Canoe trip, 1 week, self guided, July/August
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Feb 6, 2013 7:05 AM Last Post By: Tinka2006
Jan 18, 2013 6:30 AM
Canoe trip, 1 week, self guided, July/AugustHi there
We are plannig on going to Sweden for two weeks in July/August. We will fly into Stockholm and spent a couple of days visiting the city. Afterwards we would like to do a self guided canoe trip for one week in a region which is suitable for Canoe beginner ( lakes & slow rivers). We've done canoe/kayak trips around the world but only for single days, never overnight. We like hiking and camping, therefore it would be great if we maybe could afterwards (or during the trip) spent some time to explore the region on foot as well.
- Could you suggest a region, that fit our requirements, and that's maybe not too touristy?
- Do you maybe have the contact details or website for a canoe rental there?
Jan 18, 2013 9:46 AM
1Sweden - except maybe for a few top attractions in Stockholm in July - is not touristy. Never like say PAris or Venezia or Firenze.
On the other hand there must be SOME tourist for anyone being able to run a canoe rental business.
Canoe trip are most often "do i yourself" - you 1) simply rent the canoe and off you go or 2) you get a tour description (typicallly downriver) and a map showing where you will be picked up and taken back to starting point where your car is parked. Often there are primitive areas along for overnight (some firewood, maybe a waterpost and a simple toilet),
A typical good region (lots of lakes and some long rivers not too wide) is Småland. Simply locate some of the 50+ rental businesses at www.smaland.se For othe regions google the local tourist office, they will have lists.
Jan 20, 2013 12:58 PM
2Try out: http://ostkustenkajak.se/ it’s in the archipelagom a couple of hours south of Stockholm. They offer packet solutions with tents and bikes as well. The homepage is in Swedish but I guess you could do a google translate or call them. I haven’t used them myself but friends of mine have and they took their kids as well so it should be ok for beginners. It’s a beautiful place!
Feb 4, 2013 8:32 AM
3Visby is touristy in July, without much doubt, as well as Borgholm and some other coastal towns including Simrishamn, Bastad etc. As well as part of Gothenburg (mostly domestic vistitors) and the west coast. The rest of the country isn't really touristy.
Feb 4, 2013 12:17 PM
I would sugget that you visit Kosterhavet national park on the north west coast of sweden. The arhipelago is ideal for kayaking both around koster islands and around Strömstad. If you come the second week in August there will be very few tourists around.
If you go kayaking you will be able to get very close to the wildlife, e.g. seals and sea birds.
You can have a look at the offical web page for Strömstad and Kosterhavet: http://www.vastsverige.com/en/Stromstad-Koster/
Best regars from Strömstad!
Feb 6, 2013 7:05 AM
5Thanks for all replies.
A friend suggested now as well Sörmland. A canoe trip from Åkers Styckebruk to Vagnhärad. And visit Mariefred on the way.
Since we are beginner, I'm a bit afraid of to canoe in the open sea. Maybe lakes and quiet river are better.
I've contact as well Ostkustenkayak, and Stromstad sounds great too (looks beautifull)!
Not easy to decide, so many canoe places in sweden, very overwhelming.
We will spent two weeks in Sweden, and Stockholm would be nice to see, or maybe better visit Gothebourg? 7 days canoe, 2 days Stockholm/Gotebourg (we are not city people) and the rest 5 days?
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