Self-guided kayaking holidays in Sweden.


Let us arrange something that works just for you. You choose the date and length of trip. We provide all you need to create your own unforgettable kayaking adventure. Step off the plane and paddle into Sweden’s beautiful Stockholm Archipelago. Try fishing, swimming, sunbathing on warm rocks and camping wherever you like.

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What to bring

  • Few sets of outdoor clothes, bathing suit
  • Wetshoes and camp footwear
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Sun protection and mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Personal items, toiletries, medication
  • Camera, batteries, powerbank

Not included

  • Flights, airport transfers, ferries, taxis
  • Food and beverages
  • Travel/medical insurance

Price per person

Booking info

Group size: 2 - 12 people
Minimum age: 12 years
Season: end of May - end of September
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim and have a taste for adventure. Weight limit, 120 kg/person. Beginners are welcome!
Fitness level: Low / medium


Special price for kids and youth.
Off-season discount: 20% off for trips in September.
Group discount: 4 people or more 10% off.


When you arrive, you will be provided with your kayaking and camping equipment. After safety briefing and discussing the map over a cup of coffee the adventure is all yours. Enjoy your kayaking holidays in Sweden. Find some ideas and inspirations for your route.

Vaxholm - The Capital of Stockholm Archipelago by kayak

Our kayak center is located in the doorway to Stockholm Archipelago. On the one hand there is amazing Bogesund Nature Reserve with outstanding nature and plenty of wildlife. Sheltered water, without vessel traffic is a perfect spot for evening beaver safari. On the other hand you will find lively island Vaxholm, lovely town known as The ‘Capital of Stockholm’s Archipelago’.

Pass by Resarö island with famous Ytterby Mine - the only place in the world with four elements named after it makes the tiny town of Ytterby the periodic table’s most important place in the world. On your way southeast towards Grinda, take a look on Vaxholm Fortress and visit Norrhammen with traditional fishing cottages.

Stora Sandön - the sandy paradise

Stora Sandön located about 15 km away from the kayak center is our favorite spot for the first camp. Long sandy beach is easy to land with kayaks. There is plenty of space for tents. Go for swimming and watch amazing sunset sitting on the beach.

Just a few paddle strokes and you will be on Grinda. Grinda has a popular guest harbour and great accomodation facilities. All in a rural environmental. A signed 3-km nature path leads through all the different types of nature on the island.Despite the fact that the island is quite small, there are plenty of mammals such as fox, roe deer and badger, not to mention the rich bird life.

Gällno, Karklö, Hjälmo

This part of the central archipelago is regarded by many as the most beautiful. Around these lovely islands you will find many pretty huts in traditional swedish red. The older buildings and farms have been remarkably well maintained. Gällno has around 30 permenent inhabitants. A narrow sound separates Gällno from Karklö. The rowing boats boats can be freely used to move between the islands. In summer, these islands are a popular destination, as they lie along the island-hopping routes. On Gällno you will find store and youth hostel, a popular bar with excellent food, and a café with a wide range of delights.

On Hjälmö there is an archipelago farm, Västergården. Animals are transported by ferry in the summer to several of the surrounding islands to keep the landscape open.

Enjoy wooden burn sauna

Träskö-Storö is part of the Hjälmö-Lådna Nature Reserve. It has a protected cove that is a popular natural harbour. Two public saunas are located at Träsköfladen on Träskö-Storö. The island has a rich fauna, being home to badgers, foxes, hares, deer and sometimes even moose. If you are lucky, you may see both white-tailed sea eagles and osprey.

Right next to Träskö-Storö is Stora Kalholmen, where a red building from 1914, became the first hostel in the archipelago.

*You should adjust the route to your kayaking skills, experience as well as sea and weather conditions.

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We recommend to book in advance. If there is no availability or you are a bigger group please contact us. We can be reached by email at book@kanotcenter.com or by phone at + 46 8 541 377 90.
We are always happy to help!

  • People at the center are extremely friendly, competent and enthusiastic, and they provide a great choice of sea kayaks for paddlers of all sizes. 
  • If you're visiting Stockholm I cannot recommend this place enough. It made our trip and it made my boyfriend's birthday. I can't wait to go back.
  • Quality kayak, experienced and passionate guide, beautiful tour, a lovely lunch and swim during the stop. Exceeds all expectations!