Nærøyfjord Packrafting & Bivvy wild Camping Little Big Adventure

explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed Nærøyfjord by packrafT

This is your chance to explore a UNESCO World Heritage site in western Norway by packraft! 

We combine packrafting, hiking and wild bivvy camping for an action-packed Little Big Adventure. The trip is only three days long, but we will cram in so much you'll feel like you've been away for a much longer trip.

The packrafts pack down so small and light, (3.2kg to be precise) that they can be strapped to your backpack and carried whilst we hike, and then rapidly re-inflated for paddling on the fjord.

quick OVerview

  • Three action packed days where the focus is on packrafting with less hiking
  • A wild, adventurous and physically challenging trip
  • Accommodation is in bivvy bags (waterproof & breathable covers for your sleeping bag) for an even wilder experience
  • Join a small group of like-minded adventurers (max group size of 7) 
  • Highlights will include being followed as we paddle by curious harbour porpoises, traveling among awe-inspiring steep mountains and several waterfalls and sleeping in a bivvy bag in the most epic camping spot on a mountain overlooking the fjord.

THE plan

We land into Bergen on Friday lunchtime. A coach takes us inland (a 3hr journey), before dropping us off at the fjord's edge in Flåm, packrafts are inflated, and our adventure begins! 

We spend Friday afternoon paddling and exploring, before hiking high up above the fjord to wild camp for the night in a truly breathtaking secret mountain top location. 

Saturday is spent packrafting on the fjord and camping out on a tiny little beach with a campfire. On Sunday we packraft to our final destination, Gudvangen (after a beautiful morning swim in the fjord) hop on a coach back to Bergen, and catch our flight back to London without a moment to spare.

You won't be forgetting this weekend in a hurry! 

EXPECTED WEATHER: NÆRØYFJORD In April/May

Norway is a pretty wild place and the weather can often change 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.

At this time of year daytime temperatures of around 9°C to 15°C would be fairly typical.

At the highest place we camp on this adventure, the temperature could be as low as -2°C at night (unlikely but possible), however, we are more likely to experience nighttime temperatures in the range of 12°C to 2°C.

Therefore, its important to bring both a warm 3 season sleeping bag, a warm jumper and jacket, as well as sun cream and a cap to be prepared for all possible weathers. 

SAFETY WARNING

We don’t want to scare you! But we do think it’s important that you understand the dangers of venturing out onto wilderness trails and packrafting on inland waterways. 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 12th - 14th 2017
£295 per person

Limited

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Little Big Adventures guide 
  • Packraft
  • Paddle
  • Buoyancy aid
  • Waterproof dry sack for your bag
  • Bivvy bag
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Camping gas, stove and cooking equiptment 
  • Return coach tickets from Bergen to Flåm
  • Airport transfers in Norway
  • 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?

  • Flights 
  • Holiday insurance
  • Lunches and snacks

what you need to bring

You'll get a more comprehensive kit list when you book this trip.

  • Sleeping mat
  • 3 season sleeping bag
  • Torch or head-torch
  • Waterproof clothes 
  • Suncream and SPF lip balm
  • Hiking shoes or boots
  • Swim kit and a fast drying travel towel
  • 1 litre water bottle or hydration system
  • Mug, Bowl, Fork and Spoon
  • Lunches and snacks

INSURANCE 

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: May 12th - 14th 2017

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FAQs

How fit/experienced do I need to be for this adventure?

You don’t need to have packrafted before, as your guide will teach you all the basics. (It's dead easy)

You do need to have a relatively decent level of fitness for this trip as we'll be out on the water all day. Of course we stop for plenty of breaks, chill out time, and exploring, but expect to be on the water for 4-5 hours each day.

As we are sleeping in bivvy bags on this trip you need to be comfortable sleeping outdoors in the open, and perhaps sacrificing a little comfort for the awesome experience of sleeping underneath the stars without a tent.

We will send some information on how to get ‘adventure ready’ fit for this trip when you book. Honestly, if you are healthy and relatively active you should be absolutely fine. If you have any questions or concerns about fitness levels, please contact Theo at theo@little-big-adventures.co.uk

 

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 share of the 2-person packraft, your own bivvy bag, food, sleeping bag and personal items.

We recommend bringing a 35-50 liter trekking style backpack on this trip to make sure you have plenty of room. We always bring plenty of extra fastening straps so you can always store items (like the packraft) to the outside of your bag when trekking, as required.

If it’s not in the comprehensive kit list you 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 more exciting and a lot more fun!

Check the trip overview (top of this page) to see if the plan is to take tents or bivvy bags.

 

What packrafts will we use on this adventure?

We have a fleet of MRS 2X packrafts. They have been customised for Little Big Adventures to include internal storage space for greater comfort and stability in the water. Each packraft has enough space for two people plus all their gear.

 

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: 

Flight Out:

Friday - British Airways BA760 - 9:55 London Heathrow - 13:00 Bergen

Return Flight:

Sunday - Norwegian DY1318 - 19:10 Bergen - 20:10 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 cheapest flights available. If you want to take an alternate flight, just make sure you land in Bergen Airport on the Friday lunchtime no later than 13:00, and plan to leave no earlier than 19:10 from Bergen Airport on the Sunday evening. 

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 if you have a mahoooosive 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, coordinate with us before the trip 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 breakfasts, dinners and ample supplies of team and coffee. You need to bring your own lunch 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, salami 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 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 theo@little-big-adventures.co.uk