A&K, Walking Softly offer walks along Norway's fjords

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OAK BROOK, Ill. -- New walking tours along Norway's southern fjords are on tap from Abercrombie & Kent and Walking Softly Adventures.

A&K, based here, begins its six-night Walking in Norway tour in the town of Sogndal. Participants drive along Norway's longest and deepest fjord, Sognefjord, to the town of Roisheim, where they will spend four nights.

View from Pulpit RockDays typically start with three- to four-hour walks. In the afternoons, participants can trek from Roisheim to the town of Lon, which is known for its 14th century stave church and shops touting knitwear, silver crafts and hand-carved wooden objects.

The trip also includes a fjord cruise to the town of Oye as well as a ferry ride to the fishing islet of Ringholmen.

Walks are billed as intermediate level. The tour, priced at $4,250, double occupancy, departs June 12 and Sept. 11. Air fare is not included. Abercrombie & Kent: Phone: (800) 323-7308.

Norway's Southern Fjords, a six-night tour from Portland, Ore.-based Walking Softly Adventures, begins in the coastal city of Stavanger.

A drive brings the group to Jorpeland, where they will hike to the top of Pulpit Rock, a hunk of granite rising 2,000 feet above Lysefjord. The group then hops a ferry for a cruise through this fjord. The trip's steep trails are best for "experienced mountain walkers," the operator said.

The tour, priced at $2,350, double, departs Aug. 23. Air fare is not included. Walking Softly Adventures: Phone: (888) 743-0723

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