The west coast expedition
Discover the best of Rogaland
7 DAYS WITH KAYAKING AND HIKING
ONLY FOR GROUPS 5-15 PERSONS
Expedition dates 2018: June 9-16 23-30
July 7-14 21-28
August 4-11 18-25
Flørli and 4444 steps
On the trip we will visit, and climb, 4444 steps. Florli 4444 is located in the famous Lysefjord. We will use a RIB to enter this very nice place.
Kjerag and the boulder
Do you dare to enter the boulder? If so, you will have 980 meter under you feet. This hike is no easy, it is much up and down, and you have to be in good condition if you should reach it. Start the training already now.
The pulpit rock
Of course we must end the trip with the famous Pulpit rock. After a nice dinner at the Pulpit rock hotel, we start the easy climb to the plateau. We will use 2 hours up and 1 1/2 back again, depend of the traffic.
WELCOME TO STAVANGER AND THE WEST COAST EXPEDITION
Rogaland Aktiv wish
you a warm welcome to Norway and to this very special trip. This is not a expedition for everyone. You have to be in normally good shape and have good condition to follow the program.
This is a huge project with an enormous logistic. For transport we should use ferrys, buses and taxis, and we will be traveling over large areas. We will be moved from one destination to another, and we are going from kayaks to advanced, but nice, mountain hiking. Puh..!!
It is not for sure that everyone of you will be able to manage the whole trip, but dont worry, we have back-ups. This first parts, the kayaks trip, start very easy, and we adjust the level to the participants.
The first two hiking days are pretty hard, special the trip to Kjerag. We have plenty of time to climb the steps, but we will have a little bit hurry when we should walk to the Kjerag boulder. But, if you are in good condition, you will make it, and, its worth it. Thrust me ! Do you dare to enter the stone at Kjerag?
The Pulpit rock is a must. There will
be hundreds of others at the trail, but
we have to end the expedition with this one.
About the Stavanger region
The Stavanger region has many scenic attractions, among them the Lysefjord, Sola beach and the world famous Preikestolen ("the Pulpit Rock"). Preikestolen is located 604 metres above sea level and is the most visited attraction in the county of Rogaland. Lonely Planet named it the number one most breathtaking viewing platform in the world.
The Stavanger & Ryfylke region - grand nature with steep mountains and deep fjords. From outer reefs to sheltered villages. From steep vantage points to green valleys. Short distances to mountains and fjords. Wide-stretched beaches as far as the eye can see. Colourful culture and spectacular culinary highlights. Stavanger is the region's largest city with a population of around 130 000.
In 1969 the first oil field was discovered at Ekofisk south in the North Sea, which made the Stavanger Region a key player in the Norwegian economy.
Today, Stavanger is Europe's oil and energy capital, and the main source of income for the locals comes from working in the petroleum sector. This industry attracts different nationalities to the region, making it a highly international destination.
EXPEDITION DAY BY DAY
You will arrived the region by flying to Stavanger airport Sola. There is a short distance from the airport to the Sola beach hotel. After checking in, you can take a walk at the beach, rent a bike or just relax in the spa.
Day 2- Guided bus tour, arriving basecamp and kayaking
After a good night's sleep, we will pick you up at the hotel at 8.30 am. Remember, leave your suitcase at the hotel, and just bring your bag or backpack. Follow the packing which is described further down.
From the hotel we will have a guided tour. You will see white beaches and farmers land. From the top of Ullandhaug tower you will see Stavanger from the top. On our way to the famous Three sword we will passed by Tananger. This is also Rogaland, with the oil industry.
After a cup of coffee or a ice-cream in Is Paradis, we ended up in city senter, ready to take a high speed vessel to our kayak basecamp. From the city senter it is 30 minutes boat trip to Kalvøy. When enter the island, there is 10 minutes walk distance on gravel road, to the final destination.
Kalvøy is one of the islands in the archipelago of Stavanger, and the area is uniq for kayaking. The view from Kalvøy is a panorama of Stavanger in the West, and the high mountains of the inland in the East. Here is short distances between islands with quiet bays, narrow passages in shallow waters.
Kalvøyparken, our camp
next to beach, provide great fasilities for the tour. Kalvøyparken is build for
tourist events. A restaurant with cosy wooden cabins sorrounded by green lawns
and pine forest. The local farm deliver fresh products to the kitchen. The
Highland Cattle that grasses the farm fields also is a spectacular sight. We
gladly share some of the history of the island ́s farm life.
