Kayak course on the Helgeland Coast

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Kayaking Level 2 4 days 5 - 12 participants

Overview

Note: This is a trip is only available in the Norwegian language. 

Active holidays in Norway are popular like never before, and it is about time that keen kayakers gain experience and skills in one of the real gems of our coastal region has to offer. The Helgeland coast is the world's third-largest archipelago, and has thousands of islands that make the area one of the most beautiful areas in the world to paddle. Here there is paddling for all levels, even those who are looking for basic ocean certification.

Highlights

  • Kayaking in one of the world's most beautiful coastal regions
  • Overnight at Klokkergården on Rødøy
  • One of Norway's most spectacular views from Rødøyløva

During our stay, we will sleep at Klokkergården on Rødøy, one of the most beautiful accommodations in the whole of Helgeland. Aside from being a great area for kayaking, the hike to the mountain Rødøyløva is also a real classic. The pictures from Rødøyløva speak for themselves, so look forward to the evening when we visit one of Norway's most beautiful viewpoints. 

Of course, the days will consist of all the elements that a basic ocean certificate course has. With experienced and locally known instructors you will learn how to master the basic skills required for kayaking at sea. Maybe your dream is to paddle on a longer trip one day? Or maybe you just want to experience Norway's northern areas from the sea? Combine this trip with a summer vacation in the north, or enjoy a long weekend learning new skills in Norway.

 

What's included

  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local guide/Instructor
  • 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

This is a course for beginners who are new to kayaking. Difficulty level 2 out of 5. 

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 in the mountains. 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 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.

The course is conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Norwegian Paddle Association. We have local, experienced instructors (NPF) with us.

Languages

This is a trip popular with Norwegians, so the main language on the trip is Norwegian.

Accommodation

We stay at Klokkargården on Rødøy.

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

  • Accommodation at Klokkargården
  • Course and guided tours
  • Sea kayak and all kayaking equipment
  • Drysuit
  • Food as mentioned in the day to day program
  • Transportation on arrival and departure from the ferry dock

Price does not include

  • Transportation to/from Rødøy
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the day to day program

Other information

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

Day by Day

day

1

Arrival Klokkergården

Accommodation Klokkergården
Meals D

We meet at Rødøy when the boat (NEX) arrives from Bodø at 7.00 PM. Here you will be picked up and transported to Klokkergården. When we arrive there will be check-in and dinner with the rest of the participants and the instructors.

Note! The boat from Bodø leaves at 4.15 PM, and from Bodø Airport it is 20 minutes to walk to the dock where the express boat departs or a 5-minute taxi drive. If you are taking the boat from Bodø to Rødøy, you need to make this boat on time!

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2

Kayak course

Accommodation Klokkergården
Meals B, L, D

The course starts! Some of the topics we are going through are different paddle techniques, how to paddle efficiently forward, support, landing, rescue techniques, planning and carrying out the trip, and safety at sea. And of course we spend a lot of time on the water so you get a lot of training on kayaking.

During the day you will also be served lunch with coffee, and we end the day approx. 5.30 PM. A two-course dinner is served at Klokkergården in the evening.

 

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Second day of the course

Accommodation Klokkergården
Meals B, L, D

This day we finish the last half of the course and go through the topics we did not cover the day before.

We finish at the same time as the day before and have a delicious three-course dinner at Klokkergården in the evening.

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Rødøyløva, Storsanden and departure

Meals B, L

We cannot leave Rødøy without having visited Rødøyløva. The hike up is not that long, it is a bit steep at times, but the view from the top is well worth the effort. After we have been to the mountain we have lunch. Those who want can take a hike to the beautiful beach Storsanden - alternatively, you can also try the paddling skills by paddling there. We get transport to the express boat dock at 4.30 PM, and the boat goes approx. 5.00 PM from Rødøy. It arrives in Bodø at 8.05 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:

BASE LAYER

Wool long-sleeved top and bottom.

MID-LAYER Medium thickness wool or fleece top.

INSULATED JACKET

A warm jacket for breaks and before after activities. We recommend a puffy jacket with down or synthetic. Something equivalent in warmth is also okay.

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. 

PANTS

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. 

SHIRTS

Bring 1-2 shirts for daily activities. 

GLOVES / MITTENS

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

HAT/CAPS

1 warm hat. 1 Caps against sun and rain.

SOCKS

2-4 pairs, we recommend wool, above the ankle, in your preferred thickness. If your footwear is not waterproof consider a Gortex sock option.

SHOES

Bring footwear you know fits you and is comfortable. We recommend waterproof boots. 

BACKPACK 

Daypack for warm layers, food, snacks, water, and needed items. 20-40 liters.

WRAP BAGS

To keep elements dry if needed. 

SITTING PAD

For lunch during the different days. 

SUNGLASSES

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

SUNSCREEN / CHAPSTICK

Make sure the Chapstick has UV rated sunscreen in it. 

WATER BOTTLE / CAMELBACK

3-liter capacity or more. 

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. 

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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