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Outdoor Academy of Sweden on the west coast.

skapad 2012-10-01 i 'Green Adventures Blog'

 

The Outdoor Academy of Sweden is a great and fun initiative from Visit Sweden, Scandinavian Outdoor Group, one regional tourist board and local outdoor companies where the academy is being held. The main idea is to promote Sweden, one local region, Scandinavian outdoor gear manufacturers and to create more business for the local outdoor companies. Shortly, we want to show the rest of the world what a great place Sweden is!

Last week the West Sweden Tourist Board was one of the players to make it all happen on the west coast together with Green Adventures, Nautopp, Upplevelsebolaget and Kajak i Grundsund. During 5 days, special invited guests from all over the world, but mainly Europe, got the chance to experience this part of Sweden, it's landscape, it's archipelago, it's seafood and several other typical traditions and locations around here. They arrived on Saturday and were served a smörgåsbord of seafood at Tanumstrand, just south of the fishing village of Grebbestad. I believe more than one person had a bit too much to eat that evening...

The following morning we all met for a breakfast made in heaven and a short briefing about the coming days, before each group individually collected their kayaks and outdoor gear to be used and tested during the paddle. A few members of the Scandinavian Outdoor Group were taking part in the event and supplied the paddlers with gear. Primus had brought loads of stoves, Didriksons supported with lots of clothing, Point 65 had brought a whole pile of kayaks, Light my Fire made sure we hade cuttlery to use for eating and Tentipi provided the cool tents. In addition to this, both Blå Band and REAL contributed with some food for us.

All together there was about 70 people paddling in the Fjällbacka archipelago during two days and we all enjoyed the whole experience. Me and Nick got the privilege to spend the days with a gang of really interesting and fun people from Germany, Great Britain, France, USA, Italy, Spain and Sweden. We also had everything from rain and wind to sunshine and flat water. We also made it all the way to Långeskär (or Longskar as Josh from the US renamed it), which is such a beautiful "last" island before the Weather Islands.

So thanks to all the people joining us for the Outdoor Academy and also thanks to Nick, Carin and Gustav who all made a great job with Green Adventures during these days. Hopefully this wasn't the last time the academy was held here.


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Carin and Gustav briefing the group before getting on the water. Is Carin already tired and needs to sit down you think?

Carin and Gustav briefing the group before getting on the water. Is Carin already tired and needs to sit down you think?

American Josh is trying out the Scandinavian version of fast food. Who won the battle you think? Josh or the sachet?

American Josh is trying out the Scandinavian version of fast food. Who won the battle you think? Josh or the sachet?

We all had to paddle Point 65 boats and Nick got the chance to try out the XP 18. What he thought about it? That is confidential...   ;-)

We all had to paddle Point 65 boats and Nick got the chance to try out the XP 18. What he thought about it? That is confidential... ;-)

People were fighting over the chance to do some navigation on the sea. Not! It all went extremly quiet before Jim Krawiecki took the command.

People were fighting over the chance to do some navigation on the sea. Not! It all went extremly quiet before Jim Krawiecki took the command.

After having arrived at Långeskär, we needed to pitch our Tentipi's. For some it took a little longer...

After having arrived at Långeskär, we needed to pitch our Tentipi's. For some it took a little longer...

But in the end we had created a cozy camp and then the sun came out. What a great evening!

But in the end we had created a cozy camp and then the sun came out. What a great evening!

Pasta saffron soup with shrimps and avocado was on the menu this first evening.

Pasta saffron soup with shrimps and avocado was on the menu this first evening.

And accompanied with the dinner; a glas of white. Guess who of these two guys comes from the land of pubs?  Sorry Jim. ;-)

And accompanied with the dinner; a glas of white. Guess who of these two guys comes from the land of pubs? Sorry Jim. ;-)

Beautiful morning paddle just when the sun is coming out.

Beautiful morning paddle just when the sun is coming out.

We stopped at Dyngön to get a view of the islands we were surrounded by. And oh, it was worth the walk.

We stopped at Dyngön to get a view of the islands we were surrounded by. And oh, it was worth the walk.

Swedish photographer Henrik Trygg seemed to feel a bit uncomfortable infront of the camera. Ha! Now you know how it feels Henrik!

Swedish photographer Henrik Trygg seemed to feel a bit uncomfortable infront of the camera. Ha! Now you know how it feels Henrik!

Great big granite walls with small kayakers. Suddenly you understand that we are only guests on this planet.

Great big granite walls with small kayakers. Suddenly you understand that we are only guests on this planet.

A lunch stop at Valö can never go wrong.

A lunch stop at Valö can never go wrong.

Collecting garbage from the sea. Did it suddenly turn into a double kayak?

Collecting garbage from the sea. Did it suddenly turn into a double kayak?

The whole gang before my battery for the camera died. Thanks for a great trip!

The whole gang before my battery for the camera died. Thanks for a great trip!

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