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Norway Kayaking Tour

Season(s)
May - June
Length
10 Days
Level
Easy-Intermediate
Airport
BGO
75000

Highlights

Discover Norway by Kayak

Thunderous waterfalls plunge into pristine waterways, providing energy and spirit to the historic Viking route connecting Sognefjord, Norway’s longest and deepest fjord, to the myriad islands of the country’s rugged west coast. A strikingly beautiful land of epic Norse myths and sagas, it needs to be experienced from the water.
Kayaking Nærøyfjord

A Paddler's Trip

This newest adventure tour follows a circular route that starts and ends in Bergen. A paddler’s trip with curated kayaking legs, it showcases the best of the western fjords as well as the lesser known – but no less magnificent – islands of Norway’s far western coast. Along the way, we visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites and stay at three of Norway’s historic Grand Hotels.
Undredal Village - The Fjordlands

Timed for the Best Weather and Experience

May is the driest month of the year, making for the best weather in which to enjoy Norway’s scenic grandeur. Snow still adorns the high country, while snowmelt powers scores of waterfalls into an awesome display. Extended days of midnight sun leading up to the summer solstice are perfect for an extraordinary range of travel options and adventures.
Late Paddling Midnight Sun

Journey from Fjords to Coast

This trip includes three distinctly unique paddling areas: Nærøyfjord, Sognefjord and the Solund Archipelago. Here, long days of northern sunlight set against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery make paddling this Viking route a trip of a lifetime.
Ruggedly Spectacular Solund Coastal Norway

A Cultural Journey

Expert guiding, storytelling and interpretation provided by local staff will leave you with a sense that you’ve authentically experienced the culture, folklore and unspoiled sea routes of Norway.
Local Expert Paddler

Unique Landscape and Unique Transportation

In a place where geography dictates that short distances involve multiple ferry rides and traveling though some of the world’s longest tunnels, moving by sea has, for thousands of years, made more sense. We start our travels on a mountain train that, in its time, was an engineering marvel. Throughout the trip we use modern and efficient high-speed catamarans of the local express boat system to connect three distinct kayaking locales.
The Flåmsbana Railway to the Fjords

A Personal Note

My association with Norway dates to a year spent as a sailor aboard a Norwegian deep-sea freighter while I was still a teenager. For me, grand adventure and the sea are inextricably linked with Norway. I’ve traveled and paddled there several times to create a kayaking itinerary that captures the essence of this very special place. I hope you’ll join me for this trip that has been years in the making and to meet some of the special people that make it possible.
Tofino Expeditions' Founder Paddling Nærøyfjord

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Bergen (BGO)

Your guides will meet you in the lobby of the Grand Hotel Terminus in the late afternoon. After introductions and a brief orientation we will enjoy a walk through central Bergen to the city’s vibrant waterfront. Dinner tonight will be classic Norwegian fare at a restaurant located in the colorful Bryggen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was the storehouses of the German Hanseatic League that dominating trade in northern Europe for almost 400 years.
Overnight: Grand Hotel Terminus
Meals: Dinner
Day 2

Bergen to Flåm and the Flåmsbana

After breakfast in the hotel dining room, we cross the street to Bergen’s central railway station and begin our Norwegian travel adventure. Climbing out of Bergen, the train winds though lake country and the mountains. At the village of Myrdal, we transfer to the Flåmsbana train for an unforgettable ride through a landscape of mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls and tiny farms. Arriving in the village of Flåm at the head of Aurlandsfjord, we check into another of Norway’s historic hotels, followed by a walk down to the shore for outfitting with paddling gear and familiarization with the kayaks. There will be time to explore town before dinner in the dining room of the Fretheim Hotel.
Overnight: Fretheim Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 3

Undredal and Kayaking Nærøyfjord

From the hotel dining room we enjoy breakfast and a beautiful fjord view, after which we board vans for the drive through pastoral countryside to the tiny village of Undredal and our first of several scenic launching points on this trip. Before setting off in the kayak we visit an exquisite stave church, the smallest in Scandinavia dating back to 1147 CE. Afterwards, we sample some of the local cheese and sausage.
Gliding through waters of Aurlandsfjord, we are surrounded by beauty even before we make the turn into Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the ideal place to start to understand the myth and magic of the fjords. A memorable day of paddling wraps up with a landing at the hamlet of Tufto, where the vans are waiting to whisk us back to Flåm in time to relax before dinner.
Overnight: Fretheim Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 4

Kayaking Aurlandsfjord and Express Boat to Balestrand

A paddle up Aurlandsfjord from Flåm gives a perspective on the impressive setting that makes this town one of Norway’s most popular destinations. In the afternoon, we board the first of several express boats on this journey. The comfortably appointed catamarans offer the fastest way to get around the Fjordlands. Our shipboard route to Balestrand takes us through a landscape rich with legends of trolls, Viking sagas and epic sea battles regaled and illuminated by your guides.
Traversing the main arm of the majestic Sognefjord, “the King of Fjords,” we arrive at picturesque Balestrand. After checking into another of Norway’s historic lodgings, the landmark Kvicknes Hotel that has hosted travelers since 1877, there will be time to wander the town and enjoy one of the most painted views in Norway before a lavish dinner in the hotel dining room.
Overnight: Kvicknes Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 5

