Adventures for all  ages - all year

Sea kayaking, MTB/cycling and rock climbing in Lysekil.

Lysekil is a pretty west coast town dating from the 1500s. A former spa resort for well-heeled Swedes, these days it is a popular seaside resort for its relaxed atmosphere, seaside location, seafood restaurants and trips to the Bohuslän archipelago. And outdoor activities.

Outdoor West Sweden is a ‘soft adventure’ company based in Lysekil that offers guided and self-guided ‘themed’ sea kayaking and rock climbing trips here on the west coast, mixed with local history and culture. So, as well as kayaking  among the islands and skerries of the beautiful Bohuslän archipelago, you also learn about the history, culture and the people of the west coast of Sweden and its islands.

You don’t even have to be an experienced kayaker or climber to enjoy the trips. All participants get a run-through of the various techniques and safety instructions before heading out. A basic level of fitness and the ability to swim and you are good to go. Some activites are extra family oriented.

All regular tours/activites have scheduled departues and are booked online, Would you instead prefer a customized adventure? We offer private guided tours and group activites.

Our motto: "When enjoying the moment is more important than going fast or far"

Welcome to Lysekil and OUTDOOR WEST SWEDEN !

Wictoria Insulán & Fredrik Lundqvist

 

   CLOSED FOR VACATION   

We also need to relax and get inspiration :-)

Hence we will not be available

  September 24th  -  October  5th  

We'll be back mid October with climbing, and guided kayak tours.

Our online booking is open 24/7 as usual.

Looking forward to hear from you!

Outdoor destination of West Sweden: Lysekil

 

Re. Corona virus/COVID-19:

Lysekil has, so far, very few cases of the virus, and then amoung an elderly population. Swedish authorities has not put a ban on outdoor activities as exercise and fresh air is essential to the overall wellbeing. So, Outdoor West Sweden may still offer selected activities during April and May 2020. But (in accordance with ban on social gatherings on groups of 10 or more) we have limited  the number of participants to 7 on our trips until further notice.

You may participate in our activites:

  • If you have been free of symptoms the last 14 days and had such a limited number of social contacts that you are sure that all of them are also free of symptoms as per the day of participation.
  • If you are 69 years old or younger

However: All guests (and activity leaders) must observe a distance to other people, preferably 1,5-2 meters (unless it is absolutely necessary). 

  • You can book a separate activity for your own family/group in order not to mix with others.

 

   WHAT'S ON RIGHT NOW / NEWS   

Upcoming trips/guided tours this (and following) week(s):

Comfortable, yet challenging

- at a level adequate to you(r group). Equipment suited for beginners.

Groups and events

Corporate events, club and school trips, hen and stag nights, birthdays, work mates etc.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS EVENT

Children, families and 3 Generations

Activities for 3Gs, children with adults and youth on their own.

Kayak with guide or on your own

We have guided kayak tours all year, beginner friendly kayaks, dry suits etc.

All year KAYAK

DISCOVER MORE: MTB OR REGULAR

Rent a bike, join a guided tour, ride along the coast or in Lysekil town.

All year BIKE

SCRAMBLING, TOP ROPE, BOULDERING

Try sport climbing, bouldering and scrambling - or book a combo.

Apr-Nov CLIMB
Fishermen, Stone masons, Herring heritage - all in Lysekil's coat of arms

Most of our activities have names that mirrors the overall theme or a specific aspect of a tour. The names allude to local crafts, industries and modes of surviving along this rugged coast line; such as Herring heritage, Beach dweller, Curbstone, Stone Mason and Cobbler.

This is our way of celebrating our industrious predecessors and a way to help guests to distinguish between similar activites. 

