Kayaking on the Helgeland Coast

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Kayaking Level 2 4 days 6-12 participants

Overview

Note: This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Even though the water is cold, the Helgeland Coast is without a doubt Norway's hottest kayaking destination! 12,000 both small and big islands prevent both wind and waves to enter this archipelago. The water is actually so shallow at some places that kayak is the only way to get around. There are also long stretches of white, sandy beaches for easy access by kayak, midnight sun, and charming coastal settlements.

Highlights

  • Norway's best destination for kayaking
  • The Vega Islands and the Husvær Islands
  • Maze paddling in Lånan
  • UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Crystal clear waters with thousands of islands to explore
  • A cultural experience in Norway meeting the locals on the island communities

 

 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local guide
  • All transportation within the itinerary

See more of what's included under the "details" tab

Contact us

Questions about the trip? Don't hesitate to contact our project leader below, or contact our office here.

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Details

Difficulty

You must be in good physical shape and have previous kayaking experience. It can get quite windy, so you have to be comfortable with being in the water, and master the kayaking in the waves and wind. Single and touring kayaks will be used for lessons during the trip.

Please read more about our level of difficulty here. 

Safety

Safety is always the number one consideration on a trip with Norrøna Hvitserk Adventure. If there is an emergency on tour with us, help will be able to reach you relatively quickly. We have a 24-hour emergency hotline within our office and the guide will always have the ability to contact help. Norway has excellent search and rescue operations throughout the country with evacuations available via helicopter or red cross emergency teams. 

Our guides have first aid training and have a selection of medicines and first aid equipment for the necessary treatment. Hvitserk also has a partnership with Turlegen.no (Trip Doctor) who can be contacted if needed for medical advice.

If you are on prescribed medication, have known allergies or similar, you must always bring your personal medication.

Hvitserk plans the trip days based on the weather, conditions and the group. Our focus is to take care of each other and work together in one team. The guide will have the ability to make safety decisions for the group, although the decision-making process will be transparent and involve guests in the process. 

We plan our trips so that we do not expose ourselves to unwanted risk. On this tour, we will always be close to each other, and if an unforeseen situation occurs - the guide will be present quickly to handle it.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian, but the guide will speak English, so you are welcome to join as an English speaker.

Accommodation

We spend the different nights in old but refurbished fisherman huts. Dormitory rooms on the first night, double rooms the second and third nights.

Insurance

You must have adequate health and accident insurance that will also cover any repatriation. Remember to bring proof of travel insurance on your trip.

Some general things to be aware o:

  • Some insurance companies use the number of meters above sea level as a criterion for what the insurance covers and whether they call it an expedition or not. Pay special attention to this - and check it carefully.
  • Some insurance companies require an extension if the individual journey goes beyond a certain duration.
  • Make sure the insurance covers the selected geographical area.
  • Some insurance companies have an upper limit on their cancellation and sickness insurance.

We recommend that you check that your insurance covers the following:

  • Cancellation insurance - must be taken out at the time of booking the trip. Check that the total amount of the cancellation insurance covers the total amount of your trip. If it does not, you should purchase additional cancellation insurance that covers the remaining amount.
  • Luggage
  • Responsibility
  • Delays
  • Lost the purpose of the journey. (For example, you can travel to Africa if you break your arm before departure. But it may not be possible to climb Kilimanjaro and sleep in a tent. Therefore, you should have insurance that covers the loss of the purpose of the trip.)

Changes may occur

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, and the price. The day to day program is indicative, and changes may occur. Please have a look at our terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Sea kayak rental
  • Drysuit
  • Safety equipment
  • Guiding
  • All meals from lunch on Thursday to dinner on Sunday
  • Accommodation
  • Transportation by ferries

Price does not include

  • Transportation to/from Sandnessjøen
  • Food and drinks not presented in the program

Other information

If it is close to departure, please contact us. Maybe you will be able to join anyway.

This trip is in collaboration with Tømmervika Adventure Center at Tjøtta in Helgeland. Ove E. Tømmervik is a local coastal culture guide that will join us on this trip. 

