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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: 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: 1-Day Kayak Tour

4. Stockholm Archipelago: 1-Day Kayak Tour

Discover the Stockholm archipelago, just 45 minutes outside of Stockholm. The archipelago is formed of about 30,000 islands located in the calmness of the Baltic Sea. In the past, it was home to numerous farming and fishing shelters and was a Viking trading outpost. The surface of the water is overhung by domes made of rocks and trees creating a unique natural maze which is perfect to explore on a kayak.  Begin the tour, by meeting your guide at 9 AM in the South of Stockholm. Drive together to Dalarö, a charming little village, from where you'll embark on your kayak adventure. On the way, admire the magnificent little wooden red houses which have been discreetly built among the pines. Spend the entire day exploring different islands from the water. Stop on one of the deserted islands for a filling lunch cooked on an open fire. Take time here to rest, accompanied by the swell of the Baltic and the singing birds. At the end of the afternoon, paddle back towards Dalarö where you started from. Go around the other islands and get the opportunity to see other fantastic things on the more wild part of the archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for circling sea eagles searching for prey. Try to spot numerous species of migratory birds including different types of goose or the famous great cormorant flying over the horizon heading north. At the end of the tour, return to Stockholm filled with memories and replenished by the fresh air. 

Stockholm: Full–Day Kayaking Adventure

5. Stockholm: Full–Day Kayaking Adventure

After pick–up from the center of Stockholm by minivan at 9:00 AM, meet your group from all over the world for the coming day. Drive from Stockholm's center for roughly 30 minutes to the areas where the kayaks are waiting for you. Start your kayak adventure by learning the basics of kayaking and how to do it safely. After this introduction, set out for the archipelago and discover its incredible natural beauty. Have lunch on a private island and enjoy the surroundings. During this trip, everything is well arranged and all is taken care off. All you need to do is kayak! Return to the city center at 5:00 PM. 

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

6. 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: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

7. 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.

Stockholm: 1, 2, or 3-Day Kayaking Tour in the Archipelago

8. Stockholm: 1, 2, or 3-Day Kayaking Tour in the Archipelago

Paddle a kayak in the Stockholm Archipelago and marvel at the thousands of uninhabited small islands that dot one of the wildest areas in Europe. Enjoy a tour that is suitable for those with experienced paddlers and those who have never tried kayaking before. Find the techniques easy to learn during a short training session, then set off with your guide on a journey of discovery. The guides are experienced paddlers and experts on the archipelago's history, its flora, and its fauna.  1-Day Tour This full-day tour will have you paddling at an easy tempo that suits both beginners and those more experienced as well. Discover the best of the islands, skerries, and inlets. Surprisingly few visitors come here and it is easy to find a deserted island to take a swim and stop for a rest while enjoying a tasty, well-prepared lunch on the sun-warmed rocks. After more exploration, enjoy a Fika before heading back to dry land and then to the city. Arrive back in the city at approximately 5 PM. 2 or 3-Day Tour Head out on an easy 2 or 3-day sea kayaking trip and explore some of the thousands of islands in the Stockholm Archipelago. Paddle in search of paradise, cook some delicious meals, and camp in tents on smooth, sun-warmed rock slabs on your own wild island.

Stockholm: 2-Day Archipelago Kayak Tour

9. 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. 

Stockholm: Winter Kayaking Tour with Lunch

10. Stockholm: Winter Kayaking Tour with Lunch

There is nothing quite like having the waterways of Stockholm to yourself. During wintertime, when the water isn’t frozen and busy with ice skaters, the waterways are left quiet and peaceful, which is just perfect for an invigorating paddle. The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city only a few strokes away from the city's main landmarks. Your kayak tour guide will be a local that is qualified and experienced when it comes to Stockholm's waterways. At the beginning of the tour, you will switch into a dry-suit. Next, your instructor will run through some basic paddling techniques and safety information before you set off on your wintery adventure.  Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that will provide a unique perspective as you see the sites of the capital from your kayak. To ensure that you stay warm, a hearty lunch will be served during the tour, as well as warm drinks. Your guide will share insights about the history of Stockholm while showing you the best places.

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What people are saying about Stockholm

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 146 reviews

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