Kayak tour: CITY PADDLING

Enjoy the beautiful granite crags that surround lovely Lysekil! A steady sea kayak and a guide that tell you tales about Lysekil's past and present will make you apreciate the scenery even more!  You will be paddling in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN Traveler listing). Theme: City and Nature The guide will stop at regular intervals to let participants have a rest and to tell you about the surroundings. Families with children age 5-10 are recommended to book a morning departure, as the sea is often calmer during morning hours. Click the BOOK NOW! button to see dates, times and price categories for different departures. There will be no binding booking until check-out is completed. Your debet/credit card will not be charged until the required number of participants have booked. However, the booking amount will be authorized and blocked and if the booking request is confirmed we will charge the amount on your card.  You will get the PDF tickets by email once the booking request is confirmed.​​​​​​​ LOCATION: LYSEKIL Northern and Southern Harbours and the Stångehuvud Nature Reserve            Season: May-September  Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure),  (Friday evenings minimum 16 years) Requirements: Regular health Children Children age 5-15 yrs, when accompanied by at least one adult each. (Min. 16 yrs on Friday evenings) What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, with spray deck, paddle and life jacket. What to bring:  (Headgear, sunglasses, retainer for glasses, 0.5L flask with water) Duration: 2,5 hours  (2 hours seated) Language: Bilingual Swedish/English   Meal: None Add-on: Single seating in K1 Kayak Opitonal:         Bring your own ocean kayak and join the guided tour.    

FromSEK 575
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Kayak: SEAL SAFARI (dressed in dry suits)

Slow pace seal spotting tour - 2.5  hrs kayaking Looking into the big eyes of a seal makes most people feel excited or even blessed. Enjoy the silence, paddeling in slow pace while marveling at the pristine landscape along the Swedish west coast north of Gothenburg. We launch the kayaks at a place close to a known seal hang-out. Seated in a sturdy kayak wearing a drysuit you will enjoy the winter kayaking experience even more.   Please click BOOK NOW! to see dates, time and prices for various bookable departures   (or book a Private tour) Your debet/credit card will not be charged until the required number of participants have booked. However, the booking amount will be authorized and blocked and if the booking request is confirmed we will charge the amount on your card.  You will get the PDF tickets by email once the booking request is confirmed. This tour can also be booked at a different time than our scheduled departures. When booking "Private tour" there are more options, for example in terms of choice of time, duration, transport, overall theme, outdoor cooking etc. For other bookable guided kayak tours, click here  LOCATION: LYSEKIL             Season: September-May Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters 13 yrs, min 160 cm tall (One child, 10 yrs old, min 145 cm tall, is welcome per departure, accompanied by a paying adult) What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 tandem kayak, life jacket, spray deck, paddle, drysuit (with optional use of gloves and hood) What to bring:  Headgear and spare gloves, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), water flask (to store on top of kayak) Duration: 2.5 hours (2 hours seated) Meal: None, hot beverage is served Add-on: Single seating in K1 Kayak  

FromSEK 900
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Hiking to the summit: SCRAMBLE to the hill fort

An adventure for all ages. You are bound to get a little dirty while having a lot of fun. Scrambling tour 2,5 hrs, medium difficulty as we walk in somtimes very rugged terrain with a lot of steep passages. (Alternative ways are available on some legs of the route.) A hill fort is supposed to be inaccessible to invaders and easy to defend. This one has all these qualities, and a great view as well. We will walk up and down on exposed cregs, along tree plantations and in mixed wood. We scramble up along the slanting rocks passing gorges and fissures. At the summit you can eat your snack/picnic and marvel at the view of great ships far out at sea. Scrambling is "a walk up steep terrain involving the use of one's hands". It is an ambiguous term that lies somewhere between trekking, hillwalking and rock climbing. Click the BOOK NOW! button to see dates, time and price categories for different departures. There will be no binding booking on your end until check-out is completed and you have authorized the amount payable. Your debet/credit card will not be charged until the required number of participants have booked. However, the booking amount will be authorized and blocked and if the booking request is confirmed we will charge the amount on your card.  You will get the PDF tickets by email once the booking request is confirmed. LOCATION: 10-15 mns (by car) off central Lysekil Season: April-November (all year, weather permitting) Level: Medium level of difficulty, but still soft adventure Requirements: 5-65 years No previous experience needed. Regular health and fitness. However:  No knee or feet issues. (arthritis etc.)   Must have adequate eye sight to hike in rugged terrain and confidently know where to put you feet and hands while walking and scrambling. Must be able to perceive oral instructions if windy. Children: Children and youth age 5-9 yrs are welcome accompanied by adults all year. The younger the kids, the more adults required. Pls choose "Private group/family" options after selecting date in order to get a group discount. Youth 10 yrs and older, can participate without adult company. Select the youth option. What’s included: Activity leader, (helmet) Bottled water Transport from Lysekil, Norra Hamngatan 6  What to wear/bring: Wear comfortable pants with long legs and bring a long-sleeved sweater for the forest walk. Shoes suitable for hiking (which stays on the foot and has a heavy sole that is not slippery on wet ground) (Bring, preferably in a backpack, potable water or other beverage and perhaps a snack/light meal) Duration: 2,5 hours total  Language: Bilingual Swedish/English Meal: Not included Optional picnic deal can be ordered at checkout Optional: Optional picnic deal: Cold tapas Transport options: Pick up on demand on either of these locations:  Havsbadsparken (with Guest Harbour)  Anderssons Kaj/Södra Hamnen  Luna Café (Gullmarsbaden and Löfgrens Camping) Siviks Camping Trellebystrands Camping . You may ride with us or drive behind us.  We will send you a Google Maps pin with exact data on the meeting point of the day. Soft adventure This is an activity with a medium level of difficulty. We have planned the tour with families in mind. If you suffer from vertigo there is always an optional route ahead. No previous climbing or trekking experience needed, but we assume regular helth and fitness level, but your knees and feet joints must be up to the job in rugged terrain...  

