Monday, January 2, 2012

9 day Kayak Lofoten Islands, Norway


 9 day Kayak Lofoten Islands, Norway
$4500 USD pp (price may change)

This would be a customised trip date for your preference.

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-->Itinerary: (please Note Day 0 and day 10 are meant as arrival/departure days, not actual trip days and you will be responsible for yourself on those days).

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 Day 0: arrive in Bodø
Plan to arrive this evening and book into a hotel (WWA can organise this for you, let us know)

 Day 1: Bodø to Å . TRIP STARTS THIS DAY.
We will meet at designated spot in Bodø, after introductions we embark on a short walk to the ferry terminal. Once on board we will talk about the coming Days in the Lofoten Islands. Route description, tide calculations and morning departure times, description of the accommodation and a meal outline as well as getting your own Lofoten map.

Upon arrival in, we will be transported to Å where we will be served a lunch before taking a guided tour of the Lofoten Fishing Village museum. This in-depth presentation on the history and life of the Lofoten sets the stage for a glorious week exploring these Islands. We will set up in our Rorbuer and get in an evening paddle making sure all our boats are ok and our skills are set for the next day.

 
DAY 2: Å to Reine.  http://www.lofoten-info.no/buene.htm
After getting into our padding gear we launch from the town pier and head to Reine, where the towering peaks beckon us we will stop for lunch in Reine


Today’s paddle in Reinefjord can include more advanced techniques.
Kayaking amongst the jagged peaks of Reinefjord we paddle into one of the bays and take a possible hike over the range to the northern beaches, where we can get a glimpse of the North Sea. We then return to Reine for dining and a relaxing evening.

 Day 3:
paddling to Ramberg
Leaving Reine we paddle along the steep rocky walls of the Moskenes Titans to the Sund Sound; a narrow river like channel separating Moskenes Island from Flakstad Island. We hope to time our arrival with the turn of the current so that after lunch we can go with it north. In Sund we hope to visit the Blacksmith’s museum and possibly see him create birds of steel.

After our visit in Sund we are ready to paddle north towards the sandy beautiful beach of Ramberg and our warm showers and beds.

 
DAY 4: Paddling to Nusfjord
We have two options here; 1. To paddle back through the Sund to Nusfjord at 12 nautical miles, or paddle around the northern tip of Flakstad Island and then along the side of Skjelfjord for a big 19 nautical mile day. Either way it offers a close-up encounter with the majestic rock faces of Flakstad Island as we make our way to the invisible entrance to Nusfjord.


Tidal currents, group strength and willingness will decide the route. The Napp sound is one of Lofoten’s revered water ways with a tidal current that flows at around 5 knots. It separates Flakstad Island from Vestvåg Island (Lofoten’s largest island). If we can harness this tidal movement it will greatly shorten the time for our 19knot journey around the top of Flakstad

As we paddle into this “tucked away” fjord it opens up into a natural harbour where we find the village of Nusfjord. The village is protected under the UNESCO world heritage act and has been beautifully restored. We can relax that evening with a well earned cold beer while listening to the sounds of maritime Norway.

 
DAY 5: Paddling to Stamsund
Departing Nusfjord at the right time is our best chance to make the open crossing easily with the first tidal slack of the day.

Having successfully crossed the Napp sound we arrive in Ballstad to refuel with a warm drink and light snack. Leaving Ballstad after our break, we explore the many small islands that lead us to Stamsund.

After completing today’s challenging paddle we arrive in Stamsund for a relaxing afternoon. There will be time to explore this quaint little village or take a short nap.

Tonight we dine on the Warf, where the sights and sounds of this bustling harbour entertain us through a hearty meal.

 
DAY 6: Paddling to Rolvsfjord.
We paddle out of Stamsund's at a relaxed time as today’s paddle is just a short cruise amongst islands and shallows. We hope to see white tailed eagles perched on the island tops and view sea life in the shallows. As we pass through the last narrows our rorbus’ are there waiting at the foot of the mountains of Vestvåg Islands at the end of the fjord.

