The Most Spectacular Places to Take a Kayaking Holiday
Once you’ve gained some confidence in operating a kayak, it’s time to set out on your very own waterway adventure. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of beautiful routes to take in your kayak, located all over the world. Although you should always travel with someone else who also has kayaking experience at first, eventually you may feel that you’ve gained enough expertise to take off on your own. After that, the possibilities are endless! Read on to find our recommendations for the best kayaking trips on the planet.
Blue River, Greenland
Perhaps one of the most jaw-dropping sights available to the recreational kayaking enthusiast is the Blue River in Greenland. Way up in the Arctic Circle, temperatures here can drop past -30° Celsius in the winter time. However, this is definitely the best time to visit as the air is drier, the River easier to navigate and, perhaps most importantly, the mosquitoes have died out for the season. This is a wild and unpredictable part of the Earth and, for that reason, it is best to carry out this kayaking trip with a guide or holiday package company. This way, you’ll have no chance of getting lost or stuck in the vast icy wastelands of the North.
If you do decide that this intrepid expedition is the one for you, then be sure to wrap up warm and invest in the correct technical clothing. There is plenty of useful information published by the Greenland travel board itself, as well as by fellow kayakers on forums and in blog posts. At the very least, you’ll require thermal underwear, gloves, a hat, a coat and boots to keep out the potentially dangerous cold that can cause a very uncomfortable, or perhaps even hazardous, trip out on the water. To offset the intense cold, there is every possibility that you’ll be treated to a glorious display of the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. The further north you travel, the more incredible a display they tend to put on across the night sky.
Outer Hebrides, Scotland
One of the wildest and most remote destinations in the UK, the Outer Hebrides is also one of the most spectacular. Kayaking here involves exploring the magical landscape of Scotland, taking in lochs, caves, castles, islands and rare wildlife along the way. You can choose either to book with a holiday company and stay in cosy lodges at strategic points, or go your own way staying in hotels, bed & breakfasts or even a tent (if you’re brave enough).
If you do choose to camp along the way, then it’s a good idea to have some entertainment options with you for those long nights beneath the stars. Proper camping doesn’t often involve all the mod-cons that come with a hotel room or Airbnb, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a touch of luxury during your trip. With just a smart phone, you can still access plenty of activities like your favourite tv shows, a wide variety of slots games, and podcasts to listen to at any time of the day or night. Settling down in your sleeping bag at the end of a tiring day of traversing the cold Scottish waters can be made that much cosier with this world of recreation available at your fingertips.
Alternatively, if you want a complete break from technology, then consider packing a book in your rucksack, or simply taking a few minutes to gaze up at the star filled sky before turning in. You never know, you might even spot some nocturnal wildlife like bats, hedgehogs or foxes in the natural world around you.
If all this talk of icy northern destinations is making you shiver with displeasure then perhaps you’d be more tempted by the balmy sun-filled environs of the Maldives. Situated on the Equator, below the countries of India and Sri Lanka, this is the perfect place for anybody who wants to top up their tan whilst they kayak. The Maldives is famous for its blue waters, beautiful marine wildlife and laidback atmosphere; where better to travel to on a kayaking holiday? Those crystal clear waters are just begging to be lazily traversed in your hired vessel, as you marvel at the paradise surrounding you.
The gentle nature of the sea and the high probability of good weather means that you can take to the seas alone, in a couple or as a small group, confident in the knowledge that you’ll be alright. Even those with relatively little kayaking experience should give it a go whilst visiting the Maldives; this is one of the most gorgeous places on the planet with a whole host of colourful, fascinating sea-life to investigate. Although there are potentially dangerous species like the Trigger Fish, Stingray and Reef Sharks in the waters, they are unlikely to cause you any harm if you keep your distance. A good rule to live by wherever it is in the world that you’re kayaking is: respect nature and it will respect you.