vestfjord (Kayaking) AND HIKING EXPEDITION (september)
In this very adventurous expedition, we do 3-day kayak trip to different uninhabited islands where we build camps and stay overnight. After that we prepare ourselves for a 3-day trekking through mountainous areas, valleys and forests where stay overnight in different cabins. In between there is time to go out fishing, observe wildlife and enjoy summer in the Arctic. Costs are 1250 Euro (9 days). Check dates, facts and details below.
If you like multiple day trekkings and kayaking, this is a very nice expedition to join. We travel to places with amazing Nordic scenery.
Great kayaking in unspoilt surroundings
This expedition has two main goals. The first one is to explore coastal islands of the wide Vestfjord and another scenic fjord called Norfolda. There are at least one hundred islands, islets and rocks rising out of the Arctic sea. Small sandy beaches, an abundance of wildlife and pure nature. The idea is to explore several of them and enjoy wilderness, look for remains of the past and have a good time. Water is crystal clear here and we will use our kayaks to catch some fish too. We build a small basecamp at the islands where we like to stay overnight and cook outside on a fire. Probably we will use our expedition vessel Xplore1 to bring supplies to the islands. Routes, distances and plans are based on weather forecasts and things we like to do. We sleep in tents, under tarps or if it is warm weather under the open sky (if you like). This expedition takes place just after the period of the midnight sun, so there are hardly nights. That is quite an experience! We teach you the basics if kayaking is new for you. You can also learn a lot about navigation, weather and how to read sea maps.
During this expedition you can taste the adventure of exploring remote areas and get connected to awesome landscapes of northern Norway.
GREAT TREKKINGS DURING THE NORDFOLDA EXPEDITION
In the second part of this expedition we will travel to a completely different area to do a multiple day trekking to a mountainous area with fresh water lakes, impressive mountains and wild streams. We will travel with backpacks and take food with us for some days. We will stay overnight in simple mountain cabins or occasionally a tent or tipi. Our goal is to explore some new trails going up the mountains. Probably we will have encounters with moose on these trip. Life will be basic and you will experience the silence of the Arctic. At times we are out of reach of cell phone networks. If hiking in mountainous areas is new for you we will help you with your first steps.
Being for many days in the mountains effects your rhythm. Things will slow down... There is a good chance to observe the northern lights in the evenings which makes this experience even more special.
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
23 September 2019 - 1 Octobber 2019 (9 days)
Expedition name: NORDFOLDA KAYAKING AND HIKING EXPEDITION
Booking code: dutch09F
This expedition is also organised in other months during summer. Make a choice and check the dates and details.
The costs of joining this expedition is 1250 Euro.
Flights and transfers are not included. Daily expenses like food, drinks, diesel are shared among the participants and the staff. In case we stay in (mountain) cabins, the costs of renting will 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, check the timetable here. It is a 20 minute walk from the airport to the harbor 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
This expedition is suitable for people on beginner, intermediate and advanced level of outdoor experience. We always check if you match with other people that have booked. If hiking, kayaking or outdoor life in general is new for you, then you can learn a lot. We like to teach you the skills that are needed. If you like to learn more about the level of expeditions and what skills you need, take a look here....
A basic good physical and mental shape is sufficient to join this expedition. You will be a lot outside during this expedition. So you need proper outdoor clothing.
Most of the time you will stay overnight in (mountain) cabins, expedition tents and tipi tents. In between we might use our expedition ship for an overnight stay.
Number of participants: Max 6.
We like to have an international team for this expedition. Minimum age is 21 years.
This expedition takes place in areas that are completely off-the-beaten-track.
You will to see a great variety of typical Norwegian landscapes like fjords, jagged mountains, remote beaches, valleys with pine and beach forests and much more.
Great expedition if you like to get out of city life.
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 and more.
Map of the area
Here is a map of the area in which this expedition takes place. Take a close look and you get an idea of the natural environment, distances and possibilities.
Background information about the area
nature in the area
So, here is some information about the area that we explore during this expedition. Nordfolda is a part of the municipality of Steigen and is 1000 km2 big and has a variety of landscapes and terrain.
The coastline is characterized by dramatic jagged mountains that reach sea level. The coastline has many sandy beaches and very typical are the birch and pine forests that almost meet the sea. There are many islands and islets close to the shore, but also further away. The water is crystal clear and is full of life. It is a great playground for kayaking or (if you dare) some Arctic snorkeling with a drysuit. Some of the archipelagos are nature reserves or bird sanctuaries. There is also a lot of history and remains of older times. There are interesting fjords to explore and just a hike up a hill and get a view over the wide Vestfjord with the Lofoten islands in the background is a treat for your eyes and camera.
The mountains of Steigen
The mountains are steep, but there are trails that also can be done in wintertime (we take crampons or snowshoes with us). The views are magnificent and there are cozy cabins in the mountains and also in the lower areas that we can use for staying overnight. Most of the mountain lakes freeze in the winter time and offer possibilities for ice fishing.
The valleys and forests
The valleys in Steigen offer great opportunities for hikes on sea level, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. If the temperatures are above zero the valleys can be quite wet and swampy with many small streams to cross. So hiking is quite adventurous out here. There are a lot of waterfalls and some of them will be frozen in the winter. Encounters with foxes, moose and reindeer are quite common. Pine and birch forests are inviting for a hike and we like to stay overnight in tents or (heated) tipi in wild surroundings.
Glaciers, nature reserves, and national parks
In the south of Steigen, we find the Helldalsisen glacier and this area is part of the Sjunkhatten national park. There are no roads here and the area can only be visited by boat.
Steigen has quite some interesting things to see of the iron age, the times of the Vikings and more recently fortifications from WWII.
The northern lights season has started. Bring your camera and tripod and we will go out to awesome viewing points in the mountains, on a remote beach or a hill with 360 degrees view.
facts about the WEATHER AND CLIMATE here
The temperatures in this period vary from 5 to 18 degrees Celsius. The lowest temperatures are around plus 3 probably (and in high in the mountains we might have some snow).
Weather changes quickly in the Arctic, so we have to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Because our plans are depending on weather conditions we make daily plans for our activities. So you need a flexible mindset and expect that the plans we make can change due to weather conditions.
Water temperatures around 11 degrees. So you need a dry or wetsuit for sea kayaking. You can rent the suits from us.
wildlife in the area
There are not many people living in this area (2500 in 1000 km2) and there is a lot of wild nature. So, this makes it a perfect place for encounters with wildlife. Remember it is not a ZOO and we have to be lucky, silent and determined.
There is a huge amount of the giant sea-eagles living in Steigen and they can be spotted in the mountains and also near the coastline. We will certainly spot these amazing birds.
Moose and (wild) reindeer can be spotted in the forest, valleys and sometimes close to the beaches. While driving we have to be careful, because they can cross the roads.
Well, there is more to see for example foxes, hare, lynx, grouse, and seabirds.
Near the coast and on the islands we might see seals, otter and sometimes small whales or dolphins. When we are out on the sea with our small expedition vessel we even might see killer whales, but we have to be very lucky for that. that.