22140
Norway

Norway Ja (Yes)! A Hiking, Biking & Kayaking Adventure

Norway’s world-class natural beauty unfolds before you on an active educational adventure experiencing its fjords, glaciers, villages and welcoming people by water, bike and on foot.
Rating (4.38)
Program No. 22140RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
5,579
Flights start at
1,125
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4.38 Average
Susan
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This was a highly active itinerary. The adventures were varied and very enjoyable. They gave guests a true appreciation of the beauty of the Norwegian fjords. Caution: only those in good shape should sign up for this trip. A number of guests had prior injuries or experienced injuries during the trip, perhaps because they were not as fit as they thought. There were a few negatives. First, all of our meals were in hotels, which were often bland and repetitive. Second, there was inequity in room assignments. In one hotel (4 nights), some RS participants were placed in renovated rooms, which were much more comfortable and had more amenities. In another, some RS participants were placed in rooms with a fjord view, while others faced a hillside with a view of refuse containers. This indicates a lapse of RS oversight, and the guide, unfortunately, was unconcerned and did nothing about it when notified. In my experience, this was a highly unusual response for a guide. Third, the guide's familiarity with Norway was spotty. Her "lectures" focused on how much she "loved" the country and how "nice" Norwegians were rather than on the history and culture; I felt I did not learn very much about Norway, which is why I travel with RS. She also repeatedly made negative comments about members of our group and of prior groups, sometimes recounting private conversations that were embarrassing. Because of her behavior, I kept my distance from her. I did not let it significantly harm my enjoyment of the trip, but RS should review and consider a change.

Christine
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

Loved it. Our in-country guide, Osiris was so kind, helpful, knowledgeable and always paid attention to the details. Norway is a beautiful country, the Norwegians are friendly people, we had great seafood, and outdoor activities were just wonderful except the bike ride. My thoughts: Regarding the bike ride - Disconcerting to have the guide say right away at the beginning of the bike ride, "we advise you to walk your bikes down the first mile because it's switchbacks." His description of the trail was quite the understatement - a narrow trail of varying depths of gravel, very steep, hikers walking up the trail while we were trying to bike down. A couple of us tried to ride that section and wiped out. A couple others in our group wiped out even while walking their bikes. My advice to RS, find a company that will bring bikes to the bottom of the switch backs and organize a ride with stops at the waterfalls for the rest of the trip into Flam. It was spectacular scenery that went by too fast without any opportunity to stop and take pictures or get closer to the falls. A shame to see others stopping to stick their feet in the streams while we had to keep pedaling on. A little advice for the glacier walk, my favorite adventure of the trip, dress for winter in layers and you will be able to layer down as needed. I had base layers, gloves and ski hat in my luggage, but the advice for the day was that we would not need to dress that warm...wrong. That said, the guide company provided helmuts, boots, wind pants and jacket and crampons. We needed all of it - there were heavy winds, rain, sleet and finally beautiful sunshine. Finally, RS should consider a different hotel in Bergen. It is under construction and we had to walk through construction to get to our rooms. And, the streets there at night were so loud we could not sleep. On our own in Bergen the night before the tour, at the Clarion. It was so much better than the Thule. VRC groups there.

Kathleen
(5)

Wow, what an experience of a lifetime! Hiking, biking and kayaking the fjords of Norway. This is an outstanding tour! You have a variety of activities to help you see and feel Norway in different ways. The accommodations are wonderful. And Loftus is truly paradise! You must come and experience it for yourself because I can tell you, the pictures can not portray the magnitude and graciousness of the country. It's amazing!!!! And the people are so welcoming. If more people traveled globally and gained respect for other customs and cultures, world peace would be a snap! Enjoy!

Ellen
(4)

Excellent program for nature, hiking, biking and kayaking lovers! Norway is awesome, and you will see and learn the best of it!

Ann
(5)

This trip was Amazing and exceeded my expectations! This was our first Road Scholar trip and it was extremely well organized. The weather was spectacular and helped in our thorough enjoyment of Norway. We were able to hike on a glacier and swim in a Fiord! What could be better!

John
This reviewer did not give a star rating.

I had a great time and enjoyed all of the activities. Our guides were excellent, especially Osiris. We had to change kayaking plans due to high winds and she was able to come up with an alternate hike and some leisure time. Our group was adaptable to the changes and had a good time. I felt she worked very hard to accommodate all the different diets and preferences of our group. I was overwhelmed by the beauty of Norway and the endless waterfalls. The hotels were excellent and the food was great. We especially enjoyed our meals at the fish market in Bergen. I would definitely recommend this trip. Jack

Marna
(5)

If you like beautiful scenery, outdoor challenges, meeting like travelers, and having a great time, visit Norway. You won't be disappointed.

Michael
(5)

No matter your expectations, Norway will exceed them! And Osiris is a great leader and ambassador. The activities will challenge you, exhilarate you, and let you experience Norway’s incredible scenery. Should you go? Ja!

Anne
(1)

The promise of this trip was never realized. Kayaking was cancelled both days it was on the schedule. The first day of hiking, two of us hurt knees; this changed the entire trip. When I said I thought I should ride down in the funicular, as the other injured participant was doing, the group leader raised her voice, and said, "this is a hiking program!" As a result, I injured my knee so severely that I could not finish the walk back, and a taxi had to be called. After the ride, I was informed that I was responsible for the cost, which was the equivalent of $25.00. Compassion for physical weaknesses was lacking, as were options for less strenuous activity. When I gave the leader a laminated card detailing my diet restrictions (which my doctor recommended), she said she knew all about me already. At the end of our first group meeting, she gave each individual a glass of champagne except me, then announced to the group that I was "special" and did not drink alcohol, handing me orange soda. I have never been treated so disrespectfully on 5 RS trips. ( I was one of 5 people with dietary restrictions.) Norway is scenic, but this trip is unnecessarily difficult and expensive. Most activities were changed; the trip description is not accurate. One hotel was excellent, with superb buffets, but one was only fair, the other in-between. For me, this was the most expensive trip I have taken, and the least enjoyable.

Road Scholar
Hello, Anne. We were so sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your experience. While we will never excuse a Group Leader treating a participant poorly, we would like to address some of your other concerns. Our most important consideration is the safety of our participants. The timing of your visit in Norway coincided with some storms that made the seas very rough, so we were forced to cancel the planned kayaking excursions for the safety of the group. We tried our best to plan alternate activities, but nonetheless we share your disappointment in missing out on the kayaking. Regarding the cost of the transportation after you injured your knee, unfortunately, we cannot always budget extra to account for these kinds of expenses. Since this is a hiking program, we presume everyone in the group is able to finish the hikes. It would be prohibitively expensive for us to plan alternate transportation for every activity in these kinds of active programs. Again, we are sorry you were disappointed and we sincerely thank you for your honest feedback.
Lori
(5)

A wonderful active outdoor experience to Norway's beautiful country!

Ann
(5)

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip! We had a wonderful group leader and excellent guides, all who helped us see and learn more about the beauty of Norway and its people. We found the level of activity to be a good challenge for us and were happy to have participated in all the varied activities.






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