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SUP Wilderness Adventures is headed to Noway to paddle one of the most picturesque fjords, camp below waterfalls, and drop in on traditional Scandinavian villages along the way. In a survey conducted by ‘National Geographic Traveller Magazine’ the fjords of Norway were voted as the number one unspoiled travel spot from a list of 115 destinations around the world. So, what are you waiting for? Let your passion take you places!
On your arrival day, you will stay in shared a lavvu (traditional Norwegian teepe) or in your expedition tent. Moreover, you will go camping for the rest of this SUP tour.
SUP Wilderness Adventures will be present at Gudvangen the day before paddling commences and guests are encouraged to arrive on this day to join them for an evening BBQ. Overnight camping is provided for in a shared lavvu (traditional Norwegian teepee) or in your expedition tent as required. BBQ and camping costs for this night are included in the expedition fee. Translated, Gudvangen means 'the place of the Gods' and already you will feel awed by the sheer scale of the 1500-meter high cliffs that surround you at this amazing place.
An advanced paddling clinic will be given before the day's journey commences.
The first day is a 9-kilometer paddle from Gudvangen on the southernmost part of Nærøyfjord. you will paddle at a relaxed pace and for the first time feel the awe-inspiring sensation of paddling on one of Norway's most beautiful fjords, with impossibly high mountains on either side of you striated with numerous waterfalls.
Your destination is Odnes, a truly magical place. After making camp on the soft grass field behind the beach, you have a choice of experiencing the powerful waterfall Odnesfoss just behind you (maybe even seeing your first 360° rainbow) or perhaps exploring the famous royal postal footpath that runs through here.
Other options include exploring the local area by paddle board or just chilling with friends and taking in the scenery. An evening around the camp-fire will round off the day before being lulled to sleep in your tents by the distant rumble of waterfalls.
After breakfast, perhaps braving awash in the waterfall river and filling your bottles with the sweetest water you'll have ever tasted, you break camp and paddle the second and arguably most beautiful half of Nærøyfjord. It is good practice to have your camera ready at all times. You will pause often for photo / video opportunities and there is a lot to see.
You will stop in Dyrdal - a tiny village only accessed by boat - for a traditional Norwegian lunch. It is from here on that you have most of your dolphin ('nise') encounters and after the day's 15-kilometer paddle, you'll wild camp close to a point where 3 fjords meet right on the shoreline and where you sometimes see dolphins passing right in front of your tents.
You paddle south pass the entrance to Nærøyfjord and further into Aurlandsfjord. Impossibly inaccessible, farmhouses are seen perched on the cliffs, goats graze on the steep banks of the fjord showing off their rock climbing skills, and if you are lucky, you will get to paddle with some more 'nise'.
You finish the day at Undredal, a tiny but beautiful village. Undredal is famous for its goat produce, (remember the goats?) including meats, sausages, and cheeses. All of which, you can try at the evening meal (included) at the fjord-side restaurant.
You paddle north, along Aurlandsfjord and re-enter Nærøyfjord. Visit a waterfall with a bath-bowl for the brave and then paddle to a beautiful and rare sand beach for another Norwegian tradition of fire-grilled 'Pølser'. You then choose and paddle to your choice of camp-site for the last evening. Most groups choose to stay at Odnes for the second night.
You paddle back to your start point at Gudvangen. Although you will be almost covering your tracks, paddling in the other direction is equally as interesting and new surprises, waterfalls, and vistas, are around every corner. You arrive back at Gudvangen in time for unpacking and the daily coach to Bergen.
Sognefjord is the largest and deepest navigable fjord in the world and one of its arms - Nærøyfjord - is the most spectacular. At 17 kilometers long and only 250 meters wide at the narrowest point, stand up paddling through Nærøyfjord is definitely one of the most dramatic SUP trips there is. The sheer grandeur of Nærøyfjord assails the senses and your perspective is often challenged as you paddle past neck-achingly high cliffs rising to mountains of 1500 meters (5000 feet) or more, striated with literally hundreds of waterfalls.
This is a truly stunning, majestic place and as a UNESCO protected site of outstanding beauty, nature abounds in Nærøyfjord and Aurlandsfjord. Don't be surprised when you are joined by a pod of dolphins ('nise') or look up to see a huge sea-eagle soaring overhead. Stand up paddle touring is the perfect low impact way to respectfully engage this ecosystem and our guests are invariably blown-away with the experience with 20 hours of light, days are long and the pace relaxed.
You will be served meals, water, tea, coffee, and welcome drink.
Please book your flight to arrive at Bergen Airport, Flesland (BGO).