Kayaking the European Way
Whether you like to tackle white water rapids or prefer a scenic paddle to unwind, kayaking is one of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors.
In dedication to our love of kayaking we bring you some of what we believe to be the greatest kayaking spots around Europe, for the novice to the experienced paddler alike. When you pack up your gear make sure you have your trusty Armor Series protective case on hand to catch those priceless snaps and videos out on the water.
Easkey, Sligo, Ireland – Surf Kayaking
Easkey has become known as one of the greatest surfing attractions in the world. The majestic beach hosted the World Surf Kayaking Championships in 2003 which put it on the world map for kayakers. This spot is not for the faint-hearted as the waves here break over rocks making them faster and more powerful than on a sandy beach. You won’t be sun bathing at this beach as Ireland is unfortunately not the warmest of climates however, warm yourself up with some traditional leprechaun hunting or homemade soup after you catch the waves!
Fjord, Norway - Calm Sea
This area is perfect for kayakers of all levels as it offers an array of beautiful landscapes and technical waters. Generally the waters are calm but at times can become rough, this is not a problem as there are many covered areas that allow you to set up camp and relax for the evening. There is nothing more rewarding than camping in a beautiful area under the stars. Be sure to pack sandwiches and snacks as you won’t want to leave!
Soca River, Slovenia – White Water
The Soca River offers a wide variety of sections ranging from Grade 2-4. You will be in awe at the scenery from stunning gorges to fast flowing white-water and beautiful waterfalls. Pack your Armor Series as you won’t be a happy kayaker if you don’t have your camera to catch these epic moments. All in all this is a great river for a large group to conquer as it can be completed in seven days making it the perfect European holiday adventure.
Venice, Italy - Calm Lagoon
If you’re looking for something different, Venice can offer even the most inexperienced kayaker an ideal spot for learning. You’re probably thinking about taking the gondolas but there is nothing more rewarding than navigating this beautiful city by yourself. Paddle in awe as you take in the remarkable architecture and get a great workout at the same time!
To be sure you have everything covered before your adventure starts arm yourself with some of these useful apps to make your trip more enjoyable. Kayak Launch Points 2.0 offers over 15,000 launch points so you’ll never miss a river. Check out RunKeeper to log of all the rivers you have conquered which you can brag to your friends about. The Irish Water Safety app can provide you with all the basic safety information you will require to have a safe and enjoyable journey. Be sure to keep an eye on the weather conditions on Met Office before you head out onto the water each day. The last thing you need is to turn up to a choppy beach or a dry river.
With all this information in mind get your gear together, download your apps and start planning your adventure to Europe to experience not only the beautiful scenery but the abundance of challenging kayaking waters. If you’re out and about in Europe this summer you might catch a glimpse of Ollie the Otter. If you do, be sure to get snapping and share your photos on our social media pages!
About the Author
Hi everyone, I am a Marketing Intern for OtterBox with a passion for everything digital. I enjoy taking surfing and kayaking trips around Ireland whenever I get a chance. I have a background as a personal trainer and a fitness instructor so I will be keeping you guys up-to-date on how to keep fit. I’m also a bit of a gadget geek and love trying out the next best piece of tech. The HTC One is my latest phone which I am proud to protect with a Glacier Commuter Series. Currently I am studying for my MSc in Marketing Practice in Cork Institute of Technology.
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