Hike with a Visit to a Shieling

Join us for a pleasant hike up from the fjord through lovely meadows to a summer grazing site at Haukås where we learn about traditional farming and taste local delicacies.

  • 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 and try your hand at churning butter
  • Direction

    Northbound direction

  • Season

    Autumn

  • Difficulty level

    Level 3: Medium

  • Duration

    2 hours 45 minutes

  • Minimum number of passengers

    6

  • Maximum number of passengers

    80

  • Booking code

    HR-HJF2H

  • From

    $ 188

  • Notices

    Landing is by tender boat, and getting on and off the boat requires a certain degree of mobility

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 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’ll tell all about life on the farm. Explore the site, have a go at carrying old milk pails and churning butter, and sample some of the local produce. We’ll then stop off at the grocers on the way back to Urke, before rejoining the ship. 

A view of a lake with a mountain in the background A view of a lake with a mountain in the background

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

  • Disembarking Port: Urke
  • 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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