Our weeklong Sweden kayak trip is all about sun, paddling, adventure, relaxing and enjoying your travel companions. We spend our days kayaking among the low-lying coastal islands between Stockholm and Norrköping. In the evenings, we camp on those same islands, cooking our meals and sharing stories over an open fire. This is just the sort of trip we all need right now – a chance to build those arms muscles, immerse ourselves in nature, and make memories with friends old and new. It’s also a chance to leave civilisation behind for a spell and step outside of your comfort zone.
Who’s keen for paddling in the ocean by day and sleeping on small islands by night!?
✓ Explore the coast of Sweden between tree-covered islands
✓ Sleep under the stars
✓ Become a kayaking pro (no experience required)
✓ Learn essential outdoor skills
✓ Relax and unwind in hammocks by the water
✓ Make a bunch of new and amazing friends from around the world
So what can you expect on this weeklong kayak adventure in Sweden?
Today we all meet up at Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). From here we bundle into a bus and embark on a two-and-a-half-hour drive southwest to the city of Norrköping. This is valuable get-to-know-you time. In the evening we gather for dinner and a briefing by our kayaking tour guide Yannick. It’s then time to burrow in our plump hotel beds as we won’t be having any of that in the adventure ahead!
Our first morning in Sweden starts with breakfast at the hotel. We then head to the shops with Yannick to buy food for the week. This is your chance to ensure your favourite snacks make it onto the boats! We then transfer to the coast, where we pack the kayaks. Before heading out into the Baltic Sea, Yannick gives us a kayaking tutorial. Thus prepped, it’s paddles in and we head out onto the water! When evening draws near, we set up camp. (Note that we don’t sleep in tents, but rather cosy it up under a tarp.) Then it’s time to enjoy our first dinner around the fire and chitchat under the stars.
Please note that you must bring your own sleeping bag and ground mat – we’ve got everything else covered!
Over the next four days we spend a few hours every day paddling along the coast between tree-covered islands. The specific route Yannick chooses is dictated by the weather as well as the speed set by the group. This is outdoor therapy time – we let nature and the rhythm of the paddle soothe, energise and restore us. Yannick is a highly experienced outdoor professional and during the trip he teaches us tips and tricks with our kayaks. He also shares other useful outdoor skills with us. Each day also holds plenty of time for swimming, drinks by the water, and any other activities the group feels like – it could be yoga, nature photography, songs around the campfire, or whatever else interests the group. Be prepared for some philosophical discussions under the stars when the quietude and raw nature spark deep thoughts.
The Stockholm archipelago is the second-largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea, and consists of thousands of islands.
Today we enjoy one more island breakfast and one more group paddle among the islands. Once back on land we pack up and hit the road for Stockholm. We arrive in the city around 6 PM, and the official part of the trip ends. We do, however, highly recommend spending at least one night in Stockholm to give you the following day to enjoy the culture of this beautiful city in summer.
You don’t need to have any previous kayaking experience to join us for our Sweden kayak trip. That said, please note that you should be:
Leading our new kayaking in Sweden adventure is Yannick Tiefenthaler. Half Swiss, half Swede, Yannick is a qualified and experienced outdoor guide. He’s been a friend of Joel’s for many years and is so excited to now join the team, and show off the beautiful and little-known islands of southern Sweden to you in this amazing trip.
We spend our days kayaking among the low-lying coastal islands between Stockholm and Norrköping. We’ll be fully immersed in nature, so expect to learn useful outdoor skills like navigating with a compass and map, cooking on an open fire, and so much more!