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Hiking, Biking and Kayaking in the Norwegian Fjords

Exciting glacier walks, kayaking on beautiful fjords, spectacular hikes and a historic cycling tour are a few of the highlights on this week-long hiking, biking and kayaking tour in the Norwegian fjords.

My 2 daughters and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip -- it was the exciting adventure that we'd hoped for in Norway!— Marsha 2017

Want to spend a week to experience the Norwegian fjords like a Norwegian? Hiking, biking and kayaking is the ultimate way of doing it!

With kayaks, mountain bikes and hiking boots, you will get to experience fjords and waterfalls in the land of the midnight sun. We gather up at Finse on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, the highest-altitude station on the famous railway between Oslo and Bergen, and end the tour at Flam in the famous Sognefjorden. 

Surrounded by mountainous wilderness and national parks we will hike on the glaciers of Hardangerjøkulen, and cycle the famous Navvies' Road (Rallarvegen). Through world-class natural scenery, we will cycle a 1,700-metre descent down from the mountain to Flam by the Sognefjord.

Then a different view and experience await us, as we kayak on the clear water of the fjords. We go from one beautiful place to the next, passing substantial, impressive waterfalls, isolated villages and wild nature. The narrow Nærøyfjord is a branch of the massive Sognefjord, and this is where we go on an overnight kayak tour. The fjord is on UNESCO's world heritage list. The 18-kilometre-long (11 miles) fjord is up to 500 meters (1,600 ft.) deep in some parts and only 250 meters (820ft.) wide at the narrowest. Widely famous for being one of the world's most beautiful and dramatic fjords. Last but not least; With a truly magnificent view of the fjords, you get to experience real western Norwegian landscape by foot  as we hike the mountain Prest. See the beautiful fjords from above, the breath-taking landscape will marvel you. 

The first two nights we stay in a comfortable mountain hotel, one night in a guesthouse by the fjord, then we go deeper into nature and sleep in cozy tents so that we can get connect with the Norwegian landscape, and then back to the guesthouse for our last dinner together. 

On this hiking, biking and kayaking tour, we guarantee views and photographic scenery that will take your breath away – every single day!

If you have the time, we recommend that you plan an extra day in Oslo before or after the tour. Oslo is among Lonely Planet's top 10 cities on their Best in travel 2018 list.

You can book the Adventure Tour in the menu to the right, and please let us know if you have any questions. You can contact us at [email protected]

DIFFICULTY           

Level 3 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. We are active for 6-9 hours each day, but we have a comfortable pace and enjoy the nature as we go. You should expect rocky paths and a bit of scrambling. You need a little hiking and mountainbiking experience to do this trip, no kayaking experience is required.

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. The weather changes fast in Norway, and you can experience snow even in the summer. There fore we ask you to follow the equipment list when packing. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay at the famous mountain lodge Finse1222 and a charming guesthouse in Flam/Aurland. The single supplement for the whole trip is 2500,- NOK. One night is spent in tents on the kayak trip. It is possible to rent sleeping bag and mat for the night in tents, this costs 600 NOK and includes a liner for the sleeping bag. 

BAGGAGE

There is no weight limit, other then what your airline has imposed, but, as the group and luggage will all have to fit into our transportation, we do ask you not to bring more than one main item of baggage and one daysack. You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. We will store the luggage you don't need for the kayaking trip for you. For the luggage transfer that you send with the train, we only include the cost for one piece of luggage. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also includes transportation back to your country. Remember to bring your insurance card/information. 

LANGUAGES         

The guide speaks English.

CHANGES MAY OCCUR

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS              

Minimum: 7 people; Maximum: 14 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  • Professional nature guide.
  • We always use carefully selected authentic accommodation when sleeping indoors (twin rooms as described in the program). 
  • Breakfast, packed lunch, and dinner for all days (see day to day program). 
  • All local transport.
  • Rent of bike, bike helmet, glacier equipment, and kayaks.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point at Finse and from Flam. We are happy to assist and book train tickets and give advice on travel itineraries. The trip ends in Flam. 
  • Drinks and snacks.
  • Rent of sleeping bag and mat

DAY 1: MEETING AT FINSE AND AFTERNOON TREK

We meet at Finse, the highest-altitude station on the Bergen Railway, the railway line between Oslo and Bergen. Finse is easily accessible from both cities with several daily departures. After 5 hours from Oslo, or 2.5 hours from Bergen, the train will stop at an altitude of 1,222 meters, on top of the vast Hardangervidda mountain plateau.

