Fjord, Kayak and blue ice - Norway Insight

Fjord, Kayak and blue ice

Day tour to Rosendal. Fjord cruise, kayak on the lake Møsevatn in front of the glacier and blue ice trip on Folgefonna Glacier.

The tour starts with a fjord cruise from Bergen to Rosendal. On the boat trip, you will be able to see the spectacular fjords Bjørnefjord and Hardangerfjord. You will also pass the archipelago outside Bergen. Rosendal is beautifully situated by the Hardanger Fjord and between the mountains Skålafjell, Melderskin and Malmangernuten. The kayak and glacier guides from Folgefonni Breførarlag will meet you by the boat and take you up in the mountain to the lake where the tour starts.

You will paddle in stable double kayaks that fit well for beginners. There are also single kayaks available, if desired. The glacier trip at Folgefonna can be customized with demanding climbing for those who want that, or easier walking on the glacier, if you prefer that. The tour requires that you are above 15 years and have a normal level of fitness, but does not require any previous kayaking experience. 

The kayak tour is around 5 km (3,1 miles) and the Glacier Hike 2-5 km (1,2-3,1 miles)
Classification: blue, medium

Practical information

  • Exclusive experience
  • Maximum 4 persons pr. guide
  • Glacier front change during season and not always possible to do glacier hike.
  • Status now, july 2019: Front is unstable, no glacier hike possible
  • If glacier hike is not possible no refund,  you can join the Blue Ice Hike in Juklavass glacier for free on another day.

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The kayak and glacier guides will meet you near the boat, outside the Tourist Office in Rosendal, Folgefonn Center, as soon as the boat arrive Rosendal.
The Tourist Office is located in the middle of Rosendal city centre - the building across the street from Rosendal Turisthotell. You will travel by minibus for about 40 minutes to the starting point for the tour (850 masl - 2789 ft). The tour starts with kayaking on the glacier lake, dry suits is used to ensure safety, because the water is cold. If lucky, there are icebergs in the lake on our way from starting point to the Møsevass Glacier. This is a “young” glacier arm of Folgefonna; the glacier is about 5000 years old. The view of blue ice coming into the lake is powerful; no one can stop the ice on its way to the lake. We park the kayaks on a beach nearby the glacier, put on glacier equipment and are ready for a fairy-tale on blue ice. We go for a calm hike on the ice, sensing all elements or we do a real ice-climbing adventure, this depends on your wishes and the ice conditions. The ice is in constantly change and the route will depend on conditions. The temperature is normally between 5 and 15 degrees Celsius (41-59 degrees Fahrenheit) on the glacier.

Duration app. 6-8 hours. The total paddle tour is about 5 km (3,1 miles); glacier hike 2-5 km (1,2-3,1 miles). The tour requires a normal level of fitness, but does not require any previous kayaking experience.

The safety and wellbeing of participants is the top priority of your guides.

Included in the price 

  • Express boat Bergen-Rosendal and Rosendal-Os

  • Bus from Os to Bergen.

  • Guided Glacier Kayak tour.  

  • Kayak and glacier equipment.  

Addon

  • Lunch (2 x sandwiches, apple, chocolate and 1 litre water). 280,-

Itinerary (Thursday and Friday)

  • 08.50-10.45 Express Boat Bergen-Rosendal from Strandkaiterminalen. Meet 20 min before departure 
  • 10.45-18.00 Guided Glacier Kayak tour
  • 18.40-19.30 Express Boat Rosendal-Os
  • 20.12-21.05 Bus from Os to Bergen 

Vouchers

Please pick up your vouchers in our office one day before the tour:
Bergen Base Camp
Holmedalsgården 3
NO-5003 Bergen
Tel.: +47 55 32 55 00

Opening Hours Bergen Base Camp:

  • May - September: 09.00 - 19.00

  • October - April: 10.00 - 16.00 

Season

  • July 4 - September 15

Age

  • Recommended age limit 15.

Kayak tour - clothes you should wear

  • Wool underwear
  • Fleece
  • Gloves (bring extra for the glacier hike in case they get wet).
  • Caps and warm hat.
  • Sunglasses and sun lotion.

Bring to the glacier hike

  • Warm/wind/water proof clothing
  • Mountain boots
  • Gloves.
  • Warm hat.

All your clothing can be wet, please bring extra set of clothing so you can change after the trip if needed. You should also bring a towel. No warm shower is available. 

The guide company provide all necessary kayaking equipment (including dry suit), and glacier equipment (crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe and ropes). They can also bring mountain boots for you; we then need your shoe size when booking the trip.

Photo

  • Ståle Sundfjord
  • Folgefonni Breførarlag / Eksponert Media
  • Bjarne Øymyr
  • Åse Marie Evjen

Highlights

  • Kayak tour at Møsevatn in front of the Folgefonna glacier
  • Glacier hike Folgefonna
  • Rosendal
  • Bjørnefjord
  • Hardangerfjord

Route

  1. Bergen
  2. Rosendal
  3. Mosevatnet
  4. Os
  5. Bergen