Day 1: Start your journey and kayak to a roadless village
11.00 (am) Meet your guide and the rest of the group at Urke kaihus. You will get instructions and pack your kayak before paddling the first leg out of the Norangsfjord. You will stop for a lunch break near the small harbour of Leknes. Then you turn into the Hjørundfjord and enjoy the afternoon paddling to Trandal a roadless village where you stay on a farm with the most amazing views over the fjord and the jagged Sunnmøre Alps peaks in the background. Your guide will prepare a delicious meal, with a little help from you.
Day 2: Hike into the Sunnmøre Alps
Today you will hike from Trandal into the Sunnmøre Alps. It is nice to see the landscape change from green forests to rocky alpine summits while hiking up. You take a lunch break at 500 meters (1640ft) altitude at the summer farm with a great view. The sporty ones can even hike further up to the summit.
Take the afternoon to relax at the farm before having a group dinner. You will spend the night at the same place.
Day 3: Visit a roadless village and hike to a waterfall
After breakfast you will leave the farm and paddle into the fjord towards Sæbø. Here you go on shore for a lunch break, and you will find the luxury of a small shop (the only one on this trip)! After lunch you continue towards another roadless place, a village with 2 farms. You will stay in one of these farm houses. Check in and prepare dinner with the whole group. This is a great place for an evening by the fjord enjoying the campfire or a walk to the waterfalls higher up the valley.
Day 4: Explore the most impressive part of the Hjørundfjord
Today you paddle perhaps the most impressive stretch into the fjord to Bjørke. The fjord makes turns and this makes it more dramatic and impressive. On the way, you land on a little peninsula near Utåløyra and pass by Viddal and Finnes before you land in Bjørke and stay at Bjørke hostel. This lovely little sleeping town has some beautiful historic boathouses. Let’s see if it is a good evening to use the outdoor grill at the hostel. Is there anyone who wants to hike up to the reservoir to get a nice view over the end of the fjord?
Day 5: Paddle the final stretch back to Urke
You paddle along the other side of the Hjørundfjord back to Urke. A typical lunch spot today is Viddal. This is partially the same stretch as yesterday but it is interesting to experience how different the views are while paddling in the opposite direction. Arriving at the Urke kaihus, at around 16.00 (4 pm) you can go for a drink with the rest of your group to “skål” on the end of this unique experience.
The tour ends in time for you to get the last Hjørundfjord cruise back to Ålesund.
What to bring
There are a couple of things you really don’t want to forget to bring on this kayaking and hiking trip.
For more information about what to pack our packing list of a multi-day kayak trip.
Or the packing list of a summer day hike.