Of all the places we visited in Norway, the Nærøyfjord was the most beautiful. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and we were able to kayak through over the course of a couple days. The company running the tour, Nordic Ventures, is based at one end so it is easy to do a kayak tour with them even just for a day if you're in the area (and you really should make a point to be in the area).
Our journey began in Gudvangen as we rifled through our luggage to determine what we would need for four days of camping in the rain. We donned our wetsuits and neoprene booties and got used to the idea of being wet and warm at the same time. I will tell you that after the four days, I laughed at the fact that I cared that my booties were smelly on day one. Being in the outdoors tends to remind us of what matters and what our priorities should be centered on.
Ut på tur, aldri sur.
Our first break while kayaking through the fjord just happened to be on the site of a Viking burial mound. There were also sheep! Sitting there eating my sandwich in this setting seemed surreal and magical.
We camped on the shore of the fjord that first night. Setting up camp in the rain was made easier thanks to the REI half-dome (my tent! I know how to set this one up!) and blue tarps mounted on kayak paddles. Our guides made a feast and a boat delivered not only bottles of wine, but actual glasses to enjoy it from. Camping in the wind and rain with actual glasses of wine...what a great balance.
Due to the weather I have very few photos of this beautiful place. Just imagine paddling with the current through green mountains, cascading waterfalls, and quaint, tiny farms. This is a place that you just have to experience first hand.