Kayakers complete World First Circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago
On the 5th of September 2015, a team of three kayakers completed the first ever kayak circumnavigation of Svalbard Archipelago including the islands of Spitsbergen, Nordaustlandet, Barents Oya and Edge Oya. The 2200km long journey took them 71 days, during which they paddled north over the 80th parallel, had many encounters with polar bears, negotiated ice choked waters, survived gales, and endured days of freezing temperatures in the Arctic wilderness.
This “has got to be the kayak adventure of the year” ~Sean Morley USA
In the heart of the Arctic Ocean, at 76-81 degrees north, the Svalbard Archipelago remained one of the world’s last great ‘firsts’. Despite numerous attempts, no one had ever paddled around the four main islands of the archipelago, and the most notorious of the islands being “Nordaustlandet”, for the majority of the year, the island remains trapped in ice and only a brief window, if any, opens up in the far north, allowing passage.
“The talk that must be heard” ~ Jeff Allen UK
The name of the expedition, ‘Ice Bears and Islands’, refers to the many polar bears that roam in this desolate wilderness, also known as ‘isbjørn’ in Norwegian and literally translating to ‘Ice Bear’, polar bears were also a huge (literally and figuratively) hazard on the trip.
All past attempts at the circumnavigation were brought to a sudden end: one team had their kayaks smashed to pieces; another was trapped by fast moving pack ice, and the most recent and horrific being two Norwegian paddlers who were attacked by a polar bear.
“The images alone had me on the edge of my seat, and the presentation was a great mix of funny, scary and honest… I loved every moment” ~ Mia Kulseng Norway
*Large Art Poster Prints will be for Sale at all events
Many to choose from $15 each or two for $25, can be signed by the photographer on the night.
Montreal, Quebec May 10th
6229A St-Hubert St
Tickets $10 p/p here
Rochester, New York May 12th
WIN! Come along and enter to win a new Lendal Paddle on the night included in your ticket purchase.
BayCreek Paddling Center
Town of Brighton, Buckland Lodge
1341 Wesfall RD, Brighton, NY
Boston May 13th
WIN! Come along and enter to win a new Lendal Paddle on the night, included in your ticket purchase.
Charles River Canoe and Kayak
Waltham Paddling Shop160 Riverview Ave, Waltham, MA 02453
Enter a raffle for a free Lendall paddle. Tickets are $10 (pay at the door).