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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41 verified reviews

Rated 5.0
Lukáš
Lukáš

Traveled Aug 2022

Extremely dissapointed. I reserved trip before covid first time. I have already flight tickets and they canceled it. I understood, life can be tough. I reserved second time, this time I have funeral in family so I couldnt go. I asked them to postpone ( or to find some solution, f.e. some credit for next trip). Asnwer was that it is solely my problem and they can not do anything. I will never order again skyhook.

Hannah
Hannah

Traveled Jul 2022

Thank you Nordic paddling for an amazing adventure. We experienced a range of weather conditions from rain and wind, to beautiful sunshine! I especially enjoyed the way that our guide Dan, treated everyone in the group as equals, whether you had lots of kayaking experience, or none at all. It was always about the group as a whole. Thanks again!

Claire
Claire

Traveled Jul 2022

Amazing trip! Seamless from start to finish. Weather didn’t beat us despite a wet and windy start (the seal en route definitely helped), wild camp was amazing and in a location that would be tough to beat - great for a wild swim. Dan our guide was fantastic - very knowledgeable and lots of fun, always happy to answer our silly questions and add to his extensive knowledge of the English language and ‘culture’. The hike to Preikestolen was busy but worth it and the highlight had to be the final day paddling underneath and into the little bays along the Lysefjord. Food was plentiful and delicious and it was lovely to be involved in the preparation, cooking and camp craft. We met amazing people and what impressed me most was that it was such an inclusive trip for the solo travellers amongst us. If you like to rough it for a few days and get your hands dirty with a spectacular backdrop then this is definitely the trip for you! Norway is incredible.

Annaliese
Annaliese

Traveled Jul 2022

A really well organised and fun trip through the fjords on water and by foot! We were well fed and looked after, learnt some great new skills and enjoyed getting involved with the wild cooking and cleaning. Brilliant views and location. We felt safe with our guide, Seb, the whole time and had a good laugh as a group. Couldn't recommend more.

Janet
Janet

Traveled Jul 2022

Wow what an amazing experience. Kayaking, hiking and wild camping. Recommend it to anyone who wants to live a little.

Colin
Colin

Traveled Jul 2022

What an awesome trip. Everything was well planned and organised, the kayaking was awesome as was the hike to Pulpit Rock. Ana our guide for the week was brilliant. The guiding was on point, the information and knowledge on the local area was really good, the food was on another scale and the trip was well worth going on. Highly recommended trip

Michael
Michael

Traveled Jul 2022

Just got back from this trip and had an amazing time. The schedule was great and well balanced between activities and chill time. My fitness is very average but I found all the activities very doable. The hike up to Pulpit Rock was a highlight, just make sure you continue up a bit higher to get the best views of the fjord and the rock itself. The packing list suggestions may look long but I used every single item (just don’t overpack as everything needs to fit in the kayaks and it’s a tight squeeze!). You can still bring suitcases and then leave them in the van until you depart, bringing everything into the kayak to camp in your dry bags. Finally a big shout out to Sebastian who was an amazing guide. He gave really clear instructions on the schedule and hiking/kayaking tips, constantly made sure everyone was okay, and was generally a really chilled and funny guy. I massively recommend this tour.

Colleen
Colleen

Traveled Jul 2022

I had the most amazing experience with the guys at Nordic Paddling. The whole 4 day trip was well organized and the kit provided was really good quality. Our guide Sebastian was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and made what was a challenging trip for me really enjoyable and achievable. I loved every minute of this and would do it all again next weekend if I could. Can’t recommend this enough.

Sneha
Sneha

Traveled Jul 2022

Excellent kayaking and camping! Loads of fun, great guide

Sue
Sue

Traveled Jun 2022

Fantastic! What a place. We had fabulous weather and even when it rained we were fine in the dry suits. Make sure you take a swimming costume so you can swim in the fjord. Gorgeous. Pulpit rock as truly spectacular. Have already started recommending it to everyone!

