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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

  • Self-guided
  • Medium
  • From £206/person
  • May-Sep, 3-6 days
  • Adults, Families (min age 15), Groups
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  • Description
  • Arrival
  • Following Days
  • Departure

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 west/southwest depending on route chosen to paddle outside the islands of Orust and Tjörn, a sheltered area with varied scenery. When your sea kayaking adventure ends, 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!


The experience begins at the kayak centre at 09.00.

Following Days

Self-guided kayak tour in the Bohuslän archipelago with wild camping. Depending on weather and wind conditions and your own energy levels/ability, route and distance covered is flexible. Please plan your itinerary to ensure you reach the designated pick-up point in time for transfer on the end day.

Standard 3-day route has minimum distance to cover approx. 50km, standard 6-day route has minimum distance to cover approx. 80km. Persons choosing 4-day tour would normally opt for finish at 3-day pick-up point, allowing additional time to explore along the way. Persons choosing 5-day tour can opt for 3-day pick-up point or 6-day pick-up point depending on level of experience. Please specify when booking.


Pick-up at the designated end point (depending on the duration of your tour and chosen options) at 15.00 for return transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the kayak centre. Please be ready to load equipment at 15.00. Please clean and return your equipment before departure.

NB: It is not normally possible to offer pick-up earlier than the standard time of 15.00. If travelling by public transport and wishing to return to Gothenburg that evening, you would then be back in central Gothenburg typically by around 20.00 at the earliest. We recommend that you plan to overnight in Gothenburg or Uddevalla after your tour.

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Dates 2017

Start/end any day by arrangement between 01.05 and 30.09.17 NB: No starts/ends 23.06 or 24.06.17, 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.

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.

Standard Prices  
3 days/2 nights per personGBP 206EUR 236
4 days/3 nights per personGBP 236EUR 270
5 days/4 nights per personGBP 255EUR 293
6 days/5 nights per personGBP 275EUR 315

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.

Optional Extras (see description below)  
Camping package/person 3-day tourGBP 69EUR 79
Camping package/person 4-day tourGBP 79EUR 90
Camping package/person 5-day tourGBP 89EUR 102
Camping package/person 6-day tourGBP 99EUR 113
Sleeping bag package/person 3-day tourGBP 30EUR 34
Sleeping bag package/person 4-day tourGBP 35EUR 40
Sleeping bag package/person 5-day tourGBP 40EUR 45
Sleeping bag package/person 6-day tourGBP 45EUR 51
1-day kayak course/personGBP 89EUR 102
2-hour private lesson/person (max. 2 persons)GBP 89EUR 102
Wetsuit or kayak jacket/person 3-day tourGBP 30EUR 34
Wetsuit or kayak jacket/person 4-day tourGBP 40EUR 45
Wetsuit or kayak jacket/person 5-day tourGBP 50EUR 57
Wetsuit or kayak jacket/person 6-day tourGBP 59EUR 68
Equipment cleaning at end of tour (per kayak)GBP 30EUR 34
  • Camping package: Price is per person and must be chosen by min. 2 persons in a group. Includes 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), toilet spade. Note that package is priced per person (must be chosen by min. 2 persons in a group). Tents and stoves are supplied one per two persons. If required, components of the camping package may be able to be hired separately. Please contact us for details and prices. NB: Please note that sleeping bag is not included.
  • Sleeping bag package: Sleeping bag is not included in the standard camping package but can be hired separately. Sleeping sheet/liner is included.
  • 1-day course or 2-hour private lesson: t is possible to arrange 1-day or 2-hour introductory courses before your tour and this is strongly recommended, especially for novice or inexperienced paddlers. Courses include all necessary kayak equipment. A wetsuit will normally be required for the courses (depending on water temperature) and can be hired on site for around 100 SEK (about £10)/person. If you are doing a course the day before your normal start day, you are welcome to keep the kayak equipment after the course, allowing you set off early for your tour if you wish and effectively adding an additional night to your tour free of charge. 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.
    • 1-day course: 4-5 hours, please bring food for lunch. Public courses are offered on specific dates - please contact us for details. For groups of minimum 4 persons, day courses at standard prices can also be arranged on other dates. 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.
    • 2-hour private lesson: Offered subject to availability). Price per person for up to 2 persons. Can be either in the morning of your tour start day or the day before by arrangement.
  • Wetsuit or kayak 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).
  • Equipment cleaning at end of tour: 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.



  • 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).


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.

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.
  • 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).
  • Required
  • Getting There
  • Combine This With
  • Groups
  • Eco 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. There are no strong tides or currents in the West Coast archipelago, though in windy conditions the water can be choppy.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding your suitability for the tour.

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.

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.

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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 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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