3-Day Guided Trip in Kragero

Short Description

All along with experiencing the true meaning of “the Northern Playground”, which Norway presents, paddling in the rocky archipelago of Kragerø is at true paddling-pearl and a must-see for adventurers!

About The Area:

We dive back in history and follow in the footsteps of Danish-Norwegian privateers and pirates and their fight against the British and the Swedes during the Napoleon war, leading up to Norway’s independence. We visit historic locations with tales and legends of treasures and epic naval battles. You will get a glimpse of what life was like back then at the coast through seeing, smelling and tasting. We will then jump forward into history, to the Second World War, visiting German bunkers from the occupation time.

Trip Details


Paddling distance each day is 10-15km. Experience needed: Green level.

What's Included

All the kayaking equipment that you will need on the trip is included. We use high-quality equipment which includes kayak, paddle, wetsuit, paddle jacket, buoyancy aid, sprayskirt and helmet.

We Recommend That You Bring

You will need to bring your own camping equipment and food. See our recommended list of gear below.

Where & When

The trip is over 3 days. We meet at Ivarsand the first day at 10.00. See how to get there by public transport here.

Full Day Plan

Day 1

In Short

We start our journey from Ivarsand and paddle along the coast in the archipelago. Depending on the weather we have different options to either paddle on the inside or the outside. We will stay at primitive camping spots with varying facilities. On the tour, you will learn about the local culture and history as well as basic expedition skills such as; how to pack a kayak, how to set up camp, routines on how to be comfortable on a multi-day trip, how to supplement your meals with nature’s pantry.

Everyone meets at the Ivarhavn parking lot at 10.00. We start with a welcome and briefing where everyone will get a kayak and equipment, our safety routines, the plan for the tour and how to pack the kayak. At 12.00 we will do a quick warm-up before launching on the water. We start paddling southwest towards the first camp spot at Gumøy. Today’s paddle is approximately 12km. On our way to camp, we will stop by the historic fortification, Trolldalen Fort. At the camp spot, there will be toilet-facilities.

Day 2

We break camp at 10.00. We will continue the journey towards Jomfruland and along the way explore the smaller islands in the archipelago. Today’s paddle is approx 10km. At the camp spot, there will be toilet-facilities. At Jomfruland we will visit the historic lighthouse and the local brewery. Jomfruland also houses over 260 different bird-species so there will be good chances to spot rare birds. On the east side of the island, there are good surf spots, at favourable conditions.

Day 3

We break camp at 10.00. We will paddle towards Ivarsand. On the way, we will jump from island to island, and explore the shallow waters in between. Today’s paddle is approx 13km. We will end the tour at Ivarhavn about 17.00

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