KAYAK WITH GUIDE

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 BOOKABLE GUIDED KAYAK TOURS:

ALWAYS BOOK ONLINE & IN ADVANCE

ALL ACTIVITIES are booked and paid for online - no later than 2 hours before start.

Guided tours and short courses on the sea and in calm waters outside the city of Lysekil. Our equipment is adapted for those with little or no previous experience of sea kayaking. Our tour guides love to share the best this area has to offer: the cliffs, the sea, the fjords, the bays, the seaweed and the eelgrass meadows in one of the world's 10 most beautiful archipelago layers.

Tip: turn the phone to see more of the text in the calendar. (k2 = 2.5 hours, k4 = 4 hours)

DYNAMIC RANGE OF BOOKABLE TOURS


Lysekil is exposed to the sea. It provides great opportunities to get out into the outer archipelago, but it also means that and we are dependent on "suitable weather" to be able to conduct paddling in this area. Sometimes it may be enough for us to change the place of insertion. We continuously ADJUST our range of scheduled, bookable kayak trips. This means that more departures can be added in the event of high demand, while other activities may have a changed departure time or be canceled altogether, for example if they are less suitable due to wind strength and / or direction, rain or other.

Therefore, do not wait until the last minute to book. If there are no bookings when the weather is bad, we may "close the store" even in high season. Prices vary between different price categories, and depending on the choice of day of the week and start time.

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  • Departures (time and day of the week) may vary depending on the season. To see day and time of departure on each activity: click the BOOK NOW! button
  • Some departures are open to children from age 5, 10 or 16 yrs. It depends on the time and carachter of the tour. If there are no seats a specific cathegory, please choose another departure time/date or another activity, or make a booking request for a private tour for your family. 
  • There will be no binding booking until the payment procedure is completed and basket has been checked out. 

CLINIC: KAYAKING with children, an introduction

This clinic is in Swedish only  - unless you book a private departure. This is a good preparation for families aiming at exploring the Swedish West Coast either on their own, or joining a guided faily tour. We recommend taking two consecutive classes if you are new to kayaking, as repetition is the mother of learning.  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. As  this is a weather sensitive activity we urge you to add our cancellation insurance 48 hrs, in which case we will refund the activity cost if weather conditions force us to cancel the activity. Read more details below.  LOCATION: LYSEKIL, in the Northern Harbour area and the Stångehuvud Nature Reserve            Duration: 2,5 hours  (2 hours seated) Season: May-September  Level: Novice, beginner or unfamiliar with ocean kayaking Requirements: Regular health Children Children age 5-9 yrs, accompanied by at least one adult each. Youth aged 10-15 can share a twin kayak with other youth or another adult. 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) Language: Either Swedish or English   Meal: None RESCHEDULING OR CANCELLATION If we/the organiser (OWS) must cancel a booking (due to unfavourable weather conditions) we will contact you to reschedule to another day/time. Would you choose to rebook to another activity the remaining balance will be debited from you card (but only if the new activity costs more). Add our cancellation insurance to increase your options: Cancellation insurance is booked as an add-on, after entering participants data, prior to checking out your online basket. You can choose between to price levels and time limit for cancellation/reebooking (2 or 48 hours). This insurance can not be added retrospectiviely. Once paid the cancellation insurance will cover this: We will help you to change time, day or even choose another activity without extra charge. The balance will be either be remitted to or debited from your debit/credit card. Would you need to cancel any one of the participants, or the entire activity - please contact us min 2 or 48 hours respectively, prior to departure. When we have confirmed by phone, you send us an email and we will transmit the refund (except the insurance fee).  

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SHORT TRIPS (2.5HRS)

SOME DEPARTURES ARE DESIGNATED TO BRING CHILDREN OR DOGS:

