The warm, clear water of Sweden’s West Coast make it a great place for sea kayaking around its archipelago of approximately 8000 granite islands and islets, which vary from green, wooded areas to flat, barren granite that glistens in the sun. Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to see this coastline and it isn’t long before you have a real sense of getting away from it all. Paddling amongst the archipelago gives you stunning views of the unique shapes and colours of the granite islands and coastal towns, including Fjallbacka with its pretty red buildings on the sea front. You also experience the freedom of being close to nature as the seals pop up to see who is sharing the water with them.
As there are no strong currents or tides to speak of in the archipelago, the Swedish West Coast is suitable for paddlers of all abilties. The calm, sheltered inner waters are ideal for those who have not experienced sea kayaking before, and the outer reaches offer adventure for the more experienced.
Remember, kayaking and canoeing do not pollute the sea, rivers or lakes, making them one of the best and greenest ways of exploring the waterways no matter what country you are in.
Sea Kayak Trip Option 1 – For those with little or no experience. This 8 day trip is full of fun and learning. You will be involved in the planning and preparation of the 4 days 3 nights part of the trip to include BCU 3* training and BCU Foundation Safety and Rescue training. Starting at Gustafsberg one of Sweden’s oldest seaside resorts just 6km South West of Uddevilla you will spend 2 nights in hotel standard hostel accommodation then, while paddling in the area of Orust Island you will spend 3 nights under canvas. Orust is one of Sweden’s largest Islands and the largest in the West coast of Sweden, a rural area with extremely varied natural scenery including barren and inspiring rocks, fields of heather, oak forests, conifers and lakes. The trip will finish in the quiet old fishing village of Mollosund where you will spend your last 2 evenings.
The last full day in Sweden is yours to do as you wish from just total relaxing or if you still have some energy left why not try another activity such as a day’s fishing safari, diving, or walking. There is no better and greener way to see Sweden’s west coast than from a sea kayak, exploring some of the thousands of Islands along Sweden’s West coast. The Bohuslan archipelago was voted in the top ten in the recent CNN list of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Sample some of the excellent sea food for which the West Coast of Sweden is re-knowned.
Cost for 8 Days: £1680 per person
Sea Kayak Trip Option 2 (dates to be confirmed) – Going north up the West Coast for those with some experience but looking to improve and experience an expedition with other like minded people. Starting at Lysekil. You will spend your first 2 nights in hostel accommodation at hotel standard and finishing at the island of Smogen where you will spend your last 2 nights in hotel accommodation and the opportunity to relax in a log burning hot tub what better way to end the trip. Paddling from Lysekil to Smogen you will spend 3 nights under canvas or if you prefer directly under the stars. Take an evening or morning swim, as the sea during September is still quite warm. Sea kayaking is one of the best and greenest ways to see the area from a different perspective and to get closer to wild life paddling amongst the thousands of islands for which Sweden’s west coast is famous. This trip is full of fun and learning including expedition experience with other like minded people. Reasonable fitness level required. You will be in a boat for more than 1 day.
Cost for 8 Days: £1600 per person
Flights, transfers, drinks, first and last evening meal.
There are flights available from several UK airports to Sweden. A short flight of approximately 2hrs from London Heathrow to Gothenburgh then approximately 1-2hrs travel by rail or bus you will be on Sweden’s west coast.