Sea Kayaking in Vesterålen

Vesterålen is a paddler’s paradise for both experts and the less experienced. You can experience beautiful fjords, idyllic skerry landscape and fascinating sea landscapes. You can watch bird and animal life at close range, with pristine and wild nature through the prism of ever-changing wind and weather conditions.


All the way from Trollfjord in the south to Andenes in the north you will enjoy sensational paddling opportunities that will give you a feeling of being at one with nature, and you can enjoy this alone as an experienced paddler or as a member of a guided -excursion. You can glide calmly over a mirror like surface, or you can surf on breakers coming in from the open ocean.

Explore the seaward of Vesterålen

If you are an experienced paddler, you can explore the seaward side of the Vesterålen islands and experience the area in all its whimsical temperament. Here you will find steep mountain walls and cliffs, well-known bird sanctuaries and challenging sea conditions. The outer side of Bø and Øksnes are very highly recommended! You can also sign up for a guided paddling -excursion.

For the less experienced kayakers, there are lush calm fjords and skerries that are very suitable for paddling. In these areas it is also much easier to get ashore if the weather should suddenly change for the worse. Eidsfjord and its branches, such as Olderfjord, Mellfjord and Hellfjord, offer excellent alternatives to the open ocean. And if you are a total novice, you can sign up for a beginner’s course. If you do not own your own kayak, or are travelling light, you can hire a kayak with all the necessary equipment.

Arctic Sea Kayak Race

We also wish to recommend one of the world’s largest and best established paddling events, Arctic Sea Kayak Race (ASKR). The event convenes competition paddlers, leisure paddlers and novices for an enjoyable, sociable and instructive week of paddling in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Vesterålen islands.


If you are coming to Vesterålen, grant yourself an outing in a kayak. The experience will give you memories of a lifetime!

Note: Even if you are out paddling in the middle of summer, the days can be cold and the water temperature is much colder than further south in Norway. We recommend, therefore, that you bring lots of clothes to keep you warm and dry! If you are going for a walk and are not familiar with the area, ask at the tourist information office or someone who knows the locality about recommended routes. Always check the weather forecast before going for a walk!

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