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Explore 62° North AS

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Explore 62° North AS
Indre kulen 55
6718 Deknepollen
Norway

Phone +47 99 69 81 13
bottlemail @ explore62.com


VAT 922 319 502 MVA


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Our summer adventure brings you to Nordfjord which is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coastline.  All in one fjord.

  • Climbing Via ferrata @loenactive

  • Surfing in Hoddevik @nordicretreats

  • Kayaking in Gloppen @nordfjordaktiv

  • Sailboat Westland @explore62north

  • Surfing in Hoddevik @nordicretreats

  • Climbing Via ferrata @loenactive


The tour starts and ends in Maaloy. If you are travelling from a city at the coastline or wish to extend your journey with a day or two we recommend that you check out Hurtigruten who offer mini cruises in Norway. There is speed ferry from Bergen to Maaloy and there are 2 daily busses from Oslo to Maaloy. You can also take Hurtigruten southbound from Aalesund, close to Vigra airport.

Monday
Welcome to SY Westland

We sail from Maaloy monday evening, about 10 pm after the speed ferry has arrived from Bergen and the bus has arrived from Oslo. You will of course meet up with your skipper and host, and we go through our sailing schedule and activities for the week.

We sail to Silda, a small and cozy fisherman island. Silda is the nearest harbor to our first destination, Hoddevik. There is no car at Silda so we can have a nice walk with some local guiding. In summertime the local pub is open if you want to have some drinks.

Note! All explorers must help out with some "work" onboard, like prepare breakfast / dinner and hoist the mainsail. Westland is not a cruise boat but more likely an expedition boat. It is important that every explorer has the right expectations and understands our concept correctly.

Tuesday
Surfing in Hoddevik

Neatly placed on the mountain wall lays the charming Surf Lodge, Stad Surfing. While the mountains are changing their faces with the season, Hoddevik offers several peaks you can choose from all year round.

Doesn't matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced surfer, the crystal-clear water always offers you a memorable experience. Stad surf offer surf lessons from beginners to driven surfers who would like to improve their skills, get better or just need feedback. Their instructors are happy to take you to the next level.

Wednesday
Hiking Hornelen sea cliff

Hornelen 860 m a.s.l. is North Europe's highest sea cliff! The hike will give you a spectacular experience. The trail is sometimes challenging and steep but gives you fantastic views all along the way to the top.

On the top you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view! You will get a great overview of the varied and scenic landscape in Nordfjord - narrow deep fjords, majestic mountains and small islands far out at sea. If you dare to, you can lie down on the edge of the cliff and look straight down on the sea 860 meters below you.

Hiking to Hornelen is a full day trip but it is worth the effort you put in. The view is spectacular! We sail to a cozy harbor for the night in Rugsund Handelsstad who is an old bargain place from the middle of the 1600. There is a small shop and cafe.

Thursday
Mountain biking

The guides from the adventure company Nordfjord Aktiv will show us the best spots, the secret trails, and the beautiful nature in Gloppen. But, don't tell anyone - it's still a secret.

Gloppen has recently gotten a rapidly growing community of mountain bikers, allowing to get skilled and experienced guides. New trails are developed in record speed, and they are made sustainable so they can be used during most conditions. The number of good trails give them the option to choose the perfect trail for every group in any weather conditions.

Friday
Climbing Via Ferrata

An exciting challenge in spectacular scenery. Via Ferrata Loen starts at the Loen Active shop and takes you to Mountain Hoven. Fantastic views of beautiful mountains, glaciers and fjord. Duration about 5-6 hours. The Gjølmunne suspension bridge, the longest via ferrata bridge in Europe, 120 m long. The Gjølmunne wire bridge is 36-meter-long.

If you do not like climbing and hiking there are a lot of activities in Loen, like kayaking, RIB tour or cycle trough the beautiful Lodalen valley. In Loen you also find the famous hotel Alexandra with excellent food, drinks, massage and in and outdoor waterpark. You can also take the brand new Loen Sky lift to the mount Hoven, about 1100 meter. We will stay in Loen for 2 days/nights.

Saturday
Hiking Skaala in Loen

Skaala - this imposingly beautiful giant of a mountain - towers over the village of Loen in Nordfjord, and is considered one of the most spectacular mountain walks in Norway. If you want to get to the top in life, you have to be prepared for some uphill battles. To reach the top of Skaala (1848 m a.s.l.), you won’t find a longer uphill stretch in the whole of Norway. Mount Skaala is popular both for hiking and for ski touring.

"Be aware that the mountain drops very steeply to the north. This side often has a big overhanging cornice. Keep a very safe distance, especially during winter and spring.

Sunday
Sailing back to Maaloy

Nordfjord is situated between the largest mainland glacier in Europe and Norway’s wildest coast at the western cape, with spectacular mountains and valleys, rolling farmland and a dramatic coastline.

Vaagsoy is a very charming place, with treasures all around. The area is known for its many lighthouses, the unique Kannesteinen Rock, several incredible sand beaches, charming fisherman cabins and countless hikes with amazing views. During the summer there are several concerts, festivals and other festivities in the area, please check out our calendar for more information.

Equipment List

Make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip, and purchase items if you’re missing something important on the list below.

SKIS, BOOTS, POLES
Touring skis, boots and backcountry ski poles.

SKI CRAMPONS
To assist in steep ascents. Consider bringing an ice ax or whippet as well.

HELMET
Safety first! Make sure it fits over your thin, windproof hat and does not move when you shake your head.

BEACON, SHOVEL, PROBE
Bring extra batteries for your beacon and make sure your beacon currently has above 90% battery.

BASE LAYER - 2 SETS
2 sets of wool long-sleeved top and bottom. Warm, Extra Warm or Expedition thickness is recommended.

MID-LAYER
A medium thickness wool or fleece top to go over your base layer.

NSULATED JACKET
A thick, warm, insulated jacket to put on during breaks. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET
Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation.

MEDIUM INSULATED JACKET
Use a synthetic or down jacket that fits over your base layer and mid layer, yet underneath your rain shell. Should be comfortable with full range of movement when all layers are on.

EXTRA TOP LAYER
Bring an extra medium thick layer to add underneath your medium insulated jacket in case you get cold easily.

GLOVES & MITTENS
1 thin pair of wool gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth with wind proofing. 1 extra pair of thick mittens in case yours get wet. 3 in total.

HATS
2 warm hats. 1 thick, 1 thin. Make sure at least one has a windproof lining.

HIKING SOCKS
4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle or higher. 2 thin. 2 thick. We recommend a 5th pair that are extra thick for evenings.

BOOTS
Bring lightweight boots.

SKI BACKPACK
Ski pack for emergency gear and daily needs: food, water, beacon, shovel, probe, layers, first aid kit, etc... 40-50 liters recommended.

SUNGLASSES
UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost. Bring dark lenses with plastic frames, not metal.

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK
Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. We also suggest cold cream such as Dermatome to help protect your skin

WATER BOTTLES
Insulated water bottle, 2-liter capacity. Do not bring a camelback bladder, this will freeze in cold temperatures.

SHELL PANTS
Waterproof shell pants. Gore-Tex is best. We recommend heavier duty pants to keep you warm with zips for ventilation.

HEADLAMP
Make sure you bring extra batteries as they die faster in the cold.

WOOL UNDERWEAR
We highly recommend bringing wool underwear and bra. No cotton

CAMERA
Be prepared for the cold. Insulating your camera will keep it working for the entire trip. We suggest bringing an extra battery pack.

SITTING MAT
Strongly recommended to insulate you from the ground