Norway·August

TP: NORWAY

Prepare for the ultimate adventure, June & August 2022.

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Overview

Join us as we hike, trail run and sea kayak through the fantastic Norwegian Fjord landscape surrounding the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nærøyfjord. Experience the wondrous fjords first hand from both sea level and summits. On this 6 day transformative journey we'll visit remote areas way off the beaten track in teams of 12. The landscape was created hundreds of millions of years ago and has been carved out by glacial movement and continued erosion. Plenty of time to reflect on the passing scenery and develop a deeper understanding about how mankind in the past have managed to settle in some amazing locations and create the societies we know and take for granted today.

Highlights

Kayak

Kayak

Kayak through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Nærøyfjord, Norway.

Hike

Hike

We'll hike our way across the rugged mountain plateau hovering high above the fjords with spectacular views.

Trail Run

Trail Run

Feel the rhythm beneath you as we explore the magnificent trails leading to the village of Fresvik.

Wild Camp

Wild Camp

A true outdoor experience. We'll spend 2 nights wild camping under the stars along the shore of the fjord.

Eco Lodge Stay

Eco Lodge Stay

Enjoy a little luxury with our Eco Lodge stay. Perfect location for fjord swimming, relaxing in the hot tubs & recharging!

Experience Norway

Experience Norway

A 6 day transformative journey through the stunning Norwegian fjords.

Rejuvenating Yoga

Rejuvenating Yoga

Enjoy yoga which combines nature exploration & mindfulness, surrounded by pristine nordic forest.

Hosts

Jan

Jan

International Mountain Leader Guide who will be our head point of contact during the trip. Fully qualified, ensuring guest safety & enjoyment, along with sharing historic stories of the Norwegian fjords!

Ed

Ed

Passionate adventurer, runner & outdoors entrepreneur. Ed is the founder of Trail Pursuit who will support the delivery of the experience.

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Schedule

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DAY 1

Day 1 - Arrival & Trail Run

The group will be collected from Bergen airport & transferred to our base for the evening in Gudvangen. There is the option for a beautiful riverside trail run pre-dinner before chilling out for the evening!

You are welcome to arrive on Friday or Saturday late morning, with transfers available from Bergen Airport. Full information & timings will be shared with you in the Welcome Packs.

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DAY 2

Day 2 - Gudvangen to Hjølmo Hut

Our Hike will take us along the fjord to the village of Bakka, from where further journeys into the fjord is only possible by boat.

As we pass Bakka, a trail head starts from fjord level and head up the mountain towards the viewpoint Rimstigen, located 725 meters above the fjord.

From Rimstigen, the trail cuts back into a shallow glacial valley before we again begin an ascent to a ridge overlooking the fjord. We aim to reach the summit of Breiskreinosi 1.189 masl in the late afternoon - the views from here are stunning as we watch the fjord landscape spread out far below us.

Elevation gain: Up to 1.200 meters
Hiking distance: 18-20 km
Elevation loss: 650 meters

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DAY 3

Day 3 - Hike to Lægdane

Todays hike will take us deeper into the backcountry and back up to elevations of around 1000 meters as we venture into the highlands above the fjord. We will be above the tree line for large parts of today and will navigate our way across the rugged mountain plateau hovering high above the fjord below.

This area is home to a sub-alpine Furu forest, in the past a source for high quality timber due to the slow grown furu trees found here.

It is an area of wetlands, small lakes hidden away in the forest and the waterflow from this area is feeding the large waterfall of Lægdafossen, one of the most impressive waterfalls found in the fjord that plunges all the way down to the fjord below through canyons as it exits the wetlands from 700 meters elevation.

Elevation gain: Up to 550 meters
Hiking distance: 12-16 km
Elevation loss: 250 meters

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DAY 4

Day 4 - Hike & Trail Run to Fresvik

Waking up in the sub-alpine forest area, we have time to relax this morning before breaking down camp and begin our hike down to the fjord side village of Fresvik further North.

This hike is mainly downhill and manageable. We lose all elevation gained prior to today and mid-afternoon will catch the first glimpse of Fresvik. At the half way point we will be met by our driver who will collect our packs, as we change into trail shoes & run through hard packed forest trails to towards the village of Fresvik! Offering magnificent views across the main Sognefjord and to its Northern shores.

As we enter the valley leading down to Fresvik we will be passing small local farms – this area grows a lot of fruit and vegetables due to the mild climate found here and as we get back down to the fjord, we get to experience the tranquility living in a small community at the fjord brings.

This evening we celebrate on the shore of the fjord in our luxury eco lodge, getting excited about replacing our hiking/trail boots with Sea Kayaks the following morning!

Elevation gain: Up to 250 meters
Hiking distance: 11-12 km
Elevation loss: 1.000 meters

Kayak

DAY 5

Day 5 - Sea Kayak to Dyrdal

We begin our morning with a rejuvenating yoga class before preparing our Sea Kayaks for the next 2 days venturing into the fjord system. Our guides will host a briefing covering paddle technique, equipment use and adjustment, as well as a general safety.

We aim to be on the water by late morning and begin our journey onto the waters of the main Sognefjord. Soon Fresvik will disappear behind us and by early afternoon we enter the Northern end of the Aurlandsfjord which is a side arm to the larger main fjord.

Today offers great opportunity to spot some of the wildlife found in the fjord – seals, porpoises and the rare Sea Eagle and King eagle that inhabits the region.

