HELLMOBOTN CANYON PILOT EXPEDITION (MAY 2018)
In this new expedition, we travel with our small but sturdy expedition vessel to the biggest canyon of Norway. This journey takes a couple of days, and we sail through scenic fjords and cross multiple archipelagos. On the way to Hellmobotn, we make several stops to go into nature. When we arrive, we will explore the canyon and do hikes on the high plateau and try to reach the Swedish border. This pilot expedition is an excellent opportunity for those who have the mindset of an explorer and are not faint-hearted. Superb scenery guaranteed! Costs are 1325 Euro (10 days), starting in May 2018.
Pilot expeditions are our most adventurous expeditions. Based on research, stories of locals or just new ideas we organise expeditions that we do for the first or second time. Those expeditions are extreme adventurous, have some obstacles and the final goal can be hard to reach.
The rough plan of the Hellmobotn canyon expedition
How the idea for this expedition started... We like maps and we spent hours studying all kind of details. So we know Norway is huge, but can you imagine that at one point it is only 6 kilometres wide? And it has the largest canyon of the North part of Europe, So, you probably won't be surprised that we plan a great expedition to this spot. Helmmobotn, thats the name of the place, The location is quite remote and it is only accessible by boat. It will take us a couple of days to get there with our expedition vessel Xplore1. And we need decent weather to cross some scenic fjords.
You can learn a lot of seamen skills If travelling by boat is new for you, we are happy to teach you a lot about navigation, weather forecasts, boat manoeuvres, safety procedures and those things with ropes and knots. We have several tricks to handle seasickness if that might worry you.
EXPLORING THE CANYON OF HELMMOBOTN
The long Hellmofjorden with its impressive mountains brings us to our destination, the largest canyon of Europe. Here we will make our tipi tent basecamp and start our explorations. We change our sailing suits for snow shoes and hiking boots and explore the canyon and the higher plateau that leads to the Swedish border. We also try to reach one of the mountain cabins in the area. On our way to Hellmobotn we will make stops in small villages with breathtaking surroundings. We will stay overnight in tents, cook on a fire, hang out with some locals and catch our own fish.
FACTS, DATES, COSTS AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Here are the facts of this expedition. Feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you want to discuss your plans. Check also our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for answers on general questions.
Dates and booking information
15 May 2018 - 24 May 2018 (10 days)
Expedition name: Hellmobotn Canyon pilot Expedition
Booking code: dutch05D
The costs of joining this expedition is 1325 Euro.
Flights and transfers are not included. Daily expenses like food, drinks, diesel are shared among the participants and the staff. On some days we stay in a cabin. These costs will also be shared. See FAQ for more details about costs.
LOCATION and how to get there
This expedition starts and ends in a small fishing village named Helnessund in the municipality of Steigen (Nordland) in the north of Norway. There is a good ferry connection from Bodø. This fast ferry (hurtigbat in Norwegian) takes you in approximately 1 hour from Bodø to Helnessund. Daily departures in the afternoon. It is a 20 minute walk from the airport to the harbour in the city center where the ferry departs.
The nearest airport is Bodø. You can take a domestic flight from Oslo for instance or enjoy a 17 hours train ride from Oslo. Check nsb.no for more information about travelling by train. The so called minipris ticket can be an economic way to travel (only online available and you have to buy it well in advance).
We recommend that you arrive 1 day before the start of this expedition in Bodo and take some time to acclimatize and get rid of travel stress and work stress. We can give you suggestions for hostels or hotels in Bodo if you like.
LEVEL AND SKILLS
Moderate. This expedition can be tough in case we have bad weather. If boating, hiking or staying overnight in tents is new for you then we are happy to teach you the things we know.
You will stay on our expedition ship, in (mountain) cabins, expedition tents and a tipi tent.
Number of participants: Max 4.
We like to have an international team for this expedition. Minimum age is 21 year.
Great hiking and snowshoeing expedition for people that like to explore remote nature areas that are not often visited.
This expedition takes place in areas that are completely off-the-beaten-track.
The Helmmobotn canyon can only reached by boat. This will take us about two days or more, depending on the weather. We will make interesting stops along the way.
gear and preparations
This expedition is organized north of the Arctic Circle. So, you need warm clothing, good shoes and outdoor gear like sleeping bags and more. You receive a detailed packing list after you made your booking. This packing list tells you about the things you need to have and also gives you a lot of practical information. In case you do not have all the gear or if you do not want to invest, you can rent gear from us, like backpacks, sleeping mattresses, snowshoes and more..
CONTACT OUR STAFF FOR MORE DETAILS
We can provide you more details if you contact us. If you have special wishes or interests let us know, Pilot expeditions are easy to adapt. At the end of the expedition we return to the point where we started (Helnessund in the municipality of Steigen in Arctic Norway).
This is a pilot expedition. So this means that it is one of the first times that we organise this expedition. So it is full of new discoveries and surprises, but it also means that you need to have a flexible mindset and you must be able to handle difficulties and impossibilities. Thats part of the expedition style of exploring.