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Kayak and Wild Camp Norwegian Fjords

An epic weekend of paddling and fjord-side camping. ½ day off work.

I'M UP FOR
Kayak Journeys
DURATION
2 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Active
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
Norway
SEASON
April—September
NEAREST AIRPORT

Kayak and camp the stunning Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on this epic weekend escape. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • Two days guided kayaking remote areas of the fjord
  • One night hostel accommodation
  • One night camping with fjord-side barbecue and campfire
  • Breakfast and lunches
  • Airport transfers
  • All kayaking and camping equipment

Need To Know

To maximise convenience we include as much of your travel and logistics in this package, so you just need to turn up and play. In this trip:

  • One night in local accommodation in Voss or Bergen (4 per en-suite room)
  • Camp under the stars on night two
  • Breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Fjord side campfire and BBQ on Saturday - beer and drinks are included.
  • Kayak equipment and guide
  • Camping equipment and sleeping bag/mat
  • Return airport transfers from Bergen

You’ll need to book flights to Bergen and insurance. Only other costs will be dinner in a local restaurant on the first night, and any other spending money.

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.

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 approx 25km of relaxed paddling over two days, and be up for camping out overnight.

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

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.

Sure can! It’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our Epic Weekends are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. The trips run in groups of approx 8 each. Expect a mix of like-minded solo travellers and very small groups of 2 or 3, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Yup! The following equipment is supplied on the tour:

  • Sea Kayak
  • Paddle
  • Bilge pump
  • Mesh bag for personal gear transport/storage
  • Neoprene booties
  • Long John wetsuit
  • Spray deck
  • Paddle jacket with a hood and reflective striping - or you are welcome to use your own jacket if you prefer
  • Life jacket
  • Dry bag, one per person plus plastic bags for packing up extra gear
  • Waterproof Peli-case for your camera – many sizes available
  • Tents
  • Sleeping bag + a thin foam sleeping pad. Feel free to bring your own.
  • All cooking gear, plates, cups etc.

To help you pack, here are a few suggested items.

  • Rain jacket with hood
  • Warm clothes for evenings camping - warm jacket, long pants, fleece, extra socks, a set of base layers (trousers and top).
  • Small travel towel
  • Cap and a beanie
  • Sunglasses (with retainer strap)
  • Sun lotion
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Personal snacks
  • Thin gloves (protect from blisters)
  • Toiletry items, personal medication
  • Camera. Waterproof boxes provided!
  • Antihistamines/bite relief if you are allergic to insect bites.
  • Liner for your sleeping bag
  • Torch or headtorch.

When you arrive you’ll put your stuff into a combination of dry bags (22l) and plastic bags for the trip, leaving your suitcases/bags with anything you don’t need in a secure locker at the base. Your guides are experts in packing kayaks and will help you pack your kayak efficiently to use up as much space available as possible.

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. Dinner and breakfast is 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 is also bread and sandwhich filler for lunch breaks. Water, tea and coffee are also readily available as well as beer for the evenings.

Absolutely. Just let us know about your catering preferences when you confirm your booking to ensure any dietary requirements are met.

Yes - when you arrive at the base you’ll be asked to transfer anything you need for the trip into drybags to take with you. You can leave anything you don’t need behind to be safely secured in a locker which you’ll collect again at the end of the trip.

Absolutely. Please just double check you are allocated to stay at Voss on the first night before you do this though! Your host will confirm this with you after booking - look out for an email from them asking to confirm your travel plans.

It’s 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 ( https://www.flybussen.no/), or the Bybanen (city light rail - cheaper but slower). Buses to/from the airport run every 10-15 minutes, and cost roughly 900NOK (£9) each way. The Bybanen (https://www.skyss.no/en/timetable-and-maps/bergen-light-rail/ ) is approx 40NOK (£4).

From the bus station it’s a few minutes walk to the train station. A taxi from the airport to 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 5.30 pm, or from ticket machines. If you want to check the timetable or book online head to www.nsb.no.

Voss Hostel is a 12 minute walk from the 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.

No, unfortunately our social group trips are aimed at adults (18+) and aren’t suitable for children.
If you’d like to join the trip with children, please get in touch to ask about a private trip.

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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 cozy traditional rooms and great food.

Accommodation in Bergen

  • Montana Hostel, Bergen - great prices for individuals, couples or large groups.
  • Grand Terminus Hotel - Older style but right next to train station.
  • Thon Bristol Hotel, Bergen - great central city location for sight seeing and night life.
  • First Marin Hotel, central city - great central city location for sight seeing and night life.

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 first morning to settle this.

