HJØRUNDFJORD sail and yoga
yoga retreat itinerary
We are delighted to present the itinerary of our Yoga retreat in Hjørundfjord.
This route presents various activities where nature and culture are as important as the daily practices of yoga and meditation. Our intention is to generate physical and mental enjoyment by visiting the places in a different way than usual.
Hjørundfjord is the neighbouring fjord of the more renowned Geirangerfjord, quite similar but still very different. The towering and steep mountains reaching the clouds straight up from sea level made road construction nearly impossible.
Still today some of the villages are only reachable by boat.
The raw and vast nature this fjord has
on the menu can take the breath away from the most wandered person.
Join us sailing from village to village with exclusive day trips hiking mountaintops and a lot more!
The food served in this trip is mainly vegetarian with vegan alternatives spiced with the occasional catch of the day.
Have any question or don't feel like reading?
The Hjørundfjord is a 35-kilometre long fjord arm of the larger Storfjorden that stretches
south from Ålesund.
The map below will show you each of the places we will be visiting along those 35 km.
TIP: Zoom out pressing (-) in the map to be able to see all the places we will be visiting
DAY BY DAY
MEETING UP AND STARTING THE TRIP
We meet up at the dock in Solevåg close to
Sunde Fjord Hotel which is located
20 minutes by car or 45minutes by bus from downtown Ålesund
The first thing we do is to get to know each other before we'll go through the plan for the next days and as well perform a safety brief on the pier.
The first stop will be Trandal and Christian Gaard bygdetun.
This will take us a little more than 2 hrs.
This unique place has no road connection to the outside world, and communication must therefore take place by sea.
We will have here our first yoga practice
To finish the welcome day, we will be enjoying a delicious dinner in their restaurant,
where the food and the views will be the
icing on the cake.
Their restaurant often serve wild salmon, deer and other delicacies made and caught on the farm. Short travelled food with a low as possible footprint, and of course included in the price.
Christian Gaard is a guaranteed memory for life.
We will start our day in the best way with a
inside or outside around the beautiful Christian Gaard Premises, followed by our first breakfast.
The practice will be followed by a delicious breakfast that will energize us for a memorable, fantastic and active day.
We are still in Trandal and we will explore the surroundings
with a 3-5 hr hike up to Trandalhatten or perhaps a shorter hike depending on weather and the shape of the crew.
A lunch will be packed to enjoy on the go.
Around mid day we set course towards Urke/Norangsvika
where there will be possibilities to hang out at the pier bar or perhaps take a tour in one of our kayaks.
A new rewarding Yoga/meditation practice will allow us to stretch our body and rest the mind before we share a delicious dinner together on board before we hit the sack and get dreamy for the day to come.
FROM TRANDAL TO NORANG
This morning you will wake up and perhaps also be lying on the exact same anchorage used by the older and above mentioned novelty, writers, mountaineers and the lovers who visited Hotel Union Øye back in the days..
Let's dive into our morning
followed by a tasty and healthy breakfast.
Today there's loads of different options. All depending on
your level of comfort.
A bucket list highlight for many is for instance Mt Slogen.
This can for some take many hrs and some sore muscles to achieve, but also very achievable for others.
A hike around Urkeegga/Maudekollen is also pretty spectacular and at Egilbu you can hang your hammock
(we have some on board) and lie down and enjoy the
Snorkelling in the magnificent Lygnstøylsvatnet is also an incredible option today. This water is crystal clear and has various old infrastructure submerged in it. The place got flooded by a rock fall from Keipen back in 1908 that resulted in this extraordinary underwater scenery.
We have some wet suits and masks aboard that can be used free of charge.
Later the same day we can if available have a look at the available rooms at the unique Hotel Union Øye.
This Hotel is one of the old and special buildings in Norway
and it has an abundance of history between the walls.
Another session of yoga will take place before dinner.
After our activities are over, we will head towards Bjørke, where we will be setting a net for the dinner tomorrow and of course, spending the night to wake up in
a brand new landscape the next morning.
EXPLORING NORANGFJORD / ØYE
A new place, new landscape and a
will be done before breakfast to connect
with the stunning place we have around us.
