Western Sweden Kayaking & Hiking Adventure

Gothenburg, Sweden

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Take off for a fun-filled kayaking adventure along western Sweden's majestic fjords. On a blue mussel expedition, discover how to harvest your own for dinner. Spot pretty eiders, pale gray terns, dark-feathered cormorants, and other sea birds as you paddle these pristine waters. Trek up the stunning nature reserve of Karlingesund and pass the historic ruins of the Dragsmark Abbey, then reward yourself with a dip in the chilly northern seas. Explore the narrow streets of Karingon, an adorable island community, and feast on freshly caught crayfish.


Duration: 10 Days
Starts in: Gothenburg, Sweden
Ends in: Gothenburg, Sweden
Group Size: 4-16

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MT Sobek

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Arrive in Gothenburg & Journey to Lyckorna

The adventure starts at the Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, where you meet the group and transfer to the coastal town of Lyckorna, on the shore of Havstens fjord. After settling in at the hotel, you'll regroup for a briefing about the upcoming adventure and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Explore Havnstens Fjord by Kayak & Harvest Blue Mussels

After breakfast, try out the paddling equipment and head out for a warm-up paddle among the islands of the fjord, spotting sea birds and resident harbor seals along the way. Have lunch on an island and return to the hotel for a shower before the blue mussel expedition in the fjord. Walk through the historic seaside resort to the M/S Marta expedition boat and sail away. Learn how the blue mussels are farmed, harvest your own, and return to land for a feast at the famed Blue Mussel Bar.

Transfer to Bokenas & Kayak the Koljo Fjord

Check out of the hotel after breakfast and transfer (25 miles) to the next destination, the Bokenas Hotel. From here, enjoy a day trip by kayak among the tall islands in the Koljo fjord. Launch directly from the hotel, with the lunches packed, and head out to a lovely beach on Stegelholmen island. Stop here for lunch and some rest, before returning to the hotel in the afternoon. Enjoy free time to have a dip in the pool, before a relaxed dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Kayak in Nordstrommarna

After breakfast, make a short transfer (15 miles) to Karlingesund for a day of paddling in the picturesque Nordstrommarna, one of the region's favorite areas for kayaking. Look out for sea birds such as eiders, gulls, terns, oyster catchers, cormorants, and grey heron. Stop for lunch and a walk around the storybook island of Bassholmen, before continuing the trip. Once back on land, take a short transfer back to Bokenas.

Hike the Bokenas Coastal Trail

Today swap the kayaks for hiking boots and hike the coastal trail around Bokenas. Set off after breakfast with a quick transfer to the starting point. The loop takes in the waterways of both Koljofjorden and Nordstrommarna, through a beautiful nature reserve of Karlingesund and passing the historic remnants of Dragsmark's old convent. After the hike, have a swim in the salty water or unwind before the short transfer to the charming community of Fiskebackskil. Enjoy dinner in the hotel's dining room.

Kayak around Gaso Island

After breakfast overlooking Gullmarn, Sweden's largest fjord, hop into your kayak right outside the hotel, to explore the more barren outer archipelago with red granite as the trademark of the landscape. Have lunch on an island before landing again at Gullmarsstrand sometime in the afternoon. After the paddle, unwind at the hotel's spa, with its two saunas and a pool with splendid views of the small town of Lysekil on the other side of the fjord. Before dinner, take a stroll through Fiskebackskil's narrow lanes lined with beautifully restored old wooden houses.

Explore Karingon Island & Feast on Crayfish

Rest your kayaking muscles today and head out for a day of island-hopping. After breakfast, transfer by vehicle to Orust island to catch a ferry to the island of Karingon, located in the outer band of islands with fabulous horizon views and a picturesque fishing community. Hike through the island's narrow streets and footpaths, and over barren gneiss rocks. For lunch, feast on freshly caught crayfish. In the afternoon, have a swim in the sea if you wish, before settling in at the hotel and enjoying dinner together.

Kayak the West Side of Orust Island

From Edshultshall, on the west side of Orust, navigate northwest to an amazing area with a maze of islands that lie south of the Hermano nature reserve. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the sandy beach at Champagne Bay before heading back a different way to Edshultshall. While kayaking, be on the lookout for the marvelous rock formations the area is known for, as well as curious harbor seals basking on the rocks. Enjoy dinner this evening at the charming Mia's Boathouse seafood restaurant.

Follow Trails on Hermano Island

Today swap kayaks for shoes again, and head out to explore the island of Hermano. After breakfast, take a ferry to the start of the hiking trail, in one of the oldest and most densely built-up fishing villages on the coast, Gullholmen, which dates to the 13th century. Hike through extraordinarily varied scenery, paired with great sea views and a picnic lunch in a scenic spot. Back in Gullholmen, have dinner together at one of the seaside restaurants.

Depart from Gothenburg

Have a final breakfast at the B&B this morning before transferring back to the Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg, to connect with your homebound flight.


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