Kayak and Wild Camp the Archipelago of Sweden

4 day kayak and wild camp weekend package with transfers. 2 days off work.

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Kayak and Wild Camp the Archipelago of Sweden

4 day kayak and wild camp weekend package with transfers. 2 days off work.

  • Sweden
  • May—September
  • Stockholm Skavsta Airport, Stockholm (NYO)

Step off the plane and into the wild freedom of Sweden’s beautiful Saint Anna archipelago. Enjoy an unforgettable weekend of fishing, swimming, exploring and camping wherever you like. All the logistics are sorted, you just need to show up! This epic, hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 nights of wild-camping on deserted islands
  • 4 days of kayaking and exploring the archipelago
  • All top-of-the-line equipment
  • Personalised guide book
  • Survival and navigation kits
  • Pre-purchasing service for food and water (actual cost of food and water is additional)
  • Pick-up, drop off and airport transfers

Perfect for:
This is the perfect trip for independent-minded travelers wanting to really escape the 9-to-5. Your expert local host will take care of all the logistics and equipment you will need for cooking, navigating, sleeping and exploring this magical place, and then you’re on your own for a personal and private wilderness experience.

What to Expect

Friday: Arrival, orientation and casting off

You’ll be met at the airport by your host and taken to your launch point in Saint Anna (1.5 hours).

Your pre-purchased food and drinks are waiting for you. Pack everything into dry bags, review a rough plan for the weekend, then go over equipment, navigation and safety with your host.

Cast off and paddle into the main bay, exploring until you find the perfect island for your first night’s campsite.

Saturday and Sunday: Kayaking and camping

Wake up each morning to an incredible view, make yourself some breakfast, then pack up and explore the day away. The path you choose will be uniquely yours!

Stop at your leisure to swim in pristine coves, enjoy a beer, soak up the sun, or try your hand at fishing. It’s up to you!

In the evenings pick a deserted island, watch the sunset, cook a nice meal, and chat around the campfire while the night unfolds.

Monday: Return to shore and departure

Pack up your tent one last time and enjoy a final full day on the water.

Eventually make your way to your finish point where your host awaits you. Grab a quick shower, sort the equipment, then transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You are free to set up camp on any island you wish and make it your home. High quality tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking equipment are provided.

Sweden has something called “the right to public access”, which, among other things, means you can camp wherever you want as long as you are respectful to the area. You’ll be given information on the rules in regards to rubbish disposal, bird sanctuaries, open fires, protected plant and animal species etc. Saint Anna is incredibly clean and untouched—let’s keep it that way!

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Location

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The last ice age left spectacular archipelagos that break Sweden’s eastern coastline into tens of thousands of islands and little skerries.

Saint Anna is a true gem among the archipelagos of Sweden. The 70km remote stretch of coast is absolutely perfect for paddling and camping. To Swedes it means ocean vistas and glittering water, sunbathing on flat warm rocks, sailing boats in the distance, birds chirping in the background, smells of salt and seaweed, red little cottages, and fishermen and their catch. It’s that blend of beautiful wilderness and historical settings, of activity and relaxation, of solitude and company, that makes it a summer favourite.

Start point?
You will be met at Stockholm Skavsta airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 11:55 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

End point?
You will be dropped off at Stockholm Skavsta airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 21.20. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

For trips in August you will be returned to the airport in time to catch the 16:50 to London or any other flight after 16:50

Getting there and away?
Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) is served by regular, cheap flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Stockholm
  • Cost of pre-purchased food and drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance that covers sea kayaking

This is a private trip, so your group will be as big (or as small) as you want it to be. Minimum 18 years old (15 if accompanied by an adult).

Unfortunately you are not permitted to do this trip solo for safety reasons.

Wind direction has a lot to say in where you go, and your host will advise you on a general plan, but everything else is up to you. There are a few different pick-up points, so when it’s time to go home just call your host to let them know where and when you’ll be.

The islands are close to each other, completely pristine and unexploited. There are no ferries or large boats to disturb you. There are a couple of quaint old villages where you can buy smoked fish and ice-cream. Local points of interest include an old copper mine, a wood-fired sauna, lighthouses, lookouts and more. You will get plenty of solitude and wilderness on your adventure, but it’s also great to have a few places to visit on the way.

There’s plenty to do on each little island. You can go swimming and sunbathing, fish from the shore, cook, play games, hang out around the campfire, wander into the forest to pick berries and mushrooms. and much more. Your imagination really gets going when you feel so free!

You will order everything in advance from a very comprehensive food order form and pay cost price, same as in the supermarket. Food for a 3 night trip usually adds up to 40–60 Pounds (EUR 50–70) per person depending on how lavish you wish be. Alcohol is additional. The larger the group, the smaller the individual cost.

You will be provided with enough fresh water to last the first half of the trip, and shown a few places where you can fill up on the way.

Absolutely, just order the appropriate food off the list.

You do not have to be especially fit to go sea kayaking, nor do you need previous experience. Kayaking is quite easy, and the boats go surprisingly fast with little effort. You decide your own pace and how much distance you wish to cover.

Double kayaks are very stable and well suited for beginner and intermediate kayakers, while single kayaks require more skill since they can roll over. If you do roll, don’t worry—life jackets are provided, and you’re not attached to the kayak in any way, so just pop to the surface and get back in!

You’ll be given a cell phone with pre-programmed numbers. The whole area has reception, so if something happens you’re only a phone call away from help.You can be reached by boat in under 20 minutes.

Your host will teach you what you need to know. Navigation is pretty straightforward. You just have to be attentive and make sure the landmarks around you match what you see on the map.

Weather in the archipelago changes often and quickly. A given summer day can bring you 33°C and sunshine, or 17°C and rain, but mostly it stays around 20–28°C. Expect some calm, hot and sunny days, and a couple of overcast, windier ones. Sometimes it rains, but it usually passes pretty quickly. Your host will text you the weather report every morning so you’re prepared. You can check the forecast at smhi.se/en/Weather and search for “Soderkoping.”

Water temperature depends on the weeks leading up to summer. Typical ranges are 14–19°C in early and late summer, and 19–24°C in mid-summer.

Your host provides top-of-the-line equipment, including everything you’ll need for a weekend of kayaking and camping in the wilds. A full list will be sent to you after booking, but here’s a rough list of what to expect:

  • Kayak, paddle, spraydeck and life jacket
  • Tent, sleeping mat and sleeping bag
  • Compass, maps, guide book and cell phone
  • Dry bags
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Camp stove, cooking utensils and eating utensils

All equipment is provided, but you’ll need to supply your own personal clothing, toiletries, etc. We recommend you bring:

  • A small rucksack for exploring the islands
  • Several warm layers of clothing (thermal top and bottom, warm jacket or sweater)
  • Light-weight, breathable, quick-drying tops and bottoms
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Shoes that can get wet (not flip-flops)
  • Light hiking shoes for camp and exploring
  • Sun protection
  • Hat and light gloves for nights at camp
  • Personal toiletries and medications

Start point?
You will be met at Stockholm Skavsta airport. Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 11:55 or earlier. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

End point?
You will be dropped off at Stockholm Skavsta airport. You are free to book any flight that departs after 21.20. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

For trips in August you will be returned to the airport in time to catch the 16:50 to London or any other flight after 16:50

Getting there and away?
Stockholm Skavsta Airport (NYO) is served by regular, cheap flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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