At our accommodations in Brustranda we have lunch before we prepare ourselves for a stroll in the mountains. Hopefully we get to visit Borg a 3 hour walk over the mountains. Here we can visit the Viking museum relive life in the 9th century on a guided tour of this reconstructed Viking residence. Group size and the cost of transport back to Brustranda, decides this part of the itinerary. Back at Rolvsfjord a sauna and tasty dinner wait.


 
DAY 7: Paddling to Henningsvær.
Our trip today takes us across Gimsøy sound which separates Vestvåg Island from Austvåg Island. Austvåg Island means Eastern Bay Island and is the last island of the Lofoten chain.

We may discover a beautiful white sand beach, the perfect lunch stop. Our lunch break is timed with the approaching slack in Gimsøy sound. This is our last major crossing of our journey through Lofoten Islands. The route across will depend on the weather and sea state.

Henningsvær is a true fishing village that hosts the Lofoten Island’s climbing community. Every summer rock climbers from all over the world descend on Henningsvær to climb the granite walls of the Lofoten Mountains.

We spend the evening exploring this charming village and take in the vibrant night life of the - Rock Climbers Cafe.


DAY 8: Paddling to Svolvær
We paddle out today past Vågakallen, a famous landmark where new Lofoten fishermen pay their respects to the Lofoten.

We paddle past the granite walls of and amongst clusters of islands; the statue of the Fisherman’s wife beckons us as we approach Svolvær.
We find our accommodations and settle in for our last night amongst the stunning arctic islands that are the Lofoten’s.

 DAY 9: Back to Bodø
today we have the option to paddle out one last time to see what’s around the corner and have lunch on one last new destination. Then we head back to Svolvær. After showers at the Sjøhus there is time to explore this busy fishing village before we have a farewell traditional Lofoten meal at one of Svolvær’s restaurants.

We depart Svolvær at 19:30 on the Southbound Hurtigruta sailing past the Lofoten Islands.

 Day 10: Bodø. ONCE OF THE BOAT ON THIS MORNING TRIP ENDS
Arriving in Bodø at 1.30am we walk up and check in to the Hotel for a short night of well deserved rest (this is an extra cost). You can book your flight to leave anytime today back to Oslo; you are now on your own.

Note: you can also extend your Hurtigruta trip all the way to Bergen. Takes about 2 days 18 hours, you would arrive on the 19th Sept at 2.30pm. You can then fly to Oslo form there. Cost roughly $494pp with bed in shared cabin.



Note on Itinerary:
Itineraries are guidelines only and are subject to change at the discretion of your guides due to weather and other general logistical conditions at the time of the trip.
Hotel night before and the last night are not included in trip price!
Scheduling: You should Plan to arrive in Bodø on the day prior to the first scheduled day of our itinerary.
We will meet and be ready at 08:00. The ferry leaves at 10:15 and takes approximately 3-3.5 hours. Upon arrival at the Lofoten Islands transport will meet us at the ferry terminal in Moskenes; from here we will take a short drive to Å.
You may also leave any excess luggage with our transport company

recommend you stay at a hotel the night before trip and then again when we get back early on the last morning.
The final day of our itinerary is our return to Bodø; we will arrive back in Bodø by Hurtigruta (Coastal Steamer) in Bodø at approx. 0130 the next morning; where we arrive at the same terminal that we departed from so there is a 15 min. walk back to the hotel.
You can plan your departure from Bodø at anytime this day.
Bodø is a Northern town of 45 000 inhabitants and is Nordland’s largest city; after being destroyed by the Germans in 1940 Bodø and was subsequently rebuilt after the war. This was completed in 1959 with the completion of the new town hall. Today Bodø has a bustling harbour that services Nordland’s important fishing industry.

Norway’s capital, Oslo, is served by a wide range of airlines from North America and Europe; the most notable among them is SAS with numerous flights daily. There are connecting flights to Bodø several times a day from Oslo on SAS
(www.sas.no) or Norwegian (www.norwegian.no). You can also get to Bodø from Oslo by train (www.nsb.no).

Contact your local travel specialist for assistance with travel arrangements.
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