Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak the Lofoten Islands in a Weekend

A majestic island-hop, weaving through the watery wilderness of Norway's stunning Arctic archipelago

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak the Lofoten Islands in a Weekend

A majestic island-hop, weaving through the watery wilderness of Norway's stunning Arctic archipelago

DURATION

3 nights

LOCATION

Norway

ANNUAL LEAVE

2 days off work

SEASON

July

GROUP SIZE

Up to 10 people

MEETING POINT

Eggum Harbour

ACCOMMODATION

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 mountains and fishing villages through the turquoise waters of Lofoten - eyes peeled for dolphins and orcas

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

A mini version of our sought-after full week trip: Kayak and Wild Camp the Lofoten Islands

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 wild camping, 1 night at a campsite

Meals

All of your breakfasts, lunches and dinners

Transfers

Arrival pick-up and drop-off anywhere on Vestvagoy Island (including Leknes Airport)

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

map

Logistics

Starts

Eggum Harbour

12:30

Ends

Napp

16:00

Transfers

Your host will pick you up from anywhere on Vestvagoy Island, ahead of the start time of 12:30 at Eggum Harbour. This includes Leknes Airport which is on Vestvagoy, so morning flight arrivals can be met if you are flaying in on the morning of Day 1. Alternatively, you can make your own way to Eggum Harbour for 12:30 to meet your host and fellow adventurers there. On Day 4 you'll reach Napp at approximately 16:00 and after packing down, your host will transfer you back to anywhere you like on Vestvagoy Island. We recommend booking flights that depart after 19:00 if you are heading straight to the airport at the end of the trip.

It's also possible to be collected from Moskenes ferry terminal on the morning of Day 1 if you are travelling from Bodø which serves as a larger gateway to the Lofoten Islands, with more flight options into Bodø compared with Leknes. You'll need to be on the ferry arriving at Moskenes at 09.15, and there is an additional charge to be collected from here - see Optional Extras for the price.

Travel options

The most straightforward point of arrival for this trip is Leknes Airport - accessible by various flights from the UK, Europe and North America via Oslo. However, there are limited options to arrive in time for the start of the trip at 12.30 in Eggum Harbour, so you may wish to fly a day before and arrange a night in a hotel or hostel before starting the trip the following day.

There is the option of flying to Bodø, staying the night there at your own arrangement and then taking the direct ferry departing from Bodø and arriving at Moskenes. The journey takes approximately 3h 15m.

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 the ferry mentioned above to Lofoten.

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Campsite · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Wild camping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

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 dinners 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 this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Wild camping

You'll spend two nights wild camping on tiny islands and remote 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 Brustranda Sjocamping, a campground with the 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 and tent upgrade.

Day 1

The paddling begins

Kayaking

5-6hrs · 16km

Your host will pick you up from anywhere on Vestvagoy Island and take you to the put-in spot at Eggum Harbour. Load up the kayaks 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, with just seals, dolphins and colonies of cormorants to keep you company. After a full day of paddling, you'll reach the island of Gimsøya in the late afternoon, in time to find a wild camp spot, set up your tents and enjoy a well-deserved dinner beneath the midnight sun.

Day 2

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 3

Rolvsfjord to Mortsund

Kayaking

6-7hrs · 24km

Breakfast and shower at the campground before setting 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 4

Mortsund to Napp

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 paddle the final stretch of the adventure, reaching the put-out spot at Napp around 16:00. Toast a wild weekend and help pack away the kayak and camp gear before your host drops you off anywhere on Vestvagoy Island.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

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 repellent
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

No optional extras are available for this trip.

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 64kg 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. However, a general level of fitness will be useful, and 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.

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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