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We are inviting you to a rarely paddled stretch of Lofoten, the wild West coast and populated East coast of Moskenes Island. This is a once a year trip.
The West coast of Moskenes is remote, isolated and rarely paddled. With two experienced guides we are bringing you to this amazing location in summer 2017. Together we will experience ... morethe raw and untouched nature the West coast has on offer, we will explore sea caves and dry caves (if conditions allow it). We will see eagles, seals, fish and a myriad of birds living in an environment rarely visited by mankind.
The West coast of Moskenes Island is remote and isolated, so our participants need to meet certain standards. There are no roads and a very limited phone/radio coverage. The weather will decide if we go for plan A or plan B. Safety comes first and in Lofoten the weather is always the deciding factor.
We require that you have passed a 3 star sea kayak course (teknikkurs from NPF, 3 star BCU or equivalent). Alternatively you must have sufficient experience to paddle in 3 star conditions (1,25 meter waves, 8 m/s wind). Furthermore you must know how to land a sea kayak in surf so some surfing experience will be essential. There may be surf conditions on our landing beaches and surf zones are relatively high risk areas.
We also ask that you are a contributing member of the group. We need all the members of the group to contribute where they can, whether at sea or on land. We will be isolated and it’s therefore important that everyone assist each other whenever possible.
Lastly, the conditions can be rough on the West coast. If we deem the conditions too demanding we will go for our plan B. You must however be prepared and able to paddle and camp under rough conditions; high winds and big waves.
How to get there
There are several ways to arrive at Ballstad. The easiest way is airtravel via Bodø (www.sas.com or www.norwegian.com) and connect with a Viderø flight (www.wideroe.no) to Leknes airport. Leknes have several arrivals with good connections from Bodø airport.
If sea travel is more convenient, Hurtigruten (www.hurtigruten.com/no/norskekysten/) is a good alternative as it arrives at the local village of Stamsund at 19.00 and the south direction departures at 22.30. If you travel by car, the ferry (http://www.torghatten-nord.no/english/) from Bodø to Moskenes (Å) is a good alternative. Several departures a day.
2 nights of accommodation at Hattvika Lodge.
Two experienced guides
2 BBQ dinners at Hattvika Lodge
Kristoffer Vandbakk from Kajakk Nord, 5 star guide and coach (NPF 5 and BCU 4). Kristoffer has 4 years of experience as a sea kayak guide and instructor. He has done multiple trips to the West coast of Moskenes and has incident management and first aid in remote areas skills.
Matt Skuse is a former Mountain Leader in the British Royal Marines with extensive experience in remote and challenging wilderness environments. He has a deep respect for nature and is passionate about low trace outdoor activity. Matt is a BCU 4 Star sea Kayak Leader, BCU 5 star Canoe Leader and a UKCC Level 3 coach.
15 July, arrival at Hattvika Lodge, BBQ dinner and briefing. Accommodation at Hattvika Lodge.
16 July, the paddling starts from Ramberg to Kvalvika, 12 km.
17 July, Kvalvika to Bunes, 17 km.
18 July, Bunes to Lofotodden, 22 km.
19 July, Lofotodden to Reinefjord, 22 km.
20 July, Reinefjord to Ramberg, 22 km. Pickup by car from Ramberg to Hattvika Lodge, BBQ dinner, shower and a soft bed at Hattvika Lodge.
21 July, departure from Hattvika Lodge by 15:00.
Details of plan A:
Arrival at Hattvika Lodge before 18.00. We meet up and get to know each other. We go to Lofotsenteret in Leknes for some shopping (fuel, food and whatever else you need). The briefing starts at 18.00. We then enjoy an evening BBQ and relax at Hattvika Lodge.
We drive to Ramberg and begin the paddle to Kvalvika. There are sea caves to explore, in our kayaks, just before Kvalvika. Distance to paddle: 12 km.
Kvalvika to Bunes. The wild West coast of Moskenes all day. Distance to paddle: 17 km. We arrive at Bunes beach and camp here. There is mobile telephone and radio coverage a 20 minutes hike from the beach.
Bunes to Lofotodden. We will paddle by several caves. If we can, we will explore a cave on foot (Otervikhula), there are 2-3000 years old paintings in some of the caves on the west coast. We arrive at Lofotodden where we will paddle in the Mosken tidal current. There is mobile and radio coverage at this campsite. Distance to paddle: 22 km.
