Every year, hordes of kayakers flock to Norway from all over the world from as far afield as New Zealand, the US and of course the UK. The reasons are clear, and its certainly not the weather – the treats that the rivers have to offer never fail to live up to expectation.
Here are some tips for a succesful trip –
When to go?
There is plenty of action to be had most years from the end of May onwards when the Telemark season starts all the way to the end of August, when water levels are getting a little lower. If you are keen to hook up with other boaters and soak up some festival atmosphere, head to Voss in the last week of July (Ekstremsportveko) or Sjoa the second week of July (Sjoa fest in conjunction with Gene 17).
Where to go?
This will vary depending on waterlevels and the time of year that you go. Telemark is usually good to go early in the season and traditionally the movement is then to Voss, Valldall or Sogndal, Sjoa.
How to get there?
Some airlines will take boats, and some have been succesful catching trains and hooking up with other boaters, but most often the brits conclude that it is better to drive out.
What shall I take?
Everything! food, alcohol, kayaking kit. Everything you might want to buy in Norway (except maybe strawberry jam) is super expensive. If you're driving, stop in Germany and stock up on cheap food and booze.
Where shall I stay?
Anywhere! In Norway, you can stay pretty much anywhere out and about as long as you stick by some basic rules about not being within sight of houses, and making sure you take all rubbish with you (yes that includes toilet paper!)
Formidable city lawyer in her day job, and whitewater adventurer the rest of the time, Paula leads the mysterious double life of a comic book superhero. Using every moment of her free time to sample the world’s finest rivers, she’s paddled her kayak in every destination you can name, and more besides.