VESTFJORD SEA kayaking and HIKING EXPEDITION (WINTER MARCH)
In this very adventurous expedition we focus on kayaking and hiking (and snowshoeing). We plan 3-day kayak trip to different uninhabited islands of the Andholm archipelago 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 the Arctic. In the evenings we keep a close look at the skies, because it is a good period to observe the northern lights if we are lucky. Costs are 1575 Euro (9 days). Check dates, facts and details below.
If you like multiple day trekkings and kayaking, this is a very nice trip to join. We travel to places with amazing Nordic scenery in non-touristic areas. A variety of landscapes, good opportunities for photography (including drone flying) and good conditions for observing the northern lights.
Facts, dates, costs and general information
Here are the facts of this kayaking and hiking 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
6 March 2019 - 15 March 2019 (9 days)
Expedition name: VESTFJORD KAYAKING ISLAND AND HIKING EXPEDITION (MARCH)
Booking code: dutch03K
Alternative dates on request.
The costs of joining this expedition is 1575 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 (wood-stove heated) tipi tents. In between we might use our expedition ship for an overnight stay.
Number of participants: Max 4 participants. We have special arrangements for bigger groups or families. Contact us for details.
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.
Superb landscapes for photography. On some of the days we will take a drone with us to shoot some great pictures and movies. March is a good month to observe the northern lights (but we have to be lucky).
Note that this trip takes place in winter time, so the distances we can kayak are depending on wave height and wind speed. We always choose for the safe side and there are nice short distance destinations to reach if weather is not what we hoped for. So no worries about that.
Sunrises and sunsets can be very colourful in this period.
Temperatures are expected from minus 10 degrees Celsius up to 8 degrees Celsius.
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, snowshoes, sleeping bags and more.
THE ROUGH PLAN OF THE ANDHOLMEN EXPEDITION
This adventurous expedition has two main goals. The first goal is to explore the coastal islands of the Andholmen archipelago in the winter time. 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 at the islands where we 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 on the islands. We teach you the basics if kayaking is new for you. The second goal is to explore the so-called Asjorda valley and its surroundings. We go out for a multi-day hiking trip, do some snowshoeing, visit some lakes for ice fishing and stay overnight in remote cabins. You can learn a lot about navigation, camp in the outdoors, weather forecasts and hiking & snowshoeing in the winter time. Fun and adventure are guaranteed.
GREAT TREKKINGS and snowshoeing AROUND THE ASJORDA VALLEY
In the second part of this expedition we will travel to a completely different area to do a multi-day trekking to a mountainous area called Asjorda with fresh water lakes, impressive mountains and wild streams. We will travel with backpacks and take supplies with us. Depending on weather and snow 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 back-to-basic and you will experience the silence of the Arctic. At times we are out of reach of cell phone networks. If hiking and snowshoeing in mountainous areas is new for you we will help you with your first steps. There will be opportunities for ice 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).
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.