Outdoor West k2: CITY PADDLING with open sea

k2: CITY PADDLING with open sea

Enjoy the beautiful granite crags that surround lovely Lysekil! A steady sea kayak well suited for novices 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. What you will see on a tour will vary in accordance with prevailing weather conditions, and the participants on that very day. Normally this tour will run to Havsbadsparken and the guest harbour on the southern side of the peninsula. On the way we pass the spectacular Stångehuvud Nature reserve with its mix of pristine nature and reminisents of quarrying 100 years ago. If the group wants we may head out into the archipelago. The wind direction, speed and the wave amplitude will limit what is possible. Some departures are reserved for families with children from 5-9 years, and guests accompanied by their dog. We stay close tho the shore. Some departures are reserved for adults (from 16 years).  There are also designated sunset/full moon/bioluminiscence tours. Clic here As the fairway around Stångehuvud is crowded and boat captains have been known to be reckless it's an advantage to go in a group. The guide will give you safety tips and talk about what you see during the trip. We are there to assist your entering and alightning the stable twin kayaks, and to teach basic techniques and safety issues. 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. City paddling (stadspaddling) short facts: LOCATION: LYSEKIL Northern and Southern Harbours and the Stångehuvud Nature Reserve            Duration: 2.5 hours  (max 2 hours seated in the  kayak) Breaks: Several short breaks without leaving the kayaks Level: Novice, beginner or unfamiliar with ocean kayaking Requirements: Regular health and arm strength Season: May-September  Age limits: The level of difficulty and hence the age limit will differ between different departures: from 5, from 10 or from 16 years. We have no fixed upper age limit. Call us if in doubt. What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, with spray deck, paddle and life jacket. What to bring:  Headgear, a bottle/flask with 0.5L with water Sunglasses  (with safety cord) Language: Bilingual Swedish/English   Meal: None   Children/youth: Children  5-15 are welcome when accompanied by one paying adult each. On some departures it is possible for a single parent to paddle with one child (5-9) and one youth (10-15)  who is charing a kayak with the guide or another adult. Dog:         You are welcome to bring your canine friend when it is not windy. As you are the only one paddling a heavy twin kayak you must be rather fit and strong. A  small dog can be kept between your legs.  Larger dog: book as  "child 5-9 yrs"   Additional  cost: Single seating in K1 Kayak Opitonal:         Bring your own ocean kayak and join the guided tour. (selected departures)   Rescheduling or cancellation If we/the organiser (OWS) must cancel a booking (due to unfavourable weather conditions) we will contact you to reschedule to another day/time. Would you choose to rebook to another activity the remaining balance will be debited from you card (but only if the new activity costs more). Add our cancellation insurance to increase your options: Cancellation insurance is booked as an add-on, after entering participants data, prior to checking out your online basket. You can choose between to price levels and time limit for cancellation/reebooking (2 or 48 hours). This insurance can not be added retrospectiviely. Once paid the cancellation insurance will cover this: We will help you to change time, day or even choose another activity without extra charge. The balance will be either be remitted to or debited from your debit/credit card. Would you need to cancel any one of the participants, or the entire activity - please contact us min 2 or 48 hours respectively, prior to departure. When we have confirmed by phone, you send us an email and we will transmit the refund (except the insurance fee).

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TRIPS 4-7 HOURS - SUMMER SEASON:

Outdoor West k4: HERRING HERITAGE ocean kayak tour

k4: HERRING HERITAGE ocean kayak tour

Kayak tour sutiable for beginners, running in calm, sheltered waters in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN Traveler listing). You’ll find yourself in “Wilderness light”, after only a few minutes of paddling. Smooth granite crags on one side and the North Sea on the other. Learn more about herring (Clupea harengus) and its importance to the Bohuslan region in the past - and enjoy an open-air herring meal trying out different flavours. A stable sea kayak (double seating) lets you enjoy the moment even more! Click the BOOK NOW! button to see available dates, time and price categories for different departures. There will be no binding booking until your basket check-out is completed. Your debet/credit card will not be charged until the required number of participants havae booked. 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 Saltö fjord (north of the Northern Harbour) (If there is too much wind at sea, we will relocate the trip to protected waters further inland.) Season: May-October  Recommended for:   Anyone (almost) aged 16 and older Some departures from 13 yrs Level: Soft Adventure Easy, suitable for beginners Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters You should not have long-term problems in the shoulders or arms and be able to be sit upright in a kayak for at least 75 minutes consecutively.  Min age 13 yrs and min 160 cm tall What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, life jacket, spray deck, paddle, outdoor meal What to bring:  Headgear, reinforcement garments for the break, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), potable water (0.5L, can be placed on top of kayak) Duration: 4 hours total (2.5 hours seated in the kayak) Language: Bilingual Swedish/English Meal: A selection of herring with different flavours  (veg(etari)an option available) Alcohol-free beverage for lunch included Optional add-ons: Dry suit (beginning and end of summer season) Single seating in K1 Kayak Families with youth and children can book  the family kayak tour Seafood à la granite.(4hrs) or City paddling (2.5 hrs) or a Private tour that is tailored to your wishes.

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Outdoor West Sea kayak: PRIVATE Trip

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.  