The best way to meet us is to take the train from Oslo centre to Voss (not Bergen), and then head to Voss Hostel. See the FAQ how to get to Voss hostel from the airport and just follow the directions from Voss station to the hostel. The train journey takes about 6.5 hours and goes through some amazing scenery.

Got a question not covered here? Contact the host.

Location

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Known as the gateway to the Fjords, Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City as well as a European City of Culture. There is plenty to see and do, so it’s well worth considering extending your stay or arriving early to explore this beautiful city.

Once you leave Bergen, your journey winds through the breathtaking Stalheim gorge on your way to the fjord-side village of Gudvangen. Over the weekend you’ll paddle north through the fjord before arriving in the remote village of Unredal on Sunday. You’ll be surrounded by seriously incredible mountains, cliffs and majestic waterfalls. Keep an eye out for seals.

Start point

Bergen airport, 14:30 or 00:30

You will be met at Bergen Airport and transferred to your hostel accommodation in either Voss or Bergen for the evening. There are two transfer options for this trip - either 14.30 or 00:30.

Your driver will wait for all Norwegian airline flights due to land before these times. If they are delayed, they will wait. You may arrive on a different flight, as long as you’re able to meet your host at the designated transfer time.

If you choose to arrive a day or two earlier to explore Bergen, please note it is not possible to be picked up in the town centre. There are buses to/from the airport that run every 10 minutes, a tram line and taxi’s all available, all of which accept card payments.

It’s also possible to get the train from Bergen centre to Voss hostel - 45 minutes faster than the included transfer and one of the most spectacular journeys you can take by rail. Please see the additional information about getting the train in the FAQ’s section.

Finish point

Bergen airport, approx 17:30

Your trip will end at Bergen Airport in time to catch any flight departing after 19:00.

Please note it is not possible to be dropped off in the town centre if you are staying on longer. There are buses that run every 10 minutes, a tram line and taxi’s all available to/from the airport - all of which accept card payments.

What to Expect

Trip Itinerary Itinerary, click to enlarge

The Weekend Plan

This weekend trip will be one to boast about. Put yourself in the heart of the stunning Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Access little visited areas of the fjord only accessible by kayak, and enjoy a night under the stars around a campfire.

Day 1: Get there.

  • Wave goodbye to the office and head to Bergen where you will be met ready for your airport transfer to either Voss or Bergen for the first night.
  • After settling in to your accommodation, head out to explore and grab dinner, then it’s time for a good night’s sleep before hitting the water tomorrow.

Day 2: Kayak

  • Meet your guide in the morning for the drive to put in point at Gudvangen.
  • Time to pack your gear into dry bags and get set up with your kayak before heading out for the first days unforgettable paddling down the beautiful Nærøyfjord.
  • Arrive at your campsite late afternoon for a well-deserved break.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery, a barbecue, campfire, and conversation.
  • Head out for an optional short walk and get a view of the fjord from above.

Day 3: Kayak and fly home

  • Wake up in Norwegian paradise and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting off again.
  • Continue kayaking north along the Nærøyfjord, exploring the magnificent cliff faces and rarely visited waterfalls - great for seal spotting.
  • Arrive early-afternoon at the remote village of Undredal, at the Aurlandsfjord.
  • Then it’s time to jump back on the shuttle to unload all equipment and head to Bergen airport in time for your flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, accommodation availability, weather conditions and forecasts.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in local hostel accommodation in Bergen or Voss on the first night. The rooms are typically 4 person dorm rooms. Your local hosts will confirm your exact accommodation once you have confirmed your travel arrangements (via email after booking).

On the second night, pull your kayak into the beach and camp with a wild campfire and a barbecue.

You will be sleeping in quality 2-man tents. Sleeping matts and sleeping bags are also provided - bring your own if you prefer. These will be stored in dry bags on your kayak while you’re out on the Fjord. If you have not requested your own tent, you may have to share a tent with another member of the same sex in the group.

There is a composting eco toilet outhouse near the camp spot. There are no showers, (but a lovely fjord to swim in!)

Private rooms/tent upgrades

If you wish to have your own private room in the hostel on the first night, or a private tent during the trip, then please request this after booking. Your host will contact you by email to confirm your travel and personal details and any extras you wish to add. Private rooms are limited availability, and cost an additional 400NOK (approx £40, $50). Single tents are available for 150NOK (approx £15,$20). Both are payable locally, but must be booked in advance.

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Accommodation · Airport Transfers · Equipment · Guide · Local Transport · Meals As Described · Happiness Guaranteed · 100% Financial Protection · No Single Supplements

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Private twin room Payable In Resort
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Private tent Payable In Resort
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