Norway

Hike, Kayak and Wild Camp the Norwegian Fjords

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4-day adventure around a Norwegian paradise, passing incredible fjords and sleeping under the stars.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Stavanger

You will be picked up from Stavanger Airport at 4pm or 6pm, and then driven to the cabin.

After you have settled in, the guides will prepare a nice dinner for you and explain the details for the following day. This trip includes all food, accommodation, equipment and airport transfers.

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After breakfast, you will head out for a full day of kayaking on the Lysefjord. For those that want to, you will have an opportunity to learn some skills along the way, before stopping for lunch.

In the afternoon you will arrive back at your wild camp, with enough time to relax a little. There is also an option to go for a short walk and get a better view of the fjord.

The evening will be spent around the campfire and under the stars. Sit back and relax, whilst your guides cook up a delicious dinner on the open fire.

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Wake up in Norwegian paradise, whilst enjoying a nice cup of coffee over breakfast. This will prepare you for the day's hike up Pulpit Rock - the views are incredible!

After enjoying views of the fjord from above, you will head back down to your campsite for dinner around the fire.

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It's time to get back in the kayaks, for another breath-taking paddle, further into Lysefjord. Explore the waterfalls and incredible cliff faces, and see Pulpit Rock from below! Keep an eye out for the seals, which are common in the area.

You will arrive back at Stavanger airport by 4 pm for your flight home.

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6 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Ranmali
Ranmali

Traveled May 2022

Huge thanks to our guides Rasmus & Sebastian for providing us with such a great adventure! They had their work cut out with the changeable weather, but with their expertise they were able to keep us busy, entertained, safe and well-fed at all times!! They had loads of knowledge and fun facts to share and we had plenty of laughs along the way. I would definitely tour again with Nordic Paddling and 100% recommend it if you want an amazing experience!

Danielle
Danielle

Traveled May 2022

If you want to have an adventure, this is the trip for you. Sebastian and Rasmus are incredible and gave so much information and help throughout. We camped on the beach, shared the chores of getting firewood, cooking, cleaning. The evenings were spent sharing stories around the fire, before early mornings ready to go off and see Norway. Yes, it was cold at night and I should have brought more to combat that but the drysuits they provided for kayaking were incredibly comfy and meant our daily clothes were kept dry for the evening. This is an amazing trio of you like to stay busy and see things from a different view. Would definitely recommend

Ashlea
Ashlea

Traveled May 2022

A weekend to remember! An amazing weekend exploring the fjords of Norway. The views and the experience are memories to last a life time and I already feel like the whole weekend was a dream. Our guides were so knowledge, friendly and welcoming. As a solo traveller I never felt separate or uncomfortable in a group situation. Everyone was so friendly and I can't recommend Nordic Paddling enough! Just remember, lots of layers!

Marco
Marco

Traveled Sep 2021

If you never paddled in your life and want to do it for your first time do it with Rasmus and his crew. They know and love what they are doing and they always do it with a smile on their face.

Jess
Jess

Traveled Sep 2021

Honestly a truly amazing fun experience - the scenery was breathtaking - food was yummy (and plentiful and lots of chocolate!) and the guides were very knowledgeable and fun. The equipment was also new and top quality. Overall an amazing weekend (despite the rain on one day!)

Richard
Richard

Traveled Sep 2021

Brilliant trip! Excellent guide, knowledgeable and flexible for the whole group. Campsite and food were both excellent. Would highly recommend this tour

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FAQs

Included: - Guides - Airport transfers - Food - Accommodation - Specialist equipment (kayaks, tents, sleeping mats) Excluded: - International flights - Sleeping bag - Appropriate clothing

You don't need any kayaking experience to enjoy this adventure - the guides are great at making it enjoyable for all abilities. You'll need a moderate level of fitness. The kayaking is 6 hours of relaxed paddling each day, with plenty of breaks along the way. The hike is quite steep to start, with a total altitude gain of 600m, and can be quite challenging when wet. Don't worry though, there is no rush to get to the top and you can take it at your own pace. The guides may also offer to take you on a shorter hike, but this is weather depending.

The maximum size is 8 people.

The hike to pulpit rock is at moderate difficulty. The hike is 600 meters in altitude over a distance of 7km to the top, giving the hike a total of 14 km. The total average hike time is estimated to be 7-10 hours. The hike is suitable for anyone in a normal good physical shape and with some prior hiking experience.

Yes - you must be able to swim to attend this trip. You will be asked to complete a waiver when you attend the trip.

Water Whilst doing adventurous activities, it is important to carry enough water and stay hydrated. We strongly recommend taking between two and three litres of water. Your guide can give you advice on where to get water each day. This is often likely to be from a fresh stream, so please bring purification tablets if you feel it necessary. Food You will have the chance to taste a great variety of local specialities. The breakfast includes porridge, eggs, bacon, bread and coffee/tea. For lunch, you will be given sandwiches and fruit. For dinner, you will enjoy local food, cooked on an open fire. If you have any food restrictions (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance, etc) please make us aware of this when completing your registration form, found on your Skyhook dashboard. The guides can cater for most people.

