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Kayak and Wild Camp Sweden's West Coast Archipelago

Explore the beautiful Bohuslän archipelago and wild camp on idyllic beaches

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak and Wild Camp Sweden's West Coast Archipelago

Explore the beautiful Bohuslän archipelago and wild camp on idyllic beaches

DURATION

2 nights

LOCATION

Sweden

ANNUAL LEAVE

1.5 days off work

GROUP SIZE

Up to 8 people

MEETING POINT

Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, Sweden

ACCOMMODATION

Wild camping

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

No previous experience needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to swim and handle around 5-6 hours of paddling each day.

Kayak the Bohuslän archipelago - 8,000 wild and mostly uninhabited islands and one of Europe’s must-do locations for sea kayaking

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

Learn about the area’s rich history and diverse flora and fauna and visit local fishing villages to absord some traditional Scandinavian culture

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Hannah, September 2019

The kit was all really good - and in great condition. The guide looked after us well and was super friendly.

Ralph, September 2019

If you are reading this, book the trip. The setting is truly awesome and the hosts - Joakim, Karoline, and Jarno - are just as fantastic. Joakim made sure we all had a holiday - it was not a route-march on kayaks, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was relaxed. Seals were spotted, and much fun was had. A magical trip which I highly recommend.

Richard, August 2019

Fantastic mini-adventure with my son. Oscar was a great guide. We had good conditions and great organisation - the fish soup was memorable for all the right reasons!

Zoe, August 2019

Nothing - although the planned trip could not go ahead due to weather conditions, the alternative activities and accommodation arrangements were amazing. A great trip with awesome hosts!

Alex, August 2019

Enthusiasm and knowledge of the guide were great. Equipment, weather and company also.

Kyle, August 2019

Very well organised and great equipment provided. Incredible scenery and a wonderful time all round.

Christoph, August 2019

Great guide and great Nationalpark.

Freddie, July 2019

The food was brilliant and the whole organisation of the trip was excellent. Our guide Jano was also friendly, knowledgeable and generally brilliant. All of the camping gear was also new or in very good condition as was the kayaking equipment.

Christine, July 2019

The group, the tour guide, nature, the route, the food - simply put: everything was amazing!

Included

Guides

Local, certified kayak guide

Accommodation

2 nights wild camping in remote locations

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Transfers

All local transportation

Equipment

All your kayaking and camping equipment

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

The Area

map

Logistics

Starts

Gustafsberg, Uddevalla

09:00

Ends

Gustafsberg, Uddevalla

17:00

Transfers

Your host will meet you in Gustafsberg, Uddevalla and transport you to the launch site and back again.

Travel options

Gustafsberg, Uddevalla is situated 75km north of Gothenburg Airport and regular buses and trains link the two. A shuttle also runs to/from the bus/train station in Gothenburg. A private transfer can be arranged upon request.

What about all the carbon?

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

Day 1

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Food on this trip will be as local and organic as possible. Breakfast is a selection of müslis and yoghurts, with bread, cheese, salami, coffee or tea and juice. Lunch will be sandwiches and fruits with coffee or tea. In the evenings, you’ll cook dinner together around the fire using as many fresh ingredients as possible; an example would be soup with fresh fish and shrimp. If you have any special dietary 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, your group can set up camp on any island they wish. High quality twin-tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking equipment are all provided.

Day 1

The Bohuslän archipelago

Kayaking

5hrs

Meet your guide and the rest of your team in Gustafsberg, Uddevalla and after a safety and navigation briefing head to the launch point on the beautiful Bohuslän Archipelago. Paddle out, discover hidden passages, sandy beaches and natural rock formations and lose yourself amongst the region's 8,000 islands – most of them uninhabited. As the evening draws in, choose a secluded spot to set up camp, pitch your tent and cook dinner over the fire as you watch the sunset over the sea.

Day 2

Continue exploring

Kayaking

6hrs

Have some breakfast, break camp and then get back on the water while developing your kayaking skills with the help of your expert guide. Continue exploring this maze of islets and stop for lunch on a remote beach – be on the lookout for seals. Set up camp on another deserted island, take an evening swim and relax around the campfire.

Day 3

The outer archipelago

Kayaking

5hrs

After another campfire breakfast, head to the exposed outer archipelago and a wide, blue horizon. The islands here will give you a different perspective on the whole coastline – wilder and more rugged. The water might also be slightly choppier as you near the open sea, but you'll be in safe hands. Make your way back to the rendezvous point, where you’ll say goodbye to your guide and team before heading to the airport and home.

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What's included?

  • Kayak and paddling equipment (paddle, buoyancy aid, spray skirt)
  • Twin tent
  • Sleeping mat and thermarest
  • Camping stove and food utensils

What do I need to bring?

  • Clothes for paddling - (quick-drying synthetic or woollen shirt, bathing trunks, wind jacket)
  • Shoes for paddling (water-resistant sandals, neoprene shoes or Crocs)
  • Wind/rain jacket and trousers
  • Warm change of clothes (a hat and a warm fleece will keep you happy)
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries
  • Suncream
  • Cap/hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Headlamp/torch
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Transfer from Gothenburg Airport

Payable Before Departure

Transfer from Gothenburg Airport

Transfer to Gothenburg Airport

Payable Before Departure

Transfer to Gothenburg Airport

No previous experience is needed, just a reasonable level of fitness and the ability to swim and handle around 6 hours of paddling each day.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

There are plenty of fishing villages with top up points that you will pass.

From June to August the weather is usually good but coastal, which means mild, but changeable, with air temperatures that range from 15-30˚C. Water temperatures are also surprisingly warm, ranging between 16-23˚C and even warmer towards late July and August. The sun rises early and sets very late, especially towards the end of June and it’s typical for the outer coastal area to have sunny days even when clouds build up over the mainland. Wind is the factor that affects kayaking the most, but you can always find a sheltered area.

Any excess luggage can be safely stored with your host while you are kayaking.

For current advice about travelling in Sweden, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

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!

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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 in good company. Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. See here for more info about our lovely bunch of Much Better Adventurers.

Want to book a private trip? Just tap ‘Private Group’ in the dates and prices tab.

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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