10 Day Sea Kayaking and Hiking Tour

For the nature-loving traveler, Norway is host to some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world. South-Western Norway is known for it’s many steep and often vertical Cliffs, Waterfalls, Glaciers and Fjords. We take you on an unforgettable Journey through some of the most Iconic landmarks of Norway on this trip, our preferred way of travel is by Hiking and Sea Kayaking and we make sure to get plenty of fresh air while we embark on another new exciting adventure each day on this tour. Consider coming along with us for what is bound to be an experience of a lifetime!

Our 10 day guided tour is our answer to many of the inquiries we get asking if we run longer tours than our standard 1-3 day Sea Kayaking and Hiking tours offered. We have some of the most spectacular locations to visit in Norway in our home territory and on this tour we share them all with you! In terms of itinerary, activity level and sights this is by far one of the most unique tours offered in Norway. Nordic Ventures has been running Outdoor Adventure Tours for 18 years and our guides and staff are all experienced outdoor professionals.

We travel in relatively small groups of minimum 6 and maximum 15 people in addition to 2 of our experienced guides who lead the tour. Our aim is to ensure you will have an unforgettable experience while we take care of accommodations, meals, logistics, briefings, necessary instruction and safety management throughout the tour.

We have set up 3 departures for this tour in 2017: July 4th-13th ( Now fully booked ), July 18th-27th and August 1st-10th.Please note carefully that the meeting time in Norway is the day before tour start, so either July 3rd, July 17th or July 31st. For groups booking for minimum 8 people other dates may be set up, depending on availability at the time of inquiry. To Book onto this tour either E-mail us or use our Online Booking system, select either July 4th, July 18th  or August 1st as your starting date and complete your booking online. We will then contact you with more tour information and information about payment options.

The price of this tour is NOK 27.995,- per person, all included. We offer an Early Bird discount of 5% on the tour price for Bookings confirmed prior to January 31st 2017. ( NOK 1.400,- discount )

You should as a minimum be in normal to reasonable good physical condition in order to join us and get the most out of this tour.

The tour is fully guided and all transportation, accommodations, meals, drinks and activities are included.

Day 0 – Arrival

Arrive in our region and meet us either in Voss, Bergen or Stavanger at the following times:
Voss 11:00 – Bergen City Center: 13:00 or Stavanger City Center: 19:00
We meet at 19:00 at our accommodation in Stavanger for a welcome and group introduction with our Guides. Here we will go through the plans for the trip and ensure everybody is ready for the tour start early next morning.

Day 1

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10-day-tour-47We wake up very early and transfer to the Ferry point that will be the starting point of our Journey. We’ll spend the early morning transferring through the Lysefjord to the village of Lysebotn situated at the beginning of the fjord. Morning snacks are provided for our Journey that lasts about an hour – upon arriving in Lysebotn we will serve a start of the day breakfast before engaging in our first day activity; A Hike to the impressive Kjerag massive where you will find some of the most incredible scenery in all of Norway; – 1,000 meter vertical cliffs meeting the fjord far below. We hike along the top of the cliffs enjoying spectacular views and providing luck are with us we aim to pay a visit to Kjeragbolten – a boulder wedged in a crack in the rocks offering the photo opportunity of a lifetime. If weather is providing good conditions for basejumpers we may be lucky to get to witness some of them jumping off the vertical cliffs and enjoying log freefalls. We stay in the area until Mid afternoon where we return to our vehicle and begin our Journey further North towards the Fjord region.

After a land transfer including a few stops on our way up to Odda we arrive at our accommodation early evening where we check in to our huts before we enjoy a shared dinner getting to know each other better.

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Day 2

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Waking up not quite as early as the previous day is nice – today we will be embarking on a hike to the Buer Glacier which is a West facing Glacier arm coming off the larger Folgefonna Glacier high above Odda. After breakfast we transfer up to the starting point for our Hike which is well below the foot of the Glacier. We hike uphill through forrest for about an hour before we enjoy great views of the Glacier above us. As we reach the foot of  the Glacier we will be crossing a river in order to gain access to the foot of the Glacier. Here we gear up with our Glacier Gear and safety gear before our Guides carry out a detailed safety briefing on how to behave and walk on a Glacier. We will be aiming to spend 2-3 hours on the Glacier itself depending on conditions and weather, Mid afternoon we begin our descend back down and plan to arrive our accommodation late afternoon. Time to get some rest – early evening we enjoy dinner together and spend the rest of the evening relaxing

