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Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

1. Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

Your adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your guide and take part in a safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed, and will also discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak to explore the winter archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbor, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side you'll find one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. Whilst kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Soak up the scenic winter views and feel immersed in the tranquility, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way before warming up over a cup of coffee.

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Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

2. Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

The adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your kayaking guide and take part in a short safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed and will discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak and explore the archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbour, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side, there is one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. While kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1000 years ago. Soak up the scenic views and feel immersed in the tranquil atmosphere of the reserve, which will leave you feeling as if you're a million miles from the stresses of the city, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, find the perfect spot for a rest and enjoy a typical Swedish 'fika,' also known as a coffee break. You are also more than welcome to bring a swimsuit for a Baltic dip if you wish. After the break, head back onto the water and watch out for the reserve’s array of native wildlife including beavers and coastal birds. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way.

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Stockholm: 3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping

3. Stockholm: 3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping

Day 1: You'll begin by driving to the kayak station for about 45–60 minutes. From there your guide will decide the route, taking into consideration the abilities of the group and weather conditions as they do so. Before the tour starts your guide will provide advanced safety and paddling instruction techniques, after which once you are ready, it will be time to hop into the kayak and start paddling. The first part of the trip requires about 2 hours of paddling. It will then be time for the first lunch break on one of the many islands. Following lunch, the tour continues with about 2 hours of paddling, providing great vantage points over the beauty of the archipelago. There are many picture opportunities on the way before the group stops for a second break and some snacks. When you’re ready you will finish the final paddling part of the day, after which you will search for a camping location for the evening. Day 2: Enjoy your breakfast with some stunning views over the ocean. After breakfast, it’s time to pack the equipment and get back into the kayak. You will then travel for several miles on the water, further out to the edge of the archipelago. This area is completely remote and uninhabited, and following some hours paddling in your kayak the group will stop for lunch on one of the small islands. This will also prove the perfect location to go on a small hike, and on your way back your lunch will be prepared, ready, and waiting for you. From there, it’s time to slowly turn around and look for another fantastic camping spot in the wilderness of the archipelago. As soon as your group finds a camping spot you'll place your tent and relax for a while before dinner preparation starts. Following dinner, feel free to join the group around the campfire where you can share some life stories and spend another night stargazing in the middle of nowhere. Day 3: Your day will begin with some time to embrace the natural scenery as you enjoy your coffee/tea next to the Baltic Sea. When you’re ready, you can get your equipment together and pack your kayak. On the way back to the kayak station, the route goes along an alternative path which features different islands and new scenery to discover. Before heading back to town you will unpack the kayak and all the equipment whilst reminiscing over your 3 days out in nature.

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Stockholm: Full-Day Archipelago Eco-Friendly Kayaking Tour

4. Stockholm: Full-Day Archipelago Eco-Friendly Kayaking Tour

Start your adventure from the city center where you’ll be picked up from the meeting point. From there, it's a short drive (approximately 40 minutes) in a comfortable car until you reach the archipelago. Before getting into your kayak, you’ll have some basic paddling techniques and safety instructions from your guide. In small personal groups, you'll be ready to paddle into the archipelago, encountering different islands along the way. Before you get too tired, have a break on one of the small islands and set up your own campfire to prepare an organic lunch. If you’re tough enough, maybe go for a swim in the Baltic Sea until lunch is ready. On your way back, enjoy another break with some organic Swedish fika (coffee and cake break). The whole day consists of around 3-4 hours paddling with plenty of breaks to embrace the wonderful Swedish scenery. The tour is open to beginners and manageable for all levels.

