LYSEFJORD Hiking & Wild BIVVY camping little big adventure
three days of epic hiking on NOrway's most famous fjord
Looking for a REALLY wild adventure? For this trip, we go tent-less and off the trail.
Escape into beautiful wilderness. Join us for three days of hiking and wild bivvy camping on the beautiful Lysefjord on Norway's lush and rugged west coast.
We will visit (and camp above) the famous Pulpit Rock for an epic sunrise.
- Three days of stunning hiking on the Lysefjord in Norway
- A even wilder, adventurous and more challenging trip than the others available at LBA
- Sleep under the stars in a top-of-the-range bivvy bag
- Join a small group of like-minded adventurers (max group size of 7)
- Pinch yourself on the flight home as you look back on an action packed weekend that feels like a much longer trip
- Highlights will include foraging for big and juicy mussels, swimming in crystal clear waters of the fjord, seal spotting and sleeping underneath the stars.
We land in Stavanger on Thursday night and head straight for the beach. The adventure begins right away. Tonight we're wild camping, nestled within the sand dunes!
In the morning we'll ride the bus into Stavanger and then hop on the ferry, right into the heart of the Lysefjord.
Here we will begin three epic days of hiking and wild bivvy camping high above the fjord.
We'll be hiking 8-10km each day and camping out in beautiful, wild locations. On the last night we camp out near Pulpit Rock (google it!) for a really special night and sunrise.
Weather REPORT: Lysefjord in may
Norway is a pretty wild place and the weather often changes fast, not dissimilar to somewhere like the Lake District in the UK. Its likely to rain on at least one of the days we are there, so make sure you bring a good waterproof jacket!
If we get lucky with the weather, we could have sunny, blue skies and temperatures of around 22°C in the day time. Fingers crossed! On the higher peaks at night, the temperature could be as low as -3°C (unlikely but possible). A more likely scenario for May 2017 is temperatures of around 8-12°C. Therefore, its important to bring both a warm 3 season sleeping bag, a warm jumper and jacket, as well as suncream and a cap to be prepared for all possible weathers.
We don’t want to scare you! But it’s important that you understand the dangers of venturing out onto wilderness trails. Therefore, please read the following: travelling in wild or isolated areas carries inherent risk which can lead to injury or possibly death. Some of the trails can have steep sided drops, loose gravel and areas of slippery roots and rock. As a requirement for participating in a Little Big Adventure you will be required to obtain sufficient and appropriate insurance.
May 18th - May 21st 2017
£225 per person
- Little Big Adventures guide
- Bivvy bag
- Camping gas, stove and cooking equiptment
- Dinners and breakfasts
- Return ferry and bus into the Lysefjord
- Transfers to and from Stavanger Airport
- Micro-roasted, freshly made coffee each morning (or tea if you'd prefer)
- Marshmallows to roast around the campfire
- Guaranteed #campvibes
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
- Holiday insurance
- Lunches and snacks
what you need to bring
- Sleeping mat
- 3 season sleeping bag
- Torch or head-torch
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Suncream and SPF lip balm
- Hiking boots
- Swim kit and a fast drying travel towel
- 1 litre water bottle or hydration system
- Mug, Bowl, Fork and Spoon
- Lunches and snacks
You'll get a more comprehensive kit list when you book this trip.
As a requirement for participating in a Little Big Adventure you will be required to obtain sufficient and appropriate holiday insurance. There is more detail about this in our Terms & Conditions.
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Dates: 18-21st May
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How fit do I need to be for this adventure?
You do need to have a relatively decent level of fitness for this trip as we will be doing a fair bit of hiking. We will stop for plenty of breaks, but you do need to be comfortable hiking all day.
You could use the adventure as a great excuse to get into shape in 2017! :) We will send some information on how to get ‘adventure ready fit' for this trip when you book. If you have any questions or concerns about your fitness level, please contact email@example.com
What happens if it pours with rain?
Bivvy bag camping is AWESOME, don't get us wrong, but if it's pouring with rain even the most expensive bivvy will be uncomfortable. In this scenario, we'll use a specially designed tarp to construct a "basha" to keep the rain off. Think of it like having just the roof section of a tent above you. They're super light and simple to put up, and we'll have enough for us all, just in case.
