Self-guided Sea Kayaking in Bohuslän

Self-guided Sea Kayaking in Bohuslan

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Self-guided Sea Kayaking in Bohuslän (Sweden)

Discover the beauty of the western archipelago on a self-guided sea kayaking tour

Kayaking holidays in Sweden: Bohuslän

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Overview

  • Required: General good health. Previous kayaking experience not essential (introductory instruction available). Minimum 2 adults (18+) required.
  • Duration: 3-6 days.
  • Accommodation: Wild camping.
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As a close-to-nature experience, sea kayaking is hard to beat. With the gentle slap of the water and the cries of seabirds to keep you company, the archipelago stretches out before you, a hypnotic landscape of remote granite and gneiss islands floating on a blue sea. Life's possibilities seem as limitless as the wide skies above.

This experience offers the ideal combination of the freedom of a self-guided tour and the convenience and confidence of an organised tour. You will be provided with a map of the area and recommended route, including suggestions for the places to pitch camp for the night and even small restaurants and local stores along the coast if you would like to stop off for refreshments and supplies.

Your tour begins from the kayak centre just outside Uddevalla, heading south to paddle outside the islands of Orust and Tjörn, a sheltered area with varied scenery. When your sea kayaking adventure ends (3 or 6 days later depending on the route chosen), you will be met at the designated end point for return transfer.

Accommodation along the way is wild camping, and there is no shortage of islands to choose from, many of which are completely uninhabited. Camping on your own private island is a unique experience!

Your self-guided sea kayaking tour takes place in the Bohuslän archipelago, a lovely area with a picturesque coastline dotted with small fishing villages. The archipelago is made up of thousands of islands and forms part of the Gothenburg archipelago, Sweden's second largest archipelago. Sweden's west coast is a world-class location for sea kayaking, attracting paddlers from far and wide with its dramatic rock formations of gneiss and Bohuslän granite.

Self-guided sea kayaking is suitable for a wide range of ages and levels of ability. If you are an inexperienced or novice kayaker and would like to brush up on your technique and get a feel for life on the water before you set off, there is an option to add a 1-day sea kayaking course before your self-guided kayaking tour begins. More experienced kayakers can choose to extend the route and explore further into the network of islands, rocks and skerries.

This is an experience to be taken at your own pace and enjoyed in your own way. Self-guided sea kayaking allows to you create your very own voyage of discovery!

Dates & Prices

Dates

Start/end any day by arrangement between 01.05 and 30.09.15 NB: No starts/ends 19.06 or 20.06.15, though tours are possible spanning these dates.

Standard tour durations 3 days/2 nights or 6 days/5 nights (4-day and 5-day variations are also possible).

The experience begins at 09.00 on the start day and ends with pick-up at the designated end point at 15.00 on the end day.

The Price

Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.

  • 3-day tour: £185/person
  • 4-day variation: £213/person*
  • 5-day variation: £232/person*
  • 6-day tour: £241/person

*If choosing 4-day or 5-day options, you can choose to base your tour on either the standard 3-day route (minimum distance to cover approx. 50km) or standard 6-day route (minimum distance to cover approx. 80km). The tour is not intended to be demanding in terms of distance covered, and the nature of the archipelago landscape means that taking detours to explore particular islands or sections of the coast is an integral part of the experience. These minimum distances are therefore not an indication of actual distance paddled, which can be extended almost indefinitely, but are simply a guide to help you choose the most suitable basic route. The pick-up points at the end of the tour are different in each case, but do not affect the price.

What The Price Includes

Equipment

  • All necessary kayaking equipment: single rotomoulded sea kayak with paddle, buoyancy aid, spray skirt, bilge pump and paddle leash. Double kayaks can also be arranged if required (especially suitable for novices as double kayaks are the most stable option).
  • Map package with recommended route, possible camp sites, restaurants and small stores to purchase supplies.
  • Pick-up at designated end point of tour (Hällevikstrand, Orust Island for 3-day tour; Rönnäng, Tjörn Island for 6-day tour) at 15.00 for transfer back to the kayak centre.

