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Kayaking from Balestrand, Norway

Things to do in Norway

Kayaking from Balestrand, Norway
During their travels, our specialists have kayaked across fjords, cruised through archipelagoes, and sampled fresh-off-the-boat seafood in busy markets. It’s all so they can choose the best experiences to help you get to know Norway. You can hear about its Viking history and the geology of its landscapes through the voices of guides who grew up there, hand-picked for their in-depth local knowledge.

You might tread the streets of Oslo with a guide who can tailor a tour to your interests, whether you want to delve into the capital’s 1,000-year history or discover what makes it tick today. A food tour in Bergen lets your tastebuds discover why Norway is one of the most exciting culinary destinations. And, to soak up the unparalleled beauty of the fjords, we can arrange for you to glide between steep mountains by Zodiac boat.

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Ideas for experiencing Norway

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Norway, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Atlantic Ocean Road
    Atlantic Ocean Road

    Atlantic Ocean Road

    Ålesund

    Atlantic Ocean Road

    Drink in Norway’s seascapes and explore at your own pace with this privately guided day tour of the Atlantic Ocean Road, an architectural feat and a visually striking drive. You’ll also stop for lunch at a traditional oceanfront seafood restaurant.

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  • Fjord safari & hike
    Village in Nærøyfjord

    Fjord safari & hike

    The Norwegian fjords

    Fjord safari & hike

    Soak up the peaceful atmosphere and striking natural scenery of Norway’s fjordland on this privately guided tour. You’ll travel across two fjords by Zodiac boat, stopping on the way back for a hike to a traditional farm, where you’ll enjoy a homemade lunch.

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  • Fredrikstad and Hvaler Islands
    Drawbridge over the moat

    Fredrikstad and Hvaler Islands

    Oslo

    Fredrikstad and Hvaler Islands

    This private tour gives you a chance to venture outside Oslo to stroll the cobbled streets of Fredrikstad’s medieval old town. You’ll also take a boat trip to explore the Hvaler archipelago, and visit the Christmas shop and office of Julenissen (Santa Claus) in Drøbak.

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  • Seven Sisters kayaking tour
    Kayaking from Balestrand

    Seven Sisters kayaking tour

    The Norwegian fjords

    Seven Sisters kayaking tour

    There’s nothing quite like experiencing the Norwegian fjords from a kayak. On this private, guided tour, you can view Geirangerfjord’s celebrated Seven Sisters and Suitor waterfalls from a kayak, recommended by Audley specialists as part of your trip to Norway.

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  • Runde Bird Island
    Puffins on Runde Bird Island

    Runde Bird Island

    Ålesund

    Runde Bird Island

    Runde Island is one of the most important avian nesting sites in Norway. Spend the day on a private tour exploring the island’s rugged coast and admiring its abundant birdlife, which can include more than 100,000 nesting puffins.

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  • Taste of Norway gastronomic tour
    Shrimp and oysters

    Taste of Norway gastronomic tour

    Oslo

    Taste of Norway gastronomic tour

    Discover Norway’s cuisine and Oslo’s history on this private food tour of the city. With an expert guide, you’ll stroll along cobblestone streets and hear stories of the city’s past, with pauses to nibble cured meats, local cheese and chocolates.

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  • Gastronomic tour of Bergen
    Seafood in Bergen

    Gastronomic tour of Bergen

    Bergen

    Gastronomic tour of Bergen

    Bergen’s eateries are an important hub for the neo-Nordic gastronomy revolution. This private walking tour offers you a chance to learn more about the country’s food culture, past and present, and sample everything from freshly caught oysters to traditional brown cheese.

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  • Via ferrata & Loen Skylift
    Mountains near Loen

    Via ferrata & Loen Skylift

    The Norwegian fjords

    Via ferrata & Loen Skylift

    Access panoramic views of glaciers, lakes, and mountains as you take this privately guided climb up the slopes of Mount Hoven. You’ll be clipped to the via ferrata, or iron road, which will let you access the more exposed parts of the mountain.

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  • Half day city walking tour
    Norwegian parliament building

    Half day city walking tour

    Oslo

    Half day city walking tour

    See Oslo your way on this private walking tour. Your guide will tailor the experience to your interests, which may include the Royal Palace and gardens, Akershus Fortress, and the independent shops and cafés of the city’s modern waterfront.

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  • Art Nouveau e-bike tour
    Ålesund

    Art Nouveau e-bike tour

    Ålesund

    Art Nouveau e-bike tour

    This cycle tour gives you a chance to learn more about Ålesund and its distinctly Norwegian twist on Art Nouveau. Pedal through the streets on an e-bike with a local guide and discover the history and beauty of its architecture.

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  • Kayaking in the fjords
    Nærøyfjord

    Kayaking in the fjords

    The Norwegian fjords

    Kayaking in the fjords

    Spend a morning or afternoon kayaking on the mirrored waters of Sognefjord, Norway’s largest and deepest fjord, with a private guide. You’ll also navigate a smaller branch of water for a quieter experience, spotting wildlife and waterfalls as you go.

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  • Zip-lining & mountain biking experience
    Scenery around Flåm

    Zip-lining & mountain biking experience

    The Norwegian fjords

    Zip-lining & mountain biking experience

    This varied and active private tour gives you a chance to explore the Flåm region and soak up its mountainous scenery from different perspectives. You’ll travel by scenic train through mountains, zip-line over a waterfall-filled valley and descend through forest by mountain bike.

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  • Folgefonna glacier & hike
    Folgefonna glacier

    Folgefonna glacier & hike

    Bergen

    Folgefonna glacier & hike

    Spend a whole day among the striking scenery of Norway’s fjordland. You’ll stop at two waterfalls en route to Hardangerfjord, before crossing the water and winding up into the mountains to Folgefonna Glacier, where you’ll spend four hours exploring the ice on foot.

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  • Mountain hiking with a local guide
    View from Mount Ulriken

    Mountain hiking with a local guide

    Bergen

    Mountain hiking with a local guide

    Get to know Norway’s mountains with a privately guided hike on one of the seven peaks that surround Bergen. You have many options, from gentle loops suitable for families with small children to steeper, more challenging paths.

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