The Hjørundfjord

Hike with a Visit to a Shieling


Price from $209

Difficulty level

Level 3: Active - good mobility needed

Booking code



2 hours, 45 min


Read the practical information below

Two male hikers on a mountain walk in Urke
  • See the beautiful village Urke and the surrounding area

  • Hike from the fjord via picturesque meadows

  • Visit a shieling and learn about traditional farming

  • Taste local food

This guided hike will bring you from the fjord-side, through peaceful meadows, to a traditional shieling in Haukås. Restored in the 1900s, these small farmhouses are a charming reminder of a bygone era.  

In the past, Norwegian farms were located in the villages and were relatively small. There wasn’t much pastureland around the villages and, come summertime, flocks and herds would need to be lead further and further afield to graze on new grass. Shielings were therefore built as overnight accommodation for the farmers and milk maidens tasked with milking the cows far from the farm every morning and evening.  

You’ll be greeted by welcoming hosts at the shieling who will explain all about life on the farm. Explore the site, try your hand at carrying old milk pails and sample some local produce. Then, if there is time, we’ll stop at the grocers on the way back to Urke before rejoining the ship.

Practical information

  • Disembarking port: Landing is by tender boat, and getting on and off the boat requires a certain degree of mobility.

  • Embarking port: Urke

  • Available From: 2 September – 1 November 

  • Meals During the Excursion: Taste of local specialties

  • Clothes/Footwear: Hiking shoes, warm and windproof clothing

  • Recommended equipment is backpack with water bottle, extra clothing, camera, sunglasses

  • The guide provides necessary safety equipment

  • Participants should be in good general health

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