LOFOTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY

Tour dates 2017 : August 12-18 (5 places left)
Price: £2,500pp

OVERVIEW

If you are a keen swimmer, looking for something completely different and like the idea of swimming in the Arctic Circle, then read on …

ABOUT LOFOTEN

Lofoten SwimmingA chain of mountainous outposts off the Arctic coast of Norway, the Lofoten islands are one of the world’s most spectacular archipelagos, with their jagged cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Despite Lofoten’s location, temperatures are not as bone-chilling as you might expect. The sea surface ranges from 11 to 15°C due to the Gulf Stream, which creates an accessible environment for some truly unique swims. Renowned for an abundance of wildlife including sea eagles, puffins, otters, seals and whales, these far-flung islands are ideal for anyone looking for a challenging and inspiring week of swimming. Lofoten’s underwater world is fascinating: floating above glossy, peaceful kelp will make you feel at one with nature – and with the sun on the water, it’s easy to fall in love with the landscape as you swim amongst shoals of fish. We are proud the partner with our friends at The Arctic Triple, who help us provide the safety cover to bring you this unique holiday.
USEFUL INFORMATION:
  • Sea temperature: approx. 11-15oC
  • Daily swimming distance: approx. 5km per day, broken into two swims
  • Swimming ability: individuals must be acclimatised to swimming in cold water. We do advise guests to wear wetsuits on this tour. Anyone wishing to swim without a wetsuit would need to be sufficiently acclimatised and experienced. John Coningham-Rolls is an experienced cold-water swimmer and Vice President of the International Winter Swimming Association, and is happy to give advice on acclimatisation.
  • Are non-swimmers welcome? Yes
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Accommodation in traditional Norwegian log cabins
  • Full swimming itinerary
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with alcohol included
  • Safety boat/s
  • Swim guide/s
  • One-to-one swim coaching and video footage to take home
  • Feeds
  • Transfers to and from Svolvaer airport
  • Transport as required during the week, between swims
  • VAT
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Travel to and from Svolvaer airport
  • Wetsuit hire / wetsuit

ITINERARY

There are two planned swims per day based on how you progress during the week. Please realise that the below is a very rough guide and that that we will adapt the week carefully for each individual. Swim guides will advise you each day on what is best for you, but in all cases the main objective will be to encourage you to achieve your personal goals.

Saturday | Acclimatisation Swim: Approx: 350-400m

Traditional Norwegian Cabins We will all meet at the log cabins at Kale at 5pm for the mandatory safety briefing. Set in beautiful surroundings by a sea fed inlet, this will be our base for the week. As a group the safety briefing will cover topics that include swim preparation, swim routes, prevailing weather and all the safety procedures prior to the acclimatisation swim. Once completed, we relax and have dinner where we will discuss the week ahead.
Sunday | Swim 1: Svolvaer Harbour to Stabben Beach (3km) | Swim 2: Stabben Beach to Kabelvåg Harbour (2km)
Lofoten Sunset After breakfast we will drive back to Svolvaer to start Stage 1 of the swim from Svolvaer to Kabelvag. The day is planned to be an easy day allowing you to acclimatise to the sea and the tour. Two swims are planned with lunch in between which will give ample opportunity for the swim guides to offer advice on your open water swim stroke. The swim will be along the coastline, allowing you to enjoy the company of other swimmers in your designated swim group, while at the same time enjoying the great natural beauty of Svolvaer’s coastline. After a good day’s swimming, we will return to the cabins at Kalle.
Monday | Swim 1: Kabelvåg Harbour to Sagoya Island (3½Km)| Swim 2: Sagoya Island to Kalle Beach (3km)
Kayak LofotenAfter breakfast, we return to Kabelvag to commence Stage 2 of our swim from Kabelvag to Kalle. This leg allows you to continue your coastal swim and take in the open unspoilt inlets and islands along the way. Lunch will be either on a small island or the main the boat with the afternoon swim finishing by the cabins where the sauna awaits. 
Tuesday | Swim 1: Kalle Beach to Kjerringa Point (3½Km) | Swim 2: Steinøya Island to Henningsvær Harbour (2½Km)
Swim LofotenAfter breakfast we commence Stage 3 of this great swim adventure. We start from the beach in Kalle and finish with a dramatic swim into Henningsvær Harbour. Enjoy the dramatic Svolvær coastline and neighbouring islands with lunch in between the swims, on board Symra - our main escort boat. The route soon approaches the myriad of uninhabited islands around Henningsvær Harbour where we swim directly into the town completing our swim by the Brygge Hotel. We will then change and return to the cabins for much deserved R&R.
Wednesday | Swim 1: Inlets and uninhabited islands around Lyngværet Island (2½Km) | Swim 2: Spannlokket to Hammaren (2Km)
For our first swim we board Symra and Rainbow Lofotenhead to the eastern side of Lyngværet Island. The island itself shelters this area, and the crystal clear sea is often only 15m deep; teaming with sea life. The second afternoon swim is a short dip, on the way back to Henningsvær allowing time to relax in the afternoon back at the cabins, in preparation for the final stage of the tour.

