Urnersee, Lake Lucerne

Our Improver Weekends are aimed at paddlers who have tried it before and who want to explore some of the most beautiful corners of Switzerland whilst further developing your skills.

On our Improver Weekend trips we paddle around 15 km per day for 2 days. We start the weekend on Saturday morning but often meet up already on Friday evening for a drink or dinner as most of us tend to stay at the campsite or nearby.

What to expect

Lake Lucerne or Vierwaldstättersee is a jewel in central Switzerland with its variety of arms and uninterrupted dreamlike mountain scenery, dramatic cliffs and history central to Switzerland itself. Our two days uncover a good portion of the lake with a start in Weggis in the central part of the lake and a journey down towards Brunnen where we spend the night.  The second day for the most dramatic part of the lake, Urnersee. This part of Lake Lucerne is remote, wild and incredibly beautiful, and when the weather conditions allow we make a circular trip exploring its wonder, and experiencing the often rough conditions that the lake provides.

Typical Itinerary

After our meet in Brunnen, we transfer to our paddling start point at Weggis, Lützelau (If travelling by public transport you can meet us directly here). We then spend the first day paddling between Weggis and Brunnen and the second day on Urnersee.

It is possible that the itinerary changes due to wind conditions and if so we'll let you know latest the day before the trip.


Some paddling experience and completion of our Sea Kayak Skills and / or Rescue Skills Day.

What’s included

Experienced British Canoeing qualified coach, small group ratios (6:1), top quality equipment including neoprenes and jackets if needed and a photograph package of your time with us on the lake.

What to bring with you

Swimming clothes, towel, sun protection, footwear that you can get wet, change of clothes, packed lunch (if required - your guide will inform), drinks and snacks, camping gear (if camping).

Please send us an email with your sizes for clothes and shoes and your height and weight after your booking so we can bring you the most optimal kayak and paddling gear. Your coach will also send you an email before the weekend to update you on the details.


Camping Hopfräben, Hopfrebenstrasse, 6440 Brunnen. Tent, car and caravan pitches to rent. For indoor accommodation there is a nice guesthouse with breakfast possibility called Haus Eleisa 600m away from the campsite. Bookings can be done directly with the accommodation provider.

Meeting Points

Meeting on Saturday morning at 8.45am at the Camping Hopfräben, or if you are arriving on Saturday morning with public transport you can also meet us directly at the parking place of the Seerestaurant Lützelau, where we start the paddle from (bus stop is called Weggis, Lützelau). Please be in touch with us beforehand about where you will be meeting us.

Getting here 

Closest train station SBB/FFS Brunnen is situated 2 km from the campsite. If you are arriving by public transport on Saturday morning, you can also meet us at Seerestaurant Lützelau where we start the paddle from. That is about 15 km northwest from the campsite, bus stop is called Weggis, Lützelau (50m from the restaurant).


Please note that our courses and tours run in all weather that is safe for us to paddle in. Often the weather is better than predicted and part of the charm of our sport is experiencing nature with all its faces and even on a rainy day, the views and atmosphere can be beautiful and dramatic. We pride ourselves on having top quality equipment, including Palm longjohn wetsuits and high end paddle jackets to ensure you’re warm and happy whatever the weather. If conditions are unsafe to paddle in we will notify with as much notice as we can.


Please note that bookings are subject to our terms and conditions and cancellation policy. We recommend that you have an insurance policy to cover the course costs in case of illness or medical problems. Swiss residents can purchase annual AXA cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

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