Kayaking in the Sognefjord


The Sognefjord isn't nicknamed the "king of the fjords" for nothing. This is Norway's deepest and longest fjord, stretching 205 km (127 miles) from just north of Bergen, on the west coast, to Jotunheimen National Park. There are many arms to the Sognefjord, including the UNESCO World Heritage Nærøyfjorden. The Sognefjord is a model of sustainable tourism, too, with local municipalities working with the tourism industry to protect the area from exploitation. This ensures that the fjord's emerald green waters and all those mountains, waterfalls, and forests that surround them remain unspoiled for the foreseeable future. 

And the best way to absorb the natural beauty of all this scenery is on a kayak excursion. Even if you have no prior kayaking experience, you can enjoy this adventure. A professional guide will provide basic instructions and then accompany you on a group trip out on the water, teaching you about the culture and history of the fjord and surrounding towns as you go. The excursion embarks from the colorful village of Sogndal, on the north shore of the Sognefjord, and you'll have a few hours on the water at an easy pace. So be sure to snap plenty of photos.

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Itineraries with Kayaking in the Sognefjord

Nordic Road Trip for Nature Lovers - 14 Days

Take the wheel on this relaxed self-guided road trip as you travel through five of Norway's official scenic routes. Over two weeks you'll encounter a number of stunning fjords, national parks, cool mountain towns, farm stands, and varying landscapes with mile-long views. Finish the adventure with some urban culture in Norway's second largest city (Bergen) with its great restaurant scene and wharfside UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Norwegian Highlights: Oslo, Bergen & the Sognefjord - 8 Days

This active summer tour covers Norway's two biggest cities and its longest and deepest fjord, using various means of transportation for a true Scandinavian adventure. After exploring Oslo, you'll take a train ride to Flåm—one of the most scenic in the world—followed by several ferries to fjord-side villages like Balestrand and Fjærland. There's also a guided kayaking trip and a longer ferry to Bergen, where you'll spend your last full day with a local who will show you the best of this charming city and its surrounding mountains.

Norway Hiking & Kayaking Adventure - 7 Days

Get to the heart of Norway's spectacular scenery via trail and watercraft with this outdoorsy 7-day itinerary. Tour Bergen and catch a boat to the beautiful Hardangerfjord. Hike to the Trolltunga overlook, with views of Lake Ringedalsvatnet, and kayak in a section of Norway's longest and deepest fjord. Finally, jump on the Flåm Railway and make your way to Oslo for a taste of the fastest-growing capital in Europe.

Explore Bergen, Fjords & Waterfalls - 6 Days

This scenic six-day itinerary highlights some of Norway's most picturesque summer destinations. Settle into the historic port city of Bergen and use it as your base to explore the surrounding mountains and fjords. After discovering the city's colorful waterfront and character-filled cobbled streets, you'll set off into the countryside—climbing mountainsides on a steam train, sailing through the spectacular Sognefjord, and visiting the waterfront towns of Balestrand, Flåm, and Fjærland.