11 Dec Arctic Island Kayaking & Sledding
Arctic Island Kayaking and Mountain Dog Sledding
ARCTIC ISLAND COMBINATION EXPEDITION 2020
24th April – 5th May 2020
This expedition consists of a seven days of sea kayaking combined with four days of dog sledding. The sea kayaking will be conducted in and around the islands of Senja, Someroya, Kvaloya and Rebbenesoya as well as many smaller islands, while the dog sledding offers an incredible opportunity to experience mountain travel through the Finmark Vida Mountains of Sweden, Norway and Finland as you have never experienced it before.
“Guiding people in this environment is unique. I’m always looking for that wow factor, that expectation that around the corner is something that is going to blow people’s mind. It’s an amazing honour and pleasure to be able to experience that as a guide.” – Jeff Allen
The seven day sea kayaking expedition will be conducted in and around the islands of Senja, Someroya, Kvaloya and Rebbenesoya as well as many smaller islands to explore and shall be a wild camping expedition exploring this remote arctic region.
Depending on your booking, the expedition members will meet in Tromso at Bjorns Kajak on the 24th April 2020 where we shall pick up the equipment required for the week’s expedition.
From Bjorn’s shop we shall then set off to Kvaloya, stopping on the way to pick up provisions for the week, before moving on to the accommodation to prepare our kayaks and equipment.
On the morning of the next day, we shall depart to our launch point and depart for 7 days of paddling and 6 nights under canvas before being picked up and returning to Tromso/Kvaloya to prepare for departing home, or fish tailing our adventures into the combined sea kayak/dog sled experience.
The route for this expedition will take advantage of the current weather forecast that is pertinent to the region, which then gives us the flexibility to maximise our exploring potential.
For both sets of dates, the dog sled expedition will start on the 30th April until 6th may, so don’t worry – there is the opportunity to recover whether you have just finished or about to embark on your sea kayaking expedition.
In both cases, accommodation for the rest period – 27th to 29th April or 7th to 8th may – will have to be arranged by you, please see accommodation below.
Dog sledding is an incredible opportunity to experience mountain travel as you have never experienced it before. Team members will need to be fit and active.
You, along with the dogs are an integral part of the team, the dogs will look to you for guidance, support and commitment, you will become the alpha male and need to lead by example.
As a team you will travel through an incredibly beautiful and wild mountain area that stretches between Norway, Finland & Sweden.
The expedition guide is one of Norway’s top adventurers, an accomplished mountaineer and has also competed in the ‘Iditarod’ and ‘Yukon 1000’ dog sled races, he has also skied across Greenland and currently holds the record for the fastest solo traverse of Alaska, so you are in excellent company and safe hands. Before setting out again to explore the Finmark Vida Mountains of Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Expedition team members are welcome to bring their own personal activity/outdoor clothing and equipment but because of varying personal requirements, other equipment extraneous to the base equipment already provided and listed below, can be organized when booking.
Expedition Paddler will provide the following:
Paddle’s plus spare paddle
Neoprene Paddle Mitts
Team members may wish to hire dry suits from the out fitter.
Over the last 8-9 years of exploring this beautiful part of the world, I have had the opportunity to meet and develop some wonderful friends/friendships, this has also allowed me to also develop and intrinsic network of other fellow paddlers and explorers, working in partnership with these businesses allows me to utilise local knowledge and expertise, to that end I tend to go back to known and trusted locations. For accommodation I use Mia Kunstad’s Air B&B.
For Kayak hire, I use Bjorn’s Kayak, I have known Bjorn ever since I arrived in the North of Norway, he has proven to be unfaltering in his reliability and support, his equipment is first rate and his local knowledge and expertise in both Ocean and Mountain is second to none.
For our Dog Sledding activities we work in proud partnership with Tore Albrigtsen of Active Tromso. Tore has been dog mushing for the past 40 years, but is far more than just a dog musher, Tore’s knowledge as an outdoor/wilderness guide is second to none.
For all of the activities it is recommended that you bring with you several pairs of base layers, I would recommend merino wool but there are other alternatives to this.
You will also need a lightweight pair of gloves as well as warm mitts, a buff or face mask, a warm woolly hat (or 2) a hot drinks flask as well as a water drinks bottle, a camera of course and a small ouch pouch (personal first aid kit) to include any personal medication and to treat any small injuries you may receive during the activities.
I shall be carry a well equipped first aid pack but this will not take into account any allergies that you may suffer from.