KAYAK PADDLING WITH GUIDE

Outdoor West offers guided tours 2 - 4 (6) hours, in calm waters near the town Lysekil. Our outdoor equipment is adapted to beginners and intermediate paddler without previous experience from ocean kayaking. Furthermore we will spice up your experience with local flavours, both local food and local lore.

Our tour leaders and guides love sharing their devotion to the county of Bohuslän: the rugged crags, fjords, salty meadows and the sea. We invite you to discover the best of Bohuslan: the food, the people and one of the world's 10 most beautiful archipelagos.

HOW TO BOOK OUR GUIDED 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. 

 

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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. 

 

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 pass the tip of the peninsula, Stångehuvud on our way to the Southern harbour where we take a look at teh guest harbour and ocean front restaurants etc. Would the winds be less forgiving we will paddle in along the northern part of the Stångenäs peninsula and its islets on the Saltö fjord. Total tour lenght: 2 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

 

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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