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Canoe Tour with Skills Course in West Sweden is an ideal choice for those who would like to build confidence and improve their paddle skills and safety knowledge before beginning a self-guided tour in the beautiful Dalsland lake system, one of Sweden's top canoeing areas.
Canoeing is an activity accessible at many levels, from novice to expert, and is a wonderful way to enjoy the Swedish outdoors. The instruction course included before your tour will increase your enjoyment of the trip. Those new to canoeing will find the confidence to make the most of their holiday, while guests with some previous paddling experience can develop their skills.
You begin your canoe adventure with two nights at an eco guest-house near Lake Bullaresjön, which is the base for a 3-4 hour instruction course covering safety techniques such as capsize drill and pair rescue as well as tips on efficient paddling to make every paddle stroke count when it comes to tour time! After the course, you can take the rest of the day to practise what you have learned.
Attractively-built from natural materials and with its own organic garden, waste water management and renewable energy systems, the guest house provides a comfortable and relaxing way to ease into your tour and is also ideal for staying additional nights after the trip for hiking, mountain biking, fishing or swimming in the lake.
The following morning, you are transferred east to Kornsjön, on the border of the counties of Bohuslän and Dalsland, to begin your canoe tour. Kornsjön lies in the western part of the Dalsland lake system, a beautiful region offering excellent paddling in both rural and more remote landscapes. To preserve the local environment in Dalsland, there is a network of camping spots where fireplaces/firewood and dry outside toilets are provided. During your tour you can choose to make use of these or also to camp wild at other spots along the route.
The exact start point of your tour and and also the pick-up point in the afternoon of your end day will depend on the length of your planned tour as well as weather/wind conditions and will be discussed at the start of your canoe trip.
You can choose to spend any duration on the expedition part of your canoeing holiday from 3 days/2 nights upwards and the Dalsland lake system offers the possibility to make your trip as challenging or easy-going as you wish.
At the end of your tour, you will be picked up in the afternoon for return transfer and departure. Or why not extend your time in West Sweden with some additional nights at the guest house and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings?
Provisions for breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided for you to prepare yourself, both for nights at the guest house and during the tour. Local ingredients and produce from the guest houses's organic garden are used as far as possible.
Canoe Tour with Skills Course in West Sweden provides a wonderful way to discover the joy of open canoeing and is suitable both for adults and for families with children aged 10 and over.
See also the kayaking version of this experience, Sea Kayak Tour with Skills Course in West Sweden.
Check-in is between 16.00 and 19.00.
Pick-up in the afternoon* of your last paddle day for departure (unless staying extra nights). Time and location for pick-up to be agreed on arrival.
NB: If you are departing by public transport and not staying extra nights at the guest house, depending on timings you may be transferred either back to the guesthouse before onward transfer to Tanum or Ostad or be transferred directly from the pick-up point.
If staying extra nights at the guest house after your tour, please check out on your departure day by 11.00 - for guests requiring transfer to Tanum or Östad for departure, transfers are normally offered betweeen 10.00-12.00.
*If wishing to have pick-up earlier for onward connections, this may be possible by prior arrangement. However, please note that it is not possible to plan for connections leaving Tanum earlier than 12.00.
- Not Included
Any day by arrangement between start 15th May and end 15th October 2018.
Standard tour durations 5 days/4 nights (2 nights at guest house + 2 nights on canoe tour). Either component can be extended with additional nights.
Check-in is from 16.00. If staying extra nights at the guest house after your tour, please check out by 11.00.
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.
Prices are based on accommodation in 2-person rooms and for even-numbered groups with 2 persons per canoe. Please contact us for price information for odd-numbered groups. If requiring single occupancy for nights at guest house, please contact us for single supplement.
- Standard 5 days/4 nights includes two nights at guest house on Day 1 and Day 2 and two nights camping on tour. If you wish to stay the guest house after your tour, this is available as an optional extra.
- Extra tour days include equipment and provisions.
|Per adult, 5 days/4 nights||GBP 448||EUR 506|
|Per child under 15, 5 days/4 nights||GBP 426||EUR 481|
|Per adult, extra canoe day||GBP 30||EUR 33|
|Per child under 15, extra canoe day||GBP 28||EUR 32|
|Optional Extras (see description below)|
|Extra night in guest house/adult/night||GBP 65||EUR 74|
|Extra night in guest house/child under 15/night||GBP 62||EUR 70|
|Tent per tour day (2-3 persons)||GBP 12||EUR 14|
|Sleeping bag package/person per tour day||GBP 12||EUR 14|
|Cooking stove/set per tour day (3-4 persons)||GBP 15||EUR 17|
|Transfer from Ostad Tanum/group one way||GBP 18||EUR 21|
|Transfer from Tanum/group one way||GBP 72||EUR 81|
NB: Charges for camping equipment apply only for the duration of your kayak tour (min. 3 days). For example, for standard 5-day/4-night experience with two nights at guest house, equipment rental applies for 3 days (Days 3-5).
