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.
Who’s keen for paddling in the ocean by day and sleeping in tents by night!?
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. Then it’s time to enjoy our first dinner around the fire and chitchat under the stars.
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.
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:
So here are some photos of our Follow Alice kayak adventure in Sweden to show you more of what to expect and look forward to …