Explore the archipelago on your own
If you have previous kayak experience we strongly recommend you a self guided tour where you will get the possibility to discover our beautiful archipelago on your own. We will be happy to provide you with kayak and equipment from our kayak centers in Grönemad, Grebbestad, Ekenäs, Sydkoster & Rossö Hamncafé in Koster marine national park, please have a look at our directions.
If you don’t have previous experience we recommend a guided day tour or camping tour and if you need to update your skills you can start with a kayak intro tour or more advanced course. If you plan to go kayaking with your children or grandchildren we have guided family tours.
When you rent a kayak from Skärgårdsidyllen, you also have the possibility to test/borrow a tent from Swedemount for free. The only catch is that you will have to respect the rules of public access and take a picture of your self with the tent and let us publish on our site and social media as part of our sponsor agreement. We recommend only having the tents up between 6pm and 9 am. This is a rule in Kosterhavets marine Nationa park. Here is a great brochure with the essential paddling tips for canoists. Here is also information about lighting fires in nature.
In our area there are a lot of beautiful islands and sherries around our main center in Grönemad, Grebbestad as well as our pickup points at Ekenäs, Sydkoster and Rossö Hamncafé. If it is difficult to choose which archipelago to paddle, it is possible to paddle between the centers during a couple of days and enjoy all if the weather permits alternatively book a few days from each center.
Here are a few tours we recommend: Grebbestad day tour, Grebbestad & Fjällbacka 3-5 days, Grebbestad & Koster 3-6 days, Kayaking in Koster National park or be inspired by one of our guests writing about going to Koster and back in 5 days or our Australian guests that did a 12 day downwind from Lysekil to Strömstad.
In the following links you will get tips and suggestions about nice islands and skerries you should experience, suggestions on tent sites, outdoor toilets and what to do if there are no toilets. Did you know that we have a project called “Hållbar skärgård” (sustainable archipelago) that builds outdoor toilets and create a structure for a sustainable tourism in the archipelago. Please contact us if you would like to know more, get involved or support us. When you are stay in the archipelago it is of great importance that you respect the bird/seal protection areas, seal protection areas, animal & plant protecion areas and the Right of Public Access. There are special regulations for the natural reservoir as Väderöarna and Kosterhavet National Park among others.
Bring extra water and food if the weather makes you stay out longer than planned and an extra set of clothes and mobile in a dry bag in case you get wet. Here is also a suggestion of outdoor meals and packlist with things to bring, We can help you with boat taxi and kayak transport. Finally we will recomed you to have a look at some of our inspirational movies and articles.