Trip Overview

Length:

8 days / 6 days kayaking

Difficulty:

3 / 5

Price:

€ 3950

Location:

Lofoten Islands, Norway

Dates:

2018 - Full
August 23- 30, 2019

What makes this trip special

  • Enjoy the luxury of staying in a Bed and Breakfast each night
  • Kayak in the Arctic Circle
  • Experience 24 hours of daylight
  • Visit a Viking museum, replica long house and enjoy a Viking meal
  • Paddle beneath the Lofoten Walls, a series of peaks that look to be an impenetrable wall of granite

The Tour

Join us on a cultural and historical journey through the stunning Lofoten Islands.

Our journey will start in Kabelvag, and we will make our way south west through the Lofoten Islands. Kayaking from one charming village to the next we will enjoy 6 nights of accommodation in quaint cabins and one night camping.

Paddling through the Lofoten fiords is an incredible experience. Sheer granite walls surge straight out of the ocean providing spectacular scenery and fantastic paddling. When not paddling there will lots of opportunities to go for short walks into the hills and to explore the sights, sounds and tastes of each town.

Lofoten Islands BnB Kayaking Experience Nusfjord Accommodation Lofoten Norway BnB Kayaking Experience Accommodation Ballstad

The Place

Situated 150 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, the Lofoten Island archipelago is renowned for its stunning scenery and rich culture steeped in history. The Lofoten Wall, a dramatic collection of mountain peaks, surge straight out of the ocean providing spectacular paddling. Being above the Arctic Circle means nearly 24 hours of daylight with sunsets that last for hours, a fitting end to each superb paddling day.

The Culture

The Lofoten’s are rich in culture and history.  The area’s rich fishing heritage began in the 12th century when King Oystein ordered a series of fishing shacks to be built in order to shelter traveling fisherman during the yearly cod migration. Each village we visit is one of these historical cod fishing communities.

The area is also an important Viking Heritage area. We will visit one of the most extensive Viking Museum’s along the way, the Lofotr Viking Museum. The museum houses and explains thousands of artifacts that were found in a farmers field.  We will partake in a traditional Viking meal in a reconstructed 83 meter Viking house.

The Weather

The warm marine currents of the gulf stream ensures the climate in the Lofotens is considerably milder than in other parts of the world at the same latitude. However, summers are still relatively cool with July and August average day temperatures ranging between 10C- 18C. Winds are generally light, but occasional weather disturbances can bring windier conditions.

Ocean Conditions

This trip takes place along the south-eastern shores of the Lofoten Islands which are protected from the dominant northerly swells. Generally we will experience calm sea states.  We will cross numerous fjords where winds can pick up causing white-capped seas.  Your guide will assess the conditions of each crossing prior to committing to any crossing.

The Sea Kayaking

Kayaking the Lofoten Islands is to be immersed in a vast and wild landscape. Kayakers are dwarfed as they paddle below eight-hundred metre granite cliffs that rise straight out of the ocean. All summer long, patches of snow in the alpine environment are in contrast to the lush green grasses and shrubs. Many opportunities for rock gardening around the rocky shoreline exist. Paddling into the many fiords are breathtaking as mirror glass water gives way to granite cliffs. Many pelagic birds and sea eagles can be seen along this tour, giving birders a chance to identify arctic species.

What's Included

  • Accommodation on nights of Day 1 to Day 7
  • Meals starting breakfast on Day 2 to lunch on Day 8 (except dinner on Day 2)
  • All kayak equipment
  • All camping equipment
  • Dedicated kayak guide
  • Transportation and fee for Viking museum
  • Guided walks and tours
  • Transport from Reine to Svolvaer at trip conclusion

What's Not Included

  • Dinner on Day 2
  • Any flights
  • Accommodation on night of Day 8
  • Meals on Day 1
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

Trip Itinerary

Our itinerary will be determined by the weather and sea conditions.


Day 1

Kabelvag: Arrive in Svolvaer, transfer to Kabelvag. Move into Hotel, meeting at 7pm.
Kabelvag is a perfect town to commence our trip. Historically, it was the most important village in the Lofoten’s during the Viking era. King Oystein founded the village and ruled until 1123. Kebelvag has something for everyone, from a fishing museum, to a gallery dedicated to Norweigan artists, and finally an aquarium.

Vandrerhjem Lofotferie Hotel. Restaurant dinner-not included.