Kayak to Kvamsøy

Balestrand’s natural beauty and light have attracted artists for a century and a half. We’ll start today’s paddle with a waterside view of the creatively ornamented villas along the shore. We’ll also pass two distinctive Viking burial mounds, or barrows, upon one of which stands a statue of legendary King Bele erected by Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II, who spent significant time in Balestrand before the outbreak of World War I.
Continuing along the shoreline we will arrive at our destination at the island of Kvamsøy, one of the only islands in Sognefjord. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch before touring the island’s church, originally built during the years 1280 to 1300. After a further paddle, we’ll land and travel back to the Kvicknes by van. A walking tour of the villas allows a closer look at the unique styling of these fjord-side homes. Dinner tonight is your choice of several unique restaurants in town.
Overnight: Kvicknes Hotel
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 6

Paddle Esefjorden Dragsvik and Journey to Solund

Today we paddle Esefjorden with a panorama dominated by Bjørnabreen Peak, one of the most painted scenes in all Norway. After kayaking to the head of the fjord, we’ll journey to Dragsvik, a headland that holds special significance in Viking history. In the afternoon we’ll board an express boat for the trip down Sognefjord to the most westerly region of Norway’s coast. We will receive a warm welcome from the local kayaking community at the small village of Hardbakke, our base for the next couple of days of coastal exploration. As the sun dips toward the horizon in the late evening, the landscape is different, but no less dramatic.
Overnight: Solund Leilighetshotell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 7

Paddle the Solund Archipelago

After being outfitted and set up for kayaks, we’ll explore some of the many islands of Solund. While the islands appear to be barren rock, they’re actually a long-managed heather pastureland on which an ancient species of Viking sheep still thrives. We’ll paddle island to island and learn more about the history and present-day realities of life at the edge of Norway.
We’ll return to Hardbakke with time to explore the village and possibly the viewpoint trails above the town before a sumptuous dinner of Norwegian coast specialties.
Overnight: Solund Leilighetshotell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 8

Mail Boat Island Hopping Tour and Kayaking Gåsvær

After breakfast, we and our kayaks will board the mail boat, an all-weather vessel that provides year-round service to the many outlying islands. After a charming, picturesque cruise, we arrive at the remote island settlement of Gåsvær, a classic outport dating back to the days of the Hanseatic League. One of the small houses incorporates the stern section of wooden ship wrecked over a century ago. We enjoy a memorable paddle around this offshore island group before meeting the returning mail boat on its southbound route back to Hardbakke. That evening we’ll enjoy a dinner with a view of the evening sky as we recall a remarkable day of coastal travel and kayaking.
Overnight: Solund Leilighetshotell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 9

Return to Bergen

We board our van for a last drive along the winding roads of Solund to the east shore of the island where we’ll board the express boat for the trip back to Bergen. As we head down the coast we’ll pass through an ever-changing panorama of islands, peaks, and bays with stops at small coastal villages until we make the turn into the ancient seaward route to Bergen.
Arriving at the harbor and the familiar row of colorful Bryggen, we’ll disembark and board a waiting van for the short drive through town to the Grand Hotel Terminus. Our final dinner together will be hosted at a stylish restaurant in the city’s art district that specializes in contemporary Scandinavian cuisine. A lakeside stroll back to the hotel in the late evening light gives time to reflect on our remarkable shared experience of kayaking Norway.
Overnight: Grand Hotel Terminus
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10

Departure

After breakfast in the hotel dining room, it’s time to say goodbye. Transport to the airport is easily arranged, and if traveling on by train you need only walk across the street to the station.
Overnight:
Meals: Breakfast

Accommodations

Hotel Terminus Bergen

One of the Historic Hotels of Norway the classic yet modern the Grand Hotel Terminus opened in 1928 and is conveniently located across from Bergen's Central station.
Hotel Website

Fretheim Hotel

Built originally at the end of the 18th century the oldest part of the Fretheim has been meticulously restored and is a modern full service hotel.   Hotel Website 

Kviknes Hotel

Since 1877 the Kviknes Hotel has had a long list of prominent guests and displays art work and craftsmanship that define its unique style.  Hotel Website

Solund Leilighetshotell

The Solund Leilighetshotell is a modern example of the tradition of the hospitality on Norway's outer coast.
Hotel Website

Extensions

At this time we do not offer any extensions for this trip but please feel free to call us about added travel options at 1-800-677-0877. We have spent a lot of time in and around the destinations we offer and are more than happy to share our experience.

Dates & Availability

Dates
Trip Length
Price
Availability
Notes
5/20/2019 - 5/30/2019
5/20/2019 5/30/2019 10 days
5890
Available
Tofino Founder Grant Thompson
NOTE: Trips showing as 'Available' have at least 4 places open. All prices are $USD unless otherwise stated.

What Is Included

  • All accommodations as specified in Itinerary
  • All meals as specified in Itinerary
  • Ground transportation and attraction entry fees
  • Expedition sea kayaks and equipment including PFDs
  • Safety equipment including medical kit, radios, and cell phones
  • Luggage transfers

What Is Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Single Supplement if applicable ($850)
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and items of a personal nature
  • Tipping of guides
  • Insurance of any kind (we strongly suggest that you purchase travel insurance that covers medical and evacuation as well as cancellations for medical reasons)
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