Hayley
Hayley

Traveled Jun 2022

What an absolutely incredible experience, after a couple of hours I felt like I’d know our group my entire life. The activities and the scenery were fantastic and our guide was brilliant. I would go as far as to say this was a life changing experience for me, thank you so much!

Susan
Susan

Traveled Jun 2022

Absolutely fantastic trip. Well organised and very well run by our guide Mads. The scenery is breath taking. We had the best adventure and met and enjoyed the company of a great group of people. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this trip

Alfie
Alfie

Traveled Jun 2022

Wow. What a trip this turned out to be. Amazing views throughout and our guide Maz was brilliant. He was knowledgeable, professional, open to flex plans to cater for the group and has a cracking sense of humour. Camping and kayak equipment was top quality too. Hike to Pulpit Rock was incredible and well worth the trek.

Sasha
Sasha

Traveled Jun 2022

I loved it! Our guide Anna did a really great job showing us around and answering all our questions. Also the food she made were incredible.

Anthony
Anthony

Traveled Jun 2022

Sebastien is an excellent guide and made the trip. We were kayaking through beautiful fjords, learning how to enjoy the camping experience, cutting own firewood, catching and cooking fish. 5 stars

Maria
Maria

Traveled Jun 2022

We had a super nice Guide (Sebastian), who was very patient, calm and funny. The heavy rain and wind made the trip (believe it or not) even more memorable, because we felt even more accomplished after doing the crossing on kayak. Recommendation: try to train a bit your arms and shoulders. You will need it for this trip. And also don’t forget that it is not just a kayak trip but also a wild camp trip. So be ready to pull your sleeves up and learn to be on the wild!

simon
simon

Traveled Jun 2022

Overall the trip was fantastic. Our guide, Dan was excellent! Friendly, informative and always in control. For anyone considering this trip, please understand that it's much tougher & wilder than appears from description, but not to any detriment to the trip. Just be prepared! The only downside was the trek to Preikestolen. Far too many other people on the whole route, many of whom were not properly equipped nor physically up to the trek. This meant lots of waiting around and getting stuck behind large groups. As bad a Snowdon route can get at peak times! My suggestion would be to modify the trip so a very early morning start can be accommodated allowing completion by around 10am. Final note, at the end of the last day it would be really useful to have access to showers in preparation for flying home, if only for the sake of other passengers! Otherwise, a fantastic trip!

Stuart
Stuart

Traveled Jun 2022

A brilliant experience. Dan, the guide, was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The scenery was beautiful and the kayaking & hiking were both a good workout without being too strenuous. Recommended.

Daniel
Daniel

Traveled Jun 2022

Amaaaaaazzzinggg. Had such a great time. Smiling to myself when recalling some of the memories. Our guide Dan "the Dane", "Kayak Man", "Fisherman Dan" was brilliant. Great balance of being laissez faire enough that we all felt comfortable and not rushed but also assertive when necessary to make us feel safe. The itinerary definitely requires a lot of logistics on their part yet the result is seemless and provides a brilliant, varied experience offering the adjustment to camping and all that comes with it, hiking, paddling and for us fishing in the fjords. I left tempted to become a guide and getting to do it all the time.

Shona
Shona

Traveled Jun 2022

Wonderful. What a place. So pleased to have done all we did, challenging but not overwhelming!

Laura
Laura

Traveled Jun 2022

This trip was amazing. So well organised. Our guide Anna was absolutely great. She had a wealth of knowledge that she generously shared and was very accommodating. The itinerary was super - we saw loads and never having kayaked before I felt safe and accomplished. Stavanger & the region was simply stunning. Would highly recommend this trip. It was a small group and everyone was so friendly and lovely too!

Guy
Guy

Traveled Jun 2022

Absolutely brilliant! Always wanted to visit the Fjords and what a way to do it. The guide Anna (with a supporting hand from Dan) from Nordic paddling were superb. Get lost in the magic of the scenery and the tales about the environment you are in.

