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RIVER TANDEM KAYAKING

 

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RIVER TANDEM KAYAK-1

Explore River Tandem by Kayaking

River Tandem Kayak Adventure

With three river sections to choose from, you can customise your exhilarating river adventure. Enjoy the thrill of whitewater tandem kayaking in a stunning environment surrounded by crystal-clear waters in an awe-inspiring natural setting that enhances the thrill of the experience.

Even those who have never tried (tandem) kayaking before have declared this to be the ultimate kayaking adventure for novices. In addition to the thrill of conquering the rapids, the adventure also serves as an excellent opportunity to acquire fundamental kayaking skills, making it an ideal learning experience for beginners. The sense of accomplishment and the sheer joy of navigating the river's twists and turns with the support of our expert guides will undoubtedly leave a big smile on your face. That’s a promise!

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Location
Voss
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Season
May - Oct
price
Price
3100 NOK (Adult)
2790 NOK (Youth)
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Included
All equipment + guide
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Duration
3 hours total
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Difficulty
Beginner to intermediate
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Requirements
7+ years
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Recommendation
This tour is suitable for beginner
and intermediate adventurers.

Details

For River Tandem Kayak Tour

ITINERARY

  • Check-in at our Outdoor Base 10 minutes before your scheduled time.
  • Gear up.
  • Shuttle to the river.
  • Safety instructions.
  • Warm-up and practice.
  • Takeoff!
  • Load equipment back into the van.
  • Shuttle back to our Outdoor Base in Voss.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU

  • Swimming clothes
  • Thermal underwear if cold
  • Footwear that you can get wet
  • Change of clothes
  • Suncream

GUEST REQUIREMENTS

  • +7 years old (the guardian signs waiver for minors)
  • Basic swimming skills
  • Max 90 kg / 195lbs
  • Good physical health

Before your trip, please inform us or your guide of any medical conditions like asthma, epilepsy, etc.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Professional river guide
  • Top quality equipment
  • Inflatable Canoes and Rafts
  • Canoe paddles
  • PFD (personal flotation device also knowing as life-jacket)
  • Splash jacket
  • Wetsuits (if it’s a warm day 25 degrees and above it’s ok with your own sports clothes)
  • Footwear in neoprene
  • Transport in and out of the river.
  • A fantastic river rafting in Voss, the adventure capital of  Norway

SEASON

  • May until mid October
  • Trip times  09:15am
  • Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • Maximum 1 guests per trip
  • If you are a group of 2 or more, please send an email enquiry for a special request.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Exhilarating grade 2 rapids
  • Crystal clear water
  • Unparallelled canyon and mountain 
    scenery
  • Balancing, coordination, and a lot of adrenaline!

FAQ

WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
  • Swimwear (to wear under the wetsuit)
  • Thermal underwear (if cold)
  • Extra clothes for changing after the trip
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Regarding weather conditions:
River tandem kayaking is fantastic whether it's sunny or rainy!
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO RIVER TANDEM KAYAKING?

The ideal time for rafting varies based on the river's conditions:

The rivers typically fluctuate from May to October. High water levels occur usually from June to mid-July, coinciding with the snow melting season. This period offers exhilarating rapids, especially for avid whitewater enthusiasts.

However, the Raundal Canyon boasts breathtaking scenery throughout the entire summer. Since the Raundal River isn't dam-controlled, water levels vary, ensuring an excellent experience throughout the season. So, whether it's the thrill of powerful rapids or the beauty of the canyon, any time during the season is a great choice for rafting.

DO I NEED PRIOR EXPERIENCE TO GO RIVER TANDEM KAYAKING?

No, you don't need any prior experience at all.

The majority of our guests are first-timers, and everything—from our trips to our equipment and briefings—is tailored to make beginners feel comfortable. Our seasoned guides will give you a safety orientation before hitting the water and will be there to guide and coach you through every rapid. No previous whitewater experience is required—we've got you covered!

DO I NEED TO BE PHYSICALLY FIT TO GO RIVER TANDEM KAYAKING?

For everyone joining us on a tandem kayaking adventure, we suggest being in good physical shape.

If you have any medical concerns but still want to join the trip, it's always wise to consult with your doctor beforehand. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities.

