With 40 islands, hundreds of lakes and thousands of kilometers of hiking paths, Oslo is often described as nature that has a small city in the middle. To understand this city is to experience its world-class nature, whether on the islands of the fjord or perched high above the city in its immense forest. Allow Viking Hiking to show you what makes Oslo such a unique place: its nature!

Nature Walks: Island Hopping in the Oslo Fjord

Discover the majestic Oslo fjord and its various islands like a local, hopping on and off ferries to hike the forests, sea cliffs, charming villages and historic sites of three islands (sometimes two, sometimes four depending on the season and ferry schedule). With a Viking Hiking guide, explore the fascinating ruins of a nearly 1000 year old abbey, picnic on a hidden beach and walk the flower-covered paths of a summer village full of brightly painted, traditional wooden cabins. Don't forget a swim suit and towel as there is time for a swim in the surprisingly warm waters of the Oslo fjord! We also stop for a picnic lunch, which you can bring with you or purchase on the way.   PRICE Child 1-8 years of age: not available       Oslo Pass: 230 kroner  (Public Transportation pass included in your Oslo Pass)                                                        Youth/ Students (ages 8-25): 240 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included)                                                   Adult: 300 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included)   FITNESS LEVEL Average fitness level is required. The walking is mostly flat, but on a mix of stones, gravel paths and dirt roads. Participants should be able to walk for 30 minutes at a moderate pace and wear good walking shoes for the trails. AVAILABILITY 01 June - Early September: every day departing at 12:00 noon. Advanced booking recommended, but not required assuming spaces are still available on the tour. Autumn - Spring (off season): available for private groups. Please contact us for more information. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please arrive at our shop at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour as the group departs at 12:00 noon exactly in order to make the first ferry. This tour uses the public transport system and tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Some guests come already with public transport cards or the Oslo Pass. Public transportation cards can purchased during the on-line booking process at the check out, in our shop, or at local outlets in the city.

Nature Walks: Forest to Fjord

Hike through Europe's largest urban forest, taking in a variety of sites from traditional wooden buildings, hilltop view points, pristine lakes and enough berries to last an entire holiday! The tour begins with a stunning metro ride up the hills, starting at sea level and ending nearly 500 meters above the city and fjord below. From there, the hiking begins, climbing steeply through the Oslo "marka", a dense forest with a couple of thousand kilometers of hiking paths. Dirt paths, rocky passages and deep forest await, as we make our way to the view point of Vettakollen, a "locals only" destination for one of the best views in all of Oslo. This stop is perfect for a panoramic lunch (bring your own or purchase along the way at a café in a local forest cabin). After lunch, continue through the forest until arriving at the shores of Sognsvann, one of Oslo's prettiest lakes and perfect for a swim. The tour ends at this lake, with easy access to a metro stop for return to the city center. PRICE Child 1-12 years of age: not available     Oslo Pass: 230 kroner (Public Transportation pass included in your Oslo Pass)                                                        Youth and Student: 240 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included; 12-26 valid student ID required)    Adult: 300 kroner (Public Transportation pass not included)   FITNESS LEVEL Good fitness level is required. The terrain is very hilly, going up-and-down most of the tour. Good trail shoes or hiking boots are recommended. Participants should be able to walk in such conditions for 30 minutes at a moderate pace. AVAILABILITY End of June - Early September: Fridays and Saturdays departing at 12:00 noon. Advanced booking recommended, but not required assuming spaces are still available on the tour. Autumn - Spring (off season): available for private groups. Please contact us for more information. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Please arrive at our shop at least 15 minutes before the start of the tour as the group departs at 12:00 noon. This tour uses the public transport system and tickets are not included in the price of the tour. Some guests come already with public transport cards or the Oslo Pass. Public transportation cards can purchased in  during the on-line booking process at the check out, in shop, or at local outlets in the city.

