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Kayak Tour in the Norwegian Fjords

Experience western Norway’s stunning landscape on this 6-day kayak Adventure Tour. We pitch our tents on beautiful camping sites, enjoy spectacular mountain hikes, and experience the dramatic Norwegian fjord landscape on the water.

On this kayak adventure tour in the Norwegian fjords, the feeling of being outdoors, of being part of a small team in great nature captures all your senses. While paddling, you are in the moment, you forget about time, all you think of is the here and now. The length of the daily stages, and the location where we pitch our tents depend on the weather and the group’s condition. We use double kayaks on this tour because it would be too hard for a single person to move a fully loaded kayak alone, especially when it is windy you appreciate having a second paddler on board. We travel through the western Norwegian cultural landscape. On our journey, we pass through untouched areas that are home to heritage landmarks. Now and then, we stop at historical locations to engage through learning.

The tour starts and ends in Flåm with its world-famous railway, the “Flåmsban”. This area is a must-see destination for cruise boat tourists who sail up and down the Norwegian coast each summer.

With Hvitserk you get a unique experience. Off the beaten track, far away from the crowds, we offer you an exceptional experience in this magical region. With us, you experience the silent Lustrafjord, before reaching the famous Nærøyfjorden, a UNESCO world heritage site. Over the course of six days, you paddle along and past six different fjords: Lustrafjord, Årdalsfjord, Lærdalsfjord, Sognefjord, Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord.

On this tour, you can expect to see eagles, otters, seals, and maybe porpoises. Included in the price are all camping gear, kayak equipment and food (apart from breakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 6). All you need to bring along is warm clothing, rain gear, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, shoes for the mountain hikes and a small backpack. Remember to pack light, since everything needs to fit into the kayak. If you have baggage that you do not need during the kayak tour, it is no problem to store it at the base in Flåm.

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; 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 recommend to you have kayaked before to join this trip. 

As regards to kayaks, please be aware that all our tours are sold on the condition that everybody paddle double kayaks. At times we can make exceptions, but then only to persons with extensive experience in kayaking. This is due to safety procedures and the fact that paddling a fully loaded single kayak mostly proves too hard for people without the experience and proper technique, especially if we face strong headwinds and waves on the tour, thus reducing the enjoyment of the tour. In addition, a double is more stable and reduces the danger of flipping over if strong winds come upon you.

WHAT TO BRING?

Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking "Equipment list" in the menu above. 

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in tents by the seaside. You can rent a sleeping bag and sleeping pad if you like. Please let us know in advance. 

INSURANCE 

You need a travel and health insurance, that also include 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: 4 people; Maximum: 8 people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED?          

  •  Professional nature guide.
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All paddling equipment and tents. 
  • Transport from Flam to the starting point and back to Flam on the last day.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Transportation to the meeting point in Flam.
  • Drinks and snacks.

You will have to arrive in beautiful Flam the day before the trip starts. Flam is easy to reach by train (we can assist you with booking the train ticket). The train ride from Oslo and Bergen ends with the stunning, famous Flamsban. The Flamsban railway is one of Europe's most famous (and steepest) railway lines. The train journey up and down the steep and spectacular Flam valley is one of Norway's most famous tourist attractions. Accommodation for the first night is not included, but we can help you with the booking.

Day 1: The Adventure Begins

The kayak tour starts at 8:30 on the beach in Flam. Here you will meet the other group members, and we go through the necessary equipment. There is also a brief safety course in which you learn the basic safety routines. After lunch, all equipment and the kayaks are made ready for transport to Marifjøra on the north side of Lustrafjord. Before we start paddling we hike to the top of Molden, from which you can see big parts of the area we travel in over the next days. In the evening, after a short first paddle tour, we establish our camp at a spot where there once used to be a farm. We have dinner in the camp and enjoy the view over the fjord.

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Day 2: Stave Church and Crossing of the Fjord

We cross the Lustrafjord in the morning and take a stop at Urnes, where we visit the Urnes stave church. This church was built in 1135. It is Norway’s oldest stave church, and a UNESCO world heritage site. We probably have lunch here, before we continue paddling. We enjoy the wonderful fjord landscape of Lustrafjord, before setting up camp somewhere on the eastern shore of the fjord. On this day, we paddle in a smooth pace. You will find your rhythm, and get ready for the next day which is the longest on the trip.

