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Our most recommended Stockholm, Sweden Outdoor Activities

Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

1. Stockholm: Old Town Walking Tour

Follow in the footsteps of the city's founding fathers on this enlightening shared or private walking tour of Stockholm's Old Town. This eventful walk reveals colorful stories and legends of early life in the city as you stroll along well-preserved cobbled alleyways.  Admire the grandeur of the Riddarholmen Church, the statue of Stockholm’s founder Birger Jarl, and the 16th-century royal palaces. Your guide will tell stories and legends about the city and the people who have lived here. Enjoy panoramic views of picturesque Lake Mälaren and the surrounding countryside. This is a perfect introduction to Stockholm and its Old Town district.

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.

Stockholm: Guided Kayak City Tour & Optional Midsummer Meal

3. Stockholm: Guided Kayak City Tour & Optional Midsummer Meal

For the morning tour, set off on your sightseeing tour in stable 2-person kayaks, accompanied by your English-speaking guide. Paddle close to land so you can enjoy all the sights, and not have to worry about tides or dangerous currents. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as those with kayaking experience. You won’t need much muscle-power to enjoy the excursion. This activity can be enjoyed by visitors as well as locals, and by the end, you'll feel that you’ve participated in something special. Alternatively, pick the evening tour and enjoy an evening paddle and a Swedish meal so you can feel the pulse of the city from a different perspective. This option includes dinner.

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

4. 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: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

5. Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

Arrive at the green island Långholmen (Södermalm) and be greeted by a professional instructor. Leave all unnecessary things at the rental and collect all of the equipment, such as lifejackets, and drybags. One of the instructors will go through everything you need to know about kayaking and where to go. On the water, explore the many canals of Stockholm. One of the more popular tours is to go around the islands Långholmen and Reimerisholme. Exploring Stockholm is more fun from a kayak since this city consists of islands. See the City Hall and parts of the Old Town. Choose between a single-person kayak or a 2-person kayak for the chance to sit close to your friend or loved one. For the latter option, the person in the front sets the pace, and the person in the back controls the steering.

Stockholm: Winter Nature Hike with Campfire Lunch

6. Stockholm: Winter Nature Hike with Campfire Lunch

Make your way to the meeting point and take a short 15-minute drive to a nature reserve in the Swedish wilderness. Upon arrival, put on your wooly hat and begin your adventure into the pristine snow. On the way, learn about plants, Scandinavian animals, and natural scenery. Avoid the paths as much as possible so you will get an appreciation for the depth of the forest and its secret spots. Take a break at around noon and build a fire to warm up. Cook lunch and enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee or tea cooked on the open flames. In the Swedish winter, it won't be long before the sun sets on the horizon, so torch lamps will be needed for the last part of the hike. The afternoon is usually the best time to spot animals. If the temperature allows, walk on one of the frozen lakes on your way out of the nature reserve, before returning to the city full of memories.

Stockholm: Sightseeing Tour by Segway

7. Stockholm: Sightseeing Tour by Segway

Explore Stockholm effortlessly on a Segway personal transporter. Join this 2 hour guided Segway tour around the favorite parts of the world's most beautiful city. During your ride you’ll see highlights of Stockholm that include the Royal Castle, the Nobel Museum, the Town Hall, the shipyard where the Vasa ship was built, the lovely shores of some of the city’s 14 islands, and much more. This is a great way to get an introduction to the city on your first visit to Stockholm. The informative first view will make it easier find your way around during the remainder of your stay! 

Nature Hike from Stockholm

8. Nature Hike from Stockholm

Meet your guide and fellow travelers for the day to come at the meeting point. Here you will be briefed about the day's itinerary. By van we'll make our way out of Stockholm and into nature. The drive will be about 30-40 minutes. The hike will start in dense pine forest and alongside a lake.  After coffee with cake you'll continue the hike and here the path combines with one of Sweden's most famous hikes: Sörmansleden. The route starts to go up and the area suddenly changes into rocky plateau's. Reaching Stockholm county's highest point you stop for lunch. When you continue the hike the area starts to resemble savannah areas more than it looks like Swedish forest.   The last part of the route will go through open green forest and past a lake before you arrive to the van. There's swim opportunity if you got too warm! Remember to bring a towel. After a dip you'll be transferred back to the meeting point.

Stockholm: Self-Guided hiking in beautiful nature

9. Stockholm: Self-Guided hiking in beautiful nature

Enjoy a day exploring a Nature Reserve, a protected area, or one of the many islands in the archipelago at your own pace, without having to prepare anything. Take your pick from aa variety of hikes to choose from when you come to collect your equipment. Hikes available range from 6km to 13km and from moderate to challenging levels. On these hikes you will see deep coniferous forest, beautiful lakes and saunas. You can also hike on Stockholm's archipelago, go through pine-tree forests, rocky landscapes and beautiful beaches. Take a dip in the Baltic Sea and maybe observe some wildlife, but also picturesque traditional red wooden houses, harbours and ruins. You'll be provided with the how, the where and the equipment, all you need is the enthusiasm and some experience.

Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

10. Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city, just 400 m from the Adventure Café, so you will start your self-guided tour in a prime location. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that allows you a fabulous vantage point as you look in on the city from your kayak. Stockholm is lovingly known as “The Venice of the North” as it is situated over 14 islands and linked by 57 bridges, so exploring by kayak is a great way to see the city. Even better, paddle at your own pace on a self-guided tour. You'll be provided a brief introduction on kayaking and all the equipment needed for your adventure, then you can set sail on your adventure.

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What people are saying about Stockholm, Sweden

To explore a new city from the water side gives the chance for a lot of different views. To do this by kayak adds the exercise point. Our tour was with Pete who managed to organise this sportive activity very well and safe so that everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. At several points of interest, e.g. the Stockholm City Hall, he provided us with funny stories and special information about the city. I would recommend such a tour to anyone who wants to do more to get to know new places.

Great experience! We had all the necessary equipment and instructions for the hike with a vegetarian picnic which can suit everyone + water / hot drinks / soups / fruits / chocolate bars +++ We saw very beautiful lakes and some wild animals

Schönes Erlebnis. Pete war ein netter Guide. Man sieht auf der Route nicht alle Sehenswürdigkeiten, aber man bekommt interessante Eindrücke von der Stadt am Wasser, und bei schönem Wetter macht es Spaß.

We had a great 1/2 day with our guide. much cultural and friendly sharing during this very playful moment. I recommend even with a low level of English

Really lovely hike in beautiful surroundings. Patrick was very friendly and very informative - couldn't have wished for a better time!