ESN Norway Fjord Adventure 2017

 
Experience one of the most beautiful areas in the world and be part of ESN Norway’s National Event. Expect great days together with many international students on exchange from different universities in Norway. The camp will take place in Laerdal - located next to the mighty Sognefjord. During the camp you will have great fun together with the Scanbalt crew, ESN Norway, ESN sections (Bergen, Agder, Aas, Oslo, Trondheim, Molde, Stavanger and Finnmark) and other international students. You will not only experience stunning scenery with mountains, fjords, waterfalls and glaciers, but also have the possibility to do fun adventure activities! Do not miss what´s probably the highlight of this semester!

The event is developed and organized by ESN Norway and Scanbalt Experience in co-operation. Scanbalt Experience is responsible regarding bookings, payments, transports, adventure activities etc. ESN Norway organizes walking tour in Bergen and evening activities at the camp that will be presented closer to departure.
 
 
 
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
 
Departures and prices:
 
ESN Trondheim 28th September - 02nd October 
ESN Molde 28th September - 02nd October 
ESN Agder 28th September - 02nd October 
ESN Stavanger 28th September - 02nd October 
 
ESN Oslo 28th September - 02nd October 
ESN Ås 28th September - 02nd October  
ESN Finnmark 28th September - 02nd October  
ESN Bergen 29th September - 02nd October 
 
Prices with ESNcard: 
ESN Trondheim & ESN Molde: 250 EUR (bus goes from Trondheim!)
ESN Agder: 255 EUR
ESN Stavanger: 255 EUR
 
ESN Oslo: 235 EUR
ESN Ås: 235 EUR
ESN Finnmark: 235 EUR
ESN Bergen: 225 EUR (no guided tour in Bergen included!)

*With no ESNcard/Student Union card, you pay 5 Euro extra. Bring your ESNcard/Student Union card to the departure. If you like to get an ESNcard/Student Union card you should contact your ESN section.
 
 
 
Included:
* Transport in a tourist bus during the whole tour
* Accommodation for three nights in apartments, cottages and hostel rooms (bring your own bed-linen to save cash!!!)
* Outside visit of Borgund Stave Church (entrance closed in October, still possible to see outside)
* Service from Scanbalt guides and staff during the time in Laerdal
* Evening activities by ESN members
* Visit to Bergen and ESN-organized walking tour there
* Free use of a canoe
* ESN Norway Fjord Adventure T-Shirt (PS! While booking make sure to choose a correct T-Shirt size. The sizes are unisex XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL)
 
 
Included for ESN Oslo, ESN Aas, ESN Trondheim, ESN Molde, ESN Finnmark, ESN Stavanger and ESN Agder:
* Night drive to Bergen
* Visit city of Bergen during day with guided walk by ESN Bergen members
 
Not included:
* Meals (there is a common kitchen area with equipment for cooking)
* Optional activities and excursions
* Bed linen (bring your own and save some cash. Note that you have to use linen, sleeping bags are not allowed!)
 
 
PS! Exact departure points and program will be announced later!

 

While booking make sure to choose a correct T-Shirt size. The sizes are unisex XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL. 
Anyone booking after 3rd of September is not guaranteed of getting the requested size.
 
 
 

Status:
Full

Optional activities

 
For booking and paying the optional activities: log in to your reservation under "My Bookings" here my-reservations
Password (4 digits) for log in can be found from the confirmation email which you received after tour booking
 
Optional activities booking is opened until 14 days before departure

 
Glacier walk
When: Day 2 and 3
Departure from Laerdal: 08:00
Duration: about 9 hours
Price: 55 EUR
Duration of the hike is about 4-5 hours, of which 2 hours we walk on the ice with safety equipment (crampons, ice-axe, rope). Good if you have your own hiking boots and waterproof clothes. You can also borrow boots from the organizer, but we cannot guarantee that they have all sizes. First we will walk and carry the equipment to the glacier, where we put on the crampons and start walking on the ice. This walk takes you through more difficult blue ice formations. During the hike, you will experience the most spectacular sceneries at the lower part of the Nigard Glacier. Two hours on the blue ice including gear and shoes. Bring some food for lunch, water bottle, windproof jacket,  dry clothes, hat, gloves and sunglasses.
PS! Organizer reserves the right to cancel the glacier hike due to difficult snow, ice or weather conditions. If the organizer has to cancel the tour for security reasons, they refund the entire amount already paid.

