Dreaming of waves

It’s still cold in Sweden than it usually is. Maybe it is the long winter or the ash from the Icelandic vulcano that are affecting our climate. I’m dreaming of the summer and some nice white water. Hopefully there will be some paddling in Stockholm Archipelago next weekend. But I don’t expect any white water there.

Magnus is side surfing at Härmanö huvud outside of Orust

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.

cj at landsort

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

stora björn view

The view from Stora Björn “Ursa Major”

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Carl Johan getting close to the rocks

patric

Patric outside the island of Svartlöga

sunset mosquito net

Sunset from the tent at Stora Alskär

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

 

 

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.

stocken lars

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

gullholmen

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

maseskar

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

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.

valöträffen 2009

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.

rune

Rune is paddling in his hunter

syncro

Pia and Erik is performing a synchronized roll

teresia and janina

Teresia is having a rest after practising some rolling technique

slackers

Some stayed ashore all day

rolling at Valö

Erik is rolling outside the lighthouse of Valö

botanical excursion

On sunday there was a botanical excursion on Valö

flower

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