Make Your Own Axe & Canoe Trip 1st-8th September 2019
MAKE YOUR OWN AXE IN THE GRANSFORS BRUKS FACTORY
September 1st-8th 2019
At Intrepid Expeditions we have been visiting Sweden in the winter and the summer months for many years and feel know we should travel there in the autumn too…. So now we are.
Sweden in the autumn is stunning, the nights are cooler the stars show themselves again in the evening, the sun sits lower on the horizon and frosts appear in the morning, the lingon berries are in bloom and the leaves turn rustic browns and everywhere starts to calm down and prepare itself for the oncoming winter months.
However just before all that starts to happen we take advantage of this stunning season.
Intrepid expeditions has a brand new adventure for you this autumn that is an absolute must for any wilderness-loving adventurer.
For years Gransfors Bruks have been making world renown axes and for the first time have allowed us into their factory for two days with the opportunity for you to make your own axe and be shown around. Think of it as an axe mans version of “Charlie and the chocolate factory”
The second part of the trip will be spent traveling to a remote island by canoe where will establish camp and put your new hand made axe to good use. We hope you will carve yourself a paddle to paddle home with and will sit alongside your treasured hand made axe for years to come, and each time you look at it or go to use it for chopping firewood or being used in the forest you can say to yourself “I made that” it doesn’t get anymore real than that.
|Date 1st 8th September 2019||
Full price £1495.00 Deposit price £373.75
Deposit, Full Payment
Depart Heathrow from the new terminal 2 to Stockholm with Scandinavian Airlines to Stockholm then another forwarding flight to Ostersund,. Upon arrival you will be met by transport waiting to drive you to a the Gransfors Bruks Factory. Once we arrive there we will set up camp in Granfors very own woodland (tents and hammocks) and get familiar with our new surroundings.
After breakfast we will have a tour around the Gransfors factory, learning their traditional steeped history into axe making and get started on making our own axes.
The evening will be spent in the woodland with an open fire.
This is when we complete our axes and take the time to relax and admire your own handy work.
Today is the last morning at Gransfors,
After breakfast we will be transported to our cabin where we spend our time running winter courses. So a warm bed for the night and a sauna for those who are feeling in the Scandinavian ways now.
Please note the cabin is basic and has no electricity or running water, although we do bring fresh water in.
After breakfast we will take a short drive to meet the our fleet of canoes and after a safety brief and all equipment is issued we head off acros the lake to a remote island. Please note no previous canoe experience is needed for this trip. We’ll then make camp before heading out to cut and collect the materials needed for making canoe paddles – using the axes we’ve made earlier in the week.
The night will be spent again back in hammocks or tents with a campfire for cooking and warmth.
This is the roughing out day. We’ll cut the timber for our paddles so that they at least resemble paddles and then work them until they are usable.
This is done at your own leisure and pleasure, no rushing around just you and your axe and nature.
So paddle carved and just needs a quick spruce up and smooth off any rough edges and start to sand them down….now here comes your moment to test your paddle as early evening we will Paddle back across the lake using our new paddles to meet up with the transport to take us back to the cabin for the last evening where we will be able to sit back relax by the fire and as always Intrepid Expeditions will lay on a feast of a `BBQ.
All good things come to an end so after breakfast back onto the bus and travel to the airport to start your journey back to the UK
All members of the expedition must arrange and have their own travel insurance to cover themselves whilst on the expedition and also a current European Health Insurance Card.
It is also wise to have cancellation insurance incase of political instability in the region or other unforeseen problems which may affect the running of the expedition.
Canoes and Canoeing equipment
Food at Gransfors
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
Personal Expenditure (everything can be bought using a credit/debit card so there is no real need for cash)
Personal Travel Insurance
Chef or cleaner.
Rations for the Bushcraft and canoeing paddle phase) (You should buy what you need for 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 evening meals – please ask for advice)
You will need a current 10 year passport and a current European Health Insurance Card.
DATES: 9th October – 15th October 2017
PRICE: £1295 all inclusive.
This venture is run in conformity and in accordance with British Standard 8848.
Licensing and Bonding
This trip is fully bonded and licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for your financial protection. All relevant customer monies are secured by Bank Guarantees and/or Insurance. An Air Travel Organisers’ Licence (ATOL) granted by the CAA is held for this trip. Our ATOL number is 9576.