1. Stockholm: 2-Day Archipelago Kayak Tour
Escape hectic city life for the weekend, on a 2-day kayak tour to the Stockholm Archipelago, just 45 minutes away from the city. The archipelago is formed of about 30,000 islands located in the calm waters of the Baltic Sea. The surface of the water is overhung by domes of rocks which create a natural maze that is perfect to explore on a kayak during an 'island hopping' tour. Begin the tour by meeting your guide in the charming little village of Dalarö. Start by paddling between the different islands. Stop for lunch at one of the uninhabited islands and prepare a nice lunch cooked on an open fire. Take time to relax surrounded by singing birds and the swell of the Baltic Sea. At the end of the afternoon, having spent a good time at sea, decided on a spot to set up camp for the night. Admire the long Swedish sunset as you sit around the campfire whilst your guide cooks a delicious BBQ meal. If the weather is on your side, you might paddle to the island of Kaston, a nature reserve known to be a special nesting area for seals. If you're lucky you might spot one of them popping its head out of the water. The next morning, enjoy breakfast and coffee at camp before resuming the adventure. Pack up your stuff and get back on the waves for a new challenging day of kayaking back in the direction of Dalarö where you started from. Go around other islands and get the opportunity to see other fantastic things from the part of the archipelago that is probably one of the nicest and wildest. Keep your eyes peeled for sea eagles circling above hunting for prey. Try and spot other migratory birds including different species of goose or cormorants heading north. Finish your tour by the end of the afternoon. Arrive at Dalarö pier where you will be transported back to Stockholm full of incredible memories.