KAYAK WITH GUIDE

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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.

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DYNAMIC RANGE OF ACTIVITIES 

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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  • For more info on each activity: click on the headline or picture
  • Departures (time and day of the week) may vary depending on the season. To see the day and time of departure for each activity: click the BOOK NOW button
  • Some departures are open to children from ages 5, 12 or 16 yrs. It depends on the time and character of the trip. If there are no seats in a specific category, 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 the basket has been checked out. 

WINTER SEASON = DRY SUIT:

Outdoor West Kayak trip 4hrs: FISHERMEN AND FRIENDS (drysuit & outdoor meal)

Kayak trip 4hrs: FISHERMEN AND FRIENDS (drysuit & outdoor meal)

A winter season kayak tour with guide can be magical! Going thru thin sheets of ice on a sunny day is a marvellous experience. Lysekil's harbours are almost always free of ice, but we may find it in a remote bay. Imagine crystal clear waters and no noise!  Marvel at the pristine seascape of the Swedish west coast. Theme: Fishermen and friends (called FISKAREN in Swedish) Some times a curious seal will follow our tracks - observing us. The guide will tell you more about fishermen, seals and life along the rugged coastline throughout the tour. And during a short break on some distant isle you will be served hot fish soup while stretching your legs. Usually the tour goes Saturday morning. If the weather does not allow this, the tour can be moved to Sunday, if this suits the booked participants. 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 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.   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: Various* locations in the Lysekil area Season: October-May Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters 16 yrs, min 160 cm tall  What’s included: Guide, seat in a shared K2 kayak, life jacket, spray deck, paddle, 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 with a break (3hrs seated) Language: Bilingual Swedish/English Meal: Hot fish soup with beverage Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak Families with children aged 5-15 yrs are recommended to book our tour Seal Safari in stead.  * As this tour is also offered to guests staying at the neighbouring hotels, we change location first of all to an area that is pleasant to paddle in regard to prevailing weather conditions, secondly to a location near where the guests are staying.

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Outdoor West Kayak trip 3hrs: SEAL SAFARI (dressed in dry suits)

Kayak trip 3hrs: SEAL SAFARI (dressed in dry suits)

