Experience the best Stockholm Archipelago has to offer
Join us on a guided three-day premium experience in the fresh breeze of the Stockholm Archipelago, surrounded by beautiful nature, wildlife and a vast waterland. In a small group with a guide, you’ll be traversing the archipelago by kayak past islands and skerries, staying in unique and comfortable accommodations and enjoying some of the best cuisine that the area has to offer. This experience is created in collaboration between Harö Natur, Sandhamn Seglarhotell, Öppet Hav and The Kayak Trail.
What to expect?
A careful composition of four unique archipelago experiences into one
Our team of guides will lead the way out into the beautiful wilderness of the archipelago, in a safe and relaxed way. They are educated Nordic Outdoor Guides, certified kayak guides, and with a love and respect for Scandinavian nature and sustainable travel.
During this 3-day experience you will stay one night at Harö Natur, a small boutique accommodation on the island of Harö, and one night at Sandhamn Seglarhotell located on the historical archipelago island of Sandön.
A culinary experience
Both at Harö and Sandön, you will be offered a mix of culinary experiences ranging from local produce to Swedish classics. During the kayaking, the guides will prepare food, snacks and Swedish Fika.
What we have included in the package
Duration: 3 days
Departure dates: Wednesdays June 1, 8, 15. August 10, 17, 24, 31. September 7, 14
Starting point: Rib Boat Pick-up by Öppet hav in Nybroviken, central stockholm
Fitness level: Low/Medium
Prerequisites: Able to swim >200 meters, maximum weight 120 kg per person. Kayak beginners are welcome!
Group size: 2-8
Age limit: 18 years, or 14 years if accompanied by adult
Payment: Secure online payment when you make your reservation. A 20 % deposit at the point of booking, remaining is due 2 weeks before departure
Price: 17 900 SEK/person
(including taxes and fees)
The 3-day premium experience day-by-day
DAY 1: LEAVING THE CITY
The Stockholm archipelago may initially seem vast and out of reach. But the start of it all is just a short boat ride away. Your adventure to the outer archipelago will begin at Nybroviken in downtown Stockholm. By RIB-boat, you’ll get a fast and scenic trip out to Stavsnäs, leaving the busy capital behind you and entering the beautiful vast waterland, quite unique in the world with over 30’000 islands.
In Stavsnäs, the group will be joined by an outdoor guide from The Kayak Trail and fitted with kayaks and gear before you embark on your journey, travelling in the most sustainable way to experience the archipelago. Your guide will take you towards Harö, a small authetic island situated in a beautifully sheltered part of the archipelago. Kayaking through groups of islands with waterways that are too shallow for boats, only accessible by kayak and wildlife itself.
Harö Natur, situated by Kanholmsfjärden, is where we will spend the first night. Before we have our 5-course dinner together, there is time to just wander around, explore nature at your own pace, or visit the local store with sustainable local produce. Or why not take the kayaks for an evening tour around the small island in the sunset?
You will enjoy a night’s sleep the conceptual cabins of Harö Natur with nature and the stars right on your doorstep. They will provide a memorable back-to-nature experience. Because, here, in the outer archipelago, light pollution is significantly lower than on the mainland, so on a cloud free night, you can indulge in a ceiling full of stars, just by sitting on the porch to your cabin.
DAY 2: JOURNEY TO SANDHAMN
After a nice healthy breakfast, the journey continues by kayak towards the island called Sandön, “the sandy island”. Sandön and its small and authentic village of Sandhamn has been inhabited since the 18th century, and is now one of the most popular idyllic vacation islands, yet very unspoilt and homely. And also the literary locations for the popular crime mysteries of Viveka Sten.
During the kayak journey, you’ll experience the outer archipelago to the fullest with guides that have the preservation of the local biosphere as a top priority. On the way, you stop for an outdoor lunch that the guides will prepare.
Upon arrival in the afternoon, a comfortable room awaits you at the Sandhamn Seglarhotell, a hotel with a rich history that dates back to 1897. This is also when you say goodbye to your kayak guide. Before dinner, you can explore Sandön and all it has to offer. Visit any of the boutique restaurants, have a drink at one of the bars that has seen sailors for almost 200 years or just enjoy a traditional swedish Fika (coffe or tea & a cinnamon bun) at the bakery or bring it out onto a cliff overlooking the Sea. The hotel SPA will be at your disposal through out your stay.
In the evening, a dinner is served with tastes from the Stockholm Archipelago. Time to share your adventures from the afternoon and maybe set plan for the day ahead.
DAY 3: THE RETURN
The final day begins with a delicious hotel breakfast to prepare you for a day of independent island exploration. Why not take a stroll along the coastline, visit the harbour or borrow a bicycle from the hotel and have a picnic on the unique Trouville beach? The island boasts thrilling biking trails as well as amazing stretches to hike around the entire island. Other amenities to enjoy include both tennis and padel. If you wish to remain stationary, you may opt to book the floating sauna or wood-fired hot tub.
Ultimately this great adventure ends. Boats arrive in the afternoon to ferry you back to central Stockholm with an estimated arrival time right around dinnertime.