Guided sea kayaking from Å to Værøy

On this sea kayaking trip we want to take you across the fabled Mosken tidal current to camp and explore the very rarely visited Mosken island.

Contact / questions:
Email: info@kajakknord.no
Phone: +47 980 52 748

Dates: 7-13 July 2016

Price:
9.900 NOK excluding a rental sea kayak.
2.500 NOK for renting a sea kayak (P&H Scorpio)

Maximum participants: 8

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The view from Værøy towards the smaller Mosken island and Moskenes island.

What is included:
– Pickup and delivery to airport in Leknes
– Breakfast, BBQ dinner and accommodation at Hattvika Lodge 7-8 and 12-13 July
– Transportation to our starting point and from our ending point
– Ferry ticket from Værøy to Moskenes
– Local knowledge from two experienced sea kayaking guides

Plan:
7 July, arrival at Hattvika Lodge, BBQ dinner and briefing. Accommodation at Hattvika Lodge.
8 July, the paddling starts from Å to Lofotodden, 12 km.
9 July, Lofotodden to Mosken island, 12 km.
10 July, Mosken island to Vaeroy island, 8 km.
11 July, Vaeroy island, 14 km.
12 July, A short paddle to the ferry ride back to Moskenes island. Pickup by car at Moskenes, BBQ dinner, shower and a soft bed at Hattvika Lodge.
13 July, departure from Hattvika Lodge by 15:00.

The journey starts from the small village of Å on Moskenes island in Lofoten. Our first campsite is on the southern tip of Moskenes island. Here we will be able to watch the tidal current from our campsite. We will time the crossing of the tidal current at slack tide and with favourable conditions. There are several skerries and islets to explore before landing on a small beach at Mosken island. Camping and exploring the island on foot will be a rare treat as not many people visit this island. The next day we continue to Vaeroy island for an early camp so we can explore this island on foot and by sea kayak. Vaeroy has a sea cave and a dry cave with 3-4000 old cave paintings. We will spend two days on Vaeroy before taking the ferry back to Moskenes island and a drive back to Hattvika Lodge.

This trip has fairly short distances to paddle each day and focus will be on exploring some of the iconic and rarely visited places in Lofoten. We will have more time in campsite, which lets you explore on foot, read a book, take photos, fish from your kayak, relax or whatever you decide to fill your time with.

route

Details of plan A:

7 July:
Arrival at Hattvika Lodge before 18:00. We meet up and get to know each other. We go to Lofotsenteret in Leknes for shopping (fuel, food and whatever else you need). The briefing starts at 18:00. We then enjoy an evening BBQ and relax at Hattvika Lodge.

8 July:
Our driver takes us and our kayaks to the small village of Å, where we begin our journey to the southern tip of Moskenes island. Distance to paddle: 12 km.

9 July:
We cross the Mosken tidal current to the small island of Mosken where we make our camp and explore on foot. There are several skerries and islets to explore in our sea kayaks north of the island. Distance to paddle: 12 km.

10 July:
A short paddle to Vaeroy island where we can go hiking in the mountains or simply relax at camp. Distance to paddle: 8 km.

11 July:
We explore Vaeroy in our sea kayaks. There is a sea cave to explore as well as a dry cave to explore on foot. We will camp on an isolated beach only accessible from the sea. Distance to paddle: 14 km.

12 July:
A ferry ride back to Moskenes island where we are picked up and driven back to Hattvika Lodge for another great BBQ, a hot shower and comfortable bed. Distance to paddle: 6 km.

13 July:
Breakfast and departure from Hattvika Lodge by 15:00.

 

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A sea cave on Værøy island

Guides:
Kristoffer Vandbakk from Kajakk Nord, 5 star guide and coach (NPF 5 and BCU 4). Kristoffer has 4 years of experience as a sea kayak guide and instructor. He has done multiple trips in the area around and in the Mosken tidal current and has incident management and first aid in remote areas skills.

Matt Skuse is a former Mountain Leader in the British Royal Marines with extensive experience in remote and challenging wilderness environments.  He has a deep respect for nature and is passionate about low trace outdoor activity. Matt is a BCU 4 Star sea Kayak Leader, BCU 5 star Canoe Leader and a UKCC Level 3 coach.

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Campsite on Værøy island

Experience required:
Parts of the journey is remote and isolated, so our participants need to meet certain standards. The weather will decide if we go for plan A or plan B. Safety comes first and in Lofoten the weather is always the deciding factor.

We require that you have passed a 3 star sea kayak course (teknikkurs from NPF, 3 star BCU or equivalent). Alternatively you must have sufficient experience to paddle in 3 star conditions (1,25 meter waves, 8 m/s wind). Furthermore you must know how to land a sea kayak in surf so some surfing experience will be essential. There may be surf conditions on our landing beaches and surf zones are relatively high risk areas.

