Kayaking and Seal Safari off the Coast of Swedish Lapland

Get close to the native wildlife as you kayak, wild camp and swim with seals along the islands of the Baltic Sea. 2 days off work.

  • Sweden
  • August, September
  • Luleå Airport, Lulea (LLA)

This is an amazing trip that will get you closer to the Swedish wildlife than you could ever imagine, whilst making a remote island in the Baltic Sea your home.

During two days of kayaking along the coast, you’ll safari to get close to the resident moose and swim with a colony of local seals.

The wildlife isn’t the only unique part of this trip; the islands themselves offer a fascinating landscape displaying tracks of the last ice-age.

This unique experience includes:

  • 2 days kayaking
  • Guided seal safari (incl. swimming with them)
  • Guided moose safari
  • 1 night B&B accommodation
  • 1 night wild camping
  • 1 night forest cottage accommodation
  • Local, certified biologist guide
  • Kayaking equipment
  • Camping equipment
  • All meals and drinks during the trip
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Kayak lovers looking for a remote island escape, making a few new animal-friends along the way.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Luleå Airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You should have sea kayaking experience and know basic self and buddy-rescue procedures. You must be able to swim 200m and have normal fitness.

Usually August and the beginning of September is still sunny with temperatures from 15˚C to 25˚C, but it can be chilly at night or in bad weather. Weather can change quickly from calm seas to windy thunderstorms. Be prepared for everything from warm sunny weather to heavy rain and wind.

Traditional Swedish food cooked over the fire, including salmon, local meat, potatoes and vegetables. Drinks include coffee and tea, wine or beer for dinner.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Kayak and paddle
  • Spray shirt
  • Life jacket
  • Waterproof bags
  • Paddle float
  • Water pump
  • Map and compass
  • Dry suit
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Camping mattress
  • Outdoor clothing suitable for wind and rain
  • Hiking shoes
  • Warm sleeping clothes
  • Warm evening clothes
  • Swimwear
  • Towel

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - A small pair of binoculars - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Luleå Airport (LLA) is served by regular inexpensive flights. Your host suggests you fly in via Stockholm but you can get any flight that suits you; just make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers.

Booking an afternoon flight will allow you time to kayak back to the mainland, but if you wish to fly home in the morning, a boat transfer is available.

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Location

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The coast of Swedish Lapland is a subarctic environment with a wilderness archipelago where wild moose, stray reindeers and even brown bears roam.

Perhaps what is most unique about these islands is they rise 1cm per year from the brackish sea and display tracks of the last ice-age in their landscapes.

Start point?
You will be met at Luleå Airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 21:00 or earlier. You’ll be picked up from the airport at 21:15. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Luleå Airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 15:15. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Luleå Airport (LLA) is served by regular inexpensive flights. Your host suggests you fly in via Stockholm but you can get any flight that suits you; just make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Thursday: Arrive at Piteå

You’ll arrive at Luleå Airport any time before 21:00, when you’ll be met by your host and transferred to Piteå.

You’ll check in to your room at the cosy city centre B&B before getting to know your host at the trip briefing.

Sleep well tonight before the adventure starts tomorrow.

45-minute drive

Friday: Kayak to Wolf Island and visit the seals

It’s an early breakfast this morning before you are picked up at 08:00 and taken to the Renöhamn kayak centre – just 15 minutes away.

Pack-up your kayak and by 10:00 you’ll be slicing through the water on a 9km paddle along the islands of the Baltic Sea.

You’ll reach Wolf Island in perfect timing for lunch. Warm up by the open fire as you enjoy a prepared meal of fish, vegetables, salad and bread.

Re-energised, you’ll continue to paddle 11km along the shallow coast of Wolf Island, against a post-ice age backdrop. This area is rich with wildlife so keep your eyes peeled for sea eagles, water fowl, seals, and moose on the surrounding islands.

Your next stop is camp, at Laxskäret. Enjoy a barbeque dinner before taking a guided paddle to the singing seals in their colony just 6km away.

All being well with the weather, you’ll have the unmissable opportunity to don your dry suits and snorkelling gear and enter their world as you take an evening dip with these fascinating mammals.

The adrenaline of this experience will fuel you on the late kayak back to camp. Get warm in your tent and you’ll sleep well tonight.

6-8 hours kayaking, seal safari

Saturday: Moose safari and forest walk

You’ll have an early breakfast this morning before heading out on a 6km forest walk on Wolf Island; have your camera to-hand for some potential shots of impressive wildlife.

You’ll stop for lunch around the campfire which will see you warm and ready for an afternoon on the water.

You’ll take your kayak on an 8km paddle around Wolf Island to the island cottage. The water is shallow and scattered with boulders where the land rises from the sea.

You’ll arrive at island cottage in time for an evening dinner around the campfire of freshly prepared fish and vegetables.

After dinner, you’ll make the most of your evening on a guided moose safari. The island forest is home to lots of moose and with plenty of salt stone on the hike to attract them, you might just be lucky enough to catch sight of one.

After your hike, you’ll return to the island cottages for a cosy stay and a good night’s sleep.

4 hours kayaking, moose safari

Sunday: Farewell Wolf Island

Enjoy your last breakfast on this beautiful island before heading to the airport for your journey home. You’ll be taken back to Renöhamn by boat transfer, which will take just 20 minutes.

If you’re not quite ready to say ‘goodbye’ to your kayak yet, you have the option to book an afternoon flight home which will free up some time for one last paddle back to the mainland.

1-hour drive to Luleå Airport

Accommodation

Your first night will be spent at Skoogs City B&B; the rooms here are of a good standard with en-suite facilities, TV and free wireless.

Your first night on Wolf Island will be spent camping beneath the stars in a tent which your host will provide.

Saturday night will be spent in the island cottages. This is a lovely way to spend your final night, nestled in the woodland with a beautiful sea view through the trees. The cottages have a fully equipped kitchen and even a barbeque.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Accommodation £50.00 Per Night

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