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Kayak, Hike 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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Kayak, Hike 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

Jun-Aug

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Leknes Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Cabin · Wild camping · Campsite · Lodge

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

Paddling an average of 15km a day plus some hearty hikes, bring good fitness 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 if you're very lucky, 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

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    Jacob, June 2022

    Fantastic trip, beautiful location, all equipment available as needed. Guide was skillful and relaxed. We had an amazing experience.

    Daniel, August 2022

    This was a very enjoyable trip, well organised by the local hosts, providing a great experience of the Lofoten Islands. I was particularly looking forward to the scenery and was not disappointed. Alex was an excellent guide, along with logistics from Carlos. We were kept well-informed and well-supplied throughout, and they both went out of their way to ensure the team were happy. I was lucky to be part of a great group on this trip - something which always makes a big difference when travelling on small-group adventures. The supplied kit was of high quality, and meant we could concentrate on enjoying ourselves without worrying about whether it was up to the job. The paddling was a good challenge, and I felt that this made the overall experience more enjoyable. We were always going to be at the mercy of the weather in this part of the world and unfortunately we were only able to paddle on three of the five days. Our hosts had already accounted for this though and made alternative arrangements to keep us occupied and happy. It also provides a good excuse to come back to this spectacular place, looking for the elusive sunsets!

    Magali, August 2022

    I had an amazing time kayaking with a wonderful group thanks to our incredible guide Alex, that always made sure we had everything we needed. The fjords were outstanding, and despite some days of bad weather thanks to our guide's great planning and adaptability they made sure we could make the most of our 3 first days kayaking and kept us warm and dry and well fed. Thanks for an amazing experience I'm sure not to forget!

    Charles, July 2022

    Highly recommended. Feel alive and experience nature in all its guises. Superbly organised and guided, but with plenty of flexibility.

    Maxine, July 2022

    A great paddling trip in the land where the sun never sets. Morten was a very knowledgable leader. We were a group of experienced kayakers and he assessed our strengths early on, and ensured we stayed in conditions we could handle. Learnt something each day, and saw a variety of fantastic scenery. Didn't see any dolphins, puffins or orca, which I think was because it was the wrong part of the Lofoten to see them.

    Michaela, July 2022

    Despite some tough conditions, our guide Alex made this a great trip with as much kayaking as possible around the beautiful, untouched nature of Lofoten. We will be back!

    Gabriella, July 2022

    Fab trip! The scenery was stunning and was a proper break from life.

    Andras, June 2022

    An amazing week in Lofoten in the expert care of our guide Alex and hosts Krisztina & Carlos! This was quite an adventure to the more remote parts of the islands with a decent physical challenge but at the same time benefitting from thoughtfully organised provisions to keep us well fed and (reasonably) dry & warm.

    Isaac, June 2022

    Amazing trip Alex our guide was simply the best made my summer.

    Charlotte, June 2022

    This is a must-do trip, the scenery is incredible and the hosts (Carlos, Krisztina and Alex) were fantastic. Weather is unpredictable but was fully catered for. Though it was a result tougher to do (hello blisters) Can’t wait to come back next year!

    Included

    Guides

    Expert, English speaking kayaking guides

    Accommodation

    1 night in a cabin, 3 nights wild camping, 1 night at a campsite and 1 night in a lodge

    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

    Cabin · Twin share

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 2 – Day 3

    Wild camping · Twin tent

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 4

    Campsite · Twin tent

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 5

    Wild camping · Twin tent

    Breakfast

    Lunch

    Dinner

    Day 6

    Lodge · 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?

    Lofoten Basecamp cabins

    Your first night in Lofoten is spent at Lofoten Basecamp, a collection of cabins stunningly nestled on the edge of the coast in Leknes. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathroom.

    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 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 · 20km

    Prepare your dry bags as the kayaking gets underway today. You'll put-in at Lofoten Basecamp and get your first taste paddling the calm and turquoise waters on your way to Nusfjord, a UNESCO protected fishing village. Stop here for lunch and a stretch of the legs before paddling on further along the wild coastline to reach your first wild camp spot on a remote sandy beach near Ballstad. Set up your tents and enjoy a well-deserved dinner beneath the midnight sun (early summer) or a Lofoten sunset (late summer).

    Day 3

    Bag a Lofoten peak and wild camp on a tiny island

    Kayaking

    5hrs · 18km

    Hiking

    2hrs · 4.5km · 459m up · 459m down

    Fuel up with breakfast at the wild camp spot before tackling a short but steep hike to the peak of Nonstinden (459m), looking down over the fjord and the fishing village of Ballstad. Hike back down and hop in the kayak towards Mortsund where you'll set up a dreamy camp spot on small island. Have a go at catching your own dinner with a spot of fishing or go foraging for blueberries to add to dessert later and you tuck into dinner round the campfire.

    Day 4

    Mortsund to Rolvsfjord

    Kayaking

    6hrs · 24km

    A full day on the water today as you paddle away from your island idyll, 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, stopping at Stamsund village and eventually reaching Rolvsfjord where you'll settle into a campground with a warm shower and cold beers before dinner - some well earned creature comforts after your off-grid wild camping the past 2 nights!

    Day 5

    Hike and kayak around Rolvsfjord

    Kayaking

    1.5hrs · 5km

    Hiking

    5hrs · 11.5km · 570m up · 570m down

    Grab a shower - you won't have another one for a couple of days - before resting your arms and stretching your legs with a spectacular hike around the coast and up to nearby peaks for towering views of Rolvsfjord. Returning to the kayaks you'll set off back on the water, navigating around Rolvsfjord to reach a nearby island where you'll tuck into dinner around the campfire and set up wild camp for the night.

    Day 6

    Rolvsfjord to Gimsoya

    Kayaking

    6-7hrs · 28km

    Rise early today to catch the sunrise - unless you're here in June with 24hr daylight. The views of the huge rocky mountains of Valberg form an epic backdrop for today's route - the longest paddle of the trip - 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 Gimsoya where you'll settle into a lodge to enjoy your last night in Lofoten in a proper bed. Your host will prepare a delicious farewell dinner to toast the end of the trip in style tonight.

    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 Drysuits are available to hire locally if the weather dictates

    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) Hiking boots 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 bag and mat hire

    Payable Before Departure

    Sleeping bag and mat hire

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade (for all nights)

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade (for all nights)

    Per Person

    Optional Private Room Upgrade (for cabin and lodge nights only)

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Room Upgrade (for cabin and lodge nights only)

    Per Person

    Optional Private Tent Upgrade (for nights in tents only)

    Payable Before Departure

    Optional Private Tent Upgrade (for nights in tents only)

    Per Person

    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. The hikes are fairly strenuous with some elevation gain to tackle, but the terrain is easy going and manageable by anyone with basic hiking experience and some fitness levels.

    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.

    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.

    You're in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

    Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

    Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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