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Outdoor West Sea kayak tour: HERRING HERITAGE

Sea kayak tour: HERRING HERITAGE

When winds are too strong for beginners to padle on the coast north of Lysekil, we will relocate the activity further inland, to sheltered waters. You’ll still find yourself in “Wilderness light”, after only a few minutes of paddling, as this trip runs in a sparesly populated area.   Learn more about herring (Clupea harengus) and its importance to the Bohuslan region in the past - and enjoy an open-air herring meal trying out different flavours. A stable sea kayak (double seating) lets you enjoy the moment even more! Click the BOOK NOW! button to see available dates, time and price categories for different departures. There will be no binding booking until your basket 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 with transportation to a suitable are, most likely Nordströmmarna Season: May-October (extra trip on extra windy days, 8-12 m/s) Recommended for:   Fit, or strong adults aged 16 and older Level: Soft Adventure Easy, suitable for also beginners Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters You should not have long-term problems in the shoulders or arms and be able to be sit upright in a kayak for at least 75 minutes consecutively.  As we will paddle against the wind in very windy conditions, 16 years of age is our required minimum age. What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, life jacket, spray deck, paddle, outdoor meal What to bring:  Headgear that stays in place when windy, windproof jacket or a thick fleece sweater that breaths (depenging on sunny or not), reinforcement garments for the break, sunglasses, (retainer for glasses), potable water (minimum 0.5L, that can be placed on top of kayak) Duration: 5 hours total (2-2.5 hours seated in the kayak) Language: Bilingual Swedish/English Meal: A selection of herring with different flavours  (veg(etari)an option available) Alcohol-free beverage for lunch included Optional add-ons: Dry suit (beginning and end of summer season) Single seating in K1 Kayak Families with youth and children can book  the family kayak tour Seafood à la granite.(4hrs) or City paddling (2.5 hrs) or a Private tour that is tailored to your wishes.

Outdoor West k4: Sea food à la granite (Family kayak tour)

k4: Sea food à la granite (Family kayak tour)

Unwind and ENJOY SAVORY BLUE MUSSELS  Bring your kids, grandma or best friends along on this highly comfortable culinary tour in steady kayaks. If you apreciate peace and quiet, good food, a 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 togehter and enjoying this 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 when there are kids participating. The guide will give you paddling advice and will also tell you about local customs, lore and the marine life. Explore the island, or stay behind to cook, play, socialize and enjoy yourself. Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) with accessories will be served with non-alcoholic beverage. You are welcome to bring your own "fancy" meal beverage, if desired. Optional add-on: Would you like us to replace the mussels with other marien delicatessen you may chose among: Nephrops Norvegicus (langoustine or Norwegian lobster) or Pandalus Borealis (Northern Prawn) or Cancer Pagurus (Edible Crab.) This will incur an extra fee as the price of seafood fluctuates. We will contact you on the day of the tour for a final decision when we present you with the going price that day. Click the BOOK NOW! button to see dates, time 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. Area: LYSEKIL  Saltö fjord, waters north of the Northern Harbour  Season: May-September Level: Family Fun / Soft Adventure Easy, suitable for beginners Recommended for: Families (2 or 3 generations)  Beginners prefering a short trip and an intense expereince of Bohuslan's food culture and nature Groups with varying paddle expereince who just want to spend time together Requirements: Regular health. Adults need to be able to swim 200 m. An adult who is going to paddle with children in the same kayak must be strong enough / used to paddling, to handle a long K2 kayak in moderate wind. That is, you must not have long-term problems with arms or shoulders. Min age 3 yrs  Included: Seating in a K2-kayak, sharing with other participants or the tour leader, life jacket, spray deck and paddle. Guide, outdoor meal  and non-alcoholic meal beverage (water/beer) Bring this: Min 0.5L of potable water (to be stored on top of the kayak) (sun-glasses, with lanyard) (additional beverage of your choice) Duration:  Max 4 hours total (out of these max 1.5 hrs in the kayak) Children: Min 3 yrs (conditions apply) Family discounts avalilable on some departures (amount and age requirements etc will show up when initiating a booking) Meal: Blue mussels with condiments and a non-alcoholic meal beverage (water/beer) Add-ons:        Your chioce of seafood (the daily price fluctuates) Your own K1 single kayak

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WINTER SEASON = DRY SUIT:

Outdoor West Kayak: SEAL SAFARI (dressed in dry suits)

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  

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OUR GUIDED KAYAK TOURS

Our guided tours are booked online. Departures (time and day of the week) may vary depending on the season. Would there be contradictory information at any time, it is the booking system that takes precedence.

  • For more info on each activity: click the BOOK NOW! button
  • To see day and time of departure on each activity: click the BOOK NOW! button
  • There will be no binding booking until the payment procedure is completed and basket has been checked out. 

Our activites have names that alludes to the theme of the tour in question. They refer to local professions and phenomena, mostly in ancient times, such as Beach dwellers (squatters), Fishermen, Curbstone etc.

