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Sea Kayaking Camp in Bohuslän (Sweden)

Work on your kayak skills in beautiful West Sweden with optional guided or self-guided tour extensions

  • Guided
  • Easy-Med
  • From £589/person
  • Jun-Aug, 4-10 days
  • Adults (min age 15), Groups, Solo
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  • Arrival
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  • Extensions

The Bohuslän archipelago in West Sweden is a wonderful area for kayaking and the ideal location to discover the excitement and adventure of sea kayaking or to hone your existing skills if you're already a convert!

Five different itineraries are available depending on your preferred duration and the activities you would like to include. All include the Core Elements programme, which features a day of instruction followed by two guided day tours. To this, you can add optional extensions - additional days of higher level instruction, a self-guided or guided multi-day kayak tour, or a multi-activity option including climbing and mountain biking.

You will be based at a choice of hostel or hotel standard accommodation next to the kayak centre, with the addition of wild camping in the archipelago if you choose to add a self-guided or guided kayak tour to the core itinerary.

Sea Kayaking Camp in Bohuslän gives you a number of choices to create your own personal adventure among the beautiful archipelago landscape of Sweden's west coast.

Option 1: Core Elements (4 days/3 nights)

This forms the basis of your trip. Arrival the day before the programme begins (accommodation included) followed by three days of activities. You begin with an introductory course for beginners but suitable also for those with paddling experience (the level of tuition can be adapted to a certain extent depending on your level). With a choice of hotel or hostel standard accommodation right on the water as your base, you begin with a one-day course followed by two guided day tours to practise your skills, gain confidence and explore some of the beautiful archipelago region, including paddling to visit a nearby colony of harbour seals!

If you wish, you can end your experience here, or choose one of the follow extended itineraries:

Option 2: Develop Your Skills (6 days/5 nights)

Core Elements as above with the addition of two days of higher level instruction, with an intermediate-level course including some coaching on your particular areas for improvement, giving you the chance to really develop your knowledge of paddling further and consolidate what you have learned. Accommodation as for Option 1.

Option 3: Paddle Free (7-10 days)

Core Elements as above followed by a self-guided kayak tour in the area of flexible duration from 3-6 days, explore the archipelago at your own pace with wild island camping along the way.

Option 4: Guided Exploration (7 days/6 nights)

Core Elements as above followed by a 3-day/2-night guided kayak tour with wild camping. Take advantage of your guide's local knowledge to discover special gems of the archipelago area and of course you can always ask for more tips to further hone your paddle skills!

Option 5: Water, Rock and Wheels (6 days/5 nights)

This itinerary begins a day earlier. Your first activity day is a day of guided mountain biking, followed by the Core Elements programme and ending with a day of guided climbing outdoors. The crags offer climbing routes for different abilities from novice to more experienced. In addition to offering world-class opportunities for sea kayaking, Bohuslän is also well-known for its climbing and biking possibilities. This option gives you the chance to discover some of this beautiful region off the water and add extra variety to your trip!

Arrival

NB: For all nights where accommodation is at hostel/hotel, breakfast is included and lunch is taken outdoors during the activities. Dinner is not included - there there are two restuarants close by, or bring provisions for self-catering in the accommodation facilities.

Check-in to your accommodation is from 16.00. If you arrive before 17.00, feel free to pop into the kayak centre to say hello and have a free coffee! Relax and settle in before your paddle adventure begins.

Following Days

Days 2-4 are the same for all itinerary options. NB: Option 5: Water, Rocks and Wheels begins a day earlier than all other options.

Option 1: Core Elements

Tuesday

Breakfast at your accommodation. At 09.00, you meet at the kayak centre for a day's course covering the basics of kayaking include paddle technique, safety and rescue drills. Ideal for beginners but also suitable for participants with previous experience. As far as possible, the level of instruction will be adapted to suit your ability. Accommodation back at the hostel/hotel.

Wednesday

The first of two guided day tours, heading out to paddle in the area around the island of Bassholmen. Accommodation at hostel/hotel.

Thursday

If you are ending your experience after the tour today, check out of your accommodation. You can store your luggage free of charge at the kayak centre.

Today's guided day tour takes you into Havstensfjord in search of seals. There are around 50-60 harbour seals in this area, and with luck you will see them (though sightings can of course never be guaranteed). They may be very curious to see who's come to visit! Accommodation at hostel/hotel.

You will be back around 17.00. If you have chosen Option 1 (Core Elements), it's time for departure (unless you've chosen to add an extra night at the hostel/hotel as an optional extra to enjoy a last evening by the water!).

Extensions

Option 2: Develop Your Skills

Friday

On Thursday of the Core Elements itinerary, you have accommodation that night at the hostel/hotel.

Your training then continues with an intermediate level course to further develop your skills. Accommodation at hostel/hotel.

