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Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

1. 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.

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

2. 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.

Stockholm Archipelago Self-Guided Camping and Kayaking Tour

3. Stockholm Archipelago Self-Guided Camping and Kayaking Tour

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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What people are saying about Stockholm Archipelago

We really enjoyed our kayak tour! The landscape is fantastically beautiful and definitely worth a visit! The tour itself was super enjoyable. After an introduction to the kayaks, we started straight away in a small group (3 people + tour guide)! The pace was adjusted for everyone, the guide talked about the landscape in between! We had the fika in such a beautiful, quiet, natural place! At the end of the tour we were given a restaurant tip for Vaxholm - great! The arrival by tram & bus was super uncomplicated! We started the return journey from Vaxholm by ferry (included in the Stockholm city tickets)! All in all a great day!

My boyfriend and I came to Stockholm for a week escape and were really excited to find this adventure. Andy and the team were so lovely and the kyaking was an unforgettable experience. I’d never been kyaking before and was quite nervous but felt so at ease by the wonderful team and excellent training. We cannot recommend a better way of seeing the Archipelago nor a nicer group to do it with!

A lovely day of kayaking and a fika, with a nice guide. Being easily accessible by public transport from Stockholm is a plus! Will be back to rent kayaks!

Very interesting 4 hours of healthy sport near the castle with Rubén excellent guide

Amazing experience, wonderful landscape and nice guide