Snorkling, Photo: Johannes Berner

A smooth surface, whitecapped waves or a quiet excursion under water. No matter what your favourite water vision looks like, Gothenburg and the surrounding areas offer great possibilities for activities in, on and under water.

Smooth sailing
With the ocean always present and a natural part of the city, and all the inviting guest harbours in the archipelago, no wonder sailing is kind of a big thing here. There are several options for boat rentals, going for a cruise on your own or with a skipper. You'll find some of the operators in the area here: Sailing in Gothenburg.

Wind and kite surfing are also popular sports, and Askimsviken, Björlanda and Arendal are a few of the local spots appreciated among the surfer community. In the user generated Spot guide you’ll find many more tips. Want to rent equipment or take a course? Rågelund Kite school in Frillesås, about 45 minutes south of Gothenburg by car, and Surfcenter in Askim are two options.

Canoe and kayak
Canoeing or kayaking is an amazing way of exploring the archipelago, the canals and the lakes. Thera are several operators in the area and you’ll find a few of them here: Canoe & Kayak. There you’ll also find tips about SUP and SUP Yoga!

Below the surface
For those who want to explore the underwater world, there are great opportunities for both scuba diving and snorkeling in and around Gothenburg. Äventyr och Tång on the island Hönö is one of the operators offering diving courses and scuba day trips. If you prefer snorkeling, don’t miss the snorkel trails! Read more about them here (scroll down a bit).

Up for more water adventures? Within daytrip distance from the city centre you’ll find several action-packed alternatives! For exeample, you can rent water scooters and fly boards at Aquaevent in Stenungsund, go wakeboarding at Lagunen Cable Park outside Landvetter, or water-ski at Göteborgs Vattenskidklubb (Gothenburg’s water skiing club), also in the vicinity of Landvetter.