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Hike, Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords

Our top wish-listed weekend. Paddle, trek and sleep in scenery you can't afjord to miss

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Adventures / Adventure Tapas

Hike, Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords

Our top wish-listed weekend. Paddle, trek and sleep in scenery you can't afjord to miss

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Norway

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

Apr—Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 10 people

MEETING POINT

Bergen Airport, Bergen

ACCOMMODATION

Hostel · Wild camping

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

The hike is long and often steep, which some may find a challenge.

Kayak through the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord, the wildest and most stunning arm of the beautiful Sognefjord 

Paddle past sheer cliff faces, snow-dipped mountains, majestic waterfalls, rustic farms, and the occasional nosy seal

Wild camp under the stars on the waters edge and feast on supper prepared by your guide over the campfire

What's it like?

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    Robin, June 2022

    Amazing few days, great way to experience this fantastic landscape

    Joseph, June 2022

    Fantastic trip with stunning views and great guide. Worth every penny! The kayaking is leisurely and although the hike is a little challenge the end reward outweighs all the work. Plenty of photo taking opportunities and they even supplied a floating waterproof case for phones to take pics of the stunning waterfalls (just make sure you take it in with your eyes first!)

    David, June 2022

    I was so impressed with how well organised this trip was. The Fjords are a bucket list trip not to be missed. Our weekend had heavy rainfall which made it a little more physically challenging. However, our guide - Henry - made sure we were well fed and watered so our spirits were kept high as well as binding us strangers together and making us a team. If you enjoy physical activity, if you enjoy the outdoors or if you enjoy good times then this trip is for you! Thank you Henry and thank you MBA for a lifetime of memories.

    Hannah, June 2022

    Absolutely incredible 4days in Norway. Good quality equipment, fantastic scenery and a great group of people. Our guide Devin was enthusiastic and friendly, and ensured that everybody was well looked after. Highly recommended.

    Laura, June 2022

    Trip was great thanks, the campsite was amazing and the scenery was fantastic. The area itself was my highlight. Our guide was really friendly and fun. Personally I had an older kayak and had to swap on the last day as my rudder came off and I noticed the difference being in a newer kayak, might make sense to put everyone in the same kayaks. Our tent was broken but we got a new one straight away which was good. It didn't take long to put everything together but I had expected the tents to be erected and less involvement in clearing up/cooking/setting up based on other similar trips at a similar price point. Health and safety measures felt fine, however I consider myself quite fit and able. I think some people struggled with the level of exertion and it might be worth asking people to give a rough indication of fitness levels before going on the trip so that you can be grouped accordingly. We had a good group but I felt like some more thought to age groups and gender as there were 2 men vs. 10 women in our group and I think more of a mixture would have been more enjoyable for my other half. I think managing our expectations a bit better about how long things might take, how much water we were allowed to help ourselves to and not being so involved in the cooking/clearing up would be a nice touch, not to say our guide did a bad job he was working hard but maybe just let people know what will be expected of them in that respect before the trip. Overall it was a good experience and I would recommend! Thank you :)

    Lisa, June 2022

    You have to do this trip! It was absolutely amazing with breathtaking scenery on all days. The local guide (David/Dáithí) was brilliant and fun, the food was excellent, the campsite location spectacular, the kayaking and hiking was epic, and lastly, to top it all off, we had an awesome group with bluebird days!

    Sarah, June 2022

    This was our first trip with MBA and we cannot recommend it enough! Our guide was knowledgeable, fun and really made the trip for us. Kayaking along the fjord was an unforgettable experience and the view at the top of the hike was amazing (we were very lucky with the weather this trip which definitely helped). Our dietary requirements were also catered for really well with no issues whatsoever! Overall amazing trip!

    Fiona, June 2022

    If u want some escapism and a feeling of just getting away, recharge yourself - mentally and physically, this is the trip for you - best thing I’ve done for ages..

    Meghan, June 2022

    This trip was such a bucket list experience for me. The beauty of fjords cannot be summed up in words or in any of my hundreds of pictures! Just incredible and so special to get to spend a few days experiencing them from the top and from the water below. Also so well organised and thought out. Loved our fabulous guide, Ian, and we had a really fun group. Thank you for the ultimate long weekend trip and I’ll def be signing up for more in the future :)

    Keith, June 2022

    Just back from the three day kayaking and hiking trip (July'22). Booked via Much Better Adventures. A fantastic trip. The views are incredible and photos do not do it justice. The guide was superb - very knowledgable, chatty, and happy to deal with any query or issue. The equipment was pretty good (the only issue was the water proof jacket which was showing its age with holes in the pockets - we were warned of this before putting phones etc in them). The food was spot on and plentiful. The was a vegetarian and vegan on the trip and they appeared to be very happy with their meals. Smooth transfers with a great host. Accommodation was good, although at my age I would have preferred an air bed in the tent rather than a camping mat. I fully understand the issues with packing an airbed etc, so that is not likely to be an option. The toilet on the camp site we were based at had two "long drop" loo's. I've used these type of loos before on other wilder camp sites, and they always have either saw-dust or soil to cover what you've just left. This one didn't have that and it was not pleasant...think eye wateringly bad... But hey, it's wild camping. I think the kit list could do with a summer / winter option. Maybe add the suggestion of packing tic spray and a small blow up pillow for the camp site. Also suggest that you pack an eye mask as in summer, it doesn't get dark at night so sleeping in a tent could be a struggle. The hike is really tough if you're not particularly fit like me, but flipping heck - the view from the top of the mountain is so worth the effort, along with the feeling of achievement of completing it. I took walking poles with me and they were helpful. An absolutely amazing trip

