Hiking, Sailing, and Surfing Tour of Southern Norway

Oslo | Norway
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Top reasons to go on a multisport adventure in Norway

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    Walk among the clouds in the steep Tafjordfjella mountains

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    Surf some the fiercest waves on the Norwegian shoreline

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    Sail the thrilling waters of Sunmøre, packed with historic landmarks

Epic strolls, top-notch sailing, and primo swells—you’ll find’em all, and much more, in southwest Norway. You’ll hike accessible fjords, walking from cozy hut to cozy hut, overlooking time-worn harbors and archipelagos packed with history. You’ll feel like a proper Viking sailing the rough waters of Sunnmøre, encountering ancient settlements and abandoned trade stations behind every bend. You’ll surf some of the best waves in the North, especially during the summer and fall, when the conditions are top-notch. If you’re looking to soothe your adventurous appetite and maybe even expand your tastes, you can’t go wrong in the land of the Vikings.

Season

July through October

Nearest city

The tour starts in Oslo, Norway

Duration

12 days

Skill level

Beginner to advanced

Itineraries

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Hiking, Sailing, and Surfing Tour of Southern Norway

12 days

Experience the stunning landscapes of southern Norway on foot, surfboard, and sailboat on this 12-day multisport tour. Hike hut-to-hut in the fantastic Tafjordfjella mountains, sail the history-packed vibrant waters of the Tafjorden and Sunnmøre, and surf the coolest arctic waves in the country at Hoddevik or Ervik. Fish your own food and learn about LNT policies on this sustainable, human- and wind-powered eco-friendly adventure.  Your expert guides and crew will perfectly customize this adventure to your wishes and needs.

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Itinerary

Day 0: Arriving at Norway

Arrive at Oslo, Norway, a day before the tour. Take the chance to explore the town, learn about the culture, and prepare for the adventure ahead.

A tent next to a river in Norway

Days 1-3: Hiking the Tafjordfjella

Take the train to Åndalsnes and meet your guide at the Bjorli train station to mark the start of the adventure. You’ll spend the next few days hiking from cabin to cabin, traversing ešocmountainous terrain through the magical landscape of Tafjordfjella. The hikes will be weather-dependant, but they’ll also be adapted to your own wishes, skill level, and fitness.

Hikers setting off on a trip in Norway

Day 4: Tafjord and the voyage

Descend to the village of Tafjord at the very edge of the Tafjorden, one of the most beautiful fjords in Norway and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your sailboat will be waiting for you at the bay—enjoy a warm shower and a lavish dinner. As you get cozy on the boat and sail out of the fjord, your local guide will tell you some fascinating stories about the history of the area, as well as the myths and legends that originated there. The following days will be spent sailing along the southern coastal part of Sunnmøre, to Stadlandet and Leikanger.

A hiker in the mountains in Norway

Days 5-7: Sailing Tafjord and Sunnmøre

Sailing the southern part of Sunnmøre feels like a voyage through time—you’ll follow ancient trade routes, fish your own food, and find ancient settlements and Viking tombs, all while encountering scenery beyond imagination. Sail some of the most exciting waters in Norway before reaching Ervik and Hoddevik, arguably the finest surf spots in the country.

A dog on a sailboat gliding along the southern Norwegian coastline

Days 8-11: Surf’s up!

Time to catch some waves and chill on white sandy beaches. This part of the tour is completely flexible—hit the waves at Ervik and Hoddevik all day, embark on a solo hike in the area, or just hang out with other adventurers at the clubhouse. And around midnight, you get to watch some truly breathtaking sunsets, especially in the late season.

A surfer catching a wave at sunset in Norway

Day 12: Departure

Once you’ve finally had your fill of sail, sun, and surf, it’s time to head home. You have several choices now: you could take a high-speed ferry to Ålesund or Bergen, or a picturesque 12-hour bus ride back to Oslo, which might be worth it for the views of Nordfjord, Styrnefjell, and Lom. Bon voyage and see you next time!

A hiker celebrating at an overlook in Norway
Things to know

Things to know

Covid measures in Norway

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Norway, please refer to Norway’s official COVID-19 advice for international travel.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • Experienced, local guides and sailing crew with extensive knowledge of the area
    • 12 days of hiking, sailing, and surfing
    • Accommodations for the duration of the tour
    • Sailing suits and safety gear
    • All meals from Bjorli to the end of the surfing section of the tour

What’s not included:

    • Train tickets to Bjorli
    • Transportation after the tour
    • Accommodations before and after the tour
    • Accommodations for the night between day 11 and departure day
    • Meals before Bjorli and after the surfing section of the tour
    • Snacks
    • Personal hiking equipment
    • Surf instructor

How fit do I need to be?

The best thing about this tour is that it’s flexible, meaning that every activity can be adapted for both beginners and more experienced adventurers alike.

Regarding the hikes, if you’re decently fit, you should be good to go. You’ll be hiking for 5-7 hours a day, covering between 10 and 15 km (6,5 – 9,5 miles) of variable terrain and in altitudes of up to 2,000 meters (6,560 ft), all while carrying a loaded daypack. The hikes are flexible, and your guides will adapt the route to your skill and fitness levels.

The surfing will also be adapted to your fitness level, but a surf instructor isn’t included in the price. If you’re not interested in or physically fit enough for surfing, you could spend the surf days hiking in the area or relaxing at the local clubhouses.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle and thermos
    • Beanie and extra caps
    • Buff or neck gaiter
    • Sunglasses
    • Warm gloves
    • Hiking shoes
    • Soft indoor shoes for the boat and huts
    • Three pairs of wool socks
    • One set of long underwear
    • Two wool sweaters
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • An insulating layer (wool sweater, fleece or thin down jacket)
    • Waterproof rain jacket and pants
    • Hiking pants
    • Toiletries (hand sanitizer, mosquito repellent, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Basic first aid kit and personal medications
    • Sunscreen for your lips and face (SPF 50)
    • Your favorite snacks
    • Silk or cotton sleeping bag liner
    • Hiking towel
    • An underlay to sit on in the boat
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Power bank
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 7:1. 
    • The sailboat used for this tour has a maximum capacity of 7 guests. In the event of a larger group, another vessel needs to be booked. In that case, a minimum of 10 participants will be required for the tour to run, with a max of 14 participants.  
    • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

Sailing and exploring Norway can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors between 14 and 18 may be permitted to join the tour on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.
    • Minors younger than 14 aren’t permitted to join this tour.

If your group has adventurers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A deposit of $745 USD (7,000 NOK) to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 2 months (60 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund minus the full deposit amount ($745 USD). 
    • If Client cancels the Booking between sixty (60) and thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking minus the full deposit amount ($745 USD). 
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.

Getting there and meeting location

To start this tour,  fly into Oslo Gardermoen Airport in Oslo, Norway, a day before the start of the tour. After spending a night in Oslo, board the train heading towards Åndalsnes. After about 5-6 hours, disembark at the Bjorli station, where you’ll meet up with your guides and start the tour.

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