13 day exclusive outdoor fjord adventure Norway
42475 NOK p.p
2 - 6 people
June - september
Highlights of your Exclusive Outdoor Adventure in Norway
Explore the country like the locals do – off the beaten track. Experience authentic and historic stays and local food. Every day is a new adventure filled with adrenaline, with hikes along the coast, climbing up high mountains, white water rafting, and kayaking the fjords.
This vacation is perfect for adults or a family with teenagers/young adults looking for a true adventure in Norway. Start your fjord adventure in Bergen, Gateway to the Fjords. Explore the city before heading out to the Coast: hiking to a sea cliff, indulge in fishermen culture and great seafood, or maybe even catch your own fish. Continue into the Nordfjord and enjoy the farm visit, glacier area, and even some climbing. Paddle in the famous Geirangerfjord and enjoy some white water rafting. Explore the Sunnmøre Alps by bicycle and foot before heading to Art Nouveau city Ålesund.
With our planning and detailed road book, you can travel safe and without any practical concerns. You will get all the insider tips including our own favourites. This will be a memorable trip!
What to expect
- An independent self-drive vacation to Norway with lots of fun and thrilling activities. Allowing you to cover a big area while also providing you with in-depth experiences in each destination.
- You are given the choice between different adventures depending on the age and interests of you and your family, which will be discussed when tailoring your trip.
- Private guides will provide a safe and fun experience while sharing local knowledge and stories.
- By staying in the cabins and hotels for several nights, you have the chance to get to know the area better and you won’t have to unpack and pack every day.
- Although driving around the fjords is scenic, we limit the amount of time spent in the car each day.
- With our planning and detailed road book, you can travel safe and without any practical concerns. You will get all the insider tips and we will make sure to include our own favorite activities.
The price starts from 42475 NOK, per person.
This estimate is based on 2 adults and 2 teenagers/young adults, or 4 adults, staying in double/twin rooms (on average in superior/deluxe category) in 3-4* small scale hotels. If you rather upgrade or downgrade the accommodation or remove some items from the package, please let us know.
Final price and availability are subject to price and availability upon time of booking.
The price includes VAT according to the 2019 regulations. If the Norwegian Government decides to change the VAT regime, the price might increase.
Exact prices depend on the date, amount of people, and a few choices you can make. Contact us and we are pleased to send you an offer.
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Included & not included
The above mentioned price estimate includes:
- 11 nights accommodation in charming small scale historic 3* and 4* hotels
- 3 nights in private apartments
- 8 nights in superior or deluxe rooms, sometimes even junior suites
- 1 night wilderness camping while paddling
- Dinner on 10 evenings
- Private guided walking tour in historical fishermen village (1,5 hours)
- Private guided day hike (5-6 hours)
- Private visit at our historic sheep farm (1,5 hours)
- Private guided Via Ferrata climbing adventure (6-7 hours)
- 2 day private guided kayak adventure in the Geiranger fjord area including kayak-, camping equipment, meals, rental of sleeping bags and travel liners
- Tickets car/passengers ferry Geirangerfjord
- Private guided rafting adventure (4 hours)
- Private guided half day e-bike tour or hike (3-3,5 hours)
- Private guided zipline adventure (4,5 hours)
- Telephone assistance 7 days a week for urgent matters while traveling in Norway
- Detailed trip itinerary description with must do/see suggestions, routes, and vouchers
- All services provided by Norway Adventures and our suppliers will be in English
- Transaction fee for using the online, secure, payment platform
The above mentioned price estimate does not include:
- All items not specifically mentioned under ’included in price’
- International nor domestic flights
- Airport transfers
- Car rental (which we can arrange for you later), petrol, parking, toll, small ferry costs
- Entrance fees, activities, museums etc., if not specified under ‘included in price’
- Optional activities if not specified under ‘included in price’, like: guided city tour, indoor climbing, etc
- Meals unless stated otherwise
- Insurance (we advise all our guests to buy a travel insurance)
- Personal expenses
- Visa fees (if applicable)
- Other options and extensions
It is also possible to add a stay in Oslo at the end of the trip. Take a domestic flight from Ålesund to Oslo and stay there for one or two nights before taking your flight out.
It is also possible to cut a day or two from this itinerary if you do not have so many days to spend here.
Day to Day
Day 1: Welcome to Bergen, Gateway to the Fjords.
Welcome to Norway, and Bergen, Gateway to the Fjords. Pick up your rental car at the airport and drive to your 4* city center boutique hotel where you will stay the night.
The hotel is close to the harbor and the famous Bryggen. Walking through the narrow streets and alleys at Bryggen is like going back in time to when Hansa (the German Guild of Merchants) dominated this part of the city. Bryggen is today a part of UNESCO’s World Heritage List and Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City. A stroll along the harbor and over the fish market is also recommended. Take the funicular for a great view over the city and the surrounding fjord and mountains, and hike down.