Sea Kayaking distance today: 22 km
Hours of paddling: 5-6 hrs

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DAY 6

Day 6 - Sea Kayak to Gudvangen

On today’s paddle, just as we thought the scenery could not be beat, we continue our paddle into the majestic Nærøyfjord. In this part of the fjord, waterfalls are common and we can now witness and appreciate the waters flow from summit to sea level, having visited the sources of these powerful waterfalls on our past few days hiking the highlands above.

Green meadows soon make up the landscape along the side banks of the fjord. We have reached the central part of the Nærøyfjord where small scale farming has played an important role for centuries. Pulling out for lunch at a scenic spot, we learn how people have survived here during thousands of years and how the life in the fjords gradually changed into the society we see today.

Once we reach the base, we'll celebrate & say our goodbyes, with transfers ready to take us to the airport to head home. You are welcome to book a flight for the evening or stay a few extra days & travel home whenever you like!

Sea Kayaking distance today: 12-13 km
Hours of paddling: 3-4 hrs

What's Included

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Qualified International Mountain Leader Guide

All transport in Norway

Trail runs (5 - 10km)

x3 hikes ranging from 18 - 22km

x2 days kayaking, 12 - 22km each

Yoga class & wild swimming

Both indoor & outdoor accommodation

All food for the 6 days (all dietary types catered for)

All drinks; hot/cold & wine/beer

All equipment including tents, cooking gear & pitches

Sea Kayaking equipment including neoprene booties & sleeveless wetsuit

Inspirational adventure athlete talk

Flight to & form Norway

Travel insurance

Trip Tips

Fitness level required

Fitness level required

Participants are required to be healthy & in good physical shape, managing daily hikes of up to 15km on at times steep terrain, up to 1,200 meters elevation gain on Day 2 and carrying a pack weighing up to 10 kgs for the duration of the day.

Personal equipment required

Personal equipment required

A comprehensive kit checklist will be sent to all guests ahead of travel, this includes:

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

For International Trail Pursuit: Adventures you are required to take out cover, which most activity insurance companies will provide, this needs to include emergency evacuation and medial care. Sports Cover Direct offer a comprehensive range of sports travel insurance between £25-30 for a single trip.

Stories

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Trail running for me means seeking beauty in nature, having freedom to explore new places & being resilient mentally & physically. What I find special about the Trail Pursuit community is that everyone is so unique, from different places & walks of life yet we share an obsession for the outdoors which breaks barriers for new friendships.

Inês Castro

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From start to finish, spending time with the TP family is always rewarding - Norway will be awesome! From kayaking through the fjords, to hiking in remote mountains - this is an adventure you don’t want to miss! Come & join the fun.

Paul Bowyer

You'll Be Staying Here

Remote Eco Cabin with Hot Tubs

Remote Eco Cabin with Hot Tubs

Wild camping in dome tents

Wild camping in dome tents

FAQs

Day 2 is particularly demanding with a full day's hike with steep terrain. You need to be comfortable hiking for up to 8 hours including 5 scheduled breaks & gain an altitude of up to 1189m while hiking with 8-15kg of personal & shared gear. We'll hike as lightweight as possible, though need a minimum of supplies to stay safe in the mountains. Providing you are in good physical shape, you will have no problems. The trail running, yoga & kayaking are less demanding.

We can accommodate for all dietrary types, please tell us your preferences when you book. All food is fresh & portion sizes are generous. Breakfast & dinner is prepared by your guide over a campfire on some days & on a gas stove on others. The menu is varied & will include things like rice, pasta, fresh vegetables, egg & meats. There is also bread & sandwich filler options for lunch. Water, tea & coffee are also readily available as well as beer or wine for the evenings. 2 alchoholic drinks are provided per person each evening.

Sea kayaks (singles and doubles), 1 or 2 man tents, hiking poles if needed and campsite equipment.

Yes, the Trail Pursuit hosts and outdoor guides are very experienced with good English so you will have no problems in communication on the trip.

2 nights will be spent in Eco Mountain Cabins, 2 nights will be spent Wild Camping & 1 night will be spent in a luxury Eco Lodge. You will be safe & comfortable throughout for a true Norwegian experience!

There will be a mix of hiking, trail running, sea kayaking & yoga. Get ready for an incredible 6 day journey.

Yes, you can either pay in one go all upfront, or a 25% deposit & then monthly instalments. You are also welcome to pay off your trip sooner if you wish.

Our meet point is Bergen Airport & your host will meet you late morning. The group will then be transferred to Gudvangen.

You are welcome to arrive a day early & make your way back to the airport pickup if that is preferable.

Yes, a Whatsapp Group will made where we can confirm kit lists, logistics & answer any questions you may have. Team effort!

This is COVID dependent. If it is safe to do so rooms will be mixed, otherwise we can opt for individual if necessary. We will accommodate male / female rooms once the trip has been booked.

Book with confidence. If you book and Trail Pursuit have to cancel or postpone the trip due to COVID-19 government restrictions you can either be credited to a future trip or receive a full refund. Our goal is to ensure you have an incredible & safe trip, whenever it may be.

Absolutely, you are welcome to arrive earlier & stay longer after the trip if you wish. All we ask is you meet us at the Airport on arrival day as we commence.

No, we welcome guests from all over the world!

Each group will have a maximum of 12 guests plus the guide. This is an optimum size for our adventure.

Dates

August 20 - 25 2022

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