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A male hiker stands in front of the Styggebreen Glacier, Norway.
4.9
| 28 reviews

The Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Adventure

Hike and kayak through astounding landscapes and glacial tongues, staying in cool places along the way

Duration

8 nights

Annual Leave

5 days off work

Group Size

Up to 15 people

Season

Jun—Aug

Location

Norway

Meeting Point

Bergen Airport, Bergen

Comfort Accommodation

Hotel · Wild camping · Cabin · Guesthouse

Customer Reviews

(28)

4.9

Difficulty

Moderate

From

From

Summit Galdhøpiggen (2469m) – Scandinavia’s highest peak – and clip on crampons to clamber across icy glaciers

Paddle through the pristine Nærøyfjord, and follow remote trails to the towering peaks above for unforgettable vistas 

Hike in pristine forest and on rugged plateaus to discover the wild and mighty waterfalls that spill into the fjords

Bed down in quirky boutique hotels, cosy historic inns, and wild camp directly under the stars by the fjord’s edge

Day 1

Welcome to Norway!

An aerial view of Voss in Norway.

Join the group transfer from Bergen Airport and get to know your fellow travellers, or make your own way to Voss. Check into your hotel, meeting for a welcome briefing in the hotel lobby at approximately 16:30. Spend the rest of your evening exploring, grabbing some dinner with your crew and getting a good night's sleep before the adventure begins in the morning.

Day 2

Time to hit the water

A lone kayaker paddles through the Naeroyfjord in the Norwegian Fjords.

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 13km

Check out of the hotel and head to your host's kayaking base in Gudvangen – situated in the innermost part of the Nærøyfjord. After a safety briefing and paddling instruction session, you'll pack your drybags into the kayaks and set off, carrying everything you need for the next couple of days. The Nærøyfjord is an idyllic spot with typically calm waters and waterfalls cascading from the fjord's 1000m+ walls. You'll set up camp on the shore of the Nærøyfjord in the afternoon; enjoy a glass of wine and dinner prepared by the guide as the sun sets, helping to build the campfire if you fancy it.

Day 3

Bird's-eye view hiking

A man sits on a cliff edge in the highlands of above the Naeroyfjord in the Norwegian Fjords.

Hiking

7-10 hours · 20km · 1200m up · 1200m down

Leaving your campsite and kayaks behind, you'll strap on your daypack for a hike to the highlands above Nærøyfjord, all the way to the top of one of the fjord's towering peaks. From the summit, you'll be rewarded with magnificent views of the water-filled channel cutting its way through the mountainous landscape. You'll return to your campsite for dinner and a second night of counting shooting stars.

Day 4

Kayak into the Aurlandsfjord

A woman paddles through the Naeroyfjord in the Norwegian Fjords.

Kayaking

3-4hrs · 10km

Load up your kayak, get back on the water and continue to paddle through the Nærøyfjord. The cold, clean waters are a wildlife haven – keep your eyes peeled for seals and with luck, you may even encounter some niser, a local species of harbour porpoise. Next, you'll pass the towering headland of Beitelen, forming a natural divide between the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord. Your take-out point is a couple of kilometres before Undredal. You'll have a steep forty-five-minute hike up to your accommodation at Stigen Farm, which overlooks the Aurlandsfjord from its spectacular mountain shelf some 360m above sea level. Check into your room before tucking into a fresh, farm-to-table style dinner.

Day 5

Paddle to Fresvik

Kayakers on the Sognefjord in the Norwegian Fjords.

Kayaking

3-4hrs · 18km

Hiking

1hr · 1km · 360m down

Start today paddling north towards the main channel of the Sognefjord, stopping for a picnic lunch before heading into the picturesque bay of Fresvik in the late afternoon. Settle in at your guesthouse here, and perhaps take a jump in the fjord followed by a well-deserved soak in the wood-fired hot tubs set on the wharf. Tuck into a home-cooked dinner, made using ingredients grown and sourced from the village.

