Staying at Lyngør Lighthouse, making our own food and paddling in the skerries
Experience the magic of gliding silently out into the water in a kayak and feeling the adrenaline kick in when you hit the waves.
Wake up after a night at the idyllic Lyngør Lighthouse and take a refreshing dip in the water before breakfast.
Or perhaps you’d like to challenge your body with some freediving or snorkeling?
We can promise you a rare experience where you’ll get to see nature from a different perspective.
This trip is suitable for both beginners and experienced kayakers. We paddle in twos in sturdy kayaks. We make many of the meals together in the kitchen of the old officer’s quarters, or on one of the beautiful islets in the skerries. It’ll be a wonderful experience in nature, staying in accommodation that’s a little bit different!
We take you on some amazing experiences in nature to one of southern Norway’s real pearls; Lyngør Lighthouse.
4 days paddling in the beautiful skerries. The area is rich in wildlife and if we’re lucky we might get to befriend a few seals…We try to use our own muscle power where possible so that our environmental footprint is minimal.
We prepare some of the meals ourselves with the guide, and other meals are made by the chef. The food is equally as important as the surroundings.
Lyngør Lighthouse has a fantastic view out towards the sea on the island of Kjeholmen, north of Lyngør. It has 22 beds, as well as showers and toilets.
Lyngør Lighthouse is a lighthouse on the southern tip of Kjeholmen, northeast of Lyngøya in the Lyngør archipelago in the municipality of Tvedestrand. The concrete lighthouse was built in 1879 and became automated and unmanned in 2004. As a part of the landscape and the buildings in Lyngør, the lighthouse is a listed building under the Cultural Heritage Act. The lighthouse was refurbished in 2011 and is rented out by the Aust-Agder Tourist Association as a tourist cabin.
You drive yourself to the starting point for this trip, Gjeving, not far from Lyngør. There are plenty of parking spaces there. Here we pack the luggage into our own boat and, following a demonstration of equipment and safety instructions from our guide, we’ll paddle towards Lyngør Lighthouse.
You don’t need to have any prior experience of kayaking but as long as you have a good sporty attitude, you’ll have some amazing experiences regardless!
Lyngør Lighthouse comprises the lighthouse itself, as well as the former dwelling quarters and an annex.
The former officer’s accommodation has a large dining hall, living room and a smaller dining room. The bedrooms include The Blue Lanterns that have 5 beds and Candela and the Sailmaker lofts that have 3 beds each.
There’s a bathroom with a shower on the third floor, and four showers and two toilets in the basement of the officer’s accommodation.
All the showers have a 10kr meter for hot water (to ensure there’s enough hot water for everyone).
In collaboration with our partners, we arrange our trips in accordance with the infection control advice from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. In order for you to feel safe, we have made adjustments to our tours to ensure that we always comply with the advice from the authorities.
It is, of course, also important that you yourself take responsibility and follow the rules at all times, uphold social distancing, wash your hands, use antibacterial hand sanitiser, and wear a mask where necessary. You must bring your own masks and antibacterial hand sanitiser.
All meals on the programme are included in the price.
If you would like beer or wine with your food, you have to bring that yourself.
The programme is preliminary, Expa Travel Norway reserves the right to make any changes throughout the trip. Weather conditions: we may have to change the order of the excursions if the weather dictates.
Arrival (in your own car) in Gjeving, just outside Lyngør. We’ll meet in Gjeving at 5.00p.m. and get ready for a seaside mini break with a difference! There will be a short demonstration on how to paddle a kayak before we head out through the islets. Your luggage will be transported in your own boat.
Lyngør Lighthouse lies at the edge of an islet, with a view of the open sea and all the other beautiful islets in the Lyngør archipelago.
On arrival at the lighthouse, there will be time for a dip in the sea before we prepare a shellfish dinner together.
After breakfast and a morning dip, we get in our kayaks.
Lyngør is a lovely paddling paradise with islands, islets and skerries that offer some shelter if the wind picks up. We head towards Lyngør ‘centre’ and have a quiet, calm paddle through the islands. You might want to stop and have a quick swim?
We stop for lunch in Lyngør ‘centre’ before paddling on. This area is bustling with wildlife and there’s a good chance we’ll meet some seals. We paddle back to the lighthouse for a barbeque on the pier, made with local ingredients.
We paddle out to the beautiful islets around Lyngør. On today’s programme, we will learn how to gather and prepare food.
For those who wish to, you can do a freediving course, or you can choose to do some snorkeling, fishing or kayaking.
Today we will have our own chef who will make lunch for us and show us how to prepare seaweed, snails and shellfish.
Afterwards, we return to the lighthouse where we’ll change into warm clothes. We will then be picked up and taken out to Sandøya by boat. Sandøya is full of local artists and small businesses, so you have to spend a lot of time there.
On Sandøya we’ll eat a delicious farewell dinner at Ragnvald’s sausage factory restaurant, before being taken back to the lighthouse for one last night.
We enjoy a calm morning with bathing and a long breakfast.
What better way to end the trip than a cup of coffee out in the sun by the lighthouse…
We’ll pack our things and paddle back through the islets to Gjeving where we will return the kayaks and say thank you for the trip!
This tour is set up on the following dates:
P.S.! Contact us if you would like to do this tour on your own, on a date of your choice.
The total price for this trip is 10950NOK per person, sharing a double room.
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The minimum amount of participants on this tour is 8 and the maximum is 22. The price requires there to be a minimum of 8 people per group. If there are fewer participants the price will increase, or the trip may be cancelled.
We will stay in dormitories in the officer’s quarters; in other words, expect to be sharing a room.
Single rooms are only available by request. An additional fee will be charged for single room bookings.
On this tour, it’s important that you pack a soft sports bag that takes up as little space as possible.
Also, bring a small waterproof bag for day trips in the kayak where you will need e.g. a change of clothes and some warmer clothes. Remember that there should also be room for a packed lunch, thermos flask and extra drinks.
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