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Kayak and Wild camp Sweden's East Coast Archipelago - Guided

5 days of adventure surrounded by Sweden's most stunning and untouched coastal landscape.

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Kayak and Wild camp Sweden's East Coast Archipelago - Guided

5 days of adventure surrounded by Sweden's most stunning and untouched coastal landscape.

DURATION
4 nights
LOCATION
Sweden
ANNUAL LEAVE
3 days off work
SEASON
Jun-Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 8 people
MEETING POINT
Norrköping
ACCOMMODATION
Wild camping
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

No kayaking experience needed, just a moderate level of fitness, the ability to swim and a taste for adventure.

Paddle around the remote Saint Anna Archipelago - a paradise for kayakers looking for an epic adventure!

Find a deserted island, set up camp by the water and cook a delicious meal as you watch the sunset over the water

Explore this maze of more than 6,000 islands, most of them uninhabited – from forested ones close to the mainland, to the wild and barren islets out by the open sea

Included

Guides

Experienced kayaking guide

Accommodation

4 nights wild camping on deserted islands

Meals

Munch on tasty food throughout

Equipment

All your kayaking, safety and camping equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Travel to and from the start point

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Norrköping

10:00 on Day 1

Ends

Norrköping

17.00 on Day 5

Transfers

Your host will pick you up in Norrköping, the major hub of the area, either at the train station or any hotel/hostel of your choice. There are a number of ways to get here;

  • Stockholm Skavsta (Ryanair), 55 min bus transfer to Norrköping
  • 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
  • Train to Norrköping If you take advantage of typically cheaper evening flights and arrive the night before in Norrköping your local host recommends The Lamp Hotel close to the train station or Pronova Hotel in the city centre.

Your host will confirm exact meeting point prior to departure.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Wild camping · Solo tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Wild camping · Solo tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Fact - food always tastes better in the wild. You’ll cook delicious meals together as a team, using lots of typical Swedish ingredients, with the menu planned by our own wilderness chef. Vegans and vegetarians can be catered for and if you have any dietary requests, just let us know beforehand and we will do our best to accommodate them.

What is the accommodation like?

The islands

You'll wild camp on a different, remote island each night. Top quality solo Hilleberg tents, Haglöfs sleeping bags, sleeping mats and cooking equipment are provided. Your guide will also give you information on the rules and practices with regards to rubbish disposal, open fires, bird sanctuaries, protected plant and animal species etc. Saint Anna is incredibly clean and untouched and together we can keep it that way!

Day 1

Into the maze

Kayaking

4-6hrs

Meet your host in Norrköping and drive through the Swedish countryside to the jump off point for the beautiful Saint Anna archipelago. Load up the supplies and then review the plan, including safety and water navigation. Take to the water and quickly find yourself surrounded by forested islands and barren skerries. Paddle northeast towards Aspöja where white-tailed eagles are regularly sighted and nest in the large trees nearby and continue through the Uggelholmarna Nature Reserve, home to three hundred year-old pine and linden trees. Take a short stroll through the forest and then navigate the narrow channel between Lammskär and Kalvskär, ending up surrounded by a sheltered atoll. Find the perfect island for the night and set up camp - the solitude and sense of freedom here are hard to put into words and simply have to be experienced!

Day 2

Islands all the way to the horizon

Kayaking

6hrs

Break camp and continue exploring, this time through the barren outer archipelago to a backdrop of the open sea and a blue horizon. If you're lucky you might spot seals, as well as white-tailed eagles, Arctic skuas and ospreys. Continue to one of the most famous spots in Saint Anna – Kupa Klint - an old navigation marker used by seafarers for centuries with a spectacular view over the surrounding islands. Pay a visit to the rustic pub on Missjö where sea dog Mats serves up cold beers and delicious dishes made from fish and coastal birds sustainably hunted nearby and then find a sheltered spot for the night.

Day 3

The village that time forgot

Kayaking

6hrs

Paddle south towards Harstena, a town famous for its historic beauty. Take a stroll to the museum set in the old school, wander around the village and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the water-side restaurant. Be sure to pick up some of the heavenly cinnamon swirls from the nearby bakery and some smoked fish from the local smokehouse. Continue exploring as you head to the magical Ytterö island, home to rocky beaches and gnarly pine trees. It’s right on the open sea and from the higher ground you’ll get a truly spectacular view across Saint Anna. Enjoy dinner around the campfire and fall asleep to the sound of the waves brushing across the smooth rocks.

Day 4

Paddle to the edge of the world

Kayaking

6hrs

Weather conditions permitting, head for Häradskär; an old, red iron lighthouse and the last outpost of the archipelago before the open sea. Few make it to this historic spot which feels like the edge of the world and the only sounds you’ll hear are bird calls and the rhythmic crashing of the waves. If the weather prevents the crossing, your guide will take you to some of their favourite remote and beautiful spots before selecting another deserted island for the night.

Day 5

Head due west for the mainland

Kayaking

4hrs

After a hearty breakfast and a final dip in the sea, begin the final paddle back to the mainland, stopping at the abandoned copper mine on Fångö island along the way. Paddle through the small canal opposite Fyrudden and across the short stretch of open water to the finish point.

Please Note

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.

15% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 15% discount on us to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock, Runner's Need, and Cycle Surgery.

What's included?

  • Kayak and paddle
  • Spraydeck
  • Life jacket
  • First aid kit
  • Water pump
  • Drybags
  • Rolling compass
  • Maps
  • Guide book
  • Cell phone
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Tent
  • Tarp
  • Spade
  • Folding saw
  • Drinking bottle
  • Water containers
  • Gas stove & fuel
  • Lighters
  • Grill plate
  • Pan for fire
  • Cooler
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board
  • Cooking utensils
  • Eating utensils
  • Dishwashing kit
  • Head torch
  • Knife
  • Rope

What do I need to bring?

  • Shorts & t-shirts
  • Trousers & warm sweater
  • Shoes (Although Neoprene socks are good to wear instead)
  • Swimsuit & towel
  • Sun cap & beanie
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunblock & toiletries
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Books
  • Luxury items – be it beer, food or a small instrument to entertain the group.
  • Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

No experience is needed, just a moderate level of fitness, the ability to swim and a taste for outdoor adventure. Because of the Kayak's restrictions you should be under 120kg (19st,) however, kayaking beginners are welcome.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Swedish summer is green, lush and beautiful with lots of daylight. The weather in the archipelago changes often and quickly and you will be supplied with a phone to receive daily weather reports. In a few days, you are likely to experience some calm and sunny days and some windy and overcast ones, however, you will be provided with top quality water and wind proof clothing. Temperatures vary and a typical summer day can offer 33°C and sunshine, or 17°C and rain, though mostly stays in the range of 20–28°C.

Yes. Any excess luggage can be safely left with your local host at the launch point.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Sweden, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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All of our group adventures are specifically designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want them to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly likeminded.

“I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I’ve ever been on!” Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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