The second part of the Kayaking Around The World series is all about kayaking Europe. This time travel bloggers share their favourite kayaking spots & experiences all across Europe.
Whether you’re looking for an urban kayaking adventure by night or you want to get up close & personal with the breath-taking Norwegian fjords, we’ve got you covered! Just in time for the start of summer!
Dingle, Ireland by Dan Bagby from Honeymoon Always
When we planned on kayaking in Dingle, Ireland on a cloudy and chilly day, I worried we would be freezing and miserable the whole time. Not only were we warm in our wetsuits and jacket, but kayaking made for an amazing experience.
What makes this trip unique is going up to the cliffs and making our way through the caves and the passages ways that led to hidden coves. The water was clear and we felt like explorers as we made our way through the rocks. As we finished out the journey we backed into one of the caves, having a perfect view and timing to see the resident dolphin, Fungie, breaching in the water.
Seven Sisters County Park, England by Kathryn and Suzanne from Sussex Bloggers
One of the best locations for kayaking in the South East of England is on the stunning meanders of the Cuckmere River in the Seven Sisters Country Park. At Cuckmere Haven you can also head out into the open sea for spectacular views of the Seven Sisters white cliffs of Seaford Head.
To get to the park there are regular bus services from Eastbourne and Brighton. There is a car park off the coastal road between Seaford and Eastbourne, where you’ll find the public slipway next to Buzz Active and the Cuckmere Valley Canoe Club. They have sit on top kayaks and stand up paddle boards to rent at £10 per person per hour, including the use of safety equipment.
We went out with one of their instructors recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. There’s nothing more therapeutic then kayaking along the calm waters of the Cuckmere River with the rhythmic splashing of the oars and bird song as a sound track.
Geiranger, Norway by Enikő Krix from Travel Hacker Girl
I will never forget my kayaking experience in Norway. We started paddling from our campsite in Geiranger. Kayaking amongst fjords is a truly unique experience. We were surrounded by waterfalls, snow kept peaks and goats jumping on cliff edges. We were so mesmerized by the view, we took some time to realize a cruise ship was departing from the harbor. This made me paddle towards the shore in a pace that could have won me a golden medal. After the cruise ship past us, we had to tackle its waves, making this kayaking journey not only memorable for its gorgeous views, but its adventure as well.
The highlight was when we finally reached the Seven Sisters waterfalls. Being able to kayak right where the waterfall hits on the shore was an amazing experience. Look up from the bottom of the fall and you will remember that feeling for the rest of your life!
Riga, Latvia by Deah Hester from Palm Tree Musings
Last summer we visited Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as part of our summer break. We loved walking around the old towns in all three countries. Riga offers a special way to view the old city-by kayak. It is bordered on one side by the Daugava River, and then a small canal completely encircles the medieval old town. All the city’s bridges and fountains are lit up and it is a gorgeous way to spend a summer night.
Sunset wasn’t until 10 pm, which was the pick up time for the kayak tour. We met at St Peter’s Church. The guide picked us up, gave us a safety explanation, and then we were off kayaking under the Vansu Suspension bridge. The night was warm and the moon was beautiful as it rose over the river. Definitely a great way to see the sights and give your aching feet a rest- but be prepared for some sore arms the following day!
Provence, France by Allison Green from Eternal Arrival
Kayaking the Sorgue River in Provence is a once in a lifetime experience. A lush green jungle grows underneath the crystal clear water, making the water alternatingly bright green and deep turquoise. As beautiful as the water is – it’s freezing cold! Though in the hot Provencal summer sun, the occasional splash of cold water was welcomed. We stumbled across some donkeys munching on leaves on the side of the river bank, which only added to the magic of the experience. We finished off the day with a bottle of rosé — this is Provence, after all!
Kotor, Montenegro by Maria Berz from Global Brunch
Kotor Bay has the perfect weather conditions for water sports pretty much all year round. The water in the bay is calm and clear: the perfect setting for a day of kayaking, even if you have no experience.
I chose to rent the kayak for an afternoon and explore the bay on by own. I was absolutely blown away by the scenery: crystal clear water, medieval architecture and those gorgeous hills.
Kotor Bay has some peaceful hidden beaches that you can stop at to have a swim, cool down in the shade or sit on the beach for a picnic with a view.
There are plenty of routes to choose from depending on your skill and fitness level.
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