WILL I FALL OUT THE KAYAK? IF I DO, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You will definitely get wet on this trip. The kayak is very low and sometimes you will also be partly under water for a short moment. But don't you worry, you are not alone in the kayak as our guide sits directly behind you and keeps you safe.

Our primary goal is for everyone to stay safely in the kayak, but surprisingly, some actually enjoy the thrill of going overboard. It can be initially disorienting, yet exhilarating. Many people have taken multiple trips and never fallen in, while some experience it on their first outing. It's not common, but all part of the experience.

Before entering the river, you'll receive thorough guidance on handling an unexpected dip and how to navigate the water confidently. By following your guide's instructions, your unexpected 'swim' might just become the highlight of your adventure—a tale to share with friends later on!

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE WATER LEVEL OF THE RIVER?

The Raundal River has a gauge near Palmafossen that provides hourly updates to Norway's Department of Hydrology (NVE). They monitor water levels for various reasons like flood prevention and electricity pricing, and this information is accessible on their website. We also keep track of the river flow through an app for continuous monitoring.

WHAT IS THE WATER TEMPERATURE?

It's challenging to pinpoint the exact temperature at any given time, so here's a breakdown for reference:

May: Ranges between 5°C to 8°C due to the melting season.
June: Still melting, varying from 7°C to 12°C.
July: Typically between 11°C to 19°C, influenced by remaining snow in high mountains and the Hardangervidda plateau. If little snow remains with hot air temperatures, water can be warmer by mid-July. Some summers, guests opt-out of wearing wetsuits by then.
August: Ranging from 10°C to 17°C.
September: Varies from 9°C to 15°C.
October: Usually between 8°C to 13°C.
Outdoor Norway provides guests with essential gear like a wetsuit (John), wetsuit jacket, neoprene river boots, and a water-resistant/wind-resistant jacket to ensure warmth.

Additionally, if you ask a Vestlander (a Norwegian from the west), they might simply say, 'The water is fresh.' This implies it's never too cold, always suitable for adventure—all you need is the right equipment.

WHEN DOES YOUR SEASON START AND END, AND WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO GO RIVER TANDEM KAYAKING?

We kick off our river tandem kayaking season once the river is free of ice, continuing until the snow starts to fall! Typically, this runs from early May to late October, but it's all in the hands of Mother Nature! You can find our current opening dates and times on our webpage.

The ideal time for river tandem kayaking varies based on the river's conditions:

The rivers typically fluctuate from May to October. High water levels occur usually from June to mid-July, coinciding with the snow melting season. This period offers exhilarating rapids, especially for avid river enthusiasts.

However, the Raundal Canyon boasts breathtaking scenery throughout the entire summer. Since the Raundal River isn't dam-controlled, water levels vary, ensuring an excellent experience throughout the season. So, whether it's the thrill of powerful rapids or the beauty of the canyon, any time during the season is a great choice for river tandem kayaking.

CAN I LEAVE MY BAG/LUGGAGE AT THE BASE?

Yes, absolutely, that's not an issue at all.

We have shelves available for storing your belongings while you're out on a tour. Rest assured, there's always a member of our staff present at the shop, so your items will be securely looked after— nothing goes missing on our watch!

SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDE?

Tipping isn't customary in Norway, as it is e.g. in the USA. Our guides put in considerable effort to ensure your experience is both enjoyable and safe, maintaining the high standards set by Outdoor Norway.

While tipping is recognized as a standard practice in the industry and is always welcomed, it's never an obligation. It's entirely up to your discretion whether you choose to leave a tip. Your appreciation for the service provided is greatly valued either way.

DO I NEED TO SIGN A WAIVER?

Yes.  Upon joining any activity, a waiver acknowledging risks must be read and signed. For minors, a parent or guardian is required to sign the waiver.
We have the best online waiver software to make your journey smooth. 
After making the online booking, you will receive an automated email with a link for the waiver. Share the waiver with the rest of your group so they can also sign it.

SUMMER BASECAMP

OPENING HOURS FOR 2024

Spring
April 27th to May 31st
9:00 am until 5:00 pm, daily

Summer
From June 1st until August 31st
9:00 am until 6:00 pm, daily

Autumn
September 1st to October 12th
9:00 am until 5:00 pm, daily

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