    Included

    Guides

    Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides

    Accommodation

    1 night in a hostel and 2 nights camping at the fjord edge

    Meals

    Breakfast and dinner cooked over the campfire with sandwiches for lunch

    Transfers

    You'll be transferred from and to Bergen Airport

    Equipment

    Everything you need for kayaking and camping is provided

    Not Included

    Flights to and from the meeting point

    Some meals as described

    Personal expenses

    Travel insurance

    The Area

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    Logistics

    Starts

    Bergen Airport (BGO)

    Day 1: 14:30 as standard [13:00 for trips between June 16th - August 12th inclusive]

    Ends

    Bergen Airport (BGO)

    16:45 on Day 4

    Transfers

    On Day 1, your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Voss.

    PLEASE NOTE

    • For departures between 15 April - 10 June, and 13th August - 30 September, the transfer to Voss will depart Bergen Airport at 14:30. Any flight which arrives by 14:00 will be fine.
    • For departures between 16 June - 12th August inclusive, the transfer to Voss will depart Bergen Airport at 13:00. Any flight which arrives by 12:30 will be fine.

    If you are unable to arrive in Bergen at this time you can still get to Voss via the train - see FAQs for details.

    On Day 4, you'll be dropped back at Bergen airport ready to catch any flight that leaves from 18:00 onwards.

    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 get a train all the way from Oslo. See FAQs for more details.

    Day 1

    Hostel · Same sex dorm

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 3

    Wild camping · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Departure day

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    What is the food like?

    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 sandwich filler for lunch breaks. Water, tea and coffee are also readily available as well as beer for the evenings.

    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.

    Fjord Edge

    On the second and third night, you'll paddle to a beach 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 is no shower, and toilets are basic to say the least - it is wild camping after all.

    Day 1

    Meet your crew

    Wave goodbye to the office and head to Bergen where you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation in Voss. After settling into your hostel, head out to grab dinner locally, then it’s time for a good night’s sleep before hitting the water tomorrow.

    Day 2

    Kayaking the Nærøyfjord

    Kayaking

    4-5 hours · 12km

    Grab breakfast and then head to the put-in point at Gudvangen. Get your paddle gear set up before heading out for the first days unforgettable paddling down the beautiful Nærøyfjord. Arrive at the campsite in the late afternoon for a well-deserved break, enjoy the stunning scenery, eat and make merry around the campfire. There is also the option of going for a short walk to get a better view of the fjord from above.

    Day 3

    Hike to the highlands 1000m above the fjord

    Hiking

    10-11hrs · 20.7km · 1530m up · 1530m down

    Wake up in a Norwegian paradise and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before packing your bag, ready for the day’s hike. Your aim is to reach the Breiskrednosi summit above the Nærøyfjord and get a spectacular view of the fjord from above. After reaching the top and enjoying some great views of the fjord, it’s time to head back down to your campsite and dinner round the campfire before another night under the stars.

    Day 4

    Kayak past cliff faces and waterfalls before heading home

    Kayaking

    4 - 5 hours · 12km

    Continue kayaking north along the Nærøyfjord, exploring magnificent cliffs and remote waterfalls, keeping your eye out for seals along the way. Arrive mid-afternoon at the remote village of Undredal, before heading to the airport in time for your flight home.

    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 (15-20 litres, without a frame so it can be packed into the kayak)
    • Waterproof jacket with hood for hiking
    • Waterproof trousers for hiking
    • Warm clothes for evenings at the campsite: long trousers, fleece, warm jacket
    • Base layers
    • Worn in waterproof hiking boots or hiking shoes
    • Hiking socks (wool/merino is 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
    • Sleeping bag liner
    • 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

    No optional extras are available for this trip.

    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 47kg 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 approx 25km of relaxed paddling over two days, a day of hiking and be up for camping out overnight.

    The hike is not for beginners and is very challenging, particularly if it is or has been wet. Early or late in the season, there can be snow on the ground too. We would only recommend this hike if you are an active person with hiking experience. It just takes a bit of time getting up the steep section but don’t worry, it’s no race to the top.

    The route is about 10km each way, making a total hike of 20.7km. The elevation is sea level to 1,189m and quite steep in places. The hike is about 8 to 11 hours return, with an awesome view from the ridge at the top to the fjord below.

    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.

    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 transfer by bus to the host's kayaking base in Gudvangen. Here, you'll be given a 22-litre dry bag to pack everything into for your kayaking, camping and hiking adventure (excluding your 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, cap, sunscreen and snacks. 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 that you don't need on the adventure can be left behind at the kayaking base in Gudvangen, where it will be safely stored until your return.

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

    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 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 here.

    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.

    There should be no problem with staying back at camp during the hiking day for someone not wanting to hike. It may also be possible to just come along for the first part of the hike and then return to the camp, this does depend on where the group is actually camped as this may affect options. Alternatively, you could consider booking the Kayak and Wildcamp Norwegian Fjords trip instead.

    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

    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 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. 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.

    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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