We paddle in or near the Mosken tidal current (depending on the conditions) and pass the most Southern point on the island towards Reine. Reinefjord is one of the most picturesque areas in Lofoten, we will find a suitable campsite there. There is mobile telephone and radio coverage on the whole East coast. Distance to paddle: 22 km.
Reinefjord to Ramberg, through the Sund tidal current, where we will be picked up and driven back to Hattvika Lodge for another great BBQ, a hot shower and comfortable bed.
Breakfast and departure from Hattvika Lodge by 15:00.
Details of plan B:
If conditions on the West coast are too demanding at the start of the trip, we will go for plan B which begins on the east coast of Moskenes with the aim of circumnavigating the island in the reverse order of plan A.
We like the term “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs”. We will bring out all garbage with us. Campfires will be made on a bed of rocks to leave no trace. We will bring a small shovel to to dig small holes and cover any human waste.
Travel insurance is always recommended. You are responsible for having the appropriate accident and travel insurance for sea kayaking on a remote coastline for several days. Call your insurance agency if in doubt. We recommend booking a return flight from Lofoten which includes cancellation insurance.
When planning a fairly challenging sea kayak trip such as this, we have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Below we have described known risks and how to avoid and deal with them.
On the west coast there are several landing spots. This includes Kvalvika, Horseid, Bunes, Gjerdvika, Turtnbakkvika, Refsvika and Hell. These are all sand beaches (except Hell which is a sheltered bay) and therefore preferable to organising a rock landing. If we need to land we will, if possible, attempt landing at one of these places.
It is possible to hike on foot to the populated east coast from Kvalvika, Horseid and Bunes. From Bunes it is possible to spend a day carrying all equipment from the beach to the sheltered Reinefjord on the east coast. From Hell it is possible to hike to Å, but this is a very long and steep hike. It is also possible to hike from Stokkvika to the east coast, however the landing in Stokkvika is rocky.
If emergency rescue is required, the group should contact emergency services. This can be done at any of the mobile/radio service points marked on the map. Other than the marked points, there is no mobile or radio contact on the west coast of Moskenes.The whole east coast has mobile and radio contact.
If there is a need to evacuate an injured person or the entire group we will land and walk out or if this is not possible, contact emergency services. Equipment will be secured on land for pickup at a later stage.
Each of the group must be prepared to tow another paddler. Everyone must have a tow rope and everyone must also know how to use it.
If you capsize you should be able to either self rescue or roll. Partner rescues are the second line of defence.
If a paddler capsizes in his or her kayak and exits the kayak, a recovery can be performed by a member of the group. Everyone must be able to perform a buddy rescue so that the person gets back into the kayak.
In the unlikely event of resuscitation being required, the casualty will be moved to land if possible or raft up to provide a suitable platform.
Group control: Line of sight between the group members is to be maintained. If you leave the group on purpose you are no longer considered a part of the arranged guided trip, until you return to the group.
If conditions are too rough the group may be forced to remain in camp until conditions improve.
If an emergency occurs and the group or part of the group has to cancel the guided trip, no refund will be given.
By joining this guided tour you accept the risks described in this document; the risks involved in sea kayaking and the risks of being on an isolated coastline over several days.
This is a great kayak trip to one of the most beautiful parts of Norway. With excellent guidance, you will have a great trip both as an experienced kayaker and as a beginner.
Imagine being among wild seagulls and sea eagles, in the archipelago outside the glacier of Svartisen. You put the paddle in the water and glide. Smiling. Our kayak instructors are ... moreexperienced and will make sure you feel safe and comfy. We will do some excercises ahead of the trip to make your trip as pleasant as possible.
If you are an experienced kayaker you will appreciate the extraordinary and varied landscape. If you are a beginner you will appreciate it too, and probably also the small protected bays, where paddling is easier.
We start in Engavågen.
Kayaking has since the beginning of Gone Paddling AS been our main activity. We offer both courses and guided trips and we will adjust to your skill level, preferably combined with ... moregoing ashore for lunch. Over night-trips can also be arranged.
Kayaking is a time consuming activity and is not suitable in combination with the other activities we offer.
Kayak Trip tailored for you.
This is a kayak intro lesson course in Bergen, Hordaland!
Learn kayaking by professional instructors.
Intro - 3 hours
The participant gets introduced to the kayak and equipment. When finished the participant have learned to use the kayak, ... morepaddle, splash guard and life west. The lesson aim to motivate for further education in kayaking.
