When you think of Norway, usually the first thing that comes to mind is the famous fjords, long, narrow, deep inlets of the sea between high cliffs. The Norway in a Nutshell trip, which we had been planning, would allow us to see the fjords, but we decided we also wanted to do something a little different. With a quick search online we saw that Nordic Adventures offered sea kayaking and without hesitation, we booked it. We chose to do the full day tour of the Nærøyfjord because we wanted as much time as possible to enjoy all the breathtaking views.
We were staying in Bergen so we had to take the train to Voss. In Voss the Nordic Adventures sends a van to pick everyone up and take them to Gudvangen. They have a base in Gudvangen were all of the kayaking equipment. They supply you with a wet suit, water shoes, life jacket, jacket, and water proof boxes for your personal items like cameras and cell phones.
Once everyone has the necessary equipment, they take you to the launch location which is along the Nærøyfjord, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Park. There were 7 people in our group plus the tour guide who was from New Zealand, as were many of the tour guides, but he was very knowledgeable of the area and Norway. After a short introduction to kayaking, we were off! We’ve only been kayaking a handful of times, but we felt very comfortable with the instruction provided.
We paddled for about 90 minutes past small local farms, waterfalls, and green forest-clad mountains, until we reached a base where they have a small camp set up. There we took a break to take photos and also enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch provided on the tour. The guide prepared a filling meal of pork chops, sausages, and pasta.
On our way back we stopped along the way to see a beautiful waterfall and the unique fauna native the Norwegian climate. The day had started off cool and cloudy, but in the afternoon the sun came out and warmed us up significantly. It ended up being an absolutely gorgeous day and we could not have imagined a more perfect experience in Norway. If you do one thing in Norway, we hope you will try kayaking the Norwegian fjords!