Day 6

To Bøverdalen Valley

A view of the village of Fresvik from the water in the Norwegian Fjords.

Hiking

1-2hrs (optional)

Driving

3hrs

This morning, take a walk around the picturesque fjordside village of Fresvik or a hike up the overlooking hillsides (optional). In the afternoon, hop in the van for a breathtaking drive up to the Jotunheimen mountain range further north, complete with a ferry crossing over the main Sognefjord. Arrive in Elveseter in the Bøverdalen Valley in the late afternoon and get some rest before your summit attempt tomorrow.

Day 7

To the top!

A group of hikers roped together on the snowy slops of Galdhøpiggen, the highest mountain in Norway.

Hiking

7 hours · 12km · 650m up · 650m down

Setting off early, you’ll start the hike to the 2469m summit of the majestic Galdhøpiggen (a 7-hour round trip). Snow-covered year-round, the trail begins by crossing the Styggebreen Glacier – you'll be provided with crampons and ropes to tackle this section. You’ll then push on to the summit, soak up that ‘top of the world’ feeling and bask in the incredible views below.

Day 8

Glacier go-go

An aerial shot of hikers on the Nigardsbreen Glacier in Norway.

Hiking

3hrs · 2km · 150m up · 150m down

Today you'll hike through the glaciers of Jostedalsbreen National Park, home to some of Europe's largest ice caps. At the Nigardsbreen Glacier, one of the park's most dramatic glacial tongues, you'll transfer by small boat to the glacier's snout. After a briefing by the glacier guide, you'll strap on your crampons and set out on an unforgettable hike to see fantastically shaped pinnacles, tunnels and frozen waterfalls. After exploring this epic glacial landscape, you'll then be driven to Voss and spend a final evening celebrating your ultimate adventure with your crew.

Day 9

Transfer to Bergen for final farewells

A view of quintessential houses on the edge of the water in Bergen, Norway.

Kick back with a group transfer from Voss to Bergen Airport (or Bergen town), where you can say your farewells.

Included

Guides

Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

4 nights in boutique hotels, 2 nights wild camping, 1 night in a guesthouse and 1 night in a mountain farm

Meals

All breakfasts, all lunches and 7 dinners

Transfers

You'll be transferred from and to Bergen Airport

Equipment

Everything you need for kayaking, glacier hiking and camping is provided

Permits

All your permits and entry fees are covered and sorted

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Tips for your guides

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Wild camping · Twin or single tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Cabin · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Guesthouse · Multi share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

A typical dish from the Store Ringheim Restaurant in Vossevangen, Norway.

To say you will eat well on this adventure is beyond an understatement. Norwegian cuisine in its traditional form is based largely on the raw ingredients readily from the mountains, wilderness and coast. Dinner and breakfast are served at your overnight spots, many of which embrace the farm-to-table movement so you'll enjoy seasonal specialities as part of most meals – you can expect fish from the North Sea, foraged berries and mushrooms (seasonal) and tasty cheese produced locally. Example dishes include freshwater trout served with soft flatbread, sour cream and a raw beetroot salad or lamb cured in sea salt and served with seasonal herbs and vegetables. One alcoholic drink per person with dinner will be included but any extra will be at your own expense.

While camping the food is plentiful and fresh; dinner and breakfast are prepared by your guide over a campfire, the menu will vary but you can expect things like rice and pasta with fresh vegetables, egg, bacon and sausages. There are picnic stops for lunch breaks and water, tea and coffee are also readily available as well as some beer and wine for the evenings.

Vegetarians and vegans can be catered for as well as most other dietary requirements. Just let your host know when booking.

What is the accommodation like?

