Adventures / Adventure Tapas

The Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Adventure

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

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

The Ultimate Norwegian Fjords Adventure

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

DURATION

8 nights

LOCATION

Norway

ANNUAL LEAVE

5 or 6 days off work

SEASON

Jun—Aug

GROUP SIZE

Up to 15 people

MEETING POINT

Bergen Airport, Bergen

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel · Wild camping · Apartment

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No kayaking or hiking experience is needed but you should have a reasonable level of fitness and be ok with long days of activity

Summit Scandinavia’s highest peak and clip on crampons to clamber across icy glaciers

Paddle through the pristine Nærøyfjord, and hike the towering peaks above for unforgettable vistas 

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

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

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 an apartment

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

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Bergen Airport (BGO)

Day 1: 14:30

Ends

Bergen Airport (BGO)

11:00 on Day 9

Transfers

On Day 1, your driver will be at the airport to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Voss. This is a fixed time transfer, if you arrive earlier or later, you can either arrange a private transfer with your host (see Optional Extras for price) or you can take a train from Bergen airport to Voss - you will then need to jump in a short 10-minute taxi to the hotel. On Day 9, you'll be dropped back at the airport ready to catch any flight that leaves from 11:00 onwards.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Bergen from major airports in the UK and Europe. It is possible to get the train from Bergen to Voss, or fly in to Oslo. See the FAQs section for more details.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Apartment · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

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 specialties as part of every meal - you can expect fish from the North sea, foraged berries and mushrooms 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?

Voss

On your first and last night, you will stay at the Store Ringheim boutique hotel. The hotel is a collection of converted farmhouse buildings that have been in the Ringheim family since 1778. The on-site restaurant, FLOR, has a different daily menu using ingredients from the farm and a great offering of local wines. All the rooms have been named after the mountains that surround the hotel and you will stay in twin-share rooms by default.

If you would like to arrive early or extend your stay, your host advises that you book your extra nights directly with the Store Ringheim - there are limited rooms so we advise you to do this as early as possible to secure a booking.

Nærøyvalley

You'll spend your second night at the historic Stalheim Hotel. Founded as a remote country inn during the mid-18th century, The Stalheim is perched in the awe-inspiring Nærøyfjord. This spectacular historic gem draws numerous visitors from across the globe, including droves of artists who have been inspired by the area’s remarkable landscape. You'll stay in twin-share rooms by default here, most come with a panoramic view overlooking the Nærøyvalley.

Arnahus Wild Camping

On the third and fourth night, you'll paddle to a beach and sleep in a tent under the stars. You'll sleep 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.

Undredal Village

On day 5 you'll stay in the tiny village of Undredal. Accommodation is extremely limited in this remote spot so you will be staying in private apartments right on the fjord-side. Rooms are twin-share by default and the group will be spread between one to four apartments next to where the pull-out point for the kayaking is.

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 of Norwegian folk art, much of which is 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 with the evening with a glass of wine after dinner.

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 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 after a long day.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. This is applicable to all nights but there is limited space. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

Day 1

Welcome to Norway

Head for Voss – gateway to the beautiful Fjords and known as the adrenaline capital of Norway. Check into your hotel, explore, grab some dinner and then get a good night's sleep before hitting the trails in the morning.

Day 2

Do go chasing waterfalls

Hiking

4-6hrs · 15km · 300m up · 300m down

Up bright and early to head to Husedalen Valley, one of the wildest fjord regions and home to the rugged and immense Hardangervidda Plateau. Your hike begins in a pristine forest and continues uphill past spectacular waterfalls that spill over the cliffs of the plateau. Your goal is Sotesfossen, the fourth and final of the mighty Husedalen Waterfalls. You'll have time to soak it all in and enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to your hotel in Nærøyvalley for the evening.

Day 3

Time to hit the water

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 13km

After a safety briefing and paddling instruction session, you'll pack your dry bags 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 and 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 4

Bird's-eye view hiking

Hiking

7-10 hours · 20km · 1050m up · 1050m 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 5

Kayak into the Aurlandsfjord

Kayaking

3-4hrs · 12km

Back on the water as you load up your kayak and continue to paddle through the Nærøyfjord. The cold, clean waters are a wildlife haven, eyes peeled for seals and with luck, you may even encounter Niser, a local species of harbour porpoise. Next, you'll pass the towering headland of Beitelen, the natural divider between the Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord. Your take-out point is Undredal in the Aurlandsfjord. You'll check into your apartments and have a short chat with some locals about their goat's cheese-making venture - with some sampling of course.