- Extra night in guest house: Standard 5 days/4 nights begins with two nights at guest house and ends with departure when your kayak tour ends on Day 5. Extra night(s) at the guest house can be added either before the normal Day 1 or for accommodation after your tour. Includes full board.
- Tent: Fjäll Räven (or similar), each tent is suitable for 2-3 persons
- Sleeping bag package: Includes sleeping bag and foam mat. Please bring own liner. Sleeping bags are Haglöfs or similar, comfort temperature +5 degrees C.
- Cooking stove: See image below. Trangia cooking stove, each is suitable for 3-4 persons, please bring own camping plates/cutlery/mug etc). Includes fuel (methylated spirits).
- Transfers: Price is per group one-way for up to 8 persons. For larger groups, please contact us to discuss your requirements. If travelling by public transport, transfer is required from Ostad or Tanum. If staying extra nights at the guest house after your tour, departure transfers are normally offered betweeen 10.00-12.00.
- From Östad Tanum: Accessible by bus from Gothenburg. Transfer time approx. 8 mins.
- From Tanum: Accessible by direct train or bus from Gothenburg. Transfer time approx. 20 mins.
Two nights (Day 1 and Day 2, additional nights optional) in 2-person rooms in eco guest house with full board. Shared WC/shower facilities per 1-2 rooms. The guest house has a kitchen for self-preparation of the provisions provided.
Accommodation at the Guest House
- All necessary canoe equipment: two-person Canadian canoe, buoyancy aid, one waterproof container per canoe.
- Map of canoeing area and suggested route information/description.
- Local transfers between guest house and start/end points of canoe tour.
- Toilet spade for camping.
- Container for drinking water.
- Nature Card required for overnights at the designated camping spots.
NB: Please be careful with the canoe 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 canoe centre.
Introductory course 3-4 hours covering essential areas of technique and safety for your tour such as capsize drills and pair rescue. Course takes place on Lake Bullaren near the guest house and following the course you have use of the equipment for remainder of the day to practise your skills.
Note that the course includes a capsize drill - wetsuits are not provided for the course and are not available to hire at the guest house. Bear in mind the water can be cold, especially if travelling at the start/end of the season.
Provisions are provided to prepare yourself for all meals from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day, both for nights at the guest house and during the canoe tour. Please advise any dietary requirements in advance.
The guest house has an organic garden and grows much of its own food. Provisions provided include home-grown/locally-sourced ingredients as far as possible depending on the season.
The provisions provided are intended to be simple to prepare and will normally include a mix of "prepare from scratch" ingredients and some meals prepared for you in advance.
Exact contents will vary, but will typically include bread, cereals, milk, jam, coffee, cheese, sugar, potatoes, lentils, bulgur wheat, garlic, pesto, pasta and rice, vegetables such as cucumber and fruits such as apples. Note that no sweets/snacks are 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.
- Cooking and camping equipment (can be hired as optional extra).
- Fishing equipment/licences: If you wish to fish during your tour, please bring your own fishing gear. Fishing licences for the northern part of Lake Kornsjön and for Lake Bullaren can be purchased at the guest house.
- Getting There
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- Eco Info
Minimum 2 adults (18+) required for safety reasons. Recommended minimum age 10 years.
Swimming ability required for all participants. You should be prepared for cooler temperatures both in the air and water if travelling early or late in the season.
What makes this "Easy-Medium"?
The main tour itself offers flexibility to vary distance covered and therefore level of challenge. The tour features wild camping but the experience also includes an introductory course and two nights in guesthouse before the self-guided tour begins.
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.
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.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
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.
Fly to Gothenburg for train (about 2 hours 15 mins) or bus (about 1 hour 40 mins) to Tanum or bus to Östad Tanum (about 2 hours 15 mins) from where transfer is available as an optional extra.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward connections as above.
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This experience makes a good combination with the following:
This experience is suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
The guest house is built from natural materials and has its own organic garden, waste water management and renewable energy systems.
This provider has a written environmental policy.
"Being able to decide our own routes, where we camped for the night was amazing. The whole experience was excellent and we would definitely recommend it to anyone." Chris, August 2017
"Our local hosts were all very helpful and went out of their way to accommodate us food and accommodation-wise. Thank you for a great part of our holiday. [The best part was] canoeing in the serenity of that part of Sweden, drinking water from the lakes." David, July 2016
"Our hosts at the guesthouse were brilliant, really helpful, great food and a beautiful location - all ingredients supplied, the food was very good and large portions. [Nature Travels] tailored the trip to suit us and took the stress out of booking the various parts of the trip." Kelly, July 2016