Kayaking in culverts

Kayaking in Strömstad’s southern archipelago

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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Kayaking by Öddö and Tjärnö

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 route heads in a westerly direction through the shallow and narrow sound of Trälsund, where oysters and mussels cover the entire seabed. You may be lucky enough to see a brown trout spawning in the fast-running stream. Between Daftön and Öddö is a small channel, just wide enough for a kayak. Soon afterwards you glide through the first culvert connecting the islands. The route then follows the eastern side of Öddö upwards, towards Tjärnö. Turn off before the bridge and round the island of Gullnäsholmen. So far, you have mainly travelled through waters where only kayaks can pass. You now turn 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 is the perfect route for a morning or evening trip and should take no more than one hour to complete.


This trip is 10 km long. It can be shortened if desired.


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.