You will meet at the Bjørn ferry dock on Dønna. The paddling experience starts on the beautiful island of Seløya and our accommodation Skolo. You will be driven here by Vegard and Øystein, your guides on this trip. After check-in, we start the tour experiences with lunch and a light kayak trip to gain knowledge of the group's abilities and conditions. We hand out equipment and paddle around Seløya, Hestholmen, Lamøydraget, and Ormsøya. We also stop by the nice sandy beach on Nautøya and take a short break there before we go home and have dinner served.
Pointed mountains plunging into the sea, sea eagles and bustling wildlife, 12,000 small and large islands, chalk white sandy beaches, clear water, and midnight sun. Charming fishing villages, accommodation full of history, and good food interspersed with local myths and legends. Helgeland has everything a kayak adventurer could wish for.
- One of Norway's most beautiful paddling destinations
- Accommodation at the renovated and charming old-school- "Skolo"
- Locally known and experienced kayak guides
- Hike to the majestic Dønnamannen
The Helgeland coast is known for its beautiful coastline and it is not without reason that the coastal culture has ended up on UNESCO's World Heritage List. With chalk-white beaches, countless islets and reefs, and small communities with unique histories and cultures, it is a mecca for kayaking.
On this trip, we are based at the charming old school from 1954, which has been restored and rebuilt to become a unique accommodation, “Skolo”. Here we sleep and eat well, and have an excellent base for paddling trips in the area.
The tour starts on the idyllic island of Dønna, just outside Sandnessjøen. Here you meet your guides and the rest of the group and together you drive on to Seløya and our base for the next few days. We have 4 days at our disposal which we will fill with unique and memorable paddling in the fantastic archipelago.
On day 3 we take a trip up to the iconic Dønnamannen, 853 meters above sea level. If the weather is fine, we can enjoy a fantastic view out over the thousand islets and reefs, and inland to the mainland and "The Seven Sisters”.
There are no departures on this trip.
- 24 hour emergency communication
- All guides have wilderness first aid experience
- First aid equipment available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while on expedition
On these trips, some of the stages are demanding. On level 3 mountain hikes, there are often some long stages, and / or a demanding summit push where it can get cold. You must stand up to reach the goal, and have a good training basis and good health before departure. We sleep in tents and / or in cabins and hotels, but you do not have to have experience with tent life to participate. If the trip includes activities such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / mountaineering, it is an advantage to have experience with this activity.
Activities / trips with some risk. Some incidents may occur, and they may be of such a nature that they require professional help.
Training and preparations
You must be in good physical shape and have previous paddling experience to get the most out of this trip. It can often be windy on the Helgeland coast, so you must be comfortable being in the water, and master kayaking in waves and wind. Single and double kayaks will be used and changed during the trip.
Accommodation and food
We spend the night at the old charming school, "Skolo", on Seløya, which has now become a newly renovated and modern accommodation. A small family of 4 from Oslo bought the dilapidated school in 2018 and has turned the place into a lovely gathering spot with a lot of history and charm.
We eat breakfast and dinner at Skolo and take a packed lunch with us on most days.
The easiest way to get to the Helgeland coast is with the morning flight from Oslo to Sandnessjøen. From here there is an airport bus into the city center and a ferry over to "Bjørn" on the island of Dønna. Here at the ferry dock, you will meet your guides Vegard and Morten, and drive together to Seløya and your base for the next 4 days.
For timetables and information about the ferry from Sandnessjøen ferry quay to Bjørn ferry quay (Dønna), visit www.reisnordland.no. If you are from out of the country, please contact our office if you need assistance with travel plans.
We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.
On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.
We provide kayaks (solo or double kayak), splash covers, dry suits, paddle shoes, oars, and necessary safety equipment.
REMEMBER: waterproof bags/dry bags to keep in the kayak.