Bike, Hike & Kayak the Norwegian Fjords

Exciting glacier walks, kayaking on beautiful fjords, spectacular hikes and a historic cycling tour are a few of the highlights on this week-long hiking, biking and kayaking tour in the Norwegian fjords.   Want to spend a week to experience the Norwegian fjords like a Norwegian? Hiking, biking and kayaking is the ultimate way of doing it!   With kayaks, mountain bikes and hiking boots, you will get to experience fjords and waterfalls in the land of the midnight sun. We gather up at Finse on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the highest-altitude station on the famous railway between Oslo and Bergen, and end the tour at Flam in the famous Sognefjorden.    DIFFICULTY            Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. We are active for 6-9 hours each day, but we have a comfortable pace and enjoy the nature as we go. You should expect rocky paths and a bit of scrambling. You need a little hiking and mountainbiking experience to do this trip, no kayaking experience is required. WHAT TO BRING? Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. The weather changes fast in Norway, and you can experience snow even in the summer. There fore we ask you to follow the equipment list when packing.  ACCOMMODATION We stay at the famous mountain lodge Finse1222 and a charming guesthouse in Flam/Aurland. The single supplement for the whole trip is 2500,- NOK. One night is spent in tents on the kayak trip. It is possible to rent sleeping bag and mat for the night in tents, this costs 600 NOK and includes a liner for the sleeping bag.  BAGGAGE There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. We will store the luggage you don't need for the kayaking trip for you. For the luggage transfer that you send with the train, we only include the cost for one piece of luggage.  INSURANCE  You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.  LANGUAGES          The guide speaks English. CHANGES MAY OCCUR We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions.  NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS               Minimum: 7 people; Maximum: 14 people. WHAT'S INCLUDED?           Professional nature guide. We always use carefully selected authentic accommodation when sleeping indoors (twin rooms as described in the program).  Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner for all days (see day to day program).  All local transport. Rent of bike, bike helmet, glacier equipment, and kayaks. NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Transportation to the meeting point at Finse and from Flam. We are happy to assist and book train tickets and give advice on travel itineraries. The trip ends in Flam.  Drinks and snacks. Rent of sleeping bag and mat   Surrounded by mountainous wilderness and national parks we will hike on the glaciers of Hardangerjøkulen, and cycle the famous Navvies' Road (Rallarvegen). Through world-class natural scenery, we will cycle a 1,700-metre descent down from the mountain to Flam by the Sognefjord.   Then a different view and experience await us, as we kayak on the clear water of the fjords. We go from one beautiful place to the next, passing substantial, impressive waterfalls, isolated villages and wild nature. The narrow Nærøyfjord is a branch of the massive Sognefjord, and this is where we go on an overnight kayak tour. The fjord is on UNESCO's world heritage list. The 18-kilometre-long (11 miles) fjord is up to 500 meters (1,600 ft.) deep in some parts and only 250 meters (820ft.) wide at the narrowest. Widely famous for being one of the world's most beautiful and dramatic fjords. Last but not least; With a truly magnificent view of the fjords, you get to experience real western Norwegian landscape by foot  as we hike the mountain Prest. See the beautiful fjords from above, the breath-taking landscape will marvel you.    The first two nights we stay in a comfortable mountain hotel, one night in a guesthouse by the fjord, then we go deeper into nature and sleep in cozy tents so that we can get connect with the Norwegian landscape, and then back to the guesthouse for our last dinner together.  On this hiking, biking and kayaking tour, we guarantee views and photographic scenery that will take your breath away – every single day!   If you have the time, we recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list.

