Sognefjord Kayaking Expedition, Norway

10 Days

Price from: £1249.00

Kayaking

Paddle one of the longest open water fjords in the world...

This trip provides a unique adventure in one of the most amazing fjords in the world. Run by experienced local guides with excellent knowledge about nature and the geography of this incredible region you will enjoy an unbelievable experience that will bring you closer to nature, leaving only ripples on the water and everlasting memories of the internationally renowned UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord.

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  • Highlights
  • Longest open water fjord
  • World's 2nd deepest fjord
  • Kayaking challenge
  • Norwegian experience
  • Stunning landscapes
Situated in south-western Norway, the Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord, are part of the west Norwegian fjord landscape stretching from Stavanger in the south to Andalsnes, 500km to the north-east. The two fjords - among the world’s longest and deepest - are considered as archetypical fjord landscapes and are among the most scenically outstanding fjord areas on the planet.

Their exceptional natural beauty is derived from their narrow and steep-sided crystalline rock walls that rise up to 1500m from the Norwegian Sea and extend 500m below sea level. The sheer walls of the fjords have numerous waterfalls while free-flowing rivers cross their deciduous and coniferous forests to glacial lakes and rugged mountains. The landscape features a range of supporting natural phenomena, both terrestrial and marine and several locations in the area are listed as World Heritage Sites.

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The expedition begins in the innermost arm of the Sognefjord (which is known as the Lustrafjord) in the small village of Skjolden. We paddle the full length of the Sognefjord out towards the Norwegian Sea. The end station is in Rysjedalsvika, and from here you can board the boat back to Bergen for your flight home. On the trip we will pass by untouched fjords and small communities from the peaceful quiet of the Lustrafjord to the busier Sognefjord. The inner end of the Sognefjord is covered by Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glacier in continental Europe. The dramatic scenery will give you a unique experience of glacial power as you witness the deep and prominent cuts it makes through the mountains. On the way we are certain to spot some of otter, eagle, fjord porpoise and seal (hopefully all of them!) and as we paddle with a fishing line trailing behind us you may also be lucky and catch yourself some fresh fish for dinner!

Completing this tour in six days requires a group of strong paddlers with plenty of previous kayaking experience; however, by increasing the programme to eight days this once in a lifetime excursion is suitable for most persons of average fitness who have some experience of kayaking. We provide the kayaks and all necessary camping equipment, as well as the food required throughout the trip and the extra two days gives you a more relaxing itinerary and added opportunity to paddle the full 17km length of the Nærøyfjord as well. All you need to bring is warm clothes, waterproof clothing, a sleeping bag and sleeping mat plus and a small backpack.

Activity Information

Sognefjord and Nærøyfjord
Norway’s deepest and the longest open water fjord in the world, the Sognefjord, lies in the heart of Norwegian fjord country and extends more than 200km (120 miles) inland. The region where this deep fjord meets the glaciers and Norway’s highest mountains is considered one of the world's most beautiful travel destinations. The King of fjords has a maximum depth of 1308m and the mountains surrounding the fjord tower to heights of 2000m. The inner end of the Sognefjord is covered by Jostedalsbreen, the biggest glacier in continental Europe.

The Sognefjord is the second longest fjord in the world after the Kangertittivaq (Scoresby Sund) on Greenland and is world-renowned as a stunningly beautiful and dramatic fjord. The glaciers on the top of the mountains, down the steep mountain sides to green farmland and deep fjords will all make indelible impressions.

Facts about the Sognefjord:
  • Norway’s longest and deepest fjord
  • 1308m deep
  • 204km long
  • The Nærøyfjord is an arm of the Sognefjord and is included on Unesco's World Heritage List
The Nærøyfjord is one of the narrowest fjords in Europe. Surrounded by towering mountains up to 1700m high, this arm of the Sognefjord is amazingly beautiful.

Facts about the Nærøyfjord:
  • Approx. 17 km long
  • Depth of the fjord varies between 10 and 500 metres
  • 250 metres at the narrowest
  • More than one km at the widest
  • Included on UNESCO´s World Heritage List since 2005
The Flåm Railway
The small picturesque village of Flåm, is situated in the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the 204km long and up to 1308m deep Sognefjord and is the end station of the popular Flåm Railway. The Flåm Railway is one of the world’s steepest railway lines on normal gauge and its twisting tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountain bear witness to the most daring and skilled engineering in Norwegian railway history.

The Flåm Railway is one of Norway's major and most spectacular tourist attractions and the train journey between Bergen and Flåm provides travellers with some of the wildest and most magnificent scenery in Norway. On the 20km (1 hour) long train ride, you can see rivers that cut through deep ravines, waterfalls cascading down the side of steep, snow-capped mountains and mountain farms clinging dizzily to sheer slopes. Along the route, the Flåm Railway also makes a short photo stop at the beautiful Kjosfossen waterfall.