You can do a private guided city walk for 2 hours with our favorite guide. Not only will you learn much about the city, you can also ask questions about Norway in general that you might have. Or if you are in for a city adventure, you can take the cable car up Ulriken and zipline back down.
For a special seafood dinner, we can recommend a restaurant on an island, that can only be reached by boat (not included).
Day 2: Cross the King of the Fjords
Get ready to explore the Fjords. Traveling like the locals: a scenic road trip, including crossing the Sognefjord, King of the Fjords, by car ferry. You will drive for approximately 4 hrs.
You will stay at a small scale farm by the river, with rustic-style rooms with wooden interiors. The hosts are very nice and knowledgeable. Animals like rabbits, ducks, and sheep can be seen on site and cuddled with. In the forest nearby, they have made a little bird trail where you can learn about the birds that live there. They also have BBQ facilities next to the river.
This is a historic building, which has recently been restored. Some of the rooms have their bathroom on another floor or even building, but this place is so special that you do not want to miss out. You will stay here for one night.
Day 3: Enjoy the fishermen culture at the Atlantic Coast
Continue your fjord adventure towards the coast (appr. 3 hours). Approaching your destination you see the landscape changing. Rougher, fewer trees and many big rocks. This area has endured quite some storms so close to the sea. Imagine the fishermen that had to go out on the sea in all kinds of weather. This is an amazing area, also called Little Lofoten, with fishermen culture, sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, and crystal clear water.
You will stay in an apartment in a fishermen village. It is part of a hotel, consisting of different buildings, fishermen cabins, apartments and the main building with the restaurant. The family that runs it will entertain you, no doubt. They have many good stories to tell. We have included a private tour around the village (appr. 1,5 hrs) where you will learn everything about the glorious time of the herring fishery. You can also go on a private fishing trip (appr 3-4 hrs).
You will stay at this hotel for 2 nights. The seafood dinner at the hotel is famous. We have included a 3-course seafood dinner for you tonight.
Day 4: Explore the Little Lofoten by foot
Today you will explore the island of Bremanger with one of our experienced guides. The hike starts at the exotic white beach of Grotle. You follow the trail, with some steep parts, which will take you along a river, over a plateau, to the far most point of the island, from where you even can see the West Cape. The hike back and forth, including time to eat your packed lunch, will take appr. 5-6 hours. After the hike take a refreshing bath at the beach of Grotle (water temperature as the Vikings like it).
Or, if you are looking to challenge yourself, you can hike to the top of Europe’s highest sea cliff. The Hornelen stands 870 meters tall above the fjord below. The hike is tough, but the view of the ocean, fjord, and Sunmøre Alps in the distance make it all worth it. This hike can also be done with a guide and will take around 7-8 hours.
Tonight you will enjoy a 5-course dinner after a long day of hiking.
Day 5: Visit our historic farm and explore the Nordfjord
Check out of your apartment/cabin and get ready to ‘dive into’ the inner Nordfjord, this is our home area. (total drive today appr. 3,5 hours, including one ferry). A spectacular, and still quite unknown area that has it all. The Nordfjord is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coastline.
You are welcome for a cup of coffee at our sheep farm in Davik, from 1860, and we will show you around. Our Norwegian Elkhound Kira is always up for a cuddle. Our sheep, a traditional Norwegian breed, will be happy to come and greet you too.
Cross the Nordfjord by ferry and drive by Nordfjordeid. In the town of Nordfjordeid, you can visit Sagastad and go aboard a Viking Ship. This impressive replica is built according to the remains of the ship of a Viking King that once lived in this fjord. Buy a cinnamon roll at the local bakery and stroll through the historic main street with charming wooden houses.
Continue to Stryn. You will stay in a charming 3* historic hotel by the fjord for 2 nights. Dinner is included both nights. If you would rather stay at a more luxurious hotel, with a swimming pool and spa, that is also possible.
Day 6: Climbing mt Hoven on the Via Ferrata
An exciting challenge in spectacular scenery: climb the Via Ferrata, with a private guide, up to Mt. Hoven (1011 m.). It has a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains, glaciers, and fjords (appr 6-7 hrs). The name Via Ferrata comes from Italy, where they built an “iron road” in the mountains during the first world war. The essence of a modern Via Ferrata is a steel cable that runs along the route and is periodically fixed to the rock. Using a Via Ferrata kit the climber can secure themselves to the cable, preventing any fall. This means that inexperienced climbers can do this, and it will give you a sensation of mastery. You will take the Gondola back down again.
If you would rather go on a private guided hike to a summer pasture cabin owned by our friend Torild’s family for generations, we can also offer that.
