Kayak More Tomorrow chose the Lofoten Islands as the venue for Norway's first ever guided sea kayak trip back in the late 1990's. These majestic Islands with their surreal location were the perfect place to introduce Norway to adventure travelers; now over 20 years later our Iconic Lofoten Islands sea kayak expedition has become a classic in international sea kayaking destinations; a highly ranked 'Bucket List' trip.
These impressively scenic islands form an archipelago, one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is a place of mystical landscapes illuminated by nearly continuous daylight. Glacially carved, shear granite spires rise out of a sea made rich by the meeting of the warm Gulf Stream and the Arctic Ocean. The Islands are fringed with green pastureland and dotted with picturesque fishing villages each with its own unique character and dramatic mountain backdrop. This is a true Arctic kayaking adventure with the advantage of finishing every day with a hot shower and a warm bed.
You’ll kayak the length of this remarkable chain of islands through indigo-blue fjords cutting between jagged peaks, stopping at white sand beaches and hiking to viewpoints for incredible panoramic vistas. At the end of each paddling day you’ll stay in a “rorbu”, a traditional fishermen’s lodging. Great kayaking, spectacular scenery and Norway’s seafaring culture make the Lofoten Islands one of the world’s great paddling trips.
Kayak More Tomorrow's sea kayak specialists were the first to design and lead commercial sea kayak trips in the Lofoten Islands; no-one knows these waterways better than us. We are without a doubt the sea kayak tour company with the most guiding days amongst these Arctic Islands.
In 2020 we have departures during June, July and August. Book your trip now, as availability in 2020 is already limited! This link will take you directly to the Iconic Lofoten Islands online registration pages: The Iconic Lofoten Islands
KMT's Iconic Lofoten Islands Itinerary has been attempted copied my many, but no-one has been able to get it just right, so do yourself a favor and paddle with Lofoten's best sea kayak tour company, Kayak More Tomorrow.
Also, for those who want to paddle the Lofoten Islands during other months or who want our trip designers to create a custom itinerary we are more than happy to accommodate you, just send us an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org with your proposed dates and your groups' details. Please keep in mind that the earlier you send us your request the more likely it is that we can accommodate you.
We are excited to paddle The Iconic Lofoten Islands with you!
An Iconic itinerary designed by our world-class trip designer; we have guided over 3000 paddlers through these Magical Arctic Islands!
Paddling through a land of contrasts
These impressively scenic islands form an archipelago one hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. It is a place of mystical landscapes illuminated by nearly continuous daylight. Glacially carved, shear granite spires rise out of a sea made rich by the meeting of the warm Gulf Stream and the Arctic Ocean. The Islands are fringed with green pastureland and dotted with picturesque fishing villages each with its own unique character and dramatic mountain backdrop. This is a true Arctic sea kayaking adventure with the advantage of finishing every day with a hot shower and a warm bed.
You’ll kayak the length of this remarkable chain of islands through indigo-blue fjords cutting between jagged peaks, stopping at white sand beaches and hiking to viewpoints for incredible panoramic vistas. At the end of each paddling day you’ll stay in “rorbus”, traditional fishermen’s lodges with time to explore these charming villages and sample the local cuisine. Great kayaking, spectacular scenery and Norway’s seafaring culture make the Lofoten Islands one of the world’s great paddling trips.
Day 1 Transport and an introduction to the Lofoten Islands Day – No paddling today.
At 09:30, you will meet your guide in the lobby of the Scandic Havet; once everyone is ready, we embark on the short walk through the centre of town to the ferry terminal. The ferry departs at 11:00, Sunday morning.
Upon arrival in Moskenes our support personal will be waiting to transport you to Reine, where we check in to our Rorbu; there is time to relax and settle in and enjoy a light lunch. The afternoon is free for sightseeing or maybe a short hike up the Sherpa stairs to the famous viewpoint at Reinebingen.
We come together for pre-supper cocktails over a short presentation on the history and life of the Lofoten which sets the stage for a glorious week exploring these Iconic Islands before we enjoy a delicious fish supper.
Day 2 Paddle Reine Fjord – a nice short day on the water, approx. 4 hours round trip.
After getting into our padding gear we launch from the town pier. The towering peaks of Reine fjord beckon us as we venture out of the harbour and into the fjord. Today’s paddle in Reine fjord will include a comprehensive introduction to sea kayak touring.
Kayaking amongst the jagged peaks of Reine fjord we paddle into Bunesfjord, one of the three arms of Reine fjord. Here we’ll hike up to a view of the North Atlantic and try to picture life as it had once been in one of the earliest settlements in the Lofoten Islands. Our lunch spot is located on a rise between vertical rock walls of the Moskenes Tetons.
After returning to Reine; dining and a relaxing evening, prepare us for tomorrow; as our Lofoten journey begins in earnest.
