Paddling beyond the Arctic Circle

Every year, the orcas head south off the coast of Norway. They follow the herring swarms along the Gulf Stream up to their spawning areas at the height of Ålesund.
The proximity to the mainland offers the unique opportunity to see the whales in their natural habitat.
… and that ‘s what we want to do – but not with a whale – watching boat, but with our own kayak …

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 13

Today is the last day of our trip. The paddling goes quite easy. On the one hand, because we have good weather – on the other hand, after 12 days on the water, we just got used to the strain.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 11

Today we paddle far out to the open sea – far away from the protective islands. The wind is blowing and high waves are clapping over the kayaks.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 10

Without problems we overcome a 15km crossing … and that despite high waves (about 1,50m). On the way, we see a porpoise.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 9

We slept very well and start the new day in a good mood. The weather is still wonderfully sunny and almost windless.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 8

In the morning we get coffee and had a nice chat with our hosts. Super nice! Today there is a long crossing in ahead of us.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 7

During the night the air became more and more humid. The tent is covered from outside and inside with a thick layer of hoarfrost, just like the kayaks. Everything is wet or at least pretty damp.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 6

After the cozy night in the house, it is not easy for us to leave this comfort behind. But we are not here for that:

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 5

Today we have a great start. We make great progress the first few kilometers … but then a storm pulls up. The situation becomes critical. The wind pulls us out to the open sea.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 4

In front of us is a 10km long crossing. We leave the slipstream of the headland – The wind hits us from the front. We paddle and paddle. Take hardly any breaks. Who stops paddling is blown back again.

from Tromsø to Narvik Day 3

We start early. Packing and dressing are much faster. Martins neoprene gloves and shoes got wet yesterday and frozen overnight. His hands and feet cool super fast. Every movement of the cold body parts hurts him.