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Self-guided Kayaking on the Ångerman River (Sweden)

A varied river kayak tour on calm waters from Sollefteå towards the High Coast Bridge with wild camping for adults or families

  • Self-guided (min 2 adults)
  • Easy-Med
  • From £/person
  • Jun-Aug, 3-6 days
  • Adults, Families (min age 12), Groups

Highlights:

  • A remote but accessible river adventure
  • Minimal kayak experience required
  • Camp wild on the riverbank and small islands
  • Unique landscape of the High Coast
  • Camping equipment included
  • Option to camp before/after your tour at the kayak centre

Description »

An "uplifting", tranquil kayaking adventure down river to the Baltic Sea

Self-guided Kayaking on the Ångerman River is the ideal option for a remote yet easy-going paddle tour for adults or families (min. age 12 years), with flexible start dates throughout the summer.

Sweden's High Coast region lies just a few hours north of Stockholm, easily reached by direct train from the capital. The High Coast is true to its name, being the highest coastline in the world at around 286m above sea level, and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique and fascinating landsacpe.

The Ångerman River on the High Coast

The river is calm and slow-flowing, beginning narrow and winding and broadening as you paddle towards the Baltic Sea. Photo: HKK.

After being compressed under the colossal weight of more than 3km of ice during the last Ice Age, the land began to rise as the ice melted - and it's still rising, by about 8mm each year!

Well-known for its beautiful archipelago landscape, the High Coast also offers wonderful opportunities for remote yet accessible inland paddling. While kayaking out in the exposed regions of the archipelago is suitable only for experienced kayakers, paddling the river requires just a little previous kayaking experience.

Pitch camp on the riverbank and on islands along the way

Beginning from Sollefteå, approx. 60km upstream from where the Ångerman River passes under the High Coast Bridge and out into the archipelago, the tour takes you back towards the coast, through a varied and scenic landscape.

Wild Camping on the Ångerman River on the High Coast

Camp wild along the way, choosing your own camping spot each night. Photo: HKK.

For the first half of the route, the river remains relatively narrow and meandering. In the latter part of the tour, the character changes as the river becomes broader, giving more of a lakeland feel. There are a number of bays to explore and small detours to make if time permits.

The river is calm and slow-flowing, with the flow often almost imperceptible. Windy conditions can of course make the water choppy, especially on wider sections.

There are tranquil wild camping opportunities on the riverbank and, as the river widens further down, on small islands along the way. Plan your adventure as you wish, choosing a suitable spot to make camp each night. An extra night's camping at the kayak centre can also be added before and/or after your tour.

Extend your High Coast adventure with additional days' padding

The minimum distance to cover is around 60km, requiring 3 days/2 nights (beginning in the morning of Day 1). While the tour can be done in this time, we recommend allowing 4 days/3 nights if time permits. This will make for a more relaxing experience, giving you time to take things easy around camp, go for short hikes on land, or paddle into some of the bays along the shoreline.

Kayaking to the High Coast Bridge

If time permits, paddle further to visit the High Coast Bridge or out into the inner archipelago. Photo: HKK.

You will end your tour at the kayak centre a few km before the High Coast Bridge. If time permits, you may wish to continue down to the bridge before returning up river to end your tour (adding around 10km to the total distance).

If you extend your tour with one or two extra days, you can also discover some of the inner parts of the High Coast Archipelago.

Passing under the High Coast Bridge, where the Ångerman River empties into the Baltic Sea, you can choose to explore picturesque Norafjården Bay or paddle around the island of Åbordsän before returning to the kayak centre to end your tour.

Use sea kayaks for your tour with full camping equipment included

Unlike many of our inland paddle experiences, which use Canadian canoes, this tour uses sea kayaks. Single kayaks are the most common option, but double kayak is also available for adults requiring greater stability or for families (min. age 12 for children sharing kayak with adult, min. age for children to paddle single kayak 15 years).

Kayaking on the Ångerman River

Sea kayaks are an way to explore the landscapes of the High Coast. Photo: HKK.

Full camping equipment is included, providing almost everything you need: tent, inflatable sleeping mat, cooking stove with pans, camping meal kit (plate, cutlery, mug), waterproof bags, toilet spade, waterproof map.

Sleeping bag/liner is avaialable to add as an optional extra, fuel for cooking is purchased on arrival and simple water containers are available to borrow if required.

