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GUIDED SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION
The Lofoten Archipelago is a chain of breath-taking islands, extending far into the turbulent Norwegians sea. It sits well above the arctic circle, and in June and July bathes beneath the midnight sun. Its cold rich water is teaming with wildlife, scattered with a wealth of small uninhabited islands to explore. We will roam around its coastal waters, navigating through tidal channels and fjords, accessing wilderness where very few step foot.
This expedition will start from the tiny Inuit village of Kulusuk, home to around 200 people - local Inuit hunters and their families.
The village is one of only five settlements on the east coast of Greenland, this region is one of the most isolated in the world. The area is cut-off to access by sea for over half the year. In the summer months, the sea ice breaks-up and allows passage between the steep rocky islands in the region opening up the isolated wild fjords to exploration.
Who's this trip for
18th - 28th August 2021 (Full)
11 Day Trip, with 9 full days of kayaking
TBC August 2022 (SPaces)
Paddlers with experience of at least one multi-day expedition.
Skills around BCU 3* standard (roll not a prerequisite).
Paddlers with a fitness level to cover 25km a day.
Experience of wild camping, and happy to live without facilities for a long duration.
If you would like to discuss any of the above
requirements, please get in touch. We have training courses running in spring and autumn or 1:1 coaching.
Our route will take us north from Kulusuk, navigating the vast fjord network, which weaves between steep mountainous islands. Our goal is to reach the Apuseaq Glacier, an impressive calving glaciers, with many icebergs which ebb and flow with the tidal currents and winds, out towards to the coast.
We will then begin our journey east, passing beneath impressively steep mountains reaching highs of more than 1000m. This area will take your breath away, such dramatic landscapes in all directions. Still heading east we will pass through narrow fjords towards the Sermililk Fjord with its ice-choked waters, this will be an incredible vista for our camp.
The route will finally head south again navigating back towards the village of Kulusuk.
The nutrient-rich waters of the fjords are home to some incredibly majestic animals. It is likely that we will paddle amongst whales, porpoise and seals. Greenland is home to many species of whales, with good fortune we may get sightings of Humpback, Minke and possibly the enormous fin whale. As well as marine life, we will travel through Polar bear territory.
Polar bears do pose a risk to every expedition, it is essential we take adequate safety measures to minimise the risk. The team will learn about bear safety protocol and bear watches will be a daily routine in camp.
Once we set off from the village of Kulusuk we will be wild camping for the duration of the expedition. The team will carry 3 man tents, shared between 2, providing spacious and comfortable living space. The climate is relatively and warm calm this time of year, but temperatures will drop at night so warm seeing bags are recommended.
All our meals will be cooked on camp stoves and will consist of daily expedition meals. These dehydrated packet meals allow us to carry a 10 day supply of food within our kayaks. These meals are light-weight and easily packed.
Participants will need to arrive in Kululsuk the day of the trip start date. We will spend the first and last night in the Village. Departure from Kululsuk the morning of the final day.
What the Price Includes
Evoke Wilderness Sea Kayaking Guide.
Sea kayaking safety equipment.
All kayaking and camping equipment.
Cooking equipment and all expeditions meals.
Airport transfer to/from Kululsuk village.
Price does not Include
Airfare and baggage fees.
Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances.
A 25% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the one instalment due 6 months prior to trip start and the remainder due 2 months before the expedition start date. *While the uncertainty that Covid-19 brings final payment will only be collected when we can definitively (or as definitively as possible) say that the trip will run.
If you have any questions about the expedition or would like more information you can contact us