Slow pace seal spotting tour. Looking into the big eyes of a seal makes most people feel excited, even blessed. Listen to the silence, paddling in slow pace while marvelling at the pristine seascape along the Swedish west coast. Immerse yourself in the feeling of gentle wilderness, just 90 minutes drive north of Gothenburg. You sit in a sturdy kayak, wearing a comfy drysuit. As you feel warm and safe, you will enjoy the winter kayaking experience even more.   This trip runs on Sundays and during the school holidays. We load our kayaks on a trailer and go to a special starting location some 15 minutes north of Lysekil. We launch the kayaks close to a known seal hang-out. Seal safari on the animals' terms: They follow us, if they want, without feeding or tricks. This means that we cannot guarantee that they will honour us with their presence. The activity duration is three hours from the meeting until parting. We stay seated in the kayaks for almost 2 hrs without landfall. When paddling with children we will go slower, stay closer to the shores and make more short stops along the way. Families with youths from 12 yrs can also join the 3 hrs kayak trip Urban Wilderness (dressed in a drysuit) Kayak trip: SEAL SAFARI (dressed in dry suits) Area: LYSEKIL   Northern/southern Harbours or Basteviksholmarna Season: August 15th - May 14th Duration: 3 hours   from gathering until we part, i.e. including changing, security briefing, etc About 1.5-2 hours in the kayak, without going ashore.  Level: Novice/Beginner and intermediate Guest recuriements: Able to swim 200 m Normal health; i.e. no known problems with cold or sitting still, e.g. circulation or breathing problems etc. Max 100kg and/or 195cm (Length and weight limited by dry suits and cockpit size and possible leg length.) Able to swim 200 m Youth: Youths 10-15 years, at least 145 cm tall, are welcome to paddle with one adult (family member) each. On the departures where children participate, the paddling distance is shorter because the children cannot paddle as far as adults. It may also be relevant to shorten the time if it is cold. Included: Guide, paddle, life jacket and canopy/spray deck. Place in a stable tandem kayak (K2), shared with another participant. In case of an odd number of participants, one of the participants paddles with the guide. Drysuit: Premium quality drysuit from Ursuit (included in the price from mid-October-mid May) with wetsuit gloves and shoes in neoprene. Bring: Warm gloves to wear before and after the tour. Your own lukewarm/hot water/tea to hydrate (0.3-0.5L). Your water bottle can be attached with elastic cords to the top of the kayak. Waterproof bag, if you are going to bring your phone or camera. Possibly: headgear, sunglasses, gloves,  snacks for quick energy (especially for kids). What to wear: Come changed, in wool or synthetic underwear closest to the body. Woollen socks. The colder the weather, the more and the thicker layers of underwear. (Air insulates) Avoid hoods and zips around the neck. Bring an extra buff and a pair of warm gloves/mitts to wear until we get into the kayaks. Rain/wind: We run the tour even if it rains lightly or is moderately windy, but then the possibility of seeing seals decreases. In case of wind strength around 6-8 m/s, we make contact with registered participants the evening before the activity. Depending on wind direction and temperature, the tour may be cancelled, especially if children are registered. Dressing room/ shower/toilets: Not available when starting at Bastiviksholmarna. Come dressed in your underwear, and you will don the drysuit sitting in our minivan. Public toilets are few in the archipelago. Makes sure to take care of business before arriving at the meeting point. Sauna: A sauna by the sea can be found in Lysekil's Kallbadhus, about 10 minutes walk from us.  See link for opening hours etc.  Choose Add-on for Sauna (before check-out, when making your reservation) and we will purchase access to the sauna for you. Meal: Not included, however hot beverages will be served during the trip. Language: English and Swedish The number of guests: Min. 2 persons, max. 8 For larger groups, please contact us well in advance. Meeting point: Varying. Hence we'll send you a "Google map pin" the evening before the trip. Parking: We recommend downloading the Easy Park app (from Google Play or App store) and setting up an account before arrival.   Add-on: Single seating in K1 Kayak   Check availability/book: Click the button BOOK NOW! to see available dates. Click on the desired day in the calendar, and selectable times/departures will appear. Click on the desired departure time to see the availability of bikes with different frame sizes and price/price categories for each departure. There will be no binding booking until your payment is completed. Minimum # of participants  4 participants (paying the full amount) are required for us to carry out the activity. If you book for 1-3 people, the following will happen: Your ticket will have a water stamp "Reservation". The booking amount will be reserved from your payment card, but we will not collect the amount until the minimum number is reached (no later than 24 hours before the start). Only then will you receive a booking confirmation and a PDF ticket via email. By booking a "Mini Group", you can ensure that the activity is carried out on the day and time you book, even though you/you are only one or two people. If more participants book, and participate, we will, after we have finished the activity, credit the difference. Cancellation policy: Complete Brief on refund Individual participants (max 7 persons) except those having booked a "Private departure" may cancel as late as one week prior to activity start. NB! When booking a "Private departure" or "Mini-group" any cancellations must be made 14 days before the start. Re-booking: We can help you to reschedule a trip or replace it with another of our activities, provided you contact us no later than 48 hours prior to the original departure time. If the organizer needs to cancel a booked departure, e.g. due to the weather etc.: Depending on the weather conditions, e.g. risk of thunder or persistent rain and/or wind, a guided bike tour may have to be postponed (very rarely earlier) in order for all participants to be able to participate and feel safe/comfortable. We will contact our booked participants, who can choose between postponing the booked activity to a later date, or participating in an alternative activity, such as a cave walk or rock carvings/petroglyph safari. Any difference will be refunded. If we cannot agree on a reasonable compensation alternative, you will get back the amount paid, minus an administration fee of SEK 50.  

