Teddies on Tour - Ireland Circumnavigation 2017

   Sea Kayaking / Touring
Ireland - July - August 2017
A team of three female sea kayakers take on the challenge of circumnavigating Ireland, each escorting a mascot in support of local children’s cancer charity.

   Sea Kayaking / Touring

Ireland - July - August 2017

A team of three female sea kayakers take on the challenge of circumnavigating Ireland, each escorting a mascot in support of local children’s cancer charity.

The team

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Frida Halvorsen

Frida Halvorsen

Vibeke Steinvåg

Vibeke Steinvåg

“The wild Atlantic coast was something spectacular. A combination of exposed headlands, long crossings, spectacular scenery and of course magnificent wildlife.”"


The team of three female sea kayakers set off from Dun Laoghaire on their six week adventure around Ireland. They set off in a clockwise direction heading along the east coast, experiencing calm conditions and light winds.

Frida
Frida Halvorsen

The water filled with wildlife, including seals and dolphins, and plenty of open beaches for landing and camping. A great start to the trip!

Rounding the south east coast things started to get more interesting. Winds started to pick up, cliffs, caves and coves became more prominent, and the historical lighthouses were something to lookout for.

Ashley and Viebke
Ashley and Vibeke

Wildlife continued to impress, constantly being enlightened by pods of dolphins and herds of seals.

The nature of the expedition brought along its challenges, both physical and mental. Originally wanting to average forty kilometers a day, the ladies found the conditions were not allowing them to do this. Vibeke unfortunately developed a wrist injury that was not improving, and it came to the point where it wasn’t possible for her to paddle any further. Luckily with helpful friends along the coast, Vibeke was able to leave the expedition to start her recovery at home.

Vibeke, Ashley and Frida
Vibeke, Ashley and Frida

Prior to the expedition the girls had made the decision that if anyone had to leave the two remaining would continue with the trip. So Ashley and Frida continued along the south coast one team member short.

Frida and Ashley continue the journey, one team member short
Frida and Ashley continue the journey, one team member short

They faced quite a lot of headwinds along the south coast, as to be expected, and the kayaking conditions became more challenging as they approached the exposure of the wild Atlantic coast.

Frida breaking through the surf
Frida breaking through the surf

As the weather continued to challenge them, they were facing more and more days on land. But time on land made it easier to meet locals, enjoy local cuisine and explore a bit of Ireland by foot.

Ashley

After facing the challenges of the weather for several weeks, the ladies began to realize they were not going to be able to make the circumnavigation in the time they had left. It was a hard decision to make but there isn’t much you can do to change the weather. Making the decision was almost a relief; now they would continue their adventure until their time ran out with a more relaxed and enjoyable approach.

Frida enjoying a liesurly moring at camp
Frida enjoying a liesurly moring at camp
Ashley preparing food at camp
Ashley preparing food at camp
Frida and Ashley
Frida and Ashley

The Wild Atlantic coast was something spectacular. A combination of exposed headlands, long crossings, spectacular scenery and of course magnificent wildlife. The ladies were lucky enough to spend a night together with the largest seal colony in Ireland on The Blaskets.

They visited many nice villages; Dingle being one of them where there is a famous dolphin Fungi.

Getting close to the finish line, they got beyond Loop head where they finally had the wind to their backs and could enjoy a downwind paddle.

Before making it to Galway they saw the spectacular Cliffs of Moher from the water and spotted the Aran Islands from the mainland.

It was an amazing event filled trip, and the ladies look forward to returning to complete the circumnavigation. They are very grateful to all the support and help they have received and are happy to have raise over 15000kr for the children’s charity they choose.

“The wild Atlantic coast was something spectacular. A combination of exposed headlands, long crossings, spectacular scenery and of course magnificent wildlife.”"


The Gear that Made This Possible