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Our most recommended Stockholm County Canoe & Kayak Tours

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

1. 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

2. 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: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

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

4. 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 Archipelago: 1-Day Kayak Tour

5. Stockholm Archipelago: 1-Day Kayak Tour

Discover the Stockholm archipelago, just 45 minutes outside of Stockholm. Explore by kayak an environment formed of about 30,000 islands located in the calmness of the Baltic Sea where the surface of the water is overhung by domes made of rocks and trees creating a unique natural maze. 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: Guided Sunset Kayaking Tour with Barbecue

6. Stockholm: Guided Sunset Kayaking Tour with Barbecue

What about having dinner on an island and arriving there with your kayak? You don’t need to go far, we are in the middle of Stockholm, 10 minute walk from the tube station Hornstull. You wonder where to eat tonight, you would like something original but don’t really know where to go! Well, enrol in the adventure that will make you see Stockholm from the water and enjoy a nice barbecue on the way. What an original way to start your evening. We will start from Stockholm Långholmen Island at 18.00 and paddle one hour before having a dinner break in a very nice place. Enjoy the sunset swim in the water while your guide is grilling the sausages. We’ll then get back to paddling and make our way back to the starting point. The tour finishes at 21.00. Note that we will start at 17.00 and finish at 20.00 from the 14th of May to the 1st of June and from the 31st of August to the 30th of September. On the way, you will see Stockholm and notice the special colours that the old buildings take when the sun is setting this very special Scandinavian light on them. The colours reflect also on the water and make the experience very unique. You are in the city center but it feels like being in the countryside. Indeed Stockholm has the reputation of being a very green city and yes it is true. Trees all along the coast, migratory birds hanging around or even fishermen trying to catch big fish; are all present all summer. Suitable for a family, group of friends, couple or solo travellers. Everyone would find happiness in kayaking like the many other travellers before you.

Stockholm: Winter City Kayaking Tour

7. Stockholm: Winter City Kayaking Tour

There is nothing quite like having the waterways of Stockholm to yourself. During autumn and winter when the water is cold but not 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 or fika 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.

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: Winter Archipelago Kayak Tour with Warm Lunch

9. Stockholm: Winter Archipelago Kayak Tour with Warm Lunch

Discover the beauty of the Stockholm Archipelago in winter on this guided kayaking tour from the city of Stockholm. Have the option of choosing between a group tour and a private tour.  Meet your guide at the tour supplier's office in Stockholm. Listen to a safety briefing and get fitted with your dry suit and kayaking gear. Sit back and enjoy the ride to the tour's starting point.  Take the kayaks to the shore and set off on your Stockholm Archipelago adventure. Try to spot local wildlife, like curious winter seals. Paddle over icy seas with the sun warming your face and the dry suit keeping you warm. Cruise by a multitude of islands. Stop for a delicious warm lunch. Follow lunch with fika, the Swedish tradition of having a hot drink with a pastry. Continue kayaking around the islands for a little longer before heading back to the tour starting point in Stockholm. 

Stockholm: 2-Day Archipelago Kayak Tour

10. 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. 

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4.8 / 5

based on 146 reviews

It was raining a lot, but it was still a lot of fun! Our guide (Ruben) was easygoing, relaxed and friendly, he told us a lot about the archipelago and also about the animal life in the forests along the way - and even surprised us with a coffee and biscuits on the water. The tour was international (Switzerland, France, Germany), which was not an obstacle despite only rudimentary language skills, because everyone was able to communicate in English. Unfortunately, the promised photos (should come by mail) have not yet arrived.

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.

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.

good with some kayaking experience, you paddle quite a long distance in a day

Great day. Well organised trip and good packed lunch !