Sunday, July 14, 2013

Norway is Paddlers' Paradise

Viking in Lofoten
Photo courtesy ReineAdventure.
Summertime is a great time to get out on the water, and this is especially true in Norway. The country's fjords, rivers and lakes all add up to one immense paradise for paddlers.

When Viking Art Director Jill Adler and I were in Norway recently, we visited the town of Reine in the Lofoten Islands. We had the opportunity to try kayaking—a first for me. I loved it! And it was easier than I expected. Lofoten's sparkling turquoise water and breathtaking views—along with some spectacular weather—made for an unforgettable outing, and we experienced the beauty of the area in a way we never would have on foot.

Lofoten is just one of the great kayaking areas all over Norway. Here are 19 more "paddling pearls," according to, an outdoor website. (View the original article in Norwegian here.)
  1. Helgeland
  2. Femundsmarka
  3. Setesdalsheiane
  4. Øygarden
  5. Telemarkskanalen
  6. Bulandet/Værlandet
  7. Hardangerfjorden
  8. Austrheim
  9. Vikna
  10. Fedje
  11. Haldenvassdraget
  12. Lysefjorden
  13. Barduelva
  14. Kristiansand
  15. Bugøyfjord
  16. Kjørull
  17. Hjertøya
  18. Hvaler
  19. Fjorda
Still not convinced? Don't take my word for it—check out this video of kayaking in Lofoten from ReineAdventures.

Amy Boxrud is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in Northfield, Minn., where she’s a member of Nordmarka 1-585.   

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