The Varanger Peninsula, which is washed by the waters of the Barents Sea, is almost the northernmost point of continental Europe. It is located about 300 km north of the Arctic Circle. Due to the climate and infertile soil, it is only very sparsely populated. Nothing grows here and nothing can be bred. People fish for a living. Tourism is attractive especially in the short summer. Tourists come here for fishing and bird watching. A large part of the peninsula, which falls within the natural biome known as tundra, is a national park called Varangerhalvoya. The indigenous Finno-Ugric inhabitants are called Sámi, or Laplanders in Czech. They eat mainly fish, giant crabs and fish again, sometimes reindeer. This place is a real periphery at the “end of the world”.
A snowkiting expedition to the northernmost part of Europe takes us to the places where the world’s toughest multi-day snowkiting race has been run, places where people live in harmony with nature and where the harsh subarctic maritime climate prevails.
COURSE OF SNOWKITING EXPEDITION VARANGER
The weather forecast will determine what happens each day. The emphasis will be on getting to know the peninsula as much as possible through snowkiting. This event will also include a two-day crossing (1 night in the wilderness in tents) on the trail of VAKE (Varanger Arctic Kite Enduro, with a crossing of the Langdalen valley, through the famous Falkefjell!
We start each day with breakfast at 8 am. and at 10 a.m. we’ll be heading out for a snowkitig, depending on current weather conditions. We will select the two-day trip according to the best weather forecast for this event.
Prerequisite for participants:
- moderately advanced kiters who know how to handle the kite (unpack, pack, restart, if it falls down, straighten it and take off again even in stronger winds)
- a kite rider who can safely ride a kite down a steep hill and has it under control
- kiteboarders who are able to ride smoothly and safely even in stronger winds
- skialp equipment necessary for everyone (i.e. walking skis with tracks, poles, shovel)
- bobsleighs for trips and crossing will be rented and driven by the strongest members of this expedition
- expedition sleeping bags and tent can be rented by arrangement (included in the price of the event)
- cooking and the rest like mental, medical and animal (dragons) medicine is up to the chief
- Warm, ideally functional and down gear, while wearing a waterproof coat and a headlamp
42 000 CZK / 10+ nights
Included in the “all inclusive” price:
- transfer from/to the airport in Kirkenes
- half board – we cook from quality Czech and Norwegian ingredients
- accommodation (min. 10 nights)
- bed linen and bedding
- two-day guided crossing and overnight stay in the wilderness 300 km north of the Arctic Circle!
- if you don’t have your own, you can rent a sleeping bag, caravans and a tent for the crossing
- daily trips for snowkiting
- possible rental of complete snowkit equipment (kites and trapeze)
- guide, organization and supervision of your snowkiting
Price does not include:
- travel insurance
- Air travel to Norway – Kirkenes
Let us know what you’re interested in. We will then contact you to discuss the details.