard Room
Bergen
Zander K Hotel
Standard Room
Bergen
Zander K Hotel
Standard Bathroom
Oslo
Hotel Bristol
Exterior View
Oslo
Hotel Bristol
Standard Room
Oslo
Hotel Bristol
Standard Room
Jotunheimen
Avdal Gård
Farmhouses
Jotunheimen
Avdal Gård
Farmhouses
Mount Kjerag
Hotel Dalen
Exterior
Mount Kjerag
Hotel Dalen
Standard Room
Mount Preikestolen
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
Exterior
Mount Preikestolen
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
Dining Hall
Mount Preikestolen
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
Standard Room
Mount Preikestolen
Preikestolen Mountain Lodge
Standard Room
Trolltunga
Rosendal Turisthotell
Exterior
Trolltunga
Rosendal Turisthotell
Standard Room
Aurlandsfjord
Vangsgaarden
Standard Room
Aurlandsfjord
Vangsgaarden
Standard Room Bathroom
Aurlandsfjord
Vangsgaarden
Common Area



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Who's it for?

While these trips typically attract gay men, all genders are welcome, and we encourage friends and family to join the fun as well.

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Accommodations

All accommodations on Out Adventures tours include breakfast and are located in areas central to our activities. All amenities are examples only, and may differ from hotel to hotel.

We’ll use a variety of accommodations on our gay Norway tour, from 4-Star + central luxury to simple countryside B&B’s. We assure you they are all charming, and great options that compliment our adventurous itinerary.

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Physical Rating: 5 - CHALLENGING

We won’t sugarcoat it: Our Norway Gay Expedition is a truly challenging adventure. You will be hiking almost every day, often in high altitudes and for up to 13+ hours. Other activities include kayaking and a glacier walk. You should be in good shape before booking this sweaty adventure.

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