Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak and Wild Camp the Lofoten Islands

An unforgettable island-hopping journey through the wilderness seascapes of Norway's stunning Arctic archipelago

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak and Wild Camp the Lofoten Islands

An unforgettable island-hopping journey through the wilderness seascapes of Norway's stunning Arctic archipelago

DURATION

6 nights

LOCATION

Norway

ANNUAL LEAVE

1 week off work

SEASON

May-Sep

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Leknes Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Guesthouse · Wild camping · Campsite

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

Paddling an average of 20km a day, you'll need good fitness for full days on the water and a love for being immersed in wild places

Kayak past majestic mountains and iconic fishing villages on a unique route through the turquoise waters of Lofoten

Eyes peeled for dolphins, puffins and the islands' most enigmatic resident - the orca

Reach remote and uninhabited islands for wild campouts, bonfires and old fisherman's tales beneath the midnight sun

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

Expert, local, English speaking kayaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a beach house, 3 nights wild camping, 1 night at a campsite

Meals

All of your breakfasts, lunches and dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All your camping and kayaking gear

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Leknes Airport

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Leknes Airport

Anytime on Day 7

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at Leknes Airport on Day 1 and transfer you over to the beach house. On Day 7 your host will transfer you back to the airport in time for your onward flight. Transfers are included on the arrival and departure days, you'll just need to let your host know your flight arrival and departure times.

Travel options

Leknes Airport is accessible by various flights from the UK, Europe and North America via Oslo.

With extra time on your hands (and some extra cash) it is possible to catch the train to the Lofoten Islands. From Oslo, you can take a train via Trondheim and Fauske to Bodø which takes approximately 10 hours. Once in Bodø, you can take a ferry or speedboat to Lofoten.

Day 1

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4 – Day 6

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

During the expedition, the emphasis will be on lightweight meals prepared by the trip leader with some help from the group. The welcome and farewell dinner will be some local specialities such as Lofoten lamb and fresh fish. For the rest of the dinners expect soups, pasta with vegetables, sausages and freeze-dried meals. Breakfasts will consist of muesli, porridge, crispbread, some cheese and ham, tea and coffee. For packed lunches, you'll make sandwiches from various ingredients. Snack items include biscuits, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, fruits and energy bars.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just request on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Wild camping

You'll spend 3 nights wild camping on tiny remote islands and beaches - without doubt, the best way to soak up the wild nature of the Lofoten Islands. Your guide will select the best locations depending on conditions, and you can expect to pitch up on wild grassland, beaches or sand dunes. You'll stay in twin-share tents with sleeping mats, and everyone mucks in alongside the guide to help set up and take down camp.

Beach campsite

You'll spend one-night camping at a campground at Brustranda Sjocamping, a campground surrounded by sea on one side and mountains on the other. There are toilets and shower facilities here. You'll stay in twin-share tents unless you have requested a private room & tent upgrade.

Beach house

Your first and last night of the adventure are spent at a private guesthouse on the beach a short drive from the town of Leknes. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen. Double rooms are available if requested.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

Day 1

First glimpses of Lofoten

Peer out over the archipelago as you touch down at Leknes Airport where your host is waiting to transfer you to your beach house. Settle in and take a gentle stroll along the beach before sitting down for a welcome bonfire and dinner with your guide and fellow adventurers to chat through the week ahead.

Day 2

The paddling begins

Kayaking

5-6hrs · 16km

Prepare your dry bags as the kayaking gets underway today. You'll put-in at Eggum harbour and paddle east through shallow turquoise waters dotted with countless small islands. This is a wild area where you're highly unlikely to see other people around, apart from seals, dolphins and colonies of cormorants to keep you company. After a full day paddling, you'll reach the island of Gimsøya around 17:00, in time to find a wild camp spot, set up your tents and enjoy a well-deserved dinner beneath the midnight sun.

Day 3

Gimsøya to Rolvsfjord

Kayaking

6-7hrs · 26km

Fuel up with breakfast at the wild camp spot before a chunky day on the water as you paddle away from Gimsøya island, heading south. The views of the huge rocky mountains of Valberg form an epic backdrop for today's route and provide plenty of proof that the best way to see the Lofoten Islands is from the water. Weave through the myriad of tiny islands, eventually reaching Rolvsfjord where you'll settle into your campground with a warm shower and cold beers before dinner.

