Expedition members will meet on Friday 18th of May at Bjorns Kajak. This will be at approximately 1200hrs. I will have been in the area prior to your arrival and shall have prepared sea kayaks, paddles and any other equipment you may have arranged for this expedition. We shall then move from Tromso to an Air BandB on the island of Kvaloya, here we shall carry out any pre expedition administration as well as visiting a local store to purchase provisions for the expedition. Although we shall be arranging the accommodation for you, we do not cover the costs of the accommodation and this will have to be settled upon your arrival. This is due to ABTA regulations rather than our own company policies. The accommodation at Mia's is more than adequate for making all preparations prior to departure.
If you do not wish to stay at Mia's, there are numerous hotels and other accommodation options in the local area, but you will have to make your own travel arrangements to meet other members at Mia's for briefings and other preparations etc.
At Mia's Air B&B expedition members will have the opportunity to meet each other and sort through personal equipment, there is a store nearby where team members can purchase food and other sundry items. If fuel is required for stoves etc, this can be ordered in advance and costs will be tallied before departure. Sea kayaks and other paddling equipment will be dropped off at the Air B&B for you to check sizes and to ensure loading is not a problem and we shall then be dropped off at the departure point early on the Saturday morning. Any enquiries regarding equipment hire extraneous to the kayaks, paddles, Buoyancy aids and spray decks can be made directly with Bjorn, his email address is email@example.com
Expedition members will need to arrange their own travel itinerary into and out of Tromso, there are regular daily flights from UK airports which if booked in advance are very reasonable. In my experience however, if you need to make a short notice booking out of Norway, these can prove to be very expensive, so our advice is book early and book return tickets with adequate travel insurance.
Unless previously arranged with SKC, it is expected that each member of the expedition will arrive with his or her own equipment, both for paddling and camping. Norway has a very good saying
‘There is no such thing as bad weather-only bad clothes’
I think this is part testament to the Norwegian attitude to outdoor life and also to the fact that the weather, at all times of the year can be very changeable. Two years ago I experienced almost 28 days of continuous sunshine, two years before that I experienced four seasons in the course of one day. Come prepared to keep warm and dry but lets keep our fingers crossed for the best of what Norway can offer - You shouldn’t be needing head torches however as you will be experiencing almost 24 hours of Sunlight
Temperatures can still be very cool and it is advisable that you bring a warm sleeping bag, have good ground insulation and warm camp clothes.
There will be the opportunity for team members to gather fresh provisions prior to departure. It may be that team members wish to bring their own expedition food and supplies with them, as the cost of living in Norway is high and food and drink can be expensive, so rehydrated rations purchased in your home nation may be a wise investment if you are working to a minimal budget.
The area we will be paddling through is famous for its fish stocks and there will be the opportunity to fish along the way or at the end of the days paddling, so bring your fishing kit and some tin foil for the campfire.
The journey begins:
The expedition will take advantage of the weather conditions at the outset and this means that the start off point will remain flexible but the areas which we will be travelling through shall be the western coasts of Senja, Somerøya, Høya and Kvaløya, all camping will be wild camping, you will most likely be visited by the occasional Sea Eagle so always keep your camera handy. Wild camping is allowed anywhere in Norway, Norwegian’s embrace Friluftsliv: The "Open Air Life” and regarding camping, you are permitted to pitch a tent for up to two days on any uncultivated land, no closer than 150 meters from an inhabited house or cabin. Permission is not required for longer stays in the wilderness unless it would cause damage or inconvenience.
Our expedition will be a 7 day 7 night journey, leaving on the Saturday and returning on the following Saturday morning, you will be travelling along fairly exposed sections of coastline, we shall be exploring the fjords and small groups of uninhabited islands along the outer coasts of Senja, which is Norway’s second largest and certainly one of its most beautiful island destinations. There will possibly be the opportunity to stop off at Krakeslotte, a beautiful old fish house that is full of character and has been converted for visitors to stop over and explore the local area, live music can be arranged at this venue and if prospective team members are interested in this idea please indicate so at the earliest opportunity as it will mean some adjustment in the price of the expedition (http://krakeslott.no).
There will be opportunities for expedition members to take daily walks in the surrounding mountains, these will not be guided walks but the region is an area of outstanding natural beauty and it would be criminal not to take the opportunity to gain some elevation to take in the beauty of the Vesteralen group of islands to the South and Finnmark to the North, the air has an amazing clarity to it this far north and you will be amazed at the scenery. You are, when standing on the coast of Senja, closer to the North Pole than you are to Norway’s capitol Oslo!
The expedition will culminate on the outer coast, destination to be determined once more, according to the weather conditions at the outset of the journey where members will be picked up by a local guide and returned to Tromso to depart on the 26th of May late evening or on the 27th. We have booked Mia's for the 26th night but if you wish to extend your trip please contact her to arrange this.
The Expedition is aimed at Intermediate paddlers at or around the ISKGA L3/BC 3*Sea/EPP L3/ SKC orange level. You should be happy covering up to a maximum of 25 Kilometers a day and be comfortable paddling in winds of up to force 4.
What it includes:
Coach/guide, Kayaks, Paddles, Decks, buoyancy aids and a good time!
£1295 Guide, Equipment, shuttle (excluding accommodation, transport to start point in Norway and food)
The only equipment which we shall be providing are the kayaks, paddles, spray decks and buoyancy aids. Bjorns Kajaks will be able to provide further equipment but by separate charter should you wish, please email him direct for this.
Travel in Norway is an experience in itself, you will journey through some remarkable countryside or if you take the Hurtigruten, you shall witness some amazing coastal scenery. For some of you, the week’s sea kayaking around Senja and other islands may be only a small part of a bigger holiday, so I have included various options. Travel services throughout the country are very efficient.
Travellers joining us from overseas can connect their flights through London or fly straight into Norway and seek alternative connections.
There are daily flights in and out of Tromso Airport and to book flights from London to Tromso visit: www.norwegian.com. Alternative airlines are KLM and SAS.
What to bring
Sleeping bag and mat
Mug, bowl and cutlery
A big bag for carrying kit up the beach to camp
Water containers/hydration packs
Water proof jacket & trousers
Passport (don’t forget this!)
Sun cream & insect repellent
Camera and all the other bits you normally need when camping!
The weather can be changeable in Norway and although previous years expedition experienced a heat wave this is not the norm, you may wish to include pogies and storm cags for extra warmth if needed.
If you have any further enquiries please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org