Code of conduct

There are about thirty recommended tent sites in the Tanum municipality’s archipelago. The non-profit association Hållbar Skärgård (Sustainable Archipelago) has invested in some of these in order to protect the fragile nature and to give you an experience as good as possible by and among other things, constructing solar panel driven outdoor toilets.

The islands for the toilets are selected with regard of popularity among visitors in the archipelago, plant and animal life and in agreement with the landowners, usually the Swedish Government. Some of the sites today have a solar panel driven outdoor toilet and we are working on getting more to the islands where it does not already exist.

For the future, there are thoughts such as setting up windshields where you get emergency shield if necessary, charging stations on the toilets to secure contact with relatives et c to avoid unnecessary alarms to the Sea Rescue (SSRS), fixed prepared fireplaces in order to make safe fires as possible with regard to our fragile nature and link together the coastal villages and tent sites through a sea trail that perhaps stretches all the way from Copenhagen to Oslo.

01 Membership.

Hållbar Skärgård is a unique association that works to give you the opportunity to camp and stay in harmony with nature, ie to make a traceless journey in the archipelago of Bohuslän, West Sweden. For example, to camp on an island is a unique opportunity that does not exist in so many other places in the world

The association has built solar panel driven outdoor toilets on selected islands, brought together information that may be relevant for you who paddle or travel by boat and works to influence the infrastructure with the aim to open up coastal villages for paddlers, as it is already relatively easy to get to by boat.

Sustainable Archipelago has no employees in the association, all work is based on non-profit forces within the association, which also include the operation and maintenance of the solar panel driven outdoor toilets. A membership in Hållbar Skärgård therefore gives an economic opportunity to drive the association and its issues forward, such as, for example, building more solar panel driven outdoor toilets in the archipelago. Membership can be signed online on this site, at kayak rentals, at one of the tourist offices or partners. The same applies to non recurring contributions, if you think this is a good initiative and want to pull your straw to the stack, but do not want to join the association..

02 Camping.

The tent sites are in the middle of nature and here you are staying on the conditions of nature. A tent site cannot be reserved and you can only stay one or maximum two nights at one place.

Also note certain restrictions that apply, for example in the nature reserves, bird and seal protection areas, see below under restricted areas.

In order to keep the archipelago as pleasant as possible, for as many as possible, it is important that we show each other and nature respect. For example, you should keep the beaches free of boats and kayaks, for easier bathing to all visitors. Even tents should be placed so that beach and swimming activities can continue, especially if you plan to stay for two days. It might also be appropriate to take down your tent during the day, to promote the opportunity for others to enjoy the outdoor life.

03 Toilets.

The solar panel driven outdoor toilets are ecological. They work by separating the urine and the stool. Never throw debris into the toilets, then their ecological function is destroyed. The toilets should only be used as a toilet. If you do not have access to the toilet, you can, in an emergency, dig down the stool and toilet paper in a secluded place or bring it back to land. Therefore, one should always have a small spade with them. An option is to burn the toilet paper at site. Please respect the fire ban, see below.

Please bring your own toilet paper and together we can work that everyone will have a pleasant visit on the toilets, as the association does not have any employees who care for the toilets, but operation and maintenance only takes place with non-profit forces from the association.

04 Garbage.

There are no rubbish bins out in the archipelago. Everything taken out in the archipelago must be taken ashore, including garbage. You should never leave garbage in nature, it is even a crime in Sweden. Remember that many after you want to experience our beautiful nature. Removed garbage is spread by birds and rodents, the garbage then destroys nature and kills animals.

Recycling stations are located in each village where you can leave papers, glass, carbon, metal and plastic packaging. In addition, there is a small number of containers for mixed waste, primarily for kayak tourists and leisure boats, in direct connection to the ports.

We have marked out where you can throw your garbage on land on the map, so that you can easily will find where you can throw away garbage and sort the waste.

05 Restricted areas.

Animal protection areas exist for animals who need to be left alone during the time they are having their bebies. There may also be areas in the nature reserves where there is a ban on access to protect animal or plant life. Along the coast of Bohuslän, West Sweden there are a number of bird protection and seal protection areas. They are mostly marked, but sometimes the signs may have disappeared. Within these areas it is forbidden to go ashore and you must not stay closer than 100 m away from the beach.

The bird shelter areas are always marked on the charts and it is you as a guest who is obliged to inform yourself of where they are located.

06 Fire ban.

The public right to access gives you no general right to make a fire. During the dry months during the summer, there may be a fire ban and this also applies to the islands in the archipelago. Occasionally there is a total fire ban and then all use of open fire is prohibited, including the use of barbecues, outdoor kitchens and the like. It is your duty as a guest in the area to inform you of any fire ban.

  • Never cook directly on rocks. They burst and it gives ugly sores in nature that cannot be repaired.
  • A fire should be extinguished properly before leaving the site. You can be sentenced to damages if the fire spreads.
  • For the most part, you will find no wood on the islands. If you want wood to light a fire, be sure to buy this on land before heading out in the archipelago.
  • Also keep in mind that all firing takes place at your own risk.

For up-to-date information on heating / fire ban situation, read the “Swedish Civil Protection and Emergency Planning Authority” ie Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och beredskap.

You can also download the app “Brandrisk Ute” for the current fire risk and forecast via GPS and search function (only in Swedish).

07 Emergency situations.

In case of emergency – such as fire, accidents and drowning – call 112.

To get help quickly, you need to know the name of the island and the weather direction you are on the islands and other characteristic features.

One tip is to note from which island you went / paddled to and which one you are heading for.

In case of non-urgent matters, call 114 14 for the police and 1177 for the healthcare counselling.