Join us on a guided kayak tour in Vänern among fantastic archipelagos in Europe’s largest freshwater archipelago.

The guided kayak tour is carried out with comfortable kayaks of high standard. The kayaks are selected based on the group’s previous skills, the weather, and individual preferences, all to ensure the safest and most comfortable paddling experience possible.

In the archipelagos around Mariestad, there are several large nature reserves to protect the rich natural values. Here, there are large untouched areas of natural forest characterized by centuries-old pines where sea eagles and ospreys nest.

guided kayak tour

With 22,000 islands and islets in freshwater, there’s no need to crowd, worry about jellyfish, or rinse off salt after swimming. Often, we can find our own completely secluded beach or island to stop at, and the water is so clean that we can drink it directly from the lake once we’re out a bit.

Lake Vänern is an inland sea, and paddling conditions can vary greatly depending on the prevailing weather. Vänern Outdoors’ experienced guide takes you safely to their favorite spots and lets you experience the best the archipelagos here have to offer. The guide shares insights about plants, animals, and the environment we traverse. In addition to guiding and safety, the guide provides instruction in the basics of paddling, navigation, and outdoor life. The guide arranges food while you can relax in pleasant company.

The tour typically starts and ends in Mariestad. Depending on weather conditions, the launch site may change at short notice. We always meet in Mariestad, and Vänern Outdoor arranges transportation from there if you don’t have your own car.

Start at 10:00 AM
Return at 5:00 PM

5900 SEK/person


  • All meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner – starting with lunch on day one and ending with lunch on day three.
  • Snacks
  • Tea and coffee
  • Local guide
  • Fully equipped sea kayak for one or two persons
  • Life jacket, paddle, spray skirt
  • Paddle jacket
  • Tent, sleeping mat, and sleeping bag with liner
  • Camping stove + fuel (the guide oversees this)
  • Plate, mug, and utensils
  • Waterproof bags for clothes and personal equipment

After you have booked, we will send a packing list of recommended clothing and equipment to bring along.

If you come alone, you get your own tent. If you are a couple or two friends, you share a tent. Everyone sets up their own tent with guidance from the guides. Food and shared equipment are distributed among the participants and the guide.

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