CITY PADDLING = STADSPADDLING   

Starting in the Northern Harbour of Lysekil (Norra Hamnen) we get familiar with the kayaks and if the current weather conditions permint, we will cross open sea in order to pass the tip of the peninsula, Stångehuvud on our way to the Southern harbour where we take a look at the guest harbour and oceanfront restaurants etc. Would the winds be less permitting we will paddle in along the northern part of the Stångenäs peninsula and its islets along the Saltö fjord. Total tour lenght: 2.5 hours. Season:June-August.  Read more/BOOK NOW!  See film

 

HERRING HERITAGE = SILLSTRYPAREN   

Tour in the Saltö archipelago or on the Gullmarsfjord. Theme: Herring and canning industries from 16th century until today. Total time: 4 hours maximum including a break to try the herring buffet. Season: May-September.  Read more/BOOK NOW!  See film

 

SEAFOOD À LA GRANITE = MUSSLOR À LA GRANIT

RECOMMENDED FOR FAMILIES

We set of in a leisurely pace to an island where we jointly cook locally cultivated blue mussels and enjoy the setting sun. Suitable for families with young children that can roam around the island, take a swim or help out preparing the meal. The time of actual paddling is approximately one hour, so this is a tour for anyone who wants a short tour to a calm islet. Total tour length: 4 hours Season May- September  Read more/BOOK NOW!  See film

 

WRECKAGE = SKEPPSBROTT  (Private tour)   

Tour goes thrue the Saltö archipelago towards Stora (Great) and Lilla (Small) Kornö. Tour theme: Herring, fishing, seafaring and wreckage. Totally 6 hours, including one break at Stora Kornö for a walk to the geologically interesting cave and herring buffet, and an afternoon break for coffe/snacks. Season: all year, unless too windy  Read more/BOOK NOW!  See film

 

SHIP BUILDER = SKEPPSBYGGAREN  (Private tour)   

We go to the nature reserve and island of Bassholmen, once an important place for the local seafaring industry and local fishermen. The sheltered waters of Nordströmmarna. Tema: Sill- och konservindustri samt båtbyggeri. Totalt 4 eller 6 timmar, med rast för att provsmaka sill i olika inläggingar. Vi passerar 3 olika naturreservat. Season: all year   Read more/BOOK NOW!  See film

 

FISHERMEN AND FRIENDS = FISKAREN  - snow, ice and company

Kayaking during autumn, winter and spring can be a magical experience. On this tour we always use comfortable dry suits and serv a hot fish soup. See the film Seal safari for inspiration, eller  Read more/BOOK NOW!  See film

 

WINDS AND WAVES

As we are situtated on the tip of a peninsula with only a few skerries between us and the North Sea Lysekil can be eposed to foul weather. This means that we sometimes have to relocate the time or place of departure for a guided tour in order to keep our guests comfortable and confident. It is always the activity leader who has the ultimate say whether to abort or cancel an activity.

Our ambition is to always be able to offer an alternative activity that is less weather depending. One such example is offering kayaking for climbing guests if there is a light rain, or offering cykling or climbing to kayakers if the wind is to strong. Such alterations however are always communicated in advance. 

 

GOOD TO KNOW PRIOR TO BOOKING:

  • Winter season: October - April    
  • Summer season: May - September 
  • Would we need to cancel a tour (due to strong winds etc) there will be a refund to the credit card used for payment of the booking and participants will be notified at least 2 hours prior to scheduled departure. However, we always try to offer an alternative activity that is less dependent on the weather.
  • Together with booking confirmation you will receive information on how to dress and what to bring, i.e. spare (reinforcement) clothing.
  • 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 unless the required number of guests have booked.
  • Our 4 hour tours are designed for participants that look for a combination of leisurely paddling and getting to know the local culture. On tours that are longer than 3 hours a complimentary outdoor meal is an imortant feature of the tour.

 

  • Short tours (2 or 4 hours) are suitable to everyone, regardless of previous kayaking  experience. Normally we use K2/tandem kayaks with 2 separate cockpits, as a means of pfoviding optimum stability and seating comfort. Would you like to paddle alone in a K1/single kayak you can book this as an addon for a small surcharge.
  • Security, care and enjoyment are key words when we plan our activities and trips. Every tour starts with a breefing and relevant information on technique and safety procedures.
  • No prior kayaking experience needed, but you must be able to swim 200 meters and have "normal" health (feeling well). If in doubt, please consult with your regular physician if the two of you can asses that you are able to exert moderate physical labour.
  • A prerequisite for participation on longer tours (5-6 hours) is that you have enough previous experience of kayaking to assess that you are able to spend a few hours sitting still in a kayak in addition to a regular level of fitness.

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