KAYAK PADDLING WITH GUIDE

Outdoor West offers guided tours of 2-4 hours (soft adventure) into the calm waters surrounding the town of Lysekil in Gåsöarkipelagen and on Saltö fjord. Our longer tours (5-7 hours) run between Brofjorden in the north and Gullmarsfjorden (Gullmarn) in the south. 

On our tours we tell you about what we see and what previously happened at the scene. With the kayak we will come close to the eelgrass beds, fish nursery ponds, for example. Longer trips also include a dining experience withlocal ties and local produce.

Our tour leaders and guides love to share the best we know, the unique Bohuslän nature: the rocks, fjords, bays and salty grass meadows. Come join us to experience the best Bohuslan has to offer; food, interesting locals and one of the World's most beautiful archipelagos.

SEA KAYAKING WITH GUIDE:

The different tours have different names that reflect the theme of that tour. Tours are adapted to the different seasons in order to appeal to the majority of guests, those who seek a combination of easy paddling, and want to get to know the local culture. The trips that are longer than 3 hours also includes a meal experience.

Our equipment is adapted for those with little or no previous experience of such as sea kayaking and during the winter season, we always have a dry suit on paddle trips and the pace is low in order to avoid transpiration. In addition, we spice up your experience with elements of the local culture, history and locally based food experiences.

We start the tour with a safety and techniques briefing. We hlep you to fit the equipment and those who want get advise on their paddle technique.

When receiving you booking confirmation you will also receive advise on how to dress properly for the tour and what is suitable to bring as reinforcement clothing.

  • No previous experience is required but we require you to be able to swim 200 meters and that you have "normal" health (feeling healthy). If you are unsure, you should consult with your physician whether you are capable of moderate physical exertion.
  • Longer tours (5-7 hours) require that you have some previous experience of kayak paddling so that you know for sure that sitting still for some time will not be a problem, and that you have normal level of fitness.
  • We use comfortable two-man kayaks with large cockpit on this tour. A K1 kayak can be booked with a surcharge. All our tours are adapted to the weather conditions and the participants ability.

FISHERMEN AND FRIENDS autum/winter/spring paddling

FESKAR'N Always using comfortable dry suits and a hot fish and clam soup. Extra low pace. Add-on: sauna in Lysekil's Kallbadhus. Winter season: Oktober - April

MOULES À LA GRANIT - familjepaddling

Tour to an island where we cook the locally produced, fresh blue mussels (Mytilus Edulis). We enjoy the savoury crustations with condiments in the setting sun. Suitable for families with young children that may play, swim or participate in the coocking process. Effectiv time paddling approximately just over one hour. Total time: 4 hours maximum. Season: May-September

HERRING HERITAGE

SILLSTRYPAR'N Tour to Saltöarkipelagen or on the Gullmarsfjord. Theme: Herring and canning industries from 16th century until today.-tal till nutid. Total time: 4 hours maximum including a break to try the herring buffet. Season: May-September

Get close to mother Nature 

The sea shimmers, the granite is red in and Lysekil can be glimpsed behind the next island. Outdoor West will guide you to the city close to nature and gives you an insight into the local cultural history. Stable kayaks and tours in calm water allows everyone to relax and enjoy the experience.

Experienced paddlers can turn out to sea and enjoy the outer archipelago.  (Rent kayak here)

Here you will find Träleberget with its impressive climbing wall and an ancient hill fort, Stångehuvuds nature reserve, and Bohuslän's bare rocks. Herons, minks, mackerel and sea birds we can see in the summer. Wintertime there are most curious seals - and clear waters.

Cultural History

On our tours we tell you about what we see and what previously happened at the scene. With the kayak we will come close to the eelgrass beds, fish nursery ponds, for example. Longer trips also include a dining experience withlocal ties and local produce..

3 Nature Reserves along Nordströmmarna

RAIN AND HARD WINDS

Depending on weather conditions, we may have to postpone a trip or change location. It is always the leader of each activity that determines this at every occasion. We will do this after consultation with the booked participants.

Our ambition is to always offer an alternative activity such as kayaking guests can be offered climbing if the winds are to strong. 

Safety, comfort and enjoyment are core values when planning and implementing the tours.

 

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Sea kayak tour: FISHERMEN AND FRIENDS

A winter season kayak tour with guide in the Lysekil archipelago that can be magical! Imagine a seal splashing behind the kayak, crystal clear waters and no noise! Enjoy the silence and marvel at the pristine landscape of the Swedish west coast. The 25 km long Gullmarsfjord may freeze in January and February, but the mouth of the fjord is ice free 51 weeks a year. And going thru thin sheets of ice on a sunny day is a marvellous experience. This time of the year, activity is low in the archipelagos surrounding Lysekil, a small town on the west coast of Sweden. Time to unwind and recharge your batteries. A stable sea kayak and dry suit make you enjoy the moment even more! Fishermen? The guide will take you to the Nature Reserves surronding the town of Lysekil. Here you can enjoy the silence and have some time for mindfulness excersices. Some times a curious seal will follow our tracks - observing the sea kayaks and paddlers. Hence the name of the tour, Fishermen and friends. Humans, seals and the marine life. The guide will tell you more during the tour. And during a short break on some distant isle you will be served fish soup while stretching your legs.   LOCATION: LYSEKIL            Gullmarsfjorden Season: October-April Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, outdoor meal, drysuit (with optional use of gloves and hood) What to bring:  Headgear, reinforcement garments and gloves for the break, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), drink (to store on top of kayak) Duration: 4 hours total (2,5 hours seated in the kayak) Price: SEK 1.095                    Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak Drybag for phone and keys Drybag for reinforcement clothing Extras: Sauna upon return Havets Hus Sea Aquarium (entry)  