Sea kayak: PRIVATE Trip

Time to unwind and recharge your batteries - or speed up and challange your friends. Our PRIVATE TOURS start where and when you prefer.  Our guide will escort you to the  nicest beaches, the narrowest passages and the best places to watch birdlife or seals. Feel free to get inspiration from our regular tours and make it a special occasion for you and your friends/family/workgroup etc. Use K2 tandem or K1 single kayaks.  However, a stable sea kayak and dry suit during the winter months October- mid May makes you enjoy the moment even more! NB! We need your booking inquiry at lest 48 hrs prior to your ETD.  

FromSEK 3'100
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Private group (2-5 ppl): Introduction to Rock Climbing (granite)

During a 2 hour workshop you will get an introduction into the equipment and techniques for top rope climbing on the classical Bohuslän granite. If you have climbed before we will adapt the activity to your level. The climbing will take place on the day and time that best suites you.  Recommended for 2-4 people (beginners) HOW MUCH CLIMBING IS THERE TIME FOR? Depending on the size of the group, your previous experience and the location we choose for the day, each participant will get to climb at least 2-3 routes of increasing difficulty if you are a maximum for four participants. If you are five or six people you will most likely climb 2 routes each. Perhaps some of you will have the time to climb more since it can vary how much climbing everyone in the group feels like doing. CLIMB FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME? If your group wants to climb for more than 2 hours we recommend that you order additional time when in the check-out. If you have climbed before you are more likely to have the time to try more routes than if you are all beginners. If your group wants to climb for longer: book 30 or 60 minutes additional time as an option during the check-out. If you book 60 minutes extra, the equiment for up to 8 people is included. If you are 6-8 people there will be more waiting in between the climbing, but it also means more time for you to socialize in the group. If you want to climb more routes and more effectively we recommend you to book the Private group (5-10 ppl): Introduction to Rock Climbing (granite) since you will then have two climbing instructors. If you are an even larger group in need of more instructors, contact us for an offer.  

Master Card, Visa, PayPal accepted + invoicing fee

Cash free operation

All activities and rentals must be booked & paid online - at least one hour in advance.

 

BOOKING INFO

In case of payment on site there is an invoicing fee.

 

Departures (time and day of the week) may vary depending on the season. 

  1. For more info on each activity: click the activity headline

  2. Click the BOOK NOW! button and choose a date to see available times of departure and price categories

  3. There will be no binding booking until the payment procesure is completed and basket has been checked out. 

If an activity is cancelled by us (due to unsuitable weather conditions), we will reimburse the entire amount, minus a small administration fee. However it is our ambition to offer an alternative activity. For instance, rock climbing if the wind is to hard for kayaking. If so, you will be reimbursed any price difference, except for a small administration fee. (terms and conditions)

On some tours there will be a minimum number of booked guests in order for the tour to run. In such a case the amount will be reserved from your card, but it will not be charged until the required number of guests have booked.

You can always log in on our web site to retrieve acopy of a lost ticket/voucher. (in the footer)

 

Are there no bookable activities or not enough seats available on the date and time you prefer?

Reason may be that a price category or activity is fully booked or cancelled due to another booking. The solution is to book a "Private" tour/activity.

You can choose the following Private activities:

kayaking    climbing    MTB-bike       walks/hikes    guided city walks/bike tours    trail running