We meet at the airport in Alta at 11 a.m. From here we are transported on to Vuottasjavri where our seaplane is waiting. The drive from Alta to Vuottasjavri takes about two hours. We load up our seaplane with the necessary equipment before two of us are transported into the wilderness. When everyone has arrived at Lake Buolžajávri, we find a campsite for the evening. We cook a tasty dinner together before getting ready for the paddling trip that starts tomorrow morning.
The Karasjohka River stretches all the way from the border to Finland and back again to civilization at Assebakti, a small settlement located near Karasjok. The river is the largest in Finnmark and measures a total of 166 kilometers in length. We will be paddling large parts of the river and most of the stretch which is off the beaten track. It will be us and nature. It will be wild, it will be beautiful, it will simply be a memory for life.
- Remote wilderness
- Transport by seaplane to the starting point of the trip
- Very good fishing opportunities
- River paddling on one of Norway's most beautiful rivers
- Long bright evenings in our tent camp
- An experience far off the beaten track
In the flat, extensive border areas with Finland, the tributaries of the Tanavassdraget have their sources. Karasjohka is one of these. From Øvre Anarjohka National Park, the river flows through some of the most desolate areas on the Finnmarksvidda. With packraft as means of transportation, we embark on the journey down the river and back to civilization. This is one of the finest wilderness expeditions in the country and a trip for all the adventurers out there who prefer the simple life where only a few elements are in focus.
On arrival in Alta, we will be transported to Lake Vouttasjavri where, in turn, we will be flown into Lake Buolžajávri. The plane only takes two people plus luggage per trip and takes 40 minutes round trip. When everyone have arrived at the lake, we set up camp for the evening. We go through the equipment and get ready for the journey down Karasjohka which starts early the next day. The next eight days will be spent paddling, fishing, some hiking for variety, as well as setting up camp each afternoon. Get ready for an unforgettable week in the northern Norwegian wilderness!
- 24 hour emergency standby team
- Guides with training in first aid
- First aid equipment available
- Cooperation with Turlegen.no for medical advice while in the field
To participate on a level 4 trip with us, you must prepare well and be ready for a real challenge! The trips are often longer than at lower levels, and the accommodation is often of a simple standard. Along the way, it will be both physically and mentally demanding, and it presupposes that you are prepared for this. You should do targeted training well in advance of departure. If the trip includes technical elements such as kayaking, cycling, climbing, glacier, skiing / summit hiking, you should have good skills in the relevant activity.
Activities / trips with significant risk. Events can happen, and they can be of such a nature that they require professional help. If guidelines from guides and / or the company are not followed, you can be exposed to incidents that in the worst case result in serious injuries.
Training and preperations
Parts of the river are relatively easy paddling, but we will also encounter several both easy and more demanding rapids along the way. We have to carry the pack power past certain rapids where we find it too challenging to paddle.
We expect to paddle 6-8 hours each day, but this can of course vary depending on the weather and wind, in addition to the group's preferences along the way. To take part in this trip you must be comfortable paddling on water as well as having previous experience in this.
We fly in by seaplane and start the trip at the border of Øvre Anarjohka National Park. We paddle to Assebakti near Karasjok, this is a distance of approx. 130 kilometers. We expect to spend 8 days on the actual journey down the river and thus have plenty of time to both take some detours on foot or to try our luck at fishing along the way. We paddle most of the stretch, but have to carry packraft and equipment with us past some rapids that can be difficult to get down. It is not required that you be an expert in paddling, but it is a prerequisite that you have paddled before. Specific experience with packraft is not necessary.
Accommodation and food
We live in a tent every day on this trip, except for the last night, when we stay in a hotel/mountain hut. Note! Participants must bring their own tent. We recommend several people stay in a tent where there is limited space on the packraft for transporting luggage.
If you are traveling alone but want to share a tent with another participant, we can assist in organizing this.
The meals during the trip will mainly consist of oatmeal for breakfast, and Real Turmat for lunch and dinner. We bring some fresh produce that we can use for the meals on the first two days. Hopefully we will also be able to supplement the dinners with some fish. Those who wish to try their luck at fishing are encouraged to bring their own fishing equipment. This is not a fishing trip, although of course there will be time to both fish and do other things than paddling along the way. We provide the necessary equipment to prepare the food. This will be done in a primus/storm kitchen. Note! Remember to bring your own dining set. This is also mentioned under the equipment list.
Note! If you want to buy snacks for the trip, this must be done before the trip starts, as we do not have the opportunity to do this in Alta.
The easiest way to get to the meeting place in Alta is to take a flight from one of the cities in Norway (Oslo, Bergen, etc) with airlines such as Norwegian, SAS or Widerøe.
Note! Remember and be careful when going through the equipment list. You will find this further down on the tour page. It is very important that everyone understands the restrictions on both size and weight of bags. If you have any questions about this beyond the information you find on the website, of course just contact us.
Changes may occur
We reserve the right to change prices. The day by day program is a guideline and changes may occur. You can refer to our general travel conditions for more information.
On all our trips, we require you to have full health and accident insurance which will also cover any emergency transport home. Read more about travel insurance.
As this is an expedition trip, we recommend packing as lightly as possible. Feel free to pack several times before departure so that you can exclude any redundant articles that will not be necessary to bring with you. The equipment list you will find further down is also adapted specifically for this trip, so it is important to bring everything that is required.
Note! It is very important not to pack your bag completely before departure. Calculate approx. 25 liters of free space. This is because each participant must also have space for their own food and other communal equipment, which is distributed to the participants at the start of the tour. Snacks must be purchased individually before the trip starts. It will not be possible to purchase this after arrival in Alta.
Note! There is also a weight limit of 140 kg per person, including own weight, on this tour. This is because the plane that takes us to the starting point cannot exceed 280 kg with two passengers + luggage. If you exceed your own weight limit, you must leave equipment behind so that you achieve the correct weight. Extra equipment we do not need for the trip will be taken to Engholm Husky Lodge so that we can use it after the packraft trip is finished.
"Quite a tough trip in harsh surroundings! Raw wilderness life! An enormous feeling of mastery when you succeed in paddling through the rapids, when you light the fire in the rain, succeed in fishing from the boat or enjoy the sunrise from the tent opening! Great experiences, great togetherness, great nature!"
– Hanne, 2021
"Had a wonderful experience. Morten was a super guide!"
– Svein, 2021