"Hiking bus" from Aurlandsdalen

With the «Hiking bus» it is easy to get back to Flåm and Aurland from Vassbygdi or Geiteryggen. From the bus you can see lakes, rocks and valleys, farms and remnants from earlier days. The bus passes through Aurlandsvangen, the community center in Aurland, and also drives by the Turlidfossen waterfall. The drive goes along the beautiful Aurlandsfjord, where the old farm Otternes is situated underneath the mountains. Otternes is a colleciton of 27 old buildings. Note! The “Hiking bus” is popular, and on some days and for some part of the trip it may be necessary to get an extra bus. In those cases you may have to wait for some time before the extra bus is in place. Other distances If you wish to take the "hiking bus" on other distances, for example Vassbygdi - Geiteryggen,  you find this possibility under the trip "Hiking bus to Aurlandsdalen". About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

"Hiking bus" to Aurlandsdalen

The «hiking bus» takes you from Flåm, Aurland or Vassbygdi to Østerbø or Geiteryggen, which are great starting points for hikes in the Aurlandsdalen valley. On the drive from Flåm to Aurlandsdalen, you drive in beautiful scenery. First you drive along the magnificent Aurlandsfjord, where the old farm Otternes is situated at the foot of the mountains. Otternes consists of a collection of 27 old buildings. The bus drives through Aurlandsvangen, the community center in Aurland, and also pass the Turlidfossen waterfall before the bus goes on to Vassbygdi, a traditional farming community and a start and stop point for hiking routes in the Aurlandsdalen valley. If you take the bus further up the valley, you will see more of the magnificent scenery. Lakes, rocks, valleys and cultural treasures such as old farms and dairy farms. The lush valley gradually changes to mountain landscape as you move further up. The Aurlandsdalen valley is wild and beatiful, rich in experiences from high mountain terrain to abundant, lively valleys. This is a meeting place for mighty mountains, roaring waterfalls, quiet lakes and lush valleys with herbs, forests and fantastic historic landscapes. In this long valley you can hike for days in both directions with overnight stays in tourist cabins, or you can take shorter hikes combines with a bus trip. The old road between eastern and western Norway curls through the valley, an important transport and travelling way in earlier days. Along this route you find remnants that tells the story about a rich farming life in the past. Note! The “hiking bus” is popular, and on some days and for some part of the trip it may be necessary to get an extra bus. In those cases you may have to wait for some time before the extra bus is in place. Other distances If you wish to take the "hiking bus" on other distances,  you find other options under the trip "Hiking bus from Aurlandsdalen". For more information about hiking routes, accomodation, etc., see www.sognefjord.no. About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

A taste of Ryfylke

Jørpeland - Hjelmeland - Tau - Jørpeland. On this trip you travel by bus along National Scenic Route Ryfylke from Jørpeland via Tau to Hjelmeland. At Hjelmeland you have time to explore the village and its attractions. We recommend a hike to Hjelmen. This is an easy hike that takes about 1 hour, and from the top you will have a magnificent view over Hjelmeland the the Ryfylke fjords. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy it at the top! If you would like to see some more of Hjelmeland we recommend the walking route "Skulp-turen" (the sculpture tour). It starts at Sande, and among the things you will see is the world’s largest “Jærstol” - a type of chair typical of the area, a World War II memorial and several sculptures, before you end the trip on top of the Hjelmen mountain. On a fine summer day it’s great to go swimming at the beach at Sande. You can relax and let the children play on the beach or climb the huge “Jærstol”. Hjelmeland has a spa hotel. At Spa-Hotell Velvære you can enjoy a massage or a visit in the baths. At the hotel you can also enjoy a nice lunch or dinner. From Hjelmeland you go back to Tau with express boat and from Tau to Jørpeland by bus. Departure from: Jørpeland church About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Adventures at Valsøya

