Discovery Expedition 2020

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Welcome to the Discovery Expedition on Nærøyfjord.

 
SUP Norway and Bart Scholtissen Change & Development have come together to offer a remarkable and unique experience.
We take just twelve people on a five day Stand Up paddle expedition through the most beautiful of the Norwegian fjords.
Whilst immersing ourselves in these truly awe inspiring surroundings we will explore our own personal development using nature as a mirror.
 

“The earth has music for those that listen” – George Santayana

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Stand Up Paddling

SUP Norway has been leading environmentally friendly expeditions to Norwegian fjords for many years.
Stand up paddling is the perfect way to unobtrusively engage with this ecosystem. There’s a special feeling you get, standing on your SUP next to a 4500 ft mountain knowing there’s a 3000 ft deep fjord under your feet. Don’t be surprised when you are joined by a pod of porpoises (‘niser’), a cheeky seal or look up to see a huge sea-eagle soaring overhead. Around every corner is another breathtaking scene, another perfect waterfall, another surprise.
If you are after adventure and incredible nature, you can find it here with SUP Norway.

Change & Development

‘Guided change’ with Bart Scholtissen:
To me there are two absolutes in life: One, that life has a beginning and that it has an end. The other is certainty that between these two moments, there is CHANGE.
Many people see change as something exciting but sometimes it can be perceived as negative or even frightening. This is not surprising and may even seem familiar to you, it is a common part of the human condition. This perception of negativity causes imbalance in your life. Nature is always looking for balance. If you create imbalance through false perceptions then you create STRESS. By going into nature you will reconnect with your own nature, and create a new more stable form of balance.

By changing your mindset about the way you encounter the changes and stress on your path from a closed to a more open and positive one, you can ensure that life becomes simple and less stressful again. You can focus on the things that really empower you and therefore create better balance and flow.

The process of guided change is undertaken with passion and joy. Being removed from the comfort zone of your normal home and work environment and being in open nature enables you to work on the change process more efficiently. Experience has shown that when bringing people back into contact with nature they quickly experience a profound sense of peace and from here, the ability to create powerful change and harmony in their lives. So lets get back to your nature!

“I would like to see if together, we can make a connection and guide you through your question and especially the way to the answer”
– Bart Scholtissen

WIM HOF METHOD

Both Bart and Titus are certified ‘Wim Hof Method’ instructors. Group sessions and one-on-one instruction and advice will be available throughout the expedition.

COLD THERAPY

The cold is your warm friend and one of the three pillars of the wim hof method. Proper exposure to the cold starts a cascade of health benefits, including the buildup of brown adipose tissue and resultant fat loss, reduced inflammation that facilitates a fortified immune system, balanced hormone levels, improved sleep quality, and the production of endorphins— the feel-good chemicals in the brain that naturally elevate your mood.

BREATHING

The second pillar of the wim hof method is breathing. We’re always breathing, yet we’re mostly unaware of its tremendous potential. Heightened oxygen levels hold a treasure trove of benefits, and the specialized breathing technique of the Wim Hof Method unearths them all: more energy, reduced stress levels, and an augmented immune response that swiftly deals with pathogens.

MINDSET & COMMITMENT

The third pillar of the wim hof method is the foundation of the other two: both cold exposure and conscious breathing require patience and dedication in order to be fully mastered. Armed with focus and determination you are ready to explore and eventually master your own body and mind.

Good to Know

Long days

At this time of year there are about 20 hours of light and our days are long and relaxed.
Wake up with the waterfalls sounding like distant surf through your tent. Brave one for a cool wash, then breakfast with your friends to talk about the coming day’s paddle.

Relaxed pace

When all are ready, we break camp and launch our boards. Gliding under towering cliffs, you teach yourself to paddle silently so as to take in your surroundings totally. We pause often as opportunities present themselves to film, photograph or just take in the magnificence.

Varied camp-sites lend themselves to different activities and at the end of the day you will find yourself in good company laughing around the camp fire or taking some time alone for a moment of zen in some of the most wonderful surroundings mother nature has to offer.

Intimate

Group numbers are kept small to provide an intimate feeling to the expedition and to minimise our environmental footprint. A low guest to guide ratio is maintained to maximise safety and ensure personal attention.

