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Norwegian Fjords Expedition

Hike and kayak a wild, unique route through one of the planet’s most stunning landscapes on this 70km self-powered journey

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Norwegian Fjords Expedition

Hike and kayak a wild, unique route through one of the planet’s most stunning landscapes on this 70km self-powered journey

DURATION
5 nights
LOCATION
Norway
ANNUAL LEAVE
4 days off work
SEASON
May—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Bergen Airport, Bergen
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hostel · Cabin · Campsite · Wild camping

OVERALL RATING

0.0

This trip is brand new
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

This one will test your endurance. Long days on the trail and on the water, wild camping as you go lapping up all the elements as they come

Hike through epic fjordland terrain from sea level up to rugged mountain plateaus and snow-capped peaks over 1000m high

Paddle the pristine fjords, passing sheer cliff faces and tumbling waterfalls as you slice through the glassy waters

Explore the absurdly beautiful Nærøyfjord and Sognefjord from all angles, wild camping on the water's edge for true campfire vibes

An epic extended journey, which ramps up our much-loved adventure Hike, Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords into a proper Nordic challenge

Day 1

Meet your crew

Voss, Norway
Canva - https://www.canva.com/photos/MADAs8nJiV8-tvindefossen-waterfall-near-voss-norway-/

Arriving in Bergen, you'll be met at the airport by your host and transferred an hour and a half down the road to your accommodation in Voss, located in the heart of Norway's fjordland. Settle into your hostel and head out to grab dinner locally. If you're feeling brave, you could try a quick dip in the Vangsvatnet lake before a good night’s sleep ahead of the expedition kicking off tomorrow.

Day 2

The expedition begins

Host image - Nordic Ventures

Hiking

8-10hrs · 12-15km · 1200m up · 650m down

Hop in the van for a scenic ride deeper into the fjords, arriving at your host's kayaking base in Gudvangen after an hour on the road. Meet your guide and get prepared to spend the next five days in the great outdoors – on the trail and on the water. The expedition kicks off on dry land, hiking a trail from Gudvangen along the Naerøyfjord to the village of Bakka. From here, head up the mountain from fjord-level towards the viewpoint Rimstigen: at 725 metres above the water, it offers the first of many epic panoramas to come. From Rimstigen, the trail cuts back into a shallow glacial valley before another ascent to a ridge overlooking the fjord. The day's efforts culminate at the summit of Breiskrednosi, which looms 1189m above the fjord, in the late afternoon. Unparalleled views – and a well-deserved rest – await before you descend down the plateau, past some old farms in the area and finally on to your home for the night at Hjølmo. Your evening is spent in a cosy mountain cabin cooking dinner, enjoying the surroundings, getting your gear ready for the next day and resting after an epic first day.

Day 3

Hike from Hjølmo to Lægdane

Norway Hiking on snow
Host image: Nordic Ventures

Hiking

5-6hrs · 14-16km · 550m up · 250m down

Fuel up on breakfast at the cabin, slip the hiking boots back on and hit the trail deeper into the backcountry, ascending back up to elevations of around 1000m into the highlands above the fjord. You will be above the treeline for large parts of today, navigating your way across a rugged mountain plateau. This area is fully snow-covered during winter and you will likely still be hiking on hard, compacted snow in certain areas, which surprisingly is easier than on the animal tracks hidden beneath. The plateau is vast and your guide will select one of several routes for reaching the next stopping point, Lægdane. This area is home to a sub-alpine forest, in the past a source for high-quality timber due to the slow-grown furu trees found here. It is an area of wetlands, with small lakes hidden away in the forest. The water flow from this area feeds the large waterfall of Lægdafossen, an impressive cascade plunging down into the fjord below from an elevation of 700m. You'll set up camp for the night in the forest, before heading to explore the waterfall exit point, taking in the views down into the fjord system far below.

Day 4

Roam from summit to sea level

Hikers in the fjords, Norway
Host image: Nordic Ventures

Hiking

4-5hrs · 11-12km · 250m up · 1000m down

Waking up in the forest, you'll have some time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and coffee before continuing your hike across the plateau, eventually descending down to the fjordside village of Fresvik. The hike is mainly downhill along a clear trail and by mid-afternoon you'll catch the first glimpse of Fresvik below, offering magnificent views across the Sognefjord. This evening, you'll pitch your tent right on the shore of the fjord – an incredible spot to celebrate the completion of the hiking section of the expedition. Kick back for a memorable evening around the campfire as the moonlight hits the calm waters that you'll be paddling out on to first thing tomorrow.

This evening also offers the opportunity to recharge phones or cameras. You will be reunited with your packed drybags for the kayaking section of the expedition and there is a chance to send back dirty hiking boots and clothes with your host's shuttle, so you don’t have to bring these along for the next two days of kayaking.