Molde - Valsøya - Molde If you are in Molde, the many adventures at Valsøya is just a bus ride away! The bus trip from Molde goes along the beautiful Fannefjord, then over the Fursetfjellet mountain pass to Batnfjorden and further on to the magnificent Gjemnessund bridge, a suspension bridge that was opened in 1992 and which was the longest suspension bridge in Norway at the time. (Today, the Hardanger bridge is the longest, while the Askøy bridge has the longest single suspension.) A ferry ride from Kanestraum to Halsa is also included in the trip. On the ferry, you can stretch your legs and – if you are so inclined – buy a “svele”, a sort of pancake that is a local delicasy which “everyone” buys when they take a ferry trip. When you reach Valsøya you can explore the world of the tree tops in the Høyt & Lavt (High & Low) climbing park. If you want a less airy activity, you can take a hike along the beautiful fjord, rent a kayak and paddle between small islets and rocks, swim at the tiny beach, enjoy delicious food at the Saltrøfjøset restaurant, or enjoy an ice cream in the scenic environment. The restaurant is open daily from 13:00 to 19:00 all days when this trip can be booked. The climbing park is open daily in the school summer holiday and on Saturdays and Sundays in other periods. See the table below for all opening hours for the climbing park. Note! Entrance to the climbing park or other acitivites is not included in the price for this trip. Opening hours 2020 Høyt & Lavt Klatrepark Valsøya Period Opening hours 4 April – 19 June Saturday and Sunday 11:00-15:30 20 June – 16 August Daily 11:00-16:30 17 August – 4 October Saturday and Sunday  11:00-15:30 You can find more information about Valsøya here: https://www.valsoya.no/ About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

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AFTERNOON TRIP TO ULVIK

Eidfjord - Ulvik - Granvin - Eidfjord. Travel to Ulvik, a village at the corner of the Hardangerfjord, situated between steep and snowclad mountains. Walk along the fruit- and ciderroute, visit the Olav H. Hauge Centre, or simply just enjoy the calmness of the village. In Ulvik you will find the only fruit- and ciderroute in Norway, with three independent farmers professionally producing apple cider and other tasty farmyard produce. Take a lyrical stroll in the Olav H. Hauge Centre or just wander around in the village. Do some exploring on a bike or from a kayak on the fjord. Visit the Tourist Information for additional recommendations. While you are there, remember to browse at the locally produced products which are available for purchase. Read more about Ulvik HERE Departure from: centre of Eidfjord About out trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Ålesund - Åndalsnes (one way)

Ålesund - Åndalsnes This trip goes from Ålesund to Åndalsnes and connects with the trains departing from Åndalsnes. From Ålesund, the trip goes over the rugged Ørskogfjellet to Vestnes, then along the Romsdalsfjord to Åndalsnes.   Departure from: Ålesund bus terminal (Rutebilstasjonen), track 4   About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

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Åndalsnes - Ålesund (one way)

Åndalsnes - Ålesund This trip goes from Åndalsnes to Ålesund and is convenient if you arrive by train to Åndalsnes and want to go on to the beautiful town of Ålesund. From Åndalsnes, the bus goes along the Romsdalsfjord to Vestnes and then to Ålesund over the rugged Ørskogfjellet.   Departure from: Åndalsnes railway/bus station   About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

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Åndalsnes - Molde (one way)

Åndalsnes - Molde This trip takes you from Åndalsnes to Molde and is a great option if you arrive at Åndalsnes by train and want to go on to Molde.  Molde is famous for its view towards the “Molde Panorama”, the impressive row of mountains on the other side of the fjord. Located between sea and mountains and with a short distance from the one to the other, you can explore the fjord, the town center and the mountains behind the town in a short time. In the summer, the town lives up to its name “Town of roses”, and in July the famous Molde International Jazz Festival takes place. The bus goes via the Åfarnes – Sølsnes ferry to Molde. The bus goes on the ferry and continues to Molde. The tour price includes the ferry ticket.   Departure from: Åndalsnes railway station   About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

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BARONIET ROSENDAL MANOR & GARDENS

