Does paddling your way across Europe in a kayak for two sound like the world’s most amazing vaycay? If it does, the Denmark-based nonprofit GreenKayak wants to make your travel dreams come true—and for free!
GreenKayak started giving away free paddling trips in April of 2017 and the offer, which started in Denmark, has since spread to Ireland, Norway, Germany and Sweden. So how can you get a kayak-packed trip for free?
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All you need to do is pick up some trash! As long as you agree to help clean up the waterways in the areas GreenKayak serves, the organization will give you a green kayak (obviously) built for two to use. You’ll also get lifejackets and equipment necessary for collecting waste.
GreenKayak’s first efforts resulted in the collection of three tons of trash from Copenhagen Harbor in one year. Since its inception in 2017, volunteers have collected a total of nearly 11 tons of garbage from the waterway.
Tobias Weber-Andersen, GreenKayak founder and CEO, told USA Today, “The feedback from volunteers is amazing; people have been wanting to join in the fight against ocean pollution and be very hands-on.” Weber-Andersen added, “We had hoped to have 30 kayaks this year, but most likely we will have around 50 spread across all of our locations.”
To book your GreenKayak, visit the organization’s website here.
Featured photo: GreenKayak via Instagram