Spend five days paddling down Norway’s world-Famous Western Fjords on an epic kayak tour that includes camping at wild sites ideally placed on the banks of the fjords along with hikes up to amazing vistas.
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A Sea Kayaker’s Paradise
Ålesund’s glistening waterways entice and adventure beckons! An island-hopping extravaganza to Ona Lighthouse is a paddler’s dream.
Experience a sea kayaker’s paradise with rock gardens, white sandy beaches, playful seals, kelp forests, surging tides, soaring sea eagles, historical lighthouses, funky currents, crackling campfires, and cozy tents.
The coastal waters of western Norway boast some of the best sea kayaking on the planet. Here, outer islands break the surging North Atlantic before it descends long deep fjords winding through granite spires rising like giant monoliths from the foaming sea.
This setting with savvy leaders and fail-safe gear awaits you on our Ona Light Paddle Mania. This trip is suited for paddlers as it takes you out beyond the shelter of the fjords where we navigate intricate archipelagos, play in rock gardens and spend a few long days rocking and rolling with the swells of the North Atlantic.
A unique string of islands run north, forming a natural barrier that slows the rushing waters of the Northern Atlantic. With the sun at our backs, we aim our kayaks north, paddling over open crossings with wacky currents and exhilarating tidal races.
Our kayaks glide around outer islands laid out like a string of pearls; dotted with abandoned farms, quaint villages and signaling beacons that shine on treacherous shorelines where ocean swells roll up on pebble speckled white sandy beaches.
Home to eccentric islanders and wild woolly sheep, these weather-beaten islands lead us to the remotest marker, Ona Light. We navigate rocky islands and shoals when finally, the ‘rising of the light’ and the first glimpse of Ona Light makes us feel like ancient mariners blazing a path to our destination, this famous lighthouse.
We reach our beachfront campsite where a delicious supper of local delicacies prepared with natural ingredients is served in the great outdoors. A crackling fire, good company, and warming night-cap rounds off the evening before retiring to a cozy tent for a well-deserved rest.
Meet your guide and support personal at Kayak More Tomorrow’s Meet & Greet, 17:00 (5 p.m.) at the Scandic Hotel Ålesund.
Attend a presentation of the days ahead, what to expect in terms of weather, paddling conditions, route description, a complete day-by-day breakdown of the trip with tide calculations and morning departure times, overview of our accommodation and a meal outline. Also, you will receive dry bags from us to pack your personal gear so that you are ready in the morning; as well any changes in the program, route, etc. that were deemed necessary.
Refreshments will be served.
We pick you up at your hotel at 09:00 for the transport to our launching site, where your guide will hold a pre-trip briefing and outline your route, then we gear up for launch time.
Leaving the city behind, we head north to the string of islands that lead to Ona. Navigating the waters while jumping from island to island, our chosen route is dictated by prevailing tides and winds, the group’s paddling abilities and our paddling speed.
After a good days’ paddle, we arrive at camp for a great meal and a well-deserved rest.
Morning coffee and breakfast fuel us for the paddle ahead, our goal this morning is Ona Lighthouse. We hope to arrive around noon.
After a delicious lunch on Ona, we push off and begin the return paddle back to Ålesund.
As evening encroaches we search out a campsite for the night; another great meal is prepared and enjoyed outdoors before we retire to our sleeping bags for a good nights’ rest.
Morning coffee and breakfast fuel us for today’s final stretch into Ålesund.
The city beckons in the distance, cruising around the last island before making the final crossing of Ellingsøy fjord and gliding down Nørve Sound to our landing site in Ålesund’s Southern harbor.
The waterways of Ålesund’s archipelago boast an eldorado of magnificent paddling opportunities; gliding amongst picturesque islands, paddling along steep granite walls of jade green fjords or challenging the rolling waves of the North Atlantic where white sandy beaches speckle outer islands that abound in bird and sea life.