Sweden 2018 - Family Canoe Expedition

Monday 20th August- Monday 27th August 2018

Our Sweden Expedition is a canoe journey down Lake Stora Le, an extensive body of water in the Swedish Lake District. The scenery is stunning and the clear water of the lake is punctuated with small rocky islands where we can camp. We have run this trip many times with teenagers and now we would like to open it to families. As we journey down the lake we will have the opportunity to teach a variety of bushcraft and survival skills and each family will be guided throughout the trip on both land and water by experienced leaders. Our recommended minimum age for this trip is 7yrs old but no further skill or experience will be required. The video below shows our last Summit Team trip to give an idea of the environment.

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Overview

Having arrived in Sweden we will spend the first 2 nights camping at the canoe base while we prepare for the expedition. On the journey itself we will sleep in hammocks under tarp shelters or in tents. Cooking will be done over campfires throughout the trip. The exact schedule is determined by the weather but there is usually plenty of time for swimming, fishing, carving and relaxing by the fire.

There are composting style toilets on each of the islands we camp on. Washing is done by collecting water from the lake and warming it over the fire.

Canoeing

We will be hiring canoes, paddles, watertight barrels, and buoyancy aids from Canodal, a well established canoe outfitter near the small town of Ed. We will camp here on the first two nights and on our return from the canoe journey.

For the journey itself we will be using a mixture of 2 and 3 person aluminium canoes ideally suited to long journeys. They can carry a large amount of food and equipment and are comfortable to paddle for long periods. When the wind conditions are right, we will be able to raft them together and hoist an improvised sail to save ourselves some paddling! We will coach paddling technique and teach basic capsize and rescue drills.

How the canoes are arranged will be determined by the number in each family. Two adults could take a younger child with them in the same boat or take two older children in two boats. There will be at least one leader looking after each group of 8 individuals.

Visit Canodal Website

Bushcraft

As we progress along the lake we will be able to teach a range of Bushcraft skills including:

  • Firelighting (including friction methods)
  • Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Shelter Building
  • Natural Cordage
  • Knife, saw and axe safety
  • Carving and whittling
  • Fishing
  • Wild Food
  • Water Purification

Itinerary

Monday 20th – Travel to airport / Fly to Oslo / Transfer to Canoe Base (approx 3hrs)

Tuesday 21st – Provisioning and basic training

Wednesday 22nd – Canoe Journey begins. Paddle to Skotton Island

Thursday 23rd – Paddle to Furustadon

Friday 24th – Paddle to Tronsholman

Saturday 25th – Paddle to Guppvikson

Sunday 26th – Paddle to Grunerud / Transfer to Canoe Base / Expedition Meal

Monday 27th – Depart Canoe Base / Transfer to Oslo / Return to UK

As this is an expedition in wild country, we will always be at the mercy of the elements and the itinerary may need to change as we progress.

View a route map

Costs

The Sweden Expedition will cost:

  • 2 People – £1470 (£735 pp). 
  • 3 people (sharing a 3 man canoe) £1920 (£630 pp)
  • 4 people (sharing two canoes) £2720 (£680 pp)

These costs include:

  • Expedition Planning and Leadership (approx 1:8 ratio)
  • Canoe and Equipment Hire inc Hammocks/Tarps/tents
  • In-country transfers

The costs don’t include:

  • Flights to Oslo (currently approx £80-£100 pp) – via Gatwick or Stansted
  • Food (approx £8 pppd) – we will shop on the first day for the whole journey in the nearby supermarket.
  • Travel insurance (if required)

Please use the link below to book a place on the trip by paying a £150 deposit per person. The balance of payment will be payable in two equal instalments in March and May.

We have decided to not include flights and food to give families more control over their flight route and menu. Transfers will leave Oslo Gardermoen airport approx 3pm on Monday 20th and return by approx 1:30pm on Monday 27th.

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