Sights and activities

Paddle tour in Kristinehamn archipelago

Kristinehamn, Värmlands län


  • To do

Enjoy sandy beaches and smooth rocks, paddle around islands Vålön / Kalvön / Sibberön.

Starting point: The Picasso sculpture or the kayak rental.

Total distance: 17 km from the kayak rental. From the sculpture, it is slightly shorter.

Time: 1/2 - 1 day

Map: Archipelago Map of North Vänern or from the book Kayaking Tours Vänern page 113th.

Difficulty: Moderate.

In windy weather the passage around the southern part of Sibberön is difficult. In such cases, we recommend you take a shortcut through one of the straits between the islands.

This paddling tour takes you around the three islands and returns to the starting point. Start at the kayak rental where there is parking or at the beach below the Picasso sculpture. To get to the west of the islands you follow the waterway marked with red and green posts or the small strait south of Tyskön, called Ringbergssundet. This takes you to the bay of Hjälmarsfjorden, now follow the west side of Vålön. For a shorter trip turn back through the strait between Kalvön and Vålön (underneath a bridge). Depending on the water level you might have to be careful. Kalvön has beaches and picnic areas. Sibberöns South Point is a spot with sensitive bird life and you should avoid going ashore here. At Lakviken on Sibberöns east side, there are nice picnic areas and it is also a suitable place for an overnight stay. On Sibberöns north side you will find a cabin. Along Vålön are several good places to stop and on the northern part of the island, there are several popular beaches. Paddle back to the starting point.

A shorter option is to paddle directly to the beach at Vålön and then you can choose to hike along the trail that connects the islands via footbridges.