Archipelago Solund - Norway Insight

Archipelago Solund

4-day kayak trip to Solund. Two days kayaking and two hiking tours. This archipelago is perfect for kayaking! In Solund there are a myriad of small and large islands, islets and rocks that provide shelter from the wind and waves. But it is also a short distance to the ocean. Here are also sheltered bays and white beaches.

Bergen - Solund - Bergen

Photo: Sverre Hjørnevik, Hanrune.no

 

 

Day 1: Bergen - Hardbakke - Solund 

The tour starts at 16:30 by express boat from Bergen to Krakhella. From Krakhella the journey continues by bus to Hardbakke and Solund. 2-course dinner and accommodation in double room at Solund apartment hotel.

 

Day 2: Solund

After breakfast we start with an introductory course for kayak (unless you have a Våttkort) «Våttkort» means «wet card» and proves you have passed the Norwegian Paddle Foundation’s (NPF) Intro course or a higher graded course.  Then there will be a guided kayak tour including lunch. The journey takes a total of 4-5 hours.
2-course dinner and accommodation in double room at Solund apartment hotel.

 

Day 3: Solund

After breakfast it is time to test out your new kayak skills on your own. Brought lunch. After paddling there is also time for a hike on your own. You can choose between the two peaks Ravnenipa and Pollatinden. Ravnenipa is located across Hardbakke center. The mountain is 230masl and offers a great view of Hardbakke, Inner Steinsund, Liasundet, Gulen and the Sognefjord. The tour takes about 1.5-2 hours. Pollatinden is the second highest mountain in Solund with its 541masl. On the mountain top there is a great stone cairn and it offers a breathtaking view of the islands in all directions and far out to the ocean. This trip takes about 3 hours.
2-course dinner and accommodation in double room at Solund apartment hotel.

 

Dag 4: Solund – Hardbakke – Bergen

Today you can hike to Ravnenipa and Pollatinden - to the the mountain peak you did not choose the day before.
Departure from Solund at 17:20. Return to Bergen by bus and express boat. Arrival at Bergen 20:40.

 

Included in the price

• Accommodation in double room
• Breakfast (day 2-4)
• 2-course dinner (day 1-2 - 2 days)
• Rental of kayaks and equipment
• Guide day 2.
• Lunch at the guided tour (day 2).
• Brought packed lunch  (day 3-4).
• Express boat Bergen-Krakhella t / r.

 

Not included in the price

• Bus Krakhella - Hardbakke / Solund is additional (about NOK 66 one way - to be paid in the bus).

 

Intro Courses Kayak

Participants are introduced to the kayak and equipment. After completing the course the participant have through simple practical exercise learned to use the kayak, paddle, spray top and west. The course will motivate for further training in paddling.
• Lifting, carrying and launching the kayak.
• Paddle forward with the right course.
• Stop.
• Turn kayak both ways.
• Backwards paddling.
• Spin around and get out of the kayak into the water.
• Disembarkation.
• Sitting posture and good paddling technique.
• Introduction to how to increase security by paddling.
• Knowledge of local paddling conditions.

 

Paddle Instructor sets with

• Kayak.
• Paddles
• Paddle Vest.
• Spray skirt
• Wetsuit.
• Paddle shoes
• Paddle bags?

Please specify weight, what size you use in footwear, wetsuits and west.

 

Bring

•    Sturdy hiking shoes (if you want to go hiking).
•    Small backpack (hiking).
•    Waterproof jacket and pants.
•    Sunscreen.
•    Sunglasses.
•    Extra clothing for paddling.
•    Wool garments to wear under paddle costume.Warm hat and gloves (in summer the temperature can change from 10 to 30 degrees Celsius in Solund).

 

Highlights

Solund

Pollatinden - the second highest mountain in Solund with its 541masl. 

Ravnenipa - 230masl and offers a great view of Hardbakke, Inner Steinsund, Liasundet, Gulen and the Sognefjord.

Solund apartment hotel.

Route

  1. Bergen
  2. Solund
  3. Bergen