Norway’s Nordland Challenge

Pursuant to Kayak More Tomorrow’s leading role in the sea kayaking industry it is our obligation to challenge our product line and the industry as a whole. We bring to you Expedition Sea Kayaking, a trip that is designed for those who are looking for the next level in guided sea kayak trips.

Expedition Sea Kayaking will give you the opportunity to explore a coastline with an Expedition Paddler, an accomplished professional sea kayaker whom has logged thousands of sea kayaking miles exploring the world’s coastlines.

An Expedition Sea Kayak Trip requires the right location with, challenging waterways, protected harbors, majestic vistas, and intriguing wildlife encounters. Kayak More Tomorrow’s sea kayak specialists after having explored a world of waterways have found that the Providence of Nordland in Norway’s Arctic is the perfect venue to launch the first Sea Kayak Expedition Challenge.

North Norway’s Providence of Nordland is a seemingly endless island world with giant fjords, immense plains and remote mountain borders. The landscape in Northern Norway is ceaselessly varied, unspoiled, magnificent, awe-inspiring and beautiful; the perfect backdrop for a month long sea kayak exploration.

Nordland, Norway’s sea kayaking eldorado, to the west lie the islands some only visible at low tide others tower more than a thousand meters above the sea.  A long Helgeland’s coast there are thousands of tiny islands tens of kilometers from the shore whereas most are flat, but some rise up in strange mountain formations. The Lofoten Islands, dark violet, ancient craggy peaks rise like pyramids; these large islands lie like miniature continents with their mountains, forests and agricultural land, surrounded by the seaways of this awe-inspiring archipelago.

On the Nordland Challenge we begin at the southernmost end of the providence and paddle North to the Lofoten Islands which border of the providence of Troms.

We meet in Brønnøysund, Nordland’s most southern city. Brønnøysund is a quaint coastal city that once was a major trading center on the sailing route from Bergen to the Lofoten Islands; it is here we do our final preparations of our sea kayak journey through Nordland.

Nordland is steeped in myths, sagas, fairy tales, and folklore and many famous landmarks have contributed to these telling’s, Torghatten, Seven Sisters of Alsten, Hestmannen, Rødøyløve, Landego, Vestfjorden & Vågakallen are just a few that we will discover while paddling Nordland’s coast.

Our Nordland Challenge is unlike any other sea kayaking holiday.  There is no set route, planned stopping places or scheduled overnight campsites. This is a journey, a discovery in its truest sense with everyday unique and undetermined waiting to unfold as we navigate our way through numerous archipelagos, fjords & charming northern settlements.

Your KMT guides will lay out a general plan for the challenge with sectional breakdowns and daily objectives. Our KMT guides are intimately knowledgeable of Nordland’s coastline and its waterways. You will discover hidden places and uncover secrets of this ancient coastal culture. You will camp, stay in cabins, guesthouses, and rorbus and enjoy camp meals, picnics, and local speciality dishes prepared by the regions best chefs as you paddle your way north.

This is an unprecedented trip in which bragging rights belong to those who paddle this journey; tales from the challenge will be the envy of the cocktail circuit.

 

 

Expedition Sea Kayaking

Kayak More tomorrow’s Nordland Challenge is a 30-day exploratory paddling trip in Arctic Norway.

Beginning on the 65th parallel in the Coastal town of Brønnøysund we paddle North crossing the Arctic Circle at 66.66o North to our destination in the Lofoten/Vesterålen Islands on 69th parallel.

Norway’s Nordland Challenge 

Takes place during the month of July each year:

Estimated weekly paddling sections:
July - week 1         Helgeland’s Coast
July - week 2         Helgeland’s Coast & Bodø
July - week 3         Salten’s Coast & The Stomping Grounds of Knut Hamsun
July - week 4         Vestfjord & The Lofoten Islands

Plan to arrive in Brønnøysund on the Friday prior to the week of the Nordland Challenge. Our recommended accommodation in Brønnøysund is Thon Hotel Brønnøysund; this is our base for pre-trip preparations in brønnøysund. We depart Brønnøysund Monday morning the first week of July.

After registering for the Nordland Challenge you should secure accommodation from Friday - Monday at the Thon Hotel Brønnøysund.

The Nordland Challenge: is €20 000 per participant (2017 rate)

The Weekly Option – If you want to join the challenge for a shorter period then you can apply to paddle a weekly section. All costs of joining the group on-route and leaving the group after the section are the responsibility of the participant.

Weekly sections:

  • Helgeland’s Coast
  • Helgeland’s Coast & Bodø
  • Salten’s Coast & The Stomping Grounds of Knut Hamsun
  • Vestfjord & The Lofoten Islands

Enquire through our Contact Form for the price of joining the Nordland Challenge for a week or more; the price is of course excluding your costs of joining and extracting from the group on-route.

The land of the midnight sun awaits. Apply today to participate in the Nordland Challenge.

 

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