Saronic Islands Expedition
A challenging expedition for experienced Sea Kayakers. An 8-day journey from Epidaurus, on the north coast of the Argolis Peninsula to Nafplio at the northern end of the Agrollic gulf. The trip will follow the coastline of the Peninsula and include crossings to the islands of of Poros, Hydra and Spetsus, collectively referred to as the Saronic Islands. The total distance is approximately 175 km.
Arrival and departure
- You must arrive at Athens Airport on March 31, 2022, anytime before 4 pm. Transfer to Epidavros (3 hrs) will be booked for you when everyone’s flight details are received.
- Depart from Athens on (or after) April 9, anytime after 2 pm. Alternatively stay the night in Athens and depart the following day
The advertised dates include arrival and departure days ex Athens, 8 full days’ kayaking and 7 nights’ camping.
- March 31: From Athens airport you will take a shared transfer to Epidaurus on the Peloponnese. Here you will stay at a seaside hotel
- April 1: Shop at nearby supermarket, load the kayaks, begin the expedition
- April 1-8: 8 day sea kayaking expedition from Epidavros to Nafplio
- April 8: Arrive in Nafplio staying in a hotel for the night
- April 9: Shared transfer to Athens Airport (Departing Nafplio at 9am, takes 3 hours)
Laminated A4 maps at various scales, will be provided.
Required Paddling Experience
This expedition is for experienced sea kayakers. You should have enough stamina to paddle up to 25 km per day, which may take up to a total of 6 hours. You should be comfortable with the idea of paddling in moderate wind and waves, as challenging conditions are likely on at least some of the days. You should have practiced the T-rescue and know how to do an assisted deep water re-entry.
Camping will be wild on remote beaches. There are no facilities and no water supply. All camping equipment, food and water must be carried in the kayak. A strong lightweight tent is essential.
The expedition is self catering. Usually we each look after our own breakfast, lunch and snacks and take turns to prepare a group evening meal. Food for the first stage can be bought from a supermarket in Epidavros on the morning of day 1. You are welcome to bring food items from home. There will be an opportunity to stock up every second or third day, allowing us to travel light and live well. Occasional stops at restaurants and coffee shops are a possibility.
Stoves and fuel
Camping stoves will be provided – one per 4 persons. The Trangia stove, includes pots, kettle and frying pan. The stoves are powered by gas canisters with a screw-on fitting, readily available in local supermarkets.
April in Greece, is a comfortable spring month, with average temperature fluctuating between 10°C and 20°C. On average, rain falls on 11 days so we can expect some wet weather. The sea temperature is around 16°C. Source www.weather-atlas.com
What to wear
For paddling, shorts and a shirt will be sufficient on sunny days. A cagoule (waterproof paddling jacket) and neoprene trousers or similar may be required if its windy or overcast.
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