Day 5

Kayaking the fjords: Fresvik to Dyrdal

POV shot. Photo: Jan

Kayaking

4-5 hours · 20km

Wake up in this cracking spot, break down camp and prepare your kayak. You'll get full instructions from your guide, who will lead a briefing covering paddle technique, equipment use and adjustment, and general safety, before hitting the water. Launch into the fjord and get your first taste of gliding through the calm waters of the Norwegian Fjords. You'll paddle through the serene Sognefjord, taking in the epic scenery before reaching the entrance to the smaller Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site flanked by towering mountains and home to seals, porpoises and rare sea eagles. Paddle past Lægdafossen waterfall, offering a completely different perspective compared with seeing it from your hike previously. Late afternoon, you'll arrive at a suitable pull-out spot where you'll set up camp on the water's edge. Kick back and watch dinner being prepared on an open fire, which will keep you warm for another night of fjordside camping.

Day 6

Kayak to the finish line at Gudvangen

Kayaking

4 - 5 hours · 12km

Wake up in the wild one last time – grab a bracing swim in the fjords if you are brave enough! Hit the water again after breakfast, continuing your kayak journey through the majestic Nærøyfjord. Waterfalls are common and you can witness the waters flow from summit to fjord, having visited the sources for these powerful waterfalls while hiking the highlands above. Continue kayaking south along the Nærøyfjord, exploring magnificent cliffs and remote cascades, keeping your eye out for seals and soaking up the last of your time on the water as you push on to the finish line. Mid-afternoon, you'll arrive back at the kayak base at Gudvangen which marks the end of your expedition. There will be one last shift to unpack your gear and haul the kayaks onto trailers before bidding farewell to your amazing expedition guides. Your host will drive you back to Bergen Airport in time for any evening flights back to civilisation.

Included

Guides

Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

1 night in a hostel, 1 night in a cabin, 3 nights wild camping

Meals

5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All your kayaking and camping equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

Visas where required

Day 1

Hostel · Same sex dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Cabin · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Host image - Nordic Ventures

Breakfasts and dinners will be prepared by your guide over a campfire. The menu will vary but you can expect things like egg, bacon and sausages; rice and pasta with fresh vegetables. There is also bread and sandwich fillers for lunch breaks. Water, tea and coffee are readily available, as well as wine for the evenings. The portions are more than generous, all the food is fresh and any dietary requirements can be met – just tell us your preferences when you book.

What is the accommodation like?

Voss

On your first night, you'll be staying in same-sex dorms in a simple, clean hostel in Voss. Occasionally, alternative accommodation is provided in cabins at Gudvangen Camping (close to the kayaking base) or in a simple hotel in Brandseth.

Norwegian Fjords
Fjord Edge

Throughout the expedition you'll paddle up to beaches along the route and sleep in a tent under the stars. Sleeping mats and sleeping bags are provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer. There are no showers at the sites, and toilets are basic – it is wild camping, after all! The experience of camping fjordside in Norway is real once-in-a-lifetime stuff, with an epic backdrop and proper campfire vibes each night.

Upgrades

If you'd prefer your own room in Voss, your host offers an optional upgrade to a private room at Voss Hostel or alternatively, at the 4-star Park Hotel Voss (subject to availability). Park Hotel is conveniently located about 150m from the train station and right on the lakefront. The option of a solo tent is also offered for the camping nights on this trip, but is subject to availability: we recommend that you request this at the time of booking to avoid disappointment. Please see Optional Extras for prices.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Bergen Airport (BGO)

12:30 on Day 1 as standard (13:15 for the departure starting on 16 August 2024)

Ends

Bergen Airport (BGO)

18:00 on Day 6

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, or Flight DY1317 for the departure starting on 16 August 2024). If you arrive earlier or later, please contact your host to make alternative arrangements.

For those arriving earlier or later, by prior arrangement only, the group transfer may be able to collect you from Bergen city centre before heading to the airport to meet the group, or collect you from Voss after doing the group airport pickup. It's easy to make your own way from Bergen to Voss by train and your host can arrange a private transfer from Voss to your hotel if needed.

PLEASE NOTE

The airport arrival transfer will depart Bergen Airport at 12:30. Any flight which arrives by 12:00 will be fine. The only exception is the departure starting on 16 August 2024, where the pickup time from Bergen Airport will be 13:15 – any flight which arrives by 12:45 will be fine.

On Day 6, a group transfer to Bergen Airport is planned to coincide with the scheduled departure time of the Norwegian Air direct evening flight to London Gatwick (Flight DY1318). Please do not book a flight departing before 19:00 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 – either direct or via Oslo. 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. See FAQs 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 (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 (35-40 litres, without a frame so it can be packed into the kayak)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood for hiking
  • Warm clothes for evenings at the campsite: long trousers, fleece, warm jacket
  • Base layers
  • Worn in waterproof hiking boots or hiking shoes (ideally with ankle support)
  • Hiking socks (wool/merino is 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 (for early/late season departures)
  • Beanie
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses (ideally with a 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
  • Mini drybags to keep essentials dry inside your hiking pack

