SUP Norway – Fjord expeditions

Sognefjord/Nærøyfjord/Aurlandsfjord

Nærøyfjord

Thinking about stand up paddling? Then why not do it in one of the most beautiful Edens on earth?

Stand up paddling

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!
SUP Norway’s stand up paddling tours are the perfect way for you 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.
See schools of ‘niser’ (a local type of porpoise), majestic sea eagles and seals almost every day. 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. This is definitely a bucket-list trip.

Adventure

Sognefjord is the largest & deepest navigable fjord in the world and one of it’s arms – Nærøyfjord – is undoubtedly the most spectacular.
Imagine paddling beautiful Nærøyfjord, surrounded by steep mountains and snow-covered peaks that stand 1800 meters above sea level, with thundering waterfalls and picturesque villages along it’s length.
The sheer grandeur of Nærøyfjord assails the senses and your perspective is often challenged as you paddle past neck-achingly high cliffs.
The Nærøyfjord is a truly stunning, majestic place and a UNESCO world heritage site of outstanding beauty. At 17 km long and only 250 metres wide at the narrowest point, stand up paddling through Nærøyfjord is one of the most dramatic fjord trips there is.

Responsible travel

SUP Norway is a dedicated member of the ‘Responsible travel’ community. Our company mission includes environmental, economical and social targets for the benefit of all.

Responsible travel policy

 

SUP Norway - Lustrafjord

Perfect paddling

SUP Norway - Lonly paddler, Sognefjord

Lose yourself – find yourself

“The earth has music for those that listen.”

George Santayana

 

What to expect.

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.

What’s Included

  • Redpaddleco ‘Explorer’ Inflatable SUPs
  • Carbon-fibre paddles and all safety gear.
  • Norway’s top Instructor/Guide
  • 3 basic meals a day
  • Tentage accommodation.
  • 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*

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How long/far will we paddle every day?
A: Most days are between 4-6 hours of paddling 8-15 Km (More if you want to). The focus of the trip is to experience this astounding area at a relaxed and enjoyable pace. The Itinerary is flexible according to weather, group interest and opportunities that may arise. Porpoises, photography & filming, fishing for supper etc

Q: What type of experience and fitness is required?
A: 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. Ability to swim 100 meters in open water and a suitable level of fitness/Health. A free SUP course or assessment will be available upon request in Norway (Larkollen) or England (Falmouth) once a deposit for the expedition has been paid. Age restriction 16+ ( Flexible, pending fitness/skill level)

Q: What equipment will I need to bring?
A:
Due to it’s nature, SUP exploring requires efficient, compact & lightweight gear. Removing usual everyday distractions is a great way of really immersing yourself into this adventure and your surroundings.

Q: Do I need a wetsuit?
A: No.
We don’t use or supply wetsuits. The average air temperature for June/July is 16-24°C (61-75°F). The water temperature is cool/cold. You can take a thin long-John wetsuit if desired. In reality, if there’s no rain then we paddle in board-shorts with t-shirts or long-sleeved tops depending on sun or cloud. If raining, then we put on a shell top.

Q: What are the conditions like on the fjord?
A: Most of the areas we paddle in are quite protected and beautiful. We try to avoid head-winds and wavey conditions where possible. If conditions deteriorate to a level outside the group’s comfort zone then re-location via road or boat may be possible.

Q: What is the accommodation like?
A: For the first night (If you arrive the night before.) we will be staying at a campsite in Gudvangen nestled between towering cliffs. You can choose to sleep in a Norwegian Lavo, tents or cosy traditional Norwegian hytte (hut)*. 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.
*subject to availability.

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

SUP Norway - Aurlandsfjord waterfall

Discover

SUP Norway - Sean fishing on Nærøyfjord

Chill

SUP Norway - Odnes

Chill some more

SUP Norway - Titus at Odnes waterfall

Waterfall rainbows

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

Albert Einstein

Dates & Prices

Prices

Fjord expedition – Nok 9500,-

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

Payment for the deposit and expedition can be made by credit card, paypal or direct bank transfer.
For other arrangements please email.

Cancellation

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

Dates

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25-29 June 2017

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21-25 July 2017

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27-31 July 2017

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Custom expeditions ?

Want to explore somewhere else? We require a minimum of 6 explorers to arrange custom expeditions. If you would like a quote, send an email with specific details of your requirements (Desired location, number of explorers, skill level/experience etc) for a custom quote.

Getting to Gudvangen

The expedition starts (and ends) in Gudvangen approximately 150 kilometres North/East 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 2hr coach ride will drop you off close to our base-camp at ‘Gudvangen camping’ or our launch point (See map).

Order tickets (Up to 3 months before) online here:

Shuttle bus: Bergen airport – Bergen bus station
Coach:     Bergen bus station – Gudvangen

 

Alternative schedules and info.
SUP Norway - Gudvangen map

 

 

Sognefjord 2015

 

Three years ago we took a chance, two boards and a 4×4. The plan? Have no plan.
What we discovered was amazing.
Nærøyfjord, a UNESCO site considered to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. Everyone we met said they had never seen an SUP here before. Our senses were overwhelmed by this truly magical place and our SUPs were the perfect way to engage with and experience this incredible ecosystem unobtrusively.
It wasn’t long before we realised that we would have to come back, and take as many people as we could to share in the beauty of this awe-inspiring eden.

2 years later . . . And the biggest buzz we get is watching the smiles of the people we bring here.

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“Life is about experiences, not things.”