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Day 3

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Today we aim to be relatively early up so we can engage on our Hike soon after breakfast. Trolltunga ( Troll’s tongue ) is yet another classic Hike so typical for Norway – the starting point being up in the mountains above Tyssedal. We hike up and manage most of our climb during the first part of the hike, as we get up the terrain is easy to follow – after about 4 hours of Hiking we arrive at our destination, the famous Trolltunga view point which offers great view over the surrounding landscape and melt water lake far below. We’ll enjoy a well deserved Gourmet Picnic lunch at this point, celebrating our hiking achievements so far and taking in the scenery.

Our hike back follows the same route – late afternoon we get back to our vehicle where we enjoy some refreshments before beginning our Journey to our destination for the night; – Voss. On the way we pass the recently completed Hardangerbridge, a marvel of a bridge that allows for crossings of the Hardangerfjord without taking a ferry. Soon we arrive at Voss where we check into our accommodation. Group Dinner is scheduled soon after.

Day 4

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Mid Morning after breakfast we transfer from Voss up to Gudvangen at the famous Nærøyfjord in the UNESCO World Heritage area. This is our home base and we will be welcomed by the rest of our staff in a beautiful setting. We will unload all our luggage here and after that go through a briefing that will explain in detail how to prepare for the Sea Kayaking expedition we are about to begin today. All personal paddle gear is provided, including paddle wear, dry bags and safe dry storage boxes for your camera. We spend the late morning packing our kayaks and get on the water before lunch time. Gliding out through the Nærøyfjord is magic, sitting in a kayak makes you realize the pure scale of the fjords and given our past few days experiences you’ll begin to truly understand how the creation of Fjords has taken place over million of years.

We spend the day paddling through the Nærøyfjord and stop at waterfalls, farms and other points of interest before reaching our campsite area late afternoon.

Setting up camp is easy, we pitch up our tents – a room with a view! – before we engage in preparing for dinner around the campfire.
Evening is spend relaxing and enjoying a good glass of wine with new friends in yet another wonderful location. All camp site equipment is provided by us.

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Day 5

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After campsite breakfast we break down camp before getting on the water again for a short paddle across to the starting point of our hike today. We’ll be aiming for the top of Breiskreinosi some 1.189 meters above Sea Level, offering unique views over the Nærøyfjord – this is a hike off the beaten track and you’ll get to enjoy some of the highlands above the fjords, picking natural berries as we hike, drinking pure water from rivers and streams – some of the best Norway has to offer. Today’s hike is easy to customize so if you are interested in a shorter hike and some relaxing time, this is a good day to choose for a resting day. Options for fishing in mountain lakes.We aim to reach to the top of the mountain overlooking the fjord sometime early afternoon with those wanting to go all the way up, – after spending some time here we’ll then return back down to the Summer farming area of Hjølmo where we will be spending the night in a Mountain hut. Dinner is enjoyed together in a rustic setting up in the valley some 500 meters above Sea level.

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Day 6

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After breakfast we hike back down to the village of Dyrdal at the Nærøyfjord and get back on the water in our kayaks. Today’s kayaking will take us out through the Nærøyfjord and into the larger Aurlandsfjord. On the way we will pass one of the bigger waterfalls entering the fjord and pay a visit by kayak. Once we clear the headland of Beitelen we enter the Aurlandsfjord – here we will be looking for our small pull out location situated below the mountain farm Stigen – a place you would believe no one would live! – We will take the most basic essensials with us from the kayaks and then begin our steep but relatively short hike up to the farm.At Stigen we will sleep in rustic rooms and enjoy a truly impressive meal produced by mainly original and local products by our host couple for the night who lives on the farm during summer months only.

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Day 7

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We’ll enjoy the relaxing atmosphere at Stigen in the morning and for eager hikers we have an optional morning hike that one of our guides will lead out to the viewpoint of Beitelen. Here you will be able to see the meeting point of fjords from a high point and enjoy views in several directions. We won’t spent long here and will return back to Stigen latest at 11am where we will link up with the whole group before we hike down the steep path leading back to our kayaks.Around lunch time we get back on the water and paddle North, we are heading up towards the larger main Sognefjord and will pull out for shorter stops along the way as needed. Late afternoon we will enter the main Sognefjord and clear the headland that hides away the fjord village of Fresvik. Arriving here after a nice day’s paddling is a blessing and we’ll spend the evening pampering ourselves with good company, great food and drinks to accompany all of that.This is probably one of the best options you will be getting for swimming in the Norwegian fjords – the view surrounding Fresvik is amazing and the water is easily accessible.

