Kayaking the Loen valley

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Join us for an amazing kayaking experience in the dramatic Loen valley. As we navigate the green glacial water, the guide will tell you about the dark history of this hidden valley. The remnants of past disasters can still be seen. Surrounded by green water, towering mountains and rumbling waterfalls, it’s hard not to be impressed by the mighty nature.

The feeling of being outdoors, of being part of a small team in great nature, captures all your senses. The beautiful, untamed nature and the valley´s dramatic history make a visit to the Loen valley an experience not to be missed.

Included in this tour:

  • Professional guide with navigation, safety and emergency equipment
  • All the equipment required for kayaking
  • Storytelling
 
Duration:
Total: ~11-12 hours (depends on weather conditions + pick-up location)
Hiking: ~6 hours (including breaks)
Fjord cruise: ~1 hour
Transportation: ~1.5 + 2.5 hours
 

Please read the “Additional information” and “General conditions of contract” before booking.

Your professional guide will meet you at Loenvatn Feriesenter. We start the day with a short briefing, and a cup of coffee/tea. This is also a great opportunity to get to know the guide(s) and other participants. At the starting point, you will receive an instruction and safety briefing to prepare you for the tour. You will then be taken out on the lake and guided through the landscape and history of the area. We’ll spend approximately half an hour doing the introduction to what we plan to do for the rest of the day, and what to expect on the tour. We’ll focus on safety, paddle instructions and outfitting. Kayak, paddle, and sprayskirt are included.

This is a perfect tour for both beginners and experts. Just long enough and in lovely surroundings. During the tour, your guide will give you local history-, culture- and nature-knowledge, and make sure you can relax and enjoy the tour. We take safety seriously, so we start off by doing a thorough go through on safety procedures, and we will make sure everybody knows what to do if a capsize should occur. After the safety drill, your guide will show you correct paddle strokes, and how to synchronize paddling with your partner. On all our guided tours we use stable double kayaks.

Then, its go time! Once on the water, we start slowly moving out on the lake. This is an extraordinary feeling of gliding through the green water, and start to soak in the beautiful landscape around you. There is no way to describe it in words, you’ll have to be there! We’ll form a fleet along the way to tell the dramatic stories from the valley and fun facts from the fjords of Norway.

Pick-up:
When booking, you may select from the following pick-up times and locations:

04:55am Clarion Hotel Stavanger
04:55am Stavanger Tourist Information Office
04:55am Clarion Collection Hotel Skagen Brygge
05:00am Scandic Stavanger City (back entrance)
05:05am Thon Hotel Maritim (back entrance)
05:05am Stavanger Bed & Breakfast
05:10am Park Inn by Radisson Stavanger Hotel
05:10am St. Svithun Hotel / Hostel
05:15am Scandic Stavanger Forus
05.25am Kronen Gaard Hotel

Drop-off:
The tour ends in Stavanger at approximately 17:00 (5:00pm).
(depends on weather conditions and drop-off location.)

• Proper hiking boots*
• Warm, thick socks x 2
• Water-resistant pants*

• Rain-proof jacket*
• Fleece or woolen sweaterL
• Warm hat and gloves*
• Small backpack*
• Packed lunch / water / snacks

*items can also be rented

Extras

• Photography package
• Hiking boot rental
• Hiking pants rental
• Hiking jacket rental
• Day-pack rental
• Hiking gloves

Difficulty

MORE DIFFICULT
Suitable for adults (16 yrs.+) who are in very good condition, and have previous hiking experience.

•  Distance: 11 kilometers
•  Ascent: 800 meters

Weather Changes

Due to the possibility of rapidly-changing weather conditions, it may be necessary to make changes to scheduled trips. In the event that your trip needs to be rescheduled for another day or cancelled on short notice, you may choose between joining the rescheduled trip or getting a refund. In the event that weather conditions deteriorate during your trip, it may be necessary to turn around on the trail or head back earlier than planned. If this happens, no refunds will be given.

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Tour Includes

• Hotel pick-up / drop-off
• Transportation
• 1-hour Fjord cruise*
• Professional guide

• Use of hiking poles
• Use of snow spikes

• Hot beverages & snack

* (except on Saturdays)

Participants

Maximum: 7 people
(adults/children 8 yrs. +)

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I did a “Kjerag summer hike” with Outdoorlife Norway on August, 30th and I totally loved it! Many thanks to our guide – Johannes – with whom the hike was definitely easier, safer and of course more interesting. It’s always a pleasure to deal with people who are passionate about their work and do it professionally.
We were lucky with the weather – it was a sunny day so we were able to enjoy fantastic views. The hike does require a physical effort, but if you practice some physical activity on a regular basis you should be ok. You will probably feel a bit of muscle tension in your legs for a few hours after the hike, but it’s a pleasant sort of tiredness like after a good work out. I used hiking poles which I’d been dismissing before and as it turned out – quite unjustly: the poles do help a lot, they allow to distribute the load between your muscles more evenly, provide additional support when you go up and keep you from sliding when you descend.
As for getting onto the boulder – to me it was much more of a test than the hike itself 🙂

P.S. Do follow the recommendations given in the information package sent along with the booking confirmation as they will make your hikes a more enjoyable and safe experience.

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We visited Stavanger in July and went on Outdoor Lifes Kjerag Summer Hike. Johannes was our guide and we had the best day! He told so many interested stories that we would not have known doing the walk ourselves. This hike was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and we would recommend if your travelling with others or by yourself as it is very sociable. There were many steep and rocky parts but Johannes gave great advice on the best way to get up. Thanks for the great day!

Emily A

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I had Johannes, the owner of this small company, as our guide for Kjerag hike. I knew it would be good weather thanks to our communication before the tour. It was indeed fantastic! During the whole time of guiding us to the top, driving us back to Stavanger, Johannes has been very attentive and energetic. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about outdoor life, arctic circle, and very friendly. Equally important, we had a nice group and overall that made my trip to Norway wonderful. Many thanks!

Jenny J

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My husband and I did the day hike to Kjerag in mid June. Since the area had a very mild spring, there was still a decent amount of snow on the upper part of the trail. Our guide, Johannes, provided spikes for our boots as well as hiking poles at no extra charge. The spikes came in very handy, especially walking back down the very steep third hill in the snow.

I highly recommend doing this hike with a guide. Johannes knew the best ways to get up and down all of the hills. He also knew where the trail actually was and not where people assumed it was since half of it was still covered in snow. He had a great place picked out with amazing views for us to stop for lunch! He even stood in the snow for about 15 minutes waiting to take our pictures as we stood on Kjeragbolten. He promptly sent us pictures that evening that he had taken throughout the day.

The group was small, only about 7 people, so it was a very personalized trip. The views were amazing and it was a rush to be able to stand on Kjeragbolten! I definitely recommend doing this hike, because the views are worth the hike! And I recommend going with Johannes and Outdoorlife Norway. We had a great experience on this trip! If you plan on also hiking to Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock), I would suggest doing Kjerag first because it makes the hike to Preikestolen seem relatively easy in comparison.

Jessica H

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