Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking

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Dates: Jun-Aug - see all dates

Total Days: 9

Activity Level: 3-4

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Price:

2014

REI member: $4,299

Non-member: $4,725

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $699

Singles not guaranteed during two farmstay nights.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Jun 15–23
  • Jun 29 – Jul 7
  • Jul 12–20
  • Jul 26 – Aug 3
  • Aug 9–17
  • Aug 16–24 Sold out

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Group Size: 5-15

Activity Level: 3-4

Activities:

  • Hiking
  • Sea Kayaking

Accommodations:

Hotels, 4 nights; Farm guesthouses, 3 nights; Fjord-side camping, 1 night.

Trip Highlights

  • Kayak the clear waters of beautiful fjords in southwest Norway
  • Hike mountain trails for magnificent views of a unique, unforgettable landscape
  • Spend a night camping fjord-side and three nights at quaint farm guesthouses
  • Paddle along calm currents between towering 3,500 foot walls
  • Summit Norway's highest peak and take an exciting glacier walk with crampons

The awe-inspiring landscape of Norway is a treasure trove of outdoor adventure. Its magnificent fjords—once exposed glacial valleys now submerged under thousands of feet of meltwater—provide the perfect playground for our exciting kayaking and hiking adventure.

Rendezvous in lovely Voss, gateway to the fjordlands, and travel west to the tiny village of Gudvangen where our kayaks await. Paddling the deep blue waters of the Naeroyfjord gives us a new appreciation for the enormous scale of these magical waterways. We pause along our route to hike mountain trails with breathtaking viewpoints and detour for scenic paddles past small villages and cascading waterfalls.

A night of fjord-side camping beneath towering granite peaks reminds us what "peace and quiet" means, while three nights in charming guesthouses reveal the warm hospitality of local hosts. Departing the fjordlands, we'll head to spectacular Jotunheimen National Park for an unforgettable hike to the summit Norway's highest peak. Our adventure ends with an exhilarating walk on the Nigardsbreen glacier.

Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Day 1 Rendezvous with your guides and fellow travelers in Voss, Norway.
  • Day 2 - Paddle beneath 3,500' high walls; tranquil fjord-side camping tonight.
  • Day 3 - Day Hike to the top of a towering peaks for stupendous bird's-eye views.
  • Day 4 - Kayak into the Aurlandsfjord. Stay in the tiny village of Undredal.
  • Day 5 - Paddle to Fresvik for a delicious home-cooked dinner and hot tub soak.
  • Day 6 - Kayak across the Sognefjord, the longest navigable fjord in the world.
  • Day 7 - Hike to the summit of Galdhoppigen, Norway's highest peak!
  • Day 8 - Strap on crampons and hike up the Nigardsbreen Glacier.
  • Day 9 - After bidding farewell to newfound friends, depart Voss.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Day 1 Rendezvous with your guides and fellow travelers in Voss, Norway.

    Your trip begins today in Voss, Norway. A hub for outdoor adventure enthusiasts, Voss can easily be reached by train from Bergen (approx. 1½-hours) and is conveniently located between two of Norway's larger fjords, the Hardangerfjord to the south and the Sognefjord to the north. Our initial group rendezvous will take place at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the lobby of our Voss hotel where our local trip leaders will be waiting and will conduct an orientation meeting that includes group introductions and an overview of the upcoming adventure. Those trip members arriving earlier in the day can opt to stroll around the town and enjoy the local scenery or just relax before our gathering this evening. Voss hotel included. All meals on your own today.

  • Day 2 - Paddle beneath 3,500' high walls; tranquil fjord-side camping tonight.

    We'll be met by our guides this morning and begin our scenic one-hour drive into the heart of the fjordlands to the tiny village of Gudvangen, situated on the lovely, deep blue Nærøyfjord. Our first day of paddling has us on the water by mid-morning, after loading our kayaks and listening to our guide's safety briefing. The Nærøyfjord is an idyllic spot for our paddle, with typically calm water and plunging waterfalls cascading from the fjord's 3,500-foot high walls. This is the Norway of our imagination and we'll marvel at the scenery as we gradually make our way towards the location of tonight's campsite. Talk about a tent with a view! We'll set up our comfortable camp on the shore of the Nærøyfjord and enjoy some wine before a delicious dinner prepared by our guides. A bonfire completes the scene and makes for a cheerful gathering place before we turn in for a tranquil night's sleep under the Norwegian sky. All meals included.

    Paddling distance: 8 miles. All camping gear provided.

