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Culinary Kayaking Adventure in Sweden

Paddle the beautiful Saint Anna Archipelago, learn to forage and cook up gourmet meals made from local ingredients along the way

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Adventures / Kayak Journeys

Culinary Kayaking Adventure in Sweden

Paddle the beautiful Saint Anna Archipelago, learn to forage and cook up gourmet meals made from local ingredients along the way

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

No experience needed, just a moderate level of fitness, the ability to swim and a genuine interest in food and culinary history.

Take a culinary adventure along the coastal landscape of the Saint Anna Archipelago – 6,000 islands, most of them uninhabited

Discover the region's rich history through food, sourcing local ingredients like wild boar and freshly caught fish which your chef will use each night to create a gourmet menu

Wild camp at a different, remote location each night and fall asleep to the sound of the sea

Included

Guides

Local, certified kayaking and culinary guide

Accommodation

3 nights wild camping

Meals

Munch on tasty, locally sourced food throughout

Transfers

To and from the start point

Equipment

All your kayaking and camping equipment

Permits

All your permits and licenses

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Flights to and from the meeting point

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Norrköping on Day 1

10am

Ends

Norrköping

16.30-17.00 on Day 4

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.

Travel options

There are a number of ways to get to Norrköping, many of which let you take advantage of cheaper evening flights. These include from Stockholm Skavsta (55 minute by bus) Stockholm Arlanda (2 hour direct train,) Linköping City Airport (30 min train) and Norrköping Airport (10 min taxi ride). If you arrive the night before, your host recommends The Lamp Hotel close to the train station or the Pronova Hotel in the city centre.

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 3

Wild camping · Solo tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

The food on this trip is not only delicious, but uses local and freshly foraged ingredients whenever possible. This includes eggs, root vegetables and lamb sausage from a nearby farm, and wild boar and venison from a local hunter. A local fisherman also hand-delivers his catch to the camp for the freshest taste of the sea. You will also forage many of the ingredients yourself, including orpine, orache, wild oregano, chives, barberries, juniper, strawberries, raspberries and mushrooms, all of which will find a creative place in a scumptious dish.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them. However due to the culinary nature of the trip it can be challenging to accomodate all dietary requirements.

What is the accommodation like?

The islands

You'll wild camp in a different, remote location each night, using high quality, solo tents and Haglofs sleeping bags with an appropriate temperature rating for the season.

Day 1

Discover the roots of a culinary tradition

Kayaking

4hrs

Travel to the Saint Anna archipelago, one of Sweden’s natural treasures. Begin your journey on the inner islands and feel the sensation of slipping back in time. Take a break for lunch by a pretty sea meadow, one of Saint Anna's most unique habitats, where salt-resistant plants thrive along the shoreline and forage for edible greens, rose hip, hawthorn and barberries. Continue exploring this maze of islands and channels before arriving at camp where your culinary guide will be waiting for you, busy preparing a night of wild cooking. Tonight’s dinner will be slow-cooked venison stew with potatoes, lingonberries and pickled cucumber, followed by regional cheeses with rosehip marmalade and sourdough bread.

Day 2

Modern culinary treats

Kayaking

6hrs

Begin the day with a refreshing dip in the water and then after a breakfast of cast-iron waffles and strawberry jam, continue paddling, this time through stunning bird sanctuaries and clusters of little islands filled with life. You’ll likely see Sea Eagles gliding high up in the sky and possibly even seals. As you reach the middle of the archipelago the islands become smaller and more plentiful, creating an array of natural habitats, so celebrate with a lunch of wild boar flatbreads with juniper mayo, leek and apple & buckthorn preserves. Step ashore near the pine trees and find yourself surrounded by deciduous forest and open glades – perfect for foraging mushrooms. Wild herbs also grow in the meadows, so be sure to pick some oregano and ground-ivy for dinner - this time Dutch-oven roasted lamb with mashed sun chokes and wild mushrooms, followed by cloudberries served with whipped fresh cheese and cardamom.

Day 3

Catch of the day

Kayaking

6hrs

Start the day with a breakfast of grilled bread and muesli served with fresh blueberries & hazelnuts, then, if the weather allows, head to the outer archipelago - hundreds of tiny and barren islands with sparse wind-pined trees and a unique flora of salt-resistant plants. The horizon here is huge and the solitude amazing. After a lunch of root vegetable hash with lamb sausage, pork belly and pickled beets, paddle back to camp, where a local fisherman will drop by with a fresh catch to be used in a proper feast to mark your final night on the islands.

Tonight’s menu will be…

  • Smoked salmon on butter-fried toast with horseradish and dill cream, pickled red onion, pickled cucumber and smoked seaweed
  • Smoked whitefish in a flatbread roll with chive and mustard creme topped with roe
  • Pan-fried perch fillets with mashed potatoes and wilted wild greens
  • Dutch-oven apple pie and wild-made custard

Day 4

Return to the mainland and home

Kayaking

4hrs

Wake up one last time on a tranquil island wonderland and begin your day with a wild mushroom frittata served with fresh greens and goat’s cheese. Break camp and paddle back to the mainland, emerging from the wilderness maze onto a narrow canal and then into a bay of little cabins and old houses. Say goodbye to your team and head back to the airport in time for your flight home full of new recipes and cooking inspiration.

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.

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What's included?

  • All your kayaking, camping and cooking equipment

What do I need to bring?

  • A couple of sets of clothes
  • Warm layers (jumper, hat, gloves)
  • Shoes for water and land
  • Towel
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Suncream
  • Toiletries
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone

You don’t need to be incredibly fit or have any previous kayaking experience as paddling distances between stop-offs will be short and your guide will be with you every step of the way. All you really need is a genuine interest in food and culinary history.

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

September is regarded by many as the best month to go sea kayaking in Sweden, as it's starting to get cooler but the late summer weather is usually very stable. There is a good chance of mirror-calm water for several days and late summer sunsets last for hours and are amazing!

Any excess luggage can be safely left with you local host and returned to you at the end of the trip.

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!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

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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