Self-guided Kayaking on the Ångerman River is suitable for both novice paddlers (very basic experience is required - all participants should at minimum have been in a kayak before, even if only for a short paddle) and for more experienced kayakers, with the flexibility to extend the distance covered and duration of your tour.

Welcome to an "uplifting" experience on the High Coast!

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Itinerary »

Start Day

Please let us know your arrival time in advance. You are welcome to add a night camping at the kayak centre before and/or after your tour - please see "Dates and Prices > Optional Extras" for details.

Transfer from Hänösand (or Kramfors) train station is included in connection with the start of your tour.

Guests wishing to do the tour in 3 days/2 nights must arrive latest 10.00 on Day 1 to begin by latest 11.00.

For tours of 4 or more days, start time is flexible by arrangement. between 09.00 and 17.00.

Total minimum distance to cover is around 60km. If you wish to visit the High Coast Bridge before ending your tour, total distance is around 70km.

From the kayak centre, you will collect your equipment and be transferred approx. 60km up river to the start point at Sollefteå to begin your tour.

Choosing your tour duration:

While the tour can be done in 3 days/2 nights, we recommend at least 4 days/3 nights for the best experience.

  • 3 days/2 nights: The minimum required to paddle from the start point at Sollefteå to the end point at the kayak centre, distance approx. 60km.
  • 4 days/3 nights: With 4 days, you will have time to paddle from the start point at Sollefteå to the end point, perhaps including paddling past the kayak centre to visit the High Coast Bridge before returning to the kayak centre (total extra distance 10km) to end your tour. You will also have more time when paddling down river to take small detours and explore bays, and perhaps to take a short hike or two.
  • 5-6 days: If you wish to extend the standard route, one or two additional days will give you time to paddle past the High Coast Bridge and out into the archipelago. Here you can explore the beautiful Norafjården Bay area or (wind conditions permitting) round the island of Åbordsän.

Following Days

Make your way down river at your own pace, camping wild on the riverbank and on small islands along the way.

You should plan your daily distance to cover depending on the duration of your tour and wind conditions. If time permits, there are small detours and bays to explore, especially as the river becomes wider, or you may wish to take short hikes on shore.

At the start of the tour, the river is comparatively narrow and meandering. After about 35km, at Sandslå, the river begins to widen, becoming a wide fjord with some islands in the middle before passing under the High Coast Bridge and out into the Baltic sea and the coastal archipelago.

There is no white water on the tour. The river flows very slowly - the flow may generally be barely noticeable except in the upper part of the river.

Wind direction and strength can affect paddling conditions, particularly in the wider sections of the river.

For tours of 5 or 6 days, you may wish to continue past the High Coast Bridge out into the archipelago, where you can spend a day or two paddling and camping in Norafjården Bay and/or paddling around the island of Åbordsän (in suitable weather conditions).

End Day

You will end your tour at the kayak centre, approx. 5km before the river passes under the High Coast Bridge and out into the Baltic Sea.

If you wish to visit the bridge before ending your tour and have planned your tour to have sufficient time, you are welcome to paddle past the kayak centre and continue to the bridge before returning up river. This will add approx. 5km of paddling to your tour. We recommend that you paddle down on one side and back up on the other, or on the other side of the islands.

End time is flexible (latest 16.00) depending on how you have planned your journey and your onward travel arrangements. On return to the kayak centre, please clean and return your equipment.

If you wish, you are welcome to add a night camping at the kayak centre before onward travel - please see "Dates and Prices > Optional extras" for details.

Transfer to Hänösand (or Kramfors) train station is included on departure.

Dates & Prices»

Dates 2024

Start/end any day by arrangement between 1st June and 31st August 2024 (latest end date 31st August).

Minimum duration 3 days/2 nights, extra days optional. Recommened minimum duration 4 days/3 nights.

Guests wishing to do the tour in 3 days/2 nights must arrive latest 10.00 on Day 1 to begin by latest 11.00. Camping at the kayak centre before and/or after your tour is available as an optional extra.

Prices 2024

Please note that price for transfer to start point must be added to all bookings. For groups larger than 6 persons, please contact us to discuss transfer prices.

