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GUIDED SEA KAYAK EXPEDITION
The Lofoten Archipelago is a chain of breath-taking islands, extending far into the turbulent Norwegian Sea. It sits well above the arctic circle and in June and July bathes beneath the midnight sun. Its cold, rich water is teeming with wildlife and scattered with a wealth of small, uninhabited islands to explore. We will roam around its coastal waters, navigating through tidal channels and fjords, with access to wilderness few others will step foot in.
Set high within in Arctic Norway, Lofoten is a truly unique chain of mountainous islands jutting far out from the main coastline. Giving it a distinctive landscape like no other.
Impressive steep mountains rise straight from the ocean and clusters of wild islands provide endless exploration for kayakers!
Who's this trip for
23rd June - 1st July 2022 (Space)
4th - 12th July 2022 (Space)
15th - 23rd July 2022 (space)
9-day trip, with 7 full days of kayaking
Paddlers with 5 days' previous kayaking experience
Skills around BCU 3* standard
Paddlers with a fitness level to cover 20-25 km each day
Experience of wild camping, and happy to live without facilities for the duration
If you'd like to discuss any of the above requirements, please get in touch. We have training courses running in spring and autumn or we can offer 1:1 coaching.
This expedition aims to circumnavigate the dramatic island of Austvagoya, a 130 km journey with endless options for variations. Our route will take us through the steep-sided Trollfjord, navigating the tidal channels between, camping on the white sandy beaches of the wild north coast.
Paddling through historic fishing villages like Henningsvear, a beautiful town built on stilts and perched atop barren 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.
Strong currents and the cold waters of the Norwegian Sea provide nutrient-rich waters around Lofoten; a perfect habitat for sea life. We're likely to get a glimpse of a shy seal or otter, and on a calm day watch the local Orca as they pass by.
One of the most enchanting creatures we will enjoy a sighting of is the white-tailed Sea Eagle. These enormous birds or prey are often perched 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.
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.
Where we camp will depend on how far we travel each day and the location is often chosen to suit the weather conditions. There are no set 'campsites', but your guide will aim to land at some of our favourite spots; beaches facing 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 very clean, we still suggest you purify your water with either tablets or a filter.
There will be no facilities other than what nature provides whilst wild camping and washing can be invigorating! Be sure to pack a sense of humour.
“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.”
Katie - Teacher
You will need to arrive in Svolvaer in the evening on the trip start date and arrange accommodation in town for the first and last night of the trip. We will depart from Svolvaer the morning of the final day.
Passenger ferries arrive and depart from Svolvaer harbour, and airport transfers can be arranged for the short drive into Svolvaer town on arrival day.
Included in the price
Evoke Wilderness Sea Kayaking Guide
Sea kayaking safety equipment
All kayaking and camping equipment
Cooking equipment and all expeditions meals
Airport transfer to/from accommodation in Svolvaer
not included in the price
Airfare and baggage fees
Meals on arrival and departure days
Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
A 25% deposit is required to secure your spot, with the remainder due 8 weeks before the expedition start date. *With 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