Extend the trip:

We recommend everyone who is joining this kayak tour to spend a few extra days to experience this beautiful coastal region. 

There are daily express boats from Bodø to Sandnesjøen (It is cheaper to fly to and from Bodø than to and from Sandnessjøen and Brønnøysund), and if you travel with the boat you should take a detour to Træna or Lovund to go hiking there. The Black Ice Glacier is also within easy reach. Around Sandnessjøen, the mountain range "The Seven Sisters" is a great hiking destination and on the island of Dønna outside Sandnessjøen, Dønnamannen is a very nice mountain to hike. No one should travel to Helgeland without passing through the Torghatten at Brønnøysund either! The kayak tour ends at Vega, and it is also great to spend a few extra days cycling or hiking here. From Brønnøysund, Hurtigruten goes south every afternoon and spends one night in Trondheim. It is cheaper to fly from Trondheim than Brønnøysund, so this can be a very nice ending to your Norwegian holiday.

Day by Day

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1

Sandnessjøen - Sandvær

Accommodation Sandvær
Meals L, D
Transportation 1 hr 15 min

This kayaking adventure starts in Sandnessjøen. We will meet at the square in Sandnessjøen where we will start the planning with a warm lunch around 1.30 PM, and at 3.15 PM we will take the express boat to Sandvær. Tonight's accommodation will be in dorms, in an old school which has been renovated into an accommodation. 

There is a direct flight with Widerøe from Oslo to Sandnessjøen. From here there is a five-minute taxi drive from the airport to the square in Sandnessjøen. When we arrive in Sandvær we will enjoy an exciting nature and cultural hike on the island. We prepare the kayaks and go for an evening paddle while the sun sets.  

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2

Sandvær - Lånan

Accommodation Gåkkå Mathus
Meals B, L, D
Distance 25km

After breakfast on Sandvær, we will start today's paddle to Lånan which is approximately 10 kilometers away. Here we will enjoy today's lunch. Between the 12.000 light brown dots on the map over the Helgeland Coast, some areas are so shallow that a kayak is the only way to get around - this applies especially to the area around Lånan. On some of the windswept islands, we will pass by abandoned houses standing all alone before there are some kilometers more to the next abandoned house. We will get a tour of Lånan before we paddle further towards Hysvær, about 15 kilometers away. Here we will stay at Gåkka Mathus where we will enjoy dinner together. Gåkka Mathus is mainly built by driftwood from the ocean that Øystein Jacobsen has collected over many, many years. Øystein and his girlfriend Snefrid got in 2008 Northern Norway's Cultural Prize for their work at Hysvær. 

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3

Hysvær

Accommodation Gåkka Mathus
Meals FLM
Distance 15km

We eat breakfast before we settle in our kayaks embarking on today's paddle through the mazes in beautiful Hysvær. The trip today is about 15 kilometers. The Vega Islands were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site11 years ago because of its operations to keep the Eiderbird. Both Hysvær and Lånan are included in the protected area. We will eat lunch during the day and stay overnight at Gåkkå Mathus, where we will be served a delicious dinner.  

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4

Hysvær - Vega

Meals B, L, D
Distance 13km

Today we will enjoy our last day going from the islands of Hysvær to Vega. Again we will paddle through beautiful islands, and we will adapt the route, and the speed to the group's wishes and the weather conditions. Today's paddle is 13 kilometers and on Vega, we will deliver our equipment. Then we will enjoy a nice dinner together before we take the express boat from Vega to Sandnessjøen (arrival around 7 PM). 

If you want to go to Brønnøysund instead of Sandnessjøen this is possible, though not included in the price. Then you can take a taxi from Nes to Igerøy on Vega, and a ferry from there to Horn in Brønnøysund. To get to Brønnøysund quay/airport/downtown you have to take a taxi from the ferry quay. You can count on arrival in Brønnøysund at 4 PM. 

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Equipment list

Take a good look at this list, and make sure you bring everything you need. We encourage you to use what you have for this trip and purchase items if you're missing something important on the list below. We have divided the gear list into three categories:

  1. Required: If you do not own this gear, you must acquire it for your trip.
  2. Recommended: Gear we suggest to be comfortable, but it is not imperative.
  3. Optional: Fun, additional luxuries.  

