A Helicopter will pick you up from the vessel in the morning and take you to meet instructors and guides on a Fogefonna Glacier Hike. During the walk on the glacier you will experience huge flat areas of ice, but also go into crevasse areas and do some climbing if you like. The hike will be adjusted to your wishes. For some, it will be climbing and adrenalin, for others it will be a quiet walk into a different world. On the glacier, you will have a lunch break with a beautiful view of the North Sea and the Rosendal Alps.
After lunch, you can re-board your helicopter for a scenic flight back to the vessel. Once back at the fjord, you can take a guided tour of Barionet Manor and Estate. Finished in 1665, the house is a window into a series of different time periods and from Rosendal Garden you get a grand view of the enveloping mountains Malmangernuten, Melderskin and Laurdalstind, and of the waterfall Hattebergfossen and Hardangerfjorden.
Start your day with water sports on Hardangerford, the queen of the fjords. The second-longest fjord in Norway and with a maximum depth of 800 metres. This is the perfect place to take to the water on high-speed jet skis or relaxing kayaks.
Enjoy lunch on board to replenish your energy stores before heading off in the afternoon to visit the famous Maritime Museum, experiencing ropemaking, forging and boat building with local experts. Or head to a local apple farm perched between the high mountains of the stunning Sorfjørden. In this perfect climate, apples are lovingly cultivated and pressed into cider and juice. Enjoy a private tour of the stunning farm and a tasting at the end of your journey. From here head back to your boat with a couple of bottles of the freshest cider.
HM Queen Sonja of Norway is a passionate mountain hiker, and this is one of her favourite hikes in the Hardangerfjord region. The trail is in the high mountains between Kinsarvik and Lofthus and offers magnificent fjord views. The hike is long and can be demanding with a steep descent towards Lofthus. You will walk through forests, high mountains, and lush orchards. Alternatively, take a hike to Trolltunga Rock, Norway’s most spectacular rock formation hovering 700 metres above Ringedalsvatnet lake in Odda.
Once at the top there will be a professional paraglider waiting for you. Take the leap into the air and soar high over the fjords before landing in a field next to your anchored vessel. In the evening, the tender will take you to a small island privatised for a mid-charter event with BBQ and live music.
Hike to the iconic Pulpit Rock. Featured in any highlight reel of the Norwegian Fjordlands, it will be an unforgettable experience. Join your Pelorus guide and ascend 350m from the drop-off point, taking around 4 hours.
In the afternoon, explore old Stavanger with a personal guide, visiting the Stave church, Swords in the rock Monument and Landa Park Prehistoric Village. This church is a fascinating architectural gem built entirely out of wood without using a single nail or screw. Drive through one of the world’s longest underwater tunnels to get to Utstein Monastery. The only preserved monastery from the middle ages in Norway. It served as the royal residence for the first Viking king, Harald Fairhair.
Spend your last day in Norway on Icelandic horseback. The first part of the ride takes place on the road. This gives time for both rider and horse to warm up before entering the hillier terrain. The trail is steep, rocky and long. You will straight away appreciate the talent an Icelandic horse has in such a challenging environment.
Sitting on the back of a horse you can go far into the wilds and reach places you never thought was possible. Steer your horse along paths and beaches, and explore the picturesque landscape in the mountainside, whilst enjoying the clean air and the rhythmic sound from the horse’s hooves. Sit on the grass in the sun as the butterflies dance in the air and reflect on your extraordinary trip through the Fjordland before heading back into Stavanger to collect your luggage and depart.