At Kalvøy the accommodation will be tent. And you will spend the nights in a green house! Chose between one or two persons tent. Please visit the website for more info.
After a nice barbecue lunch we getting ready for kayaking. You will received your own kayak and gear. Everything will have your name. Your equipments
will be drysuit, waterproof bags, waterbottles, cockpit cover, tents for one or
two, and more.
After a short theoretically brief onshore, we enter our kayaks. Here it starts. Offshore we will show you differents rescue techniques, and of course you have to practice yourself. We will use the rest of this day training, rescue techniques, paddling, and go kayaking around Kalvøy.
Day 3- Kayaking
Are you ready for discover our lovely archipelago? We really looking forward to show you. From our kayak base camp passed by cliffs and reefs, around small islands and through nice channels. We will serve you a nice outdoors lunch before we go back to the base camp. Long day in the kayak.
Day 4- Kayaking (open program)
Ready for more kayak? Now you are trained kayakers and can manage to do long distance. Weather and wind determine where the trip is going this day. If nice and culm weather, there will be kayaking in open sea this day. We will visit some islands not far from the basecamp. Regardless of the weather, there will be some kayaking anyway this day. We have always a plan B. What about some polo to increase your balance?
This day you have to bring our own food and drinks. Coffee or tea, we have to wait a little with the bear, I am sorry :-)
If the weather is poorly, with a lot of wind and rain, there will be a guided tour in Stavanger city after lunch. Maybe a shopping day for some?
Day 5- Heading Flørli and 4444 steps
After breakfast, we prepared for leaving the basecamp, now we are heading the famous Lysefjord. Ulf and his boat Rapp will pick us up at 9 am and take us to the little "village" Flørli. On board in Rapp we will serve you coffee and tea, and some other snacks.
A fjord cruise on Lysefjord present spectacular natural phenomena, such as the Pulpit Rock, the Kjerag mountain, rugged scenery and dramatic rock formations. The 42-kilometre-long trip along the fjord reveals its incredible geology and glacial landscape.
Flørli is popular for its 4444 steps right up the mountain - the longest wooden stairway in the world. It is also known for its hydropower history - in the power hall you can visit the exposition and enjoy the summer-open Power Café.
The appartements at Florli
The standard of the apartments is basic, but fully equipped and with a kitchen, bath and electricity. There is no television. There is excellent internet in the nearby Power Café. From the living room you have a nice view of the fjord and the harbour 100m away. There are 3 bedrooms and 9 beds in each apartment. Heating is electric and with wood.
The appartment have 3 bedrooms in each:
- One 2 persons room
- Two 3 persons room
- Extra: 1 bed in a 3 person room
After a nice lunch, we prepare ourselves for the stairs. This is the ultimate experience. We will use some time climbing this stairs, but when we reach the top, you will see the most of Lysefjorden. Now we are almost 1000 meter above sea level.
Our host at Florli, Hessel Haker, will serve us as nice 3 course dinner this evening. We will spend the night in three 9 persons flat. Do you need a shower?
Day 6- Heading Kjerag and the bolt
Are you in so far? We really hope so. Get ready for a real hike!
We start very early from the village Flørli. The high speed vessel pick us up at 6.45 am. In Lysebotn there will be a cab driving us up to the restaurant Øygardsstøl, which will be our start for the hike. The hike to Kjerag is hard, but it is worth it. There is much up and down, but when we reach the top of the plateau (about 2-3 hours), we will have a great view. Spectacularly. This is not for all, just for those in pretty good shape. But you are of course.
From the starting point at 600 meter above sea level, we end up at 1000 meter above sea level. The first uphill slope from the parking is a test. There will be three of these steep uphill climbs over naked bedrock. If you can make it up this first climb, then you continue. If you struggle here, you have a choice to turn around and enjoy a good lunch and the view at cafe Øygardstøl or down in the Lysebotn village.
After climbing this very nice hike, a cab will drive us back to Lysebotn. From there we go with the same vessel to the village Forsand. A new cab will drive us up to the nice mountain hotel, The Pulpit rock hotel, where we should eat a two course dinner and spend the night.
Day 7- The pulpit rock
Not only is the view from the Pulpit Rock plateau itself among the world's finest, but the 2 hour hike from the lodge to the plateau is also a spectacular journey. Pulpit Rock is one of Rogaland county's most visited attractions, and one of the country's most spectacular photo subjects.