Leirvik - Rosendal - Leirvik. On the bus and boat journey through the coastal landscape of Sunnhordland you will experience a magnificent variety in the landscape that is hard to describe in words. Turen gjev deg sanseopplevingar for auge, lukt, sinn og skinn. The geology changes from the open island landscape to narrower fjords and majestic mountains. At Rosendal, enjoy the beauty of the nature that surrounds the manor, one of the smallest manor houses in the Nordic region. The wonderful rose garden is ideal for recreation and rest. During the summer, a variety of concerts and other cultural events take place at Rosendal. You can choose to go on a round trip (available Monday – Saturday) or a one way trip (available every day). If you need to stay the night, you must arrange this separately. Departure from: Leirvik quay About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Bus to Hike: Take the Midsund Stairs to the peak

Molde - Midsund - Molde This round trip takes you to Midsund, situated at the island Otrøya in the Romsdalsfjord with only a few small islets separating it from the Atlantic sea. We offer this round trip by bus and ferry to make it possible for you to hike the Midsundtrappene (Midsund Stairs), where Sherpas from Nepal have built fantastic stone steps to make the hike to the Digergubben mountain more accessible for the public. Seeing the stone work is worth the trip alone. Adding a fantastic view to mountains, fjord and the ocean definitely make this hike worthwhile. The terrain is steep, but with the stairs it is possible for more people to do this hike. Make sure to wear adequate clothing and shoes! Norway can be chilly even in the summer. The trip is open for booking all year, but in the winter season it may not always be advisable to do the hike. Check the conditions before you go! Before doing the hike we recommend that you prepare by reading more about the hike, for example on visitnorway.com. (Search for Midsundtrappene.) Departure from: Molde bus terminal, track 4 About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

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Buss to Hike: Hiking at Trollstigen

Åndalsnes - Trollstigen - Åndalsnes Trollstigen is famous for the road leading up to the Trollstig plateau. With its many hairpin turns the road curves up the mountain side and on the top you can enjoy a spectacular views from the various viewpoints. However, the Trollstig plateau is also a great starting point for very nice hikes and on this round trip you will have enough time to enjoy the views from the Trollstigen plateau and also go on a hike. We recommend either the Bispevatnet lake or Alnessteinen (the Alnes Rock). Note! The hikes are not guided. You must ensure that you have enough information about the hike before starting and bring everything you need to make sure you have a good hike. Suggested hike 1: Bispevatnet lake Difficulty: medium (suitable for anyone in good shape who are used to follow a marked path) Duration: approx. 1 hour each way (a total of 2 hours active waking to go there and back) The hike starts just across from the Trollstig plateau, by a bridge over the river or just after the bridge. Follow the road 30 m upwards and cross the road. The start of the path is marked with a red T. Follow the ridge upwards until is the terrain becomes flatter and you can see a little pond. Turn right around a protruding rock and then continue upwards along a route marked with cairns. Approx. 100 m after the protruding rock, the path goes right crossing an area of bare rock, and then upwards through a scree slope. Keep right up another ridge, and then keep right at the next large scree slope. Then the path follows the ridge upwards, slightly turning right. When you reach the lake, you can continue upwards to a picnic area by some big rocks. Suggested hike 2: Alnessteinen (the Alnes Rock) Difficulty: medium (suitable for anyone in good shape who are used to follow a marked path) Duration: approx 1 hour each way (a total of 2 hours active waking to go there and back) The hike starts approx. 10 minutes by foot from the Trollstig plateau in the direction of Valldal. Follow the road towards Valldal until you see signs to Alnessteinen on the left side of the road. From the start, the path goes along the river and then continues towards a lake. After approx. 300 meters, the path can be a little diffuse, but shortly after it becomes easy to see and follow all the way to Alnesvatnet lake. From the Alnesvatnet lake follow the path that goes along the left side of the Alnes valley. After a short upwards slope you will see a large rock on the right which is a nice picnic spot. This is the Alnes Rock. Departure from: Åndalsnes railway/bus station (and from Åndalsnes Hostel on the early departure)   There is a free Voice of Norway guide available for this trip Voice of Norway uses the GPS technology in your phone to give location-based information for your trip. The information is presented through sound, pictures, text and links. Download the Voice of Norway app from App Store or Google Play. Open the app, select Providers and download the guide for this trip: Rundtur Åndalsnes - Trollstigen - UNESCO Geirangerfjord. Voice of Norway is a third party product. Any inquiries regarding the guide must be directed to the provider (post@voiceofnorway.no).   About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