Day 2

Henningsvaer: Paddle along the sheer granite walls of Austvågøya island ‘s south shore and into the islets of the charming town of Henningsvaer. 
With the afternoon free, this picturesque town is perfect for a lazy stroll. The Lofotens Hus is the area’s best known gallery and showcases more than hundred art pieces by Norwegian artists.

Byrgge Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Alcohol not included.

Day 3

Stamsund: We’ll Island hop across the Gimsoystraumen fiord to Vestvågøy Island. We’ll visit the charming town of Stamsund and enjoy a hot beverage before continuing on to a lovely campsite with a fantastic view of Mt Festivand and the surrounding peaks on Austvågøya Island. We will be able to experience the land of the midnight sun from our tents, and watch as the night never goes dark. This is the time to capture amazing images through photography as the dusk light lasts for hours.

Camping. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 4

Ballstad: Today we paddle bellow massive granite walls that rise straight out of the ocean. Islands and islets run parallel to these towering peaks and make for some interesting and fun paddling. In the afternoon we’ll pull into Ballstad and check into the lovely cottages of the Solsidem Brygge Hotel. 
For dinner we’ll load into taxis and make our way to the Lofotr Viking Museum. This exhibit is housed with a reconstructed 83 meter Viking House and contains not only fantastic displays of Viking artifacts but has the all the atmosphere and smells of an old Viking home.

Solsiden Brygge Hotel. Breakfast, lunch, viking dinner theatre for evening meal.

Day 5

NussFjord: Leaving Ballstad we will paddle up the Nappstraumen Fiord and cross over to Flakstadoya Island. After lunch we’ll take a short hike that grants us incredible views of the West coast of the Lofotens and allows access to the gold sand beach.
 We’ll arrive at the picturesque village of Nussfjord in the afternoon. This village is located in a tight cove surrounded by towering peaks. 
The buildings here were built in the 19th century and have been attractively restored. They capture the character and the culture of the Lofotens and provide an excellent place to stay.

Nussfjord Cottages. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6

Hamnoy: We will explore Skjellfjorden fiord and stop into the town of Sund. After lunch we’ll visit the Sund fishing museum which captures the fishing history of the area. The picturesque town of Hamnoy is our destination for the evening and after pulling our kayaks ashore we’ll check into the Sakrisoy Rorbuer.

Sakrisoy Rorbuer. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7

Hamnoy: We will paddle up the spectacular Reinefjord and into the Bunesfjord. After pulling our kayaks ashore we’ll go for a short hike over to Bunes Beach. This beach is one of the most spectacular in the Lofoten group, it’s golden sands are flanked on either side by huge granite walls. For those willing, it provides the perfect place for an Arctic dip. Hopefully we will spot a rare Sea Eagle and watch the antics of puffins.

Sakrisoy Rorbuer. Breakfast, lunch, restaurant dinner. Alcohol not provided.

Day 8

Svolvaer: We will have the opportunity for a morning stroll through Reine, before we transfer by car back to Svolvaer. 
It’s suggested that you stay an additional evening in Svolvaer.

Breakfast and lunch. Accommodation and Dinner not included.

Accommodation

We will stay in a variety of accommodation during this trip.

Accommodation for each day is described below.

Day 1

Kabelvag – Lofoten Sommerhotell
This complex is a school from September through to June, and in the summer months it is converted into a hotel and hostel. This complex is located on the outskirts of the town of Kabelvag and is a quiet complex with lots of areas to walk and explore the surrounding area. A ten minute walk brings you to the quaint fishing village of Kabelvag which was the main fishing village in the Lofoten Islands.

Rooms are based on twin share. Hotel rooms have private bathroom and hostel rooms are shared bathrooms. There is a restaurant and dining area as well as kitchen facility for those wanting to cook their own meals. A sauna and entertainment room are lovely additions to the beginning and end of our sea kayak journey!

Day 2

Henningsvaer – Brygge Hotel

We will be staying at the Brygge Hotel, a four star hotel in the centre of town.
This beautiful pier hotel is situated in the inner harbour of Henningsvaer and offers beautiful views of the harbour. Surrounded by art museums, coffee shops and a museum of the history of the area, we get to explore the town’s intimate feel easily.

Rooms are all twin share based and we will be dining at the hotel restaurant for the evening meal (not included in trip cost).

Day 3

(Camping)

We will be camping on one of the few white sand beaches in the area this night, with granite wall surrounding us. We will enjoy a camp cooked meal, and experience the arctic summer night.

