Monthly Archives: February 2016

Silent Sea kayaking in Mid Winter

In February the archipelago offered us solitude in a silent frozen landscape. New snowfall made us change element from frozen lakes inland to open sea. No boats, no people, no disturbing noise from civilisation. Just the sounds of the paddle movement through the water. It was a calm inviting day with most most sunshine mixed with interesting clouds.

The archipelago is full of seabirds staying off shore waiting for spring. We had near contact with guillemots, black guillemots, different gulls, goldeneyes, red-breasted mergansers, grey herons and mute swans . Some harbour seals appeared very close. They are very curious and gives you a lot of fun.

Even in winter the archipelago is outmost colurful. The snow highlighted the experience! Further reflections below.

After six hours in northern Bohuslän, Fjällbacka archipelago, with a nice lunch break with hot tomatoe soup we arrived back in sunset. 25 kilometers well invested in effort, memories, physical excersise, tranquility, and fresh air. Welcome to one of the most interesting and beautiful kayaking arcipelagoes – especially in wintertime – in the world.

Fresh water lakes are frozen, salty waters still open in the south of Sweden.

Waterland Sweden with its diversity with many different conditions offers a lot for outdoor people! Welcome to join us!

Exploring great lake systems in Norway

The weather conditions  – temperatures below zero and sunshine – made our decision easy. We headed towards Norway in the borderland of Värmland. Three interesting lakes gave us two full days of skating on wonderful ice conditions. 10 – 20 cm thick us made us feel secure and we only had to be observant on the usual dangerous spots –  sounds, shoals, points, inlets and outlets. Our first day we followed the shoreline of lake Setten – 54 km easy skating!

After a wonderful stay at Römskog spa we started off in the morning after breakfast. Even better ice this day! Smooth, firm and excellent grey ice diversified with long strings of black ice. Lake Vortungen is offering stunning scenery with narrow offshoots (rifts) in all directions. The feeling of wilderness increases the further west you go. Watch video 1 (Youtube). Video 2.

In this area there is a wide range of interesting lakes. After lunch at the spa we ended our day at Lake Mjermen. Just at sunset we returned back to our car and headed home again already planning new trips!

The skating season is here right now. We can always find ice for “hungry skaters”!

Don´t miss Setskog IF’s fantastic arrangement at lake Setten!  A Skating Festival open for all ages February 14th.