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Coastal Experience

Ålesund - Hamnsund - Lepsøy - Haramsøy - Fjørtofta - Harøy - Ålesund This roundtrip by express boat from Ålesund to Harøya via Lepsøy and Haramsøy offers a stunning view of hundreds of small islets, reefs and island in the Sunnmøre archipelago. If you are lucky, you might see eagles, killer whales or seals during the roundtrip. You can either do just the boat trip or you can choose to stay on at Harøya for a few hours and return to Ålesund on the later departure (see timetable below). The island of Harøya offer a variety of experiences. The mountain Harøyburet gives you a fantastic view over the many islands, islets and reefs. From Harøya you may choose to go on to the island of Finnøy by bus. (Not included in the round trip price.) The bus will be at the harbor at Harøya and you can purchase a ticket from the driver, paying with cash or a credit card (Visa, MasterCard). Finnøy offers attractions such as the renowned restaurant at Finnøy Havstuer. Make sure that you are back at Harøya for your boat departure. Departure from: Ålesund express boat terminal, Skateflukaia   About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

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Coastline, fjords and mountains in Ryfylke

Stavanger - Sauda - Stavanger. This trip goes by express boat and bus from Stavanger to Sauda (Monday-Thursday) or by express boat direct to Sauda (Friday and Sunday). The trip starts at Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger and goes through the fjords to Sauda. Sauda offers varius activities for people of all ages. The town is surrounded by hundreds of mountains – low and high. So anyone can find a hike that is suitable. The hikes are marked and several of them starts from Sauda town center. On a hot summer day it is possible to cool down on one of the many small beaches along the Sauda fjord or in a lake. In Sauda there is also an indoor heated swimming pool. In the summer you can also use an outdoor water slide, jumping pool, a children’s pool and a recreational area. At Allmannajuvet, along National Scenic Route Ryfylke towards Saudafjellet, there is an open café and guiding in the mines in the summer. Here you can see magnificent architecture and learn about the history of the mines. In Sauda town center you can go shopping in more than 30 shops of all kinds, and you can enjoy a meal in a café or restaurant. Åbøbyen, which are some of the best preserved workers’ quarters from the period when power-intensive industry was established in Norway, is an excellent area for a stroll. Visit the industry worker museum and see how the workers used to live. Sauda also offers activities like kayaking, bicycling and climbing. Visit the local tourist office to get some tips on what you can do to make the most of your visit to Sauda. The trip back to Stavanger takes place with bus and boat (Monday – Thursday) or with a direct express boat (Friday – Sunday). Departure from: Stavanger boat terminal (Fiskepirterminalen) About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Evening cruise in the Florø archipelago

Florø quay - Florø quay. Join in on an evening cruise in the Florø archipelago on board the local boat. This trip takes you island hopping from Florø to many of the charming islands surrounding the coastal town. On board the boat you can relax in comfortable chairs and enjoy the incredible views passing by.  If you want a more energizing experience, head out to the open deck and feel the wind through your hair. The public boat transport is very important for the local community. Most of the islands have no road connections and the boat binds the communities together by transporting passengers, mail and groceries. You’ll sail past numerous islands, including Batalden, Kinn and Reksta. The boat stops where there are deliveries to be made or passengers to pick up. The round trip lasts approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. Spotting wildlife is a common sight in the area so remember to keep your eyes open and your camera ready. Departure from: Florø quay (kai) About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

