Kitesurfing in Sweden

Perform a search in Google on "Best Kitesurfing Spots In The World" and you'll most likely not find one single article that list Sweden as one of the top destinations. You'll probably find places like Boracay, Mexico, Brazil, Australia etc. With no doubt great places for kitesurfing. Ask a swede what he or she thinks about kitesurfing in Sweden and he or she will for sure become very enthusiastic and tell you how great it is, which is true! So you might think that the swedes themself feel that this exclusion from being a part of the map is a bit unfair. Or could the case be that the swedes in secret are smiling to the fact that their beloved beaches and kite spots are, for foreigners, yet unknown and undiscovered diamonds...? Let's take a deep dive into what Sweden has to offer for kitesurfers and the answer to this question perhaps will stand clear to you.

The rise of a new sport

Kitesurfers were an unusual sight along the swedish coast until a few years ago when the people finally started to open their eyes to this new "mystic" water sport. A small group of kitesurfers had the privilege to more or less have the whole swedish coast line as their own territorium. For the last years the number of people that practise kitesurfing have increased for each year and kitesurfing is now a so called mainstream extreme sport. Fortunately Sweden offers many different kite spots and they are far from as crowded as the famous "best" spots in the world. kite sweeden osterlen

Ultimate kite conditions?

Sweden is not known for being the warmest country on Earth and wearing a wetsuit is standard when kiting in Sweden, but not always. There are actually some windy days with temperatures around 25-30 degrees when you can leave your wetsuit at home. However, apart from usual the hazzle to get dressed up in neopren from head to toe kitesurfing in Sweden is great in many ways!

  • Sweet water - The water around Sweden is, if not sweet, a mix of sweet and salt water which is nice! Imagine to get sprayed with water in your eyes without feeling the stinging pain, but instead the feeling of getting a refreshening cold shower. Not to mention your kites that absolutely love sweet water! You can always pack down your kites without the sticky outwearing layer of salt all over the kite.
  • Clean and harmless water - Sweden is extremely environmentally aware. Dumping garbage or chemicals are stricly forbidden and the water as well as the beaches along the coats are therefor free from polutions, broken glass bottles, plastic bags, dead fishes and other nasty stuff that you rather not want to see on the beaches or in the water where you spend hours kitesurfing. Shark, stingrays, sea urchins and dangerous jellyfishes don't excist in the rather cold and partly sweet water in Sweden. The worst thing you probably have to worry about is the tiny shells that if you are very unlucky to step on one can make small cuts in your footpads. Another benefit of the clean water is that even if you happen to swallow a mouthful of water you'll not get sick.
  • Rig your kite on grass - Many spots in Sweden are surrounded by grass fields and it's always a pleasure to land a soaking wet kite on grass rather than sand that suddenly cover major part of your precious kite.
  • Enormous kite areas - Thousands of kilometers of coast line shared by a relatively few number of kiters is the recipe for uncrowded spots.
  • Snowkite - The winters in Sweden are indeed cold, so cold that the water often is freezing and the northern part of Sweden is completely covered in snow for several months during the winter. What to do? Well, get dressed in in thermal clothes and prepare for an amazing kite session in stunning landscapes in the mountains!
  • Waves and flat water - The coast offer both deep and shallow water to satisfy both wave surfers and twin tip riders.
  • Merciful sun - The sun in Sweden is relatively weak compared to the sun at southern latitudes. Sunscreen is of course recommended for sensitive people, but you don't have to put on a whole bottle of sunscreen every time you face the sun.
  • Excellent teaching conditions - Sweden is known for having a very high standard on kite courses. Small groups, wind guarantee and shallow uncrowded water are factors that actually make people learn to kitesurf quite well and many can leave a course with the full confidence of being an independent rider after a two days kitesurfing course.

To sum it all up. If you´re not allergic to neopren Sweden delivers excellent kitesurfing conditions!

Wind and Weather Statistics

The wind pattern in Sweden can be quite irregular along the coast. The coast line doesn't face the Atlantic open sea anywhere, but less large areas of open water. Hence you can't rely on the breeze that you find on other places around the world. However, there are days with breeze, but these days normally occur in the beginning of the season that is April-May. This time of the year, the water is still cold while the sun is warm enough to heat up landmasses. In Sweden some fanatic hardcore people that endure the cold during the winter months kitesurf all year-round in Sweden, but for the common people the season starts in April-May and ends in Oktober. The best chances for wind is in the beginning and the end of the season where the average wind speed in the southern part of Sweden (where you find the best kite spots) is around 12 knots. This is not so much, so you need rather big kites. 12m to 17m kites are frequently used in Sweden. The weather however occasionally switches from high pressure to low pressure and vice versa. Between these switches the wind speed always increases and you usually get one day or two with wind speeds around 20-25 knots. The frequency of pressure changes is hard to predict and sometimes a high pressure can last for 2-3 weeks. These longer periods of sunny and hot weather are not so common in the beginning and the end of the season but typically in July-August. The air temperature during the summer months in the southern part of Sweden is normally in the range of 20-25 degrees celcius, so nothing crazy even though there are days with temperatures above 30 degrees celcius. The absolutely best month for kitesurfing in Sweden is with no doubt September when the summer starts to turn into autumn. This season change brings stronger wind while the water and air still is warm and nice.

Different kitespots

The total length of Sweden's coast line is 424 000 kilometers. That corresponds to 10 and half times around the world! A vast part of the coast lines are however around inland seas and watercourses, but still Sweden has 44 700 kilometers of coast measured along the mainland coast and the maritime island beaches. The coast lines are "unfortunately" largely lined by cliffs, rocks and trees. But there are some spots that have beaches or grassfields facing the water and hence are perfect for kitesurfing. Let's take a look at some of the most popular kite spots Sweden has to offer.

