Kayak and Hike Hjørundfjord

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of one of Norway's most impressive fjords. 2 days off work.

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Kayak and Hike Hjørundfjord

Escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the spectacular scenery of one of Norway's most impressive fjords. 2 days off work.

Discover the stunning and unexplored wonders of Hjørundfjord, one of the most scenic escapes in Norway. Paddle across calm waters in the company of seals and otters, camp on the peaceful shores of the fjord, and hike to the summit of Saksa for incomparable views. Your wilderness adventure includes:

  • 3 days of kayaking in Hjørundfjord
  • Hike to the summit of Saksa
  • 1 night of hostel accommodation and 2 nights of camping
  • Professional, experienced wilderness guide
  • All meals
  • All kayaking and camping equipment
  • All local transfers

Perfect for:
Adventurous and outdoorsy travelers who don’t want to share the wonders of Norway with other tourists. No previous experience needed.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrival

Pack your bags and catch a northbound flight to Norway.

Meet your host at the Alesund Airport and transfer to a popular hostel right in the heart of the city (25 minutes).

Take a minute to check over gear, then hit the town and get your weekend started right.

Friday: Kayak to Urke

Wake up early for the day’s adventure.

A ferry from Alesund drops you at the mouth of Hjørundfjord, a 35km-long, ramrod-straight fjord that plunges into the heart of the Sunnmore Alps.

You’re on the water by mid-morning with a whole day of exploration ahead of you.

Paddle along the western edge of the fjord past cascading waterfalls and abandoned mountain farms.

Everywhere you look there’s something incredible to see, from 1000m peaks rising straight out of the water, to wildlife like puffins, sea eagles, otters and seals.

Arrive at your campsite near Urke in the late afternoon and enjoy a fresh-cooked dinner while looking out over the fjord.

After dinner you’re welcome to stroll into Urke to visit the famous local pub for an evening of genuine Norwegian hospitality.

Head back to camp and fall asleep to the sounds of nature.

6 hours of paddling

Saturday: Hike Saksa and Kayak to Trandal

Wake up with a hot drink and a campfire breakfast. Today you’re heading inland for a change of scenery.

Hike right from your campsite up the slopes of the mountain Saksa. The trail starts in dense forest and slowly climbs into the alpine. The final section ascends a steep stone staircase built into the mountainside.

At the summit (1073m) you’re rewarded with spectacular panoramic views of Hjørundfjord and the Sunnmore Alps. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this alpine paradise, then hike back down to the fjord.

Pack up the kayaks and paddle around a small peninsula to the tiny village of Trandal. Only 8 people live here, and yet there’s a pub. Norwegians have their priorities straight.

Collapse in your tent at the end of a long but immensely rewarding day.

5 hours of hiking, 2 hours of kayaking

Sunday: Kayak back to the start and head home

Breakfast and a hot drink call you out of your tent. Eat slowly and watch the fjord come to life in the morning light.

Eventually you have to leave. Pack up and begin the paddle back to Festøya. You’ll kayak along the eastern edge of the fjord for a change of scene, passing tiny villages and impenetrable forests.

Pack up your kayaks at Festøya and catch the ferry back to the city.

Tired muscles, incredible memories, and a full memory card of jealousy-inspiring photos will accompany you back home.

3 - 4 hours of kayaking

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

Accommodation

In Alesund you’ll stay at the Alesund Hostel in the heart of the city. Just a few minutes’ walk from the main street, Alesund Hostel features free wifi, a large shared kitchen, lockers, ensuite bathrooms and a breakfast buffet.

The other nights will be spent wild-camping on the shores of Hjørundfjord. There are no facilities, so you can expect a peaceful wilderness experience. Your host will provide all the camping equipment, including 6 - 8 person tents.

Dates & Prices

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

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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Location

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Hjørundfjord is a 35km-long fjord just south of Alesund. The fjord is as long and narrow as a shotgun barrel, framed by soaring mountains that jut 1000m out of the water. Waterfalls cascade down into the fjord, and the sheltered waters are home to a wide array of birdlife and wildlife including puffins, sea eagles, seals, porpoises and otters.

The surrounding Sunnmore Alps are a particularly majestic range of peaks rising to heights of 1700m. The lower elevations of the range are heavily forested, transitioning to beautiful alpine terrain. Mount Saksa, though just 1073m high, is a spectacular mountain hike with immense, panoramic views from the summit.

Start point?
Your host will meet you at the Alesund Airport on Thursday evening. Please schedule your flight to arrive by 17:05. Your host will be in touch to finalise details.

Finish point?
Your trip will end back at the Alesund Airport on Sunday evening. You are free to book any flight that departs after 17:00. Your host will be in touch to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Alesund Airport, Vigra (AES) is served by regular flights, including indirect flights from London on NAS, SAS and KLM. You can get any flights that suit you, but please make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Alesund
  • Dinner on the first night
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 people, and a maximum of 8.

Please note, if there are not 4 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled.

Sure can! A lot of people do, 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. Expect a mix of solo travelers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Hjørundfjord is very sheltered, so the water is generally calm and easy for kayaking. While the conditions are uncomplicated, the distances are substantial, and you’ll be paddling for as many as 6 hours in a day. The scenery is incredible, and you’re likely to see lots of wildlife.

The hike up Saksa is straightforward, though a bit steep. You’ll gain 1000m of elevation from the fjord to the summit. The trail starts in deep forest then emerges into beautiful alpine terrain. The final approach to the summit used to be loose and rocky, but the recent addition of a rock stairway has made the climb safer.

This trip is intended for moderately fit individuals who are active at least weekly. No previous experience is needed.

Your guides will provide fresh, locally sourced food throughout your trip, including hearty dinners of stew, fresh bread, berry jams, reindeer sausage, and a variety of fish and seafood dishes.

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

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

Your host will provide all the equipment for kayaking (double kayak, spray skirt, paddle and PFD) and camping (6 - 8 person tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and eating utensils).

You’ll need to pack a variety of clothing for hiking, kayaking and camping in variable weather conditions. Layers are key! your host recommends you pack the following:

  • Sturdy, broken-in hiking boots
  • Shoes that can get wet
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Hiking socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Fleece jacket or sweater
  • Warm jacket (down or Primaloft)
  • Light gloves and a warm hat
  • Small daypack for hiking
  • Water bottle
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • Camera in waterproof bag

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