Norway often seems remote to outsiders, even mysterious, with a thousand years of history since the marauding days of the Vikings. BBE invites you to experience Norway at its most magical, immersed in nature in vast stretches of serene, postcard-perfect landscapes.

Upcoming Dates

June 30 - July 7

July 7 - July 14

Norway stretches north in a long, slender band from the Skagerrak, the choppy channel that separates the country from Denmark, its coastline battered and buffeted by the Atlantic as it juts up towards the Arctic Sea.

Behind this rough and rocky coast are spectacular mountain ranges, harsh upland plateaux, plunging river valleys, rippling glaciers, deep forests and mighty fjords of unsurmounted beauty – an exhilarating landscape begging to be explored, as we will: by foot, kayak and rock!

Lead Guide Willie Benegas needs no introduction. Himalayan guiding veteran and true expert, he is known for his energy and enthusiasm, teaching skills, and the passion with which he builds his teams into more strong and independent adventurers.

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Day 1: Arrivals Svolvaer    
Arrivals with reception at Svolvaer Airport, to transfer to our base at Lofoten where we will spend three nights. Tonight we have a meet and greet feast - our BBE Welcome Dinner!  If you are arriving in Svolvaer the night before, we will pick you up at your hotel!

Days 2 to 3: Activities Lofoten    
We spend our first two days settling into this pristine paradise enjoying treks, summits and fantastic rock climbing suitable for beginner to intermediate climbers. All equipment will be provided except for rock-shoes. There will be optional yoga class each morning and evening.
Breakfasts / boxed lunches included.

Day 4: To Reine    
Today we transfer to Reine where we embark on a day of sea-kayaking and an evening of camping on a fairway beach. Members are requested to bring a sleeping pad and sleeping bag, the remainder of the camp gear will be provided!     
Lunch box and camp dinner/breakfast included.

Day 5: Kayak Trip     
Today we continue our kayak trip with another day of paddling, hiking and camping.                 
Lunch box and camp dinner/breakfast included.

Day 6: Return to Reine
Today we finish our adventure on the water paddling to our next lodging.
Camp breakfast / boxed lunch included.

Day 7: Hiking
Our last day, set aside for a spectacular hike.        
Breakfast / boxed lunch included.

Day 8: Departures     
Bidding some very sad farewells to the BBE team, we transfer to airport; end of our services. Breakfast included.  


Note on Itinerary: Although we do our best to follow the schedule above, this itinerary is subject to change due to weather, route and sea conditions, and other factors beyond our control.

Getting There
Plan to fly to Oslo and then continue same day to Svolvaer (SVJ)

In Country Transportation
The provided transportation in Norway is via private vehicle

Entry Requirements
US and EU citizens do not need a visa to visit Norway

Food
All of the meals served on Benegas Brothers Expeditions trips are a combination of the best local and regional fares along with occasional specialty items brought from the US. We are happy to accommodate your dietary restrictions and/or allergies. We practice an expedition motto of “happiness through eating!”

Mountain Snacks
We recommend that you bring snacks to supplement the mountain lunches for 6 days. You may have a chance to purchase additional food in Norway on arrival, but we recommend you take what you need and like, and only supplement with local food if necessary.

Take snacks that you genuinely enjoy. Eating well is the key to maintaining your strength while in the mountains.

Recommended mountain snack items: candy bars, hard candies (Jolly Ranchers, Toffees, Life Savers), Gummy Bears, sour candies (Sweet Tarts), cookies, dried fruit, nuts, energy bars.

Hotels
Our international trips feature local standard three to four star accommodations

Camping
During our treks and climbs we will be camping with Style.  You might find yourself waking up to a hot tea delivered with a smile right to the foot of your tent each morning, or playing cards in the dining tent during afternoon tea with new acquaintances, or enjoying a fine meal prepared by our cook staff that is present on each trip. Camping will take on a new meaning for you!

Money
The currency in Norway is the krone (NOK). Cash machines are still the best way to get money in country, so if you are in doubt, be sure to bring your cash card

Resources
http://wikitravel.org/en/norway and http://www.lonelyplanet.com/norway

Location: Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

Length: 8 days, 7 nights

Prerequisites: Familiarity with wilderness travel, and basic trekking skills are ideal, or we are happy to teach; good physical condition is essential. In the interests of safety, success, and team compatibility, members must be in good physical condition. Prior experience in the outdoors is required, but we are happy to teach beginner climbers or kayakers. Get in touch with us; we’re excited to assist in developing a training program that helps you meet your goals. It is also important that team members are able to work well with others, and are willing to commit to a group experience lasting several days. We want you to make new friends, help in camp, and make our trip even more fun. This eagerness and willingness is as important as your wilderness skills. A positive attitude is paramount!

Primary Goals:

  • Experience Norway’s unique landscape and ecology
  • Learn and practice sea-kayak, trekking, easy rock climbing, and wilderness camping skills

Follow Up Expeditions: Red Rocks Rock Climbing, Patagonia Sea Kayaking

Members:Guide Ratio: 4:1

Max: 10 members

Price: $4,750 (minimum of 8 at this rate)

Trip Deposit: $750

Our current fee includes:

  • BBE Leadership
  • All accommodations as indicated in the itinerary, based on shared occupancy*
  • All meals while camping (except personal snack foods)
  • All breakfasts
  • Boxed lunches during activities
  • All group transportation in country as stated in the itinerary (including airport transfer in on arrival)
  • All group cooking, climbing and camping equipment
  • Welcome meal on Day 1

Our current fee does not include:

  • International and domestic airfares
  • Travel insurance, medical evacuation insurance and security evacuation insurance
  • Restaurant meals Nights 2, 3, 6, 7
  • Any extra hotel night(s) not featured in the itinerary (e.g. early arrivals)
  • Bottled water, personal branded or alcoholic drinks
  • Customary guide gratuities (7-12% trip fee recommended per person)
  • Additional room charges including laundry service and other personal expenses
  • Medical, hospitalization and evacuation costs (by any means)

*Accommodations are based on double occupancy.  A Single Supplement Fee will be charged to those occupying single accommodations by choice or circumstance. The single supplement is not available in huts, tents, or in all hotels.