Jenna
Jenna

Traveled Jun 2022

This was one of the best experiences of my life. The group that I met was so much fun and our guide, Anna was amazing. From the moment we were collected at the airport until we left on the final day everything was organized and provided. The additional dry suits made everything so much better as we barely got wet during the kayaking days. It is definitely a workout on the first day when you kayak to camp but the location of camp definitely makes it worth it. I would recommend it to everyone but definitely be prepared for your shoulders to ache. An amazing trip and an amazing time.

Shona
Shona

Traveled Jun 2022

Just excellent. Anna was a super guide, informative, calm, patient and knew her stuff. Perfect amount of time and balance of activities.

Jack
Jack

Traveled Jun 2022

Incredible, 100% worth doing. You need a decent level of fitness, as you're on the move most of the time but a great experience if you're looking to break away from work and try something new.

Hannah
Hannah

Traveled Jun 2022

We have just arrived back from the best experience in Norway. From beginning to end, everything was well planned and organised. Our tour guide Sebastian was knowledgeable and genuinely just a lovely guy. Our group consisted of 6 others and were all great to spend our time with, we all got along really well and if anything that's what made the experience even better. The kayaking along the fjords and the hike to Pulpit Rock were incredible. More importantly, Sebastian, Rasmus and his team are really friendly, helpful and organised, we loved the trip! I would reccomend this to anyone! :)

Daniela
Daniela

Traveled Jun 2022

I was apprehensive, as I don't have any experience kayaking, however this was the perfect way of getting to know the fjords with a side of adventure. Nordic paddling catered for 4 days of pure adventure and fun. Everything was well thought and planned to the tiniest details and I was glad we were offered plans A and B, so the element of surprise was always there. Our group was so easy to het along with and our guide Sebastian was just a super star helping everyone and teaching us about nature, wild camping and kayaking. It's a challenging adventure with all you can eat chocolate to help you throughout those moments you think you can't paddle anymore. I'm definetly gonna do it again!!!💛

Susana
Susana

Traveled Jun 2022

We had a great time, Sebastian was our guide and we could not ask for better!! Really thoughtful, ready to help and always giving us chocolate 😋!! First time fishing in a kayak, and we caught a cod!!! Our group was amazing and we get along really fine!!! Don't miss the hike to Preikestolen!!!

Daniel
Daniel

Traveled May 2022

Very enjoyable trip. Our guide was full of knowledge and he took the time to help us with any enquirers.

Lisa
Lisa

Traveled May 2022

Great experience with wonderful people. The guide was amazing and the trip was challenging, fun and full of wow moments. Enjoyed every minute of it

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.

You will need to carry all of the gear you need during the trip in the kayaks. You can bring a suitcase for travel, and you'll get a chance on the first night to repack and leave any excess in the van where it will remain until the end of the trip. You may not be able to access this during the trip. Below you'll find the required gear for participation throughout the entire trip. Personal - Wallet + credit card - Travel documents (+ travel insurance) - Passport / Personal ID - 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 - 2 x Thermal/wool underlayer, pants (no cotton!) - 2 x 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 (optional in May-July) - Phone + charger (recommended) - Power bank (recommended) - Camera (recommended)

Yes! Most people are solo travellers.

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.

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.

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

The kayaks used are double kayaks.

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.

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

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. 

Laundry facilities are not available on this trip

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

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

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.

We'll supply you with a full dry suit solution including paddling boots to wear only when kayaking. The suit is mandatory to use in the shoulder seasons (May-June + October). Underneath the suit we recommend wearing long sleeve woollen underwear (merino) or any synthetic thermals - just no cotton! In the mid season (July-September) we'll supply with paddling jacket and shoes. Use shorts for paddling and a long sleeve layer underneath the jacket (again, no cotton!). Bring an extra pair of socks to use in the neoprene boots!

Your head guide is Rasmus

All trips on Skyhook are run by small, hand-picked local guiding companies. For this trip your guides run Nordic Paddling, based in Forsand.

By booking through Skyhook you'll be joining a small-group trip. This can make it nice and sociable (you'll be added to a group chat after booking), and guarantees great value for money!

Rasmus