Kayaking around Tjärnö

Visit Tjärnö Marine Laboratory by kayak

Kayaking on the Swedish west coast offers lots of experiences. The many islands, boathouses and coastal environments provide memories to last a lifetime. Lagunen is the perfect starting point for anyone wishing to explore Strömstad’s southern archipelago. This route takes you through calm and sheltered waters with very few boats.

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Coffee and kayaking by Tjärnö Laboratory

Lagunen has two sandy beaches from which you can easily launch your kayak. From here it is easy and convenient to get in and out of your vessel. This slightly longer route takes you on an adventure comprising oyster beds, mussel farms, and marine science & research. The initial stage heads in a southerly direction, with Tjärnö to the right. You soon turn west and use the islands for shelter as you travel towards Tjärnö Laboratory. The final stretch towards the canal is open to south-westerly winds. On a windy day, you may encounter some waves here.
You have now reached Tjärnö Laboratory, which is a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic. The research aquarium is open in the summer, so take the opportunity to pat a king crab and learn what lobsters get up to under the surface. After recharging your batteries, you set out on the return trip, which runs via a culvert at Lindholmen, before turning back towards Lagunen.

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Mainly calm waters and always close to land. The culvert can be cramped when the water level is high.

Approximate duration

This route is suitable for a whole or half day trip. The aquarium at Tjärnö Laboratory is open in the summer.


This route is 19 km long. There are no shortcuts.


Check the map before you leave and bring a physical map or nautical chart.

Which map application do you use?

Lagunen has decided to focus on three apps, which we find work well in our area. All have useful free versions available, although a paid subscription obviously means more features. You can also download the GPX file to your own favourite app. In addition, our reception sells a useful leisure map, scale 1:50,000.

  • Viewranger: This app has a good user interface and useful map functions. Originally designed for hiking and navigating in forests and nature. Easy to create trips and plan routes. We use it mainly for hiking and trail riding. Integrates with Openstreetmap, which is very up-to-date in our area.
  • Trailforks: This is home turf for trail riders. The app is a meeting place for anyone who enjoys cycling in woodland. Free maps make it easy to find good trail riding routes.
  • Strava: This app has been around for a long time and has many users in our area. This means that it is very up-to-date and includes recommendations for both road cycling and mountain biking.

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Bo vid Strömstads skärgård

På Lagunen bor du precis där havet och Strömstads skärgård börjar. Här finns alltid något att upptäcka. Blir det en heldag i Strömstad, en båttur på Kosterhavet eller en lugn dag med krabbfiske på mage från Malis brygga, alldeles intill Lagunens badstrand? På Lagunen vaknar du till ljudet av vågornas skvalpande, måsarnas skrik och Kosterhavets havsbris som letar sig in i viken året runt – det är bara du som bestämmer när.