The Perfect White Water Tour. Norway is Europe’s prime destination for summer paddling fun.
With steep creeking, big volume, technical alpine runs, and pool-drop fun are all available as and when you please, our Valldal Road Trip has it all, and more.
This incredible journey will take you paddling, boofing and sliding through jaw dropping postcard scenery amongst Norway’s most famous fjords. From the unique Rauma, which offers slides, falls and rapids interspersed with deep turquoise pools, pass the Troll Wall, Europe’s highest cliffs, up the TrollStigen road into Valldalen, home to summer strawberries in west coast fjord land.
The sections of the Valldøla river and her twisting, sliding tributary the Myklebustelva are highlights in anybody’s paddling career. With clean boofs and slides to run laps on, you’ll even come away with quality POV footage. We look forward every year to another Valdal pilgrimage – join us for a very special trip!
Run amazing drops, see cool landscape, life on the open road.
- We’ll give you a personal paddling plan, showing you where you’re at and what to work on
- We’ll work on reading water dynamically. You’ll concentrate on driving your boat through turns, arcs and drops
- We’ll look at spotting whitewater features and learning to use the current’s energy with the river’s features
- We’ll set achievable aims and we’ll break down river running techniques so you can meet those aims
- We’ll sharpen up your whitewater safety and rescue skills
- We’ll help you find where you are with your paddling and we’ll give you a progression plan to work to
- Day 1 Arrival in Otta by Train or Bus, move to Sjoa Valley
- Day 2 A full run of the River Sjoa, THE Norwegian Classic
- Day 3-4 We head north past Rondane National Park to Dombås for the famed Ula & Upper Rauma, all classic runs, and Over the Troll Road to Valldal
- Day 5-6 We enjoy the delights of the West Coast in the Strawberry Valley
- Day 7 Head back to Sjoa, via the picture prefect Geirangerfjord
- Day 8 Pack up your memories and head on home by train or bus to Oslo from Otta
Of course, this schedule’s only a guideline: we’ll chop and change depending on how you’re getting on, what the levels are like and what everyone wants to do
The trip will be led by an experienced Gene17kayaking appointed trip leader.
In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have an excellent track record of white water paddling from around the world.
Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our leaders have the right temperament to lead a trip group comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations.
The leader is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trip members and he or she will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a leader who will make the trip both successful and enjoyable throughout.
Our leaders hold current wilderness first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with remote river related medical conditions.
We will take a maximum of 6 paddlers on each trip, although the number may well be less than this. With every 3 paddlers we have on the trip, we’ll have a highly experienced Gene17kayaking Teacher/Guide.
Norway Valldal Road trip takes place on Class III/IV+(V) whitewater.
The Norway Valldal Road trip is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 4 – 6 hours in a day on Class IV Generally the rivers are accessible with near road access, but occasionally there may be some exposed terrain.
This trip begins on an easier section of whitewater, but will soon reflect conditions expected at the grade. Participants should therefore expect to be in a river environment during peak runoff for sometimes extended periods of time. A strong kayak roll is obligatory.
You are welcome to Contact Us, if you would like to discuss the trip in more detail.
What the Price Does/Does not Include
TRIP COST: 1500€
What the price does include
- Guiding and Instruction
- Otta Station Pick Up & River shuttles*
*Arriving into Oslo, the closet well serviced airport in Oslo is straight forward with the train. Departing from Sjoa (Otta), there is a frequent yet irregular bus and train service from Oslo to Otta. We collect & drop off from Otta Bus/Train Station from 17:30-2000 on the day of arrival, and drop off for 1000 at Otta Bus/Train Station on the day of departure. An airport shuttle from Otta/Sjoa to Oslo is NOT included with ANY of our Norway Trips & Adventures, as the direct public transport link is straight forward and easy to undertake.
Accommodation & Catering
You can stay in a hostel in Sjoa, or in a Hytta Cabin when away from Sjoa, often no bed linen is provided. You can also bring your basic camping equipment. We’ll provide the cooking equipment, and often will share as a group the cooking duties as we road trip.
The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:
A good semi-drytop or drytop or drysuit
Whitewater PFD, spray deck and good helmet
Solid footwear for bank support – no sandals
Rescue gear, including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner
What the price does not include
Travel & Boat insurance
Use of a full spec whitewater kayak** from a locally sourced fleet based on 35€ per day per kayak
** Gene17 has access to a small yet excellent selection of kayaks for a range of different sized paddlers, & these are available on a first come, first served basis ONLY.