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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.

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Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

2. Stockholm: Under the Bridges Boat Tour

Book this 2 hour and 15 minutes sightseeing tour and experience Stockholm from the water. Board your sightseeing vessel and listen to the recorded commentary available in 10 languages as you take in the iconic sights of this stunning city. The boat tour takes you under several bridges and you’ll pass through a lock that connects the Baltic Sea with Lake Mälaren. Along the way you’ll see the sights of Stockholm’s inner city, the Old Town, Södermalm Island, Lilla Essingen and Stora Essingen, the new area known as Hammarby Sjöstad, and the green areas of Royal Djurgården.  This is the perfect sightseeing choice when visiting Stockholm, and is suitable for families as well as adults.

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Full-Day Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Tour

3. Full-Day Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Tour

Explore some of the 24,000 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago on this full-day sailing cruise, only a short one-hour trip from central Stockholm. Many of these islands are uninhabited, and home to dense forests, rock formations and stunning natural beauty. Ranging in size from large islets to small rock formations, the untouched islands make for breathtaking scenery. You may even get the chance to steer and sail the yacht during the cruise under the watchful eye of one of our experienced captains. The Stockholm archipelago is home to legends of mystical characters and has influenced many Swedish authors and poets for centuries. See what many people find so inspiring when you visit this beautiful natural site. Join us for a memorable experience!

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Stockholm Archipelago 1-Hour Tour by RIB Speed Boat

4. Stockholm Archipelago 1-Hour Tour by RIB Speed Boat

Experience adrenaline thrills in the Stockholm Archipelago on board an RIB speed boat, and enjoy a fast and exciting adventure on the Baltic Sea. Make your way to the Blaiseholmen Peninsula to meet your skipper and rigid inflatable boat (RIB). Listen to a short briefing on what to expect during the boat ride. Then, change into your waterproof gear and life jacket (provided). Hop into the boat and grab the railing - it's going to be a bumpy ride! Pass the Nationalmusem (Stockholm National Museum) and scenic urban coast as you leave the city. Take a loop around Djurgården to marvel at the Gröna Lund amusement park, Vasa Museum and Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde Museum. The boat will then pick-up speed as it races out towards the idyllic Stockholm Archipelago at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. (64 kilometers per hour). As you reach the island of Fjäderholmarnas, you've entered the heart of the archipelago. Look at the rocky, tree-covered islands that dot the Baltic Sea. Some are home to pastel-colored wooden dwellings and small fishing villages, but many are uninhabited. Slow down at the island of Vaxholm to appreciate the mammoth Vaxholm Fortress, constructed in the 1500s. After enjoying the bracing wind and salty water, head back to the start point.

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Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

5. Stockholm: Old Town, Djurgården Island & Vasa Museum

Your tour begins at Stortorget, the main square of Old Town. Hear legends and stories about the city and the people that used to lived here. You’ll walk past some of the best-known landmarks of the area, such as the Royal Palace, the Coronation Church, and the statue of St. George and the Dragon. If you have chosen this option, board the Djurgården ferry for the short trip to the island of Djurgården. On the way you’ll be able to see parts of Stockholm from the water, including Old Town and the island of Södermalm. Stop at the Vasa Museum, the most visited maritime museum in the world. Marvel at the nearly 400-year-old wooden ship that is remarkably intact despite being under water for more than 300 years. Enjoy a 30-minute tour of the museum, which will be the end of the guided tour.

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Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

6. 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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Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

7. 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.

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Stockholm: Winter Kayaking Tour with Lunch

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

9. 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.

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Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

10. Royal Canal Tour - Explore Stockholm by Boat

Experience the greener parts of Stockholm on board a lovely canal boat and sail along the Djurgården Canal, separating Djurgården Island from the northern mainland. Built under the orders of King Charles XIV in 1825, the royal canal leaves behind the inner city from Nybrokajen, passing beautiful buildings en route to the peaceful canal. Audio guides are provided, with headsets, in over 11 languages, including English, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. Get fabulous views of the Stockholm skyline as you head back to the city at the end of your 50-minute cruise, providing a different perspective of the Swedish capital.

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What people are saying about Stockholm

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,548 reviews

As someone who is a fan of kayaking in the summer months, I was at first skeptical of doing so in the winter However, I was very thankfully proven wrong. Not only are the islands of the archipelago absolutely breathtaking- I would paint them if I knew how to (so a photo will have to do for now)- but the guides themselves are excellent too. Milena was able to provide guidance, information and also set the pace for our expedition Having a guide made the experience far more cohesive, enjoyable and provided a sense of safety. She encouraged us to learn to navigate, disembark from kayaks on our own, and introduced the time-honored tradition of sitting fika to us. The equipment is obviously top of the line, and the experience is appropriate for even beginning kayakers.

This experience was really original and our guide, Andy, was very prepared, professional and friendly. The prepartion before the trip was perfect: to be ready with thermals. After we got well covered we were not so cold and paddling helped us keeping warm. It was nice to hear regarding the nature, history and culture especially of Vaxholm archipelago. The views in the middle of the water with snow surrounding it was one of a kind. The fika completed the experience with some hot chocolate, tea and chokladbollar. Finally, really recommended for people that love and know kayak already from summer experiences. It will give you new perspectives and an unforgettable winter view. Thank you

Definitely recommend this experience! Andy is a great guide with lots of knowledge about the region. My girlfriend and I enjoyed the interesting conversations with him. The group is also small, so it remains intimate.

Brilliant activity to do whilst in the Stockholm area! Milena was such a great guide and was on such a personable level that made the experience even better, cannot highly recommend enough! Thank you Milena.

Fantastic experience. Despite the cold and rainy weather, the activity was terrific. Both of our instructors were lovely and excellent. Love the Fika also ;)