Day 6

Paddle to Fresvik

Kayaking

3-4hrs · 18km

Hiking

1hr · 2km · 250m down

Driving

3hr

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. You'll hop in the van for a transfer to Jotunheimen in the north, an early night needed to prepare for tomorrow's summit stomp.

Day 7

To the top!

Hiking

7 hours · 12km · 650m up · 650m down

Setting off early you’ll start the 7hr round trip to the top of the majestic Galdhøpiggen (2469m). Snowcovered year around, the hike to the summit begins by crossing the Styggebreen glacier - crampons and ropes provided. You’ll then push on to the summit, soak up that ‘top of the world’ feeling and check out the incredible views below.

Day 8

Glacier go-go

Hiking

3hrs · 2km · 150m up · 150m down

You'll spend the morning hiking 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. You'll then drive to Voss and spend a final evening celebrating your ultimate adventure with your crew.

Day 9

Transfer to Bergen for final farewells

The trip concludes with a group transfer from Voss to Bergen airport or Bergen town.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

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 (foam)

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

What do I need to bring?

  • Rucksack for hiking (25-30 litres, without a frame so it can be packed in a kayak)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • 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)
  • Gaiters (if you have them)
  • Walking poles (optional, lightweight and collapsible)
  • Swimwear and/or rash vest (something to wear under the wetsuit)
  • Flip flops/sandals or light trainers for camp
  • Thin gloves
  • Beanie
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses (ideally with retainer strap)
  • Sunscreen
  • Small travel towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication if needed
  • Antihistamines/bite relief if you are allergic
  • Head torch
  • Personal snacks

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 163kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You really do not need any kayaking experience. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start. You’ll just need reasonable levels of fitness to handle the days out on the water.

The hiking is not for total beginners and the long hike on Day 4 can be challenging, particularly if it is or has been wet. The summit walk is also a big day, and we would only recommend this hike if you are an active person with hiking experience. No experience with crampons is needed. Both hikes take approx 7 to 9 hours return, with awesome views making them all worthwhile.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The weather in summer is very comfortable for kayaking and camping, with temperatures at 15-20 degrees Celsius, sometimes more. It can get chilly at night so a warm jumper and some thermals are vital. This time of year daylight in Norway is constant with only 2–3 hours of darkness in the evenings.

We recommend joining this trip in July and August for the warmest temperatures, but it’s great all summer.

One of the most beautiful places in the world. A fjord is a deep, narrow and elongated part of the sea, that stretches inland for miles, winding around mountains, valleys and steep cliffs. The fjords were formed by the giant glacier tongues and shaped over several ice ages.

There are a plenty of kayaks available for you to use with a mix of single and doubles available depending on your preference and experience.

You're free to bring any luggage or suitcase you wish with you to Voss but if you can pack light it'll make life easier with the various luggage transfers. During the tour, your main luggage will be transported between accommodations by bus so you'll have overnight access to it throughout, except for the kayaking section (Days 3, 4 and 5).

At the kayaking base in Gudvangen on Day 3, you'll be provided with a 22-litre dry bag to pack everything that you will need with you for the next three nights (you will also be given a hard, waterproof case for your camera/phone). You'll need to pack light as your dry bag has to fit into the hatched compartments (bulkheads) of the kayak, along with the group's food and equipment which will be shared among the kayaks. The remainder of your luggage can be left behind and securely stored at the kayaking base in Gudvangen, and will be transferred to your accommodation in Fresvik and reunited with you on Day 6.

Don't stress, your host will explain all during the briefing.

We can recommend the following from budget to high price. There are many other hotels however these are selected for their convenience and / or from experience:

Accommodation in Voss

  • Voss Hostel - great prices for individuals, couples or large groups.
  • Voss Camping Cabins - ideal for small groups of 3 to 4.
  • Store Ringheim Hotel - Perfect for cosy traditional rooms and great food - and you will be staying here before and after your trip so let them know if you want extra nights.

Accommodation in Bergen

Here’s what your local guide has to say on Drones:

We do not really encourage bringing drones on this trip for several reasons:

  • There are limited times where there would be possibilities for flying the drone.
  • We need to keep the campsites free of drone traffic in agreement with the landowners.
  • There is often livestock animals in some areas that may get affected and we need to keep a good relationship with the farmers.
  • We have seen some people being frustrated by drone traffic and can understand this.

Having said this we do not prohibit drone use as it is out of our legislation - as long as it does not interfere with the issues mentioned above and you can fit the drone in the kayak it will be okay to bring it along. Just please do discuss the use with other group members sometime after meeting up with them the first morning to settle this.

The best way to meet your host is to take the train from Oslo centre to Voss. The train journey takes about 6.5 hours and goes through some amazing scenery.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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