Experience Norway from mountain to fjord!

PACES to Norway

Walking tour in the beautiful Aurlandsdalen Valley

For 2017, PACES and the Norwegian tour operator, Expa, take you to some of Norway’s most beautiful mountains and fjords.

In Oslo we will have the opportunity to support PACES’ teams competing in the Norway Cup 2017 – the world’s largest youth football cup. Then we travel onwards to experience Norway at its best.

This tour combines thrilling adventures on Norwegian mountains with unique hospitality and local culture that characterize the area.

We will trek from the mountains all the way down to the sea – or rather the fjords – experiencing the best of both worlds!

Map

A map of the route can be found here.

Tour dates

29th July – 3rd August 2017

Location

Our destination is known as being fantastic for Winter sports and skiing and is equally famous for its breathtaking scenery during the Summer months. Norwegians love to be outdoors and hiking in the mountains is exceptional.

We start the tour at Finse – a mountain village 1.222 meters above sea level. Here we are truly in the mountains, with national parks and protected areas stretching out in every direction. Our train arrives at Finse around midday and our journey begins in earnest after lunch. We take in the wild and spectacular Aurlandsdalen Valley whilst travelling westwards and towards the coast on one of the most captivating hikes in Norway.

On the third day of our hike, we arrive in Vassbygdi, a small and stunning village down by the fjord. From here, we board the Flåm Railway for one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world. Our voyage takes us from sea level and up to the mountains again. Once at Myrdal station we hop on to the Bergen Line and travel back to Oslo.

Accomodation 

Accommodation in Oslo (29th to 31st July) is at the following hotels:

Both are good hotels in a central location that offers good public transport.

During our time in the mountains we will reside in typical Norwegian cabins, idyllically situated in the midst of nature; Østerbø Turisthytte and Geiterygghytta.

Rooms have two to four bedrooms and they also have dormitories. All accommodation has shared toilet and shower facilities.

A Tour For You?

This year’s PACES tour is designed for people who would love to experience magnificent and spectacular scenery combined with Norwegian mountain hospitality and culture.

Starting in the mountains and hiking down to sea level, daily distances are between fifteen and twenty kilometers. We walk on tracks and mountain terrain from five to seven hours a day. Naturally, you may encounter some weary limbs. In order to be as prepared as possible, we suggest you indulge in some training beforehand, and thus, create the best opportunity to really ‘enjoy the ride’.

The lowest age limit for this tour is 15 years of age.

You will complete each stage at your own pace, with help and support from both the guides and the group. We finish each day at a new location, where there is ample opportunity to relax and truly appreciate the amazing scenery, not to mention the wonderful food…

…And talking of food…that is a story in itself! Local fresh produce is cooked on the premises. The results are delicious!

The number of participants is limited to fifty, in order to ensure that everyone has the very best experience on this tour. Our experienced guides will divide everyone into appropriate groups related to preferred pace and experience. You may, of course, change groups on the various days, if you wish.

All walkers will carry their own packed lunch and we will find a suitable spot en route to take a well-earned break and eat.

The evening meal is normally the day’s high point, when we share our day’s experiences and appreciate our achievements, whilst enjoying the magnificent setting.

Itinerary

Our detailed program can be found here.

We initially meet up in Oslo, where we may follow PACES teams’ football matches on 29th and possibly 30th.

Early on the morning of 31st July, we will take the train from Oslo to Finse, where the tour begins in earnest. The scenic train journey to Finse takes about 4.5 hours. We eat lunch in Finse and begin our hike down towards the sea. We will stay in a different mountainside cabin every day, with two to four beds in each room. Each cabin has its own unique history and is run by the Norwegian Tourist Association.

