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: October - April    
  • Summer season: May - September 
  • 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.

Sea kayak tour: FISHERMEN AND FRIENDS

A winter season kayak tour with guide in the Lysekil archipelago that can be magical! Imagine a seal splashing behind the kayak, crystal clear waters and no noise! Enjoy the silence and marvel at the pristine landscape of the Swedish west coast. The 25 km long Gullmarsfjord may freeze in January and February, but the mouth of the fjord is free of ice 51 weeks a year. And going thru thin sheets of ice on a sunny day is a marvellous experience. This time of the year, activity is low in the archipelagos surrounding Lysekil, a small town on the west coast of Sweden. Time to unwind and recharge your batteries. A stable sea kayak and dry suit make you enjoy the moment even more! Fishermen and friends (FISKAREN) Some times a curious seal will follow our tracks - observing the sea kayaks and paddlers. Hence the name of the tour, Fishermen and friends. Humans, seals and the marine life. The guide will tell you more during the tour. And during a short break on some distant isle you will be served fish soup while stretching your legs. Please click BOOK NOW! to learn more and to see bookable departures LOCATION: LYSEKIL             Season: October-April 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 total (2,5 hours seated in the kayak) Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak  

FromSEK 1'300
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Sea kayak tour: HERRING HERITAGE

Kayak tour 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. Nature reserves Stångehuvud, with smooth granite crags, and the Gullmarsfjord, are just around the corner. Learn more about herring (Clupea harengus) and its importance to the Bohuslän region in the past - and enjoy an open-air herring meal. A stable sea kayak and dry suit makes you enjoy the moment even more! Please click BOOK NOW! to learn more and to see available departures LOCATION: LYSEKIL             Season: May-September  Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) Requirements: Regular health, able to swim 200 meters Min age 13 and min height 160 cm 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), water (0.75L, to store on top of kayak) Duration: 4 hours total (2.5-3 hours seated in the kayak) Price: SEK 900              Optional add-ons: Single seating in K1 Kayak Dry suit (early May and late September) Lysekil in Bohuslän is perfect as a base for adventures at sea and on land. Outdoor West arranges comfortable, safe and challenging experiences at different levels in this area.  

Sea kayak: PRIVATE KAYAK TOUR

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

FromSEK 2'800
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Sea Kayak tour: CITY PADDLING

Enjoy the sunset and the beautiful granite crags around Lysekil A stable sea kayak and a guide that tells you about Lysekil and its surrounding Nature reserves makes you enjoy the tour even more!  You will be paddling in one of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos (according to a recent CNN Traveler listing). Click the Book Now! button to see what date and time the tour runs. LOCATION: LYSEKIL            Season: May-September  Recommended for:   Everyone (Soft Adventure) (Friday evenings 16 years old) Requirements: Regular health 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) Duration: 2 hours total (1-1.5 hours seated in the kayak) Price:  Adult  SEK 550 Optional: Single seating in K1 Kayak    

Kayak: Sea food à la granite (Family tour)

Blåmusslor, kajak, naturen och livskvalitet. ENJOY SAVORY BLUE MUSSELS AND THE SETTING SUN. Bring your kids, grandma or best friends along on this highly comfortable culinary tour in steady kayaks. If you apreciate peace and quiet, 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 and enjouing the 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. The guide will give you paddling advice and will also tell you about local customs, lore and the marine life. Cosy Anyone who wishes can take an extra turn with the kayak while the other stay on the island, playing, socializing and enjoying themselves. Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) with accessories  are served with non-alcoholic beverage. You are welcome to bring your own meal beverage, if desired. NB! As the locally harvested blue mussels are temporarily in short supply, we may serve another local delicatessen on this tour: Nephrops Norvegicus (langoustine or Norwegian lobster) Clic the Book Now button to see what time the tour runs on a specific date. Area: LYSEKIL  Saltö fjord  Season: May-September Requirements: Regular health. Adults need to be able to swim 200 m. Included: Seating in a K2-kayak, sharing with other participants or the tour leader, life jacket, spray deck and paddle. Guide, outdoor meal - blue mussels or langoustines, non-alcoholic meal beverage (water/beer) Bring this: Min 0.5L water (to be stored on top of the kayak), (sun-glasses), (additional beverage of your choice) Duration:  4 hours total (out out of these max 2 hrs in the kayak) Price: Adult: SEK 900  Family discounts avalilable on some departures (amount will show up when initiating a booking) Add-ons: Your own K1 single kayak Lysekil in Bohuslän is perfect as a base for adventures at sea and on land. Outdoor West arranges comfortable, safe and challenging experiences at different levels in this area.    

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.