  • Day 3 - Day Hike to the top of a towering peaks for stupendous bird's-eye views.

    We'll break down our camp after breakfast and paddle across the fjord to the village of Dyrdal. Here, we'll leave our kayaks behind and put on our daypacks for an invigorating hike to the top of one of the fjord's towering peaks. From the summit, we'll take in the magnificent views of the water-filled channel far below cutting its way through the mountainous landscape that surrounds us… truly a geological marvel to behold. We'll eat a picnic lunch at the top before descending to Dyrdal where our guesthouse awaits. Dinner and overnight in Dyrdal. All meals included.

    Paddling distance: ½-mile. Hiking distance: Up to 9.5 miles with 3,500' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 4 - Kayak into the Aurlandsfjord. Stay in the tiny village of Undredal.

    Back on the water this morning as our route takes us from the now familiar Nærøyfjord into the larger Aurlandsfjord. These cold, clean waters are good for seal spotting and with luck, we may even encounter some Niser, a local species of harbor porpoise, hunting for a snack of fresh sardines. By midday, we'll be ready for a snack of our own and by now have come to appreciate that there are few places better suited for an al fresco lunch then the shores of these fantastic waterways. After enjoying our picnic and stretching our legs, we'll continue paddling until mid-afternoon when we arrive at the small village of Undredal. Accessible only by boat until 1988, Undredal is famous for the brown goat cheese (geitost) that is still produced here using traditional cheese-making techniques. We'll have a relaxing afternoon exploring the village with its country store and the smallest Stave Church in Norway which dates back to the 12th century. All meals included.

    Paddling distance: 11 miles. Hiking distance: 2 miles downhill from Dyrdal lodging to fjord.

  • Day 5 - Paddle to Fresvik for a delicious home-cooked dinner and hot tub soak.

    Today we'll say goodbye to the Aurlandsfjord as we paddle north towards the main channel of the Sognefjord, stopping for a picnic lunch en route. We follow the southern shores of the Sognefjord around a headland and paddle into the picturesque bay of Fresvik in late afternoon. Our guesthouse in Fresvik is owned by a delightful couple who have hosted REI Adventures groups for many years, American Dee Cunningham and his Norwegian wife Hege. We'll have time before and after dinner to take a relaxing soak in one of the guesthouse's fjord-side hot tubs or jump into the fjord itself for an invigorating swim. Dinner tonight is a treat consisting of homegrown ingredients from Dee and Hege's garden. All meals included.

    Paddling distance: 14 miles.

  • Day 6 - Kayak across the Sognefjord, the longest navigable fjord in the world.

    After breakfast, we'll get back in our kayaks for one final day of classic paddling and head north across the wide and beautiful Sognefjord. Stretching for 125 miles across Western Norway and reaching depths of over 4,000', the majestic Sognefjord is considered the longest navigable fjord in the world. Depending on the pace of our group, we'll reach the northern shore of the fjord by early afternoon, climb out of our kayaks and celebrate our successful crossing. Our private shuttle bus will pick us up at the take out point and after lunch, we'll begin our relaxing drive to Jotunheimen National Park, one of Norway's most awe-inspiring hiking destinations, eventually reaching Jotunheimen and our nearby lodge, our home for the night before our summit attempt to the Rooftop of Norway. Note: If wind conditions make the Sognefjord crossing too challenging, we will be transported across the fjord by boat. All meals included.

    Paddling distance: 12-15 miles depending on weather conditions.

  • Day 7 - Hike to the summit of Galdhoppigen, Norway's highest peak!

    Jotunheimen (translated as "Home of the Giants") National Park attracts hiking enthusiasts from all over the world with its soaring peaks, glittering glacial lakes and abundance of scenic trail options. The park contains over 150 summits that rise above 6,000 feet including Northern Europe's two highest; Galdhøpiggen (8,098') and Glittertind (8,085'). Our challenging but non-technical hike today points us toward Galdhøpiggen's snow-speckled summit with our eventual reward coming by way of a bird's-eye panorama of Jotunheimen's larger-than-life landscape and the satisfaction of having reached the roof of Norway! We complete our descent by mid to late afternoon and commence our drive back down to sea level where we will check in to our hotel at Jostedalen near the Nigardsbreen Glacier for dinner and rest tonight. Note: With group safety always our primary concern, should the weather be inclement, we will substitute the Galdhøpiggen hike with a lower elevation hike in the national park. All meals included.