Saturday

A final day of coaching with a greater focus on the particular area you personally need and wish to develop as a paddler. By the end of your course, you should have much greater confidence on the water and be justly proud of your improvements!

You end around 17.00. Unless adding an extra night at the hostel/hotel, it's time for departure.

Option 3: Paddle Free

Friday-Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday

On Thursday of the Core Elements itinerary, you have accommodation that night at the hostel/hotel.

The next morning after breakfast, you check out of your accommodation. You can store luggage at the kayak centre. You begin a self-guided kayak tour, duration optional from 3 up to 6 days. For details of possibilities for your self-guided tour, including arrangements for final day and camping equipment available to add as an optional extra, please see Self-guided Sea Kayaking in Bohuslän.

Option 4: Guided Exploration

Friday-Sunday

On Thursday of the Core Elements itinerary, you have accommodation that night at the hostel/hotel.

The next morning after breakfast, you check out of your accommodation. You can store luggage at the kayak centre. You begin a 3-day/2-night guided kayak tour led by local guide, taking you further into the archipelago with opportunities to continue developing your skills. You spend two nights camping wild on islands along the way.

On Sunday, you will be back at the kayak centre around 17.00 followed by departure (unless you have added an optional night at the hostel/hotel after your tour).

Option 5: Water, Rock and Wheels

Sunday (before Core Elements)

You arrive a day earlier than for the other options, with accommodation on Sunday night at the hostel/hotel.

Monday

A day of guided mountain biking. Accommodation at the hostel/hotel and Core Elements itinerary as normal.

Friday

On Thursday of the Core Elements itinerary, you have accommodation that night at the hostel/hotel.

Breakfast followed by a day of guided climbing. Climbing is suitable for beginners.

You will end around 17.00 for departure (unless you have added an optional night at the hostel/hotel).

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Dates 2017

Arrival days between June and August 2017 as follows:

  • Options 1, 2 and 3: Every Monday between 26th June and 28th August (last start 28th August).
  • Option 4: 3rd July, 7th August and 21st August.
  • Option 5 (arrives one day earlier than other itineraries): Every Sunday between 25th June and 27th August (last start 27th August).

Prices 2017

Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.

Note that for hostel option, bedding and towels are not included as standard but can be added as optional extra.

Standard Prices (per person)  
Option 1: Core Elements  
HostelGBP 589EUR 675
HotelGBP 716EUR 821
   
Option 2: Develop Your Skills  
HostelGBP 883EUR 1,012
HotelGBP 1,040EUR 1,192
   
Option 3: Paddle Free  
Hostel + 3-day/2-night tourGBP 971EUR 1,113
Hostel + 6-day/5-night tourGBP 1,040EUR 1,192
Hotel + 3-day/2-night tourGBP 1,118EUR 1,281
Hostel + 6-day/5-night tourGBP 1,187EUR 1,360
(please contact us for 4 or 5-day self-guided tours)  
   
Option 4: Guided Exploration  
HostelGBP 1,099EUR 1,259
HotelGBP 1,226EUR 1,405
   
Option 5: Water, Rock and Wheels  
HostelGBP 883EUR 1,012
HotelGBP 1,030EUR 1,180
Optional Extras (see description below)  
Bedding and towels/person (hostel options only)GBP 20EUR 23
Extra night in hostel before or after tour/personGBP 40EUR 45
Extra night in hotel before or after tour/personGBP 59EUR 68
  • Bedding and towels: If choosing hostel standard accommodation, bedding and towels are not included. These can be hired as an optional extra, or alternatively you are welcome to bring your own (sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, etc and towel). Please specify on booking if these are required.
  • Extra nights in hostel/hotel: You are welcome to add extra night(s) in the hostel or hotel accommodation before and/or after the main itineraries, for example if you wish to overnight locally after the tour before onwward travel. Includes breakfast. Note if choosing hostel that, if your extra nights are not continuous with the rest of your stay (for example if doing a tour and returning to the hostel after the tour), additional charge for bedding and towels applies if these are required.

Included

Accommodation:

If choosing hostel standard, accommodation is normally in shared 4-person rooms with communal WC/bathroom facilities. For hotel standard, accommodation is in 2-person room with en-suite WC/shower (subject to availability - in some cases hotel accommodation may feature shared facilities). Solo travellers choosing hotel standard will be accommodated in single room at no extra charge.

