Sweden 2017

Monday 24th July – Monday 31st July 2017

Open to those in Yr 9 – 11, the Sweden Expedition is a canoe journey down Lake Stora Le, an extensive body of water in the Swedish Lake District. The scenery is stunning and the clear water of the lake is punctuated with small rocky islands where we can camp. As we journey down the lake we will have the opportunity to teach a variety of bushcraft and survival skills which are tested at the end of the Expedition in a 24hr Survival exercise.


The pupils are divided into teams of 6 called Fires, each with their own leader who will be their point of contact for the whole trip. They will shop, camp, and cook in these teams and each will nominate a student leader. Fires are paired up into Gods (Odin, Thor, and Loki etc) when paddling. Although they will be spread out, the Fires will always camp in the same general area or on the same island. When journeying in canoes a UKCC canoe coach will supervise each God, and each Fire will be in contact by phone and radio.

For the first 2 nights the group will camp at the canoe base while we prepare for the expedition. On the islands the pupils will sleep in hammocks under tarp shelters. Cooking will be done over campfires throughout the trip.

There are composting style toilets on each of the islands we camp on. Washing is done by collecting water from the lake and warming it over the fire.


We will be hiring canoes, paddles, watertight barrels, and buoyancy aids from Canodal, a well established canoe outfitter near the small town of Ed. We will camp here on the first two nights and on our return from the canoe journey. Canodal also hires out kayaks which we will use to run BCU 2* assessments on the first day.

For the journey itself we will be using a mixture of 2 and 3 person aluminium canoes ideally suited to long journeys. They can carry a large amount of food and equipment and are comfortable to paddle for long periods. When the wind conditions are right, we will be able to raft them together and hoist an improvised sail to save ourselves some paddling!

Visit Canodal Website


As we progress along the lake we will teach the students a range of Bushcraft skills including:

  • Firelighting (including friction methods)
  • Search and Rescue Techniques
  • Shelter Building
  • Natural Cordage
  • Knife, saw and axe safety
  • Wild Food
  • Water Purification

Those who are keen can choose to undertake a 24hr survival exercise at the end of the trip to test out their new skills and general resilience.


Monday 24th – Travel to airport / Fly to Oslo / Transfer to Canoe Base

Tuesday 25th – Provisioning and basic training

Wednesday 26th – Canoe Journey begins. Paddle to Skotton Island

Thursday 27th – Paddle to Furustadon

Friday 28th – Paddle to Tronsholman

Saturday 29th – Paddle to Guppvikson

Sunday 30th – Paddle to Grunerud / Transfer to Canoe Base / Expedition Meal

Monday 31st – Depart Canoe Base / Sightseeing / Return to UK


View a route map


The Sweden Expedition will cost £1115 pp

The Exploration Society will charge £895 pp to include:

  • Expedition Planning and Leadership
  • Canoe and Equipment Hire inc Hammocks/Tarps
  • In-country transfers
  • A knife, whistle, striker and paracord set
  • An expedition t-shirt
  • All meals in Sweden

The Airline will charge approximately £220 pp for flights from London to Gothenburg to be paid directly. This figure may fluctuate depending on the final size of the group and the time of booking.

Not included

  • Personal camping equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel to the airport

Please use the link below to book a place on the trip by paying a £95 deposit. Although we will reserve seats, flight cost are paid directly to the airline. The balance of payment will be payable in two instalments of £400 each in January and April

Book a place here!