Day 4

Ballstad – Solsidem Brygge

The Solsidem Brygge hotel will be our home for the night. This Brygge hotel overlooks the outer harbour of Ballstad, where boats come and go throughout the day. We will stay in cottages with multiple bedrooms, a kitchen, and dining area. Ballstad is small community with a delicious bakery and town centre a 10 min walk from our accommodation.

Day 5

Nusfjord

This small village nestled amongst towering cliffs was once a tiny fishing village. In recent times it has been converted into a guesthouse community. All of the old fishing Rorbu’s have been converted into guesthouses. The community has a small shop, two restaurants, a meeting hall, and guesthouses.

We will be staying at one of these converted Rorbu’s with a kitchen and twin share bedrooms.

Lofoten Islands BnB Kayaking Experience Nusfjord Accommodation

Day 6

Reine – Sakrisoy Rorbuer

Our final accommodation for the last two nights of our trip will be on a small island, connected by bridges to other islands, in the town of Reine. Reine is located at the southern end of the Lofoten’s and is a town situated on an Island at the entrance to a series of Fjords. It is one of the most magical places in the Lofoten’s.

We will be staying at Sakrisoy Rorbuer, a lovely accommodation on this small Island. These Rorbuer have been restored so as to create a comfortable accommodation while at the same time holding on to their historical charm. Each cabin has 1-3 twin share rooms, a kitchenette and dining room. This is a beautiful spot to spend two days exploring the area by sea kayak.

Route Map

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the meals like on this trip?
There are breakfasts included in two of our hotel stays. These are buffet style breakfasts with many options including eggs, cereal, fruits, breads, vegetables and fish options. The rest of the meals will be prepared by your guide on the trip. Each Rorbuer we stay in has a kitchen where your guide will prepare the food. Western type food will be provided with protein, vegetable and carbohydrate options for each meal. Meals are nutritious, healthy and are aimed at providing participants with the energy required for a full day of paddling. We can accommodate any dietary restrictions so please let us know prior to the trip of any dietary needs.
Will we encounter rain on our trip?
There is always a possibility of rain during the trip. Guests should have an adequate rain gear for both on the water and on land. A sturdy tent with a full coverage fly is a necessity during the trip. There will be a group tent to protect against the elements when in camp or lunching on beaches.
What sort of winds will we encounter while paddling?
Winds tend to blow up in the afternoons in the fjords. There may be whitecaps to paddle through if this happens in the fjords. The guide will assess the conditions before each fjord crossing.
Will we encounter Swell during the trip?
The area we will paddle is fairly protected from the northerly swell. There may be a couple days of small swell if the winds are blowing from the south. Swell on the south side of the islands is generally no more than 2ft or 0.75m.
What is the average air temperature?
Air temperature can hover between 10C-18C.
What is the average ocean temperature?
Average ocean temperature is 10C.
What sort of kayak will we be paddling?
There are numerous options for kayaks to paddle. We have both rudder and skeg boats as well as single and doubles. Please let us know your preference beforehand and we will reserve that type of boat for you.
What kind of paddles will be used?
We have Prion paddles that are made of fibreglass. They are good blades, if you are used to a carbon fibre or Greenland style paddle you may prefer to bring your own paddle.
What kind of PFDs will we be using?
We have four different sizes of PFDs for guests. Wearing PFDs is a mandatory safety aspect of the trip. They are all high quality Kokatat PFDs.
What is a typical day like on the trip?
A typical day is as follows. This will depend on weather conditions: 730 am breakfast (option for a snorkel) 900 on water paddling and exploring the area 1200 lunch break 1300 afternoon paddle 1600 arrive at our Rorbuer or campsite for the night We will endeavour to take a morning and afternoon stretch break each day to keep our hamstrings loose and happy!
What sort of distances will we paddle each day?
The average distance we will paddle each day is 15-20 km.
How many hours will we paddle each day?
We will kayak between 3 and 6 hours a day with lunch breaks and rest stops during that time.
What should I expect in terms of water temperature?
The water temperature is an average of 10C.
Are there opportunities to buy anything in the villages?
There are opportunities to enjoy the luxury of coffees and pastries at each village we visit. There are art museums at each village as well with the opportunity to purchase items, as long as they fit in the kayak!
Will we encounter mosquitos?
There are very few mosquitos in the Lofotens.

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