Standard Prices 
Transfer to start point (must be added for all bookings) 
For 2-4 persons (using single kayaks)GBP
For 5-6 persons (or 2-4 persons when using double kayak)GBP
  
Per two persons using single kayaks 
3 days/2 nightsGBP
4 days/3 nightsGBP
Each extra day in single kayak for tours 5 or more daysGBP
  
Per two persons using double kayak 
3 days/2 nightsGBP
4 days/3 nightsGBP
Each extra day in double kayak for tours 5 or more daysGBP
  
Extra adult in odd-numbered group using single kayak 
3 days/2 nightsGBP
4 days/3 nightsGBP
Each extra day in single kayak for tours 5 or more daysGBP
Optional Extras (per person, see description below) 
Extra night camping at kayak centre 
Per two personsGBP
Extra person in odd-numbered group when sharing tentGBP
Extra person in odd-numbered group with additional tentGBP
  
Additional tent for extra person in odd-numbered group 
3 days/2 nightsGBP
4 days/3 nightsGBP
Each extra day for tours 5 or more daysGBP
  
Sleeping bag with liner (per person) 
3 days/2 nightsGBP
4 days/3 nightsGBP
Each extra day for tours 5 or more daysGBP
  • Extra night camping at kayak centre before/after your tour: Price includes camping equipment (tent, camping stove, sleeping mat, meal kit) for extra night. Toilet, shower (approx. 6 mins' walk from the centre) and drinking water are available.
  • Additional tent: Tents included are provided one per 2-3 persons. As standard, extra person in odd-numbered group will share tent with other participants. Extra tent is available to hire if odd-numbered person in a group requires single occupancy.
  • Sleeping bag with liner: Guests are recommended to bring own sleeping bag and liner, but items are available to hire as an optional extra if required. Bags will be rated suitable for use in typical Swedish summer conditions.

What's Included »

Included

Kayak Equipment:

  • Sea kayak, paddles, buoyancy aids, splash skirt.
  • Single (K1) or stable two-person (K2) kayaks (recommended for less experienced paddlers and families - very limited availability for K2 kayaks) are available. Please specify when booking whether you would like K1 or K2 kayaks.

Camping and kitchen equipment:

  • Tent (supplied one per 2-3 persons - extra tent for additional person in odd-numbered group is available as optional extra).Tents are usually Fjällräven Akka Dome, Everest Flexible Adv 3 or similar, suitable for 2-3 persons.
  • Cooking stove with pans (supplied one per 2-3 persons). Fuel can be purchased on arrival at the kayak centre.
  • Camping meal set (plate, cutlery, mug).
  • Sleeping mat (inflatable, Exped or similar).
  • Dry bags (two per person).
  • Toilet spade.

Tour Information:

  • Waterproof map (one per group).

Transfer:

  • Transfer from/to Hänösand (or Kramfors) train station in connection with arrival/departure for your tour.
  • Personal and equipment transfer from kayak centre to start point.

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 "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Food: You must purchase all provisions before beginning your tour. You can shop for provisions in Hänösand on arrival before transfer to the kayak centre.

Good To Know »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

Min. 2 adults (18+) required. Basic kayaking experience is also required for all adult and child participants. It is not necessary to have significant previous kayaking experience, but this should not be your first ever experience of sitting in a kayak. If you have been in a kayak before, even if only for a very short tour, and felt comfortable, that is sufficient. Of course, the tour is also suitable for more experienced paddlers.

Adult guests with limited experience are recommended to choose K2 (double) kayak, which is the most stable option.

The tour is suitable for both adults and families. Min. age 12 years for child sharing double kayak with adult (the adult will need to do more of the paddling work during the tour of course) or min. 15 years to paddle K1 (single) kayak.

Swimming ability required for all adult and child participants.

You should have a general good level of health and fitness and be used to and enjoy the outdoors.

What makes this "Easy-Medium"?

The tour is easy-going and stays on the same calm, slow-flowing river for the whole standard route. The river is more narrow and meandering at the start, becoming wider with small islands further down. On wider sections, the water can be choppy in windy conditions.

Guests choosing tours of 5-6 days have time to continue out into the archipelago (weather permitting). Wind conditions may have a greater affect in these areas.

Accommodation is wild camping on all nights. You will choose your own overnight spots along the riverbank or on small islands during the tour.

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 localised areas of the Nordic countries, 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 current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's 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.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following while you are in Stockholm before and/or after travelling for the tour:

Groups

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

Eco Info

This provider has a written environmental policy.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel 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.

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

Travel Summary:

By Air:

Fly to Stockholm. Travel by train to Hårnosand (approx. 4 hours direct), from where transfer to the kayak centre (approx. 30 mins) is included in connection with your tour.

Without Flying:

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

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