  • Day 1 – We hike from Finse to Geiterygghytta, arriving late afternoon.
  • Day 2 – Our hike takes us down through the stunning Aurlandsdalen Valley, to our Østerbø cabins.
  • Day 3 – We continue our journey all the way down through Aurlandsdalen Valley to the fjord. We gather together in the little village of Vassbygdi. After a short bus trip we jump on board the fantastic Flåm Railway that takes us back up to the mountaintop at Myrdal. Flamsbana – The Flam Railway – is a spectacular train journey that offers a panoramic view of some of the wildest and most magnificent nature in the Norwegian fjord landscape. It is considered to be one of the world’s finest train journeys.

We guarantee the most wonderful experiences both during the day and in the evenings. The variety of scenery and terrain will constantly arouse your senses and create life-long memories. All of this combined with fresh home-made meals from local ingredients make this the perfect tour. We expect to welcome participants from many different countries, so expect to make many new friends!

Price

The Price Includes

  • Accomodation in Oslo for two nights, sharing a doubleroom.
  • Breakfast during your stay in Oslo.
  • Train travel Oslo–Finse and Flam-Myrdal-Oslo.
  • Accomodation during the walking tour, in a shared room with 2-4 beds or dormitory, with shared shower and WC.
  • All meals during our walking tour (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner).
  • Baggage transport between accommodation.
  • Expa-tourleaders who safely guide you throughout the entire trip.

Not Included

  • Single room. Please note that not all accommodation can offer singlerooms.
  • Drink with dinner.
  • Lunch / dinner 29th & 30th July.
  • Personal walking equipment, such as rucksack, walking boots etc.
  • Personal insurance / travel insurance.
  • Flight-tickets.

Support Vehicle

Our support vehicle will transport your baggage between accommodation during the walking tour. You will need your own rucksack for the daily hikes.

Spotlights

Flights are not included in the price.

Personal Baggage

Large baggage is transported by our support vehicle. For the daily treks you will carry your own rucksack with food, drink, sun cream and any extra clothes.

What do you need to bring?

Suggested Packing List

  • Walking boots/ good footwear suitable for walking on rough terrain.
  • Walking trousers.
  • Shorts.
  • Windproof jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers and jacket.
  • Warm hat and gloves.
  • Backpacks for hiking.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sun cream.
  • First Aid kit.
  • Swimwear.
  • Camera.
  • Casual clothes for the evenings.
  • Toiletries.

Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory on our tours. All participants are responsible for their own personal travel insurance.

Tickets and Passports

All participants must have a valid passport.

Registration / more information

For registration or for more information, please send an email to info@pacescharity.org

About Paces

Palestine Association for Children’s Encouragement of Sports (PACES), is a UK based charity established in 2006, with the aim of providing healthy, structured after-school sports programs for Palestinian girls and boys ages 7-16 years. For 9 continuous months, every year, children are granted an escape from being idle on the streets, or in their homes; an escape that is fun, healthy, and one that encourages participation and inclusion. Since its establishment, PACES has reached out and served over 30,000 children, 2,000 young female and male coaches and assistant coaches, and over 100 local sports clubs and other community based organizations situated in refugee camps and most marginalized and vulnerable areas in Palestine and Jordan, and in the refugee camps of Lebanon. All programs promote gender equality, and have successfully reached and maintained a 50% female participation rate.  

Through its core sports program, PACES provides children with multiple educational benefits to help them thrive in their own communities. The program also encourages discipline and cooperation, and builds their confidence and self-awareness. In addition, PACES offers non-sport activities to enhance the children’s social development through partnerships with local and international NGOs. The non-sport activities include awareness sessions covering several essential topics such as health, safety, hygiene among others.  

To attain a wider impact, PACES builds local capacity by training and hiring leaders in the local communities as coaches to deliver the sports programs. Coaches receive training in multiple areas, and acquire a set of skills necessary to enhance their employability in the job market. PACES also partners with local clubs and sports centers situated in marginalized areas, which facilitate the delivery of program and outreach to the target beneficiaries.

Our detailed itinerary is preliminary. EXPA AS reserves the right to make changes en route when circumstances require. EXPA AS will have no liability for any typos.

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