FAQ 6-day kayak trip from Ålesund to Geiranger

Most of the information in the FAQ about the two day kayak trip in the Geiranger Fjord will also apply for the 6-day trip from Ålesund to Geiranger. Below you will find some additional information only applicable for the 6-day trip.

For whom is this trip?

Am I able to do this trip?


This tour is set up like an expedition, where everyone will work together to accomplish goals.

You have to be able to paddle in calm and windy circumstances at a normal pace.

Everybody needs to be able to swim, and to be strong enough to lift a fully packed kayak in and out of the water, in rocky and slippery landing conditions.

Our experience is that this trip is not suited for those who have back-/hip-/pelvis problems or have had these in the past.


Do I need kayak experience?



This is a multi-day trip with some longer days and shorter days of kayaking. Depending on the circumstances you will be paddling up to 6-7 hours on the longer days and with headwinds, this asks for sporty arms and a sporty mind.

You do not need much experience since it is not a technically difficult trip but you should be sure you can sit in a kayak for quite a few hours six consecutive days.


Where and when?

Where and when does the trip start?


Start time is 10.00 am

Meetingpoint is close to Ålesund city center: at the parking by the entrance of Volsdalen camping. Take a taxi to get there (Ålesund Taxi telephone number +47 70 10 30 00). If you do not find the spot: call our office at (+47) 57 62 41 70, or the guide.


Where is the finish point? When do I return?
How do I get back to Ålesund

The trip finishes in Geiranger village (waterfront just outside Geiranger). Time always depends on weather conditions and group, but you'll be there approx. at 3.30 pm.

It is 15 min walk from the landing spot to the places from where buses and ferry leave. If you want to catch a specific bus or ferry, please notify us while booking and also at the start of the kayak trip.

New in 2019: There is a boat from Geiranger to Ålesund, daily departure at 4PM (16.00). It is advisable to book your spots in advanced. More information can be found here.

Check the timetable of the busses on www.frammr.no (timetables are normally not available until 2-3 months before the start of the summer).

If you want to get back to Ålesund upon arrival in Geiranger at the last day of your kayak trip you can take the bus (mind that you have to change busses several times). Most probably you will be able to catch the bus departing Geiranger 15.37 with arrival in Ålesund 18.45. If not, you can take the next bus departing Geiranger 18.37, with arrival in Ålesund 21.45. You can buy a ticket in the bus. This trip requires 3 changes (we are sorry but that is how it can be using public transportation in the fjords)

Information on how to get back to Oslo after the end of the trip, you will find below on this page.


How to get to Ålesund and where to stay?

How to get to Ålesund?

You can book a flight from Oslo or Bergen to Ålesund. Check SAS and Norwegian Airlines. Flight takes approx. one hour. There are also international flights directly from Amsterdam (KLM) to Ålesund. We recommend you take a flight on the day before the start of the trip. The name of the airport is: Ålesund Airport Vigra.

The other option is to take a bus from Oslo to Ålesund: please check Nettbuss. It takes approx. 11,5 hours. You can book tickets online or buy directly in a bus (more expensive).


How to get from airport to Ålesund city center?


From Ålesund airport Vigra you can take the airport shuttle bus to Ålesund city center (appr. 25 minutes). The bus stops right outside the airport terminal and leaves in appropriate time after each flight arrival. Check FRAM to find needed bus. Buy tickets in the bus.


Where to stay in Ålesund?

In Ålesund there are plenty of hotels and hostels in different price ranges. Just choose one you like the most.

Practical information about the trip

What to pack for the trip?


We have packing list for multi-day kayaking trips, you will find many useful tips there and you are welcome to download and print this list.

All kayaking and camping gear is provided by us, except a sleeping bag. You should bring your own sleeping bag. Preferably a 3-seasons (we bring a matrass/pad for you).

It is possible to rent a sleeping bag from us. The price is 450 NOK for 6 days (full trip), can be booked as an add on when booking online. We do advice you to bring your own travel sheet/liner to put inside the sleeping bag.

Single or double kayaks?


We operate with double and single kayaks and everybody can tell us their preferences upon booking. Having said this: we NEVER guarantee the use of single or double kayaks. This is simply because we want to be free to have a group that paddles in an equal pace, using equal effort. This means that the guide will allways have the last word in who is paddling which kayak.

What changes can be made by the guide?


Due to much headwind or other weather-/group circumstances the guide might decide to adjust the itinerary in order to get to Geiranger in six days. This might mean minor changes like choosing a different day distance or other camp site. In more severe situations it has happened (twice in 14 years) that we skipped a dayleg and transported everybody by buss/car/trailer to the next spot to start next day. In case of heavy rainfall we might choose to use one or two nights in a cabin instead.

Is it possible to collect drinking water during the trip?



Yes, it's possible. On the way and at the camping spots we will have many waterfalls and small streams with good drinking water. So just bring your drinking bottle and you can refill it.

Where to place my luggage during the trip?

Will I able to leave any items at the start of the trip that I can collect when we reach the end at Geiranger?


Most of the luggage you will need during the trip, so it will be packed in the kayak. It is best to bring a ruck sack because you sometimes hike up to the camp.

Besides that, you can leave some belongings in our car in Ålesund. It is at your own risk but this has always gone well. This car will be driven to Geiranger, and will be there at the end of the trip, so you can pick up your stuff there.
How big is my group?

Group size always varies. Maximum group size is 8 persons.
Usually we have 1-2 guides and from 4 to 8 guests.


After the trip

How to get from Geiranger to Ålesund after the trip?


Check the suggestions higher up on this page under 'where is the finish point'.


How to get from Geiranger to Oslo after the trip?

First, you should take a ferry to Hellesylt. Please check Visitflåm for prices and information regarding the ferry. You can book tickets directly at the website.

Next step is a bus from Hellesylt to Stryn. Check FRAM. Buy tickets in the bus.

From Stryn there is an express Nettbuss to Oslo city center with a stop at Oslo Airport Gardemoen. You can book tickets online or buy directly in a bus (more expensive).

MORE TIPS:

  • If you need an overnight stay in Hellesylt check this hostel.
  • Stryn is a popular touristic place and there are several bars and restaurants, so you can have a good dinner there before the express bus to Oslo.