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Stockholm: 2-Day Archipelago Kayaking and Camping

5. Stockholm: 2-Day Archipelago Kayaking and Camping

Day 1: You will begin by traveling for 45-60 minutes to the Central Archipelago. From there the departure point and route will be adjusted to weather conditions as well as the experience of the level of the group. Before the tour starts, all camping equipment, food, and water will need to be packed in the correct manner, following which you will receive advanced safety instructions and paddling techniques. The group will then leave the kayak station at around 10:30AM, assuming an easy paddling speed so that everyone can get used to their kayak. Following approximately 2 hours of paddling it will be time for your first lunch break on a small, secluded island which could have a beach and the opportunity to swim. You will stop for about 1.5 hours and prepare lunch on an open fire, after which the tour continues paddling for about 2 hours. On the way you will see bird life and stunning natural scenery, before taking a second break accompanied by some snacks to keep your energy levels up. When you’re ready, you’ll finish the last paddle for the day whilst looking out for the perfect wild camping location somewhere along the shoreline. From there you can enjoy the sunset and spend the evening next to the fire, a perfect ending of the day. Day 2: The following morning, breakfast will be ready at around 8:00AM. You can enjoy your breakfast whilst taking in some stunning views of the ocean, after which it will be time to pack the equipment and get back into your kayak. The morning usually offers the best kayaking conditions, throughout which your paddling will make you feel like you are kayaking on a giant lake. After around 2–3 hours of kayaking you will prepare lunch before taking a small hike to receive some stunning views of the area. Following that, prepare yourself for the final 2 hours of kayaking between the small islands. Your tour will then end at around 3:00PM, at which point you will travel back into town where you will arrive by approximately 5:00PM.

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Stockholm Archipelago 3-day Self-Guided Camping and Kayaking

6. Stockholm Archipelago 3-day Self-Guided Camping and Kayaking

There is no better way to discover the amazing Stockholm Archipelago than by kayak. It's one of the best sea kayaking destinations in Europe and a great place to spend your holidays and go camping. Let the archipelago delight you with islands views, the beautiful sea, and wonderful people. With the freedom to paddle and camp wherever you want, providing that you respect and protect the wilderness, you're sure to get a great sense of freedom. You’ll be given information on the rules and practices in regards to setting up camp, rubbish disposal, bird reserves, open fires etc. This kayak package includes everything you need for your kayaking holidays including fully-equipped sea kayaks and quality camping gear. You choose the date of the trip and the local partner will provide everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable adventure. Discuss together and plan the best route for your journey. From there, the adventure is all yours.  You will start your kayaking adventure from Vaxholm, which is one of the most popular islands in Sweden, and often referred to as the 'Capital of the Archipelagos.' There are more than 30,000 islands, islets, and skerries, and most of them are totally remote. Take advantage of the opportunity to see one of the highlights of the area from the sea, the old but well-preserved, Vaxholm fortress. The area offers a rich variety of wildlife, including beavers, badgers, seals and a large number of birds. Among others many different types of ducks, geese, gulls as well as ospreys, sea eagles and oystercatchers. So take this opportunity to explore this fascinating area, try wilderness cooking, go fishing, swimming, and sunbathing. At the end of each day, find your own island to make your home for the night on this exciting and unique tour.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

As someone who is a fan of kayaking in the summer months, I was at first skeptical of doing so in the winter However, I was very thankfully proven wrong. Not only are the islands of the archipelago absolutely breathtaking- I would paint them if I knew how to (so a photo will have to do for now)- but the guides themselves are excellent too. Milena was able to provide guidance, information and also set the pace for our expedition Having a guide made the experience far more cohesive, enjoyable and provided a sense of safety. She encouraged us to learn to navigate, disembark from kayaks on our own, and introduced the time-honored tradition of sitting fika to us. The equipment is obviously top of the line, and the experience is appropriate for even beginning kayakers.

This experience was really original and our guide, Andy, was very prepared, professional and friendly. The prepartion before the trip was perfect: to be ready with thermals. After we got well covered we were not so cold and paddling helped us keeping warm. It was nice to hear regarding the nature, history and culture especially of Vaxholm archipelago. The views in the middle of the water with snow surrounding it was one of a kind. The fika completed the experience with some hot chocolate, tea and chokladbollar. Finally, really recommended for people that love and know kayak already from summer experiences. It will give you new perspectives and an unforgettable winter view. Thank you

Definitely recommend this experience! Andy is a great guide with lots of knowledge about the region. My girlfriend and I enjoyed the interesting conversations with him. The group is also small, so it remains intimate.

Brilliant activity to do whilst in the Stockholm area! Milena was such a great guide and was on such a personable level that made the experience even better, cannot highly recommend enough! Thank you Milena.

Fantastic experience. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the activity was terrific. Both of our instructors were lovely and excellent. Love the Fika also ;)