Hiking Holiday Grades
Moderate hiking in the mountains for active travellers
Upto 450m ascent, 8-13km and 4-5 hours hiking per day.
Hiking holidays at this grade include:
Our trips at the moderate grade are designed with active travellers in mind. If you enjoy exploring on foot these holidays may suit you.
Ascent and descent
Walks in the mountains are rarely flat so being comfortable with up to 450m of ascent and descent in total during the walk is realistic.
This is light-ish hiking. 450m of ascent translates to about a total of an hour and a half of steady climbing during the day, but not all at once. Paths may be rocky, with loose stones, and muddy in places. Expect to be walking for between 8 and 13km which may take 4 -5 hours.
The altitude on these trips is quite modest. Venabu sits at 932m asl and the walks are below 1200m asl.
The emphasis on these ‘moderately graded’ holidays is relaxed enjoyment of the mountains, nature and culture of Norway. Our Discover Norway on Foot holiday is a hiking holiday at this grade.
Regular hillwalkers may enjoy our intermediate or challenging holidays.
Holidays for hillwalkers.
Upto 700m ascent though usually less, an average of 16 km and 7 hours per day. Some longer days.
Hiking holidays at this grade:
Wild Reindeer Country Explorer
These hiking holidays are designed for 'hillwalkers' who enjoy a holiday where the emphasis is on the hiking.
The distance on an average day is about 16 km, some days are longer, some a little shorter. One day is approximately 24 km long. The total ascent or descent during the day is about 450–500m but may be up to 700 m, which translates to a total of about two - two and a half hours steady climbing. Paths can be rocky, loose and muddy but there is no scrambling or exposure. Expect to be out for about 7 hours in total on consecutive days.
We visit some beautiful, wild and remote areas so guests should have experience of hiking in mountains, including in bad weather. Our Reindeer Country Explorer holiday is at this grade.
The altitude of these walks is quite modest. Venabu sits at 932m asl and the maximum altitude just below 1500m asl.
Holidays for fit, experienced hikers.
Upto 1200 m ascent, 25 km and 9 hours hiking per day.
Some easy scrambling.
Hiking holidays at this grade:
Norwegian National Parks Challenge
These hiking holidays are designed for fit, experienced hillwalkers who enjoy mountain hiking in spectacular places.
Big mountain days in remote locations
The walks are challenging and so guests should be prepared to walk for long days (up to 9 hours), on consecutive days with up to 1200m of ascent and descent which can translate to about four hours of steady climbing during the day. We will be hiking in some beautiful, remote locations so guests should be experienced in mountain environments and be able and equiped to deal with bad weather.
Rocky terrain and scrambling
The paths can be rocky, including boulder fields, some scrambling and exposure. Guests who are uncomfortable with heights may find this a challenge, please contact us if you have any questions.
While you do not need to be an Olympic athlete to enjoy these holidays it is expected that most guests will benefit from some fitness preparation. Our Norwegian National Parks Challenge is a hiking holiday at this grade.
Hike upto 2300m asl
The maximum altitude on these holidays is approximately 2300m asl.