  • All options: end cleaning of hostel/hotel room on departure. Note that for hostel option, bedding and towels are not included as standard but can be added as optional extra.
  • Option 1 (Core Elements): 3 nights' accommodation in hostel or hotel standard depending on option chosen (arrival Monday, check-out Thursday).
  • Option 2 (Develop Your Skills): 5 nights' accommodation in hostel or hotel standard depending on option chosen (arrival Monday, check-out Saturday).
  • Option 3 (Paddle Free): 3 nights' accommodation in hostel or hotel standard depending on option chosen (arrival Monday, check-out Thursday). Two-five additional nights' wild camping depending on tour length (camping equipment not included).
  • Option 4 (Guided Exploration): 3 nights' accommodation in hostel or hotel standard depending on option chosen (arrival Monday, check-out Thursday). Two nights' wild camping during tour (camping equipment included).
  • Option 5 (Water, Rock and Wheels): 5 nights' accommodation in hostel or hotel standard depending on option chosen (arrival Sunday, check-out Friday).

Meals:

  • Hostel/hotel days (except arrival day): Breakfast and lunch is included. Breakfast is taken at the accommodation and lunch outdoors during the activity. Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance.
  • Option 4 (Guided Exploration): As Core Elements + all meals during 3-day/2-night guided tour extension (lunch on Friday to lunch on Sunday).

Equipment:

  • All necessary kayaking equipment: single rotomoulded sea kayak with paddle, buoyancy aid, spray skirt, bilge pump and paddle leash. For tour component options, double kayaks can also be arranged on request.
  • Option 5 only: climbing equipment and mountain bikes (inc. helmets).

NB: Please be careful with the kayak and the rest of your equipment! If some part of the equipment should break as a result of misuse or carelessness, you may be charged for the damage caused. Please note that equipment must be returned in the same condition as rented. At the end of the tour, the equipment should be cleaned and rinsed with fresh water at the kayak centre.

Instruction/guiding:

Services of local instructors/guides as per itinerary chosen.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
  • All options: Dinner during hotel/hostel nights. There are two restaurants near the accommodation or buy own provisions for self-catering at accommodation facilities.
  • Option 3 (Paddle Free): Provisions. Purchase provisions locally before your tour.

  • Option 3 (Paddle Free): Camping/cooking equipment (can be hired as optional extra).
  • Meals apart from those specified: When staying at the hostel/hotel, there are two restaurants to choose from locally for dinner, or you are welcome to use the self-catering facilities. There is a small supermarket 2km (about 20 mins' walk) from the accommodation.
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Required

Health requirements/experience:

All participants must be able to swim. Min. age 15 years.

No kayaking experience is required, but you should be comfortable in the water and with the elements of the course including capsize drills, etc. The Core Elements programme is ideal for novice paddlers but is also suitable for participants with previous experience.

For Option 3 (Paddle Free), you should be comfortable travelling independently in a marine environment. The Core Elements programme will provide a suitable basis for this.

For Option 5 (Water, Rock and Wheels), no previous climbing or mountain biking experience is required.

If choosing a shared accommodation option, you should be used to living in proximity with others.

What makes this "Easy-Medium"?

The tour is a very flexible experience with the opportunity to vary the duration, types of activity and level of challenge depending on your interests and level of ability. There are no significant tides or currents in the archipelago, but in windy conditions the water can be choppy.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Ticks and TBE:

Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.

As in the UK and other areas, there are ticks in the Nordic forests which can carry diseases such as Borrelia. You should check for ticks at the end of a day in the outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible by pulling the tick out straight, carefully and slowly, with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Ensure that you do not leave any of the insect's mouth parts attached to your skin. Wash the bite area with soap and water. In the unlikely event that you feel unwell or notice anything unusual around the area of the bite in the coming days, consult your doctor.

As in large areas of mainland Europe, in some small, localised areas of the Nordic countries (mostly in the Stockholm Archipelago), the ticks are known to carry TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas often choose to vaccinate themselves. For more information and latest updates, please see Tick Alert. For current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro. You can also see a map showing areas where cases were reported in 2016.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Minimum number:

  • Options 1, 2, 3 and 5: Minimum total 2 persons are required for tours to be confirmed to run. You are of course welcome to book as a solo traveller (except Option 3, which requires min. 2 persons for self-guided tour component).
  • Option 4 (Guided Exploration): As this itinerary includes a multi-day guided tour, a higher total number of persons may be required before tours can be confirmed.

Getting There

Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

By Air:

Fly to Gothenburg for train to Uddevalla (approx. 1 hour). It is also possible to fly to Oslo Rygge (RYG) airport for connections to Uddevalla, travel time approx. 3 hours.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Uddevalla.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following:

Groups

This experience is suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has received a prestigious Swedish Ecotourism quality mark for its commitment to high standards to cultural and environmental sensitivity.

Bohuslän:

Bohuslän is an area noted for its rocky coast and with a long history as a centre for herring fishing offers some of Sweden's best sea kayaking.

The archipelago consists of about 3,000 islands and 5,000 islets or skerries in total, and makes up the northern section of the Gothenburg archipelago. The largest of the islands are Tjörn and Orust.

In the past, the many reefs and submerged rocks along the coast were known as a considerable hazard to shipping, and there were a number of wrecks in the area.

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