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Kayak and Wild Camp Sweden's West Coast Archipelago: Self-Guided

Explore the uninhabited islands and rocky coast of Bohuslän, one of Europe’s most beautiful areas for sea kayaking

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Trip Ref #9152

Kayak and Wild Camp Sweden's West Coast Archipelago: Self-Guided

Explore the uninhabited islands and rocky coast of Bohuslän, one of Europe’s most beautiful areas for sea kayaking

DURATION
3 nights
LOCATION
Sweden
ANNUAL LEAVE
2 days off work
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, Sweden
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Wild camping

OVERALL RATING

4.9

Based on 11 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

No previous kayaking experience is needed and each day you'll choose your own pace and distance to cover.

Kayak the Bohuslän archipelago - 8,000 wild and mostly uninhabited islands - swimming in hidden coves and cooking on an open fire as you journey at your own speed

Navigate your way from the sheltered, inner islands to the rocky outer archipelago and wild camp in remote and deserted locations

Pick your own date! If you don't see one that suits you, it's likely we can still do it so just drop us a line and we'll make it work

Day 1

The adventure begins

Head to the launch point in Bohuslän and ready your kayak and camping equipment. After a safety and navigation briefing and some help drawing up the best route, the adventure is now yours. Enjoy the long, Swedish summer days as you explore this beautiful chain of islands, then find your own piece of paradise and set up camp for the night. Relax by the fire, unwind and admire the sunset glistening on the crystal-clear water.

Day 2

Move at your own speed

Get the fire going, cook breakfast and then head deeper into this coastal wilderness. Move at your own pace as you head for the outer islands, or one of the picturesque fishing villages that dot the area - the day is yours so spend it as you wish. After gliding through the still waters, find your next camping spot on one of the countless deserted islands and cook up an evening meal as the stars come out.

Day 3

Continue exploring

Start when you want, take a morning swim and then continue exploring the archipelago. Glide from island to island, fish for tonight’s dinner and then find a suitably secluded spot for the night, Enjoy a last evening in Bohuslän, complete with a spectacular sunset before bedding down for the night.

Day 4

Return to the mainland

Break camp one last time and head for your pre-determined pick-up point – luckily there’s no rush so you can take a slow journey through this majestic terrain one last time. Meet up with your host and head back to the city or the airport in time for your flight home.

Included

Accommodation

3 nights wild-camping on deserted islands

Transfers

To and from Gothenburg

Equipment

All your safety and navigation equipment

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Visas where required

What is the food like?

After booking you'll be sent a food list. Select what you want and pre-pay for it at the same price as in the supermarket. Included on the list will be a range of foods that cater to most dietary requirements. If you have any special requests, let your host know in advance and they will do their best to accommodate them.

What is the accommodation like?

Bohuslän

Thanks to Sweden's right to public access you can set up camp on any island you wish. High quality tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking equipment are all provided.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Gothenburg City or Airport

09:00

Ends

Gothenburg City or Airport

16:30

Transfers

You'll be picked up from either Gothenburg centre or the aiport, just let your host know where you would like collecting from. You'll be dropped back to the airport at 16:30 so please book any flight departing after 18:30.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Gothenburg from airports across the UK and Europe.

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What's included?

  • Double kayak (1 per 2 people)
  • Paddle
  • Spray deck
  • Life jacket
  • Tent (1 per 2 people)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Torch
  • First aid kit (1 per group)
  • Water pump
  • Dry bag
  • Rope
  • Compass (1 per group)
  • Map (1 per group)
  • Customised guide book
  • Mobile phone (1 per group),
  • Gas stove and fuel (1 per 2 people)
  • Lighters
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Water containers x 5 ltr

What do I need to bring?

  • Shorts & t-shirts
  • Trousers & warm jumper
  • Neoprene water shoes or boots
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Sun cap & warm hat
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & toiletries
  • Camera

No optional extras are available for this trip.

Allison

Everything was great, from start to finish. We were given everything we needed, the information provided was really useful and Darren was really helpful.

Orene

The attention to detail was immaculate; every eventuality was accounted for from the door-to-door transport to the washing up liquid and food list!!! Joanna was incredibly prompt and helpful with all enquiries and Darren was amazing. Of note, safety was clearly important to the hosts and the detailed adventure guide covering all aspects imaginable, including the emergency mobile, were very much appreciated. The location, route and recommended trails were brilliant.

Ali

From the moment we booked with Much Better Adventures, to the moment hosts dropped us back at the airport everything was perfect! It was made so easy for us to have a relaxing and enjoyable time - absolutely everything but the flights was sorted for us, and the communication from MBA and hosts were very helpful to ensure we knew exactly what was going on. We had an amazing adventure exploring nature, and I can't wait to book the next one.

Katy

Darren was very friendly and helpful. The equipment was great. The guidebook and maps were useful. Overall we really enjoyed it.

Joseph

Everything was great.

David
The equipment provided was excellent. ...

The equipment provided was excellent.

Ian

The transport from our BnB to the coast and back made this trip very easy. The adventure we had kayaking was unforgettable!

Evan

Stunning coastline, excellent quality gear, personable and helpful hosts, impeccable communication.

Kate

The scenery was great, the equipment, the maps, the recommendations, having food bought and ready to go for us, the freedom to do our own thing, the wildlife, the swimming...

Joseph

Everything was very well organised and easy to arrange. The pick up was really easy and we were on the water in no time. With loads of different suggested routes as well as various points where you can be picked up after your trip it couldn't have been more convenient. And that is before I even get on to the natural beauty of the islands which were stunning! Would definitely recommend this trip to anyone.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 48kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

No previous kayaking experience is needed and each day you'll choose your own pace and how much distance you want to cover.

Afraid that the minimum group size for this self-guided trip is 2 people to ensure safety at all times.

Your host will suggest a route and you'll also receive a booklet with recommended sights and camping places but really, the adventure is yours to explore and do with as you please

Your host in Sweden runs this trip a few times a week so if you don't see a date that suits you, drop us a line and we'll see if we can make a new date work for you.

Your host will load the kayak with plenty of water to drink and to cook with. Your map will also show fishing villages and refill points are plentiful.

We tend to use double kayaks which are very stable and the water around Bohuslän is mostly sheltered and calm. You will also be wearing a life jacket, so if you do fall in, it’s just matter of pulling yourself back aboard.

Your host will provide you with a mobile phone so you can contact them if you need to. There will also be other numbers pre-programmed in the unlikely event of a more serious emergency.

May to mid-June: This far north, it hardly gets dark at night. Midsummer falls on a Friday around June 20 to mark the summer solstice.You might also wake to a springtime frost which soon melts away when the sun rises above the horizon.

Late June to mid-August: During the prime summer months, temperatures can hit 25c, occasionally edging up towards 30c. This is when the Bohuslän Coast comes into its own and the fishing villages fill with tourists. The Swedish summer is characterised by seemingly endless days and nights - perfect for some late evening kayaking.

Late-August to mid-September: The days have started to cool but the sea is still warm enough to enjoy an evening swim. You'll also get slightly more predictable and calmer weather. Sunsets are at their best and the final rays lighting the pink Bohuslän granite is a sight that you'll remember forever.

Your host will happily store your bags for you while you are kayaking.

Cheap & Cheerful

  • Spoton Hostel & Sportsbar
  • Le Mat B&B Göteborg City

Mid Price & Central

  • Hotel Opera
  • Hotel Royal
  • Scandic Rubinen
  • STF City Hotel

Luxury

  • Clarion Hotel Post
  • Gothia Towers

Close to the Airport

  • Landvetter BnB

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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