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Outdoor West Kayak trip 3hrs: URBAN WILDERNESS (dressed in drysuits)

Kayak trip 3hrs: URBAN WILDERNESS (dressed in drysuits)

Enjoy the beautiful granite crags that surround lovely Lysekil also during the quiet season. Our guide will tell you tales from Lysekil's past and present and stop at regular intervals to let participants have a rest and to enjoy the silence. You will be introduced to paddling at the fringe of one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN Traveler listing). Beginners and complete novices are welcome. Dressed in a comfy drysuit (October-May), sitting in a steady tandem sea kayak you can enjoy the seascape. The guide will help you fit the equipment, help you onboard and assist your alighting, if you want. After a  safety instruction and an introduction to paddle technique you are good to go. Exact location will vary. As the passage around Stångehuvud is very exposed, we will somtimes have to adapt to the weather conditions on the day of departure.  Most days we use our regular landing place in Norra Hamnen, buton occasion we will start in Södra Hamnen instead. Depending on the weather and the group's composition and prior knowledge, the guide may also suggest that we paddle further away from the mainland, into the archipelago. Kayak trip: URBAN WILDERNESS  (dressed in dry suits) Area: LYSEKIL  We paddle the area between the North and South Harbours, i.e. probably through the Stångehuvud nature reserve, or further out into the western or northern archipelago, if the weather permits. Season: October-May, usually Fridays and Saturdays Duration: 3 hours   from gathering until we part, i.e. including changing, security briefing, etc About 2 hours in the kayak, without going ashore.  Level: Novice/Beginner and intermediate Guest recuriements: Able to swim 200 m Normal health; i.e. no known problems with cold or sitting still, e.g. circulation or breathing problems etc. Max 100kg and/or 195cm (Length and weight limited by dry suits and cockpit size and possible leg length.) Able to swim 200 m Youth: From 12 years and at least 160 cm, on some departures, usually Saturday AM. On the departures where young people participate, the paddling distance may have to be shortened if they cannot paddle as far as adults. It may also be relevant to shorten the time if it is cold. For more trips for youths in October-May, see Seal safari. Included: Guide, paddle, life jacket and canopy/spray deck. Place in a stable tandem kayak (K2), shared with another participant. In case of an odd number of participants, one of the participants paddles with the guide. Drysuit: Premium quality drysuit from Ursuit (is included in the price from mid October-mid May) with wetsuit gloves and shoes in neoprene. Bring: Warm gloves to wear before and after the tour. Your own luke warm/hot water/tea to hydrate (0.3-0.5L). Your water bottle can be attached with elastic cords to the top of the kayak. Waterproof bag, if you are going to bring your phone or camera. Possibly: headgear, sunglasses, gloves,  snacks for quick energy (especially for kids). What to wear: Come changed, in wool or synthetic underwear closest to the body. Woolen socks. The colder the weather, the more and thicker layers of underwear. (Air insulates) Avoid hoods and zips around the neck. Bring an extra buff and a pair of warm gloves/mitts to wear until we get into the kayaks. Rain/wind: We run the tour even if it rains lightly or is moderately windy, but then the possibility of seeing seals decreases. In case of wind strength around 6-8 m/s, we make contact with registered participants the evening before the activity. Depending on wind direction and temperature, the tour may be cancelled, especially if children are registered. Dressing room/ shower/toilets: Not available when starting at Bastiviksholmarna. Come dressed in your underwear, and you will don the drysuit sitting in our minivan. Public toilets are few in the archipelago. Makes sure to take care of business before arriving to the meeting point. Sauna: A sauna by the sea can be found in Lysekil's Kallbadhus, about 10 minutes' walk from us.  See link for opening hours etc.  Choose Add-on for Sauna (prior to check-out, when making your reservation) and we will purchase access to the sauna for you. Meal: Not included, however hot beverage will be served during the trip. Language: English and swedish Number of guests: Min. 4 persons, max. 8 For larger groups, please contact us well in advance. Meeting point: Norra Hamngatan 6, Lysekil Norra hamnen (arrive 5 minutes before start) (If we need to change the meeting place due to the weather, you will receive a "Google map pin" with the exact location the night before the trip.) Parking: We recommend downloading the Easy Park app (from Google Play or App store) and setting up an account prior to arrival.   Add-on: Single seating in K1 Kayak  For other bookable guided kayak tours, click here  Check availability/book: Click the button BOOK NOW! to see available dates. Click on the desired day in the calendar, and selectable times/departures will appear. Click on the desired departure time to see the availability of bikes with different frame sizes and price/price categories for each departure. There will be no binding booking until your payment is completed. Minimum # of participants  4 participants (paying full amount) are required for us to carry out the activity. If you book for 1-3 people, the following will happen: Your ticket will have a water stamp "Reservation". The booking amount will be reserved from your payment card, but we will not collect the amount until the minimum number is reached (no later than 24 hours before the start). Only then will you receive a booking confirmation and a PDF ticket via email. By booking "Mini Group", you can ensure that the activity is carried out on the day and time you book, even though you/you are only one or two people. If more participants book, and participate, we will, after completed activity, credit the difference. Cancellation policy: Complete Brief on refund Individual participants (max 7 persons) except those having booked a "Private departure" may cancel as late as one week prior to activity start. NB! When booking a "Private departure" or "minigroup" any cancellations must be made 14 days proir to start. Re-booking: We can help you to reschedule a trip or replace it with another of our activities, provided you contact us no later than 48 hours prior to original departure time. If the organizer need to cancel a booked departure, e.g. due to the weather etc.: Depending on the weather conditions, e.g. risk of thunder or persistent rain and/or wind, a guided bike tour may have to be postponed (very rarely earlier) in order for all participants to be able to participate and feel safe/comfortable. We will contact our booked participants, who can choose between postponing the booked activity to a later date, or participating in an alternative activity, such as a cave walk or rock carvings/petroglyph safari. Any difference will be refunded. If we cannot agree on a reasonable compensation alternative, you will get back the amount paid, minus an administration fee of SEK 50.  