Hiking Tour: Trolltunga, Preikestolen & Kjerag (6 Days)

Hike the most famous trails in Norway: Trolltunga, Preikestolen, and the Kjerag. Along the way, you and your group will hike one of the biggest glaciers in Norway, as well as walk the longest wooden stairway on earth! This is one of the most dynamic tours we offer. Immerse yourself in Norwegian culture, enjoy traditional three course dinners, and stay in some of the most sought after and authentic accomodations that Norway provides.   Highlights Get you camera ready for a visit to Trolltunga: Norway's most famous viewpoint and one of the most photographed places in the world.   Hike one of Norway's biggest glaciers, Folgefonna, and sleep in a hikers hut high in the mountains.   Visit Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock), located high above the Lysefjord, which has long been one of Norway's most iconic Outdoor destinations and enjoy an evening in the architecturally unique Preikestolen Mountain Lodge.     Enjoy panoramic views of the wild and magnificant Lysefjord from the deck of a ferry boat and later take a rest in a charming hotel by the fjords in Rosendal (Hardanger).   Go off the beaten path with a visit to the the road less village of Flørli, an authentic local experience amid the fjord landscape. Hike 4444 steps from the fjord to the mountains – the longest wooden stairway in the world!   Before we return to Oslo, we trek to Kjerag Mountain! The bravest members of the group have the opportunity to stand on the Kjeragbolt (The Kjerag Rock).   We recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before and/or after the tour. Oslo Active Tours is Oslo's premier provider of outdoor tourism & we are happy to guide you through a number of activities and tours during your stay here.  Route Profile            Level 3 out of 5.  These tours require more of the participants. It will probably be a bit demanding to reach the destination, but if you like to exercise, or have been exercising prior to the departure, you will have life-long experience together with your fellow travellers. Each day we hike up to six to eight hours at an easy pace. It will be 1000-1200 meters of elevation at the most. The hardest hike is the hike to Trolltunga; it can take up to 12 hours all together. The other days will be about 4-6 hours of hiking. You should expect scrambling and the path is rocky and a bit slippery if it rains. You should have hiking experience from similar conditions. Good fitness and some hiking experience are also fine.   DEPARTURES: 2019  June: 16, 23 & 30 July: 08, 10, 14, 21, 28, 31 August: 04, 14, 18, 25 September: 01, 08    PRICE 22,500 Norwegian Kroner per person +3000 Norwegian: Add-on of 'Single Room supplement'   Contact for Reservations and questions:  info@vikingbikingoslo.com Important Trip Details:  The hikes on this tour are relatively long (see day to day itinerary), and we hike everyday. You need some hiking experience and fitness to join. The tour starts and ends in Oslo, and we go by small groups with a maximum of seven guests per guide, travelling by minibus. On this tour you can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so you only have to carry what you need for your dayhike.    WHAT'S INCLUDED?           Professional nature guide  Accommodation for five nights Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner (as described in the day to day program).  All local transport (ferries, buses, transfers etc.)   NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE: Transportation to the meeting point in Oslo. We are happy to assist you with booking a hotel in Oslo and give you advice on what to do when you stay in our capital. Drinks and snacks.   WHAT TO BRING? Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. You can leave your luggage in the car or at the accommodation each day, so when hiking, you only have to carry what you need for the day.    ACCOMMODATION We stay at what we think are the unique and welcoming accommodation in the area. If you travel alone you share a same-sex twin room, but it might also be possible with single rooms, please let us know if you would like to pay extra for this. Most nights we stay in en-suite rooms, but not all. The single supplement is 3000 NOK for the whole trip. If you want a single room we cant guarantee en-suite room each day.    BAGGAGE There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our minibus, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip.    INSURANCE  You need a travel and health insurance, which also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information.    LANGUAGES          The guide speaks English.   CHANGES MAY OCCUR We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur.    NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS               Minimum: 3 people; Maximum: 12 people. CANCELLATION POLICY Cancellations must be made in writing or electronically. The date on which OSLO ACTIVE TOURS receives the cancellation is deemed to be the cancellation date.  Refunds in connection with cancellation of a trip are in accordance with the following rules: If you cancel more than 60 days before the departure date, you lose 25% the total price of the trip. If you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the departure date, you lose up to 50% of the total price of the trip. If you cancel less than 30 days before the departure date, you lose up to 100% of the total price of the trip. No refunds are paid to customers who fail to turn up on the day of departure.