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kayaking and hiking the lofoten islands
kayaking and hiking the lofoten islands
kayaking and hiking the lofoten islands

Kayaking & Hiking in Lofoten

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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.

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Detailed itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Bodø

The Kandoo team will meet you at Bodø airport and transfer you to your accommodation. Depending on your arrival time there may be time to explore Bodø, the northernmost point of the stunning Kystriksveien Coastal Route.

Accommodation: Guesthouse or hostel

Day 2Ferry transfer to the Lofoten Islands and Selfjord

We will catch an early morning ferry to the Lofoten Archipelago. In the sheltered fjord of Selfjord 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, as we paddle between the rocky islets and sandy beaches of this superb fjord. We will set up our first camp in the Yttersand area, facing the midnight sun, and will camp here for two nights.

Kayaking time: 2 hours - Approx. 4kms
Accommodation: Camping

Day 3Hike 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 Selfjord. Hopefully we will catch plenty of fish to add to our evening meal!

Trekking time: 5 hours - Approx. 12 kms - Highest point 543 meters above sea level
Accommodation: Camping

Day 4Kayak to Fredvang and Flakstad

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.

Kayaking time: 3 hours - Approx. 6 kms 
Accommodation: Camping

Day 5Kayak to Skjelfjord

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.

Kayaking time: 5-6 hours Approx. 17 kms 
Accommodation: Camping

Day 6Kayak and hike to Volandstinden

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 uncommon 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.

Kayaking time: 2 hours
Trekking time: 4 hours Approx. 7 kms - Highest point 457 meters above sea level
Accommodation: Camping

Day 7Kayak to Nusfjord

Today we will paddle through the turquoise waters of Flakstadpollen to discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed, historical fishing village of Nusfjord. There will be time to visit Nusfjord before setting up camp on the outskirts of the village.

Kayaking time: 3 hours Approx. 8 kms 
Accommodation: Camping

Day 8Drive to Fredvang. Transfer to Å

We pack up our camp for the final time and drive to Fredvang where we began our expedition. We pack away our kayaking gear and take to the road to the village of Å in the extreme south of the Lofoten Islands. We will spend the night in a traditional rorbu.

Kayaking time: 2 hours
Accommodation: Rorbu

Day 9Hike to the top of Munkan

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.

Trekking time: 6 hours - Approx. 15 kms - Highest point 798 meters above sea level
Accommodation: Rorbu / sjøhus

Day 10Ferry transfer to Bodø

We will catch an early morning ferry to travel back to Bodø. Your flight out of Bodø will need to be booked for after 12pm.

 

The details in this programme are regularly updated but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the itinerary may be made. 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.

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Last Updated March 12 2020
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Arrival: June 14 2020
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: June 26 2020
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
Comment: Limited Spaces
 
Arrival: July 10 2020
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: July 24 2020
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: August 7 2020
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: August 21 2020
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: June 13 2021
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: June 25 2021
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: July 9 2021
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: July 23 2021
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: August 6 2021
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Arrival: August 20 2021
Days: 10
Price: £1585 $1899 €1700
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Included
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation: camping, Rorbu/Sjøhus and hostel
  • Full-board except dinner on days 1 and 9
  • Luggage transfers
  • Kayaking equipment including drysuit
  • Camping gear except sleeping bag
  • Services of an expert guide
  • Local transport
Not Included
  • Flights
  • Drinks, snacks and personal expenses
  • Meals in Bodø (allow 290-390 NOK per meal)
  • Entrance fees for sites and museums (allow 50 NOK)
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees (if applicable)

Comfort

LEVEL 1 (of 5) Camping

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.
Other Accommodation
Rorbuer offer an unusual and authentic trip highlight. They are comfortable, traditional cabins used by fishermen from January to April. One house suits 2 to 4 people and includes kitchen and bathroom facilities. When showers require a fee, we will provide you with one token per person per day.
Please bring a sleeping bag (comfort level 5°C is ideal).

Difficulty

You should be in good physical shape to join our more challenging adventures. You should have a sense of adventure, a positive attitude and be prepared for a full-on action packed programme including 6+ hours of activity per day. Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather conditions.

You will be accompanied by an expert guide throughout your stay. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of expert knowledge our professional team know their country inside out. Our qualified guides are all English-speaking, all practising outdoor practitioners and all incredibly passionate about Norway, the country they live in for a large chunk of each year.

LEVEL 3 (of 5) Challenging:

Pace: Moderate 
Daily walking time: 5 to 6 hours 
Daily elevation: 500 to 800 m 
Preparation: Practice endurance sporting activity at least once a week. 
Experience: You walk regularly and you are in good physical condition.
You like to walk several days in a row, at an average of 5 to 6 hours per day (15 to 20 km) with height gain of up to 800 metres. You prefer nights in camping, bivouac camping or wild camping, to be fully immersed in nature.
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 selected kayaking areas are deliberately very sheltered from the wind and swell at the beginning of the circuit to facilitate learning. Previous kayaking experience or an introduction to kayaking control and stability is also recommended but is not essential. In the more exposed areas, we leave our boats and explore the bays and fjords on foot. At this latitude where the weather can be changeable - good equipment is advisable, sturdy hiking boots, a quality waterproof etc. The selected hikes in the Lofoten Islands are isolated and feature exceptional view points. Although these hikes are short, they can feature significant elevation gain and you should be comfortable in mountainous environments, on uneven paths and on steep passages. If you have any questions about your suitability or how to prepare for this trip please do not hesitate to contact us.
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