 

Flåm Excursion
When: Day 2 and 3
Departure from Laerdal: 08:45
Price: 42 EUR for Sognefjord cruise and 43 EUR Flam Railway (possible to book one of them or both)
 
Flåm is a tiny village at Sognefjord west of Laerdal. It is one of the most popular destinations in Norway because of the cruises on the mighty Sognefjord and Flåmsbanen railway. During this excursion we drive through the world’s longest road tunnel and cruise on the Fjord. The fjord arm closest to Gudvangen is called Näröyfjord and is UNESCO protected. There the fjord is narrow with many waterfalls along the mountains. Fjord cruise Gudvangen-Flam cost is 42 EUR. Cruise takes place by a new hybrid and environmental ferry which won the award "Ship Of The Year 2016". You can check more here https://www.visitflam.com/en/informasjon/om-oss/ship-of-the-year-2016/
Information about the UNESCO protected fjord can be found here: https://www.visitnorway.com/places-to-go/fjord-norway/the-sognefjord-area/
You can include the Flåmsbanen railroad on this excursion. Its optional and cost is 43 EUR (pre-booked group ticket price!). Click on the link to read more about the https://www.visitflam.com/en/flamsbana/om-flamsbana/
 
 
Visit Borgund Stave Church
The Borgund Stave church was built around 1180 and is dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. The church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway. Some of the finest features are the lavishly carved portals and the roof carvings of dragon heads. The stave churches are Norway's most important contribution to world architecture and Norway's oldest preserved timber buildings. Outside visit. Check more here: Borgund Stave Church.
 
Hiking (independent activities)
1. Harasiglet
Height difference: 15-235 meters
Time: about 45 minutes
A steep and well-marked path. Start: The path start 2 km away from the camping ground. Walk in the direction to the E16 road and the hospital, have the Laerdal small centre on the left and the mountain on the right. About 400 meters after the church there is a parkingspace and information board. On the opposite side of the road you have the start of the path and info about the path leading up to Storehaugen. (Harasiglet is half the way to Storehaugen).

2. Storehaugen
Height difference: 15-908 meters
Time: about 4.5 hours return
A steep and well-marked path. Start: The path start 2 km away from the camping ground. Walk in the direction to the E16 road and the hospital have the Laerdal small centre on the left and the mountain on the right. About 400 meters after the church there is a parkingspace and information board. On the opposite side of the road you have the start of the path and info about the path leading up to Storehaugen.

3. Mjölkeflaten
Hight difference: 5-80 Meter
Time: about one hour
This is a short hike which still offers a very nice view over the Laerdalfjord. It starts just on the other side of the small river from the Camping ground, just cross the car bridge before the tunnel. This is a perfect walk in the morning or evening, and many even have breakfast at the viewpoints!
 
Bike Tours from Laerdal
Bike rental can be made on the camping ground and booked by Scanbalt in advance.
Price: 09:00-18:00 about 150 NOK, depending on what kind of bike it is.

Tour options with Bike (these are independent activities)
1.Lærdal – Vindedal - Lærdal. Flat asphalt road along the Sognefjord. Spectacular views. Total disctance: 20 km. Level: Easy, Bike recommended: All kinds

2.Lærdal – Ljøsne / Raa – Lærdal. Flat (with a few hills up to 25-30 m) road. Beautiful landscape along the Lærdal river. Total distance: 32 km. Level: Easy

3.Lærdal – Ljøsne – Borgund (Stavechurch) – Ljøsne - Lærdal. Flat asphalt road with some rising on the last 12 km. (before Borgund). Can be combined with a visit of Borgund Stave Church Total distance: 62 km. Level: Average, Bike recommended: All kinds

4. Lærdal – Vindedal – Lærdal. Flat (The same as tour 1 in the start), then rises to up to 3-4 km Total distance: 30 km. Level: Average Bike recommended: Mountain bike

5. Laerdal-Revsnes Ferjekai- Hausen-Laerdal. Flat biking and then some hiking! Bike along the Laerdal Fjord to old Revsnes ferjekaj (The old ferry dock). There you find the start of hiking path to Gamle Husmannsplassen. At the view point Hausen, you have a great panorama view over several fjord arms and bays. Distance; biking 26 km return. Hiking: 2 hours. Bike recommended: All kinds
 
Canoeing
FREE of charge for Scanbalt groups (1 canoe and 2-3 persons at the time) for 1 hour. There is a sign up list at Scanbalt info-desk on the spot.
Canoe around Laerdal Fjord. Start and finish at the camping ground.