You can also explore the area on your own. Do a short hike to a hidden glacier (not many tourists know about this one) or rent bicycles to cycle along the Lodal glacier lake into Kjenndalen to visit the Kjenndal glacier.
Day 7: Wilderness camping and kayak adventure in the Geirangerfjord
Drive to Hellesylt (1,5 hrs). Leave your car here, and get started with your private kayak adventure with one of our experienced guides.
You have a two-day trip into the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, and Sunnylvsfjord to look forward to. To experience the fjord from a kayak is unforgettable: the silence, the huge waterfalls, a campfire dinner, enjoying the long evening.
You start your trip after a kayak and safety instruction. After a few hours, you will land along the fjord, enjoying lunch, stretch your legs and enjoy this amazing place. In the afternoon you continue a few hours kayaking and land at a spot where you set up camp for the night. You might have to hike up 15 minutes to a place where we set up camp in the wilderness. But you will be rewarded with the most stunning view. By the campfire, you enjoy the long Norwegian evening and a freshly made hot meal.
Your guide will take care of all the logistics, stable double kayaks, kayaking equipment, camping materials, etc. and will make you an awesome dinner on the campfire. You will sleep in small tents. Lunch and dinner today is included, as well as breakfast and lunch tomorrow.
Day 8: Enjoy breakfast with a view and stay in a kings worthy hotel
After enjoying the morning light and our outdoor breakfast you break up camp and start paddling further into the Geirangerfjord. Depending on the wind and our pace the guide will see how far you get. From a lunch spot along the fjord, we enjoy this dramatic steep fjord rock faces, waterfalls and the sheer size of the fjord. After lunch, you turn around and paddle back to Hellesylt via the other end of the fjord.
You arrive back in Hellesylt in the late afternoon. From here you drive a short distance to the hotel where you will spend the night. This historic (and wooden) hotel is almost like a museum. Kings, queens, and emperors have stayed here throughout history. You will stay here for one night. In the evening a 3-course dinner at the hotel is included. Enjoy the storytelling during dinner.
Day 9: River rafting adventure
In the morning you drive to the ferry dock to board the fjord cruise that will take you to Geiranger. On this cruise, you can enjoy the view of the famous Seven Sisters waterfall and much more. From Geiranger, you drive approximately 1 hour to a spectacular white water river.
Here your next adrenaline filled adventure begins. A private guide will take you rafting. Or, depending on the water level, you might go canyoning instead. Either way, it will be a day filled with adventure.
Afterward, you will spend the night in a 3* fjord hotel by a quiet fjord.
Day 10: The famous Trollstigen Norwegian Scenic Route
Drive the most spectacular Norwegian Scenic Route: Trollstigen (total driving time today: approx 1,5 hrs). This is a 106 kilometer long stretch of road through West Norwegian nature at its most powerful, with a dizzying view of sheer mountainsides, waterfalls, deep fjords and fertile valleys. Take the time to enjoy the scenery and take pictures.
Join a half day private guided adventure from your hotel. Either go for a nice hike in a hidden valley with amazing views all around or have a tour on their electrical bikes (because of the power of the bikes you do not have to be in good shape to do this: everybody can do it). The guide will teach you all the interesting facts and stories about the area.
You will stay in a historic family run hotel which opened in 1860. Now a modern hotel with all facilities and a very unique atmosphere. You will stay here for two nights, including half board.
Day 11: Zipline adventure across the Rauma river
A day with an exciting private guided activity awaits you: cross the wild Rauma river waterfalls on ziplines and in the spectacular climbing nets. Feel the adrenaline pump when challenging yourself. The feeling of being one with nature when crossing the wild Rauma river several times is just magic (total activity will take appr. 4 hours, including a snack by the campfire)
Enjoy the rest of the day with a local hike, or just relaxing. The dinner made of local specialties will taste extra good today.
Day 12: Visit the Art Nouveau city of Ålesund
Leave the area and drive to Åndalsnes. Do a short hike to the viewpoint called ‘Rampestreken’ or visit the Norwegian mountaineering center. In the interactive exhibition, you can learn about the triumphs and tragedies of the Norwegian mountaineering history. You can even test your own climbing skills inside Norway’s highest indoor climbing wall.
Continue to Ålesund (appr. 2-hour drive). Ålesund is a picturesque fishing village with an art nouveau center. A hike up to viewpoint Aksla will give you an amazing view of the city and the ocean.
Stay here for one night in a 4* harbor hotel.
Drive to the airport on the island outside of the city. Deliver your rental car and board your flight home. We thank you so much for visiting our beautiful country.
If you rather add a few days and discover another part of Norway, this is also possible. Please contact us if you want us to tailor this vacation.
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