Kayak Norway's Great Fjords

Paddle your way through some of the most scenic Norwegian fjords for a week, relaxing at night in remote mountainside camps.

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Kayak Norway's Great Fjords

Paddle your way through some of the most scenic Norwegian fjords for a week, relaxing at night in remote mountainside camps.

Norway’s west coast fjords are famous for their dramatic scenery and peaceful wilderness feel. Immerse yourself in nature with 6 days of self-propelled adventuring. You’ll kayak through some of the area’s most beautiful fjords, checking out towns and waterfalls along the way. At night you’ll camp near the shore or hike up into the mountains above the fjords to stay at historic farms. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 6 days guided sea kayaking
  • 4 nights of camping
  • 1 night in a museum hotel
  • All meals (Day 1 lunch through Day 6 lunch)
  • Professional, experienced, English-speaking guide
  • Camping equipment (tent, sleeping mat, kitchen supplies)
  • Kayaking equipment (single or double kayak, paddle, life jacket, drybag)

Perfect for:
This is the perfect trip for active travelers who want a unique and adventurous way to explore Norway’s west fjords.

What to Expect

Day 1: Alesund to Vemoya

Your guide will meet you at the waterfront in Alesund at 10:00 in the morning. Meet the other members of your group, review equipment and safety, then hit the water for your first day of kayaking.

You’ll paddle along the coast in Ellingsoyfjorden to Vemoya where you’ll camp on the shore. Enjoy a campfire and a hot meal before bed.

4 – 5 hours paddling

Day 2: Vemoya to Yste Skotet

After breakfast and hot coffee you’ll paddle along Skodje Vika to Solnorcanals, then enter Storfjord, your first section of open water. Storfjord is the largest fjord in the area, and several smaller fjords branch off it.

In the afternoon you’ll arrive at a steep cliff. Ascend the cliff on a winding path to arrive at Yste Skotet, a historic farm that has been resurrected as a museum and accommodation.

You’ll spend the night in the turf-roofed storehouse, and eat a traditional dinner in the old house.

6 – 7 hours paddling, ½ hour walking

Day 3: Yste Skotet to Storoya

Explore the farm some more in the morning, then hike back down to the fjord for a short day of kayaking.

You’ll cross the fjord to Storoya and make camp at an old trading post. Take a natural waterfall bath, then relax with some fishing before dinner.

4 hours paddling, ½ hour walking

Day 4: Storoya to Aknes

Break camp early for a long day on the water. You’ll paddle along Storfjord all day beneath imposing mountains.

Around midday you’ll stop for lunch at a small town and have a chance to do some shopping.

In the afternoon you’ll enter Sunnylvsfjord and continue to Aknes, a steep cliff that is closely watched for landslides. You’ll climb up the hillside to a historic farm on the cliff. If the season is right you can spend the evening picking fresh cherries!

6 – 7 hours paddling, 10 minutes walking

Day 5: Aknes to Skagefla

Amazingly enough, the scenery gets even better today! You’ll finish paddling through Sunnylvsfjord and enter Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO-listed fjord with steep, green walls and a surfeit of waterfalls.

Stop in Matvik for lunch, then continue on to Skagefla where you’ll hike to a high campground for the best views of the trip! Relax around a campfire and enjoy your last night in the fjords.

5 – 6 hours paddling, ½ hour walking

Day 6: Skagefla to Geiranger

Linger over breakfast while gazing out over Geirangerfjord. From your lofty perch you can see three waterfalls: Bride’s Veil, Seven Sisters and Suitor.

Hike back down to the narrow shore and finish your kayaking adventure with a short paddle to the charming seaside town of Geiranger. You’ll arrive around 16:00, leaving time to find accommodation or travel onward.

3 hours paddling, ½ hour walking

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

Accommodation

You will be camping remote from any facilities. Tents, sleeping mats and communal equipment like cooking items will be provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag.

One night will be spent at the Yste Skotet museum hotel, but it’s still a very rustic experience!

Dates & Prices

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

Sorry, no private trips are currently available for this product. Try a group trip or ask for a quote.

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Location

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You’ll kayak from Alesund to Geiranger through a series of dramatic fjords on Norway’s west coast. The main fjord in the area is Storfjord (“Great Fjord”). Smaller, incredibly scenic fjords branch off Storfjord, leading deeper into the Norwegian wilds.

Geirangerfjord is the most famous and beautiful of the fjords in the area, earning it a UNESCO listing in 2005. Featuring steep mountain walls, no habitable shoreline, and several enormous waterfalls, the fjord is certain to take your breath away. The little town of Geiranger at the far end of the fjord provided the inspiration for the setting of Disney’s Frozen.

Along the way you’ll also visit several traditional farms. Known as mountain-and-fjord farms, they historically sustained themselves with fishing in the fjord and farming on the mountainsides. The turf roofs and remote settings feel like a step back in time.

Start point?
You will be met at the waterfront by Volsdalen Camping in Alesund at 10:00 in the morning on the first day. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your tour will end at the Geiranger Camping waterfront in Geiranger at 16:00. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
During summer there are flights from London to Alesund Airport (AES) on Norwegian Airlines, or you can fly to Oslo and take a domestic flight to Alesund. Buses and taxis are available for the 20 minute drive into Alesund from the airport.

Geiranger uses the Alesund airport. During the summer there’s a bus line between the cities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to/from Norway
  • Transfers to Alesund and from Geiranger
  • Accommodation before or after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 7. Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

You will be served three meals a day. Meals are fresh, healthy, and cooked over a campfire. Dinner options include meat or fish, vegetables, pasta and rice. Breakfast includes fruit, bread, cereal, coffee, tea and juice.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

A good level of fitness is needed for the long days of kayaking. No previous kayaking experience is needed.

Summers in Norway are sunny and warm, though the weather can still be fickle. Daytime temperatures average 12 – 20 °C, and nights cool down to 5 – 10 °C. It rains more than half the days each month. Though too far south to experience the Midnight Sun, summer days in Alesund are very long, and there’s no true night from May through August.

All technical equipment, including single or double kayaks, will be provided. Please bring your own:

  • Light, breathable clothes for kayaking
  • A light, waterproof jacket for kayaking
  • Paddling shoes or sandals that can get wet
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Warm layers for evenings at camping, including thermal underwear, a sweater or warm jacket, wool socks, and a warm cap and gloves
  • Hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sleeping bag
  • Head torch
  • Water bottle
  • Sunblock, sunglasses and a brimmed hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Personal snacks (optional)
  • Small or medium rucksack to carry gear to camp

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