Do we have a support vehicle or someone to carry our gear?
Little Big Adventures trips are all 100% self-supported, and all communal gear is shared out between the group. Be ready to carry your own bivvy bag, sleeping bag, clothing, food and personal items.
We recommend bringing a 30-50 litre trekking style backpack on this trip to make sure you have plenty of room.
If it’s not in the comprehensive kit list you will receive when you book, please consider leaving it at home!
What about accommodation?
We always wild camp (in other words, not in campsites) in epic, and often secret locations. Think mountain tops, coves, beaches and in woodland clearings.
When we take tents we use Poler Stuff 2-person tents supplied by our friends at The Brokendown Palace. They are very well designed and are a real pleasure to sleep in. We have a selection of designs from their awesome range including the Pendleton Limited Edition tent.
We also use top of the range Rab bivvy bags on some trips for an even wilder experience. Feel the breeze on your face, gaze up at the stars before you drift off to sleep and wake up to an amazing view! They aren’t quite as comfortable as a tent when it rains (although they are 100% water proof) but when the weather is fine, they are definitely more exciting, and a lot more fun!
Which flights should I book?
Don’t forget to book your flights right away to get the best deal. To travel with the main group, the flights you want to get are: -
Thursday - Norwegian DY1337 21:05 London Gatwick - 23:45 Stavanger
Sunday - Norwegian DY1336 19:45 Stavanger - 20:35 London Gatwick
You can either book the above flights directly from the airline, or head over to a flight aggregator like skyscanner.net, momondo.co.uk or kayak.co.uk to search for and then book the flights above, or the cheapest flights available. Just make sure you arrive in Stavanger Airport on the Thursday night no later than 23:45, and leave no earlier than 19:45 from Stavanger Airport on the Sunday afternoon.
You should be able to bring your backpack onto the flight as hand luggage (and therefore not need checked baggage). If you don’t think you’ll be able to pack light or you have a mahoosive backpack, add a checked bag to your flight. Little Big Adventures cannot be held liable for extra charges incurred at the airport due to oversized or overweight bags.
Little Big Adventures has a checked bag booked both ways so if you want to take a penknife or similar small sharp item, or a bottle of something, coordinate with us before the trip, or just at the airport on the day and you can pop it in there.
Can I book on my own?
Yes! We have solo travelers on most trips in fact. Get ready to meet a bunch of friendly, like-minded people who share a passion for adventure travel.
What sort of food do we eat?
Little Big Adventures trips include all breakfasts, dinners and ample supplies of team and coffee. You need to bring your own lunches and snacks.
All meals provided are made from 100% natural and fresh ingredients, with no preservatives or artificial food-additives. Every meal is cooked - just as a normal dish is prepared - before it is freeze-dried, making it lightweight and ideal for carrying on adventures! We add boiling water to these premium freeze-dried meals before enjoying them as a hot nutritious meal!
Meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans are all catered for.
Example Little Big Adventure dinners:
Farfalle with gorgonzola and spinach sauce
Barley-lentils-risotto with avocado mousse
Five spice chicken & rice
Pork loin in dill with potatoes
Example Little Big Adventure breakfasts:
Coconut porridge with blueberries, figs and chia seeds
Organic millet porridge with raspberries and aronia powder
You’ll need to bring your own snacks and lunches. Good ideas include dried fruit, nuts, Soreen bars, granola bars, sausage rolls or biltong. Some people just grab an extra couple of Pret sandwiches from the airport before the flight out!
We’ll be collecting and filtering all the water we need to drink and cook with from passing streams and rivers. We always have plenty of tea and premium, freshly brewed micro-roasted coffee available.
What about going to the… loo?
Little Big Adventures are wilder than your average trip and take place away from civilisation and facilities, so going to the loo is often a case of going behind a tree or bush. We do come across the odd mountain hut which has proper facilities we can use. We carry away or burn (on the campfire) all our waste and that includes toilet paper. We always strive to leave no trace on the pristine natural environment our small groups travel through.
If you have any questions about this trip please contact Theo at firstname.lastname@example.org