Experience charming Skudeneshavn

Haugesund – Skudeneshavn - Haugesund. This trip goes to Skudeneshavn. A beautiful and charming city on the southernmost tip of the island Karmøy. The town history dates back to the 19th century when herring harvests and shipping was central. A visit to the museum at Mælandsgården (summer open) gives you an introduction to the town’s history in authentic surroundings.  An impressive collection of objects that reflects the history is to be found at the museum. One of the most unique aspects of Skudeneshavn is the great atmosphere. One of the reasons for that is the old Skudeneshavn, which is one of the most well-kept old towns in Europe. The old town consist of white wooden houses, boathouses, narrow streets and beautiful backyards. Make sure to stroll around, embrace the atmosphere, explore the narrow streets and backyards, and have a coffee and a Norwegian waffle at a local café. In addition to great history and beautiful architecture, Skudeneshavn offers beautiful areas for a walk, beaches and a lovley harbour. Departure from: Haugesund bus terminal, track 6 About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

EXPERIENCE LEIRVIK AND STORD

Haugesund - Leirvik - Haugesund. This trip goes from Haugesund to Leirvik at Stord Island, which is the regional center in Sunnhordland, a region described as fresh, genuine and exciting, with a return to Haugesund. Between Haugesund city center and Leirvik town center, there is a beautiful drive through Sveio, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge over the Digernessundet with great views to Siggjo and the entrance to the Sunnhordlands basin. In Leirvik you can wander around in a charming center with exciting shops, cafes, restaurants, art gallery and museum. If you want to walk to the top of Siggjo you can take bus no. 800 from Stord City hall to Stokka in Siggjarvåg. Siggjo has always been an important sailing mark visible from long distances.  The mountain is a popular walk destination. Thousands of people visit Siggjo every year. Read more about Siggjo here. From Leirvik center you can take a boat to Sunde, Rubbestadneset or Skånevik. Note! Bus to Stokka or boat to Sunde, Rubbestadneset or Skånevik is not included in this Travel like the locals trip. Tickets must be purchased separately. (Can be purchased on the bus/boat.) After a day with adventurous experiences in Sunnhordland you return to Haugesund by bus. Departure from: Haugesund bus terminal/Flotmyr terminal, track 3 About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Experience the adventures at Valsøya

Kristiansund - Valsøya - Kristiansund If you are in Kristiansund, the many adventures at Valsøya is just a bus ride away! The bus trip from Kristiansund goes via Frei and Bergsøya. On the trip you can see the magnificent Gjemnessund bridge, a suspension bridge that was opened in 1992 and which was the longest suspension bridge in Norway at the time. (Today, the Hardanger bridge is the longest, while the Askøy bridge has the longest single suspension.) A ferry ride from Kanestraum to Halsa is also included in the trip. On the ferry, you can stretch your legs and – if you are so inclined – buy a “svele”, a sort of pancake that is a local delicasy which “everyone” buys when they take a ferry trip. When you reach Valsøya you can explore the world of the tree tops in the Høyt & Lavt (High & Low) climbing park. If you want a less airy activity, you can take a hike along the beautiful fjord, rent a kayak and paddle between small islets and rocks, swim at the tiny beach, enjoy delicious food at the Saltrøfjøset restaurant, or enjoy an ice cream in the scenic environment. The restaurant is open daily from 13:00 to 19:00 all days when this trip can be booked. The climbing park is open daily in the school summer holiday and on Saturdays and Sundays in other periods. See the table below for all opening hours for the climbing park. Note! Entrance to the climbing park or other acitivites is not included in the price for this trip. Opening hours 2020 Høyt & Lavt Klatrepark Valsøya Period Opening hours 4 April – 19 June Saturday and Sunday 11:00-15:30 20 June – 16 August Daily 11:00-16:30 17 August – 4 October Saturday and Sunday  11:00-15:30 You can find more information about Valsøya here: https://www.valsoya.no/ About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