Program

 

Note that the program/activities for evenings planned by ESN will be presented closer to departure.
A program unique for every participating section will be emailed out to passengers approx 10 days before departure.
 
 
Program 28th September – 02nd October
ESN Trondhiem, ESN Molde, ESN Agder, ESN Stavanger
 
Day 1 - 28 September
Departures in the evening from Trondheim/Oppdal, Grimstad/Kristiansand and Stavanger. Night drive to Bergen. We will make regular stops during the drive.
You will find exact departure place and time in the program that will be sent approx 10 days before departure

Day 2 - 29 September
08:00 Estimated arrival time to Bergen. Time for independent breakfast.
Guided walking tour by ESN Bergen representatives. After the tour it`s free time to discover Bergen on your own.
17:00 Departure for Laerdal.
20:30 Estimated arrival time to Laerdal.
In the evening Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities are organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
Day 3 - 30 September
In the morning Scanbalt info center is open.
 
1st group
8:45 Departure for Borgund Stave Church for everybody (outside visit!).
9:15-9:30 Visiting church.
10:00 Arrival back to Laerdal camping ground, drop off those who do not want to go to Flam.
10:15 Departure for Gudvangen for the Sognefjord cruise (Gudvangen-Flam).
*Departure for those who just want to go to Flam and have free time there. They will stay on the bus in Gudvangen and continue to Flam.
11:45-13:15 Sognefjord cruise.
13:15 Arrival to Flam by ferry.
13:35-15:40 Flam train.
16:00 Departure back to Laerdal camp from the parking lot.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities, organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
2nd group
8:00-18:00 Glacier hike day.
Duration of the hike is about 4-5 hours, of which 2 hours we walk on the ice with safety equipment (crampons, ice-axe, rope). Good if you have your own hiking boots and waterproof clothes. You can also borrow boots from the organizer, but we cannot guarantee that they have all sizes. First we will walk and carry the equipment to the glacier, where we put on the crampons and start walking on the ice. This walk takes you through more difficult blue ice formations. During the hike, you will experience the most spectacular sceneries at the lower part of the Nigard Glacier. Two hours on the blue ice including gear and shoes. Bring some food for lunch, water bottle, windproof jacket, hat, gloves and sunglasses.
In the evening Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
Day 4 - 01 October
In the morning Scanbalt info center is open.
 
1st group
8:45 Departure for Borgund Stave Church for everybody (outside visit!).
9:15-9:30 Visiting church.
10:00 Arrival back to Laerdal camping ground, drop off those who do not want to go to Flam.
10:15 Departure for Gudvangen for the Sognefjord cruise (Gudvangen-Flam).
*Departure also for those who just want to go to Flam and have free time there.They will stay on the bus in Gudvangen and continue to Flam.
12:00-14:00 Sognefjord cruise.
14:00 Arrival to Flam by ferry.
14:40-16:35 Flam train.
17:00 Departure back to Laerdal camp from the parking lot.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities, organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
2nd group
8:00-18:00 Glacier hike day.
Duration of the hike is about 4-5 hours, of which 2 hours we walk on the ice with safety equipment (crampons, ice-axe, rope). Good if you have your own hiking boots and waterproof clothes. You can also borrow boots from the organizer, but we cannot guarantee that they have all sizes. First we will walk and carry the equipment to the glacier, where we put on the crampons and start walking on the ice. This walk takes you through more difficult blue ice formations. During the hike, you will experience the most spectacular sceneries at the lower part of the Nigard Glacier. Two hours on the blue ice including gear and shoes. Bring some food for lunch, water bottle, windproof jacket, hat, gloves and sunglasses.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities, organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building.

Day 5 - 02 October
Scanbalt info center is open.
10:00 ESN Time - last group pictures etc
Cleaning check!
Departures back to home town.
 
