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Sea kayaking in the land of the midnight sun amidst some of the most spectacular mountain & seascapes on the planet. The Lofoten archiplego is just stunning with sheer cliffs, spectacular mountains, sandy beaches and 24 hour daylight. We run just a handful of trips per year to this unique venue with limited places.
- All guiding and instruction
-PFD, deck, paddle and kayak supplied
- -Meals during your expedition are not included: this is the self sufficient option so you can opt to bring your own stove and food and self cater.
Not Included on either option:
- Accommodation or food before or after the expedition
- Any travel to and from the expedition venue. As with any of our trips in Scotland, or other parts of the world, you need to get to the start point. So plan to book your return travel from your home area to Norway. You will also need to be self sufficient with a light tent for the expedition and personal eating utensils
- All guiding and instruction
-PFD, deck, paddle and kayak supplied
- All provisions, fuel, cookers etc and meals during the expedition
- You will be cooked for throughout the trip
"Just wanted to say thank you for the Lofoten experience and taking good care of us, we had such a good time. Can't wait to join you in Scotland." Franz Mueller June 2012
"On the morning of departure Mike (Mountain and Sea Guides head honcho) gathered the group together for a pre-trip briefing. I’ve been on expedition with Mike before (Their Isles of Raasay and Rona expedition), and find him to be very friendly, relaxed and approachable, but utterly professional as and when required: the perfect combination of skills for an expedition leader.
If you have the paddling skills and are half thinking about this trip, do it.
I can guarantee that the scenery will be some of the most spectacular you will ever see.
It left most of us open mouthed for much of the trip. If you don’t have the required paddling skills, have a word with Mike as I feel sure he will be able to recommend a route forward so that you can acquire the required skills. Now get on and decide which trip you are going to take with Mountain and Sea Guides." Darren Speck
"First thanks for organising and leading a fantastic trip in the Lofotens last week. The weeks kayaking far exceeded our expectations and we spent much of the journey back talking about where to go next. No decisions but lots of candidates!" Martin Jones June 2015
150 -200 km north of the Arctic Circle lies the chain of rocky peaks known as the Lofoten islands. As you paddle along beside sheer waterfalls the mountains simply appear out of the sea punctuated by sandy beaches offering easy landings and amazing wild camps where you can sit in this mesmerising scenery, talking about the day and eating freshly made, home cooking.
Puffins, Seals and other arctic wildlife live in the deep fjords of the archipelago. Our ultimate expedition plan will be decided along with local weather plans when we meet you in Lofoten.
The main aim of the week is to paddle into the fjords spending several days exploring the mountains and wild camping along the way. Days can be long as we make the most of your time here and we're not pressured by daylight as there is 24 hours of the stuff! We normally only do a few dates, around mid summer, in late June or early July, so places are fairly limited. If there are two or more of you wanting to join us then don't hesitate - places go fast on this unique trip.
We send our guides out from Scotland to run this trip, allowing us to maintain the very high safety standards that we have developed in the NW of Scotland for over two decades. It's the same with our trips in Canada and Croatia allowing consistency throughout all of our overseas trips.
- A short film, by Rob Wilkinson, of our 2012 expedition
Our past trip participants have arrived in Lofoten by bike, ferry, aircraft, car and even on foot! Just email us with any questions. Getting north of the Arctic circle is relatively easy with air, rail and ferry links all the way. Wideroe and SAS airlines fly within Norway and from some parts of the UK. Ryanair and Norwegian go to Oslo from the UK allowing you to link with flights north from there. If you've got a bit more time then take the excellent, but slow, train journey up the coast of Norway to arrive in Bodo where you can use a ferry or air to get to your destination Svolvaer, in Lofoten. We have plenty of advice available on the best travel options so just drop us an email and we hope to meet you in Lofoten this summer.
Important: If you are short of time and want to fly then please be aware the further North you travel into the Arctic, the smaller the aircraft get. This means that it is often very difficult, or impossible, to get seats, close to our expedition dates. Most people are booking this trip, and therefore their flights, up to 8-12 months in advance. Trains and ferries are usually easy to book - if you've the holiday time!
Day One: Fly UK to Oslo to Bodo - you then have the option of getting the fast boat or a short 30 min flight to Svolvaer which is the start point of our trip. Alternatively you can opt to use the train to Bodo if you’ve got the time.
Days Two to Six: After packing the kayaks we paddle off to first night wild camp. Further expedition days in the Trollfjorden area - all plans subject to weather with each day being planned accordingly. Return Thursday afternoon to Vaterfjord.
Day Seven: Travel home
More detailed info on location, kit requirements and meeting info will be emailed on booking.
Please note: the above itinerary is a guide only as actual plans will be flexible to suit group & prevailing weather.
Arrive on Saturday afternoon/Eve
Kayak days Sunday to Thursday
Depart following Friday
NB: some date schedules may be outwith these days
Paddlers with very good fitness - regular upper body exercise pre-trip essential.
This is a pack and paddle trip (no pre trip training provided). You need to present yourself with the correct level of self reliant paddle skills so you can meet the demands of the programme. If you wish to have a single kayak then you need to be a well practised BCU 3 star level paddler. If not then a tandem kayak is advised for those at advanced beginner level. Please email or call for a chat to discuss all aspects of the trip.
June 18-22 , 24-28 July 1-7 FULL
Note: Actual activity days shown. Arrival & departure travel days are either side of above dates. Other dates may be available with demand. Email first, before booking, to check space as above dates may already be full.
If you don't want to join an open trip with other people, or have a family/friends group of your own, then private instruction and guiding will meet your goals.
Pricing is per person and is best at the date periods shown above as we are already out there.
We can email you a quote. Simply let us know where, when, what and for how many people. The prices shown will remain the same if you meet the guide to participant ratio. For smaller private groups this will require a quote.