KAYAKING THE FJORDS

The Sognefjord, the king of the fjords, is the longest fjord adventure in Norway. The fjord is 204 kilometers long and 1308 meters deep and is one of the fjords that are “made for kayaking”.

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The fjords are great to explore from a kayak. You can join guided kayak-trips on most of the fjords. We recommend you to use guide. The fjords can be exposed to strong winds and currents, and the weather can change rapidly.

Important Safety Information when kayaking the fjords

Due to vertical and steep cliffs, it is important to check the weather and wind prior to start kayaking the fjords in western Norway. It is also important to keep distance from steep cliffs. Never kayak close to steep cliffs due to danger of falling rocks from above! Keep at least 200 meters distance to vertical cliffs.

Coming Home – Dave, the storyteller from USA

See Dave Ellingson´s adventure in the fjords. A 25-minute documentary about Dave and his friends from USA and their one month long kayak adventure on the Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord in western Norway. He finally got to visit his relatives in Granvin in Hardanger. He also wrote a book about the adventure, it can be ordered at Amazon.

Kayaking the Geirangerfjord

Join a guided kayak trip into the Geirangerfjord and see the Seven Sisters Waterfall from close up distance. And why not combine a kayak trip on the Geirangerfjord with a hike up to the abandoned Skageflå Mountain Farm?

Kayaking Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord

Lake Oldevatnet is a great lake for kayaking. One day in early May, I glided into the lake and could experience the wild nature at its most beautiful. Lake Oldevatnet in Nordfjord is 11 kilometers long and is only 33 meters above sea level.

Kayaking the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord

Undredal is a beautiful village by the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the Sognefjord. From here we paddled out in our kayaks. It was clear blue sky and a perfect day for kayaking. We rounded the foot of Mt Beitelen and paddled into the UNESCO-protected Nærøyfjord.

Kayaking the Aurlandsfjord

At the beach at Undredal, close to Underdalsbui, I packed my kayak and glided into the Aurlandsfjord. The feeling was fantastic, sitting in the kayak on the Aurlandsfjord outside Undredal. The silence, only surrounded by the fjord, the beautiful nature and the steep mountains.

Kayaking the Fjærlandsfjord to Balestrand

It was late May, 2014. We drove from Oslo to visit Fjærland in Sogn, to spend some days in this picturesque village surrounded by fjord, mountains and glaciers. We slept in free air, and next morning we had breakfast by the fjord before kayaking out the Fjærlandsfjord to Balestrand which is another beautiful village in Sogn.

Kayaking the Lustrafjord to Urnes Stave Church

I headed towards Marifjøra in Sogn, a great place to start kayaking on the Lustrafjord which is a branch of the 204 kilometer long Sognefjord. Marifjøra is in the middle of the Lustrafjord, and from there you can easily explore this beautiful area in all directions. My goal was just to have a nice day in my kayak on the fjord, but I also wanted to visit Urnes and Solvorn, two idyllic villages on each side of the fjord.

Kayaking the Lustrafjord and part of the Sognefjord

In 1999, I was kayaking the Lustrafjord for the first time. In June 2019, twenty years later, I did it again. It almost went wrong, but I was lucky and “Saved by the Bell”. The Lustrafjord and the Luster area is one of the most beautiful spots in Norway, where the fjord meets the top of Norway with it´s numerous mountains and glaciers.

Kayaking the Årdalsfjord to Indre Ofredal

The Årdalsfjord is the part of the Sognefjord that runs between the outer part of the Lustrafjord and the industrial town of Årdalstangen. Small idyllic fjord villages are located along the Årdalsfjord, squeezed between steep mountains, waterfalls, rivers and the fjord. The Årdalsfjord and the surrounding dramatic mountains are great areas for activities such as hiking, mountaineering, climbing and kayaking.

Kayak on Lake Nigardsbrevatnet by Nigardsbreen Glacier

Lake Nigardsbrevatnet is the glacial lake that lies below the Nigardsbreen Glacier. It is a great experience to kayak on this lake. You can go out on the lake by the pier where the glacier boats leave, this is close to the parking lot by the glacier lake. Ice Troll arranges combined guided tours with kayak on Lake Nigardsbrevatnet and glacier trip on Nigardsbreen Glacier.

FJORDS – Accommodation in Western Norway

Great Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Bath and Spa Hotels in the Fjords of Norway
Fjords Living – Special Accommodation in the Fjords of Norway

FJORDS – Useful Links

Go Fjords – Big and Small Fjord Experiences
Visit Norway – Official page for Norway
Fjord Norway – Official page for Fjord Norway

Guided Kayak Trip on the Aurlandsfjord and Nærøyfjord
Guided Kayak Trip from Balestrand on the Sognefjord and Fjærlandsfjord
Fjærland Guiding – Sea Kayak Tours on The Fjærlandsfjord
Guided Kayak Trip on the Lustrafjord – Fjordseal at Marifjøra
Guided Kayak Trip on the Årdalsfjord

Kayaking the Fjords – Map Overview