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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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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
Wild camping
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

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

Swim in hidden coves, fish from the rocks, cook on an open fire and take a truly inspiring journey at your own speed

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

The Area

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.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

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.

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.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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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 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

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We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, 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 specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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