Day 3 The journey begins – Paddle from Reine to Nusfjord a 5-6-hour paddle.
Leaving Reine we paddle along the steep rocky walls of the Moskenes Tetons to the Sund Sound; a narrow river like channel separating Moskenes Island from Flakstad Island. We time our arrival at the mouth of the sound with the slack in the current. In Sund we tour the Blacksmith’s museum and witness his artistry as he creates birds of steel.
We refuel with a picnic lunch before returning to our kayaks for an afternoon paddle to Nusfjord.
We paddle around the northern tip of Kunna Island and then cross the mouth of Skjelfjord for a close-up encounter with the majestic rock faces of Flakstad Island. Making our way to the hidden mouth of Nusfjord, we try our luck at fishing as we approach this hidden fjord.
The entrance to this “tucked away” fjord opens, and we paddle into the natural harbour of Nusfjord. The village is protected under the UNESCO world heritage act and has been beautifully restored to its former glory. Relaxing on the wharf, sipping a cold beer and listening to the sounds of the bird rock, we recount the days’ journey.
Day 4 The paddle Challenge – Paddle from Nusfjord to Stamsund (15+ miles) 6-7 hours with one open water crossing.
The Napp sound is one of Lofoten’s most revered water ways with a tidal current that flows at 5 knots. It separates Flakstad Island from Vestvåg Island (Lofoten’s largest island). Departing Nusfjord early is essential as our best chance to make this open crossing is on the first tidal slack of the day. With 24 hours of daylight we are able to depart Nusfjord at any hour enabling us to cross when the conditions are favourable.
We paddle for 2.5 hours before landing on Vestvåg Island. Having successfully crossed the Napp sound we arrive in Ballstad to refuel our bodies on a hot bervage and a light snack. Leaving Ballstad after our short break we cross over the mouth of Buksnesfjord. This crossing will take us about 30 min. to paddle. Once over we will explore the many small islands that lead us to the village of Stamsund.
After completing today’s challenging paddle, we arrive in Stamsund for a late lunch and relaxing afternoon. There will be time to explore this quaint little village or take a short nap.
Tonight, we dine on the Warf, where the sights and sounds of this bustling harbour entertain us through a hearty meal.
Day 5 Rest day from paddling – stretch our legs on an inland hike that is about 3-4 hours in duration.
Recovering from yesterday’s epic paddle we enjoy a leisurely breakfast.
Today, we will give our upper body a break and stretch our legs on the gentle hike over the mountains to Borg. We hike over the lush green slopes to the Viking Chieftain’s house and relive life in the 9th century on a guided tour of this reconstructed Viking residence.
Our van is here to transport us back to Stamsund tasty supper.
Day 6 Paddle from Stamsund to Henningsvær, today’s paddle can really range depending on the conditions
Our departure today depends on the tide. We want to catch a ride on the out flowing current from Stamsund and then cross Gimsøy sound on the afternoon slack. The Gimsøy sound separates Vestvåg Island from Austvåg Island. Austvåg Island means Eastern Bay Island and is the last island of the Lofoten chain.
We begin the day cruising through the islands of Valberg where we will discover a beautiful white sand beach, the perfect lunch spot. Our lunch break is timed with the approaching slack in Gimsøy sound. This is our last major crossing of our journey through Lofoten Islands. The route across will depend on the weather and sea state. Henningsvær seems to grow out of the sea as we approach. Sculpted rock peaks provide the perfect backdrop for this island village as we paddle down main- street Henningsvær we marvel at the splendour of this majestic town.
The hamlet of Henningsvær is a true fishing village that hosts the Lofoten Island’s climbing community. Every summer rock climbers from all over the world descend on Henningsvær to climb the granite walls of the Lofoten Mountains.
We spend the evening exploring this charming village and take in the vibrant night life of the Klatre Kafé - Rock Climbers Cafe.
Day 7 Paddle from Henningsvær to Svolvær, the distance is 12 miles and usually take between 3-4 hours.
Breakfast comes early after our evening out. We say goodbye to Henningsvær, launching onto ‘main street’ Henningsvær, we point our kayaks towards Vågakallen, a famous Lofoten landmark; where rookie Lofoten fishermen had to pay their respects to the Lofoten by removing their hats when passing by for the first time.
We paddle past the granite walls of Lofoten’ s climbing mecca, cuising in amongst clusters of islands, in search of the Fisherman’s Wife, who will lead us into Svolvær’s famous harbour.
Today there is time to explore Svolvær on your own before enjoying a festive supper, our last on the islands.
Day 8 Svolvær to Bodø.
Our final time together before we say good by to each other and the Lofoten Islands. We meet for a leisurely breakfast where we reminisce about our journey through these Arctic Islands.
After breakfast the passenger ferry back to Bodø, awaits. Your guide will say good by to you as you board the 12:45 catamaran to Bodø. You arrive in Bodø at approximately 4:30 pm.
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