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Experience the special hidden places amongst the archipelagos of Lake Vänern, by kayak paddling, sailing trips and comfortable accommodation in your own cabin on our two-masted motor yacht M/S Pärla.

We eat and sleep on board and take daytrips with kayaks among 22, 000 islands and islets.

Experience the special hidden places amongst the archipelagos of Lake Vänern, by kayak paddling, sailing trips and comfortable accommodation in your own cabin on our two-masted motor yacht M/S Pärla.
We eat and sleep on board and take daytrips with kayaks. Lake Vänern has 22,000 islands, numerous archipelagos and an exceptional number of sunshine hours. We get an optimal experience of the most beautiful places by combining kayaking in the scenic shallow archipelagos, with safe and comfortable sailing over the sometimes unprotected waters of the Vänern inland sea. The tours start from Mariestad.

Lake Vänern is an inland sea and kayaking can vary a lot based on the prevailing weather conditions. With M/S Pärla we can seek out the most protected locations possible and avoid lengthy unprotected crossings with the kayaks. For loading reasons, we primarily use tandem kayaks but single kayaks may also be available.

Programme 2017: (The boat can handle most weather, but in order to get good kayaking conditions the tour may sometimes need to be adjusted depending on the prevailing winds and waves)

Day 1:
Start 10.00 in Mariestad harbour.
Boat trip to Kalvö Nature Reserve which we often have to ourselves.
We explore the archipelago in Kalvö Nature Reserve from kayaks.
Spending the night in the Nature Reserve.

Day 2:
Boat trip to exotic Djurö National Park in the middle of Lake Vänern.
Kayaking trip in the scenic archipelago, looking for the sea eagles that we usually spot here.
Guided tour with stories of bygone days on Djurö.
Spending the night in the National Park.

Day 3:
We sail to popular Brommö nature reserve with its delightful sandy beaches.
Kayaking in Brommö Nature Reserve with its lovely sandy beaches.
Sailing back to Mariestad.
Arrive in Mariestad harbour about 20.00.

Things to consider:
The tour is subject to the prevailing weather conditions. It is an advantage if you have kayaked before but not a requirement. We normally kayak for around 3-5 hours per day at a relaxed pace so you should able to cope if you are generally fit. With tandem kayaks it is possible to have an adult or a child with a little less ability in front, if the person behind can cope with a little more.
If you wish you can take a kayaking course at Vänern Outdoor before you take part in a multi-day trip.
Swimming ability of 200m is required.

Age limit: minimum 12 years
Number of participants: Minimum 4 participants, maximum 7 participants in cabins (otherwise maximum 8 participants).

Dates 2017:
17th – 19th July
17th – 19th August
29th – 31st August

Included: Accommodation with sheets, fully equipped kayak, all meals, skipper/guide, Wi-Fi (Except when mobile coverage is missing).

We help one another with various tasks such as; cooking, washing-up and loading of kayaks.

Transfer to and from Landvetter airport in Gothenburg can be booked. Price: Maximum 4 people SEK 1,900/single journey. Maximum 8 people SEK 2,900/single journey.

Extra night: One night’s accommodation before the start of the tour. Breakfast included. Minimum 2 people SEK 350/person.
One night’s accommodation after the end of the tour. Minimum 2 people SEK 300/person.

If to few participants the tour may be canceled.

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Norrqvarn Hotel & Conference

Distance: 17 km
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