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Kayaking and Hiking in the Lofoten Islands

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Our specialist arctic circle guides look forward to welcoming you on the picturesque Lofoten Islands. We keep a storage base for our equipment in the village of Fredvang and our team travel to Norway each spring to prepare a warm welcome for our guests. Weather you are traveling on a kayak expedition or a hiking trip, you can be sure our experienced guides and top quality equipment will keep you safe and warm as you immerse yourself in this...
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A ten-day trip combining kayaking and hiking in the breathtakingly beautiful Lofoten Islands archipelago.
The Lofoten Islands are without doubt one of the world's most amazing kayaking destinations. This trip combines hiking and kayaking to offer completely unique perspective of this wild and mountainous archipelago, as well as providing a great way to get around when the mountains often plunge straight into the sea. We have carefully designed a beautiful journey to a succession of small fjords. The sharp peaks surround us as we paddle Selfjord, Skjelfjorden and Flakstadpollen, including the towering peak of Hermannsdalstinden (1029m), the highest point on the westernmost island of Moskenesøya. Immerse yourself in the rich world of this diverse archipelago and forget the stresses of modern day life.

Trip highlights

  • Kayak among the spectacular Norwegian fjords
  • Stay in a traditional Rorbu and catch fish from your kayak
  • Learn about the rich diversity of fauna and flora of the Lofoten Islands

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE IN BODØ

    Arrive at Bodø airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time there may be some free time to explore Bodø, the northernmost point of the Kystriksveien Coastal Route.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    FERRY TRANSFER TO LOFOTEN ISLANDS

    We will walk 10 minutes to the ferry terminal with our bags (rucksacks recommended for this journey). For those of us who don't want to walk a taxi can be arranged from our hotel for this journey. We then board our early morning ferry to the Lofoten Archipelago. We arrive into Moskenes and in the sheltered fjord of Fredvang we will take to the water in our kayaks. This is a great opportunity to familiarise ourselves with our boats and to practice handling them.
    We will paddle between the rocky islets and sandy beaches of this superb fjord and set up our first camp in the Fredvang area, facing the midnight sun - we will camp here for two nights.

    • Transport: Ferry
    • Activity time: 2 hours
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    HIKE TO THE TOP OF RYTEN

    In the morning we will start walking through the moorland towards the ridges which overlook Selfjord. It is a spectacular hike to the top of Ryten with views of the white sands of Kvalvika and the dramatic peaks of Moskenesøya Island.
    In the afternoon we will head back to our camp and can go kayak fishing in the ocean currents that stir at the entrance to Fredvang. Hopefully we will catch plenty of fish to add to our evening meal!

    • Hiking time: 5 hours
    • Accomodation: Camping
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Please note

For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation at any time if your technical level or fitness is deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to

refunds or compensation.


The Norwegian Sea at this latitude (68 ° -70 ° North) can be agitated in any season. For this reason and for the safety of everyone, we reserve the right to move or cancel any nautical activities, without notice, depending on the state of the sea. Please note that June departures enable the observation of the midnight sun and departures after mid-August offer a good chance of observing the aurora borealis.

Trip information

Difficulty

The kayaking and hiking on this trip is of moderate difficulty, so we have rated this trip as level 3. However, as with all Kandoo trips, we like to have the satisfaction of completing a challenge, so we can guarantee this won't be a walk in the park. 


Fredvang Bay, where your trip begins, is sheltered from the wind and swell to allow you to get used to the kayak. Previous kayaking experience or an introduction to kayaking control and stability is recommended but is not essential. In the more exposed areas, we leave our boats and explore the bays and fjords on foot. You can expect to kayak up to a maximum of 18km a day and take part in hikes of up to 6 hours. In good weather the kayaking can feel easy but if you encounter strong winds or rainy  conditions, it could feel very difficult indeed. The selected hikes in the Lofoten Islands feature exceptional view points. Although these hikes are relatively short, they can feature significant elevation gain and you should be comfortable in mountainous environments, on uneven paths and steep passages.

As well as kayaking and hiking you will also be packing away and putting up tents, assisting with cooking, loading and unloading kayaks and fetching water. There are no porters, cooks or waiters on this trip, you are part of the expedition and must do your share of the work. Although this makes the adventure more demanding, it adds to the enormous sense of satisfaction and achievement at the end of your journey. As it never goes dark in Norway in the summer months, some people may also find it difficult to sleep (we recommend an eye mask to help with this).

