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
1.5 days off work
Up to 10 people
Bergen Airport, Bergen
Hostel · Wild camping
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
Expert, friendly, English-speaking guides
1 night in a hostel and 2 nights camping at the fjord edge
Breakfast and dinner cooked over the campfire with sandwiches for lunch
You'll be transferred from and to Bergen Airport
Everything you need for kayaking and camping is provided
Flights to and from the meeting point
Some meals as described
Bergen Airport (BGO)
Day 1: 14:30 or 00:30 - Friday departures. 14:30 only - Thursday departures
Bergen Airport (BGO)
17:30 on Day 4
On Day 1, your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Bergen or Voss. On Day 4, you'll be dropped you back at the airport ready to catch any flight that leaves 19:00 onwards.
There are regular flights to Bergen from major airports in the UK and Europe. If is possible to get the train from Bergen to Voss, or fly in to Oslo. See the FAQs section for more details.
Hostel · Same sex dorm
Day 2 – Day 3
Wild camping · Twin share
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?
Bergen or Voss
On your first night, you'll be staying in same-sex dorms in a simple, clean hostel in either Bergen or Voss.
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.
For travellers who prefer to have your own room this can be arranged by your host, but they are limited and cost an extra 400NOK (approx £40, $50). You'll pay for these locally, but they need to be booked in advance.
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 either Voss or Bergen. 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.
Kayaking the Nærøyfjord
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.
Hike to the highlands 1000m above the fjord
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.
Kayak past cliff faces and waterfalls before heading home
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.
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
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- All kayaking equipment
- All camping equipment
- Sleeping bag (but bring your own if you prefer)
What do I need to bring?
- Rucksack for hiking (15-20 litres)
- Waterproof jacket with hood
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm jacket
- Long trousers
- Base layers
- Worn in hiking boots or shoes
- Goretex or waterproof shoes (optional, but helpful in streams and muddy puddles)
- Hiking socks (plus some extra socks)
- Gators (if you have them)
- Flip flops or light trainers for camp
- Thin gloves
- Sleeping bag liner
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Small travel towel
- Refillable water bottle
- Personal medication if needed
- Antihistamines/bite relief if you are allergic
- Head torch
- Personal snacks
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. 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 feet 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.
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.
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
- 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.
Accommodation in Bergen
- Montana Hostel - great prices for individuals, couples or large groups.
- Grand Terminus Hotel - Older style but right next to the train station.
- Thon Bristol Hotel - great central city location for sightseeing and nightlife.
- First Marin Hotel - great central city location for sightseeing and nightlife.
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.
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All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.
"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.
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