The 10 Best Day Trips in Norway
Norway is a country that promises to charm; is best discovered through adventure travel. Exploring and experiencing Norway’s spectacular natural beauty is what it is all about!
We hear these comments everyday out on trips:
“This is what visiting Norway is all about, spending a great day outdoors taking in all the beautiful vistas”
“Getting outside and taking in all this Norwegian beauty and fresh air, this is the best way to see Norway”
“This is amazing, the best way to spend a day in Norway”
The best guided day trips are the ones that have been designed by Kayak More Tomorrow, the pioneers’ of Norwegian active travel.
From the beginning our adventure gurus have sought out and explored all the nooks and crannies of our local haunts and during these reconnaissance adventures day tour ideas have magically exposed themselves. And, we have uncovered hidden gems that even diehard Norwegian locals don’t know about, so you are in for a real treat when you join one of our day tour leaders for a spellbinding day out adventuring in one of our local Norwegian haunts. And, all our day tours are designed by us, are original in every aspect, and are the best way to discover Norwegian Gems on a close and personal level
The 10 Best Day Trips in Norway
THE LOFOTEN ISLANDS
1 Paddle Svolvær to Henningsvær
Depart the safety of the Fisherman’s Wife zigzag our way through the rocky maze to where the expanse of mighty West Fjord looms on the horizon. Our sights are set on the gap that will lead us to paradise, as we round Bremholla, Paradise is on our right.
Feeling small in Bremholm Sound as the famous landmark, Vågakallen looms above us we inch our way up the sound to kjerringa with Gullvika beckoning us in the distance; wemake a left and head for Litj-Nons Island and head up ‘Mainstreet’ Henningsvær.
We take-out at a pier on ‘Mainstreet’ where a cold beer and a steaming bowl of Bacalao await us. We unwind from a fantastic paddle as the sounds and sights of Henningsvær’s bustling harbor fill our senses while we refuel on the freshest cod anywhere.
2 Paddle Raft Sound & Trollfjord
Raft Sound marks the eastern most boundary to the Lofoten Islands; runs North-South separating Norway’s largest island, Hinnøya from Austvåg Island, and the rest of the Lofoten Archipelago.
We will spend the day exploring the sound, playing in it’s currents and gliding down the infamous Troll Fjord. An angry troll is said to have chopped Trollfjord out of the Raftsund Alps!
From our launching spot on the banks of Raft Sound we will paddle beneath the jagged peaks of the the Raftsund Alps, stopping for a delicious Al Fresco picnic lunch deep in Trollfjord.
3 Paddle East Lofoten & the Svellingen Islands
East Lofoten an island-hopping Eldorado. Our day begins by sliding through Valrenna, Lofoten’s only man-made canal, (a historic feat at allowed fishermen safe passage from East Lofoten to the markets of West Lofoten.) through the canal we make our way out of Pundslett Bay and across Holand Sound to the ‘thousand islands of Svellingen’. This island mecca reveals innumerable beaches, abundant wildlife (sea eagles, cormorants, porpoises, seals……) and crystal-clear waters. We make our way to Risvær, once a bustling fishing community, now only hosts a handful of summer dwellers.
We find the perfect island well suited for an el fresco picnic lunch. As we climb out of our kayaks and welcome the rocky sand under our feet as we stretch of our legs. After a relaxing lunch we launch from our island and make our way through this maze of islands to Risvær, once a bustling fishing community, now only hosts a handful of summer dwellers.
We try our luck a fishing as we make our way back to Valrenna canal, where our transport awaits.
NORWAY’S WESTERN FJORDS
4 A Quintessential Fjord Paddle with an Al Fresco Lunch and Afternoon Valley Ramble
The sparkling waters of Norangsfjord beacons us as we gear up on the beach in Øye. Our sea kayaks glide past Norangsfjords’ famous waterfall, Storfoss, as we head for the fjord farm at Stennes. Here the fifth generation is keeping traditional fjord farming alive and well. Rounding the point at Stennes the mighty Hjørund fjord flirts with us and reveals a quintessential fjord landscape with a majestic mountain backdrop reveals playful porpoises, snow-capped peaks, and lush green pasturelands.
We find the perfect Fjord-Side picnic site for our delicious al fresco lunch. Relaxing over lunch there is no hurry to resume our paddle; reluctantly we launch again and point our kayaks towards Øye.
Landing on the beach in Øye, we adjust our footwear and clothing before setting out on the Norangs Valley Grand Route. This is a spectacular hike takes us on an adventure of pasture lands, quaint farms, mystic forests, bubbling brooks, steep rugged mountain peaks, rushing waterfalls, and iconic fjord vistas.
The Grand route takes us form the Union Hotel Øye up the Norangs valley before looping back to the hotel.
5 Paddle & Hike Skageflå-Geiranger
The World’s most photographed Fjord! We slip into our sea kayaks; feeling small as we are engulfed by the towering mountains that soar 1500 m above us. Our kayaks glide effortlessly through the emerald green waters of Geiranger fjord. Patchy, rocky pasturelands give way to sheer lofty granite walls interspersed with thundering waterfalls on our way to the trailhead leading to Skageflå (The most famous of all Geiranger’s Mountain Ledge Farms).