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Kayak clinic 1: Basic technique and safety for open water kayaking

Are you new to open-water kayaking? Do you intend to rent a kayak via our unmanned KAYAKOMAT in Lysekil? Most people go out when the weather is good, but sometimes the weather changes, quickly and unexpectedly. Then it can be good to have basic knowledge about paddling at sea and how to avoid getting into awkward situations. This workshop (Kayak clinic #1) is a good preparation for anyone who plans on taking a kayak tour on open waters along the Swedish West Coast. During this kayak clinic, you can repeat basic skills and learn other things that are important to know before paddling among boats, on the open sea, parallel with, and crossing fairways etc. You will learn how to get in and out of the kayak on different types of beaches, as well as how to carry and handle the kayak on land. We show you good sitting posture and how to adjust the foot braces and use thigh braces. You'll learn to maintain your desired course without using a rudder, as well as the most common paddling techniques for moving forward and backwards. We'll also run through how to make a stop, and how to move sideways. The most important thing when planning to paddle at sea is that you can assess your own ability to avoid and handle upcoming situations. In this way, you can plan so that you and others you paddle with will have a comfortable and wonderful experience. There are a number of things that you ought to avoid at sea... We will go through that on the course.   After attending this workshop, you will receive a seasonal discount on our unmanned KAYAKOMAT in Lysekil and can rent a kayak 24/7, i.e. paddle when it suits you. In addition, you will receive advance information when we sell used kayaks, a discount on our other workshops, etc. Our kayak clinics: Kayak clinic 1 contains what we consider as minimum requirements for the waters around Lysekil. Kayak clinic 2 lets you practice self-rescue and peer rescue in calm and more exposed conditions Kayak clinic 3 aims at making parents more confident to bring their kids along on a kayak trip

