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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

Annual Leave

1.5 days off work

Location

Norway

Difficulty

Moderate

You need to pretty fit for this one. The hike is long and often steep, which some may find a challenge.

Why it's Much Better

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

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

Discover seldom-visited areas of the fjords, far from the maddening crowds, only accessible by kayak

Wake up to a Norwegian paradise and hike the highlands and summits for the ultimate vista across the fjords. Thigh-burny bliss

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

The Route

What's 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

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Bergen and meet your crew

Activity

Easy day

Accommodation Type

Hostel

Wave goodbye to the office and head to Bergen where you will be met at the airport for your transfer 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.

Day 2

Kayaking the Nærøyfjord

On the Water

12km

Accommodation Type

Wild camping

Meals

All meals

Grab breakfast and meet your guide for the drive 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 over 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

On your Feet

Approx. 10 - 11 hours of hiking

Distance

20.7km

Elevation

1530m up / 1530m down

Accommodation Type

Wild camping

Meals

All meals

Wake up in Norwegian paradise and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before packing your bag, ready for the day’s hike.

Your aim is to reach the highlands and 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 for dinner round the campfire and another night under the stars.

Day 4

Kayak past cliff faces and waterfalls before heading home

On the Water

12km

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Continue kayaking north along the Nærøyfjord, exploring the magnificent cliffs and remote waterfalls, keeping your eye out for seals along the way.

Arrive mid-afternoon at the remote village of Undredal, at the Aurlandsfjordm, before your shuttle back to unload all equipment and heading to the airport for your flight home.

Please Note

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.

Accommodation

Bergen or Voss

Accommodation

Hostel

Rooms

Same sex dorm

Meals

Breakfast

On your first night, you'll be staying in dorms in a simple, clean hostel in either Bergen or Voss. If you would 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.

Fjord Edge

Accommodation

Wild camping

Rooms

Twin share

Meals

All meals

On the second and third night, you'll paddle to a beach and sleep in a tent under the stars and get cosy around a campfire. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following costs are not included in the trip price:

  1. Flights to and from Bergen
  2. Dinner on the first night
  3. Tips for your guides (optional)

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.

The trips run in groups of approx 8-10 people each.

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

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.

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 900NOK (£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.

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Our group adventures are adult only, however if you would like to bring children along this can be arranged by requesting a private trip with the host. This trip is suitable for children from age 10 only.

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Bergen Airport (BGO)

When

14:30 or 00:30

Your driver will be there to meet you and transfer you to your accommodation in Bergen or Voss

End

Where

Bergen Airport (BGO)

When

17:30

You'll be transferred back to the airport ready to catch any flight that leaves after 19:00.

Kitlist

What's included?

  • 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
  • Fleece
  • 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
  • Beanie
  • Sunhat
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Small travel towel
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medication if needed
  • Antihistamines/bite relief if you are allergic
  • Head torch
  • Personal snacks

Meet Your Host

Jan and team

You’ll be paddling with Jan and his team of enthusiastic, reliable and friendly guides who are passionate about preserving the fjords and sharing them with others. They’ve been leading trips around the fjords for nearly 20 years and know every remote corner to keep you far away from the crowds, not to mention being dab hands with a campfire.

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Dates & Prices

Bespoke trips only

There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.

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