Kayak and Wild Camp Sweden's Saint Anna Archipelago - Self-guided
Be the explorer for a long weekend in Sweden's most stunning and untouched coastal landscape.
Stockholm Skavsta Airport
Independent-minded travellers looking for a true adventure. There are no tides, swells or currents to worry about in Saint Anna, and it's perfect for beginners and experienced kayakers alike. Your expert local host will take care of all the logistics and equipment needed for cooking, navigating, sleeping and exploring this magical place. Then off on your own for an unforgettable wilderness experience!
The remote Saint Anna Archipelago on the Baltic coast is a paradise for kayakers and you're in for an epic adventure!
Nowhere in Europe can you find 6000 islands so closely clustered together, creating a maze from the forested sheltered islands close to the mainland all the way out to the barren islets bordering on the open sea. You are free to paddle and wild camp wherever you like! This area boasts the highest number of sunny days is Sweden, with some of the warmest temperatures in the sea. There is an abundance of coastal birds and you may even spot seals. Always find an island completely your own to set up camp, cook a delicious meal and watch the sunset.
This epic, hassle-free adventure includes:
- 3 nights of wild-camping on deserted islands
- 4 days of kayaking and exploring the archipelago
- Professional quality equipment - e.g. Hilleberg tents, NRS paddle jackets, mylar-lined cooler bags
- Custom-made guide book
- Survival and navigation kits
- Phone for daily weather reports
- Pre-purchasing service for food and drinks
- Start and finish at different spots, no backtracking
- Pick-up, drop-off and airport transfers
Meals as described
Routes & Maps
FEEL GOOD VIBES
Day 1 - Into the Maze
Your host will meet you at the airport and drive the windy country-side roads out to the coast and beautiful Saint Anna (2 hours).
Your pre-ordered food and drinks are waiting for you. Review a rough plan for the weekend, then go over navigation, safety and the area with your host. Using the absolute top quality equipment provided is a real treat! It's hard to justify purchasing gear of that caliber on your own.
The launch is situated in a sheltered bay – soon you’re surrounded by water and wilderness. Kayak through narrow passages and clusters of forested islands, or venture far out to sea to the many barren skerries of the outer archipelago.
Your route northeast zigzags through a beautiful part of the archipelago with a myriad of islands and islets. Several species of ducks, swans and Grey herons breed around these parts, and White-tailed eagles are a common sight. In the late afternoon, you'll find that perfect island with a stunning sunset view and set up camp. The solitude and sense of freedom out here is hard to put into words, it simply has to be experienced!
Day 2 - A band of islets against the horizon
Your following day traverses bird sanctuaries with lots of birdlife, if you choose you can paddle towards Äspskär. This crescent-shaped smooth islet is surrounded by shallow waters, and is superb for swimming and even snorkelling!
Another route goes through a massive cluster of hundreds of barren islets close to the open sea. This is the most finely-chiselled archipelago that exists in Sweden, and the paddle is stunningly beautiful with blue horizon as far as the eye can see. It's paradise for wildlife out here. Spot Razorbills, Black guillemots, Arctic skuas, Ospreys and Grey seals!
Head to one of the most famous spots in Saint Anna – Kupa Klint. This old navigation mark has been used by seafarers for centuries. It’s a lookout with a spectacular view of the surrounding archipelago.
Inside the outer band of skerries you'll find the large island Missjö and its parallel islands. It's a beautiful sheltered area with little nooks and crannies everywhere. For a genuine archipelago experience, pay a visit to the rustic pub on Missjö. Sea dog Mats serves up cold beers and delicious dishes made from fish and coastal birds hunted nearby. Mats is often there to host and tell stories, and it’s a very fun time!
Day 3 - The village that time forgot
Your expedition continues south towards Harstena Village, which is a must-see on your journey. As you paddle the small inlet you're met by an idyllic view of the village. Harstena is famous far and wide for its picturesque and historic beauty. Take a stroll to the museum at the old school, wander around the village and maybe treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the water-side restaurant. Be sure to pick up some heavenly cinnamon swirls from the bakery and smoked fish from the smokehouse.
