For experienced paddlers, Tonnes is a good starting point for the islands in the far north of Helgeland. Here, you can paddle via the fjords of Melfjord and Nordfjord with a view of the spectacular Svartisen Glacier, experience the Arctic Circle island of Vikingen and see the mountains of Hestmannen and Rødøyløva.
Duration: 3 days
Drive from Mo i Rana on the Coastal Route (RV 17) to Tonnes or Kilboghamn. Buses also depart from Mo Traffic Services Office. Check with the bus company about transportation of your kayak. For bus timetables in inner Helgeland, visit: www.177nordland.no
Launch your kayak by Oscarbrygga in Tonnes.
The first part of this trip takes you past the Arctic Circle globe on the island of Vikingen, continuing past Buneset and across the Melfjord to Selsøyvik. You can pitch your tent here and stay overnight. While in Selsøyvik, we recommend a visit to the historic Selsøyvik trading post.
Continue to Rødøy via Gjærøya. Go ashore at Breisundet and eat lunch at Klokkergården.
Combine your kayaking trip with a hike to the summit of Rødøyløva. From a height of 440 m above sea level, you get a fantastic view of the Helgeland Coast.
If you have not had enough paddling, we recommend an evening paddling trip in the archipelago surrounding Rødøy, where you can frolic in sheltered bays and go ashore on white sandy beaches.
Camp overnight in your tent or stay at Klokkergården.
Day three involves the return trip southwards to Tonnes. Stop for lunch at the harbour in Selsøyvik.
Local tip: On the island of Rødøy, we recommend Klokkergården for good food and traditional accommodation. For a guide or company on your kayaking trip, contact Rana Spesialsport.
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