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Day 8

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We wake up at the edge of the Sognefjord and look ahead towards todays mission; – Cross the main Sognefjord in our kayaks and pull out on the Northern shores mid afternoon. During normal weather conditions this is an easy crossing but some chop can be expected on days with wind. We are sheltered by land most of the way and stop for lunch as needed, either on the water on or a shore offering a suitable pull out location.Early afternoon we reach the end point location for our Sea Kayaking expedition – we’ll pull out our kayaks and celebrate our successful crossing. Here we also get reunited with our luggage stored behind and after getting changed over wget in the van and begin our Journey up North into the highest mountain region of Norway, Jotunheimen, where our home for the night awaits.

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Day 9

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Let’s go to the summit of Norway! Today we hope for relatively clear weather as we attempt our summit attempt to Galdhøpiggen 2.472 M.ASL – it’s a relatively easy hike compared to our previous hikes on the tour – on the way we will be crossing a smaller Glacier so for safety reasons we will rope up using our harnesses as we cross this part of the mountain. Once on the other side of the glacier area we continue our push for the summit, arriving here you can enjoy fantastic views in all directions on a clear day.We’ll spend a bit of time resting and taking in the breathtaking scenery before beginning our descend back down.As we reach our vehicle we pack up our equipment and head back down the valley – we aim to make it a few hours back down the road towards the fjords further South before we find our accommodation for the night along the Lustrafjord. Here at fjordlevel the landscape is greener and the climate is warmer – a big contrast to our Hiking today and a nice way to spend the evening. We have late dinner, allowing for individual walks or relaxing before or after dinner.

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Day 10

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On our last day we enjoy a sleep-in and have late breakfast, – we then begin our Journey back South towards Voss which is our end destination. But the area still have some unrevealed hidden gems we want to visit – we will be making our first visit to one of the relatively few Stave curches still found in Norway, – either at Urnes or Kaupanger, – before we cross the Sognefjord by ferry. We’ll pass through the villages of Lærdal and Aurland, seperated by one of the worlds longest tunnels – 24.5 kilometers, which we will be passing through. Time depending we will have lunch one of these places before we arrive in Flåm by mid afternoon. Here we have time for taking a short walk around – late afternoon we embark on the famous Flåmsbana, not to be missed out, taking us up the fantastic masterpiece of a railway that leads up to Myrdal. We change trains in Myrdal and then travel down to Voss by train – here we get picked up by our van again and go to our place of accommodation.Same evening we meet for our farewell dinner, celebrating a great trip, new friends and unforgettable memories from our trip through what we consider are some of the most impressive parts of Norway. We hope you will have enjoyed the trip as much is our guides – and welcome you back anytime for more, even though we know that the experience will be hard to match!

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Day 11

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Breakfast is included – Wake up in Voss independently – on request we are able to assist you with onward travel plans or you could consider staying in the area for another day or two to enjoy some of the exciting activities Voss has to offer.

Price:NOK 27.995,- all included.

Included in this trip:
11 nights of accommodation
All meals (32) and drinks*
All Sea Kayaking equipment
All Camping & Cooking gear for the Camping night
Glacier walking gear
All transportation including ferry crossings on the tour

10 Day Tour Dates 2016
*Updated as of January 27th 2017
Date
MAY 2017
No planned departures
JUNE 2017
No planned departuresPrivate tour can be set up for a group of minimum 8 people
JULY 2017
July 4th-13th. Meeting day in Norway July 3rdFully Booked - E-mail us to join waiting list or book for July 18th or August 1st departure
Choose Calendar date July 4th to book this tour online but beware meeting day in Norway is July 3rd for flight ticket purposes.
July 18th-27th. Meeting day in Norway July 17thSpaces available
Choose Calendar date July 18th to book this tour online but beware meeting day in Norway is July 17th for flight ticket purposes.
AUGUST 2017
August 1st-10th, meeting day in Norway is July 31stSpaces available
Choose Calendar date August 1st to book this tour online but beware meeting day in Norway is July 31st for flight ticket purposes.
SEPTEMBER 2017
No planned departures

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