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Day 3: our longest day on the fjord

We start early in the morning after a good breakfast. On day 3, we cross Lustrafjord, reach Mannheller and paddle into a part of Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. After a long and beautiful day, we set up camp and eat a well-deserved dinner. Sitting around the campfire we enjoy the long and bright summer evening.

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Day 4: Paddling in the UNESCO world heritage fjord

Day four is an easier day. We cross Sognefjord and paddle into the Norwegian fjords Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord. Nærøyfjord is a UNESCO world heritage site, and was used as an inspiration in the Disney film “Frost”. We camp at a spot from which we can easily set out for a mountain hike on the next day. There are many possible mountain tops to choose from. We will decide which one to climb regarding the weather and the group’s preference.

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Day 5: Mountain Hike over the Fjord

We start the day with breakfast and a short paddle tour to the starting point of the hike. We eat the packed lunch on the top of the mountain while enjoying the fjord landscape. After the mountain hike, we paddle deeper into the Nærøyfjord valley and find a place to camp. We enjoy a good dinner, the last one on our trip, around the camp fire.

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Day 6: A Spectacular finish

After having spent the night in Nærøyfjord we pack all equipment and paddle the last kilometres towards Gudvangen. The views get ever more dramatic as the Nærøyfjord narrows, and the steep mountains get closer and closer. The tour ends in Gudvangen at 16:30 latest. From Gudvangen we are picked up and transferred back to Flam.

The tour ends in time for the last connection with the Flam Railway to Oslo or Bergen. Flam Railway is one of Europe's most famous (and steepest) railway lines. The train journey up the steep and spectacular Flåm valley is one of Norway's most famous tourist attractions. At the top of the railway line, it’s possible to board the Bergen Railway and take the train to Oslo or Bergen (5 hours to Oslo, 2.5 hours to Bergen). We would be happy to assist you with booking the train ticket or hotels in Oslo or Bergen. 

Everybody who wishes to stay a night in Flam is invited to the last gathering in the local brewery “Ægir” (not included). We can also assist you with booking accommodation for this last night in Flam.

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B = breakfast included
L = lunch included (normally you make your own lunchbox at the breakfast)
D = dinner included

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if youre missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

1) Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip. 

2) Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.

3) Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about weather where youre traveling here.

The video below is for SUMMER gear, despite the snow in the background. Welcome to Norway!

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

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

 

REQUIRED:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER A medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after hiking. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalant in warmth is also okay.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extrememly important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

HIKING PANTS

Hiking pants comfortable for all day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneathe and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is option. 

HIKING SHIRT

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily hiking. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

HATS

1 sun hat, 1 warm hat.

HIKING SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a gortex sock option.

HIKING SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. Trails can be wet and rocky. We recommend waterproof hiking boots. 

BACKPACK

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water and needed items. 20-40 liters.

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2 liter capacity. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONSs

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip, and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

SLEEPING BAG

Bring your own rated to -5 C or you can rent one on the trip.

SLEEPING MAT

Bring your own or rent one on the trip.

 

RECOMMENDED:

WOOL UNDERWEAR

We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra for hiking. No cotton.

WATERPROOF SHELL PANTS

We recommend having a water proof layer for your legs in case the weather is cold and rainy. You will enjoy the hiking more when warm and comfortable.

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

SWIMWEAR

A bathing suit and small towel if you would like to swim, hottub or sauna depending on your trip. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy over long days. 

HEADLAMP

Important item to always have in your pack. Emergency back up and useful for long days. 

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

Its important to be present while hiking, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-hiking time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before hiking.

PADDLING GLOVES

To protect your hands over the length of the trip.

 

OPTIONAL:

ANTIBAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while hiking. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EAR PLUGS

If youre a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

 In order to take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

SLEEPING MASK

To cover your eyes when sleeping in 24 hour light. You can aslo use your buff.

PILLOW CASE

If you want to stuff it with clothes to act as a pillow at night. 

INSTECT REPLLENT

Optional if sensitive to insects.

Tent, dry bags for personal equipment, kayaking equipment, eating utensils, and toilet paper for camping is provided.