If you have any questions about your suitability for this trip or would like more specific information about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Food & drink

This trip includes full board meals except for nights spent in Bodø when meals are at your own expense. There is a range of restaurants to choose from in Bodø or the hotel restaurant is also very good.


Despite the remote areas we will travel to, we are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide even when wild camping. Because everything we need for the 7 day expedition must be carried with us in our kayaks, we are limited on what we can carry and must choose our ingredients carefully. Fresh produce is used nearer the start of the trip with the more basic foodstuffs such as pasta and rice used towards the end.  Norwegian delicacies such as reindeer/minke whale dried meats, Skyr and smoked cod roe "kaviar" add a cultural element to the meal. In the evenings, you can expect dishes of quinoa, lentils, salmon fillets, tofu and reindeer. Some evening meals will be vegetarian and we will carry as much fresh veg as possible. There will also be deserts of fruit yogurt, cake or chocolate.


For breakfast there is a choice of cereals, bread, chocolate spread, jam, honey and plenty of tea and coffee.  Lunches are comprised of soup, noodles, veg sticks, bread, local "kaviar", Norwegian brown cheese and cold cuts. If you would like to bring along some snacks for in-between meals then these can be kept in your daysack. 


Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.


Fresh water is available at all the camping locations. The water in Norway is very clean so you are able to refill your bottles directly from the streams! 

Accommodation

On this trip you will stay in a range of different locations: on campsites, at wild camping spots including one "secret spot", in a Rorbu and in our Bodø hotel. 

Camping

We provide a good quality 3 man tent per 2 people to allow for maximum space and comfort. We also provide a large mess tent for mealtimes and as a communal area. During the camping expedition you are expected to be a valued member of the expedition team and help set up / strike camps, load kayaks etc. The toilet situation whilst wild camping will be a case of finding somewhere hidden, away from camp or the path and digging a hole. Please remember to bring toilet roll and a lighter to burn it after use. In the campsites hot showers are available using a token. These will be available from your guide. 


Whilst kayaking, all your camping equipment including your sleeping bags and sleeping mats will be placed into dry bags and strapped to your kayak. For extra waterproofing, you may wish to use a drybag as a compression sack for your sleeping bag. This will give it an extra level of protection against the waves. 


Other Accommodation

Rorbu offer an unusual and authentic trip highlight. They are comfortable, traditional cabins used by fishermen from January to April. One house suits 2 to 6 people and includes kitchen and bathroom facilities with hot showers, flushing toilets and Wifi. Depending on availability you may be in private twin rooms or alpine style bunks above the living space, either way, the Rorbu will feel luxurious in comparison to your previous nights camping. When showers require a fee, we will provide you with one token per person per day. The Rorbu will generally have all bed linen provided. 


Hotel
In Bodø we will stay in comfortable hotel accommodation in twin or double ensuite rooms. 

Luggage

You will need a 70-90L soft duffel or rucksack as your main luggage for this trip. You may be asked to carry your luggage for the 10 minute walk from the hotel to the ferry port on Day 2 of your itinerary. We would therefore recommend bringing a rucksack where possible as this will be easier to carry. Another available option, should you not wish to carry your bag, would be to book a taxi for this journey. 


During the expedition, your luggage will be repacked into a 13L waterproof bag which we provide; this includes your clothing, toiletries, torch and any other essential personal items. This is not an enormous amount of space so bringing clothing that packs down small is strongly recommended. We also recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags or dry bags within this as an extra precaution so that they stay dry. Your 13L bag will then be placed in one of the storage compartments within the boat to give additional waterproofing. Your sleeping bag will be repacked into a 22L drybag that will be shared with another participant, it is therefore worthwhile bringing a compression sack so you can make your sleeping bag as small as possible. This will be strapped onto the top of the boat. You can store any extra belongings in a safe place in our base camp. 


Please bring a small rucksack 20-30L to use as a day bag. A soft backed rucksack will allow you to fold it into a small space in your kayak. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive at Bodø Airport (BOO) on day 1 of your itinerary where a member of our team will be waiting to greet you.

From the UK, SAS have convenient flights from Heathrow and Manchester via Oslo, the journey time is roughly 6 hours. Norwegian Airlines also offer flights from London Gatwick and Edinburgh via Oslo.