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EXPLORE HARDANGERVIDDA MOUNTAIN PLATEAU

Eidfjord - Dyranut - Eidfjord. Travel by bus from Eidfjord to the highest point on Hardangervidda. This plateau is the largest in Northern-Europe, and consists of a National Park of 3422 km2. The vast mountain plateau offers hiking opportunities and fantastic scenery. You reach Dyranut after approximately 40 minutes. Dyranut, 1245 masl, is the highest point on Highway 7, and is an excellent starting point for hiking and fishing. Visit Dyranut Mountain Lodge for information, rent a canoe/boat or buy a fishing licence (remember to bring your own fishing equipment). You will find a cozy café at the lodge where you can enjoy a meal made by with local ingredients. The café is open from 01 June until 15 September, from 10:00 - 20:00. Departure from: centre of Eidfjord About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

EXPLORE THE HARDANGERFJORD

Voss - Odda - Rosendal - Norheimsund - Voss. Travel along the famous Hardangerfjord and on the Norwegian Scenic Route of Hardanger. Enjoy the views from the bus as it passes fjords, mountains and waterfalls, and the crossing of the Hardanger Bridge, which is among the longest suspension bridges in the world. Odda, a scenic place set by the fjord, will be your first stop on your travel. Stretch your legs and choose from a variety of activities, such as a culture walk or a hike along the river. Visit the Tourist Information. Rosendal is a village surrounded by majestic mountains. Visit the Folgefonna Centre, a visitor centre which offers interactive exhibitions of the National Park. Baroniet Rosendal, the smallest “palace” in Scandinavia, is also worth exploring. A bus will take you from Rosendal to Årsnes, then a ferry crossing to Gjermundshamn, and a rest at Mundheim (toilet facilities). Enjoy the peace and quiet. The last leg goes through the town of Norheimsund, and along the idyllic Hardangerfjord towards Voss. Departure from: Voss Station About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

EXPLORING THE FOLGEFONN PENINSULA

Rosendal - Odda - Utne - Jondal - Mundheim - Rosendal. This excursion from Rosendal takes you by bus along the fjord, past Ænes and the beautiful Furebergfossen falls, through the Folgefonna Tunnel, to the old industrial town of Odda. We’ll pause in fjordside Odda before continuing our trip along the Sørfjord, an arm of the Hardangerfjord. Our journey to Utne passes farms, orchards and the steep mountainsides below the Folgefonna National Park. The charming village is dominated by Utne Hotel, which dates back to 1722. We continue along the fjord to the village of Jondal, through charming hamlets and past slate-roofed farmhouses. We stop briefly in Jondal, which calls itself “the national park village”, before crossing the Hardangerfjord by ferry to Tørvikbygd. On the other side we head seawards along the fjord, stopping a while at Mundheim, before changing buses to Gjermundshamn. En route, you will see the high mountains near the Folgefonna glacier. A ferry takes us across the Hardangerfjord to Årsnes via the island of Varaldsøy, for the final drive back to Rosendal. Departure from: Rosendal kai (quay) About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Fjord safari in Ryfylke

Stavanger- Sand - Stavanger. This trip goes by express boat from Fiskepirterminalen in Stavanger through the fjords to Sand. In Sand you have some time to experience the community. We recommend a visit to Laksestudio (salmon studio) and Høsebura (Høse bridge), and a visit to the Ryfylke museum for some good stories. Enjoy excellent food and views at Ryfylke Fjordhotel or Fargeriet Kafé, If you would like to do a hike, Sand harbour is the starting point for a round trip by Høsebrua. The hike is 5 kilometers long and takes about 1 hour. During the trip with the express boat you have close contact with the magnificent nature through the panorama windows, and you come very close to the sea. The trip back to Stavanger goes by express boat from Sand quay. Departure from: Stavanger boat terminal (Fiskepirterminalen) About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.    

GOURMET TRIP TO BEKKJARVIK

Leirvik - (Hufthamar) - Bekkjarvik - Leirvik. The boat trip from Leirvik to Bekkjarvik is a voyage in the coastal landscape of Sunnhordland. During the trip you can enjoy the magnificent scenery and a smell of sea in the air, until you debark at Bekkjarvik. At Bekkjarvik you find Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri – a small gem that warmly welcomes you. Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri is famous for its excellent kitchen based on fresh and local ingredients. The chefs Ørjan and Arnt Johannessen are widely acclaimed for their cooking skills. Ørjan won gold in Bocuse d´Or Lyon 2015 and Arnt has received the highest recognition presented by the guild of Norwegian chefs, “Chef of the Year”, in 2014. At Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri you will be served a meal you will never forget! The hosts warmly welcome you and can also show you some nice walking paths with splendid views if you would like a walk after the meal. Departure from: Leirvik quay Note! For some return departures you must book the boat by calling +47 916 81 273 or +47 916 81 239 no later than 20 minutes before the departure time. Prices for Monday - Friday differs from prices for Sunday due to different travel routes. About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Trips are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the trip is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.  