We meet at Finse at 1:30 p.m., after the morning train from Oslo and Bergen has arrived. After getting in order at our room in the Hotel situated right by the train station, we do a 2-3 hours hike to Jomfrunuten (1.471 meters) to get to know each other and the Norwegian nature. After the hike, we have a local and delicious dinner together and talk about the next day’s adventures.

The prices do not include train ticket from Oslo to Finse, but, please contact us at [email protected] if you like us to assist you with the booking.

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 250m Distance 5km Meals D Descent 250m Time 3-4hrs trekking

DAY 2: GLACIER WALK ON HARDANGERJØKULEN

Hardangerjøkulen is one of Norway's biggest glaciers. After eating a healthy breakfast and packing our lunch at the hotel, we set off hiking  to the glacier. The hike itself takes about two-hours on a small trail each way., and offers panoramic views toe the area surrounding us. We will cross a couple of small rivers on the way, which makes ut feel even closer to nature. Glaciers are beautiful and rough, and our highly skilled guides will assist us in equipping ourselves with crampons, helmets, harnesses, ice axes and rope, to ensure the safety of our glacier hiking. Together we will explore this spectacular landscape of snow and ice and discover both deep crevasses and interesting historical treats. Hvitserk has all the specialised equipment required, and our guides are highly skilled and have experience from mountain terrain all over the world; they stand ready to teach participants how to conduct themselves safely on the magical blue ice. In the evening, we will have a three-course dinner at our accommodation.

Accommodation Hotel Ascent 450m Distance 15km Meals B L D Descent 450m Time 7-8hrs trekking

DAY 3: CYCLING THE NAVVIES' ROAD (RALLARVEGEN)

The Navvies' Road was built at the same time as the Bergen Railway, just over a 100 years ago. Today, the trip along the traffic-free construction road is Norways most famouscycling trip. this spectacular mountain bike ride is Norway's most famous cycling trip, and consists of sections with gravel, mountian biking terrain and some paved road. By bike, we pass the Hardangerjøkulen glacier and follow the changing landscape as we pass mountain lakes, majestic waterfalls and continue down a descent of 1,700 metres to Flam, at the head of an arm of Sognefjorden.  On the way down we will find a nice spot to enjoy our packed lunch, have a rest and take som pictures. The last part of the tour is along the famous Flam Railway, considered as one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world. In Flam we leave our rental bikes and do a short transfer to the small and cosy town called Aurland. Here we will stay in a rustic guesthouse by the fjord and enjoy our dinner in a social atmosphere.

In some cases, we will have too much snow at the start of our biking tour. In such a scenario we take the train in the first part, then bike the last part from Hallingskeid to Flåm(1200m descent).

Accommodation Guesthouse Ascent 570m Distance 55km Meals B L D Descent 1700m Time 7-9hrs biking Transport 15 minutes

DAY 4-5: KAYAKING ADVENTURE ON THE FJORD

An overnight kayak adventure awaits us on the narrow Nærøyfjord! We explore the beautiful fjord kayaking in safe, stable double kayaks. The two-day adventure tour takes us from Flam out the Aurlandsfjord and the full length of the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord. Passing through the landscape that has been carved out by glaciers, watching the waterfalls dive off the steep mountainsides. If we are lucky, it is possible that we spot some seals, eagles, otters or porpoises on our way.

Today you will also paddle to the little village of Undredal, which is home to around 70 people and 500 goats. The tiny place is known for its production of goat's cheese, and if we have time, we will sample some of the traditional Norwegian cheese. We will spend the night in tents. All necessary equipment is included (also wetsuits and waterproof pack bags). If you dont have your own sleeping bag and mat, it is possible to rent. On day 5 we will go back to Aurland after the kayaking and have our farewell dinner together. 