The Fleischer's Hotel in Voss, Norway.
Voss

On your first and last night, you will stay in a comfortable four-star hotel located in central Voss, within walking distance of restaurants and the train station. The hotel may vary depending on your departure date and availability but is generally either Fleischer's Hotel Voss or Stalheim Hotel situated further north up towards the fjords. The historic-style Fleischer's Hotel has a wellness centre including a pool, jacuzzi and sauna. The historic Stalheim Hotel, founded as a remote country inn during the mid-18th century, is perched in the mountains in the awe-inspiring Nærøyfjord region. You'll stay in twin-share rooms by default.

If you would like to extend your stay, please check with your host which hotel your group will be staying at, before booking your extra nights directly with the hotel – there are limited rooms, so we advise you to do this as early as possible to secure a booking.

A tent on the edge of the Norwegian Fjords at sunrise.
Arnahus Wild Camping

On the second and third nights, you'll paddle to a beach and sleep in a tent under the stars. You'll camp on the water's edge and feast on a supper prepared by your guide over the campfire. You will stay in twin-share tents by default and although the camping is about as wild as it gets, there are also hot showers and flushing toilets for you to use. Sleeping mats and sleeping bags are provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer.

An aerial view of Stigen Farm, Aurlandsfjord, Norway.
Stigen Gard

On Day 4 you'll stay at Stigen Farm, perched on a fertile mountain shelf some 360m above sea level, accessed by a steep climb with fantastic views over the Aurlandsfjord below. Only accessible via a combination of paddle power and your own two feet, accommodation is extremely limited in this remote spot. The group will be spread between the main house and different farm cabins, a short walk from the main house. Rooms are rustic in style and typically accommodate two to four people (occasionally up to six people). One of the cabins has a dreamy hot tub on the edge of the cliff.

The Fresvik Guesthouse in the Norwegian Fjords.
Fresvik

On Day 5 you'll stay at a family-owned guesthouse in a typical Norwegian fjordside village with magnificent views over the Sognefjord. Fresvik is a small farming community with an incredible backdrop of valleys and glaciers. Steaming wood-fired hot tubs line the deck with views over the fjord – perfect for soaking weary muscles. You'll also find a fire pit and picnic tables. There will be two to four people per room here, depending on the group size and gender mix.

A room in the Elvester Hotel in in Jotunheimen, Norway.
Jotunheimen

On Day 6 you'll stay in the Elveseter Hotel in Jotunheimen. The Elveseter is an old farm owned by a family of craftsmen, and you'll find much of their Norwegian folk art on show in the hotel. Run by Inger and Rungne Elveseter, the hotel is a lovely gem nestled in the mountains of Jotunheimen National Park. Rooms are twin-share by default and there is an open fire to while away the evening with a glass of wine after dinner.

The Jostedal Hotel in the Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park, Norway.
Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park

On Day 7 you'll stay at the Jostedal Hotel, right in the middle of the Jostedalsbreen Glacier National Park. You'll stay in twin-share rooms by default; most rooms have a view of the mountains and the Jostedølen River that runs alongside the hotel. There is a superb terrace for you to enjoy dinner and a celebratory glass of wine on, after a long day.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room upgrade can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Private rooms are limited – so please request this at the time of booking (subject to availability). This is not applicable to Day 4 at Stigen Farm nor Day 5 at Fresvik Guesthouse, as solo rooms are not available here. If you travel solo, you will be provided with a private tent for the two camping nights at no extra charge.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Bergen Airport (BGO)

12:30 on Day 1

Ends

Bergen Airport (BGO)

10:30 on Day 9

Transfers

On Day 1, there is a fixed-time group transfer from Bergen airport to your accommodation in Voss. The transfer time is planned to coincide with the scheduled arrival time of the Norwegian Air direct flight from London Gatwick (Flight DY1315). If you arrive earlier or later, please contact your host to make alternative arrangements.

PLEASE NOTE

The airport arrival transfer will depart Bergen Airport at 12:30. Any flight which arrives by 12:00 will be fine.