Hellesylt & UNESCO Geirangerfjord (one way)

Ålesund - Hellesylt - Geiranger Visit one of the world’s most beatiful fjords - enjoy the Sunnmøre Alps! This one-way trip goes from Ålesund to Geiranger. The trip starts in Ålesund, goes via Sykkylven, famous for its furniture industry, over the mountain pass to Stranda and from there to Hellesylt where the fjord cruise to Geiranger starts. You can choose to leave the bus at Strandafjellet and take advantage of the various offers there, for example a gondola ride to the top or a short hike. (Note that the gondola is only open certain periods of the year. For opening hours, see http://www.strandafjellet.no/activities/gondola-ride.)  In the winter, Stranda offers spectacular skiing. This is one of the very few places in the world where you can ski from the mountain top all the way down to the fjord. If you want to participate in activities like the guided hike or bike tour you must make an overnight stay. Therefore, your ticket for this trip is valid for 2 days, including the departure date. The ferry cruise from Hellesylt to Geiranger takes 1 hour, and while cruising the fjord you can see beautiful waterfalls and small farms in the steep mountain sides. Departure from: Skateflukaia (some departures) or Ålesund bus terminal, track 3 There is a free Voice of Norway guide available for this trip Voice of Norway uses the GPS technology in your phone to give location-based information for your trip. The information is presented through sound, pictures, text and links. Download the Voice of Norway app from App Store or Google Play. Open the app, select Providers and download the guide for this trip: Round trip Ålesund - UNESCO Geirangerfjord. Voice of Norway is a third party product. Any inquiries regarding the guide must be directed to the provider (post@voiceofnorway.no).     About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.

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HISTORIC HALSNØY AND SKÅNEVIK

Rosendal - Husnes - Sæbøvik/Halsnøy - Skånevik - Utåker - Rosendal. This excursion explores the outer parts of the scenic Hardangerfjord. The bus drive takes you from Rosendal to Husnes, which has some interesting ceramic installations by Kjell Nupen, and where you can stroll besides Lake Opsangervatnet. You change buses and drive through a subsea tunnel to the village of Sæbøvik on Halsnøy island. We suggest a walk in the cosy village and a look at the marina, perhaps stopping for pastries at the bakery. Our bus ride continues to the ruins of Halsnøy Abbey, founded by the Augustine Order in the 12th century. Guided tours are offered June–August. From Halsnøy Abbey, there is a mile-long walk to Ranavik båtkai (quay), from which the express boat will take you to Skånevik. This charming village with its old wooden houses hosts an annual blues festival in early July. Here, too, is a popular bakery. You can also visit the little islet of Peparen or Norsk Motormuseum (open mid-June until mid-August, Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-16:00). The final leg of our excursion comprises a ferry crossing from Skånevik to Utåker, and a bus ride along the fjord back to Rosendal. Departure from: Rosendal kai (quay) About our trips This is a “Travel like the locals” tour. The tours use public transport, i.e. regular buses, ferries and boats, but we have done the planning for you so that you can concentrate on enjoying your trip. You travel on your own - there is no guide or tour leader. On most of our tours you must change several times between different buses/ferries/boats, and it is up to you to make sure you catch your connections – truly travelling like a local! (The tours are set up so that the buses, ferries and boats connect.) Tours are not available for booking on public holidays and during holiday periods such as Easter and Christmas due to deviations in the timetables. The timetable shown is valid for the periods when the tour is bookable. Click here to see our Terms and Conditions.