Kayaking and Hiking in the Lofoten Islands
- Trekking & Hiking
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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.
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.
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!
This morning we will break camp, load up our kayaks and take to the sea. We will paddle to Fredvang village, stopping at the spectacular Ramberg beach for a picnic on the white sands surrounded by jagged peaks.
We reach Flakstad later in the afternoon and set up camp for the night. To end the day we can enjoy a lovely short coastal hike.
After a hearty breakfast we will pack up camp and load up our kayaks once more. We paddle, playing with the currents, towards the village of Sund. Compared to the West coast, which is characterised by sandy beaches and turquoise waters, the East coast has a much rockier landscape. This coast is much more sheltered from the ocean winds which explains why so many fishing villages are found here, adding colour to the granite backdrop. We pass near Sund fishing village, with its traditional red rorbuer sitting on stilts at the water’s edge, and enter Skjelfjord from the south. We will set up camp here for two nights.
We start off in our kayaks to explore Skjelfjorden and reach the start point of our hike to Volandstinden. We paddle around Vestfjord where it is not un-common to see seals, or even killer whales and porpoises.
Today’s hike offers splendid panoramas of the surrounding fjords and neighbouring peaks. Later in the afternoon, we take to our kayaks again to return to our campsite. We will take advantage of this time on the water to form a fishing party as we paddle through the rich waters.
Today we will paddle through the turquoise waters of Flakstadpollen to discover the historical fishing village of Nusfjord. There will be time to visit Nusfjord before setting up camp on the outskirts of the village.
We pack up our camp for the final time and kayak to Selfjord where we began our expedition. We spend some time packing away our kayaking gear and take to the road to visit the village of Reine in the extreme south of the Lofoten Islands. We will spend the night in a traditional Rorbu cabin.
Today we will climb one of the most iconic summits of the archipelago, Munkan (798m). From the top we will have an extraordinary view of the islands. This hike brings us the closest we have been to the wild island landscapes and high rugged mountains. In the evening we take the ferry back to Bodo and settle in at our hotel.
Depending on your flight time, you may have a chance to explore Bodo before we transfer you to the airport for your return flight.
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.
The kayaking and hiking on this trip is not highly demanding, 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.
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.
Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.
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.
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. When showers require a fee, we will provide you with one
token per person per day. The Rorbu have all bed linen provided.
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.
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.
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.
cotton (see below)
dry spares of everything, including underwear and gloves
multiple layers including:
warm breathable base layer
second thermal layer
and waterproof protective outer layers
provide an additional quality jacket and over
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