Vestfjord SEA kayaking and HIKING EXPEDITION (april)
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
25 April 2019 - 3 May 2019 (9 days)
Ask us for alternative dates this month if you want to make a reservation for a group of three or more people. We will try to arrange that for you!
Name: VESTFJORD KAYAKING AND HIKING EXPEDITION
Booking code: DUTCH04K
WHICH MONTH TO CHOOSE?
This expedition is also organised in other months. The period of the midnight sun is from the end of May until the end of July. There is some snow left in the mountains in June. The northern lights nay appear in the second half of August, but chances are better i n September. March and April can have a lot of snow. In May we have to go to the higher parts usually to have good snow conditions. There is some snow left in the mountains in June.
This expedition is organised in April, May, June, July, August and September.
The costs of joining this kayak expedition are 1575 Euro. Included are all transports during the trip, guiding, use of kayaks, rent of kayak suits, transport with our boats, tents, use of fishing rods and cooking equipment and two overnight stays in cabins or similar accommodation.
NOT INCLUDED AND SHARED COSTS
Flights and transfers to the point where the trip starts are not included. Daily expenses like food and drinks are shared among the participants and the staff. Usually these costs are around 15 Euro per day. We love it if you bring some ingredients from your country! Included is two overnight stays in cabins or similar accommodation. If we (like to) stay more than 2 days in a local (mountain) cabin or cottage, then these costs are shared and are around 30/35 Euro per night per person (shared space) and we pay this to the locals or owner of the cabin. Decisions about whether to sleep in tents or cabins are based on weather conditions and what we like. We will discuss this with you.
LOCATION and how to get there
This trip starts and ends on our base in a small fishing village named Helnessund in the municipality of Steigen (Nordland) in the north of Norway. Our base is located 50 km north of Bodø and has a good ferry connection.
The nearest airport is Bodø. To fly to Bodø you usually change flights in Oslo. There are multiple flights daily between Oslo and Bodø.
TRAVELING BY TRAIN IN NORWAY (OPTION)
An option is to enjoy a 17 hours train ride from Oslo to Bodø. Check vy.no for more information about traveling by train. The so-called minipris ticket can be an economical way to travel (only online available and you have to buy it well in advance).
There is a good ferry connection from Bodø to our base. This fast ferry (hurtigbat in Norwegian) takes you in approximately 1 hour from Bodø to Helnessund. Daily departures are in the afternoon, on most of the days at 6 PM. It is a 20-minute walk from the airport to the harbor in the city center where the ferry departs. At the end of the trip, this ferry will also take you back to Bodo (daily departures, most of them in the early morning, around 8 AM, Sunday 3 PM, Saturday 10:15 AM).
TAKE YOUR TIME
We recommend that you arrive 1 day before the start of this trip in Bodø and take some time to acclimatize and get rid of travel and work stress. We can give you suggestions for hostels or hotels in Bodø.
LEVEL AND SKILLS
You can join this expedition without a lot of outdoor experience and a good basic shape. The hikes will be 2 to 6 hours with a backpack in mountainous terrain. There will not always be trails, so this can make it a bit tougher, but also fun.. Mountains are steep here. There are no alpine techniques involved (ropes and so).
You can also join on beginners level, but then you have quite a steep learning curve, but that's no problem if you like it. Feel free to discuss this with us.
Every day starts with a briefing, and we discuss plans and what to take with you.
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
It is no problem if some activities are new to you. We are happy to teach you the skills needed.
THE ARCTIC IN GENERAL
Note that we are in the Arctic and weather changes quickly. So, in case we are surprised by non-forecasted weather all outdoor activities can become tougher or be a bit out of your comfort zone.
ALL LEVELS OF OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE
You can join this expedition if you have a beginner, intermediate or advanced level of outdoor experience. We like if this is not your first time in the outdoors.
AVAILABILITY and group size
LEARNING NEW SKILLS
If (mountain) hiking or kayaking is new for you, then we will teach you everything you need to know.
gear and preparations
This trip 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.
WHY CHOOSE THIS expedition...?
This expedition is for people that like to combine sea and mountain and like to multi-day hikes and multi-day kayak trips in typical Norwegian surroundings. Good weather is essential for island-hopping with kayaks, so here you can expect some expedition-style decision making if the weather gets a bit rough and we have to change plans (and kayak in more sheltered waters). If you like adventurous exploring at sea and on land surrounded by superb Arctic scenery, then this trip is an excellent choice. During this expedition we visit several remote areas.
kayaking along the spectacular coast of norway
This adventurous expedition has two main goals. The first goal is to explore the coastal islands of what we call the Andholmen archipelago. This group of islands are located at the East side of the wide Vestfjord with a fantastic view of the Lofoten islands in the distance. There are at least one hundred coastal 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 the 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 (tents) on uninhabited islands where we stay overnight and cook outside on a bonfire if we have fair weather. 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 teach you the basics if kayaking is new for you.
TREKKINGS and snowshoeing through arctic landscapes
In the second part of this expedition, we will travel to a completely different area to do multi-day trekking to a mountainous area called Asjorda with freshwater lakes, impressive mountains, waterfalls and wild streams. We will travel with backpacks and take supplies with us. Depending on weather and conditions we will decide if we transport equipment to pick-up points, so we don't need to carry all gear (like tents and cooking equipment). We will stay overnight in simple (mountain) cabins or occasionally a tent or tipi. Probably we will have encounters with moose or reindeer on these trip. Life will be simple, 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. There will be opportunities for freshwater fishing, photography and we will take a drone with us on some occasions to get some nice shots (if you like to we can teach you the basics of drone flying). We will explore areas where there are no trails, so we hike cross-country style. You can learn a lot about navigation, camp in the outdoors, weather forecasts and hiking. Fun, sweat, challenges and adventure are guaranteed.
SPECIAL FACTS ABOUT APRIL
April is a special month because it is on the border of winter and spring. In April we will probably have snow at sea-level, and for sure we have snow in the higher parts. So we will use snowshoes and crampons during the hikes. If this is a new thing for you, we will do a short course where you will learn the basics. If the ice conditions are good on the freshwater lakes, we will do some ice-fishing. In April the northern lights season slowly ends, but there are still good chances to observe the auroras.
EXPLORE OUR PICTURES
ICE FISHING DURING THE VESTFJORD EXPEDITION
Ice fishing is a superb adventure and it is a great way to connect to nature. Drilling a hole in the ice of 50 cm or more is hard work, but after that you can relax and taste the adventure of catching your own meal. Success is not guaranteed and you need to be patient and determined. But in awesome surroundings it is just a pleasure. Watch our movie and get the idea.
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.