We also ask that you are a contributing member of the group. We need all the members of the group to contribute where they can, whether at sea or on land. We will be isolated and it’s therefore important that everyone assist each other whenever possible.

Lastly, the conditions can be rough in Lofoten. If we deem the conditions too demanding we will go for our plan B. You must however be prepared and able to paddle and camp under rough conditions; high winds and big waves.

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Campsite on Mosken island

Medical / health issues:
If you have any health issues affecting yourself or the group, please let us know in advance. You are responsible for qualifying yourself fit and healthy enough to participate.

Equipment required:
Dry suit
Paddle
Spray deck
Safety west
Warm clothing, waterproof jacket
Hiking shoes or boots
Tow rope for sea kayaking
Camping equipment (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, a stove to cook food, gas or fuel can be bought in Lofoten)
Food for 5 days of camping (4 dinners, 4 breakfast, 5 lunches, minimum)
A map of Moskenes island ( http://www.kartbutikken.no/turkart/turkart-1-50-000/vest-lofoten )
First aid kit
Sunscreen
A hat to protect yourself from the sun or a helmet for sea kayaking
Whatever else you require to be comfortable for 5 days in the wild

Recommended equipment:
Helmet for kayaking
Neoprene gloves or mittens
Neoprene hood

The average temperature in Lofoten is 12 degrees celsius in July. Bring an appropriate sleeping bag and clothes.

Safety procedures:
When planning a fairly challenging sea kayak trip such as this, we have to plan for the worst and hope for the best. Below we have described known risks and how to avoid and deal with them.

Risk management

If emergency rescue is required, the group should contact emergency services.

If there is a need to evacuate an injured person or the entire group we will land and walk out or if this is not possible, contact emergency services. Equipment will be secured on land for pickup at a later stage.

Each of the group must be prepared to tow another paddler. Everyone must have a tow rope and everyone must also know how to use it.

If you capsize you should be able to either self rescue or roll. Partner rescues are the second line of defence.

If a paddler capsizes in his or her kayak and exits the kayak, a recovery can be performed by a member of the group. Everyone must be able to perform a buddy rescue so that the person gets back into the kayak.

In the unlikely event of resuscitation being required, the casualty will be moved to land if possible or raft up to provide a suitable platform.

Group control: Line of sight between the group members is to be maintained. If you leave the group on purpose you are no longer considered a part of the arranged guided trip, until you return to the group.

If conditions are too rough the group may be forced to remain in camp until conditions improve.

If an emergency occurs and the group or part of the group has to cancel the guided trip, no refund will be given.

By joining this guided tour you accept the risks described in this document; the risks involved in sea kayaking and the risks of being on an isolated coastline over several days.

 

Communication:
Medical emergency telephone number: 113
Emergency VHF radio channel: 16
Local VHF radio channel with weatherforecast: Bodø radio, channel 66

Distress message per telephone or radio:
MAYDAY
Name
Position
Nature of distress
Kind of assistance needed

Environmental considerations:
We like the term “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photographs”. We will bring out all garbage with us. Campfires will be made on a bed of rocks to leave no trace. We will bring a small shovel to to dig small holes and cover any human waste.

Insurance:
Travel insurance is always recommended. You are responsible for having the appropriate accident and travel insurance for sea kayaking on a remote coastline for several days. Call your insurance agency if in doubt. We recommend booking a return flight from Lofoten which includes cancellation insurance.

Getting there:
There are several ways to arrive at Ballstad. The easiest way is airtravel via Bodø (www.sas.com or www.norwegian.com) and connect with www.wideroe.no to Leknes airport. Leknes have several arrivals with good connections from Bodø airport.

If sea travel is more convenient, Hurtigruten (www.hurtigruten.com/no/norskekysten/) is a good alternative as it arrives the local village Stamsund at 1900 and departures in south direction at 2230

If you travel by car, the ferry (http://www.torghatten-nord.no/english/) from Bodø to Moskenes (Å) is a good alternative. Several departures a day.

If you travel by airplane or by Hurtigruten, transportation from airport (Leknes) or shipdock (Stamsund) is included. Pickup/ return service is included.

Hattvika Lodge – private restaurant – activities year round!

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Hattvika Lodge offers the ultimate facilities for small private groups or corporate business events in authentic surroundings in Ballstad, Lofoten. We offer activities at sea or in the mountains year around and the location is private and only for you!

Ballstad has been fishing for several centuries. The harbour is a safe haven surrounded by wonderful mountain that invites active activities and gives a fantastic overview of Lofoten. Right on our doorstep in Hattvika is some of the best fishing grounds in Lofoten, We say; Welcome Ski & Fishing!

For sea kayaking, Hattvika is close to perfect as you have the sea on your doorstep. Right outside Ballstad you find thousands of islets and reefs on the inner shore of Lofoten. We truly welcome you together with Kayak Nord and Ut i Lofoten to this event.

For additional information see:http://www.hattvikalodge.no/#!home/cotz

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