ÅLESUND’S BEST SELLING TRIP! Gliding out onto Borgund Fjord, the sky opens revealing the city skyline, historical buildings, and a spectacular archipelago all chiseled on a seemingly painted backdrop of the majestic Sunnmøre Alps.
The glittering waters of Borgund fjord beacon us as our kayaks glide over the rippling water. We explore a magical string of islands along the north shore before crossing to the southern shore with its intricate maze of islands, here we enjoy a homemade picnic lunch on a private island. Then slipping back on the water, our exploration continues until we find our way back to our staging site.
Escape the city! Head to Borgund Fjord, keeping the southern city sights, sounds, and smells on our left, we paddle its glistening waters; float through Nørve Sound to the entrance of Ellingsøyfjord with its fairytale islands. We enjoy a wholesome picnic lunch on a lush green island seemingly miles from urbanization.
Jumping on the water again heading west with Ålesund still on our left, we complete our circumnavigation passing by her northern harbor guarded by its 175-year-old navigational beacon and the last remaining buildings of Old Ålesund, we seek out the Asp Island bridge the entrance to Ålesund’s Southern harbor.
Our kayaks glide easily through the harbor, past a 103-year-old historical landmark, and on towards our take-out point; finally, with the city’s southern skyline chiseled on a seemingly painted backdrop of the majestic Sunnmøre Alps, our landing site comes into view.
The stage is set. Our driver picks you up at your accommodation for the short drive to our launching site. Our chosen route benefits from the glorious western sky facing the North Atlantic; calm seas and island hopping await as we paddle Ålesund’s fjords. Relaxing on the perfect island, we enjoy friendly chat and laughter as we sip from our glasses and the glorious evening unfolds.
Visit Norway’s Grand Fjord (Storfjord), where the surging north Atlantic Ocean meets the majestic Sunnmøre Alps, where a giant ravine-like fjord carries the surging ocean inland banked by steep sheer walls that give way to towering peaks.
We feel small in our sea kayaks as we glide out onto the fjord waters and the overwhelming majesty of our surroundings hits us with a view like a painted canvas of deep blue water, lush green forests giving way to chiseled rocky peaks, and an endless blue sky with wisps of white. Here, the history and culture of a rugged mountain people and the waterways that connected them come alive as we paddle these majestic waterways.
The coastal waters of western Norway boast some of the best sea kayaking on the planet. Here outer islands break the surge of the North Atlantic before it descends long deep fjords winding through granite spires rising like giant monoliths from the foaming sea.
Our kayaks glide effortlessly as we explore to fjord waters; we search out a little know the sport to land for a delicious picnic lunch before slipping back on the water.
Borgund Fjord’s infinite sky opens, exposing Sula Mountain and the Sunnmøre Alps. We glide across this famous fjord to the secret archipelago at the eastern end of Hessa fjord. From here a 103-year-old landmark, Slinningsbua, is our bearing as we slip across.
Gazing westward out to the infinite waters of the North Atlantic, we glide down Hessa Fjord past ancient farmland delightfully mixed with ultra-modern homes to the trailhead of Sugar Summit.
Upon landing at the trailhead take-out, a rejuvenating snack energizes us before we set out for the summit. The trail is well-trodden as we make our way diligently upward to the summit where we refuel on hearty sandwiches and enjoy the 360-degree view of Western Norway and its Art Nouveau city.
The big one got away! Fish in Ålesund’s famous Borgund Fjord!
At the Southeast of Ålesund’s Art Nouveau City Centre lies the famous Borgund Fjord; it is here that the ancient cod fishery still flourishes to this day. Out here, our expert guides lead you to their favorite and highly secret fishing spots.
Our day begins by paddling across Ålesund’s southern fjords. Landing on the beach at Sand Bay, we gear up to go exploring on Sula Mountain, Ålesund’s highest peaks. Picking up the trail we make our way upwards climbing higher and higher, passing Blåfjellet at 344m; from here we find the perfect lunch spot at Grøt Horn (650m), where we refuel on hearty sandwiches before continuing our exploration of Sula Mountain and taking in all her infinite stunning views.
After hiking for about five hours, we return to the beach and our waiting kayaks; giving our legs a rest, we set off for our staging site.
Ålesund’s southern harbor and it’s famous Borgund fjord are the scene from Ålesund’s original sea kayak excursion. Good fun and great paddling await as our internationally certified sea kayak guides lead you down Borgund fjord to the ‘first settlement,’ Borgundkaupangen.
Historical landmarks, dating back over 100 years, the city’s skyline and the glistening waters of mighty Borgund Fjord are seemingly painted on backdrop of the majestic, snow-capped Sunnmøre Alps.
Our kayaks glide easily over the rippling fjord waters as we marvel in our serene surroundings and take advantage of countless photo ops, as your guides share tales and stories of western Norway and its coastal culture.
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.
Note: restaurant lunch and refreshments are included in the price of the trip.
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.
Mighty West Fjord awaits, feeling small as we leave the protected waters of Svolvær. We aim our kayaks to the mountainous islands to the West and start paddling across Høla, the section of West Fjord separating Svolvær from Skrova.
The mountains grow larger with every stroke of our paddles and our kayaks slice easily through the water; we are elated to have crossed over Høla to the island of Litlmolla. Here we spend the day beach hopping and swimming (if you dare) a delicious al fresco picnic lunch refuels us for the crossing back to Svolvær, and the glimpse of the Lofoten Islands stretching Westward into the North Atlantic is a sight that is not easily forgotten.
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.
Out here a small archipelago is a protected sanctuary for sea birds and as well is a sea life refuge.
We launch from the hamlet of Laukvik and point our kayaks out of the marina towards the open sea before gliding into a maze of islands. Here we float and bob along watching playful seals and soaring sea eagles, we grab our phones/cameras and try to capture these magnificent creatures on our memory cards before we pull up on a wonderful white-sandy beach for a delicious al fresco picnic lunch.
After lunch we continue our exploration of these numerous islands filled with white sandy beaches, Arctic birds, and seal colonies, before we make our way by to the Hamlet of Laukvik where cold refreshments await.
Slide out onto the cobalt blue waters of Brønn Sound, otherwise know as ‘Mainstreet Brønnøysund’. We’re drawn to the landmark Brønnøy bridge connecting the archipelago with mainland Norway as our kayaks drift out onto the famous Torg Fjord.
The glittering waters of Torg fjord beacon us as our kayaks glide over the rippling water. Exploring this intricate maze of islands, bobbing in and out of picturesque bays, inlets, and coves before landing on a divine beach where we enjoy a homemade picnic lunch on a private island. Then slipping back on the water our exploration continues until we find our way back to our staging site.