This day we will visit Bakketunet which is a small cluster of old farm buildings dated back to 1549 and restored into a museum.
Get ready to learn more about the culture around the fjord, where art and nature come together to create an unbeatable environment.
Just imagine the smell and spiritual environment of 500 years of history in your meditation or savasana.
After a delicious breakfast we will do a hike around the area to discover the tiny beautiful village and its picturesque surroundings.
After Bjørke we will pick up the net
(with a potential catch of the day)
and set the course to Sæbø.
ART - NATURE - CATCH YOUR DINNER:
DISCOVER BJØRKE & SÆBØ
DAY - 5
LAST PRACTICE - RECAP - RECONNECT
The goodbye day,
but first, our last and unforgettable
followed by a fulfilling and tasty breakfast.
Depending on the time schedule of the crew,
we can either do a morning hike to Olavshola
or up to one of many surrounding viewpoints
or head directly back to Vegsundet
where the trip ends
the magic of the Fjords has claimed you and you want to continue your adventure on
our trip to
GEIRANGER or THE SUNNMØRE COAST.
ADULTS / UNDER 18 WITH PARENTS
(*) Accommodation: In front you will find two en suite cabins with a twin bed solution, both equipped with a canvass bed divider. Port aft side you will find a 3 bed solution that shares a toilet and shower with the stb aft single bed cabin. Depending on the kind of group, we will make the best distribution for everyone... We are quite good at it. See the pictures of Jolly HERE
What to bring?
Have a look at the full equipment list by clicking HERE (FAQ).
How to get there?
Ålesund is the closest city from where the trip starts, and offers good connections throughout the the country and Europe.
To get to Solevåg and the start of the trip you can either take a bus from Ålesund (45mins) or car (20 mins)
We will send you a step by step manual in how to make the commuting super easy.
Jolly is a 49-foot large steel cruiser. This Dutch-built boat has a unique, strong and spacious design that makes her comfortable to sail and enjoy time on.
The boat is amply equipped and has spacious outdoor areas.
To read more about Jolly, please check this link.
Due to limited space in Jolly, we would love you if you bring one piece of luggage in a foldable duffel bag.
The west coast can have some rain, so bring your rain gear. We strongly recommend you to bring a day pack to use for water, food, camera and layers on hikes and trips outside Jolly.
Quite boring to carry this in a regular plastic bag.
we encourage you to have a travel and health insurance that covers your activities and transportation back to your country in case you need that.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to make changes to the program. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions. The weather and wind conditions can affect the program. We will customize the tour and the program according to conditions and in worst case change the itinerary completely.
We speak Norwegian, Spanish, English
A very Sustainable, Very low carbon footprint and Socially Distanced Vacation
Cleaned & disinfected surfaces. We follow recommend practices for covid-19
Accommodation for 5 days- 4 nights
Bed linen, duvet, and pillow
All the food we eat on board during the trip, and packed lunches for the hiking trips
First night dinner in Trandal - Christian Gaard pub/restaurant (except alcoholic drinks)
Use of dinghy and fishing lines/net, kayaks, diving masks (we have two pcs)
All boat related expenses such as gas, harbour fees and diesel
An exclusive and very unique Norwegian experience
Memories for life!
Spectacular photo spots
Not included in the price:
Transportation to/from Sundefjord Hotel - The meeting point
Meals/drinks and alternative activities outside Jolly which are not included in the itinerary
Alcoholic drinks (You can drink alcohol onboard, but you need to bring your own. We accept responsible and moderate consumption!)
Shower towels. We will provide hand towels :)
PRICES, AVAILABILITY & BOOKING
This trip will be available from June to September
DOUBLE CABIN WITH PRIVATE ENSUITE
and private access
20,000 NOK per person x 5 days
Our double beds can be split into 2 singles using a bed divider.
Private toilet and private shower
2 cabins available (4 spots)
triple cabin with shared bathroom
and private access
18,500 NOK per person x 5 days
Direct access to shared toilet and shower facilities
One cabin available
2 Spots available in this cabin for the retreat
The trip will be confirmed with a minimum of 4 participants.