    Hiking distance: 9 miles (6-7 hours) with 2,000' elevation gain/loss.

  • Day 8 - Strap on crampons and hike up the Nigardsbreen Glacier.

    Our last full day but certainly not our least thrilling, we spend the morning exploring Jostedalsbreen National Park and its namesake icecap (mainland Europe's largest). We'll drive to the Nigardsbreen Glacier, one of the park's most dramatic glacial tongues, and transfer by small boat to the glacier's snout. It's here that, after a briefing by our guides, we'll strap on crampons and set out on an unforgettable hike in this icy wonderland filled with fantastically-shaped pinnacles, tunnels and frozen waterfalls. After completing the hike and returning to our vehicle, we'll continue our drive back to Voss where we spend a final evening celebrating our memorable adventure in the company of our newfound friends. Overnight in Voss tonight. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

    Hiking distance: 5 miles (3-4 hours) with 1,000' elevation gain/loss. Glacier hiking gear included.

  • Day 9 - After bidding farewell to newfound friends, depart Voss.

    Trip members may depart Voss at any time this morning, catching the convenient 1½-hour rail connection to colorful Bergen (or on to Oslo if you so choose). For those who have booked early morning flights from Bergen today, special private transfer arrangements can be made (at an additional cost) to transport you to the airport in time for your flight departure. Breakfast included.

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our very best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control including weather and terrain conditions.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Hotel accommodations (4 nights), farm guesthouses (3 nights) and camping accommodations (1 night); meals as noted in the daily itinerary; guides; private vehicle transportation within Norway; all group camping gear including tents and sleeping bags; kayaking gear (including wetsuits and PFDS) and kayaks; entrance to Jotunheimen National Park; glacier hike and related glacier hiking gear on Day 8.

Not Included

Air transportation to from Norway and transfers to/from Voss; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks (except as noted on itinerary); 1 dinner; guide gratuities; travel insurance; laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.

Qualifications

This adventure is rated as Moderate plus [3 4]. It is not necessary to be an expert hiker or kayaker to participate, but you should enjoy both activities, feel comfortable spending 4-7 hours on-trail and/or on the water during most days and arrive at the beginning of the trip in as good a shape as possible. Two of our hiking days involve substantial elevation gain/loss (2,500'- 3,500') and some steep terrain (although trip members will have the option to not participate in these hikes). Some hikes will also involve short stretches of exposed, narrow trail. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest beginning a regular exercise regimen at least 3 months prior to departure. Recommended exercises include hiking, jogging, paddling, cycling and/or swimming. The better shape you are in, the more fun you will have. Get out on those hills if possible!

Weather

Southwestern Norway’s summer temperatures generally range from the mid to high 60s during the day, dropping into the low 50s at night. While clear weather is not unusual during June, July and August, at least some rainfall is a possibility during any month of the year in this region. Participants must be prepared for weather conditions that can vary greatly and should arrive equipped with appropriate gear and clothing (see the trip Gear List for specific recommendations).

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking Gear List

The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you in choosing your equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary as this will help you and the field staff.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents for camping night
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Cooking equipment / eating utensils while camping
  • Kayaks and dry bags (20 liters)
  • Wetsuits, booties and PFDs
  • Paddle jacket with hood
  • Waterproof camera cases
  • Strap on crampons for glacier hike
  • Group first-aid kit
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
Luggage
  • Duffel bag (wheels and retractable handle are fine), large enough to hold clothing and gear
  • Luggage tags and luggage locks
  • Daypack – no metal or plastic rigid frames (for raingear, camera, water bottles, lunch items)
  • Passport security pouch or belt
Casual Clothing
  • Lightweight, easily washable items for city, evening and travel wear
Outerwear
  • Waterproof, breathable rain jacket and rain pants
  • Midweight fleece jacket or synthetic sweater
  • Gaiters (useful on rainy days)
Footwear
  • Hiking boots with ankle support, waterproof and well broken-in
  • Comfortable shoes for travel and evening wear
  • Water sandals or booties
Clothing
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Hiking pants, quick-dry
  • Hiking shorts, quick dry
  • Midweight thermal underwear tops/bottoms
  • Regular underwear
  • Hiking socks and sock liners
  • Casual socks
  • Swimsuit
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat or visor
  • Wool / fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Lightweight gloves or mittens
Travel Accessories
  • Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries/bulb for August departures
  • One 1-quart water bottle (or hydration pack)
  • Small pack towel and washcloth
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Toiletry kit
  • Ziploc bags to separate wet items from dry
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Plastic bags for wet clothes
Optional Accessories
  • Camera, spare media card and batteries
  • Camera lens cloth
  • Small binoculars
  • Paddling gloves
  • Hiking stick or trekking poles
  • Knee supports
  • Travel pillow
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Small dry bag for personal items while kayaking
  • Baby wipes / hand sanitizer
  • Electrical plug adapter / converter
  • Ear plugs