On Day 9, a group transfer will drop you at Bergen airport in time to catch any flight departing after 11:30. Please do not book a flight departing before 11:30 if you would like to join the group transfer.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Bergen from major airports in the UK and Europe. If you cannot meet the transfer, it is very quick and easy to get the train from Bergen to Voss, or to get a train all the way from Oslo. Most 2024 departure dates will start and end at Fleischer’s Hotel which is within easy walking distance (50m) of Voss train station. See the FAQs section for more details.

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What's included?

All kayaking equipment:

  • Sea kayak, paddle and spray deck
  • Paddle jacket with hood and reflective strips
  • Life jacket
  • Sleeveless longjohn neoprene wetsuit and neoprene booties
  • Waterproof case for your camera/phone (various sizes available)
  • 22-litre drybag plus plastic bags for extra items if needed

All camping equipment:

  • Tent, cooking gear and crockery
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat (3" inflatable)

(if you prefer to bring your own sleeping bag or mat please let the host know in advance)

What do I need to bring?

Clothing & Footwear

  • Waterproof jacket with hood for hiking
  • Waterproof trousers for hiking
  • Warm jacket
  • Long trousers
  • Fleece
  • Base layers
  • Worn-in waterproof hiking boots
  • Hiking socks x 3-4 pairs (wool/merino are best, plus some extra socks)
  • Swimwear and/or rash vest (something to wear under the wetsuit)
  • Flip flops/sandals or light trainers for camp
  • Thin gloves
  • Beanie
  • Sunhat

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag liner

Other

  • Rucksack for hiking (25-30 litres, without a frame so it can be packed in a kayak)
  • Walking poles (optional, lightweight and collapsible)
  • Sunglasses (ideally with retainer strap)
  • Sunscreen
  • Gaiters (if you have them)
  • Small travel towel (should you wish to swim in the fjord)
  • Thin sports gloves (protect from blisters while kayaking)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Toiletries and personal medication (if needed)
  • Antihistamines/bite relief if you are allergic
  • Camera. Waterproof boxes provided!
  • Head torch
  • Personal snacks
  • Travel documents, travel insurance and passport
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Dominic(October 2023)

An absolutely fantastic adventure; Great destinations, amazing location, seamless operation. Loved it. Already wondering which MBA to choose next. Really.

Elizabeth(October 2023)

Thoroughly recommend, what a way to see spectacular Norway!

Simon(October 2023)

What an amazing trip! So many highlights its hard to say which was my favourite! Amazing group of people, amazing hosts (Jordan and Tachelle) and a amazing experience everyday! Best trip ever!

Sharon(September 2023)

Jordan and Tarschelle were amazing - set a great atmosphere, created safety and gave encouragement even in challenging situations. Fab variety of experiences. great group. The hilltop farm experience was superb

Lynn(September 2023)

Amazing adventure with lots of challenges. Be aware that the hikes are very challenging! Jordan and Tachelle, our guides, were excellent.

Dawn(August 2023)

This was an amazing adventure. Our guides, Jordan and Bengi were knowledgeable and took great care of us. The variety of activities was outstanding. There were so many highlights: stunning scenery, camping by and swimming in the fjord, and excellent company.

Edward(August 2023)

What an amazing trip! Fort organised adventure holiday I have done and it exceeded my expectations. Norway is a stunning country and kayaking through the fjords is the best way to see it. The glacier walk on the last day was unreal and the guides Jordan and Benji were magnificent, very knowledgeable and great at keeping us going and getting us where we needed to be. They genuinely seemed interested in getting to know the group.

Alexander(August 2023)

An unforgettable trip, the guides made this experience hugely enjoyable bringing a really positive attitude with a very well balanced mixture of activities, landscapes and great meals. I would strongly recommend you book this now!

Janet(August 2023)

A great trip with fantastic scenery both in the fyords and the mountains. An action packed way to see some Norway highlights. Well organised and great leaders.

Karen(August 2023)

An Unforgettable Norwegian Adventure!

