Kayaking the Entire North American Coast

Freya Hoffmeister. Photo: Freya Hoffmeister

Fifty-five year old German kayaker Freya Hoffmeister is 487 days and 11,480km into a mammoth journey to kayak the entire coastline of North America.

Hoffmeister estimates that her total journey add up to 50,000km, paddled in blocks of three to five months. She started in Seattle in March, 2017 and aims to complete the long-term project within the next decade.

Hoffmeister is currently in Alaska, heading north. She will then resume a section further south and continue down toward South America. She has been joined by a variety of partners for parts of her journey.

Broadly, she aims to paddle north for half the year and south for the other half. Hoffmeister is claiming a world first circumnavigation, but technically a circumnavigation requires travel in one direction only, and she has decided not to paddle strictly clockwise or counterclockwise.

Her route will take in a number of challenges, including the ice-laden Northwest Passage and northern Canada’s massive Hudson Bay.

Progress to date. Photo: Freya Hoffmeister

Hoffmeister’s previous expeditions include circumnavigations of South America, Australia, Iceland, Ireland and the South Island of New Zealand.

Past honours include the World Paddle Award, National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year and the European Adventurer of the Year.

Expedition Timetable
Expedition Map

About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.

Read more at www.ashrouten.com

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Peter Jones

It’s not “Solo” she has many paddling partners on the journey.

That’s not detract from the fact that it is an amazing feat of determination.