Moskenes Island Circumnavigation

Moskenes Island Circumnavigation – Extreme Kayaking in the Wild West of the Lofoten Islands…

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Number of participants: 4-6

Moskenes Island Circumnavigation – what You need to know about:

In 2019, the Lofotodden National Park was created, covering the entire west coast of the island, which is feared of its steep cliffs and remote beaches,difficoult to reach by the seaside. This tour is not recommended for beginner kayakers. Weather conditions can change easily and very fast , very unpleasant and even dangerous. Winds from the mountains, swells reflected from the cliffs, generate real rodeo conditions. The beaches, the only landing points are surfing spots,You can meet 1-2m high waves. Even the more experienced kayakers can be surprised if they never been in such conditions.. It is not without reason that it is called the Wild West by kayakers.
Anyone who comes here can instantly experience the harsh conditions of the North. In one minute there is 20 degrees with sunshine, another minutes rainy, windy, with 5 degrees. You can leave your summer clothes at home,for sure!

It’s a home location for me, I’ve lived , kayaked, worked as a kayak guide here for years, and I’m almost a local. I speak Norwegian …

1Euro = about NOK 10 (NOK)

Moskenes Island Circumnavigation Schedule:

Day -1 :

Individual departure by plane

Through Oslo, a ticket to Bodø

Bodø Airport-Bodø Ferry Port:

Bus: about 60NOK (about 6 €)
Taxi: Approx 200NOK (approx.20 €)

3 hour by Ferry

Destination: Moskenes Ferry Port. Approx.150NOK (approx. 15 €) per person

Day 0:

Moskenes – Ramberg bus. NOK 70 per person (approx. € 7)

Meeting at Ramberg beach: shopping in the foodstore,filling up our provision , getting to know each other and the equipment, trial packing.

Day 1:

Last chance to shop before departure. We start the tour.

Paddling from Ramberg Beach to Kvalvika Beach. About 18-20km. There are 2 stops on the way, but nothing during the last 9km,until Kvalvika. The route passes steep cliffs, from here it is spectacular and remote, full of dangers. Almost zero signal strength, stops only every 10km on surfing beaches.

The steep rock walls of the western part

There are some caves on this part, where we can paddle in with kayaks in quieter conditions. Not everyone knows these places, luckily I do! 🙂
Overnight: freecamping at Kvalvika beach, in a tent or under the open sky! Don’t forget, the sun won’t go down!

Kvalvika beach

If You have energy left, you can climb the top of the Ryten from where you can have a great wiew even to Ramberg and enjoy a great view to our beach from a bird’s eye view. The last years this peak became very popular, so we can meet quite a few tourists depending on the season.

Kvalvika beach from Ryten
Day 2:

We continue to paddle Kvalvika – Horseidvika: about 10km

Horseidvika beach

Then, after a short break, Horseidvika-Bunesvika: approx. 8km

Bunes Inner beach

There are trekking routes from both strands to the passes and to a single peak. It is possible to hike in terms of weather and the daily distance we paddled. Reserve any power for next day is highly recommended.

Bunnes outer beach with Helvetestinden

Overnight on a beach in a tent.

Day 3:

It will be a strong paddling day, at the southern horn of Lofoten we can meet The Mosken , a very strong tidal current. .

Moskenes Circumnavigation

Bunesvika – Refsvika: about 20km
Refsvika – Moskenes: about 20km.
It is planned to spend the night in the camp in Moskenes, in tents.

Day 4:

Moskenes-Reine-Sund… 18-30km (Depending on how long extra distance we take in the Reinefjord)
Possibility to shop in Reine if our foodreserve became short..

Moskenes Circumnavigation
Moskenes Circumnavigation
Reinefjord in April

After paddling in the fabulous Reine Fjord we will head to Sund, where we will have the our last campsite.

Day 5:

Sund-Ramberg approx.11km .We’ll pass through a small channel called Sundstrømen, where the tidal flow can reach 12 km / h . With a good timing, it could be beneficial! Otherwise You can paddle against the flood! Belive me,I’ve been there!

At Ramberg beach should end our journey. Overnight at the campsite. Farewell evening on a beach.

Day 6: Rain Day

Man proposes, Lofoten disposes! The weather is very variable! Depending on the weather forecast, the daily distance may need to be increased,or we need to reduce it. Moreover, in some case, we need to consider to change the route. In this case, we make daily tours in more protected, but still spectacular locations, maybe with more trekking. The experience will definitely be similar!
It is worth calculating at least one, but rather two extra days. If the tour go after our plan , then this day(s) can be taken for trekking: to Vollandstinden, Reinebringen, or to other peaks… surfing on a nearby surfing beaches… or for sightseeing in the villages of Reine, Hamnøya,or Å.

Day 7-8:

Traveling individually: Unfortunately, it is not always possible to get home in one day!
Ramberg – Moskenes – bus about 70NOK / person
Moskenes-Bodø ferry: 150NOK / person
From Bodø with aircraft see above!

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Price for the Moskenes Island Circumnavigation

865Euro + 430Euro equipment rental: total: 1295Euro / person

What’s in the price:

Guiding and kayaking equipment (single sea kayak, paddle, sprayskirt, vest, wetsuit) for the duration of the tour

What’s not in it the price:
  • travel to the destination: plane, ferry, bus, taxi… (As sooner you book your ticket, as greater is the opportunity to find cheaper deals)
  • food
  • accommodation in campsites
  • entry tickets for optional programs
  • travel insurance which also covers water sport

What you need to bring with you:

The average temperature in Lofoten is 12 degrees Celsius in summer . Bring a proper sleeping bag and clothes.

  • Warm clothing (Merino wool or technical fleece recommended, but leave cotton clothing at home), waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Camping equipment (tent, sleeping bag, airmat, gas cooker (I can buy the gasbottle for You ), pots,dishes…
  • drybags ( for your sleeping bag,reserve clothes, madrass…)
  • First aid kit with your medication
  • 10L water tank (recommended bag type, which is easier to pack in a kayak)

What you are recommended to bring with you:
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Food for 5-6 Days: Recommended vacuum packed hams, dry sausage, bacon, oats, dried fruits and seeds, raw marzipan, chocolate…
  • Map of Moskenes Island, usually available at Ramberg’s shop or at the Tourist office.
  • Suncream
  • Hat to protect yourself from the sun or a helmet for sea kayaking
  • Neoprene gloves, Neoprene hoodies, neoprene shoes
  • Anything else you need and get it into the kayak! Gopro camera, waterproof case for mobile, camera, solar charger, powerbank…

Physical and mental requirements for participation:

  • Adequate technical knowledge: safe paddling and rescue in 1.5m waves, 8-10m / s wind.
  • Proper physical fitness, health! You need to be fit enough to padde continuously 10km or 2-3 hours without stopping!
  • Accident insurance for extreme sports
  • 50% deposit paid until June 1, 2021. Please pay the remaining 50% by August 1st.

In order to avoid any unpleasant surprises, it would be worthwhile to paddle together before the departure, even in Szigetköz, where we could meet and evaluate the technical level of the participants. This trial is free.

If you are unsure, it is worth taking the basic course with me! Of course this is not included in the price, it has to be paid extra. Normally 260 Euro / person, it depends on the location! (See under Courses.) If you participate in the tour, you will receive a discount on the price of the course! Ask for more info!

If you do not take part in the trial or the course,and only at the last minute, on the spot,we figure out that your technical knowledge is not enough,so to the disadvantage of the other participants we have to modify the whole tour. We always adjust the route to the level of the weakest kayaker!

If you have any health problems, you should tell me prior the tour. I will keep this information confidential.


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