My husband and I recently embarked on a trip to Norway, and if you're even remotely considering booking this journey, let me save you the suspense – just do it! We have just returned, and I can't stop raving about the incredible experience we had. Norway is undeniably enchanting, and this particular trip felt like a curated exploration of the country's absolute best.

The standout highlight of our adventure was undoubtedly the kayaking expedition. It's hard to put into words the feeling of paddling through pristine waters, discovering remote campsites nestled in the heart of nature. One of the most memorable parts was our stay at a farm that was only reachable after a thrilling 45-minute, vertical hike. Talk about a true off-the-grid escape! And the reward? Soaking in a well-placed hot tub, surrounded by breathtaking views that felt like something out of a dream.

The hosts at the farm were incredibly warm and welcoming, making us feel right at home. What's even more impressive is that the food we indulged in was beyond belief. Every meal was a feast of flavors, and the best part was that the ingredients were sourced right from their own land. The farm-to-table experience took on a whole new level of meaning here.

Our adventure wouldn't have been the same without our exceptional guides, Callum and Tachelle. Their in-depth local knowledge added an enriching layer to the journey. They expertly organised our days, ensuring that we had the privilege of being the first group to set foot on the mountains. Their passion for the region was contagious, making every step of the journey that much more meaningful.

In summary, this adventure was nothing short of spectacular. From kayaking in serene waters to hiking to hidden farm havens and luxuriating in a hot tub with panoramic views, every moment was filled with awe and wonder. Without a doubt, I'm already planning to book another adventure soon. If you're seeking an unforgettable journey that showcases Norway's finest, this is the trip for you. Don't hesitate – dive in and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Alice(August 2023)

This trip is absolutely incredible! Every day was something different and Norway is a beautiful country. Our guides Callum and Tachelle were amazing and made the trip really memorable. The group were great and met some wonderful new friends. Would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who wants to see the best bits of Norway!

Ansley(August 2023)

Phenomenal experience. Guides were incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and really made the trip. The ability to see the fjords, mountains, and glaciers all in one trip was truly spectacular.

Oliver(August 2023)

Amazing trip! Norway is such a beautiful country and this trip is full of a variety of hikes and fantastic views including those of the glacier which was even more mesmerising than anticipated. We loved the kayaking and even with the rain it was so peaceful being out on the fjord. Jordan and Quill are brilliant guides and so interesting to talk to, they go above and beyond to include everyone on the trip and to make it memorable. We would highly recommend this trip.

Norman(August 2023)

Superb adventure with fantastic guides. I did the 7 day Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Adventure and it was a memorable, magnificent adventure! Spectacular scenery, a great group of people, fabulous hosts (Stiger farm: Bredda, Dee, and family), and well-organized, fun hiking and kayaking. I found some parts of hiking and kayaking to be challenging but not difficult. I am in my 50’s and in pretty good shape. Our guides, Jordan and Quiller, were outstanding! They were friendly, upbeat, helpful, and well-organized. Their dynamic energy, hilarious repartee, and excellent story-telling enhanced the trip!

Becky(July 2023)

One of my bucket list destinations ticked off in an epic way! If you're thinking of booking this trip, just do it. We had Callum & Jordan host our trip and it was fantastic from start to finish. The kayaking was so much fun, the gear supplied for the expedition camping was top notch, and the hikes were pretty incredible. We were fed very well with delicious food every day & all hotels were very comfortable.

Highlights for me include the glacier hike on the last day, and ticking off my highest summit to date :)

I would say this trip is more 'Challenging' in difficulty, however only due to the consecutive days out paddling or hiking. Each day individually is easily achievable for anyone with a good level of fitness & no kayaking experience!

Rebecca(July 2023)

What a fantastic trip! Did not disappoint. The guides Jordan & Quill were fantastic and the trip was varied and well planned! 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jamison(July 2023)

Best group adventure trip to date! Couldn't have asked for a better group dynamic! Although, rain is to be expected in Norway, the weather worked in our favor almost every day. Our guides were extremely knowledgeable and very motivated to share their piece of paradise with us! I will be taking another MBA tour soon!