OPTIONAL

  • Sleeping bag liner (recommended)
  • Gaiters (highly recommended)
  • Waterproof trousers for hiking (recommended for early/late season departures)
  • Walking poles (recommended, lightweight and collapsible)
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Private single room at Voss Hostel

Payable Before Departure

Private single room at Voss Hostel

Private triple room in Voss hostel

Payable Before Departure

Private triple room in Voss hostel

Private twin room at Voss Hostel

Payable Before Departure

Private twin room at Voss Hostel

Upgrade to Park Hotel Voss (Private Single Room)

Payable Before Departure

Upgrade to Park Hotel Voss (Private Single Room)

Upgrade to Park Hotel Voss (Private Twin/Double Room)

Payable Before Departure

Upgrade to Park Hotel Voss (Private Twin/Double Room)

Optional Solo Tent Upgrade (where available)

Payable Before Departure

Optional Solo Tent Upgrade (where available)

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.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 75kg 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 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. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

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'll be on the move all day for five days in a row, so this expedition is aimed at adventurous souls with good levels of fitness and a love for being immersed in the great outdoors, whatever the weather. Day 2 kicks things off with a big push – 8 to 10 hours of hiking to get through – so we suggest doing some warm up hikes in the week or two before flying to Norway, so that you are not caught out at the start of the expedition. You do not need any prior kayaking experience – your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing. You’ll just need reasonable levels of fitness to handle approx 32km of relaxed paddling over two days, following three days of hiking covering 35-40km. While hiking, you'll be tackling elevations that go from sea level up to 1189m, with some steep sections to navigate in places.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You're free to bring any luggage or suitcase you wish with you to Voss. On Day 2, you'll check out of your accommodation with all of your luggage and take a minivan to the host's kayaking base in Gudvangen. Here, you'll separate your items into what you will need for hiking, and what you need for kayaking. The remainder of your luggage (anything you don't need on the expedition) can be left at the kayaking base in Gudvangen, where it will be safely stored until your return.

For the kayaking, you will be given a 22-litre drybag to pack everything into for this part of the expedition (excluding a sleeping bag and sleeping mat, unless you bring your own). You will be given a hard waterproof case for your camera/phone too, and you'll want to keep certain things handy such as your water bottle, a cap, sunscreen and snacks. You'll need to pack light as your drybag has to fit into the hatched compartments (bulkheads) of your kayak, along with the group's food and equipment which will be shared among the kayaks. Don't stress! Your host will explain it all during the briefing.

Sure thing. On Day 2, you'll check out of your accommodation with all of your luggage and transfer to the host's kayaking base in Gudvangen. Here, you'll re-pack all your stuff, ready for the expedition (see 'How do I pack for this expedition?' above). The remainder of your luggage – anything that you don't need on the adventure itself – can be left behind at the kayaking base in Gudvangen, where it will be safely stored until your return.

The weather in summer is generally very comfortable for kayaking and camping, with temperatures of 15-20°C, sometimes more. April and May typically see the lowest rainfall, but days are cooler (typically 10-15°C) and nights usually hover a few degrees above freezing. Snow cover often persists on higher ground into April and May (and occasionally even early June), so is likely to be encountered along a significant portion of the hike. Your host has a stock of snowshoes if necessary. We recommend joining this trip in July and August for the warmest temperatures, but it’s great all throughout the summer.

In any month it can rain and get chilly at night so waterproofs, good hiking boots, a warm jumper and some thermals are vital. At this time of year, daylight in Norway is near constant with only 2–3 hours of darkness in the evenings.

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

Absolutely. The train is 45 minutes faster than the included transfer and is one of the most spectacular journeys you can take by rail. Here’s how:

From the airport, get the Flybussen airport shuttle to Bergen bus station, or the Bybanen (city light rail – cheaper, but slower). Buses to/from the airport run every 10-15 minutes, and cost roughly 90NOK (£9) each way. The Bybanen is approx 40NOK (£4). From Bergen bus station, it’s just a few minutes walk to the train station. A taxi from the airport to the train station can be booked for between 350-550NOK (£35-£55), depending on traffic.

Trains run regularly throughout the day and don’t need to be booked in advance, with a single ticket to Voss costing roughly 200NOK (£20). Trains to Oslo stop at Voss. You can buy tickets at the ticket office up until 17:30, or from ticket machines. You can check the timetable or book ahead online.

Voss Hostel is a 12-minute walk from Voss train station. Head out of the main station and turn right on the road. Follow the road until just before the roundabout (about 750m) then take the left turning, following the road for 200m more – straight to the hostel.

For the return, make your life easy by jumping on the already included transfers to Bergen Airport.

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

Accommodation in Voss

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 OK to bring it along. Just please do discuss the use with other group members sometime after meeting up with them on the first morning to settle this.

The best way to meet your host is to take the train from Oslo centre to Voss (not Bergen), and then head to Voss Hostel. Voss Hostel is a 12-minute walk from Voss train station. Head out of the main station and turn right on the road. Follow the road until just before the roundabout (about 750m) then take the left turning, following the road for 200m more – straight to the hostel. 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 for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

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.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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