Gliding silently through the water making no sound other than the paddles hitting the water is a totally magical experience. The High Coast has fantastic kayaking with open waters and several beautiful islands perfect for going ashore on.
Delightful sea kayaking along the coast
It has become more and more popular to paddle a sea kayak along the High Coast. The ultimate outdoor experience, according to many, is gliding along soundlessly in a kayak in the company of good friends in the evening sun. That you are in a World Heritage Site just makes it even more amazing. The varied coastline with its many coves and inlets makes it almost impossible to finish exploring here. The archipelago with its many islands also offers protection from the open sea. But not always of course. Experience and planning are of vital importance when you are arranging your trip. Read on to find out about some of our favourite routes and things that will be good to know about when you are off on a kayaking adventure.
Renting kayaks and canoes
There are plenty of places along the coast where you can rent kayaks and canoes.
Good to know before you start
We recommend that you always contact one of the kayak rental outfits in the area before you set off to get some valuable local knowledge and advice, even if you are an experienced kayaker with your own equipment. With good local advice on board, you will greatly increase your chances of having a fantastic kayaking trip on the High Coast. Make sure you always stay aware of what the weather is doing and take your own fitness and experience levels into consideration when planning your trip. Sudden changes in weather can make a daytrip twice as long, and much more taxing both physically and mentally. Calculate your timings carefully and make sure you always allow for breaks.
There are almost endless of opportunities for kayaking in the High Coast. Here are some of our favourite trips in the High Coast.
Open sea island hopping between Skeppsmalen and Norrfällsviken
This is a longer kayaking route with three highlights all in the one trip. The islands you’ll visit along the way between Skeppsmalen and Norrfällsviken are like pearls on a necklace.
A fantastic three-day trip down the Ångermanälven river. Start in Sollefteå where the river banks tower above you and finish in Härnösand in the High Coast’s southern archipelago.
The High Coast Kayaking Route
The High Coast Kayaking Route is an excellent kayaking trip for active outdoor lovers who want to get even closer to nature without rushing too much. The trip is perfect if you want to combine kayaking with hiking in the Skuleskogen National Park or climbing Sweden’s highest island Mjältön.
Kayak trip from Bönhamn to Högbonden Lighthouse
This trip is a short but superbly beautiful route past the High Coast’s most popular old fishing village and the island Högbonden with its lighthouse.
Directly below Skuleberget is Norrfjärden inlet, one of the most popular inlets along the High Coast for kayaking. Thanks to its sheltered location, this trip is easier and is suitable for those with a little less experience.