Things to Consider

  • Please remember to always pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing (including hiking boots), and medications in your carry-on baggage, in case your luggage is delayed.
  • During the sea kayaking portion (5 days), trip participants will be asked to divide their gear carrying only what is necessary for these days in their boats. The remainder of the gear will be stored in a safe location and will rejoin the group at the kayak takeout point on Day 6. As we hike up to our lodging on the nights of our farmstays, we will leave some gear behind in our kayaks and carry only what we need for the night in our daypacks. Pack lightly, keeping the essential items in mind.
  • Your daypack will need to fit into the hold of the kayak which has a relatively small opening. For this reason we suggest bringing a daypack without a metal or plastic rigid frame as these packs may not fit into the opening.
  • Wind chill can be a significant feature of this trip. Air temperatures are not very cold, but when the wind is constant you can be robbed of body heat very quickly. Good wind/raingear is essential. 
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet, it will drain your body heat. Bring synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax. 
  • Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding and bunching up.
  • Hiking boots – having boots with good ankle support is essential for the type of hiking we will be doing as well as for use with crampons on our glacier walk. Sturdy boots provide much more protection from the pressure of the crampon straps and more stability when walking on steep surfaces on the ice.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or blister remedies for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents
  • If you wear prescription glasses, use a safety cord and bring an extra pair if possible. Contact lens users should also bring an extra set, or bring eyeglasses for a backup.

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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  • Group camaraderie (11)
  • Well organized itinerary (11)
  • Accommodations (10)
  • Activity level (10)

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        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
        • Active adventures (11), I liked the itinerary (10), Destination (9), All the details planned for me (8), Travel with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts (6)

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      5.0

      Best way to experience Norway!

      By Activeman

      from USA

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Guides
      • Mix of activities
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary

      Cons

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          Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

          This is a great mix of kayaking and hiking in a beautiful setting. The itinerary gives you insight into the culture and lifestyle along the fjords- a real plus. Everything was extremely well organized and our leader was outstanding.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Destination
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • Wanted to see the fjords.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Peace and quiet of fjord kayaking.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • If you think you might enjoy this trip- you will!

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Simply amazing

          By KG

          from Michigan

          About Me Avid Adventurer

          Site Member

          Pros

          • Accommodations
          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Food
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Quality Equipment Provided
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

              This trip was wonderful. The guides, activities, food, accommodations and of course the scenery could not have been better. I could have never experienced the Norwegian fjords in a more intimate and beautiful way.

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, I Liked the Itinerary
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • Staying in the farm stays/guest houses was amazing. A truly unique experience that I never could have arranged myself.
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Be prepared for all terrain and all weather conditions. We experienced rain, snow, sun and ice and once, all in one day!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Honest opinion

              By KT01

              from Illinois

              About Me Casual Adventurer

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Accommodations
              • Activity Level
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Natural Beauty
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Unique Experience
              • Well Organized Itinerary

              Cons

              • Accommodations
              • Food

              Best Uses

                Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                The hotel in Voss is tired (to put it nicely) and during my trip was very, very loud at night, and I'm a life-long heavy sleeper.

                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Brand Name, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                • To paddle the fjords
                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                • Staying in private homes (was so unique and special). Traveling with great, like-minded people. Paddling the fjords.
                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                • I was frequently hungry during this trip. Bring lots and lots of your own high energy snacks. (We were primarily provided with cookies and chocolate bars.) Consider a different trip if you have food allergies, sensitivities or preferences (vegetarian, etc). They had a hard time accommodating special needs and preferences. Bring ear plugs for the nights in Voss.