We are a very friendly, small company who love SUP and nature and want to share this amazing location and experience.

What’s Included

  • Awesomeness
  • Redpaddleco ‘Voyager plus’ Inflatable SUPs
  • Carbon-fibre paddles and all safety gear.
  • Norway’s top SUP Instructor/Guide
  • Bart Scholtissen – Personal development coaching
  • BBQ & drinks on welcome day
  • 3 basic meals a day – (Vegan option available if pre-ordered)
  • Tents and all camping/cooking gear (including sleeping mats/bags)
  • Video of your adventure and free use of our images from your expedition.

What’s Not Included

  • Transportation between your home and Gudvangen.
  • Personal belongings and equipment.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel insurance. *Important please read*
YOU WILL RECEIVE A SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT LIST WHEN BOOKING

For arrival day and last day timings & info see the FAQ section.

Getting to Gudvangen

The expedition starts (and ends) in Gudvangen approximately 150 kilometres NE of Bergen.

If travelling from the UK. Fly to Bergen airport (BGO), take the shuttle to the Bus station (Every 10 mins) and a scenic 2½hr train/bus ride will drop you off close to our base-camp at ‘Gudvangen camping’ (See map).

Bergen airport – Bergen

Shuttle bus: Bergen airport – Bergen bus station – Every 10 Mins (23 mins trip)

Bergen – Gudvangen

Travelling between ‘Bergen – Gudvangen’ is a train/bus journey. You only require 1 ticket when you book.

BERGEN – (train) – VOSS – (bus) – GUDVANGEN

Train/bus: Bergen train station – Gudvangen

  • http://www.nettbuss.no
  • Timetable PDF
  • Please note that when travelling from Bergen, your journey will begin at the train station, input Bergen (jernbanestasjon) ‘train station’ in the from/to field.
  • There are two stops in Gudvangen. Aurland (Gudvangen E16) & Aurland (Vang camping) The latter is the closest to Gudvangen camping where we are based (100 meters)

There is also another company that offers one bus a day between Gudvangen-Bergen here: https://www.nor-way.no/
And another with some routes here: https://www.skyss.no/
Please also see addition information in the FAQs

Alternative schedules and info.

FAQ

Stand Up paddling

Guests will need to have SUP experience in order to enjoy the week of paddling and to allow the group to travel at practical pace. The first day is a 20Km paddle with daypacks on the boards.

An average and healthy individual that engages in some form of regular exercise should have no problems. Please be realistic in assessing your fitness & ability.

The conditions are mostly calm and stable for the summer but we can occasionally run into some wind and a bit of chop, especially at the beginning and end of the season.

We ask that when you arrive for your expedition you:

  • Have a good solid paddle technique.
  • Are confident in your ability to paddle 15-20 Km (standing up).
  • Are able to effectively (Knee) paddle against a headwind.
  • Can swim 100 meters in open water.

Via Ferrata

The climb of Loen via ferrata on Mt hoven scales 1000 meters and takes 6 Hours. Although the climb is technically easy and safe. There are a couple of sections where you are on a vertical rock face with a view 600 meters down. Please be confident of your ability to handle dramatic heights.

We host an alternative wonderful guided mountain top hike with a cable car lift up & down if you would rather forego the climb.

If you are uncertain of your suitability for the expedition, please contact Titus for advice.

Please note: You will be asked to return a ‘Personal details form’ immediately after booking. Guests arriving with a physical or psycological condition or contraindicator that was not declared in their personal details form may be precluded from parcipitating in some or all of the expedition with no recourse for compensation. (Contraindicators can include; obesity, epilepsy, pregnancy, heart conditions etc. . .)

The expedition consists of the arrival day + 5 paddling days.

Example: For the 2-7 August 2020 expedition. The arrival day & BBQ is the 2nd Aug, we start paddling 3rd Aug and the last day is 7th Aug.

Please see other FAQs regarding arrival day & last day details.

You must be at least 18 to take part in SUP Norway’s expeditions.

We occasionally allow 16 year olds if they meet the following criteria:

  • Accompanied by legal guardian.
  • Experienced, powerful SUP paddler.
  • Must have good strength & endurance.
  • Must have mature outlook to be part of an adult group.