Guided canoe day trips on scenic rivers or lakes. Canoeing is an excellent way to get to know the nature around Bodø. This tour is designed for pleasure, not pushing! No previous experience ... morein canoeing is required. An experienced guide adds a whole new dimension to your canoe trip. We can help you improve your canoeing skills. The precise location for this canoe day trip will be chosen by the ... moreguide due to local conditions (such as weather, wind, water level) and to fit the desires and physiques of the group. Recommended minimum age for children is 6 years.
The trip is in no way strenuous, anyone can join.
Maximum size of the group is 16.
For a day trip from Bodo to Futelva river we´ll need around 4 - 5 hours.
April - September.
Weather Cancellation Policy
Canoeing is not dependent on weather conditions. In windy weather we´ll choose an alternative and sheltered location.
Where will the trip take place?
Our first choice is Futelva river (11 km/ 15 min from Bodø). But there are other locations if water level here is too low. The best time for Futelva river is April – June.
What do I need to bring?
Clothing suited for the weather for a short outdoor trip. A day pack is useful and water and snacks are nice to have. A camera of course.
600,-NOK per person
Minimum NOK 4000 for a trip.
Transportation. Guiding in English. Instructions. Gear for canoeing; canoes, paddles, lifevests.
This is a basic introduction course in kayaking in beautiful Kristiansund!
Never tried sea kayaking before? Try to see if it is something you´ll like. This course aims to give a short introduction to the kayak and equipment, as well as basic techniques and ... moreresque.
We have 3 dates set up:
May 4, May 25 and June 1
But we will also provide on request.
Sign up for a more extensive course in kayaking, in beautiful Kristiansund!
This is a 16 hour basic course for you that don´t have a certificate, or only the 3 hour intro. You will learn basic techniques, resque, HMS and touring.
The course follow the standards of Norsk Padleforbund.
Rent a kayak, join a course to learn the basics or customize your own guided adventure in beautiful Averøy!
Welcome to Padleturer, which, when translated to english, simply means paddling trips, and that is exactly what we like to do. We are situated on the island of Averoy in the beautiful ... morenorthwestern part of Norway, just a few kilometers south of Kristiansund!
Averoy is one main island and many small islands surrounding it.
With three small fjords surrounding the municipality on three sides and the open ocean on the fourth side, there are countless possibillities for kayaking.
Order a kayaktour with Padleturer, and let us guide you through these beautiful sceneries.
At Padleturer.no you can rent a kayak (we have 8 single and one double), join a kayak course or have your own guided adventure with a guide.
Please send me an e-mail with your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org, or give me a call at +47- 468 33 091
This is a basic introduction to sea kayaking in beautiful Averøy, where in the end you´ll receive a certified sertificate!
Are you interested in a day trip, including a basic introduction to sea kayking, and the experience of paddling in the beautiful nature at Averøy? The introductory course lasts for ... more4 hours and qualifies participants for a “Wet Card”, issued by the Norwegian Canoe Association, as proof of the participant’s basic competency in a sea kayak.
This course aims to give a short introduction to the kayak and equipment, as well as basic technique and resque.
The trip/course is arranged at Sveggvika at Averøy, but can also be arranged at other places on request..
This is a beginner friendly guided kayaking trip in the scenic Senja area of Nordland!
Some people say that Senja along Lofoten and Vesterålen is the most beautiful area in Norway. Try kayaking and see why. 5 hour guided trip in a fjord in the Senja island.... more
This trip is beginner friendly.
This is an introduction course in kayaking, in Averøy, close to Kristiansund!
This course has a duration of 16 hours, usually spread over two days, and is the foundation upon which all other paddle courses rely. The course provides NPF wet cards and is an introduction ... moreto the use of sea kayaks.
The course begins with an introduction to the kayak, choice of clothing, various types of paddles, and the right use of kayaks and kayaking equipment. There will also be themes such as outdoor recreation, injury prevention, paddling techniques, rescue and sea kayaking.
After a short basic introduction we paddle out and use islands, straits and inlets in the area for training and practical exercises where we drill for good paddling techniques and basic operation of the kayak. In practice this means learning to paddle forward, backward and sideways, and learn different ways to control the kayak, both using different strokes and using techniques of body and kayak. Here there may be something to learn, even for kayakers who already have some years of experience.
It is important to spend time on safety, both through discussions and through practical exercises in different ways to perform rescues of capsized paddlers, and to save ourselves.
This is a 16 hour course in kayaking!