Layering is extremely important in a variable climate like Norway. This list will guide you through the essentials. Remember the Norwegian saying "There is no bad weather, only bad gear", and prepare appropriately for any weather. You can read about the weather where you're traveling here

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Please contact us at hvitserk@norrona.com if you have any questions and check out our gear page to learn more.

We always recommend wool in the Norwegian Mountains, but if you already have synthetic layers and don't want to buy new ones, synthetic is okay. 

Required:

UNDERWEAR 

Avoid cotton. Choose something that dries up easily. 

2 SET WOOL UNDERWEAR

Use what you feel most comfortable in. Wool or synthetic. 

FLEECE JACKET 

To have under the drysuit on cold days.

SHELL / RAIN JACKET

Gore-Tex or similar is mandatory. Extremely important in Norwegian climate. The jacket must be waterproof, have a hood, and make sure you don’t get wet even if it rains all day. We recommend jackets with pit zips for ventilation. 

SHELL PANTS 

Alternatively, you can take with you rain pants. 

JACKET

Nice to have in the evening after we've finished kayaking. Primaloft Jacket or a thick wool sweater can also work. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

1 thin pair of gloves to protect your hands. 1 pair of over mittens for additional warmth.

SOCKS

Wool socks, both thick and thin. Thin cotton socks fit well to the wet shoes.

HAT

1 warm hat. 

CAPS

To protect from sun and rain. 

WATERPROOF PACKING BAG

To store items that are necessary to keep dry. Bring both small, medium and large. Everybody gets to borrow a 55-liter packing bag to use on the trip also. 

PADS TO SIT ON

For lunch on different days. 

SLEEPING BAG

Sleeping bag for 3 seasons. 

SUNGLASSES

UV rated, we recommend a strap to keep them in place and so they don't get lost.

SLEEPING PAD

A light sleeping pad. 

KAYAKING PANTS

Kayaking pants comfortable for all-day wear. Should fit your long underwear beneath and fit under your rain shell pants if you choose to bring some. Zip-off into shorts or an additional pair of shorts is an option. 

SHORTS, SWIMWEAR, AND SANDALS

If you wish to bring one of these items. 

TOWEL

If you feel this is necessary. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

2-liter capacity. 

LUNCHBOX, CUTLERY, CUP, PLATE

For lunch each day. 

TOILETRIES

Personal basics: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, etc...

PERSONAL MEDICATIONS

Make sure you bring any personal meds you need on your trip and ensure the Hvitserk office is updated on your allergies or needs. 

TOILET PAPER

Always nice to have at hand. 

MONEY/CREDIT CARD

The trip covers most of the expenses, but it's wise to bring some cash to snacks and drinks in different cabins. 

BINOCULARS

The wildlife and the landscape are worth it. 

Recommended:

SCARF OR BUFF

A layer to protect your neck or face. 

THERMOS

We recommend a thermos for hot drinks to have with you all day.

FIRST AID KIT

If you have certain hiking aids specific to you: i.e. blister care or ibuprofen, etc...

CAMERA

It's important to be present while climbing, but also a great joy to bring some snapshots home with you for memory lane. 

CASUAL CLOTHES

A reminder to bring a set of clothes for transfers, relaxing in the evenings, and non-climbing time. An extra, dry pair of shoes is recommended for after and before climbing.

BINOCULARS

The wildlife and the landscape are worth it. 

Optional:

ANTI BAC

If you need it for the bathroom or lunch. 

WET WIPE OR TOILET PAPER

If you have a bathroom emergency while climbing. We use "pack it in pack it out" ethics, so you will need to carry out your used items and throw them away later.

EARPLUGS

If you're a light sleeper.

JOURNAL

To take notes and write about the trip.

SNACKS

Chocolate, nuts or energy bars if there is something particular you enjoy eating. You will have the opportunity to buy snacks on your trip.

POWERBANK

If you need extra charging.

 

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