Water activity

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

Water activity

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

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Explore the winter side of the Stockholm Archipelago by kayak. Enjoy amazing nature only 30 minutes away from the Stockholm city center.

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Duration 3 - 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Try winter kayaking around a beautiful archipelago
  • Paddle through the magnificent landscapes of Vaxholm
  • Stay dry thanks to your dry suit
  • Take pictures of your winter adventure
Full description
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.
  • Fully-equipped double or single sea kayak with paddle, spray skirt, and life vest
  • English-speaking instructor
  • Dry suit (standard adult sizes XS to XL)
  • Boots (standard sizes from 36 - 46)
  • Gloves
  • Rainhat
  • Changing room
  • Luggage storage room
  • Waterproof bag
  • Fika (Swedish coffee break)
  • 1.5-hour sauna session (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with low level of fitness

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Meeting point

Meet the group at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter Kayaks & Outdoor, Resarövägen 10, 185 51 Vaxholm, a 40-minute drive from Stockholm. Parking for free is possible in a large parking lot in front. You can take the bus from Stockholm C take the subway T14 direction Mörby centrum and switch at station Danderyds sjukhus to bus 670 towards Vaxholm. The nearest bus stop is 100m away and is called Engarn. Bus 670 departs regularly year-round. Alternatively, hop on the ferry at Quay Strömkajen or Slussen in central Stockholm and go off at station Vaxholm. In Vaxholm, walk to the bus stop Västerhamnsplan and take bus 670 towards Stockholm. After an 8 minute bus ride, hop off at bus stop Engarn. Depending on the season, traveling with either SL ferry line 83 or Waxholmsbolaget ferries is possible. Due to differing timetables, check departures on Waxholmsbolaget and SL websites.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Gloves
  • Flip-flops
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Socks
  • Weather-appropriate clothing
  • Thermal clothing

Not allowed

  • Jewelry
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Minimum age 16 years accompanied by an adult (if you have younger kids please book our private family tour and inform us ahead about age of kids)
  • This tour requires understanding of English in order to communicate with the instructor
  • A reasonable degree of fitness is required
  • All participants must be able to swim
  • The sauna option takes part in a mixed-sex sauna, which might be shared with other tour participants
  • You are advised to wear warm thermal underwear (preferably merino wool). Bring 2x long pants or tights (no jeans), 2x long sleeve, 2x warm wool socks, a hat, and gloves
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 100 reviews

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It was great. Arrived and received a very welcome greeting followed by debrief and preparation. After that we were literally kayaking for just over 2hr 30mins mins within the semi frozen water. Kayaking passed scenic islands. It was great fun, something a little different and would highly recommend it.

March 26, 2023

It's our first time in Sweden and this activity is a MUST. We're expecting to flip because this is also the first time we tried kayaking and paddling is a challenge but we survived! Whoo. The activity was for around 3 hrs and it's exciting because we kayaked around islands while Theresa shared some fun facts, went through a narrow passage, broke ice along the way (because some parts of the water are frozen and we needed to break them to make our way), did some bird watching (there are lots of ducks and swans). And at the end of our trip we had our Fika :) the coffee tastes different, like a berry and something that I really enjoyed. Random suggestion, this is because most of the time we're behind the group, we couldn't hear her clearly, it might be good if there is a mic or some sort of technology to keep everyone in sync. Tip: Wear at least 2 layers of thermal/warm clothing both for shirt, pants, and socks if you're doing this on winter. And when you get comfortable, take the risk

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March 26, 2023

Absolutely brilliant day! Really enjoyed our experience, it was definitely the highlight of our holiday. The guides were fantastic at explaining everything we needed to do, water safety (no-one wanted to fall in at 1 degree) and helpful tips to make the kayaking easier. So much fun and my boyfriend did not want to get out of the kayak!

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 347816