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9 Days for the Fjords.

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9 Days for the Fjords.

We will arrive Andalsnes by train the evening of 7 May, and catch the Flåm train toward Bergen the afternoon of 16 May. In between, we would like to take some serious hikes along the fjords, stay on Runde to see the birds, and visit a stave church, preferably the one at Vik.

We travel frugally, so taxis or rent cars are not an option. The campground on Runde is booked with school children during the week, and thus only available to us on the weekend when buses don't run. The owner says he might be able to arrange something, but if he can't, Runde will probably be a no-go.

If it fits, Eplet B&B seems like a nice relatively inexpensive place to stay. (Dorm 200NOK/bed). If there are other similar accommodations in the area, we'd appreciate the recommendation.

We understand that the road from Andalsnes to Geiranger will not be open yet, but that there is a nice hike along the fjord from Geiranger if we can get there.

It's frustrating to plan in this area because distances don't seem to have much direct relation to how long a trip takes or whether it's even possible.

Any itinerary assistance would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

If two places look close on the map, travel can still be long and difficult of not in the same valley. Early May Geiranger is relatively isolated because the southern mountain pass on road 63 is most likely closed. Trollstigen mountain pass (also road 63) is also closed.

If you travel by public transport, accomodation along main transport routes are of course more convenient (but often less interesting). Many places in the great Sognefjord are not convient by public transport. Main roads are E16 and road 5, and there is an express catamaran zig-zaging the fjord (and down to Bergen).

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2. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

Excellent on-line resource for finding hiking trails and topographical maps: http://ut.no/

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3. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

I found that UT site a while back. It whets the appetite, but I have been unable to figure out what is reasonable with public transportation and what reasonable time frames are.

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4. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

Did you try this travel planner?

http://www.fjord1.no/en/

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5. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

South of Ålesund/Åndalsnes buses is your only option for public transport until Flåm.

Look at the Nor-Way network of express buses

www.nor-way.no/rutetabeller/category7.html

Read the map carefully (Google Maps for instance), main roads appear with green signs (E39 is main road north-south), road 60 connects to the inner section of Storfjord/Geiranger/Nordfjord, road 5 connects to inner section of Sognefjord, road 13 connects to Hardangerfjord and Lysefjord.

Early May is generally to early for hiking, but possible in lowlands (near fjord shores) and along Atlantic (Bergen area).

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6. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

The tourist ferry Hellesylt - Geiranger has 4 daily departures in each direction from May 1st, so that`s a chance to see Geiranger from the fjord

http://www.fjord1.no/en/default.asp?page=1573

Hellesylt is at the Road 60 and can be reached with bus from Ålesund

The walk you are thinking of in Geiranger might be to Skageflå

www.visitalesund-geiranger.com/en/Product/…

As for Runde there are buses from Hareid (where you get by express boat from Ålesund) to Fosnavåg. You can alight at Nerøykrysset. …fjord1.no/Fjord1IISStaticTables/…15-161.htm

From there some 10 kms to Runde. Not too far away, if the host could be willing to pick you up

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7. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

Hiking also at the Atlantic near Ålesund (Runde island for instance)

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8. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

Thank you all for your responses. I have been anguishing over this itinerary since January and had already studied each of those links.

For example, Yes, that is the hike I found Geiranger to Skageflå. Nice description of the hike itself but little info as to the actual logistics.

Where is this Narøykrysset? I do not find it on Google Maps.

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9. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

Nærøykrysset is the intersection where the Road 654 to Fosnavåg meets the road to Runde . Number 14 at this map

http://tinyurl.com/ctzo4or

As for Skageflå, the website mentioned in previous post, does have contact details for the boat which can be a part of the Skageflå walk, to find out whether it does operate this early. However it is also possible to walk the entire way. Quoted from the Visit Norway webpage:" You can either walk the distance from Geiranger (approximately 3 hours one way), or you can join the sightseeing boats from Geiranger to the foot of the mountain where there is a path leading up. Optional hiking back or you can be picked up by the sightseeing boat. Walking from/back to Geiranger, you will have to go up to 550 metres above sea level"

As mentioned in another post, May is early for high mountain hikes in West Norway + many facilities will not yet have opened for the season. The tourist offices will have updated information, and they also sell or hand out hiking maps

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10. Re: 9 Days for the Fjords.

Now THAT is a link I hadn’t seen before. :)

How practical would it be to walk from Goksoyr to Narøykrysset? The distance is not a bother--just whether the route is safe for walkers.