Kayaking in Stockholm Archipelago

I came home last night after a 7 day kayak trip to Stockholm archipelago together with two good friends, Patric and Carl Johan. Stockholm Archipelago is a great destination for seakayaking. We have had a really good trip with good weather conditions (tailwind and mostly sunny), a huge archipelago to discover, great paddling, lots of sea eagles and just great fun. This was my first trip to Stockholm archipelago and I must admit that it was a great experience. We went through the archipelago from the south to the north. We could easily spend another week discovering more fantastic spots. I’m organising a destination report and will publish it in the next coming days. Meanwhile here is a few pictures.

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Carl Johan outside the island of Öja and the light house “Landsort”

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The view from Stora Björn “Ursa Major”

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Carl Johan getting close to the rocks

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Patric outside the island of Svartlöga

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Sunset from the tent at Stora Alskär

There are already some more pics and text at my other site in swedish, petersvensson.com

 

 

Kayaking in Denmark and Norway

I have updated kayakr.net with one kayaking destination in Denmark and one in Norway. Denmark offers good kayaking and you can choose from really good surfing to calm and relaxed paddling in protected water. Norway is so beautiful and offers kayaking in fjords and archipelagos along an amazing coastline with dramatic mountains. Tomorrow I’m going for a longer trip in Stockholm Archipelago and I will update kayakar.net with new kayaking destinations when I get back home. Keep on paddling!

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Kayaking in Bergen, Norway

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Kayaking in Klitmoller, Denmark.

Orust Seakayaking Symposium

28 – 30 of August it is time for the annual Stockenträffen at Orust. Orust is located at the Swedish west coast, 100 km (62 miles) north of Göteborg. This symposium is the largest in Sweden and last year it was over 200 participants from Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, USA, UK, Canada and maybe some more countries:)

The area is perfect for all kind of paddling. For beginners there is always protected places to go to. For the more experienced the strait between Vallerö and Härmanö is often a good spot for surfing and rockhopping. Last year a few of us were lucky to spot a humback whale. Unfortunately I was to excited to think about the camera. Well, I did but I just took the picture in same second as the fen was subsurfaced. Luckily for us that Erik had his nerves under control and took some pictures.

This year Nigel Foster is planned to have courses. Last year Freya Hoffmeister had courses but she is still downunder and will not make it this year. The program updates by Orust Kajak. Orust Kajak is the organizer of the Stockenträffen.

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For those who want to play in white water there is often very good conditions

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There is also good opportunities to have a more relaxed paddle. Maybe to Gullholmen and to have an ice cream in the charming surrondings

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The light house at Måseskär is a daytrip away from the camp

Trying to focus is hard

At them moment I’m writing on an article about kayaking in Norway but can’t keep my focus. I’m also planning for my next trip to the Archipelago of Stockholm next week. So to stay focused on my article I started to go through the pics from my trip to Norway. All of sudden my writing went so much easier. Unfortunately I can’t publish my best pics from the trip to Norway here until the magazine, Paddling, has made their choices.

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Seakayking in the fjords of Norway.

Treasure hunt

At the 12 of september in 1745 the East Indiaman “Götheborg” ran aground at the entrance to Göteborg. The ship was fully laden with goods such as tea, porcelain, silk and spices, and had almost reached dock after her third voyage to China. A marine archaeological excavation lasting from 1986 to 1992 opened the door to a by gone century, adventurous voyages and trade with China. And awakened the dream of rebuilding the ship. In 2004 the dream was fulfilled and a reconstruction of a ship from the mid-18th century was built. Götheborg III is now one of the largest fullrigged wooden sailing ships in the world

We paddled to the Island of Knippelholmen very close to the underwater cliff where Götheborg ran aground. Still today it is possible to find porcelain chips from the sunken ship at the beach at Knippelholmen.

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Maria is on her way to Knippelholmen

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Porcelain findings from the ship Götheborg

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“Götheborg III” is coming back home to Göteborg after the expedition to China 2005-2007

SeaBird Designs new designer

After a tip from kajak.nu I got the information that Björn Thomasson is going to be a new designer for the Norweigan kayak manufacturer Seabird Designs. That will be very interesting. Björn Thomasson already design kayak models such the Black Pearl. I would really like to have one but I’m not that handy to build one by myself. The Black Pearl production shall start during this year according to SeaBird Designs.

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Björn Thomasson in his beautiful Black Pearl

Kayaking to Valö, Sweden

Valö is located in the archipelago of Göteborg. It is appox 2 – 2,5 hours of paddling south from Saltholmen. There has been a light house on Valö since 1885. Since 2000 there is a yearly kayak meeting at Valö, Valöträffen, in late June or early July. The Gothenburg Canoe Club (Göteborgs kanotförening – GKF) the organizer of the meeting. GKF has the privilage to be responsible of the light house buildnings at Valö. Members of GKF has access to the buildings all around the year.

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Valö in the warm summer evening

This year the Valöträffen gathered about 60 participants. There is no program announced in advance. Different activites is planned during the weekend depending on the weather conditions and also the motivation of the participants. Some kayakers paddle to Tistlarna, some are refining the rolling and rescue technique and some is just having a good time and relax. This year there was a botanist who had an excursion around the island. It was very interesting. Valö has a varying and impressive amount of flowers.

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Rune is paddling in his hunter

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Pia and Erik is performing a synchronized roll

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Teresia is having a rest after practising some rolling technique

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Some stayed ashore all day

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Erik is rolling outside the lighthouse of Valö

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On sunday there was a botanical excursion on Valö

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A beautiful flower, havent got a clue of the name! 🙂

Afternoon paddling

As a kayaker in Göteborg I try to catch every opportunity to paddle. When Lars from the Paddling Magazine, Paddling, called me and asked if I had some spare time to paddle I quit work early. Lars was on a road trip in the south of Sweden. We went kayaking for a couple of hours in the archipelago of Göteborg. Johan Linder also turned up to join us.

Johan and LarsJohan and Lars outside Eskilsholmen

johan appleJohan is having an apple