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Hiking and Kayaking in the Sunnmøre Alps (Norway)

A guided adventure hiking the dramatic Sunnmøre mountains and kayaking the beautiful Hjørundfjord with wild camping

  • Guided
  • Medium
  • From £637/person
  • May-Sep, 4 days
  • Adults, Families (min. age 14), Solo, Groups

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Highlights:

  • Point-to-point tour from Ålesund to Øye
  • Two summit hikes of Trondalhatten and Saksa
  • Fjord kayaking including Hjørundfjorden
  • Starts from the beautiful art nouveau town of Ålesund
  • Three nights' wild camping
  • Camping equipment included

Description »

With its proximity to the stunning Sunnmøre Alps and fjords, Ålesund is one of the most beautifully-situated coastal towns in Norway.

From here, you begin a 4-day wild camping adventure, taking you through a dramatic fjord landscape by sea kayak and scaling two of the area's peaks on thrilling day hikes.

All kayak equipment, camping equipment and meals are included. Double kayaks are used as standard, with single kayaks available on request (min. age to paddle single kayak 16 years).

Wild camping in the fjords of Norway

Spend three nights under canvas, wild camping surrounding by stunning mountain views. Photo: UG.

Arriving in Ålesund to overnight the day before your tour (not included), Day 1 begins with kayaking straight from Ålesund through Storfjorden to a wild camping spot for your first night.

Day 2 combines kayaking and hiking, as you paddle to Trandal to make a summit hike to the top of Trollhatten.

Breaking camp on Day 3, you kayak to Urke to climb the beautiful mountain of Saksa, offering superb views over the surrounding hills and fjords, while your last day takes you by kayak to the end point at Øye and a 2-hour transfer back to Ålesund.

Day summit hikes in the Sunnmore Alps

The itinerary includes two dramatic summit hikes, climbing Trondalhatten and Saksa. Photo: UG.

Hiking and Kayaking in the Sunnmøre Alps has scheduled tour dates Thursday-Sunday, ideal for a long weekend adventure, with private tours for min. 4 persons possible on other dates by arrangement. The tour is suitable for participants with some previous kayaking and hiking experience looking to spend a few days enjoying the constrast of experiencing the beauty of the Norwegian landscape from the water and on foot - and of course there's the sense of accomplishment that comes with getting to the top!

Itinerary »

NB: You will need to overnight in Ålesund before and after the tour. We are happy to provide suggestions for accommodation.

Day 1 - Kayaking from Ålesund to Maulopen

Meet at the kayak centre at 09.00 in the beautiful coastal town of Ålesund, famed for its art nouveau architecture.

You will go through the equipment, pack for the tour and then take to the water directly from the kayak centre, paddling along the fjord and passing under bridges to cross Storfjorden.

The area is rich in wildlife, and with luck you may spot some of the birds of prey of the area, such as the majestic White-tailed Sea Eagle, or perhaps a harbour porpoise in the water!

You stop for lunch at a suitable spot and continue into a beautiful fjord to reach Molaupen, your goal for the day. Here you'll make camp and enjoy your first evening under canvas - with the fjord providing a wonderful view during dinner!

Day 2 - Kayaking to Trandal and Summit Hike of Trandalhatten

After breakfast, you paddle to Trandal, where you will leave the boats for a summit hike to reach the top of Trandalhatten.

Trandalhatten is a beautiful mountain - long and steep with magnificent surrounding views. When you reach the top, you make your way back down to the fjord to make camp for your second overnight.

If you would like to end the day with a beer, there is an old farm nearby that is now a guesthouse - in Norway, you can enjoy wild and beautiful landscapes and still have a touch of modern luxury within reach!

Day 3: Kayaking to Urke and Summit Hike of Saksa

Eat a big breakfast this morning - you may need it!

The first part of the day is a padle to Urke, the point where you will begin your hike to Saksa. Like a number of trails in Norway in recent years, Sherpas from Nepal have used their expert knowledge of building durable and attractive paths in steep terrain to rebuild the trail.

There are some steep ascents at times today, so you'll be burning off those breakfast calories in no time! The top of Saksa offers a superb view of Hjørundfjord and you can also see Ålesund here, where you began your trip.

