Kayaking in calm waters

Go kayaking in the 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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Circumnavigate Starholmen – explore our island

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. Starholmen is the island on the opposite side of the water from Lagunen. A trip around this island offers sheltered bays and amazingly pretty seaside environments. Our recommended route starts by travelling west through Trälsund, where trout spawn in the streaming water. The sound is shallow and only the smallest of boats can get through. Keep Starholmen on your right. When you reach the western side of the island and are ready to turn back towards Lagunen, take a detour into Stigfjorden, which is part of northern Öddö. On the way back, you pass Tankarna, where Strömstad locals traditionally catch mackerel. We have caught thousands of fish here over the years. Don’t forget to visit the inner parts of the little island before heading back to Lagunen.

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Mainly calm waters and always close to land. One shorter stretch on the northern side can be a little choppy.

Approximate duration

This is the perfect route for a morning or evening trip and should take no more than one hour to complete.


The distance is 10 km. There are opportunities to go ashore in one of the shallow bays.


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.