The Lofoten Archipelago in Arctic Norway is a unique gem! A chain of mountainous islands jutting out from the main Norwegian coastline right out into the Norwegian sea. Impressive steep landscapes and clusters of wild remote islands, provide endless exploration for kayakers!
The cold rich waters around the islands are teeming with wildlife. From porpoise, and orca to soaring eagles. White sandy beaches offer beautiful wild camping, and small fishing villages provide an insight into the culture and way of life of the people who live so far north.
This expedition explores breathtaking wilderness like none other.
The expedition aims to circumnavigate the dramatic island of Austvagoya, a 130km journey, with many options for variations. The route will take you through the steep-sided Trollfjord, camp on the white sandy beaches of the wild north coast, and navigate the tidal channels between these spectacular islands.
Paddling through historic fishing villages like Henningsvear, a beautiful town built on stilts and perched atop baren rocky islands. Look up as you paddle beneath towering granite cliffs, a draw to any keen climber. Around every corner, the landscape changes and steep mountains frame every view.
Deep rich tidal waters offer up some brilliant fishing opportunities, a handline with a few feathers on, is all that is needed in these waters to catch fish for supper.
With the strong currents and the cold waters of the Norwegian Sea, the nutrient-rich waters around Lofoten provide a perfect habitat for sea life. It is likely you might get a glimpse of a shy seal, an elusive otter, and possibly even the pod of local orca as they pass by on a hunting trip.
One of the most enchanting creatures we will enjoy a sighting of is the white-tailed Sea Eagle. These enormous birds will often be perched right at the water's edge, feeding their young, or soaring beneath the steep cliffs. If you're extremely lucky you can watch these magnificent birds plucking fish from the sea in front of you.
With so much wilderness available in Norway wild camping is very accessible. The outdoors is a way of life for Norwegians, and the Lofoten people are especially welcoming to others who want to enjoy their beautiful islands.
Campsites will depend on how far we travel each day and can be chosen to suit the conditions. There are no set locations, but your guide will aim to land on some of our favorite camp spots. Beaches overlooking the midnight night sun or remote islands with crystal clear waters which may even tempt you in for a swim.
We will try to ensure each camp has a water source for drinking. Although the water in Norway is thought to be very clean, we still suggest purify your water with either tablets or a filter.
There will be no facilities, other than what nature provides while wild camping, be sure to pack a sense of humour, for an invigorating wild wash.
“Erin is super supportive and adventurous, I have become so much more confident in not only my kayaking but also my navigation and camp craft. Erin finds joy in helping you develop while also creating an unforgettable journey filled with fun and giggles.”