Mohsen(July 2023)

Fantastic trip to explore the Norwegian Fjords! Loads of activities included (kayaking, hiking, glacier trekking) and our guide Jordan was brilliant. Amazing scenery, plentiful food, great campsite and some really great accommodation sites/hosts. A great group of like-minded travellers made the trip a perfect escape, definitely recommended!

Andrew(June 2023)

One of the best experiences I’ve had. We had Callum and Jordan leading our expedition and they were excellent. Each day surpasses the previous and it is a must do experience for exploring Norway in an active way.

Some of the more active days are quite intense, such as the long kayak on day 5 and the mountain hike on day 6, so a good level of fitness is needed.

Dave(June 2023)

Fabulous trip... the itinerary is spot on and each day was better than the last. If you are in two minds, just book it!

Carolyn(September 2022)

This trip was amazing! our guides were patient. enthusiastic and knowledgeable.It was a great adventure that I highly recommend!!!

Antonis(September 2022)

Memorable trip! Highly recommended!

Chris(September 2022)

The Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Adventure is a fantastic trip. The itinerary is brilliant, varied and non-stop so a real immersion into lots of things Norwegian (geography, history, culture, fjords, mountains, trolls and even tunnels). Firstly, the activities were great - kayaking the fjords was spectacular with never-ending dramatic vistas created by steep-sided hills, the hikes were good long days including high peaks and glaciers. Worth noting that we hardly saw anyone else on these activity days (with the exception of the glacier which is a popular half-day trip) so there is a real sense of escaping the crowds. Secondly, the accommodation was excellent - variety of hotels (big and small and quirky), and a great fjord-side campsite (what a view to wake up to!) – tents are spacious. Thirdly, the food was substantial, tasty, Norwegian dishes, good vegetarian options and plenty of snacks (including local varieties) and thus never hungry. Finally, and most importantly, we had fantastic guides - Jordan and Tachelle are enthusiastic, energetic, knowledgeable about the locations, always accommodating to the needs of the group, great cooks during camping (BBQ and curry were delicious), good playlists for the drives and nothing was too much trouble.

Catherine(September 2022)

Norway is stunning and this trip is packed with highlights. The four hikes were all different, I really enjoyed the long hike with the views over the fjords. You must bring good hiking boots and waterproofs as unless you are exceptionally lucky you will get rained on, that's what makes it so beautiful and green. While it is true that anyone with a reasonable level of fitness will be able to complete this, you will enjoy it more with some walking/hiking fitness. The kayaking was great, good gear and easy pacing with stops in remote spots for lunch. Pack light as much as possible but the dry bags will keep your stuff dry. The campsite was excellent, the tents and sleeping bags were comfy and warm. The facilities at the campsite were beyond my expectations, warm showers, clean toilets and a grill house for breakfast and dinner. The food was always plentiful, good quality and a large variety. We also foraged for wild blueberries which were delicious. The waterfalls also provided fresh water, though water is safe throughout Norway. Our guides Tashelle and Jordan were bundles of energy and helped us get through the 'slog' on the hikes and with any difficulties we might have. I highly recommend this trip!

Antonis(September 2022)

Fantastic trip! Excellent local hosts Jordan and Tacha were always on top of things, knowledgeable, helpful and fun! The activities were very rewarding but also challenging.

Mike(July 2022)

Let others know about your experience: This trip was outstanding. The scenery, activity, accomodation, food - everything . Our local guide, Jordan, was brilliant - encouraging, funny, polite and permanently smiling. On the glacier we had a tibetan guide who was also fantastic - and this is a man who's climbed Everest twice. Truly inspiring. The Norweigian weather can be challenging and I would say that the trip was harder (physically and mentally) that its score on the website indicates. My son and I have come home with only massively positive memories, photographs and an experience we'll never forget. Thank you MBA and Jordan!

Tasha(July 2022)