                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                All my love to the non duplicators

                By Chawang90

                from New York City, NY

                About Me Casual Adventurer, Recent College Grad

                Site Member

                Pros

                • Accommodations
                • Activity Level
                • Exceeded Expectations
                • Food
                • Group Camaraderie
                • Guides
                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                • Quality Equipment Provided
                • Well Organized Itinerary

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                    A little bit about the guides, which I believe was the most underrated aspect of this trip (not to take away from the quality of food and hospitality):

                    Nic was our fearless leader, and one of the most impressive people I've ever met. He has an uncanny ability to lightly deal with the burdens of organization and unforeseen complications whilst remaining positive, professional, and cheerful. He was always having a good time and enjoying Norway as much as the rest of us, despite having done these trips so many times - making our group dynamic so much more accessible and down to earth. Nic left a lasting impression on the entire group with his ambition, humility, goofiness, and long list of incredible life experiences (despite his age).

                    Einar's a legend. One of the fittest and wittiest men I've ever met. He's quick to smile and laugh and has an incredible outlook on nature, Norway, life, and happiness. Furthermore, Einar is endlessly patient and flexible if need be (which it really wasn't on our trip) as well as an amazing story teller. I found myself looking up to Einar's lifestyle and attitude incredibly so throughout the trip.

                    Nic and Einar worked extremely well together, with both of them being inhumanely fit and knowledgeable, as well as respected and well known in the small Norwegian circles that we were welcomed into. They are two very different, yet compatible personalities and they are the main reason the trip was so enjoyable. So glad and thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know these people.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • Active Adventures, Brand Reputation, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Research on similar multi-day, outdoors, European adventures showed that REI adventures had the most detailed and well prepared itinerary and preparation materials available on the web, which I took as an indicator that the other aspects of the trip would be similarly superior. In the end, the execution of the trip far exceeded my already inflated expectations.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • Seeing the diminishing art of simple conversation flourish during dinners every night. Seeing everybody smiling, laughing, and engaged in sincere conversation with each other. The people that I met and the stories that were shared left an even deeper impression on me than the astounding scenery, atmosphere, and tangible wonders of the Norwegian fjords, (which is saying a lot).
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • The most important preparation and perhaps the most influential component of the success of your trip will be your own attitude. Being openminded, flexible, and excited will contribute synergically towards the entire group's experience, guides included. In short, "wag more, bark less".

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    One of our best trips ever

                    By traveldad

                    from Savannah, GA

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Activity Level
                    • Fellow Travellers
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

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                        Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                        The guides on this trip were great, not just professionally great, but personally great. We grew to love the people on our trip, including the guides, even more than the scenery. It was hard to part with them at the end and we all felt like we had forged new friendships. The food was ample and 'ok' , but hey you don't go to Norway for fine dining. Wine was never in short supply. The accommodations were not posh but were appropriate for the trip, i.e. I liked my tent and the farmhouse (no electricity) had heat. This trip took us places and gave us experiences that we could never have had on our own and ones that we would not trade for all the money in the world. If you are flexible, adventurous, and love the outdoors, this is a fantastic trip.

                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                        • All the Details Planned for Me, I Liked the Itinerary
                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                        • We wanted to hike in Scandanavia but did not feel confident designing our own itinerary.
                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                        • Hiking up the glacier with crampons.
                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                        • Bring rain pants that can double as comfortable hiking pants

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Norway Fjords 7/28-8/5/12 No Duplication

                        By Desperately Seeking Susan

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Casual Adventurer

                        Pros

                        • Accommodations
                        • Activity Level
                        • Exceeded Expectations
                        • Food
                        • Group Camaraderie
                        • Guides
                        • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                        • Quality Equipment Provided
                        • Well Organized Itinerary

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                            Lucked out with weather, rockstar guides (Nic & Einar were way over the top, both walking encylopedias-knew everything. Even when we were on the road, they told us the most amazing stories and pointed out Norwegian history and landmarks) & a stellar group that bounded in record time. Will stay friends w/ them for life.

                            • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                            • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                            • Why did you choose this trip?:
                            • Norway fjords was on my bucket list. Wanted a trip w/ hiking and kayaking.
                            • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                            • Hege and Dee's place (both beyond my wildest dreams), salt of the earth ppl and I've never had food like Hege's. Sheesh.
                            • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                            • Get in shape, hikes steep. Athough, guides have a 'comprehensive' medical kit, bring your own tape, moleskin and bandaids b/c u'll get blisters. Also bring anti-inflamatories.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            The Best Vacation I've Ever Had

                            By World Hiker

                            from Afghanistan

                            About Me Avid Adventurer

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Accommodations
                            • Activity Level
                            • Exceeded Expectations
                            • Food
                            • Group Camaraderie
                            • Guides
                            • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                            • Quality Equipment Provided
                            • Well Organized Itinerary

                            Cons

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                                Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                                A surreal experience. It made me want to move to Norway. I particularly enjoyed paddling up to the waterfalls at the edges of the fjord.

