Short Description: Embark on a thrilling 3-day SUP and packrafting adventure on the legendary Ivalo River, guided by experts, perfect for those with some paddling experience.

Experience the Magic of Ivalo River on a SUP & Packraft Adventure!

Are you ready to paddle through the varied terrain of the legendary Ivalo River? Our 3-day SUP & Packraft Expedition is perfect for those with some paddling experience, offering a mix of gentle flows and exciting rapids, with overnight camping in the pristine wilderness!

What to Expect:

Explore the Legendary Ivalo River: Paddle through the historical and beautiful landscapes of the Ivalo River, known for its Gold Rush history. This river is an ideal destination for expedition SUP boarding and packrafters, with its gentle flows and level 1-2 rapids that offer both a relaxing and thrilling experience.
You can choose to participate with youw own board or packraft or rent from us. Xwander offers full expedition SUP or packrafing equipment as rental.

Expert Guidance: Our guides will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience. They will help you improve your paddling and wilderness skills, making this adventure both educational and exhilarating.

Varied Terrain: The Ivalo River features a mix of gentle flows and rapids. You’ll paddle through forests and canyons, experiencing the diverse landscapes of Northern Lapland. This adventure will take you through various level 1-2 rapids.

Meet in Ivalo: We will meet up in Ivalo to prepare the gear, including SUPs and packrafts. Once everyone is ready, we'll head to the Kuttura, just an 1 hour drive from Ivalo. This preparation ensures that you are fully equipped and ready for the adventure ahead.

Overnight Camping: Spend two night camping along the scenic banks of the Ivalo River. Enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness, away from all phone connections, and immerse yourself in nature. You can gear up with your own tents and camping equipment or you can opt to rent full gear from Xwander.

Food planning: Expedition style the meals are planned as a group. You decide to prepare your own meals or book the meal services from our guides.

Suitable for Experienced Paddlers: This tour is designed for those who are familiar with packrafting and have a Finnish MELOJA-1 qualification or equivalent experience. For SUP good long distance paddling experience is needed since the day duration can be 15-20 km

Know before you go

Preparation and Skills: Please note that this is a fairly demanding packraft & SUP adventure. Participants need to be familiar with packrafting and long distance SUP boarding and have a Finnish MELOJA-1 qualification or equivalent skill level, as preferrably well as some experience with level 1-2 rapid-paddling. If you are unsure of your skills, please get in touch with us for any questions you may have. We can provide the necessary training before the trip to ensure your skill set matches the requirements.

Safety: For your safety, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited before and during the activity. For every rapid, we will analyze the conditions and make decisions on whether to paddle the rapids or pass them by carrying the SUP boards or packrafts along the river banks. This ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Clothing and Gear: We will spend all of our time outdoors on this trip. Whether it's summer or another season, make sure to bring warm and fully waterproof clothing. You should have enough clothes to keep dry and to change into if needed. Prepare to get wet while paddling. For paddling, we recommend wearing a drysuit (e.g., Ursuit MPS), wetsuit of 3-5mm, or clothing designed for paddling. Other fully waterproof clothing, such as Gore-Tex, is also suitable. We will carry all our equipment with us.

Weather Conditions: Depending on water levels (heavy rains, flooding of the river), we might need to adjust the dates or cancel the trip. Your safety is our priority, and we will keep you informed of any changes.

Support: We are here to help, so please do not hesitate to contact us with any further questions!

What do I need to bring?

  • Waterproof Packing: All gear needs to be packed in a waterproof way. This is essential to ensure your equipment stays dry throughout the trip. We can rent you waterproof packs as well.
  • Clothing: Warm and fully waterproof clothing suitable for the weather. Bring enough clothes to stay dry and to change into if needed.
  • Paddling Gear: Drysuit (e.g., Ursuit MPS), wetsuit (3-5mm), or clothing designed for paddling. Fully waterproof clothing such as Gore-Tex is also suitable.
  • Footwear: Waterproof and sturdy footwear suitable for paddling and hiking.
  • Personal Items: Personal hygiene items, a first aid kit, and any necessary medications.
  • Camping Gear: Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and any personal camping gear you prefer.
  • Food: Your personal camping food and enough of snacks to keep blood sugars level in order while paddling! 

Information

Duration

3 days

Booking in advance

14 days

Difficulty

Moderate

Minimum age

15

Location

Ivalo

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