Pulpit Rock has been named one of the world's most spectacular viewing points by both CNN Go and Lonely Planet. It rises 604 metres above the Lysefjord.
some lunch from the hotel and eat this on the top of the Pulpit Rock. Total
time on this trip will be about 6 hours.
After the hiking, we use public transport to the pier at Tau. From there we take a ferry back to Stavanger there a cab waiting for transport back to the Sola beach hotel.
Everything has an end, you have done it all !
For more information and booking, see here
- Pick up airport, transport to hotel
- Guided bus- tour day 1
- All food (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Kayak and hiking guides (English speaking)
- Transport (bus, ferry's)
- Accommodation (tent, rooms, hotel during the expedition)
- Kayak rental with all gear (dry suits, waterproof bags, slipping mat, cooking equipment
- Flight to and from Norway
- Accommodation at Sola Beach hotel when arriving and by departure
- Snacks during the trip
- Drinks and alcohol
- Sleeping mat and sleeping bag (can be rented)
- Personal equipment like back pack, hiking boots and clothes.
PACKING LIST (see some photos below)
- One bag to all your expeditions stuff (see photo). Leave your suitcase with your city senter/party clothes at the hotel.
- One backpak to the dayly trips, not too big, 40 litres? (See photo)
- 2 long half thick pullover sleeve made of wool (can also be used by hiking)
- 2 long underwear made of wool
- 1 outdoor pants for use during evening (the same as you will use during hiking)
- 1 outdoor jacket for use during evening, (the same as you will use during hiking)
- 1 waterproof jacket and 1 waterproof pants
- 2 t-shirts
- 1 shorts/bikini.
- 2 pair of thick socks (if you need more, its okay)
- 1 thick pullover or fleecejacket
- 1 pair thin gloves and 1 pair of bike gloves (for kayaking)
- Hiking shoes or some other for use in camp (see photo)
- Sleeping bag (not too big) and sleeping mat (see photo)
- Caps and sun glases
- Medicine if you use
- Toiletries, towel
- Camera, cellphone with charger/extra charger
- Thermos and a cup (see photo)
- Headlight with extra battery (see photo)
- Money, Visa
Some reviews from expeditions
Words cannot fully describe how Beth and I feel about the experience that you created for us. We have memories that will last our lifetimes and our bond together as husband/wife is stronger because of our expedition; we are blessed! We are and will be forever grateful.
Today, I was speaking with a friend - my best friend - and I told him that the best way to describe our trip was like being on vacation with family and friends in nature in a foreign land, but not knowing you are a foreigner, and ending every day sitting by the camp fire with one another laughing and sharing stories - what could be better than this! We are so thankful and, while it is so good to be home with our family, we miss you and all of the "Managing Directors." We are certainly "Maximum Lucky."
David Davenport, expedition member
Chairman and Founder
the Prouty Project
It`s 9:30 pm now, the sun will set i a few hours. But this is a 5-stars living surrounded by flowers. (About the tenting in the green house). We have a great team, we`re having fun.
The planner and STRETCH leader
Pride without annoyance. Enthusiasm without recklessness. These are the the ways I would describe Kjell. I love how much he loves his country and wants to share it with us. I love his energy and passion and commitment to safety first. What we have seen and experienced so far has already been amazing.
There is reality, there are dreams. There is most importantly happiness. This is a happy group, we had a happy time, good healt and happiness to us all.
The trip has been fabulous, or "brilliant" as Kjell reminds us all of the time. The people on the trip and in Norway have been phenomenal to spend time with. A truly fantastic and unexpected trip of phenomenally beautiful hiking, 300 flights of steps, 24 107 steps, 11.1 miles so far, 2877 calories so far, and immeasurable memories. And in the words of Kjell, our wonderful guide, "some maximally lucky days"
From my bottom of my hearth, Kjell was blessing to this trip. Hi did so much for us. Kept us safe, he entertained us with "Kjellissms" og "maximum lucky", " very extra", "now we walt", erc. He showed us some amazing parts of Norway, he introduced us to amazing people, help us overcomes fairs, showed us that we can truly do whatever we set our mind to. Not everyone can do this and inspire people in this way Kjell dit that.
"Breating in, I calm my body, breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment. I know this is a wonderful moment". For me, this trip has been a beautiful reminder of how precious every moment is. The moments when I feel exhausted, overwhelmed or a little weepy due to having to part from friends we`ve created such strong bonds with, are some of the most important moments of our lives. I will forever take with me the lessons I learned on this trip. I will never forget the bonds I`ve made these 8 days.
PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE TRIP