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GUIDED KAYAK TOURS 

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.

 

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. 

 

GOOD TO KNOW PRIOR TO BOOKING:

  • Winter season: mid October - mid (-late) May
  • Summer season: mid (-late) May - mid October 
  • Normally we use K2/tandem kayaks with 2 separate cockpits, as a means of pfoviding optimum stability and seating comfort. Would you prefer to paddle alone in a K1/single kayak you can book this as an addon for a small surcharge.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Security, care and enjoyment are key words when we plan our activities and trips. Every tour starts with a breefing and safety demonstration.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BOOKING POLICY, "WHAT IF THE WEATHER IS NOT OK" ETC download our BOOKING INFO that you find on each activity.

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).

FromSEK 575
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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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Kayak with guide: 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.

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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Kayak: 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

RENT A KAYAK

We offer rental service for shorter and longer tours paddling on your own. If you are have no previous experience of sea kayaking we suggest you join a guided tour, or book a crash course.  Book your kayak rental here.

Please note that the coastal weather can change in an instant. The direction of wind and waves can change during a short break, especially at mid day. Do not over estimate your own skills and the ability to handle emergencies among companions At least one person in every party ought to have experience in leading and execute rescue and recovery procedure of a companion that has capsized. Adjust your route in accordance with the level of proficiency of the least experienced member of your party.

 

 

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.