Flåm Railway Facts
  • 20 years of construction to complete the line
  • 20 tunnels, 18 built by hand
  • Trial operations started in 1940 with small steam locomotives
  • The line was fully electrified in 1944
History of Flåm
Flåm has a population of around 400 inhabitants. In 1980 most of the locals were farmers; today most of the people work in the tourism industry or on the railway. Flåm is one of the most popular cruise harbours in Norway. The origins of its flourishing tourism trade date back to the late 1800s, when large numbers of English tourists or "salmon lords", came to fish in the Flåm river. These travellers laid the foundation for hotels to be established and encouraged a steady stream of tourists who have continued to come up to the present day.

History of Bergen

Bergen has given a warm welcome to its visitors for more than 900 years. A city with its feet in the sea, its head in the skies and its heart in the right place - Bergen is Norway's second largest city with a population of roughly 250,000. King Olav Kyrre founded the city of Bergen in 1070, and it was the country's capital from 1110 until 1299. Bergen has been a great centre of trade throughout the ages. Fish was exported from Bergen, while grain was the chief import. Bergen is called ‘the city between seven mountains’ because of the many mountains that surround it. At 624m high, Mount Ulriken is the tallest of them. Bergen is also a European City of Culture and its many museums and art galleries are well worth a visit at the end of your trip.

Itinerary

Day 1

Fly to Bergen and travel by train to Myrdal for onward rail connection to Flåm, check into the Flåm Youth Hostel followed by early evening briefing about your trip and prepare equipment ready for the next day.

Day 2

Journey: 125km / 3 hours
Your day begins by packing all the gear and food we will need. We continue with a transfer by road and ferry to Skjolden where we will offload our kayaks and start the trip kayaking on the Lustrafjord.

Day 3

We leave the Lustrafjord and paddle into the main Sognefjord, overnight camping.

Day 4

Kayaking Sognefjord, overnight camping.

Day 5

Kayaking Sognefjord, overnight camping.

Day 6

Kayaking Sognefjord, overnight camping.

Day 7

Kayaking Sognefjord, overnight camping.

Day 8

Kayaking Sognefjord, overnight camping.

Day 9

Kayaking Sognefjord to Rysjedalsvika departing on the 6.35pm boat arriving Bergen at 8.40pm and check into your hotel.

Day 10

Sightseeing day in Bergen, departing Bergen Airport late afternoon/early evening back to the UK.

Reference

  • The timings on this itinerary are wholly dependent on the individual group's paddling speed. 30km per day is the target distance, but this can vary when stops for resting or sightseeing are taken into account. Leisurely stops are not advisable if the group is determined to complete the course in 6 days as this will only increase the pressure later on! To make the most of this unique experience don't forget to come along with a big smile and a positive attitude! However, you will need to pack light as all of your trip gear will need to fit inside a small kayak; and the rest of your personal equipment can be left at our base for onward transfer to your disembarkation point at the end of the trip.

Dates and Prices Info

This is an exclusive trip and is based on group size of 6-8 persons. The trip can be completed in 6 days by dedicated and experienced paddlers with an 8 day itinerary instead. Prices for an 8 day trip will be £1249.00 per person.

It is also possible to arrange night time accommodation in cabins or inns as an alternative to camping on most nights; however, this will incur an additional cost. You can also upgrade to cabin accommodation at the Flåm Youth Hostel.

What's Included?

  • Full event planning and client liaison
  • Qualified kayaking instructor
  • Kayaks and safety equipment
  • Safety and Rescue Course (internationally recognised Norwegian Kayak Qualification)
  • 7 night's camping accommodation (including equipment)
  • 1 night hostel accommodation in Flåm
  • Food/drink throughout the kayaking trip
  • Road/ferry transport from Flåm to Skjolden
  • Big discount on clothing and equipment from Cotswold Outdoors and Montane

Not Included

  • Air flights from UK-Bergen return
  • Rail transfer from Bergen to Flåm
  • Ferry from Rysjedalsvika to Bergen
  • Breakfast, lunch and evening meal in Flåm
  • Accommodation/meals in Bergen
  • Personal gear: warm clothing, waterproofs, sleeping bag, small backpack

Information

Norway Travel Information - View Train Timetables Here
After arriving into Bergen from the UK you will need to get to the village of Flåm which is where our trips begin and where you will pick up your kayaks and equipment. From here you will travel by road and take a short ferry to the starting point of the paddle, another village known as Skjolden. The best way to get to our kayaking base in Flåm is to fly to Bergen and travel by rail from Bergen to Flåm and then take the boat at the end of your trip from your disembarkation point at Rysjedalsvika back to Bergen. Our itinerary is designed so you can have a relaxing first day and enjoy the spectacular train journey to Flåm and the final day's kayaking is scheduled to catch the connecting boat from Rysjedalsvika to Bergen so you can enjoy the following day in this beautiful city before flying back to the UK.

Bergen to Flåm (2 part journey - total time 3 hours)

Train (Bergen-Myrdal): 2 hours
Train on the Flåm Railway (Myrdal-Flåm): 1 hour

Rysjedalsvika to Bergen (1 part journey - 2 hours)
Boat: 2 hours

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Grade: Difficult

Suitable for...

This trip can be completed in 6 days by dedicated and experienced paddlers and is also achievable by less experienced kayakers in 7-10 days. It offers a unique experience for adults with some previous kayaking experience and is the perfect active 'get away from it all' trip in the summertime.

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