Thursday | Swim 1: Bridge to Grundstadvelen to Sineset Bay (5km) | Swim 2: Coastal swim to Kleivan Harbour (1½Km)

Swim LofotenFor our final day of swimming we start by the bridge to Grundstadvelen swim with the tide through the wonderful rocky outcrops and small islands out into the Norwegian Sea. This open section of the swim allows you stunning, panoramic views of the Arctic Circle, passing Rødholmen Island where you will finish in Sineset Bay for a welcome lunch. The final swim of the week is a short coastal swim where you finish on the sandy beach in Kleivan Harbour – a fine swim to complete a great week. We then motor back to the cabins at Kale for a relaxing evening and final dinner.
Friday: - Swim Distance: 300-400m
A leisurely group swim before breakfast will complete the tour’s swimming, allowing time for breakfast and checking out in preparation for your return flights or boats from Svolvaer.

Traditional Norwegian CabinsACCOMMODATION

We will be staying in modernised Norwegian log cabins by the inlet lake at Kale, Lofoten. Set in unspoilt, idyllic and peaceful countryside, there is a large separate building that comprises the central dining room and open-plan sitting room which is also not far from the glass-fronted sauna. All cabins have stunning coastal views. Rooms are based on a twin share (bunks). If you have a top / bottom preference please indicate when booking. If you would like to reserve a room of your own, a supplement of £300 applies.

GETTING THERE

Our accommodation, the Rubuhotel Nyvagar cabins in Kabelvag, are a 10 minute drive from Svolvaeg (approx £15 taxi fare). We will meet at the cabins at 5pm on Saturday. Do get in touch if you need to be flexible with your arrival / travel arrangements and we will do our very best to help you. Lofoten map

getting there

Lofoten is most easily reached by air, the best aiport to fly into being Svolvaer (via Oslo).  

SOME TYPICAL ROUTES TO GET TO SVOLVÆR IN LOFOTEN FROM OSLO

  • By plane to bodø Connecting flight to Svolvær with Widerøe. Taxi from the airport in Svolvær to Rubuhotel Nyvagar.
  • By plane to Bodø Connecting flight to Leknes with Widerøe. Rental or public bus from Leknes Airport to Svolvær (about one hour drive).
  • By plane to Bodø  Get on the coastal ferry Hurtigruten (small cruise ship) and arrive in Svolvær early evening.
  • By plane to Bodø Get on the speed boat (takes half the time of the coastal ferry).
  • By plane to Evenes (Harstad/Narvik airport)  Rent a car or get on a public bus to get to Svolvær. It’s about 2 hours by car and the bus takes about 3 hours.

What do I pack?

  • At least two Swimming costumes
  • Wetsuit (please ask the office if you need help with this)
  • Two pairs of swim goggles – one clear and one tinted
  • Towel(s)
  • Small daypack/rucksack to use for your personal equipment/clothing during the day (please note, you will receive a SwimQuest 10L dry bag)
  • Sandals/aqua shoes/flip flops – for getting wet
  • Warm clothes! Fleece or warm jumper, tracksuit trousers/sweat pants, warm coat, hat, gloves and warm shoes are essential
  • Waterproof
  • Sun hat, sun cream and glasses
  • Waterproof watch (optional)
 

READY TO BOOK?

SwimQuest financial protectionWe’re excited about meeting you on tour. To book your swimming holiday, simply fill in the booking form below. Once you have submitted the form, Charlotte (our bookings co-ordinator) will be in touch to request payment and to help you with any additional requirements. A deposit of 30% is required to secure your place, and the final payment is due 8 weeks prior to departure. Payments can be made by debit / credit card, by cheque, or by bank transfer. SwimQuest is a proud member of the Travel Trust Association, the only travel network in the UK to guarantee 100% financial protection to the consumer, ensuring total consumer confidence. In booking with us, you accept our terms and conditions, which can be found here. If at any point you have any questions, feel free to contact us: Charlotte Benton | +44 7743 233803 | charlotte@swimquest.uk.com Alice Todd | +44 7825 301443 | alice@swimquest.uk.com

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have adequate travel insurance before your tour, including cover for all the activities you are participating in. If you are in doubt that an activity is covered, you will need to contact your travel insurance provider for advice on cover. Fogg Travel Insurance are authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and are used to covering escorted open water swimming trips. To book travel insurance through Fogg, please click here.

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