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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 Island Tour with Lunch via Sailboat

2. Stockholm: Archipelago Island Tour with Lunch via Sailboat

Sailing is a great way of seeing beautiful places where you can’t come otherwise, and Stockholm happens to have the perfect environment to do so. Embark on your sailing boat (usually a Scampi 30) and get ready to navigate though Stockholm's archipelago! The journey starts in Gålö, an island located 40 minutes drive away from central Stockholm. Sail off and learn how to to sail with an experienced skipper. The archipelago is inhabited by many species, encounter bird life such as white-tailed eagles, swans, cormorants and much more. Sometimes, grey seals can also be seen. Admire the view and enjoy boosting forward by nothing but wind power and experience life on a sailing vessel. After a while stop on one of the many islands, Nåttarö, Läcka, Utö, Ornö, Stora Rammklöv, Torö, we will let the wind decide.Allow yourself to relax during a well-appreciated lunch break in a sheltered bay, take a swim in the Baltic Sea or laze away in the sun. Discover the treasures of the islands and the beautiful views. Then hop on the boat again and keep on the sailing adventure going.

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

3. 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 3-day Self-Guided Camping and Kayaking

4. 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.

From Stockholm: 2-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour

5. From Stockholm: 2-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 before starting to paddle back!

From Stockholm: 3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour

6. 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.

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What people are saying about Stockholm Archipelago

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!

An amazing experience. The sunset from a kayak is magical. A must do if you visit Stockholm. You can easly reach the kayak center by public transportation. Hi quality equipment, very experienced guide, best kayak rental on the planet :) highly recommended

Amazing experience! The weather was a bit unfriendly (snow and wind), but the adventure was worth it! And you don't need to be too fit for it (which is good! :)

Everything was well organised. We had so much fun and it was easy to reach the place and enjoy the activity

Amazing experience, wonderful landscape and nice guide