We secure our kayaks at the base to the trail leading up to the farm before we embark on the well trodden path leading up to the farm. As we gain vertical elevation we stop to take in magnificent vistas while we catch our breath.
The rocky path takes us up the precipitous mountainside then turns right onto ancient pastures we climb up through the Norwegian mountain birch until the rough-hewn log buildings come into view.
A delicious al fresco picnic lunch hits the spot as we tour this amazing farm. After our tour of the old farm buildings at we gear up and set out on foot back to the village of Geiranger. This is a fantastic hike that take us up to over 500m above the fjord, offering breathtaking vistas along the way.
6 Paddle & Hike Honey Valley Bay – Storfjord Hotel
Beginning at Storfjord Hotel your sea kayak guides will take you to the launching point in Glomset Bay. Our sea kayaks glide out onto the majestic ‘Great Fjord’, Norway’s unequivocally purest fjord. Paddling up Storfjord we explore the intricate waterways of Solnør and Skodje Bay; the mornings highlights are soaring eagles and navigating the Solnør canal.
We enjoy a lunch break in Minnow Bay before aiming our kayaks towards the trailhead of the lush Black Hills trail network. After disembarking we set off through this fairy tale forest on the track up to the Black Hill Rise and the areas high point of 354 m, where we enjoy a short break and soak in the monumental vistas before venturing down through the alluring forest that will take us back to Storfjord Hotel.
7 Kayak Ålesund’s fjords and Hike Sugar Summit – The View is Worth Every Step!
We slip into our sea kayaks and join the vibrant city life in the sound. Our senses come alive with the buzz, aromas and the pastel colors of the art nouveau facades adorning the city’s main artery.
Exiting the sound Borgund Fjord’s infinite sky opens exposing Sula Mountain and the Sunnmøre Alps; our kayaks are immediately drawn towards the 102-year-old landmark, Slinningsbua, that marks the entrance to Ålesund harbour.
Gazing Westward out to the infinite waters of the North Atlantic gliding down Hessa Fjord past ancient farmland delightfully mixed with ultra-modern homes to the trail head of Sugar Summit. Upon landing at our take out refuel on hearty sandwiches before setting out for the summit. The trail is well trodden as we make our way diligently upwards to the summit and the 360o view of Western Norway and it’s Art Nouveau city.
8 The Fjords, Islands, & Sounds Route – A Circumnavagation, Keep Ålesund on your Left!
Gliding out of Brosundet the sky opens revealing a 102-year-old historical landmark guarding the South harbour’s entrance, the city skyline and mighty Borgund Fjord all chiseled on a seemingly painted backdrop of the majestic Sunnmøre Alps.
Borgund Fjord, keeping the southern city sights, sounds & smells on our left we paddle its glistening waters; floating through Nørve Sound to the entrance of Ellingsøyfjord with its fairy tale islands. We Enjoy a wholesome picnic lunch on a lush green island seemingly miles from urbanisation.
Jumping on the water again heading west with Ålesund still on our left we complete our circumnavigation as we enter Brosundet from the North guarded by its 175-year-old navigational beacon.
9 Bike & Kayak Ålesund’s Islands – City Roads & Waterways!
From KMT Ålesund we cruise through the cobblestone covered streets uncovering intricacies of Ålesund’s art nouveau architecture, passing churches and crossing bridges. Riding the length of Asp Island, we cross Steinvåg Sound and make a right heading out around the outer edge of Hessa Island passing beaches, pasturelands, and historic installations from world war II; with the North Atlantic on our right we gaze out over the deep blue waters as the indomitable ocean becomes a fjord.
Returning to KMT Ålesund for snacks and to gear up for our paddle. We slip into our sea kayaks and join the vibrant city life in the sound. Our senses come alive with the buzz, aromas and the pastel colors of the art nouveau facades adorning the city’s main artery. Our paddles slice through the crystal-clear water as we pass under bridges while waving to the friendly faces adorning the sound.
Exiting the sound Borgund Fjord’s infinite sky opens exposing Sula Mountain and the Sunnmøre Alps. Sitting low in the water gazing at this magnificent picture humbles the most seasoned traveler.
10 Bike and Hike Sugar Summit – The View is Worth Every Step!
From KMT Ålesund we cruise through the cobblestone covered streets uncovering intricacies of Ålesund’s art nouveau architecture, passing churches and crossing bridges. Riding the length of Asp Island, we cross Steinvåg Sound and make a right heading out around the outer edge of Hessa Island passing beaches, pasturelands, and historic installations from world war II; with the Atlantic on our right we gaze out over the deep blue waters as the indomitable ocean becomes a fjord.
Half way down Hessa Fjord we arrive at the trailhead to Sugar Summit. Leaving our bicycles, we set out on foot for the summit. The trail is well trodden as we make our way diligently upwards to the summit and the 360o view of Western Norway and it’s Art Nouveau city.