Havspaddling, Långfärdspaddling, Tävling, Forspaddling, Teknikträning, Kanadensare , Ungdomar, SUP-bräda
Sea kayaking, Long distance paddling, Competion, Whitewater, Kayak Skills, Canoe, Youth, SUP board
About the Kayak Club
We are situated on the east coast of Sweden, 1 hours drive north of Kalmar and 4 hours drive south of Stockholm in a place called Oskarshamn, which translated means the port of Oscar.
The area is important for a number of reasons. Ferries run daily to Gotland to the east and during the summer ferries run to Öland and to 'Blå Jungfräu' or the Blue Maiden famous because it has mythical and magical tales associated with it. Some more information here.
Off the coast we often see Sea Eagles and occasionaly Golden Eagles. There is a fantastic range of wild flowers to be found and the Swedes are fanatical about picking Chanterelles and blueberries in the summer with Lingon later in the year.
The club was formed in 1986 and has a membership of 250 and you will see from 'what's on' that we have a full program.
We have kayaks that members can use free of charge (subject to availability) on club evenings and on Sunday mornings during the spring and summer plus on special club events.
The clubhouse is situated by the water and has kayak storage available (for which there is a short waiting list at present). Traditionaly rudders are used on the kayaks.
What we do:-
Most people in Sweden speak a bit of English and we have one native English speaker and a few native German speakers in the club.
Important information on access in Sweden
Access rights in Sweden are different from the UK or France and some other EU countries. The Swedes are rightly proud of their love of nature and their right of access to it enshrined in something called 'Allemansrätten' (click on this link) which is the 'right of public access'.
It should be noted that there is little to no tide here. The Swedish name for the Baltic sea is 'Östersjön'.
The Right of Public Access makes everybody free to roam the Swedish countryside. But there are some things you must keep in mind when you are out walking, camping, climbing, picking flowers or doing something else in the countryside.
Click on the above link for more details
Cycling in Sweden is fantastic with quiet roads and an amazing network of cycle paths. Cycling is commonplace, even on the snowy paths in the winter. A cycle tour from Copenhagen/Malmö to Oskarshamn would take 5-7 days.
How to get here
The kayak club is situated in a beautiful position in Oskarshamn Archipelago as a result the nearest public transport finishes 2km from the club. The easiest way to get here is by car but many members cycle from all parts of Oskarshamn. The club is a 10 minute bike ride from the town centre, to walk will take 30-40 minutes.
From the railway station, go south along Åsavägen, over the roundabout (going up hill) past Netto and onto and then to a secound rounabout. Turn left into Östersjövägen continuing then under a railway bridge. After the railway bridge turn right onto Stänghamnsvägen. 3km down the road you will get to a carpark on the right and the club is situated on Kanotvägen by the waterside. See the google map on the home page.
From Kalmar or Västervik
Buses run regularly from Kalmar in the south and Västervik in the north, the journey takes between 1-1.5 hours
See link below for Bus company (Kalmar area transport, KLT). This site can be viewed in English
Oskarsham can be reached on the rail network via Nässjö. There would be one change of train from Stockholm or Kalmar for example. http://www.sj.se/start/startpage/index.form?l=en
Follow E22 and come off at the Oskarshamn south exit (as opposed to Oskarshamn Central or north exits). Follow signs to the Gotland Ferry but turn right at the 2nd roundabout into Östersjövägen continuing then under a railway bridge. After the railway bridge turn right onto Stänghamnsvägen. 3km down the road you will get to a carpark on the right and the club is situated on Kanotvägen by the waterside. See the google map on the home page.
Note that tickets must be bought before getting on the train to avoid a penalty fine. Through tickets to Kalmar include the bridge toll.
Note that Norwegian Airlines will take white water kayaks in the hold. Contact Norwegian for more details.
Oskarshamns Kanotklubb, Kanotvägen, Stångehamn, Oskarshamn. Copyright 2018