Program 01st October – 5th October
ESN Oslo, ESN Aas, ESN Finnmark & ESN Bergen
 
Day 1 - 01 October
Departures in the evening from As and Oslo. Night drive to Bergen. We will make regular stops during the drive.

Day 2 - 02 October
08:00 Estimated arrival time to Bergen. Time for independent breakfast.
Guided walking tour by ESN Bergen. After the tour it is free time to discover Bergen on your own.
17:00 Departure for Laerdal.
20:30 Estimated arrival time to Laerdal.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities are organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
Day 3 - 03 October
In the morning Scanbalt info center is open.
 
1st group
8:45 Departure for Borgund Stave Church for everybody (outside visit!).
9:15-9:30 Visiting church.
10:00 Arrival back to Laerdal camping ground, drop off those who do not want to go to Flam.
10:15 Departure for Gudvangen for the Sognefjord cruise (Gudvangen-Flam).
*Departure for those who just want to go to Flam and have free time there.They will stay on the bus in Gudvangen and continue to Flam.
12:00-14:00 Sognefjord cruise.
14:00 Arrival to Flam by ferry.
14:40-16:35 Flam train.
17:00 Departure back to Laerdal camp from the parking lot.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities, organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
2nd group
8:00-18:00 Glacier hike day.
Duration of the hike is about 4-5 hours, of which 2 hours we walk on the ice with safety equipment (crampons, ice-axe, rope). Good if you have your own hiking boots and waterproof clothes. You can also borrow boots from the organizer, but we cannot guarantee that they have all sizes. First we will walk and carry the equipment to the glacier, where we put on the crampons and start walking on the ice. This walk takes you through more difficult blue ice formations. During the hike, you will experience the most spectacular sceneries at the lower part of the Nigard Glacier. Two hours on the blue ice including gear and shoes. Bring some food for lunch, water bottle, windproof jacket, hat, gloves and sunglasses.
In the evening Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
Day 4 - 04 October
In the morning Scanbalt info center is open.
 
1st group
8:45 Departure for Borgund Stave Church for everybody (outside visit!).
9:15-9:30 Visiting church.
10:00 Arrival back to Laerdal camping ground, drop off those who do not want to go to Flam.
10:15 Departure for Gudvangen for the Sognefjord cruise (Gudvangen-Flam).
*Departure for those who just want to go to Flam and have free time there.They will stay on the bus in Gudvangen and continue to Flam.
12:00-14:00 Sognefjord cruise.
14:00 Arrival to Flam by ferry.
14:40-16:35 Flam train.
17:00 Departure back to Laerdal camp from the parking lot.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities, organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.
 
2nd group
8:00-18:00 Glacier hike day.
Duration of the hike is about 4-5 hours, of which 2 hours we walk on the ice with safety equipment (crampons, ice-axe, rope). Good if you have your own hiking boots and waterproof clothes. You can also borrow boots from the organizer, but we cannot guarantee that they have all sizes. First we will walk and carry the equipment to the glacier, where we put on the crampons and start walking on the ice. This walk takes you through more difficult blue ice formations. During the hike, you will experience the most spectacular sceneries at the lower part of the Nigard Glacier. Two hours on the blue ice including gear and shoes. Bring some food for lunch, water bottle, windproof jacket, hat, gloves and sunglasses.
In the evening, Scanbalt info center is open.
Evening activities, organized by ESN members.
00:00 Silence in the hostel building and camping ground.

Day 5 - 05 October
Scanbalt info center open.
10:00 ESN Time - last group pictures etc
Cleaning check!
Departures back to home town.

Useful info

 
What to bring
  • ID card / passport
  • Valid ESNcard
  • Bed linen and towel
  • Snacks for the bus ride
  • Laerdal has food stores in walking distance from the camp
  • Clothes and shoes for hiking (remember it can be quite cold and rainy/windy)
  • Hat and thin gloves
  • Small backpack for hikes and water bottle
  • Something warm to put on in the evenings

Accommodation and facilities
You will stay in hostel rooms, cabins and apartments. There will be extra beds and convertible sofas used for sleeping. All rooms, cabins and apartments have private toilets and showers. There are no bunk beds. Who sleeps where will be decided on the bus when you sign up on rooming lists.
 
About Laerdal
Here you can read on Wikipedia about Laerdal