Yes! Most people are solo travellers.

Below you'll find the required gear for participation throughout the entire trip. Personal - Wallet + credit card - Travel documents (+ travel insurance) - Passport / Personal ID - Face masks for when in transit (plane + bus) - Water bottle (0,5-1 liter) - Sleeping bag + compression sack - Toilet accessories and personal hand sanitizer (+ any personal medication) - Personal toilet kit (paper, hand-sanitizer) - Small pack for storing lunch and water during the hike (recommended) - Sitting pad - Mosquito net (head) + spray (recommended) Paddling - Dry bags (to keep your things dry) - we recommend 3-4 x 15litre bags for easy packing in the kayak. - Sunglasses + a strap - Sunscreen - Cap to protect your eyes Clothes - Hardshell jacket (waterproof) - Rain pants (recommended) - Camp pants long & shorts - Tshirts - Thermal/wool underlayer, pants (no cotton!) - Thermal/wool underlayer, long-sleeve shirt (no cotton!) - Underwear - Socks (wool) - Beanie/Buff - Wool / fleece / down middle-layer - Hiking boots - Towel (recommended) Electronics - Head-Torch / flashlight - Phone + charger (recommended) - Powerbank (recommended) - Camera (recommended)

You can stay at camp if you would rather relax for the day.

The minimum age is 18, or 16 if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

All solo travellers will be offered an 1-person tent for the camping nights. The cabin on the first night is dormitory-style (men and women divided), with warm showers and WiFi.

Winter season (Nov – Mar)

Winter in Norway can be extremely cold, with temperatures in some northern parts reaching as cold as -40 degrees Celsius. In Stavanger, temperatures can go as low as -20 degrees Celsius.

Shoulder (Apr– May & Oct)

Temperatures in Stavanger can vary at this time of year. Lows of minus 5 degrees Celsius and highs of 10 degrees Celsius. There can be some chances of rain, with May turning very green.

High Season (Jun – Sep)

June to Sept can be comparable to British summer, with daytime temperatures ranging from 8 – 25 degrees Celsius. There can be some rain.

The weather in the mountains (and the fjords) can be quite unpredictable and weather situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change.

It is not mandatory but always nice to show your appreciation to the guides.

No. We do not rent out sleeping bags.

You stay in a dormitory-style cabin on day 1. The cabin has showers and a kitchen. There's also cellular reception. 

Cabins may vary depending on the availability at the time.

The wild camp will be in tents on the side of the fjords. There will be very basic toilet facilities at these camps, so it is important that you bring toilet roll and hand sanitiser.

The kayaks used are double kayaks.

Day 1 - Arrival day (No kayaking or hiking today).

Day 2 - Distance: 16km, Time: 6 hours, Activity: Kayaking.

Day 3 - Distance: 7km, Time: 8 - 10 hours, Activity: Hiking.

Day 4 - Distance: 16km, Time: 6 hours, Activity: Kayaking

There will be a few opportunities to buy home-brewed coffee and try local chocolate. You may want to bring a few Norwegian Krone (NOK), if you wish to buy any extra snacks along the way. Credit cards are accepted most places.

Yes, luggage that you don't need during the trip can be stored on the transport which will remain at the start/endpoint throughout the trip.

We recommend bringing a dry bag if you need to keep any valuables dry (e.g. camera/phone) - you can find these affordably at stores such as AlpkitDecathlon or Cotswold, and some discount codes are available on your dashboard.

A traditional Norwegian cabin on the side of the fjord - our primary cabin is Nodhagen Turistforeningshytte, 4303 Sandes, Norway.

We will confirm the final cabin location 3 months prior to the trip. 

Start: You can be picked up at 4 pm or 6 pm from Stavanger Airport on the first date of your trip. We recommend choosing the 4 pm option for the most relaxed afternoon.

If you can't make the pick-up, it's a 40-minute taxi ride to the start location, which can be relatively expensive in Norway.

End: You'll be dropped back at the airport for 4 pm on the last day. 

Yes, it is possible to leave earlier, by ordering a taxi at your own cost (we can help you with this). However, you might not be able to join the paddling activity to make it back in time.

Estimated costs for a taxi to Stavanger Airport
Saturday-Sunday: 1850NOK + road taxes
Weekdays: 1550NOK + road taxes

Laundry facilities are not available on this trip

Yes, and you can find discount codes on your Skyhook dashboard once you've booked.

The currency used in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (NOK). We recommend changing your money before you arrive as it will be difficult to do so once you start your journey.