A complete guide to planning your food for your self-guided adventure
food & beverage
A nice meal and a couple of cold beers or wine at sunset really makes for an enjoyable trip. Fill out the food order in your Trip Planner. You buy at cost price and we shop and pack it for you, it’s like going to the Swedish supermarket – from home.
PLANNING YOUR MEALS
There is absolutely no reason to be compromising when it comes to food on this journey. The kayaks are quite roomy and we supply diverse cooking gear and a large assortment of spices, herbs and flavourings free of charge.
It does take some effort to plan meals and snacks for an entire wilderness stay. Plan each day’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages & snacks in detail. Free-styling it is a sure way to end up with way too much food!
Big breakfast – at the camp
Light lunch that require a minimum of cooking gear – while kayaking
Big dinner – when you arrive at your new camp.
Our Recipe Site
Make sure to visit our Recipe site. It’s completely possible to cook wonderful food during your entire adventure without having to lean on heavily processed options. There are also a fair few typical Swedish dishes if you feel like tasting some of our culinary culture.
If you find some recipes you like, add them to your collection. You can then create a shopping list to use as a guide for filling out the food order in your Trip Planner.
Keep in mind when choosing recipes that food items come in certain sized packaging from the supermarket. If you pick recipes for all your meals it’s very likely you’ll end up with lots of leftover ingredients. Pick a few, use some for inspiration and try to come up with ways to utilise most of what you order.
Our top quality mylar-lined NRS Cooler bag will keep your food cold for 3–4 nights and is designed for maintaining cleanliness between use. You will receive one 30 Liter cooler per double kayak.
Note! If you’re group is using single kayaks only, you will receive a regular cooler bag that will stay cold for 1–2 nights. Please plan accordingly.
All recipes are colour coded to indicate durability recommendation.
Note! These recommendations are adapted to the cooler bag that fits in our double kayaks. If your group is using single kayaks only, please consider the red category to last 1 night, and the orange and green category to last 2 nights instead (except the veggies in the green category, they will last 4 nights).
Red: will last 1–2 nights. Fresh meat, chicken and frozen fish – 1 night. Frozen chicken, fresh milk, cream, flavoured yoghurt, sour cream, smoked salmon, ready-made creamy salads like potato salad, shrimp salad – 2 nights.
Orange: will last 3 nights. Meatballs, smoked ham, smoked turkey, roast beef. Soft and hard cheese. Greek yoghurt. Perishable vegetables like spinach, arugula, lettuce, mushrooms, scallions, fresh herbs, cherry tomatoes. Swedish style wraps.
Green: will last 4 nights. Butter, creme fraiche, halloumi, parmesan. Hummus. Bacon, sliced salami, prosciutto, sausages like chorizo and brats. Cucumber, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, aubergine, kale.
Blue: will normally last your whole trip. Root vegetables, onions, cabbage. Eggs, long-lasting milk, cream & butter. Hard-smoked or cured sausages like whole salami, whole “Onsala” sausage. Lemon, limes. Anything preserved e.g. tuna, crab, beans, olives, grilled peppers, pesto, mayonnaise. Tortilla wraps and Kavring (very dark rye bread).
Restaurants & Pubs
Harstena village is the busiest hub of the archipelago islands. Boaters and kayakers gather here to stroll around the picturesque village. There is a kiosk, bakery and smoke-house for fish. The restaurant serves up delicious archipelago cuisine and lagers. The establishments on Harstena are open June 20-Aug 25.
Restaurant opening hours:
Lunch 11.30 – 15.30
Dinner 18 – 22
Visit sea dog and jack of many trades Mats’s rustic pub for a really authentic island experience! He’s a great host! Enjoy beers and dishes made from ingredients hunted or fished nearby. This is not the kind of place you just walk up to, let us know if you’re interested and we’ll see if he’s available for a dinner or lunch for you. Mats is open all season.
Tyrislöt is a mainland hub that you may visit to fill up your water. There’s a well-stocked country store if you’ve run out of snacks or something (but we do recommend ordering everything you need in advance, so your paddling route is flexible). There is also a pub that serves simple dishes, and they have a great garden where you can sit among the cherry trees.
Country store opening hours:
31 May – 31 Aug: 9 – 18
Pub opening hours:
This is where our launch is, so it’s not very likely that you’ll return to here. If you do however, they have a great boathouse restaurant right on the sea.
31 May – 27 June: 12 – 20 (limited menu)
28 June – 4 Aug: 12 -22 (full menu)
5 Aug – 25 Aug: 12 – 20 (limited menu)
How much space is there for food in the kayaks?
Our double kayaks have lots of room. If you’re using a single kayak you do have to take space into account. In regards to alcohol, boxed wines, as well as cans of beer are easy to stow in the kayaks. Much preferable to glass bottles of wine.
Where can I drop off rubbish?
There are many bins for rubbish in the archipelago. We ask you to separate aluminium and plastic as there are recycling stations in some locations.
Where can I fill up fresh water?
We provide 9 liters of fresh water per person in Klean Kanteen drinking bottles and water canteens. There are a few places to replenish your water supply along the way.
Herbs, spices and some condiments at no charge
Be sure to go to the herbs, spice and condiments section of your food order. You can select as many as you like at no extra charge.
We provide a versatile set of cooking supplies. If you’re a keen cook, you’ll be well equipped!
- One gas-fuelled Trangia cooker per 2 persons. Includes 2 pots and one small frying pan.
- Large frying pan that will also fit on the Trangia.
- Chopping board
- Kitchen knife
- Large spoon
- Can opener
- Small grater
- Plastic bowl for mixing, salads etc.
- Cups for beverages
- Dish washing kit – sponge, dish brush, dish soap, towel
- Rubbish bags
- Smaller plastic bags plus clips
Some of our favourite ingredients for wild camping that last well
- Hard-smoked whole sausages like Salami, “Onsala” or Juniper
- Cooked sausages like Brats, Chorizo and Lamb
- Kavring (dark flavourful rye bread), tortilla wraps
- Halloumi cheese, parmesan
- Creme fraiche
- Long-lasting milk, cream & butter
- Beans, hummus
- Coconut milk, conserved cherry tomatoes
- Root vegetables, onions, cabbage, kale
- Fresh lemons and limes
- Garlic paste, basil paste, ginger paste, chili paste (less spicy than sambal), sambal oelek, horseradish paste, fond du chef (concentrated stock in small portions of much higher quality than cubes)
- Ajvar relish (grilled pepper & aubergine relish), pesto, tapenade
- Grilled peppers, olives, pickles, capers
- Mayonnaise, Sriracha mayonnaise, coarse mustard, ketchup, chili sauce
- Honey, raw sugar
Cooking your catch
You can order a Fishing Kit in the Upgrades section of your Trip Planner. It includes everything you need to go fishing off the rocks. You’re most likely to catch perch or pike, but there are sea trout, salmon and whitefish also.
It’s by no means a guarantee to catch fish, so don’t plan any meals around your catch. Look at it as a fun bonus meal or appetiser. Fishing luck is better when the water is colder, May/June and September.