A quick note on travel insurance:

Personal travel Insurance is absolutely essential when venturing abroad. When selecting a travel insurance policy at a very minimum you should be covered for medical expenses and emergency repatriation.

We strongly recommend that your policy covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure you have your policy number and emergency telephone number for your insurance company with you. If this is unavailable please ensure you have the necessary information required by your insurance company in case of an emergency.

World nomad’s policy can be pretty cheap depending on your country and details and covers everything you need for your expedition with us. Please note, we have no affiliation with Worldnomads, we have just heard good things from previous guests. You can search around and may find better deals online from other companies.

https://www.worldnomads.com/travel-insurance/

We have menu contingencies for Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Gluten free & Lactose free diets.

It is important to inform us on your returned ‘Personal Details Form’ of any special dietry requirements.

Please note that we have no control over the menus and food preparation practices of the restaurants & shops that we visit on both the Sognefjord and 3 Fjords expedition.

We will however supply you with extra special rations in case there are no suitable choices at these locations.

Secure online payments with Visa & Mastercard.
For alternative payment method with Paypal please email.

If you do not have Visa or Mastercard, it takes just a few minutes to get a Paypal account.
You can then transfer funds from your bank to your account.

If staying in Bergen, there are very reasonable deals to be found right in the center and loads to do:

AirBnB in Bergen

Hotels in Bergen

Information and things to do in Bergen

You may want to arrive in Ålesund a day or two before the pick up from the airport.
If so, here are some accommodation links and things to do:

AirBnB in Ålesund

Hotels in Ålesund

Information and things to do in Ålesund

Travelling between ‘Bergen – Gudvangen’ is a train/bus journey. You only require 1 ticket when you book.

BERGEN – (train) – VOSS – (bus) – GUDVANGEN

Train/bus: Bergen train station – Gudvangen

  • https://www.nettbuss.no (Click ‘Menu’ on top right for English)
  • Timetable PDF
  • Please note that when travelling from Bergen, your journey will begin at the train station. Input Bergen (jernbanestasjon) ‘train station’ in the from/to field.
  • There are two stops in Gudvangen. ‘Aurland (Gudvangen E16)’ & ‘Aurland (Vang camping)’. The latter is the closest to Gudvangen camping where we are based (100 meters), ask the bus driver to stop there.

There is also another company that offers one bus a day between Gudvangen-Bergen here: https://www.nor-way.no/
And another with some routes here: https://www.skyss.no/

We will contact you the day before you arrive and invite you to advise us on Whatsapp, SMS or Facebook messenger of your E.T.A or any expected delays.

The bus stop ‘Vang camping’ is closest to our base camp at ‘Gudvangen camping’.
Gudvangen camping is just 100 meters away across the road. The other bus stop is in Gudvangen itself. If you get off here, it’s is a 500 meter walk back up the road to the base camp.

You will then find us here:

You may turn up when you like on arrival day but it’s nice to get here in the afternoon and spend the day resting after your journey and getting acquainted with the group.

There will be electricity, showers, refreshments and cool company. After you are settled in and the group is all here, we’ll have a briefing and issue you with all necessary gear and food for the expedition. There will be a little ceremony and then the BBQ starts at 18:00 if everyone is here, or 20:00 at the latest. We will start paddling the following morning.

We will arrive back at Gudvangen on Mon 8th June in the afternoon, sort out our gear and return to Gudvangen camping for another night with a BBQ and an end of expedition celebration.
If you wish to forego the last night and begin your journey home on the Sunday 7th, the assistant guide will accompany you and return from the expedition earlier in time for you to catch your transport if necessary.

Yes. Alcohol & snacks are not included and if you have to leave the expedition in an emergency you may need to take a ferry or other public transport.

There will be shops available at some points in the expedition. Cards are accepted everywhere, including ferries & buses.

Guests will need to have SUP experience in order to enjoy the week of paddling and to allow the group to travel at practical pace.

Please be realistic in assessing  your ability to complete a stand up paddling expedition in varying weather conditions covering 50-70Km over 5 days.

An average and healthy individual that engages in some form of regular exercise should have no problems.

The conditions are mostly calm and stable for the summer but we can occasionally run into some wind and a bit of chop, especially at the beginning and end of the season.