For those travelling from the US, SAS offer flights from New York via Oslo. You can also fly with SAS from San Francisco connecting through Copenhagen or New York and then Oslo. Travellers from the west coast also have flight options with Iceland Air and Lufthansa.

Travelling Responsibly
Alternatively if you wish to travel more responsibly, then there are other ways to reach Bodø. The Man in Seat 61 and Rome to Rio suggest optimal routes from London to Oslo, then Oslo onwards to Bodø. These take a few days, meaning you can start your holiday early! Expect to pay more for trains and ferries than the cost of a flight, at around £300-350pp each way, but be rewarded with time to marvel at the passing scenery and have a delightful breakfast at sea.  
If you decide to travel this way, get in touch and let us know, because we like to reward our responsible travellers!

Budget & change

The currency in Norway is the Norwegian Krone (KR). You can withdraw the local currency from ATMs and payment by card is widely accepted. Please budget for meals and transport as necessary, drinks, tips, museum entry fees and other personal expenses. Norway can be expensive and a meal out for two can cost at minimum GBP £60 (USD $70). Bodø is a relatively small city and from our hotel there are plenty of restaurants and places to see within walking distance, however if you wish to take the bus it is £3.30 for a 10 minute journey. Taxis in Norway are also insanely expensive, expect to pay somewhere in the region of £15 for a 5 minute journey...it's definitely worth going by foot where possible. Therefore, our recommended guidance for spending budget in the Norway would be roughly £200 (2600 NOK)  on top of any tips, to give you ample souvenir spending money. 

Tips

Tipping customs vary all over the world and can be very confusing when travelling to a new country. Tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual in Norway. Tips are not a substitute for good wages: our guides are all well paid and well looked after. If you are satisfied with your guide’s services, we recommend a tip between £30-40 per person (equivalent to 400-550 NOK) for the entire trip. On the other hand, if you receive bad service or have not been treated well, you would not be expected to tip at all.

Formalities & health

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least six months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requirements on the website provided by the Norwegian government

Visa

Travelling to Norway is visa free for up to 90 days, for UK and US citizens

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

  • Sleeping tent per 2 people
  • Sleeping mat
  • Equipped mess tent including tables, chairs, cooking facilities
  • Waterproof bags (1 x 13L for personal items, 1 x 22L shared, for sleeping bags)
  • Tandem sea kayak with directional rudder (per 2 people)
  • Gore-tex dry suit and over shoes
  • Life jacket with two pockets
  • Fishing equipment

Clothing to bring

Our advice for keeping warm

Norway can be very cold, so please think carefully about what clothes you bring. Although we will provide warm outer layers for kayaking, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference.


We recommend:

No cotton (see below)

Bring dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves

Wear multiple layers including:

1. A warm breathable base layer

2. A second thermal layer

3. Wind and waterproof protective outer layers

(we provide an additional quality jacket and over

trousers.)


Checklist
  • Sleeping bag (comfort 0°C for camping) - must pack down to fit in a shared 22L bag with another sleeping bag.
  • Your walking boots (high-rise, sturdy soles)
  • Waterproof windproof jacket (with a hood) breathable, sealed seams
  • Warm gloves and a hat
  • Warm jumper(s) and jacket(s)
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Warm thick socks
  • Sunhat and sun cream
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • Small packable towel and toiletries
  • Any personal medication
  • A water bottle/flask
  • Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer)
  • Your swimming stuff
  • A small rucksack as a day-bag 20-30L
  • Insect repellant
  • Midge net 

Equipment to bring

  • Your camera (with suitable protective case)
  • Binoculars
  • A comfortable pair of shoes for the evenings - must be small enough to pack into your kayak, flip flops for example.
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Extra layers
  • Walking poles
  • Wet wipes
  • Blister plasters
  • Tissues, toilet paper & a lighter
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Eyemask (Lofoten has 24hr daylight during summer)
  • Earplugs (for the noisy seagulls)

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28/07/2024 06/08/2024 $2,795 $2,925 £2,149 £2,249
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Want to ask us a question or book a private trip? Don't hesitate to contact us!

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers on arrival day
  • Accommodation: camping, rorbu and hotel
  • Full-board except dinner on days 1 and 9
  • Luggage transfers
  • Kayaking equipment including drysuit
  • Camping gear (excluding sleeping bag)
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Local transport

Price does not include

  • Flights
  • Drinks, snacks and personal expenses
  • Meals in Bodø (allow 290-390 NOK per meal)
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)