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Round Thurø Island – 15 km (red route)
Round Thurø Island is a short day trip near natural and urban areas alike. The route closely follows beautiful Thurø Rev and Grasten, both sites with beautifully situated rest areas, and there is a direct view from Grasten of Valdemar Castle on the island of Tåsinge. Thurø Sound and Skårup Sound are narrow straits near woods, shore and town. Most kayakers will be able to complete this trip, but easterly winds could make the trip more demanding and require good kayaking skills.
Helnæs Bay – 35 km (black route)
Helnæs Bay is a peaceful, scenic area that is sheltered during almost all weather conditions. The route leads from Falsled, north-west of Faaborg, along the coast past the beautiful Damsbo Forest and a fine bathing beach towards the bottom of Helnæs Bay near the little settlement of Brunshuse and the Agernæs peninsula, passing at close range the islet of Fiskeholm, a bird sanctuary in breeding season. From here the route passes the larger, hilly peninsula of Helnæs and the long island of Illum with its beautiful salt-marshes teeming with birdlife, and past Horne Krog and northwards back to Falsled. This is an ideal area for novice kayakers. The trip takes 1–2 days, depending on pace and temperament.
Round Tåsinge – 45 km (lilac route)
Round Tåsinge is a rather long day-trip which can be stretched to two days with advantage. The route is teeming with scenery and birdlife and kayakers should be particularly aware of the flocks of birds resting on Tåsinge Grund off Monnet on the south part of Tåsinge. Avoid crossing among the flocks: always paddle around them. The route circumvents a natural sight, Skanseodden, goes through the narrow Thurø Sound, directly past the idyllic fishing hamlet of Troense and near Valdemar Castle and Nørreskoven, where the star-crossed lovers Sixten Spare and Elvira Madigan took their lives. From there, past the eastern part of Tåsinge and its landmarks: Lunkebugten, Stenodden and Vemmenæs (an old fishing hamlet and ferry berth). The route past Monnet, up through Knude Dyb, past Vornæs Wood and Tåsinge Vejle is a trip of breathtaking, varied beauty with a view of several small islets of the Archipelago. The currents in Svendborg Sound can be a little tricky, especially in the fairway, but otherwise most kayakers can manage the trip if the weather is calm.
South-East Route – 75 km (blue route)
The South-East Route takes you to the islands of Langeland, Strynø and Ærø, within close range of some of the most vulnerable areas in the South Funen Archipelago. Kayaking in these areas demands exceedingly considerate behaviour, but provides some magnificent wildlife experiences in return. The protected wildlife areas, the islands and the islets are particularly vulnerable from 1 March to 15 July and you must keep your distance and disturb them as little as possible.
Island Tour – 100 km (orange route)
This route gives you the opportunity to visit all the smaller islands of the South Funen Archipelago, i.e. Strynø, Birkholm, Avernakø, Lyø, Drejø, Skarø and Hjortø, as well as Ærø and the South Funen coastline stretching from Dyreborg near Faaborg to Syltemade Valley, a subglacial stream trench just west of Svendborg. The other kayak marina is situated in Faaborg with storage and day-room facilities as well as information about the Archipelago. This tour provides magnificent nature experiences and impressions of small island communities. On this route, consideration must be shown to the vulnerable, protected areas, particularly from 1 March to 15 July. The trip takes 5–6 days, and is for seasoned paddlers only.