Lodge-Based Kayaking in the Norwegian Fjords

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Hiking, Kayaking Level 2 6 days 4-8 participants

Overview

Highlights

  • Kayak each day to our next location and spend the night in traditional Norwegian lodging.
  • Kayak within Hjørundfjorden and Sunnylvsfjorden.
  • Begin and end your trip in Ålesund, one of Norway's most beautiful cities. 
  • Hike Saksa or Leknesnakken, some of the most iconic mountains in the region.
  • View Norwegian wildlife and kayak on the crystal clear waters of the Norwegian Fjords.
  • Hike and relax in Stranda, a beautiful Norwegian fjord-side town

This tour starts and ends in Ålesund, one of Norway's most beautiful cities on the West coast. Ålesund is famous for its art noveau architechture and is known as the "adventure capital" of the fjords. On this tour we ask that you arrive the day before our kayaking adventure begins, as we will meet in the morning of our first day to go over our gear, get to know one another, and organize for departure. 

This trip will take you through some of Norway's most dramatic and stunning fjords, away from the tourist hot spots and into the deep and remote fjordscapes of Norway. You will visit a diversity of landscapes: from open and sunny valleys to steep and dramatic cliffs surrounding us as we paddle. Each day we will paddle within the fjords, and on this adventure you will have the opportunity to hike mount Saksa, which gives hikers some of the most beautiful views possible in the local area. But, you have to work for it! Saksa is a steep hike, and a great way to use our legs after a few days of kayaking!

On this tour, you can expect to see eagles, otters, seals, and maybe porpoises. Included in the price is all the kayak equipment, transportation and food (apart from breakfast on day 1, and dinner on day 6). You will spend each night in a local lodge in order to relax and enjoy a nice dinner together. All you need to bring along are the basics- you can check our equipment list to reference. 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 Ålesund. 

All in all, for those who prefer not to camp, this itinerary is a dream for those who love adventure, kayak and explore the beauty of Norway up close and personal. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Professional kayak guide
  • Transport within itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Difficulty       

Level 2 out of 5. Please read more about our level of difficulty here. You do not need to have kayaking experience before you join this trip, but you must be physically able to kayak each of the distances each day. If you are an experienced paddler, this trip will be no problem for you. If you are new to kayaking, it will be important to focus on the briefing on day 1, and be prepared with an open mind to keep up with the group on this trip and work hard if it is challenging for you.

In regards of 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 unique and local accommodations by the fjord. If you are traveling alone, you will share a room with someone of the same gender. If you would like to have a single room, you can pay an additional 1600NOK for the duration of the trip when booking. 

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 kayak guide.
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner (as described in the day to day program). 
  • All paddling equipment and gear.
  • Accommodations and transportation within the itinerary.

Not included in the price:

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

Day by Day

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Pre-trip Travel Day

You will have to arrive in beautiful Ålesund the day before the trip starts. Ålesund is easy to reach by flight with SAS or Norwegian Airlines. Accommodations in Ålesund are readily available and we suggest you book an evening in Ålesund in advance when you book this tour with us. We also recommend enjoying an evening in Ålesund at the end of the trip, in order to relax, have a shower and then continue your travels the next day. 

 

 

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The Adventure Begins

Accommodation Lodge
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 1hr
Duration 4 hrs
Distance 15km

Today we will meet our group in Ålesund to meet one another, go over equipment, and load the kayaks onto the trailers for transport to our starting point. We will drive together 20 minutes to catch the local ferry to Festøya-where we will begin our kayak adventure. This morning will will go over our safety briefing together and warm our kayaking muscles with a short paddle of 15 km. Our journey lands us in Trandal, a small and unique location beloved by the locals. There is no road to Trandal, and can only be approached by the fjord. We will spend the night in this small and simple guesthouse, and enjoy a well-deserved dinner together. 

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2

Trandal to Sæbø

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Duration 5 hrs
Distance 18-22km

Today we wake up to a nice breakfast together and set off to pack our gear and hop into our kayaks. We start by crossing the fjord towards the Kolås Penninsula. From here we follow the shore to Sæbø. If we make good time, we will continue our journey by paddling to Bjørke and visit some of the secret vistas of this area. Here, it is likely to see porpoises swimming with us. We will pass the small village of Skår, population: 2. Tonight we will settle into our accommodation for the evening in the small fjordside hotel in Sæbø. 

 

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Hiking!

Accommodation Guesthouse
Meals B, L, D
Duration 7 hrs hiking and paddling
Climb 1000 meters
Descent 1000 meters
Distance 6km

We start early in the morning after a good breakfast. Today we hop in our kayaking to paddle 40 minutes to our hiking trailhead. From here, we will hike up the steep mountain trail for 1000 meters over 3 km one way in order to get some of the best views possible of the area on Mount Saksa. This hike is challenging, but well worth the effort when you stand at the summit! If weather is bad, or the group prefers a shorter hike, we will instead hike Leknesnakken with 500 meters of elevation gain, an equally beautiful viewpoint with less effort, and those who do not wish to hike can spend the day on the beach with a good book. 

Upon our descent, we will load up our kayaks again and paddle 50 minutes to spend the night in Øye and enjoy a delicious dinner together. 

 

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From Hellesylt to Stranda

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Transportation 30 minutes
Duration 6-7hrs
Distance 30km

Today is our longest paddle so far, and a great way to rest our legs after yesterdays hike! We start with a drive on Norway's wildest valley road in Norangsdalen. This 30 minute drive is scenic and stunning, landing us in the small village of Hellesylt. From here, we will unload our boats and paddle to Standa. On this days tour, we will pass many old mountain farms high up on the cliff walls. We will also paddle within the start to Geirangerfjord-one of Norway's most iconic fjord vistas. 

Tonight we sleep well in a hotel by the fjord and enjoy the evening together. 

 

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Hiking in Stranda

Accommodation Hotel
Meals B, L, D
Duration 5-6hrs

Today we will spend the day in Stranda. Here you will have time to sit and relax in this beautiful fjordside town, or join your guide for a hike in the local area. Today gives you time to relax and enjoy the scenery in Norway, or to stretch your legs again by joining the group for another stunning hike in the local area. 

 

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6

Paddling back to Ålesund

Meals B, L
Duration 5 hrs
Distance 25km

Today is our final day of paddling, and we will make it a good one! Together we set off for Sjøholt. We will paddle by some smaller islands and view some of the rich bird and wildlife on the West coast of Norway. When we reach Sjøholt, we will meet our van to load up the gear and head back to Ålesund. Upon arriving in Ålesund, we will de-rig and say our goodbyes after our wonderful adventure together!

We recommend spending the night in Ålesund in order to relax, explore the city, and enjoy a nice hot shower and dinner locally. 

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Equipment List

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 you're 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 the weather where you're traveling here.

Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

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 MEDICATIONS

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

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. 

DRY BAG

You will receive a dry bag for your gear on the tour. However, you can bring an extra dry bag of your own if you wish. 

TREKKING POLES

Most guests prefer hiking with poles. Helps with challenging terrain and to maintain energy for your day of hiking.

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.

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.

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

 

Dates & booking

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Sun 21. Jun 2020 Fri 26. Jun 2020
Guaranteed departure
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NOK 19 000

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