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This is a unique adventure paddling around an entire island, through thousands of small islands and reef. The tour around Smøla is a journey through varied landscapes, with tidal pools, bays, and coves only accessible by kayak.
Smøla consist of more than 4000 islands and reef, and it has Norway’s largest ”low-land prairie”, with large, flat marshlands. The west side of the island has thousands of small islands and islets. To the north, Veiholmen stretches out into the North Sea like an index finger. To the east, sheltered coves and islands form a delightful archipelago. To the south, there are magnificent panoramic views of the Tustna mountains, with unique landscape on the islands of Edøy and Kuli. In Smøla, you can fish for trout in small lakes. Around Smøla, sea eagles soar majestically over the landscape, and offshore bite big cod willing.
This tour around the island is a fairly long trip for those with less experience. To make this trip fit for people of all experience levels, we have arranged this trip over 4 days.
Our base camp, where we start and end the tour, is at the charming Smøla Havstuer. Here you will eat tasty local food, and if all goes to plan the sauna will be warm for us on arrival. During the trip, we stay in tents, and for the last night we will stay in a lighthouse just outside Veiholmen. With the tents and food in our kayak, we have the flexibility to paddle as far as we want to each day.
The certified guide is equipped with all security equipment needed for the group.
Day 1: Arrival Smøla Havstuer in the evening. During dinner, we will go through the plan for the next days. This is a good time to get to know each other and learn more about the tour before the departure the next morning.
Day 2: After a good breakfast we will start with some introduction to kayaking. For those with less experience and some practicing can be done just outside Smøla Havstuer. Then we will perform a safety check and prepare and pack the kayaks for the long tour. After a good lunch, we are ready to go! We start on the Westside of Smøla, and heads to the south. In the evening, we will camp by the beach, and sleep in a tent.
Day 3: The tour of the day is from South-West to the Eastside of Smøla. We will paddle through Straumen, the strongest tidal flow on Smøla. In the evening we will make a nice camp, and enjoy an excellent tasteful dinner before we go to bed in our tents.
Day 4: We will continue ”up” on the Eastside, and pass Hopen. Upon reaching Veiholmen, the upper northern point, before we head south again. Here we will stop at the lighthouse Haugjegla, where we will sleep for the night. In the evening we can take a walk in the old, and active, fishing village of Veiholmen, and enjoy the light summer night there.
Day 5: This is the last day of the tour, and we head South again from Veiholmen to the wilder part of the Westside. This is also the roughest part for the fishermen, and there are many stories from hundreds of year ago from this area. In the afternoon we will reach Storvardøya, and then Råket and Smøla Havstuer.
Physical level: This tour can be enjoyed by both experienced paddlers and new beginners. However, you should be in good shape, as the days in the kayaks can be long. Minimum age to join this tour is 16 years. All guests will go through a safety check, learn about packing and kayak and preparing for a long tour before we start on the tour.'
Distance per day: In total 70-80 km paddling, divided over 4 days with 15-20 km per day. We will start in the morning with 2-3 hours, and then take another 3-4 hours after lunch time. If
the weather is good, we can also do some paddling during late evening/night.
Arrival: Smøla Havstuer or Edøy, Smøla (The Coastal Express)
How to get here: The Coastal Express from Trondheim or Kristiansund is highly recommended (30 minutes from Kristiansund and 2 ½ hours from Trondheim) www.kystekspressen.no. You can also
arrive with car from Aure and a ferry Sandvika-Edøy (www.mrf.no). Kristiansund is the closest airport.
- Sea kayaking around Smøla, 4 days with kayaking
- Certified and local guide
- Start and end the tour at Smøla Havstuer
- Stay one night in a lighthouse and two nights in tents
- Enjoy self caught fresh fish for dinner