Back down at the fjord, it's time to pitch camp and make dinner surrounded by the mountains of Skårasalen, Slogen and Saksa.

Urke also has a small pub, so there's a chance for a beer this night too if you wish!

Day 4 - Kayaking to Øye

After the exertions of the last few days, you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast and maybe even take a dip in the fjord, as you take time to soak up the atmosphere of this beautiful area before your return to "civilisation".

After breaking camp, you paddle to the end point at Øye, which lies at the end of Norangsfjorden. A transport vehicle meets you here for the 2-hour drive back to Ålesund.

Back at the kayak centre, you organise the equipment and repack, and your tour is at an end - but there is still the evening in the lovely town of Ålesund to enjoy! You will need to overnight in Ålesund (not included) before onward travel.

Dates»

Dates 2019

Scheduled tours run Thursday-Sunday. You will need to overnight in Ålesund before and after the tour.

  • June: 20.06-23.06.2019 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • July: 25.07-28.07.2019 (Thursday-Sunday)
  • August: 22.08-25.08.2019 (Thursday-Sunday)

Private tours are possible on other dates by arrangement between May and September at standard prices based on min. group size. 4 persons (for tours in May or September, you should be prepared for cooler conditions).

Prices»

Prices 2019

Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Norwegian Kronor (NOK) - please contact us for details.

Standard Prices  
Per personGBP 637EUR 708

What's Included »

Included

  • Kayak Equipment: Kayak, paddle, buoyancy aid, spray deck and dry bags for packing. 2-person kayaks (typically Tahe Marine Duo and Crosswinds) are used as standard. Single kayaks are available on request (this does not affect the price) - please let us know in advance if you would like single kayak.
  • Camping Equipment: Tent (typically 2-person Kaboya tents - solo travellers will share tent with other same-gender participant or have solo tent occupancy), sleeping bag (3-season, please bring own sleeping bag liner). Thermarest sleeping mat, camping plate/cutlery, headtorch.
  • Meals: All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4.
  • Transfers: Local transfer from end point on Day 4 back to kayak centre in Ålesund (approx. 2 hours).
  • Guide: Experienced and knowledgeable local guide.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Meals not specified above.
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase when visiting pub on some days of the tour).
  • Accommodation in Ålesund before/after tour.

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

This tour is suitable for adults and older children (minimum age 14 if using double kayak, minimum age to use single kayak 16) with a general good level of fitness and used to the outdoors.

Guests should be comfortable sharing tents and living in close proximity with others.

The kayaking and hiking are not technical, but some previous experience of kayaking is required, as the water can be cold and the fjord landscape offers limited opportunity for suitable landing spots in the event of difficulties.

You should also have experience of hiking with a day pack and be comfortable with relatively demanding day hikes in steep terrain.

What makes this "Medium"?

The tour is guided with equipment provided and, as a 4-day tour, will not be as demanding as a longer trip.

However, the hiking can be steep and challenging at times, and some kayaking experience is required as the water in the fjords can be very cold.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Ticks and TBE:

Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.

As in the UK and other areas, there are ticks in the Nordic forests which can carry diseases such as Borrelia. You should check for ticks at the end of a day in the outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible by pulling the tick out straight, carefully and slowly, with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Ensure that you do not leave any of the insect's mouth parts attached to your skin. Wash the bite area with soap and water. In the unlikely event that you feel unwell or notice anything unusual around the area of the bite in the coming days, consult your doctor.

As in large areas of mainland Europe, in some small, localised areas of the Nordic countries (mostly in the Stockholm Archipelago), the ticks are known to carry TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas often choose to vaccinate themselves. For more information and latest updates, please see Tick Alert. For current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro. You can also see a map showing areas where cases were reported in 2016.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Minimum number:

Total 4 persons is required for scheduled tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller.

Groups

This experience is also suitable for groups. Max. group size for scheduled tours is 8 persons, but for private tours larger groups can also be accommodated - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.

Getting There »

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Oslo Gardermoen (OSL) for domestic flight (1 hour) to Ålesund or train (5.5 hours) to Åndalsnes + bus (2 hours) to Ålesund. You will need to overnight in Ålesund before and after your tour.

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