2019 Fjord expeditions
Stand up paddling
Love stand up paddling? Then why not do it in one of the most beautiful Edens on earth?
SUP Norway’s stand up paddling tours are the perfect way to experience the real beauty of the Norwegian fjords that most tourists never get to see.
In a survey conducted by ‘National Geographic Traveller Magazine’ the fjords of Norway were selected as the number one unspoiled travel spot from a list of 115 destinations around the world!
This is a truly stunning adventure! There’s a special feeling you get, standing on your SUP next to a 1500m high mountain knowing there’s an 800m deep fjord under your feet. As a UNESCO protected site of outstanding beauty, nature abounds in Nærøyfjord. Don’t be surprised when you are joined by a pod of dolphins (‘niser’), a cheeky seal or look up to see a huge sea-eagle soaring overhead.
As those that have shared adventures with SUP Norway know. There is so much more to our expeditions than we can display on a web page.
This is our passion.
We love to surprise you with the unexpected and curious along the way. From local Norwegian delicacies to secret spots and spontaneous activities, we love challenging preconceptions and exceeding our guests expectations in providing outstanding life experiences.
Our focus is on fun and being totally present with ourselves and nature. This and the awe inspiring grandeur – the sheer majesty of the nature we are blessed with in Western Norway – are the main reasons that many of our guests often report profound experiences.
Sognefjord is the longest & deepest navigable fjord in the world and one of it’s arms – Nærøyfjord – is undoubtedly the most spectacular.
Imagine paddling beautiful Nærøyfjord, surrounded by shear mountains and snow-covered peaks that stand 1700 meters above sea level, with picturesque villages and literally hundreds of waterfalls along it’s length.
Whether spotting dolphins or sea-eagles, paddling up to a thundering waterfall, laughing around the camp-fire or just chilling in the most beautiful nature there is, people who join us here are invariably blown-away by the experience. Your drinking supply is from the many granite filtered pure waterfalls. It is the sweetest water you have ever tasted, guaranteed! No filter required. If you are after adventure and incredible nature, you can find it here with SUP Norway. This is definitely a bucket-list trip.
I joined an expedition in 2018 and came back from the experience a changed person. It is remarkable what just 5 days out in the Norwegian Fjords can do with your mindset. As an athlete I was used to have my focus on the future, my next goal, whatever was next to accomplish.
In Norway I truly experienced for the first time what it was like to live in the moment. Out there, I could calm my mind and I found a connection to nature that I had never experienced before.
Good to Know
At this time of year we can have up to 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.
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.
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.
Three healthy meals a day are provided.
We use the best quality Norwegian produced tour food for breakfast and dinner. Lunches are freshly made by your guide each day and are usually traditional Norwegian fare. For the third day we have an evening meal at a restaurant right by the fjord and a cooked breakfast the next day. Fishing will be available and we will happily cook your fish over the camp fire if you get lucky.
We have menu options for Vegan, Vegan (GF), Vegetarian, Lactose free, Gluten free. (If pre-ordered)
- Redpaddleco ‘Voyager’ Inflatable SUPs
- Carbon-fibre paddles and all safety gear.
- Norway’s top SUP Instructor/Guide
- BBQ & drinks on arrival day
- Three meals a day – (Vegan if pre ordered)
- Tents and all camping/cooking gear
- 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/Snacks.
- Travel insurance. *Important please read*
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The bus between Bergen & Gudvangen arrives/departs 3 to 5 times a day.
Price is Nok 350,- on the bus but cheaper when you book online here.
The stops to input are (Bergen busstasjon) & Aurland (Vang camping)
Note: The bus stop is called ‘Vang camping’ but our base camp is at ‘Gudvangen camping, Just 100 Meters away.
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 at approximately 11-12:30, in good time to unpack and catch your bus to Bergen or other transport.
The assistant guide will accompany those that need to leave the expedition earlier in the day.
If you wish to stay with us at Gudvangen camping for an extra night after the expedition, you are most welcome and may borrow your expedition tent or stay in our group ‘Lavvu’ (Teepee). The camping fee (Nok 160,-) is not included for this night.
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 some SUP experience in order to enjoy the week of paddling and to allow the group to travel at practical pace.
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 are confident in your ability to paddle 10 Km, be able to effectively (Knee) paddle against a headwind and can swim 100 meters in open water.
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.
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 can be done here: http://www.visitgudvangen.com/hytter_rom.htm.
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.
5 Day Fjord expedition – Nok 11495,- (£1,060 / €1,180 / US$1,334 )*
2 Day Fjord Tour – Nok 4598,- (£424 / €472 / US$534 )*
*Currency conversions are dynamic and update hourly
5 Day Fjord expedition: 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.
2 Day Fjord Tour: The full cost is required at the time of booking to secure your place on the tour.
Secure international payments with Visa & Mastercard via Paypal or Paypal account.
For alternative payment methods including Transferwise, Revolut please email.
- 2 weeks from order – Full refund
- Prior to 60 days – Loss of deposit,
- 59-30 days- 50% of trip cost
- Less than 30 days – No refund
- Transfer to vacant place on different tour – No charge.
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 coach ride will drop you off close to our base-camp at ‘Gudvangen camping’ or our launch point (See map).
Order tickets online here:
Shuttle bus: Bergen airport – Bergen bus station – Every 10 Mins (23 mins trip)
Coach: Bergen bus station – Gudvangen
- http://www.nettbuss.no – 4-5 times daily
Founder & Chief guide of SUP Norway. His love for the ocean is matched only by his desire to share this passion with everyone possible.
You will be in good hands with Titus. As an experienced expedition leader, long distance SUP paddler, ex-Royal Marine, Arctic survival expert and a true ‘waterman’ (Surfing/Kitesurfing/Freediving/Sailing). Titus provides incredible insight, has fantastic stories from his adventures and enjoys sharing a wide range of skills with his guests, including – as a certified instructor – the ‘Wim Hof Method’!
Titus was the first to SUP the world’s longest navigable fjord, took part in the world’s first international ‘under-ice’ freediving competition and loves to Ice-swim in Oslofjord throughout the Norwegian winter. So, if you’re up for it, he will be more than happy to lead you through a snow-melt waterfall ice-bath 🙂
On most of our expeditions there will also be wonderful guest instructors and guides from around the world, sharing their own unique skills and experience.