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Kayak and Wild Camp the Archipelago of Sweden's West Coast - Guided

Explore the Bohuslän archipelago and wild camp on idyllic beaches. 3 days. 1.5 days off work.

Location

Sweden

Fly To

Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport

Difficulty

Moderate

You’ll explore one of the Bohuslän coastline's finest paddling areas and camp overnight on the islands’ beaches. With everything you need packed into your kayak, you’ll visit the most beautiful places and learn about the area’s history and diverse flora and fauna.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days kayaking
  • 2 nights wild camping
  • Local, certified guide
  • All kayaking equipment
  • All camping equipment
  • All meals during the trip
  • Local transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

**Perfect for: **
Beginners and advanced kayakers alike; those looking to explore one of Sweden's most beautiful stretches of coastline whilst absorbing traditional Scandinavian culture.

What's Included

Accommodation

Equipment

Guide

Local transport

Meals as described

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Itinerary

Friday: Head out onto the Bohuslän archipelago

You’ll meet at the kayak centre in Gustafsberg, Uddevalla at 09:00 for a briefing on the weekend ahead before taking the minibus to the launch point.

As you paddle, you’ll be on the lookout for seabirds and seals, you’ll discover hidden passages, sandy beaches and natural rock formations.

As the evening draws in, you’ll choose a spot to pitch your tents and cook dinner with the group as you watch the sunset over the sea.

Saturday: Continue exploring the Bohuslän archipelago's 8000 islands

After breakfast this morning, you’ll pack up camp and get back on the water for another day of exploring and developing your kayaking skills under the expertise of your guide.

You’ll continue to explore some of the 8000 islands and shores of the Bohuslän archipelago. When you stop for lunch, keep an eye out for some of the local wildlife.

Tonight you’ll camp on another island of your choice; you'll probably be the only people on the island. Enjoy another evening making new friends, watching some of the more nocturnal wildlife. Take an evening swim if you feel up to it.

Sunday: Paddle further afield

Feeling more comfortable in your kayak after two days of paddling, today you can explore further and head out to the more exposed outer archipelago.

You’ll stop for lunch on another island of your choice. The islands in the outer archipelago will give a different perspective of the whole coastline. The water might be slightly choppier further out to sea, but you'll be in safe hands.

By 15.00, you’ll return to dry land a meet the minibus which will take you back to the kayak centre where you’ll say your goodbyes and prepare for your forwarding journey.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

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.

Accommodation

You’ll camp in a two-man tent at spots chosen by the group along the way. These locations will be remote and in nature, therefore there won't be any facilities.

Location

Bohuslän is West Sweden’s coastal landscape and on this trip, you’ll explore some of the 8000 islands and shores; from the green and lush inner archipelago scenery to the barren outer coast with rocky islands.

Due to the Gulf stream, the sea is surprisingly warm and with a biodiversity enormously rich. The area has a colourful history of fishing and shipping that has created island villages where small wooden houses cluster between the smooth granite rocks.

For every tour your host will choose one of the extraordinary kayaking areas the coast offers:

7 - 9th June + 23 -25 August: Havstenssund
Havstenssund archipelago - the hidden sea kayaking jewel of the coast. An archipelago divided by the islands Trossö, Kalvö and Lindo. To the east of the islands, we find a sheltered inner archipelago with sandy beaches and vegetated islands, and on the west side an exposed archipelago of granite as beautiful as an archipelago ever can be.

19 - 21 July + 6 - 8 September: Fjällbacka
Fjällbacka archipelago - the essence of Bohuslän. Ingrid Bergman romance and a rich maritime history in the world of smooth, polished, gleaming red granite islands hiding sandy beaches, charming wooden houses and picturesque small fishing communities.

2 - 4 August + 30 August - 1 September: Koster Sea
Koster Sea Marine National Park - A maze of islands in Sweden's only marine national park. We look for seals and seabirds, visit Sweden's westernmost lighthouse and glide around in an islands world home to six thousand marine species.

9 - 11 August: Orust
Orust west side - Käringön and Gullholmen are well known island communities, where houses friendly leaning against each other offer a classic view of Bohuslän. In a kayak Hermanö's diverse and magnificent coastal scenery and Vallerös stunning sandy beaches are destinations you always long for.

Meeting Point

Start Point

Gustafsberg, Uddevalla - 09:00

You will be met by your in Gustafsberg, Uddevalla, at 09:00. After a quick introduction and equipment check, you'll be transported to the launch point of your trip.

Gustafsberg, Uddevalla is situated 75km north of Gothenburg in the middle of Sweden's scenic Western archipelago. Your host suggests public transport from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) to Uddevalla; buses and trains run frequently to and from the airport, a shuttle runs to the bus/train station in Göteborg. A private transfer can be arranged upon request.

By public transport: If you arrive by bus or train, which we strongly recommend, you will end up in the center of Uddevalla. From there you can move on to Gustafsberg (about 4 km) by bus, boat or by walking out of town and along the nice boardwalk. Have you taken the bus from Gothenburg, you can jump off at Kapellevägen or Bodele and walk the last few hundred meters. Ask your driver to tell you where to get off.

By car From the south: Take the E6 north and turn off the highway at the sign Uddevalla S, about 8 km after Ljungskile. Continue about 5 km and turn once more towards Uddevalla S (also Gustafsberg). Continue a couple of km to a sign showing Gustafsberg left, just before a soccer field. Drive a few hundred meters down the road and look down to the right, where you see a big red barn. Follow the small gravel road to the barn.

Taxi Taxi can be booked from the train/bus station in Uddevalla at Taxi Väst.

Finish Point

Gustafsberg, Uddevalla - 17:00

Your tour will end in Gustafsberg, Uddevalla, at 17:00. From here you're free to further explore the local area or make your way back to Göteborg Landvetter Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Göteborg Landvetter Airport
  • Airport transfers
  • Snacks and drink
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8.

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

You don't need any prior kayaking knowledge for this tour. You do, however, need to be able to swim and you must be at least 15 years old, or paddle in the company of a responsible adult (private trip only).

June - August the weather is mostly reasonably or very good. The weather is typically coastal, which means mild, but changeable, with air temperatures varying quite a bit, between 15-30˚C. Water temperatures are surprisingly warm, ranging roughly between 16-23˚C and warmer towards late July and August. The sun rises early and sets very late, especially in late June. It’s typical for the outer coastal area is to have sunny days even when clouds build up over land. Wind is the factor that affects kayaking most, but you can always find sheltered areas to paddle even on windy days.

Food is always as local and organic as possible. Breakfast is a selection of müslis and yoghurts, with bread, cheese, salami and veggies. Coffee or tea and juice.

Lunch will be sandwiches and fruits with coffee or tea.

In the evenings, you’ll cook dinner together based on ingredients as fresh as possible; an example would be fish soup with fresh fish and shrimp.

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

  • Kayak and necessary paddling equipment (paddle, buoyancy aid, spray skirt)
  • Tent (place in two man tent)
  • Sleeping mat and Therm-a-rest-chair
  • Camping stove and food utensils
  • 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 packed dry (a hat and a warm fleece will keep you happy)
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries
  • Suncream
  • Cap, mosquito repellent
  • Headlamp/torch

Other recommendations are:

  • Camera
  • Mobile phone
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT) is served by flights from all over Europe. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Your host suggests public transport from Göteborg to Uddevalla; buses and trains run frequently and from the airport, a shuttle runs to the bus/train station.

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