                                • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                • I've always wanted to kayak. And I've always wanted to see Norway
                                • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                • Jumping on a trampoline while overlooking the fjord.
                                • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                • Make sure your boots are well broken in.

                                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Revives body and soul

                                By Bulgarian

                                from Bulgaria

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                                Pros

                                • Accommodations
                                • Exceeded Expectations
                                • Food
                                • Group Camaraderie
                                • Guides
                                • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                • Quality Equipment Provided
                                • Well Organized Itinerary

                                Cons

                                • Activity Level

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                                  Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                                  Some personal advice:
                                  - Have batteries for your cameras as you would make many many pictures.
                                  - Have spare recording chips for the films – same reason : )
                                  - Be eager to try every piece of food offered at it is delicious.
                                  - Bring bathing suits as you would experience an extraordinary view of the fjord from a hot outdoors tube.
                                  - Try the trampoline as you would feel like a child again.
                                  - Definitely ware gloves for the glaciers.

                                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                  • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Recommended by a Friend, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                  • I joined this trip with a group of friends due to our vivid willingness to participate in a kayaking trip in Scandinavia. The company we selected on the basis of previous outstanding experience with REI in the US.
                                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                  • I felt like at home during every single minute. Our guides were simply excellent. We were taken care of, challenged, spoiled when needed. At many occasions, we were shown small pieces of view or some magnificent scenery, which only people who know the road with their every piece would be able to.
                                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                  • This trip level of activity is more like a 3. I did not find it particularly challenging to rate it a 4.

                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Magical Fjordlands

                                  By Colorado Water Girl

                                  from Boulder, CO

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                                  Pros

                                  • Accommodations
                                  • Activity Level
                                  • Exceeded Expectations
                                  • Food
                                  • Group Camaraderie
                                  • Guides
                                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                                  Cons

                                  • Stinging nettle
                                  • Zero

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                                    Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                                    There are so many things to delight in on this trip. The fjords were breathtaking & I loved the peace of paddling & feeling very small - especially noticeable when the ferries passed by. The hikes offered an alternate, spectacular perspective on the landscape. The day on the glacier was other-worldly and a rare opportunity to explore that natural wonder. The overnights at the farms felt very, very special - almost like stepping back in time. The guides were spectacularly knowledgeable and lots of fun & the group camaraderie was notable. Thanks for a such a memorable experience REI & my fellow travelers!

                                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                    • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary
                                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                    • I've had the Norwegian fjords on my go-to list for years. The itinerary looked like a perfect blend of time on the water & hiking plus the addition of the glacier and peak hikes.
                                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                    • Taking a dip in the fjords on a warm, sunny day at our lunch stop, sharing laughs with newly made friends, the view from my tent and especially the welcoming hospitality of our hosts during the two farm stays.
                                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                    • Definitely prepare yourself physically for this trip. The days are extremely long in Norway at this time of year and we were on the go for the bulk of the day. I loved it, but my body was ready for some rest by the time our activities ended each day.

                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Stunningly beautiful!

                                    By KA in Maryland

                                    from Maryland

                                    Pros

                                    • Activity Level
                                    • Exceeded Expectations
                                    • Group Camaraderie
                                    • Guides
                                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience

                                    Cons

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                                        Comments about REI Adventures Norwegian Fjords Kayaking and Hiking:

                                        The guides were another highlight for me-- truly outstanding! Fun, relaxed and friendly, and able to work effectively with a wide range of people, but also extremely well-organized and competent. I really felt in good hands, and really enjoyed them both as individuals. Also the behind-the-scenes logistical stuff was very well-run by the support staff helping the guides.

                                        • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                                        • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary
                                        • Why did you choose this trip?:
                                        • I was looking to try a multisport trip that did not involve biking in a country with good medical care since I was trying to get pregnant. The kayaking portion looked beautiful in the photos and seemed like a great complement to the hiking.
                                        • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                                        • The hike to Galdhoppigen (the highest peak in Norway) with absolutely incredible views of the mountain range in Norway, and the wonderful hospitality of the two farmhouse stays. Also the 20 mile paddle was a first for me, and a really fun challenge.
                                        • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                                        • Follow REI's guidelines for preparation. I thought that the activity level descriptions and the suggested prep was very accurate in the REI information provided. The trip was not at any point too strenuous or uncomfortably difficult but without the preparation it certainly could have been.

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