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Kayak clinic 3: Paddling 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 family tour. We recommend taking two consecutive classes if you are new to kayaking, as repetition is the mother of learning.  Our kayak clinics: Kayak clinic 1 contains what we consider as minimum requirements for the waters around Lysekil. Kayak clinic 2 lets you practice self-rescue and peer rescue in calm and more exposed conditions. Kayak clinic 3 aims at making parents more confident to bring their kids along on a kayak trip. 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. 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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Kayak clinic 2: Kayak capsize and rescue techniques

Can you assist a capsized peer? Are you proficient in self-rescue?  This clinic is a good preparation for anyone who plans on taking a kayak tour on open waters along the Swedish West Coast. If you are planning on taking your less experienced friends on a kayak trip you need to be proficient enough to assess risk and plan the trip in order to avoid exposing others to risk.  If you are a novice or if you have done a lot of paddling in confined waters, the natural swells and the waves stirred up by passing motor boats are still a very good reason to acquire and practice various techniques for self- and peer rescue. We'll also practice paddling in a group, towing another kayak and bracing strokes, that is using your paddle to regain stability.  Once you have acquired these skills you will be an asset on any kind of kayaking activity, whether in a group of peers, with a single friend or on a guided tour. We recommend taking this clinic every few years, as repetition is the mother of learning. Learning to minimize risks at sea is an ongoing project that is mainly about developing "an eye", based on practice and a lot of experience in various conditions.  Have you already taken the class indoors? Good! But these skills need to be kept up to date and practised regularly. Now it is time to practice outdoors. With our offshore location, it is easy to modify the conditions. We start in calm waters and can move to a more challenging environment when you have become more proficient. This is not included: You may try "rolling", as a means of capsizing at will, but we will not practice that technique during this clinic. That takes a specialized clinic.  After attending this workshop, you will receive a seasonal discount on our unmanned KAYAKOMAT in Lysekil and can rent a kayak 24/7, i.e. paddle when it suits you. In addition, you will receive advance information when we sell used kayaks, a discount on our other workshops, etc. Our kayak clinics: Kayak clinic 1 contains what we consider as minimum requirements for the waters around Lysekil. Kayak clinic 2 lets you practice self-rescue and peer rescue in calm and more exposed conditions. Kayak clinic 3 aims at making parents more confident to bring their kids along on a kayak trip. 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. LOCATION: LYSEKIL, in the Northern Harbour area  (optional offshore conditions) Duration: 3 hours  (2.5 hours seated) Season: April-June with drysuit June-September without drysuit Level: Novice, beginner or unfamiliar with ocean kayaking Requirements: Regular health 16 years Children No What’s included: Clinic leader K1 solo kayak, spray deck, paddle and life jacket Paddle jacket Hot drinks and access to a dressing room What to bring:  0.5L flask with water (retainer for glasses) Language: Either Swedish or English   Meal: None, but hot drinks will be served    

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SHORT TRIPS (2.5HRS)

SOME DEPARTURES ARE DESIGNATED TO BRING CHILDREN OR DOGS:

Outdoor West Kayak trip 3hrs: URBAN WILDERNESS (dressed in drysuits)

Kayak trip 3hrs: URBAN WILDERNESS (dressed in drysuits)

