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Johan, Patric and I paddled to Vinga last weekend. It was pretty calm weather and I haven’t been to Vinga in January before. The island Vinga is located furthest west in the Gothenburg archipelago. It’s is exposed it is a fairly long day trip, nearly 32 km back and forth. Vinga has one of oldest and also is one the most famous light houses in Sweden. Anders paddled with us the first part of the kayak trip but turned back at Böttö. I was really tired back home.
Johan in his Clapotis Sea Kayak and Patric in his Surfski from Zedtech. Just before we got the headwind at Böttö.
Lunch break by the light house. The light house stairs protect us from the wind.
16 km each way from the harbour to Vinga. I was so tired and fell asleep in the cinema later in the evening.
We have had a long weekend in Sweden with excellent paddling weather. My friend Maria and I went our for three days of paddling in Göteborg Archipelago. The scenery in Göteborg archipelago is really nice and the access is also really good. I’d like to see the Älvsborg fortress again, and Maria had never been there before. It is located in the entrance of Göteborg harbour. So the distance is short but we have to cross the inlet to the harbour to reach the fortress. The traffic to and from Göteborg is sometimes very heavy but today it was just some ferries to and from Denmark that we had to keep attention to.
Maria outside the fortress
The guns at the fortress used to guard the city of Göteborg. But did it quite poorly…
Denmark has been succesful in capturing the fortress and the Swedish taxes raised to pay the ransom for the fortress i 1570. Since then we have kept the taxes at a high rate. 🙂
From Älvsborgs fästning we continued paddling to Galterö where we spent the first night. I have been to Galterö before before. The weather was nice but it got cold during the night.
Tent spot at Galterö. The second day offered really nice weather.
Kayaking among the skerries outside the island of Vargö.
From Galterö we paddled south toward Rävholmen. We had a nice soft tailwind and it did not take long until we reached Rävholmen.
I was very pleased with my Qanik from the beginning and I start to appreciate it even more. I have re-mounted the back support. It gives me great support but it takes some time to adjust it before paddling because I sit on the back support each time I sit in the kayak. But it is worth it. I tried without the support but I was not strong enough to keep myself in a good paddling position. The acceleration of the Qanik is impressive. I catch waves that I have not managed to catch before. This was also the first time I have been out for more than one night with the Qanik. It works really well.
A swan appeared quite close to us
A good friend, Fredrik, appeared quite close to us. 🙂
After spending an hour at a café together with some sea kayaking friends at the island of Styrsö we headed for Hinsholmen after a really nice seakayaking trip.
The spring has arrived and it’s a very nice period in Sweden at the moment. My friends and I traveled to Fjällbacka archipelago for a few days of paddling over Easter. Fjällbacka located on the west coast, halfway (150 km) between Gothenburg, Sweden and Oslo, Norway. The archipelago is absolutely fantastic here. An absolute favorite kayaking destination in Sweden.
Fredrik is heading west from the starting point, close to the small picturesque city of Fjällbacka.
It was very calm days and hardly any motor or sailing boats. This part of the season is great!
Malin has built a Black Pearl during the winter but she chose her second kayak today.
And so did Jonas.
There are many pretty fishing villages in the archipelago.
Väderöarna (Weather islands) just visible in the mist
The water was calm and looked like a mirror
Some of the islands are pretty high. The View from Norra Dyngön is impressive.
Erik and Pia dropped by for a nice evening at St Måkholmen. They have an excellent kayak site, kajak.nu.
There is a fun story about the labyrinths at Måkholmen. A few years ago revealed the secret of the labyrinth. Scientists believed that the labyrinth was from the eleventh century. But it was some youngsters who had build them during the fifties.
Slackers at Stora Måkholmen! 🙂
We were not the only paddlers in Fjällbacka archipelago this weekend. This was a group of leaders from the outdoor organisation Norrviken (really nice pictures) from Stockholm.
The famous Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman (staring in Casablanca) used to live in Fjällbacka archipelago. She lived on a small island called Dannholmen. There is a statue of a pigeon that is clearly visible when approaching Dannholmen.
Last week my friends and I paddled from the city of Härnösand to the city Örnsköldsvik. We passed the coastline called the High Coast (Höga Kusten in Swedish). It is a really nice paddling trip. The High Coast offers an amazing variety of natural surroundings. Since 2000 the High Coast has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. What makes The High Coast Unique is its post – glacial rebound. It is still rizing at a rate of eight mm per year. The area has one National Park and heaps of Nature Reserves.
The kayak trip along the High Coast maybe is not the easiest choice for beginners because some parts are really exposed and it can be hard to find easy landing in strong winds. We had great conditions almost everyday with a slight tail wind. One day we had a headwind (near gale). We then decided to have a bonus day at Högbonden.
We started downtown in the City of Härnösand. Our plan was to paddle about 20 km every day and do some longer stops at some islands along the trip. We paddled for seven days. The coastline is pretty rough due to the post glacial rebound. We had excellent support from Höga Kusten Kajak in Härnösand who helped us with transport back from Örnsköldvik to Härnösand.
We started in Härnösand in cloudy weather
We are used to camp straight on the cliffs but at the High Coast we sometimes camped in the forests.
Åsa, Fredrik and Patric.
The red Rapakivi granite has been a geolocial symbol for the area.
The lighthouse of Högbonden. The old lighthouse keeper’s house is now a youth hostel, Högbondens vandrarhem. We spent an extra night there due to headwind. A really nice and cool place.
We also had calm weather! Fredrik is paddling his Legend 🙂
Crossing between some islands.
I will post a full trip description. But it may take some days before it is finished. Here is two different video clips from the trip.
We have had an excellent week kayaking at the High Coast in Sweden. It was better than I expected! 🙂 During the week I have filmed and taken some photos with my iPhone 4. It resulted in the movie “Kayaking at the High Coast”. I did all the editing on the iPhone 4 on the way back home to Göteborg. Enjoy the movie in HD.
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
Yesterday I went kayaking in Stockholm City with my friend Åsa. To kayak in Stockholm City is a must do thing. I have been working in Stockholm for a few days and we took the afternoon of and rented some kayaks at kajakkompaniet on the island of Kungsholms west side. Paddling in Stockholm was really nice weather and the there were many kayakers and boats on the water. The cost was 225 SEK for 4 hours. They had about 12 kayaks of good rental standard.
We took the most paddled trip in Sweden, according to Fredrik at Kajakkompaniet, and circumnavigated Kungsholmen. It is fun to see the city from water level. You see lots of people, beautiful houseboats, nice buildnings including the Stockholm City Hall where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held. Here is more information about kayaking in Stockholm.
Åsa is paddling with the Stockholm City Hall in the background.
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.