A short distance west of Harstena is Torrön. This large wild island is surrounded by a mosaic of hundreds of little islets. It’s a very sheltered area with shallow waters, smooth rocks and calm creeks – fantastic for swimming and sunbathing. Look down as you glide across the rocky bottoms to view large forests of bladder wrack. You'll find some of the best sunset views of the whole area around here!
Day 4 - Land Ahoy!
Your last day in this island wonderland! Enjoy a leisurely morning and hop in the water for a final dip. Cook up a hearty breakfast to prepare for a somewhat strenuous paddle ahead.
Aim north across some pretty exposed waters until you reach the beautiful long narrow passage between Missjö and its inner parallel island. A quick paddle westward takes you to the bustling mainland hub Tyrislöt.
Give yourself some extra time here to visit the Archipelago Museum and stroll the nature trail. Enjoy a couple of cold lagers among the cherry trees in the garden of the countryside pub. A perfect way to end your long weekend of wilderness and archipelago culture!
Your host will pick you up and drive you back to the airport with plenty of time to catch your flight home. We bet you'll be looking at photos the whole plane ride home, and like so many other guests, start planning when you may return. This combo of natural beauty and freedom is very hard to come by!
All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.
You are free to set up camp on any island and make it your home for the night. Top quality Hilleberg tents, Haglöfs sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking equipment are provided.
“The right of public access” in Sweden means you can camp wherever you want as long as you are respectful to the land, animals and people. You’ll be given information on the rules and practices in regards to rubbish disposal, bird sanctuaries, open fires, protected plant and animal species etc. Saint Anna is incredibly clean and untouched—we'll keep it that way!
Thousands of years ago, the thick ice sheet of the last ice age melted away, revealing a majestic glacier landscape of smooth islands and unusual rock formations in the Baltic sea.
Saint Anna truly is a treasure among treasures. This seventy kilometre remote stretch of the Baltic coast is beautifully untouched with six thousand islands, islets and skerries in a maze. It's been a hidden gem for kayakers for decades. They'll praise Saint Anna as the very best spot for sea paddling - not only is the area absolutely stunning, the islands are closely clustered together offering lots of shelter and an incredibly varied landscape.
This archipelago stretches wide - twenty kilometres from the mainland to the open sea. The inner islands are large and forested, separated by narrow passages or smaller straits. The middle parts are clusters of islands and islets with knotted wind-pined trees. This zone is more exposed to wind, but finding sheltered routes is easy. The outer archipelago is a myriad of barren tiny skerries close to the open sea. No less than thirty-five coastal bird species breed out here and sighting Grey seals is common.
Saint Anna boasts one of Sweden's highest number of sunny days with some of the warmest temperatures in the sea. The sea is fantastic for long swims! The water is brackish and the marine life is completely harmless (no stinging jellyfish or crabs!).
Almost all the islands are uninhabited, but the area also has a rich history of people living their whole lives out here. It’s completely your choice what to explore – visit cultural points of interest, do all wilderness, or more likely, a blend of both!
Stockholm Skavsta Airport at 12:30 or Norrköping at 13:30
Arrive in the morning to Stockholm Skavsta and your host will pick you up right from the airport. Alternatively, there are a number of other options to fly in and make your way to the pick up point in Norrköping, the major hub of the area.
- Stockholm Arlanda (all major airlines), 2 hour direct train to Norrköping
- Linköping City Airport (KLM), 30 min train to Norrköping
- Norrköping Airport (BMI), 10 min taxi ride to Norrköping
Your host will be in touch after you book to confirm your travel plans and meeting point.
Norrköping at 18:00 or Stockholm Skavsta Airport at 19:00
Your host will drop you back off either in Norrköping, an hour drive, or Stockholm Skavsta Airport, 2 hours from the archipelago.
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