Enjoy the beautiful granite crags that surround lovely Lysekil also during the quiet season. Our guide will tell you tales from Lysekil's past and present and stop at regular intervals to let participants have a rest and to enjoy the silence. You will be introduced to paddling at the fringe of one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN Traveler listing). Beginners and complete novices are welcome. Dressed in a comfy drysuit (October-May), sitting in a steady tandem sea kayak you can enjoy the seascape. The guide will help you fit the equipment, help you onboard and assist your alighting, if you want. After a  safety instruction and an introduction to paddle technique you are good to go. Exact location will vary. As the passage around Stångehuvud is very exposed, we will somtimes have to adapt to the weather conditions on the day of departure.  Most days we use our regular landing place in Norra Hamnen, buton occasion we will start in Södra Hamnen instead. Depending on the weather and the group's composition and prior knowledge, the guide may also suggest that we paddle further away from the mainland, into the archipelago. Kayak trip: URBAN WILDERNESS  (dressed in dry suits) Area: LYSEKIL  We paddle the area between the North and South Harbours, i.e. probably through the Stångehuvud nature reserve, or further out into the western or northern archipelago, if the weather permits. Season: October-May, usually Fridays and Saturdays Duration: 3 hours   from gathering until we part, i.e. including changing, security briefing, etc About 2 hours in the kayak, without going ashore.  Level: Novice/Beginner and intermediate Guest recuriements: Able to swim 200 m Normal health; i.e. no known problems with cold or sitting still, e.g. circulation or breathing problems etc. Max 100kg and/or 195cm (Length and weight limited by dry suits and cockpit size and possible leg length.) Able to swim 200 m Youth: From 12 years and at least 160 cm, on some departures, usually Saturday AM. On the departures where young people participate, the paddling distance may have to be shortened if they cannot paddle as far as adults. It may also be relevant to shorten the time if it is cold. For more trips for youths in October-May, see Seal safari. Included: Guide, paddle, life jacket and canopy/spray deck. Place in a stable tandem kayak (K2), shared with another participant. In case of an odd number of participants, one of the participants paddles with the guide. Drysuit: Premium quality drysuit from Ursuit (is included in the price from mid October-mid May) with wetsuit gloves and shoes in neoprene. Bring: Warm gloves to wear before and after the tour. Your own luke warm/hot water/tea to hydrate (0.3-0.5L). Your water bottle can be attached with elastic cords to the top of the kayak. Waterproof bag, if you are going to bring your phone or camera. Possibly: headgear, sunglasses, gloves,  snacks for quick energy (especially for kids). What to wear: Come changed, in wool or synthetic underwear closest to the body. Woolen socks. The colder the weather, the more and thicker layers of underwear. (Air insulates) Avoid hoods and zips around the neck. Bring an extra buff and a pair of warm gloves/mitts to wear until we get into the kayaks. Rain/wind: We run the tour even if it rains lightly or is moderately windy, but then the possibility of seeing seals decreases. In case of wind strength around 6-8 m/s, we make contact with registered participants the evening before the activity. Depending on wind direction and temperature, the tour may be cancelled, especially if children are registered. Dressing room/ shower/toilets: Not available when starting at Bastiviksholmarna. Come dressed in your underwear, and you will don the drysuit sitting in our minivan. Public toilets are few in the archipelago. Makes sure to take care of business before arriving to the meeting point. Sauna: A sauna by the sea can be found in Lysekil's Kallbadhus, about 10 minutes' walk from us.  See link for opening hours etc.  Choose Add-on for Sauna (prior to check-out, when making your reservation) and we will purchase access to the sauna for you. Meal: Not included, however hot beverage will be served during the trip. Language: English and swedish Number of guests: Min. 4 persons, max. 8 For larger groups, please contact us well in advance. Meeting point: Norra Hamngatan 6, Lysekil Norra hamnen (arrive 5 minutes before start) (If we need to change the meeting place due to the weather, you will receive a "Google map pin" with the exact location the night before the trip.) Parking: We recommend downloading the Easy Park app (from Google Play or App store) and setting up an account prior to arrival.   Add-on: Single seating in K1 Kayak  For other bookable guided kayak tours, click here  Check availability/book: Click the button BOOK NOW! to see available dates. Click on the desired day in the calendar, and selectable times/departures will appear. Click on the desired departure time to see the availability of bikes with different frame sizes and price/price categories for each departure. There will be no binding booking until your payment is completed. Minimum # of participants  4 participants (paying full amount) are required for us to carry out the activity. If you book for 1-3 people, the following will happen: Your ticket will have a water stamp "Reservation". The booking amount will be reserved from your payment card, but we will not collect the amount until the minimum number is reached (no later than 24 hours before the start). Only then will you receive a booking confirmation and a PDF ticket via email. By booking "Mini Group", you can ensure that the activity is carried out on the day and time you book, even though you/you are only one or two people. If more participants book, and participate, we will, after completed activity, credit the difference. Cancellation policy: Complete Brief on refund Individual participants (max 7 persons) except those having booked a "Private departure" may cancel as late as one week prior to activity start. NB! When booking a "Private departure" or "minigroup" any cancellations must be made 14 days proir to start. Re-booking: We can help you to reschedule a trip or replace it with another of our activities, provided you contact us no later than 48 hours prior to original departure time. If the organizer need to cancel a booked departure, e.g. due to the weather etc.: Depending on the weather conditions, e.g. risk of thunder or persistent rain and/or wind, a guided bike tour may have to be postponed (very rarely earlier) in order for all participants to be able to participate and feel safe/comfortable. We will contact our booked participants, who can choose between postponing the booked activity to a later date, or participating in an alternative activity, such as a cave walk or rock carvings/petroglyph safari. Any difference will be refunded. If we cannot agree on a reasonable compensation alternative, you will get back the amount paid, minus an administration fee of SEK 50.  

