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Kayaking in West Sweden

See West Sweden from a kayak

If you’re interested in kayaking then West Sweden offers a great variety of water to choose from. See the West Coast’s unique archipelago with its thousands of skerries and islands, Lake Vänern and Europe’s largest freshwater archipelago, and Dalslands magnificent system of lakes and waterways.

Keep reading to find more information about the different kayaking destinations and activity providers in West Sweden.



Popular areas for kayaking


Kayaking in Bohuslän 

- The world’s most beautiful archipelago.

Bohuslän is one of the world’s finest coastlines to explore by kayak. From the Gothenburg Archipelago in the south to the Koster Islands in the north, Bohuslän offers sensational kayaking. There is something for everyone; untouched national parks, cosy fisherman’s shacks, wild water and tranquil inlets.

Bohuslän offers a string of easy starting points and along the entire coast there are kayak companies that offer everything from guided tours, to rentals, or kayaking courses. 

Kayak companies in Bohuslän:

Minto Tingvall, Bullaren

Offers, among other things, multi-day tours in Sweden's first marine national park.

Kajak i Grundsund, Lysekil

You can take a day trip with lunch, a guided tour in the evening, or a paddling adventure over several days.

Kajaktiv, Tjörn

Paddle around beautiful Klädesholmen at sunset, or venture out on a multi-day trip.

Nautopp Seakayaking, Grebbestad

Kayak in the archipelago with fika or lunch. If you want to try seaweed paddling, you can do it here.

Outdoor West, Lysekil

Family trips and herring tours are available here. In winter, you can head out to look for seals with a guide and the right equipment.

Smögens Kajakäventyr, Väjern

Try the combination of kayaking and yoga. Family paddling with a stop for pancakes is also an option.

Skärgårdsidyllen Kayak & Outdoor, Grebbestad

Guided tours in the unique Kosterhavet National Park, family tours, and winter kayaking.

Upplevelsebolaget, Uddevalla

Multi-day kayaking with accommodation, guided day trips, and paddling with seals.

Koster Kayak Tours, Sydkoster

Courses and guided kayak tours in Kosterhavet National Park

Koster Adventures, Sydkoster

Guided kayak tour in Kosterhavet National Park and to Swedens most westernly lighthouse Ursholmen.

Walkers Naturturer, Hönö

Your personal guide to the Gothenburg archipelago.


Rental and/or packages


Popular kayaking daytrips in Bohuslän:

Kayaking in Västergötland

- A multitude of kayaking possibilities in sweet and salt water.

In the north is Lake Vänern, Sweden’s largest lake and an enormous inland sea. Home to Europes biggest freshwater archipelago with 22,000 islands. Further south is Borås region, an area for all nature lovers and for those that prefer kayaking in in smaller lakes and rivers. 

In and around Gothenburg there are more options for kayaking. Everything from secluded forest lakes to kayaking on the sea in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago and along the canals in the city centre. Read more about kayaking in Gothenburg.

Kayak companies in Västergötland: 

Naven Outdoor, Lidköping

Try a wreck safari, nature kayaking, or full moon tour (winter time).

Vänern Outdoor, Mariestad

Try the small or large wilderness tour in lake Vristulven and lake Vänern.

Rental and/or packages:

Kayak companies in Göteborg:

To ensure a safe and enjoyable paddling experience, it is important to prioritize safety, especially when paddling in a small group without a guide. Learn more about paddling safely on Lake Vänern.

Popular day trips on Vänern:


Kayaking in Dalsland

- Sweden’s Lake District

Dalsland is one of the most popular kayaking areas in Europe. You can glide over lakes up to 100 metres deep, paddle along the Dalsland Canal or through the locks all the way out onto the inland sea, Lake Vänern. Dalsland's southern lakes offer safe conditions, perfect for ’social’ kayaking that takes you past small communities and through picturesque lock systems along the Dalsland Canal.

In the northern parts of the lake system, more magnificent countryside and more challenging kayaking awaits. The lakes are larger, which means that the waves are a little higher and the distances a little longer, but you will be rewarded with magnificent surroundings and some real adventure.

Safety tips from Kanotguiden

The Kanotguiden website offers tips and advice about equipment, company, weather and emergency situations – all good to know before your canoeing trip.