Kite Sweden Habo Ljung

Habo Ljung is like many of the best spots in Sweden located in the southern part of Sweden. You find this spot about 20 km north west from Malmö and it is easily accessed whether you travel by car or go by public transportation. Habo Ljung is one of few spots that offers shallow water to as far as 3-400 meters out from the shore depending on the current water level. A couple of sand banks are found at a distance of 2-300 meters from the shore which result in some areas with super flat water that are perfect for practising kitesurfing tricks. This in combination with generous rigging areas makes Habo Ljung to a great spot for beginners and there are a couple of kite schools that operate at this spot. Southwesterly or northwesterly are the two best wind directions at this spot. Straight onshore westerly wind works fine as well, but it can become rather busy close to the beach due to the issue some beginners have to go upwind. Southern wind works fine too, but the wind can become rather gusty in this direction due to landmasses further south. Habo Ljung is located next to a camping and their facilities such as toilets and drinking water is free to use for everyone. There is also a small café which is nice when you want to warm yourself up with a cup of hot coffee during the cold days. kite sweeden habo beach

Kite Sweden Lundåkra

Lundåkra is another spot in the southern part Sweden. Its location is about 50 kilometers north from Malmö and immediately south of Landskrona. It definitely helps a lot if you have a car when you want to visit this spot. You can go by train and bus but not all the way, so there is a two kilometer long walk that waits on you once you reach the final bus stop. Nevertheless, visit this spot in southwesterly to southeasterly wind direction and you'll get rewarded! Like Habo Ljung Lundåkra offers flat water. How flat depends on the wind direction and the tides. kite sweeden lundakra kitespot
The rigging area in Lundåkra is not the best...

A few days of easterly to southeasterly wind usually results in more shallow water since the wind push out the water from the bay where this spot is located. Lundåkra offers a huge area for kiting. Some days you can ride south a few kilometers out from the spot entrance and still the water level doesn't reach higher than to your knees. It's absolutely gorgeous that far out and you will most likely find yourself alone with the sea birds that always seem to chill on stones that stick up here and there. But beware, no one will come to save you if you screw up this far from the entrance and you will have a damn long shame of walk ahead of you. kite sweeden lundakra kitesurfing
Here is a pretty nice video from Lundåkra.

Kite Sweden Mellbystrand

One of Swedens longest beaches is called Mellbystrand and it reaches 12 kilometers on the west coast all the from Båstad to Laholm. The beach is cut by Lagans river outlet in Laholm, but then continues for another 15 kilometers. Some areas are forbidden for kitesurfing, but still there is plenty of space for kitesurfing. The beach on Mellbystrand is made of very fine grains of sand and free from stones which is nice when you go barefoot. The beach is so wide that you can par your car on the beach for easy access to the water where you can kitesurf in all western wind directions. kite sweeden mellbystrand helicopter view
The water gets relatively deep quickly so you have to deal with some waves, but they are perfect to use as ramps when you want to boost your jumps.

Kite Sweden Varberg

kite sweeden varberg Varberg is a municipality in the county of Halland and this is a place in Sweden with a long culture of windsurfing and wavesurfing and lately also for kitesurfing. The coast line next to Varberg and its nearby small towns and villages has numerous spots that offer kitesurfing for all type of riders. Bays and inland skerries make it possible to kitesurf in every possible wind direction. We don't describe every spot in detail in this guide, but the table and map below give you an idea of why the swedes call Varberg for Sweden's number one surf mecca.

kite sweeden varberg map kitespots large with table

Kite Sweden Gotland

Gotland is the biggest island in Sweden. This island is located in the Baltic sea and known for having the most hours of sun every year which makes the island a popular destination for tourists. No matter from which direction the wind is blowing, as an island there is always some spot around the island where kitesurfing is possible. Just let the wind decide which side to go for the day. The location in the middle of the Blatic sea gives the island ideal steady and strong winds. Gotland used to be a strong base for the military, but earlier closed areas are now open giving the kitesurfers a great number of additional places that are perfect for kitesurfing. The kitesurfing culture has grewn during recent years in Gotland. Windsurfing as well as wavesurfing show a rising trend in Gotland. There are several bays around the island where the water is flat and where the the wind still is steady. One of the most popular flat water spots is called Kovik and is located 30 kilomteres south from Visby. The high season for kitesurfing in Sweden is in the spring and autumn when the wind is stronger than in the summer. In particular the autumn is great since the water is much warmer at this season compared to the spring when it can be rather chilly. Another benefit with the autumn in Gotland is that it´s much easier to find accomodation and to a cheaper price than the summer when the island is crowded with tourists. kite sweeden gotland

Kite Sweden Åre

Åre is far from the sea and located in the mountains high up north in the country. Kitesurfing here is not possible, but you can snowkite! Just swap your twintip board to a snowboard and get ready to explore mountains and open white spaces! A cool thing with snowkiting is that you can ride uphill on the mountains and literally fly out from cliffs and ledges. snow kite sweeden are

Kite Sweeden Summary

Sweden offers excellent kitesurfing for beginners and more advanced riders in locations with beautiful sceneries. So when planning your next kite trip you might consider Sweden as an alternative. Visit Sweden and you'll definitely have a great time no whether you're into kitesurfing or just prefer to chill on the beach. If you come to Sweden without equipment then check out for fast delivery of kitesurfing equipment to any address in Sweden.

kite sweeden gusty This article was written by Gustav Ljungberg - kitesurfing instructor at Gusty gives kitesurfing lessons in both Habo Ljung and Lundåkra during the summer months in Sweden. Kitesurfing traveler guide. © All rights reserved.