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Norway Expeditions

 ARCTIC NORWAY EXPEDITIONS

SPRING/SUMMER EXPEDTION: 1st – 15th MAY 2017

THE ‘BLUE TIME’ EXPEDITION: 6th – 13th JANUARY 2018

``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

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of arctic Norway on a trip led by Jeff Allen and his team of guides.

You can spend your expedition days whale watching from sea-kayaks, dog sledding over mountainous peaks, watching the magical northern lights or experiencing the Arctic Midnight Sun and skiing through this amazing Northern scenery.

For a taste of what’s in store, watch the video below and experience the magic…

EXPEDITION ITINERARY

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.`` - Edward Abbey

 In order to maximise the best time on the water or in the mountains and to view the northern lights, the schedule may change slightly, depending on the conditions.

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 EXPEDITION ITINERARY

Week one:

Dog Sledding with Tore Albrigtsen

 

Rest day in Tromso

 

Week Two: 

Sea kayaking with Jeff Allen

 

 

 

 

We will meet in Tromso on Monday the 1st of May, we shall make our way out to Active Tromso where you will have time to wind down from your travels, perhaps you will get an opportunity to visit the local Polar museum, famous for its displays of many arctic expeditions which have left from this historical city, often hailed as being the ‘Gateway to the North’ You may also be able to visit the famous and beautiful Ice cathedral.

 

At Active Tromso, which is situated on the island of Kvaloya, we will settle into our cabin which overlooks the stunning fjords where we will also be departing by kayak from, later on in the expedition.

 

Over a traditional Norwegian evening meal, we will discuss the expedition itinerary.

 

The expedition will have two distinct aspects, both exploring unique ways of travel, week one will consist of a Dog Sled journey, taking you high into the mountains and Vida of Finnmark, here you will travel through Norway, Sweden and Finland and you shall be living and working with your team of Alaskan Huskies.

 

Week two: The second stage of the expedition will be to explore the islands to the west of Tromso, the route of the expedition may vary according to the prevailing weather conditions, so no plan is set in stone. Plan ‘A’ will be to depart from the small island of Someroya or perhaps inside of Karlsfjord on Kvaloya and then paddle Northwards exploring the many groups of islands which exist in this beautiful archipelago and Plan ‘B’ will be to depart from the same area, but this time, heading South, to explore the beautiful island of Senja – both options could be considered as being Plan ‘A’ as both options are beautiful and worth exploring.

 

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JANUARY 2018 ‘BLUE TIME EXPEDITION’ ITINERARY

Day one (Sat 6th): Arrival in Tromso

 

Day Two (7th): Introduction to Sea kayaking/ Whale Watching

 

Day Three (8th): A day of Dog Sledding with Tore Albrigtsen

 

Day Four (9th): Cross Country Skiing or Sea Kayak Whale Safari

 

Day Five (10th): Cross Country Skiing or Sea Kayak Whale Safari

 

Day Six (11th): Sea kayaking/Whale Watching

 

Day Seven (12th): Cross Country Skiing

 

Day Eight (13th): Return to Tromso

We will all meet up 0900 on Saturday (06/01/18) at Bjorn’s Outfitting and supply you with any pre-booked equipment, such as your dry suits, ski’s and kayaks.
 
So you will need to arrive in the city prior to our meeting day, most trip members fly in on the Friday, then you will have time to wind down from your flight and perhaps visit the local museum, famous for the many Arctic expeditions which have, over the years departed from this historic Northern port, you may even wish to visit the beautiful Ice cathedral.
 
Later on in the day we will travel out to The Arctic Hotel in Sommerroy, to settle into your cabins that overlook the stunning fjords where we will be kayaking.
 
Over a traditional Norwegian evening meal, we will discuss the week’s itinerary and if we are lucky we might even spot our first whale beneath the aura borealis.

 

The accommodation is a shared self catering cabin which is comfortable and well equipped for our purposes. (There is a hotel upgrade available if you wish to reside and dine in luxury).

 

The Dog Sledding is the only activity confined to the Monday, the remaining activities of skiing and sea kayaking will take advantage of a flexible itinerary as this allows us to maximise on the weather and the day light hours to best effect.

 

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DOG SLEDDING

The Dog sledding expeditions will be led by Tore Albrigtsen, one of the most experienced dog mushers in Norway.

 

Tore has competed in numerous dog sled races, including the famous Iditarod Race in Alaska. Tore has been Dog sledding and mountaineering for most of his life, so rest assured you will be in safe hands. This activity will be an all day or multi day event starting and finishing at Active Tromso.

SKI TOURING

Your Ski guides will be Bjorn Eines and Nick Arding.

 

Bjorn lives in Tromso and has ski toured all of his life and he knows the region intimately. Nick is a former Royal Marines Officer and is an International Mountain Leader, MIC (Mountaineering Instructor Certificate) and SNSC Mountain Ski Leader, with a life time of mountain experience behind him.

SEA KAYAKING

For the past five or six years during the winter months, the Fjords of Kvaløya and Senja have been visited in great numbers by Humpback Whales and Orca, these have been drawn in by the vast shoals of Herring which have moved North from their historical feeding grounds around the Lofoten Islands.

 

For the winter expedition we shall depart as soon as the whales have been sighted (often from the windows of the cabin) or through using local knowledge. Whale watching in the traditional way, from a sea kayak, is an incredible experience.

 

Your lead sea kayaking guide will be Jeff Allen, Jeff is a very experienced sea kayak guide who calls Northern Norway his second home. He is an I.S.K.G.A advanced Guide and trainer and also has the BCU 5 star sea award as well as having extensive expedition sea miles beneath his keel. Jeff has expeditioned all over the world and has circumnavigated Japan, South Georgia, Ireland and most of the Scandinavian Peninsular.

 

INSURANCE/MEDICAL

It is recommended that expedition members have adequate travel insurance.

A basic competency in kayaking is required for the trip, but if you do not possess this, prior training can be arranged. It is recommended that members of the team ensure that they are physically able to attend this expedition, seeking medical advice from their personal doctor if necessary.

PRICES

The one week January winter expedition costs £1650 per person. This includes, kayak hire, ski hire, all guiding and dog mushing activities, accommodation and transport. Food & flights are not included.

 

The two week spring/Summer expedition costs £2700 per person. This includes all dog sledding equipment (including camping equipment & food for the dog sled exped),Kayak (inclusive of kayaking related equipment) hire and all guiding activities.

This expedition will fill up fast. You can secure your booking by paying a £750 deposit, either via PayPal (click the add to cart link below), or by contacting Jeff Allen on info@expeditionpaddler.com or call +44 (0) 7789 286080.

Tromso Spring/Summer Expedition – 1st May to 15th May 2017 – DEPOSIT ONLY: £750

THE ‘BLUE TIME’ EXPEDITION – 6th – 13th JANUARY 2018 – DEPOSIT ONLY: £750

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