Accommodation Tent Ascent 0m Distance 33km(12+21) Meals B L D Descent 0m Time 2days Transport 1hr(15+45min)

 

DAY 6: HIKE THE MOUNTAIN PREST AND END OF TRIP

Today we will get the opportunity to see the Aurlandsfjord from above! After breakfast we will drive up the steep mountainside towards our hiking goal for the day, the mountain Prest (1363 meters above sea level). Some parts of the trail might feel exposed, but we guarantee that the experience on the top is worth it. The view is nothing but spectactular and in clear weather we will be able to see the mountain tops and glaciers around us, we will see how the National tourist road rolls further over the mountain, and take a peek straight the in the fjords - at the same time!

After the hike, we will go our separate ways. The trip ends in time for the last connection with Flam Railway to Oslo, Bergen and Voss. Flam Railway is one of Europes most famous railway lines. It is also possible to travel to Bergen by boat. Please contact us if you need help or tips after the group tour.

Ascent 550m Distance 5-6km Meals B L Descent 550m Time 4-5hrs hiking

 

 

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring with you everything you need. This list is intended to give you a guideline, so that we have everything we need on the trip, regardless of the weather. The weather in Norway in this period can be anything from a warm summer day to a cold day with snow in the air (not very likely, but can happen). We don’t want you to buy a lot of new stuff, so please bring what you have, or maybe you can borrow from someone. Bring as little as possible, you don’t have to dress up for anything on this trip.

You will only have to carry your daysack on this trip. There will be a luggage transfer from Finse til Flåm on the biking day, and we will store the luggage you don't need for the kayaking trip for you. 

Please contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions

Long Underwear

Preferably wool long underwear for top and bottom.

Base Layer

Wool or synthetic, we recommend wool. It stays warm even when wet. 

Fleecejacket

Bring a warm Mid Layer. Fleece or wool.

Shell \ Rain jacket

Gore-Tex or similar is Mandatory. The jackets must be water proof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. Ventilation under the arms is nice.

Shell pants

Gore-Tex or similar. Must be waterproof. Pants with ventilation.

Hiking pants

 Can be worn multiple days and fit long underwear underneathe and shell pants over.

Insulated jacket

Down or synthetic. To put on at the mountain tops, and in the evening.

Gloves/mittens

 One thin pair of gloves to block the wind and a thicker pair of mittens is best. Must work with biking as well. 

Socks

Wool is the best, above the ankle, bring several pairs, on socks help reduce foot issues. 

Cap/hat

1 warm hat. 1 sun hat. 

Headover/skarf

 To protect your neck, i.e. a buff.

Shorts and swimwear

 Optional is the weather looks warm.for swimming, nice to have for water activities. 

Towel

Preferably quick dry.

T-shirts

 1 or 2 if weather is warm.

Wettable shoes

Sandals and crocs are OK, close toed or with a heel strap are best. 

Hiking shoes

Bring good hiking shoes with ankle support, that you have used before. A pair of some lightweight shoes can also be good to have. 

Rucksack

Daypack for a warm jacket, food, water, and snacks. 20-35 liters capacity.

Sleeping bag

Synthetic or down. 3 season 5 to -5 degree C rated. Can be rented, please let us know a while before departure. 

Sleeping pad

 Can be rented, please let us know a while before departure. 

Dry bags

We recommend you to bring some dry bags. In the sizes small, medium and large. You will be able to borrow one 55liter dry bag, and you can also borrow plastic bags.

Sunglasses

 1 pair, UV rated. 

Water bottle/camelbak

 2 liter capacity.

Thermos

A small one for mid day hot drinks.

Sunscreen \ Chap Stick

Sunscreen and lip chap with sunscreen.

Insect repellent

Optional depending on season. Ask your guide.

Toiletries

Basic: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush, toothpaste, personal meds, hairbrush, etc..

First aid kit

Blister kit, advil, basic kit of what you usually use. 

Camera

Remember a lot of free space on your memory card.

Toilet paper

For the hikes if needed, but we " pack it in pack it out" you cannot leave used toilet paper on our hikes. 

Antibac

Optional for bathroom and lunch.

Headlamp

Remember new batteries.

Ear plugs

Optional.

Snacks

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars, things you like to eat while hiking or during activities. You will have the option to buy.

* Renting sleeping bag and/or mattress for the kayaking? Please bring 500,- NOK in cash.