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Paddling between the Lofoten Islands

Listed under Kayaking in Nord-Norge, Norway.

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Norway’s remarkable fjords and sharp coast side mountains set the region apart as a paddling destination. The other obvious advantage is the sunlight. At the right time of year the sun hovers on the horizon until the early hours allowing additional time to set up camp and more exploration.

The granite shards which are the Lofoten Islands are a good choice for sea kayakers with plenty of small harbour communities to get supplies from, white beaches where you can camp and remote, silent places to get away to. Wildlife lovers will also appreciate the local whale population who in quieter harbours will come up and nudge your boat.

If you prefer your adventures to include more than just paddling you can take a day out to climb some of the granite peaks you’ll see lining the shoreline, choose carefully though, some are suitable only for experienced rock climbers, while others fit hikers will find no trouble.

The paddling is fairly easy going on relatively calm seas, but the environment can be unforgiving so unsuitable for total novices unless you’re with a guide.

The water is kept marginally warmer than you would expect it to be by the Gulf Stream. Bodo, Andenes or Reine are the usual starting points for explorations of the Lofoten Islands, Reine was originally built as a fishing village and is probably the most authentic of the main settlements if you’re interested also in the culture of the place.

Written by  Tim Cullen.

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“Summer sail in Norway”

Once, only trawlermen went to the Lofoten Islands, but as fish stocks diminish the brightly coloured shacks are being converted into accommodation for tourists attracted by the wild northern beauty. Gavin Bell reports... Read more...

Written by press. Guardian Jun 28 2008

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