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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 2-day Self-Guided Camping and Kayaking

3. Stockholm Archipelago 2-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.

From Stockholm: 3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour

4. From Stockholm: 3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour

Day one: After going through all of the gear, maps and techniques we set out on our multiple day kayak tour. We start off in a sheltered bay, paddling between two cliffs to avoid head wind and waves to get the hang of it. We stay close to the shore, and after some hours it's time for lunch. After a short hike to a viewpoint, we can see many of the islands that we will visit during the following days. We continue paddling and move towards the island groups. Maybe we'll even spot some swimming deer! During late afternoon / early evening we make camp and enjoy the rhythmical sound of the sea, birds and the absence of everything else. We enjoy a campfire meal which we prepare together. Later we share stories, but not before taking out the kayaks one more time to experience the sunset from the water! Day two: Rise and shine for yet another day of adventure! After a healthy breakfast we eagerly set out once again. We cross a short stretch of open sea and arrive to yet another group of islands. The ever changing environment never seems to bore. On the way we meet swans, white tailed eagles and more curious birds. We pick any island for lunch and do the same in the evening if it's a three day kayak tour. We can fish, swim, nap or just hang around camp before hitting the sheets (or sleeping bags) once more. Day three: The 3-day trip means that we spend the 2nd day completely outdoors, something you don't experience on the 2-day trip: no transfers, meeting points, restaurant meals or hotels. Instead we wake up & go to sleep by the sound of the sea. We enjoy all of our meals in nature using different outdoor cooking techniques. Of course, we don't paddle the same way back but explore new areas instead, returning to the starting point from a different direction. Once we've unpacked our belongings we drop you off in Stockholm, and leave you with memories for a lifetime.

From Vaxholm: Stockholm Archipelago Big Canoe Adventure

5. From Vaxholm: Stockholm Archipelago Big Canoe Adventure

Big canoe seating up to 15 people means big fun for the whole group! Big Canoe Adventure is ideal for families, school and company events, kick off and generally group adventure day. It quickly gets everyone working together and having fun. It requires no previous experience and is ideal for people of all ages and fitness level. Our leader will share some local stories and will help you to find paddling rythm and tempo. Great teambuilding activity in Stockholm Archipelago! After we’ve done some work out, it’s time to enjoy fika, also known as the Swedish coffee break. When we got back on board, we’ll watch out for native wildlife including beavers, seals, roe deers and coastal birds. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a unique experience into the wild. Immerse yourself in the spectacular natural environment, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. Nothing brings people together more than a common adventure! After paddling, there is the opportunity to rent a sauna to add a little luxury to the experience. The private tour will allow your group to paddle at your own pace, explore what you’re excited about, and not worry about keeping up with the others.

Stockholm Archipelago 2-days Self-Guided Canoe and Camping

6. Stockholm Archipelago 2-days Self-Guided Canoe and Camping

Glide along in your canoe to discover the beauty of Stockholm Archipelago. At the end of the day find beautiful spot to make it home for the night. Jump into on our our canoes and paddle through maginificent Bogesund Nature Reserve – a place where for about 1000 years ago Vikings were living. Now it’s nature reserve with green meadows, old oak trees and farms with horses. Paddling silently by narrow fjord is great chance to spot beavers. Don’t forget to look around. An osprey or a white-tailed sea eagle may just fly above your head. You can also spot other coastal birds including oystercatchers, grey heron, lapwing, cormorant, seagulls. Sheltered water, without traffic of ferries and bigger vessels are beginners friendly and will be perfect choice for family canoe trip. There are nice places to make a break for BBQ, swimming spots, fishing and even hiking trails. It’s worth taking a break to stretch your legs, hike and perhaps pick up some berries in the woods. You choose the date of trip, we provide all you need to create your own unforgettable adventure. When you arrive, you will be provided with fully equipped canoe and camping equipment. Together we will go through safety briefing and discuss the plan for the best route for your journey. The adventure is now all yours! We can meet any time during the day when kayak center is open: week days 10 - 18, weekends 10 - 17 (please let us know about your estimated arrival time while booking).

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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!

A really nice experience, even if in summer (at least early July) there is no romantic sunset at this time (17.00-20.00) As far as I can tell, good boats and a really nice guide (Mikael from Poland) who is always on the concerns of the group have been addressed. The "trial trip" made us want to do more kayaking in the archipelago. I think that the area around Vaxholm can give more impressions than in Stockholm and the immediate surroundings - but that's just a guess.

We took an evening 2.5 hour kayak outing with Michal. It was so refreshing and relaxing. My group of four really enjoyed the workout and the conversation. The Baltic Sea is gorgeous. Thank you to our wonderful guide, Michal.

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