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Outdoor West Kayak trip 3hrs: CITY PADDLING with open sea

Kayak trip 3hrs: CITY PADDLING with open sea

Would you like to try paddling in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos? According to a recent CNN Traveler listing, the seascapes around Lysekil and the Swedish West Coast are stunning. You can come along on a beginner-friendly trip in stable ocean kayaks. 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 during a trip will vary due to the prevailing weather conditions. 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 reminiscences of quarrying 100 years ago.  Option: Visit a small island If the group wants we may instead head out into the archipelago to one of the islands. Maybe there is time for a quick jump from the cliffs. Just in case, bring your swim gear and a towel if you want to take a swim in the manner of the locals. The wind direction, speed, and wave amplitude will limit what is possible. 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 you in entering and alighting the stable twin kayaks, and to teach basic techniques and safety issues. For families with children from 5-11 years, and participants with dogs, pls choose Family paddling. Would you like to paddle in sea fire (bioluminescence), sunset or at night?  Click here Kayak trip 3hrs: CITY PADDLING with open sea Area: LYSEKIL  We paddle mainly in the area between the Small and Greater Skeppsholmen in the Northern Harbour, and Kramkistan in the Stångehuvud nature reserve Season: October-May, usually Fridays and Saturdays Duration: 3 hours from gathering until we part, i.e. including security briefing, etc- We spend a little more than an 2 hours in the kayak. Landfall/break: Usually not, but there is time for a short walk ashore if someone needs to stretch their legs or want to take a swim. Level: Novice/Beginner and intermediate Guest requirements: Normal health; i.e. no known problems sitting still, e.g. circulation problems, etc. Max 110kg and/or 200cm (Length and weight limited by dry suits and cockpit size and possible leg length.)  Children/Youths: Children/youths under 16 years only together with paying adults. Children (5-9 years) must be accompanied by an adult/child. Maximum 3 young people (10-15 years) together with at least one adult. Dogs: Since we go close to the land, you can bring a dog on the boat. How much it costs depends on whether the dog can sit in the same cockpit as you, without hindering your ability to paddle. A larger dog needs to have its own cockpit and must be so calm and obedient that it does not jump into the water out of fear or to hunt waterfowl. You have to make your own judgment when making your reservation, but this is our definition: Small dog, max 10-15 kg, which sits on your lap or in a boot. Large dog, from approx. 15 kg, which sits/lies in its own cockpit. Your dog has to wear its life jacket. You can swim 200 m and is strong enough to paddle alone with a larger dog in a tandem kayak. We also have a kayak with room for a large dog and 1 adult, and 1 youth (10-15 years), alternatively 2 adults. Included: Guide, paddle, life jacket, and canopy/spray deck. Place in a stable tandem kayak (K2), shared with another participant. In case of an odd number of participants, one of the participants paddles with the guide. Bring: Wind/waterproof jacket or fleece. (Check the weather forecast) Water to stay hydrated (approx. 