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My friend Carin’s facebook status earlier today was “I am heading for Gothenburg”. So I asked her if she wanted to join for a short paddling trip in Göteborg Archipelago during the evening. It was a really short trip with a beautiful sunset and a nice meal together with friends on one of the closest islands.
Patric, Carin and Fredrik in the sunshine late this evening. Great evening on the cliffs in Göteborg Archipelago.
I have spent too many days indoors this year but last week my friend Patric suggested that we just should do a short trip to Rivö in Goteborg Archipelago. It’s about one hour kayaking trip from the harbor to Rivö. Rivö has a population of 35 sheep, 4 horses and some Ravens.
We had really nice weather and a really good time.
First day of my vacation and kayaking. The weekend could not start in a better way. Well, I prefer tailwind so the the gale from south wasn’t that nice for a start. Otherwise it was great. Every year in the beginning of July the Gothenburg Canoe Club is having an open paddling trip to Valö. It is getting more and more popular. This year it was about 60 attendants from a lot of places in the south of Sweden. It is a relaxed atmosphere and lot of fun. There wasn’t any special program this year except the mandatory barbecue on saturday night. This year the wind trigged our playfulness.
I’m having a break behind a small light house, to avoid the headwind for a while, on my way to Valö.
Some of the kayaks at Valö.
A group of paddlers are heading out to the waves.
Some islets south of Valö was the playground this time.
Tomas is getting out through the break in his Rumour.
followed by Andreas in his Clapotis.
Johan and Tomas is having fun.
Tomas posing in front of the camera.
Johan is the designer and builder of Clapotis and Clapotis 2.0.
Anders bought a hull from Johan and designed the Clapotis lowrider. Great work! I want one!
On the leeward of Valö some practiced sculling and eskimo rolling.
Some was just having a good time.
Saturday night and the barbeque
It was really calm conditions on our way back to Goteborg
This weekend I went kayaking with my friends Patric and Martin. This was the first kayaking trip for Martin in seven years and he just did a trial trip then. At Hinsholmen we ran into Babs Lindman who has circumnavigated the south island of New Zeeland and also the coastline of Norway. Her company kajaktiv was having a demonstration day. I have met Babs a couple of times before when I did some courses in white water paddling and I have also joined kajaktiv to a white water trip in Norway two years ago. I can really recommend the courses and trips. The instructors are among the best white water kayakers in Sweden. Babs is full of life and I really admire her strength, guts and sense of humor.
Babs jumped into my kayak and discovered that the silhoutte is low…
After having a chat with Babs we started to paddle and went out to some islands west of the city. Patric stayed until afternoon and then headed back home. Martin and me continued for another 30 minutes.
Tent spot at Galterö
The conditions were perfect. Hardly no wind and really warm. We have had a really long winter that has affected the spring badly but now, just in a few days, it feels like summer. Even the night was warm.
Martin enjoyed the trip.
Some sheep is still sleeping in the early morning!
We stayed at the island of Galterö. Galterö has a nice fauna with heaps of different birds and also quite a few sheep . When we headed back home we had a nice tailwind helping us coming back home quickly. I think Martin ejoyed the trip. He fell in love with the kayak, the Clapotis, we borrowed from a friend. I wish there was a lower version of the Clapotis. That would be a real nice kayak.
The first kayak trip of the year went to the island of Valö. It is located in the south part of Göteborg Archipelago. Kayaking in Sweden has been a struggle this year. The winter has been really long and most parts of the coastline has been covered with ice. So it is a late premiere. It was a really windy paddling to Valö. Even if the distance is just 12 km I thought it was really hard. The trip back to Göteborg was really nice. A light breeze in the back and a nice fog that made the trip more adventurous.
Patric is having a rest, protected from the wind. When we left Göteborg is was sunny but it was just about to change…
Eric and Pia is having a rest on our way back to Göteborg
The best part of Valö is that we as members of the Göteborg Canoing Association have access to the lighthouse and the cabins. Some of the Cabins have a stove which makes the staying more comfortable. We had rain mixed with snow during sunday afternoon. Then it felt good that we had left the tents back home.
A video clip from the trip. Erik and Pia was already at Valö when we arrived.
Now I’m off for some cross country skiing in the mountains further north of 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.
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.
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.