Day 4

Rolvsfjord to Mortsund

Kayaking

6-7hrs · 24km

Grab a shower - you won't have another one for nearly three days - and prepare the kayaks for three days of paddling and two consecutive nights of wild camping. Set off towards Mortsund, an idyllic fishing village facing south on Vestvågøya island. Midway you'll stop off at Stamsund to stretch your legs, grab some lunch and walk around another beautiful Lofoten village. Spend the afternoon back on the water navigating small channels through hundreds of islets, eventually reaching a tiny island just off Mortsund village where you'll be wild camping tonight.

Day 5

Mortsund to Nusfjord

Kayaking

5-6hrs · 20km

Enjoy an early breakfast and catch the sunrise (unless you're here in June with 24hr daylight) before loading up the kayaks. Heading south and hugging the coast of Vestvågøya island, you'll reach the old fishing village of Ballstad where you'll paddle between the colourful fishing boats. The air is filled with the scent of drying cod being hung around the village - definitely a memorable aroma! Continuing south-west you'll cross to Flakstadøya island aiming for another old fishing village and UNESCO protected site at Nusfjord. Tonight you'll wild camp on the coast and sit around the bonfire listening to old fisherman's tales from your guide.

Day 6

The final stretch on the lookout for orca

Kayaking

5-6hrs · 18km

Your route today is through vibrant turquoise blue and green waters, making for a spectacular saunter to the finish line. You might even get the chance to kayak alongside Lofoten's most iconic resident, the orca, so fingers crossed and eyes peeled. 18km later you'll reach Selfjorden, your final stop on the expedition. Head back to your beach house from Day 1 for a hot shower, cold beer, celebratory bonfire and one last dinner on the beach.

Day 7

Last glimpses of Lofoten

Time to leave Lofoten with a sackful of happy memories as your host transfers you to Leknes Airport in time for your flight home.

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What's included?

Tandem sea kayaks
Life jacket
Paddle
Dry bags
Twin-share expedition tent

What's available to hire?

Sleeping bag + liner
Sleeping mat

What do I need to bring?

BAGS
Main backpack or duffel bag (to be left along with items that you don't take on the expedition)
Dry bags for your sleeping bags and clothes (10-20 litres) - Your host does include dry bags but please bring your own if you are able to.

CLOTHES
Thermal underwear, two sets
Wool or fleece thermal mid-layer
Hiking trousers (we recommend no cotton as they take longer to dry if wet)
Waterproof and breathable trousers and jacket
Down or synthetic jacket
T-shirts
Wool or fleece hat
Warm gloves or mittens
2 to 3 pairs of thick wool/synthetic socks
Light hiking shoes
Swimwear (very important so you don't miss out on the unforgettable experience to swim in Lofoten!)
Sunhat
Sandals for the camp

SLEEPING
Season 3 sleeping bag, with a comfort level of 5°C / 41°F
Lightweight and packable sleeping mat, such as a Thermarest
Sleeping bag liner
Small travel pillow

OTHER
Universal travel plug adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel Insurance documents
Earplugs
Insect repellant
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Toilet kit (toilet paper, biodegradable bags to carry paper out to dispose of)
Quick-dry towel
Alcohol hand-gel
Headtorch or torch
Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)
Biodegradable wet-wipes
Energy bars and snacks
Water purification tablets/treatment system

Sleeping mat hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping mat hire

Sleeping bag hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag hire

Sleeping bag and mat hire

Payable Before Departure

Sleeping bag and mat hire

Optional Private Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Tent Upgrade

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 72kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

You do not need any previous kayaking experience, full guidance will be provided at the beginning of the trip and while on the water. A general level of fitness will be useful, building a little arm strength before can help with sea kayaking. You will be in a tandem kayak by default.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion and your host will help with advice on how much to tip your guides should you wish to do so.

Tap water in the Lofoten Islands is safe to drink. Your host will provide fresh water to fill up your bottles at various points during the hike, with some sections benefiting from small rivers to refill from.

The Lofoten Islands is the kind of place where you need to prepare for all-weathers. In the summer you'll find 25-degree scorchers to chilly overnight campouts, blazing sunshine to windswept downpours. The months with the lowest rainfall are April, May and June, followed closely by July and August. Average temperatures in June and September see lows of 6°C / 43°F and highs of 12°C / 54°F. For July and August can expect lows of 7°C / 45°F and highs of 16°C / 61°F. The average water temperature in summer is 11°C / 52°F.

Yes, you can store excess luggage at your host's office base at the start of the trip. See 'How Does the Expedition Work' for details on when you'll be away from your main luggage during the trip.

For current advice about travelling in Norway, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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