33-50 cl). The water bottle can be attached with elastic cords to the top of the kayak. Waterproof bag, if you are going to bring your phone or camera. What to wear: Sun hat/cap/buff. Sunglasses if needed. Sunscreen SPF15 or higher (applied to the nose, cheeks, lips, nose, ears, and on top of hands at least 30 minutes BEFORE arrival) if needed. (A long-sleeved shirt usually provides enough UV protection. Wet cotton will cool you down.) Come changed, preferably in trousers s and a sweater in wool/synthetic/functional material. Avoid sneakers and boots. Better take sandals, semi-soft slippers, flip,-flops or even better: bathing shoes. Rain/wind: We run the tour even if there is light fog or the risk of light showers. In case of wind strength around 3-4 m/s, we make contact with registered participants the evening before the activity. Depending on wind direction and temperature, the tour may be canceled, but if possible we will change the day and/or starting location. Dressing room /toilets: There is a restroom next to our premises in Norra hamnen/ Northern Harbour. We recommend taking care of such business before the activity begins. There are few toilets in the archipelago... Meal: Not included. Language: English and Swedish The number of guests: Min. 4 persons, max. 10 For larger groups, please get in touch with us well in advance. Meeting point: 6 Norra Hamngatan, in Lysekil's Northern Harbour Parking: Alas, it's only 2 hrs near our premises. We recommend Drottninggatan 4, 300 meters SW. We recommend downloading the Easy Park app (from Google Play or App store) and setting up an account prior to arriving.   Check availability/book: Click the button BOOK NOW! to see available dates. Click on the desired day in the calendar, and selectable times/departures will appear. Click on the desired departure time to see the availability of bikes with different frame sizes and price/price categories for each departure. There will be no binding booking until your payment is completed. Minimum number of participants: 4 participants (paying the full amount) are required for us to carry out the activity. If you book for 1-3 people, the following will happen: Your ticket will have a water stamp "Reservation". The booking amount will be reserved from your payment card, but we will not collect the amount until the minimum number is reached (no later than 24 hours before the start). Only then will you receive a booking confirmation and a PDF ticket via email. By booking a "Mini Group", you can ensure that the activity is carried out on the day and time you book, even though you/you are only one or two people. If more participants book, and participate, we will, after finishing the activity, credit the difference.   Cancellation policy: Complete Brief on refund Individual participants (max 7 persons) except those having booked a "Private departure" may cancel as late as one week before the activity start. NB! When booking a "Private departure" or "mini-group" any cancellations must be made 14 days before the start. Re-booking: We can help you to reschedule a trip or replace it with another of our activities, provided you contact us no later than 48 hours before the original departure time. If the organizer needs to cancel a booked departure, e.g. due to the weather, etc.: Depending on the weather conditions, e.g. risk of thunder or persistent rain and/or wind, a guided bike tour may have to be postponed (very rarely earlier)  for all participants to be able to participate and feel safe/comfortable. We will contact our booked participants, who can choose between postponing the booked activity to a later date or participating in an alternative activity, such as a cave walk or rock carvings/petroglyph safari. Any difference will be refunded. If we cannot agree on a reasonable compensation alternative, you will get back the amount paid, minus an administration fee of SEK 50.  

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TRIPS 4-7 HOURS - SUMMER SEASON:

Outdoor West Kayak trip 4hrs: HERRING HERITAGE

Kayak trip 4hrs: HERRING HERITAGE

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 Kayak trip 4hrs: Sea food à la granite (family tour)

Kayak trip 4hrs: Sea food à la granite (family 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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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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