Kayaking in Skellefteå


In Skellefteå and the surrounding area, there are many nice waters to kayak and canoe in - both calm and wild, for both the beginner and the experienced. Kågefjärden, Burviksfjärden, Buskösundet and Finnforsån are some examples of suitable waters. Below you will find both rental companys and suitable and graded tours of various lengths. If you have your own kayak or canoe trip you want to tell us about, send an email to info@visitskelleftea.se

6 nice kayaking trips tips

Regardless of whether you are a beginner or an experienced canoeist, there are tours that suit you. The choice of kayak is also crucial to the overall experience. Never paddle alone and have a plan for how to handle a capsize. Always wear a life jacket and pack warm and dry clothes with you.


For even more trips in different waters around the municipality, see the link below.

Freedom to roam

The Swedish freedom to roam is fantastic! It makes it possible for everyone to practice outdoor life and move freely and easily in nature, but it also places certain demands on those who visit it. Read more about the possibilities and obligations of the right of public access here.

Breaking Waves in Swedish Lapland

The Gulf of Bothnia (Bottenviken) is the perfect place for all canoeists who love an outdoor experience. Secluded and with endless midnight light through the summer, it just makes for a perfect playground. This is Sven Burman's story about just that.

The difference between canoe, kayak and Canadian

There is some conceptual confusion surrounding these vessels. Canoeists who compete say, for example, that they compete in a canoe and then they sit in something that most people call a kayak.


Here is an explanation to clarify this confusion. Canoe is a collective name for light seagoing vessels with pointy ends and which are driven with muscle power and single or double paddle.


Canoes are then divided into kayaks and Canadians. The word canoe itself comes from Caribbean canoa, which can be translated to the English word for boat. In the cold Arctic waters around Greenland, the canoe became an important tool in hunting, but due to the temperature, the hunters could not sit in open canoes but instead built covered canoes with a cockpit. That is what most people today call a kayak.


Canadians and kayaks can in turn be divided into subcategories such as whitewater kayaks, sit-on-top kayaks, surfskis and more.