We have just returned from Sweden at the weekend because we needed to deliver our new fleet of Mad river canoes in time for the July 2012 Swedish canoe expedition, just about the time when the rest of the world is going Olympic mad.
Our journey had taken us from Harwich to Denmark with DFDS ferries and considering that the UK was experiencing storms and floods I have to say we experienced the smoothest crossing across the North sea, which seemed very strange.
We then drove across Denmark to Sweden via the enormous sea bridges and the team were all so impressed as to how spotless Denmark is as a country, the Danish people were polite and their courteous driving made the driving with a big trailer a relief….”we have a lot to learn’.
Then it was a mad dash north to meet up with our sister company Intrepid Expeditions se to hand them over, have a quick paddle of course and then headed back south through Sweden and through Denmark, then sail again to the UK.
We have decided to go the entire way when it comes to renting our canoes out so therefore this is why each mad river canoe 16TT comes with two flotation bags, three paddles, two buoyancy aids, one portage trolley, one 20m throw-line and two helmets and one dry barrel and two painter lines as standard.
Believe us when we say nobody offers such a package for the price of our canoe trips…yet again no middlemen involved…well apart from the airlines…but I’m working on that…one day Intrepid air…sounds a bit scary though.
I’m afraid to say that the canoes and buoyance aids are bright red, however this was our intention from the start as we want to be able to see people on the rivers and not blend into the scenery as you would in a green canoe…so sorry but safety always comes first with us.
Bookings for the 2013 canoe expedition in Sweden are open as this years trip is now full to the gunnels so to speak, but as always we are not changing the price for next year, they are the same as they have been for many years just £895.00 all inclusive.