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Sea kayak tour: AS YOU LIKE IT (PRIVATE TOUR)

We will help you to plan your ultimate sea kayaking adventure We can sell you the entire package with guide and equipment - but we can do more:   Have you brought your own sea kayaks to the swedish west coast? - We will supply your private local guide Would you like to go kayaking during the winter season? - Rent drysuits from us Want to go with a local guide that takes you to the most remote or beautiful places? - We will arrange that too Do you have special requests? - We supply guides with a special interest, ie marine biology or local history, sea weed safari etc Foreign guests? - We will help you find kayak guides that speak english, german, french, spanish, russian, arabic, japanese etc Want tutoring to improve your paddle skills? - We can arrange tutoring or a course Any special activities (wedding, stag or hen nights, Geo-cashing, quiz etc)? - We can tailor an event especially for you.   Want different drop-off and pick-up locations? - Sure, that can be arranged too   Please send us your inquiry, using the button "Inquire booking"

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Kayak rental in Lysekil, Outdoor West Sweden

When we do not have guided tours, spare kayaks are let for rental.   How to book: 1) Select time slot when You would like to pick up your rental kayak: 10.00-11.00 13.30-14.30 17.30-18.00 (If you are booking for the day in question, please select a later time slot)   2) Choose between K1 (singel) or K2 (double) kayak 3) Add contact information for one contact person i a group. 4) Add payment information, secure payment solution powered by TrekkPay and complete your reservation. 5) Bring receipt/email confirmation/ ticket to our kayak ware house at 6, Norra Hamngatan in Lysekil.  

Sea kayak tour: HERRING HERITAGE

Kayak tour running in calm, sheltered waters in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN listing). You’ll find yourself in “Wilderness light”, after only a few minutes of paddling. Nature reserves Stångehuvud, with smooth granite crags, and the Gullmarsfjord, are just around the corner. Learn more about herring (Clupea harengus) and its importance to the Bohuslän region in the past - and enjoy an open-air herring meal. A stable sea kayak and dry suit makes you enjoy the moment even more!     LOCATION: LYSEKIL            Gullmarsfjorden Season: May-September  Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters Min age 13 and min height 160 cm What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, outdoor meal What to bring:  Headgear, reinforcement garments for the break, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), drink (1L, to store on top of kayak) Duration: 4 hours total (2.5-3 hours seated in the kayak) Price: SEK 795                 Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak Dry suit rental  Drybag for phone and keys Drybag for reinforcement clothing Extras: Sauna (upon return) Havets Hus Sea Aquarium (entry)    

Sea Kayak tour: CITY PADDLING

Kayak tour running in calm, sheltered waters in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN listing).   A stable sea kayak and dry suit makes you enjoy the moment even more!     LOCATION: LYSEKIL            Season: May-September  Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, outdoor meal What to bring:  Headgear, reinforcement garments for the break, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), drink (0.5L, to store on top of kayak) Duration: 4 hours total (1-1.5 hours seated in the kayak) Price: SEK 495                 Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak Dry suit rental  Drybag for phone and keys Drybag for reinforcement clothing Extras: Havets Hus Sea Aquarium (entry)    

Kayak: Sea food à la granite (Family tour)

Enjoy savory blue mussels and the setting sun. NB! As the locally grown blue mussels are temporarily in short supply, we may serve another local delicatessen on this tour: Nephrops Norvegicus (langoustine or Norwegian lobster) Bring your kids, grandma or best friends along on this highly comfortable culinary tour in steady kayaks. If you apreciate peace and quiet, short and comfortable paddling in a spectacularly beautiful nature this is the tour for you! Indulge and enjoy the best of Bohuslän Preparing the blue mussels and enjouing the culinary treat is a major part of this tour. But it is equally important to enjoy the scenic views and good company. This is soft adventure, slow food, nature and family gathering all brought into a 4 hour tour. Relaxing The kayaks are comfortable and stable. The pace is low and adapted to beginners and we stay close to the shore. The guide will give you paddling advice and will also tell you about local customs, lore and the marine life. Cosy Anyone who wishes can take an extra turn with the kayak while the other stay on the island, playing, socializing and enjoying themselves. Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) with accessories  are served with non-alcoholic beverage. You are welcome to bring your own meal beverage, if desired.   LOCATION: LYSEKIL           Saltö fjord or Gullmarsfjorden Season: (June) July-September  Recommended for:   Families and others (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, outdoor meal What to bring:  Headgear, reinforcement garments for the break, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), drink (0.5 L, to store on top of kajak), (swim gear) Duration: 4 hours total (1.5-2 hours seated in the kayak)   Price:          Adult:  SEK 795 (in a K2 shared with someone else) Youth:  SEK 595 (in a K2 shared with someone else) 1 adult + 1 child (in one K2): SEK 1.190 1 adult + 1 youth (in one K2): SEK 1.290 1 adult + 2 children (in one K2): SEK 1.545 Couple: (in one K2): SEK 1.590 Adult in a single kayak: SEK 945       Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak Drybag for phone and keys Drybag for reinforcement clothing Extras: Havets Hus Sea Aquarium (entry)