We ask that when you arrive for your expedition you:

  • Have a good solid paddle technique.
  • Are confident in your ability to paddle 10 Km (standing up).
  • Are able to effectively (Knee) paddle against a headwind.
  • Can swim 100 meters in open water.

If you are uncertain of your suitability for the expedition, please contact Titus for advice.

Please note: You will be asked to return a ‘Personal details form’ immediately after booking. Guests arriving with a physical or psycological condition or contraindicator that was not declared in their personal details form may be precluded from parcipitating in the expedition with no recourse for compensation. (Contraindicators can include; obesity, epilepsy, pregnancy, heart conditions etc. . .)

A comprehensive gear list will be sent to you when you book with us. You will just need to bring personal clothing/gear.
Due to it’s nature, SUP exploring requires minimalist, lightweight and efficient gear and this is the way we roll (paddle).

We do have limited extra items of personal gear if needed.

Norwegian saying: “There is no bad weather. Only bad clothing”

Royal Marine saying “Any idiot can be uncomfortable in the field.”

We will be comfortable :)

No. We don’t use or supply wetsuits. In reality, we paddle in board-shorts & t-shirts or long-sleeved tops depending on sun or cloud. If raining, we put on a shell top.  The water temperature is cool/cold. If you do fall in (Happens rarely), you are dry again in 5 mins and every paddler will have a towel and warm top to hand if needed.
Paddling in a wetsuit for over 2 hours will make you sweaty, smelly and actually colder than if you paddle dry.
On most expeditions, we stop and have a swim to cool down at some point. The picture on the right was taken in May.

We will be travelling between locations in a 3 van convoy starting at Ålesund airport and ending at Bergen airport.

Excess luggage will accompany us in the vehicles. If you have more than one large and one small item of baggage per person or an extra large item, please let us know beforehand.

Excess luggage can be left in the locked expedition vehicle at the launch point (at own risk). It is a low population/low crime area and most people do this.

You may also leave any luggage or valuables in a safe room at Gudvangen camping if you prefer.

Most days are between 4-6 hours paddling 9-15 Km (More if you want to and Max 8 hours/20 Km). The focus of the trip is to experience this magnificent area at a relaxed and enjoyable pace whilst being present, we do not focus on endurance/distance paddling.

We have almost 20 hours of daylight so we are in no hurry and the pace is steady and relaxed. The Itinerary is flexible according to weather, group interest and opportunities that may arise. Porpoises, photography & filming, waterfall swims, fishing for supper etc

For the arrival night we will be staying at Gudvangen camping nestled between 1500 meter towering cliffs with a view of the majestic Kjelfoss. You may stay in your expedition tent or in our shared 8-10 man ‘lavvu’ (traditional Norwegian teepee). It is also possible to rent a small hytte (hut) yourself (if available). Booking of hytter.
For the other nights we will be wild camping or at established camp-sites. Toilet facilities vary from flushing and hot showers to traditional compost and a waterfall wash for the hardy.

These are the views that surround us on arrival day at ‘Gudvangen camping’. we shall BBQ, get to know each other and prepare for our adventure.

Most of the areas we paddle in are quite protected and beautiful. We try to avoid head-winds and wavy conditions where possible. If conditions deteriorate to a level outside the group’s comfort zone then we can wait it out, paddle down wind to another destination or also re-location via road or boat may also be possible.

We have not yet experienced a day when we could not paddle. If this ever happens, there is always lots to do at all the stops in this amazing environment.

Booking & Payment

Price

Discovery expedition – Nok 12.500,- (€1,238 / £1,063 / US$1,365 )*

*Currency conversions are dynamic and update hourly

Deposit

20% of the tour’s cost is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the expedition with the balance to be paid no less than 60 days prior to trip departure.

Payment

Secure international payments with Visa & Mastercard.
For alternative payment methods including Paypal, Transferwise & Revolut please email.

Cancellation

  • 2 weeks from order – Full refund
  • Prior to 60 days – 50% of deposit,
  • 59-30 days- 50% of trip cost
  • Less than 30 days – No refund

Please ensure that you have a cancellation clause in your travel insurance. We cannot negotiate our cancellation schedule.

Discovery expedition: 3-8 June 2020

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