Basic Course - 16 hours The participant gets introduced to the kayak and the equipment. When finished the participant have learned to use the kayak, paddle, splash guard and life west. ... moreIn addition the participant are taught simple security routines and practises, and techniques on how to effectively maneuver the kayak.
Read more about the course on gokayaking
This is a 3 hour introduction course in kayaking!
Intro - 3 hours The participant gets introduced to the kayak and equipment. When finished the participant have learned to use the kayak, paddle, splash guard and life west. The lesson ... moreaim to motivate for further education in kayaking.
Read more about the course on gokayaking.no
This is a basic course in kayaking.
Basic Course - 16 hours The participant gets introduced to the kayak and the equipment. When finished the participant have learned to use the kayak, paddle, splash guard and life west. ... moreIn addition the participant are known to simple security routines and practises, and techniques on effective maneuver of the kayak.
This is a 16 hour kayaking course in technical skills and safety.
Technique Course - 16 hours The participant gets detailed instruction of technical skills, both regarding technique and safety. After the course the participant is able to perform ... moregood technical skills in smooth water.
This is a guided kayak tour i Meløy, Nordland.
In the archipelago outside Svartisen Glacier, among sea eagles and wild seagulls we put the paddle rythmic in the water and glide through the water. You will be guided by experienced ... morekayak instructors. The trip starts in a safe harbour in Engavågen. Here we´ll be doing some preparation excercises before we go ahead. Experienced kayakers will appreciate the amazing landscape and the unlimited variation, while newbies will love the many protected small bays where one can learn to paddle safe. The experience can be big even if the trip is small!
This is a guided kayak tour in Meløy, Nordland.
In the archipelago outside Svartisen glacier, among sea eagles and wild seagulls we put the paddle rythmic in the water and glide through the water. You will be guided by experienced ... morekayak instructors. The trip starts in a safe harbour in Engavågen. Here we´ll be doing some preparation excercises before we go ahead. Experienced kayakers will appreciate the amazing landscape and the unlimited variation, while newbies will love the many protected small bays where one can learn to paddle safe. The experience can be big even if the trip is small!
An excursion to feed your eyes with the snowy-white crests of the waves. You’ll paddle on waters that mix and match continuously creating white sandy beaches, a wonderful gift of nature. ... moreYour eyes will be drawn towards the beauty and wonder of these lands, so extreme that they draw life from the very essence of nature. An experience that should never be missed by a true lover of kayaking. One of our staff will take you to Henningsvær, about 25 kilometers from Svolvær, where you will meet our guide, Peter, who will teach you the secrets of kayaking and introduce you ... moreto our beautiful coastline. A break is scheduled on a small beach where you can enjoy a good hot coffee.
After kayakking, you will enjoy a short guided tour. The guide will bring you to the nicests and most interesting sposts. The walk will take about 1 hour and you will enjoy the beauty and colors of these fantastic fishing village. Possibility of taking pictures and relax.
Kayaking in the beautiful archipelago of Stockholm. See Stockholm and the surroundings from a different point of view. In a kayak you get as close to the sea as possible while you ... moreenter the Baltic Sea with thousands of islands and scerries. There are closer to 30 000 of them.
The environment you are entering here is unique, and you can experience it with old or new friends.
What can you expect to see? There will be islands. 30.000 islands. Some have houses, some is covered by forest and and some are washed clean by the ocean, just a couple of meters above ... moresea level.
You enter the wild, close to the city.
The great airforce predator of white-tail eagle is common. You can see geese, arctic tern, great cormorant, wild swans, eider and loons. Among others. Be prepared for curious seals to drop by.
We meet and take a quick briefing.
Drive to the coast, this one is quick.
You get the equipment.
A quick introduction lesson where you learn techinque and get started.
Lunch at an island
Start paddleing to the starting point.
Wrap up and cleaning of equipment.
You will be dropped off at the meeting point.
Included in the tour
Pickup and drop off from central Stockholm
A kayak adventure with guide.
The worlds best outdoor lunch :)
Swedish fika aka coffee with pastries.
Kayak & equipment
Small group size. Typical 3-4 persons.
You get a bag to keep your things dry.
An introduction to the world of kayaking.
Try River Kayaking on the Nøra River!
For whom? This trip will suit a person who wants an exciting adventure in rivers. You have typically been paddleing before, maybe with a canoe or sea-kayak and want a fun and varied ... moreexperience on a river.
The Nøra River itself is appropriate for newbies, but have a couple of passages that will feel exciting and give that little rush to make you smile the rest of the day!
The River is perfect for education and learning.