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. If you have a return flight on the evening of your last day, it is possible to arrange for your equipment to be cleaned and returned for you (see Optional Extras).

Instructor

You will be given a 30-minute introduction before launching at 09.00 on your start day. For novice and less experienced paddlers, a 1-day kayaking course before your self-guided tour begins can be added as an optional extra.

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.

What The Price Does Not Include

  • Meals: Self-catering. Camping stove can be hired as optional extra. We recommend that you bring essential supplies for your tour with you from the start. Uddevalla has a wide range of food stores. There are also small stores along the route to purchase additional supplies, though we do not recommend that you rely on these for essentials as you may arrive outside opening hours.
  • Camping equipment (can be hired as optional extra).

Optional Extras

Camping package

If required, components of the camping package can be hired separately. Please contact us for details and prices.

  • High quality 2/3 person Vaude tent, sleeping mattress (Thermarest inflatable), camping chair adaptor for Thermarest, cooking stove (Trangia-style gas stove), camping gas, meal kit (Light My Fire).
  • Tents and stoves are supplied one per two persons. Please note that sleeping bag is not included.
  • Toilet spade.
  • 3-day tour: £61/person
  • 4-day variation: £70/person
  • 5-day variation: £79/person
  • 6-day tour: £88/person

Sleeping bag

Sleeping bag is not included in the standard camping package above but can be hired separately. Sleeping sheet/liner is included.

  • 3-day tour: £28/person
  • 4-day variation: £33/person
  • 5-day variation: £38/person
  • 6-day tour: £42/person

Wetsuit or kayaking jacket

You may wish to use a wetsuit or kayaking jacket during your tour, especially if paddling during the cooler parts of the season. Please provide sizes in advance (S-M-L-XL-XXL).

  • 3-day tour: £28/person
  • 4-day variation: £38/person
  • 5-day variation: £47/person
  • 6-day tour: £56/person

Kayaking course

For novice or inexperienced paddlers, it is possible to arrange a 1-day kayaking course before your tour begins. The course takes around 5 hours and includes all rental equipment as outlined above under "What the price includes". Please bring food for lunch.

Price: £75/person (private lessons are also available on dates by arrangement for £84/person/2-hours for 1 or 2 persons).

Public courses are offered on specific dates - please contact us for details. For groups of minimum 4 persons, courses at standard prices can also be arranged on other dates.

A wetsuit is required for the course. Wetsuits can be hired on site for around 100 SEK (about £10)/person. The course begins at the kayak centre at 09.00 with instruction until around 13.00. Participants then have the opportunity to practise the techniques taught until around 17.00. You can keep your kayak equipment for the evening/night at no additional charge, giving you extra time for your self-guided tour if you wish. If you have hired the camping package as an optional extra, you can also use the equipment for the night following your course at no additional charge.

Camping in the immediate area of the kayak centre is not permitted, but you can kayak a short distance to camp for the night. If you require accommodation for the night before your course or would like accommodation for the night following the course, there is a comfortable hostel adjacent to the kayak centre.

Cleaning and return of equipment

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. If you are not able to do this (e.g. because you have a return flight on the evening of your last day and time is short), it is possible to arrange for your equipment to be cleaned and returned for you at a cost of £28/person.

Practical Info

Health requirements/experience

Minimum 2 adults (18+) required for safety reasons. Recommended minimum age 15 years. For younger participants, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

It is not necessary to have previous experience of kayaking, though if you are a novice or inexperienced paddler, we strongly recommend you add the optional 1-day kayaking course before your tour begins. Novices may also prefer to request double kayaks, which are the most stable option. You should be used to and enjoy the outdoor life and be able to swim. The experience is completely self-guided and it is important that you are comfortable on the water in different weather conditions. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding your suitability for the tour.

Equipment/clothes needed

A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.

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.

Groups

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

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.

Additional Notes

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

Location

Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

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.

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