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Walk through the Urke Valley


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Ferry ride, walk to Urke and up the valley The first group walks to the shieling and the second group does a shorter walk. Meal at Urke Port House and boat ride back
  • Breathtaking nature

  • Good exercise on a safe gravel road

  • Meal at the idyllic Urke Port House

  • Boat trip on the Hjørundfjord back to Sæbø

This is a truly beautiful walk that starts with a ferry crossing to the other side of the fjord. We walk 1.2 miles along the fjord to the village of Urke, and then we enter the Urke Valley. Participants choosing the longest and steepest walk will continue up to Haukåssetra, an old, authentic shieling about 850 feet above sea level, and then down to the port of Urke. Total walk of around 4–5 miles. Participants who choose the shorter walk will start one hour later and will do the same walk, except for the steep part. They walk along the Urke River and up a valley surrounded by the Sunnmøre Alps. Then they walk back down to the port of Urke. Total length of around 3 miles and hardly any uphill waking.

The guide will share stories about the mountains, the fjord, and the history of the small villages of the Hjørundfjord.

Part of the walk is on asphalt and part on a gravel road, where it is very easy to walk. We leave the road for a bit around the shieling, but the walking there is still quite easy. Both the long and short walks end at the Urke Port House, where there will be a small meal that includes: different hams, potato salad, flat bread, a soft drink, coffee, tea, and lefse. From the port, a boat will take you back to Sæbø. The boat ride lasts approximately 15 minutes and is a very nice way to end the excursion.

Practical information

  • Language: English, German, and Norwegian

  • Included: Ferry, guide, meal and boat

  • Remarks/requirements: Hike with two options of length The long hike starts one hour before the short hike.

  • Walking information: Long walk 4–5 miles, short walk 2.5–3 miles, mostly asphalt and gravel

  • Wheelchair accessible: No.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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