You may wonder what to do in Vaxholm, the capital of Stockholm Archipelago, in winter. At the end of August most of people return to work and school after summer holidays. When the crowds depart life returns to normal for those who live in archipelago all year round. Off-season here is time to slow down, enjoy wonderful tranquility and luxury of having it all to yourself.
We are kayakers and adventurers all year round. Depending on month and weather we do kayaking, canoeing, snowshoeing, hiking, snowshoeing, cold bath into Baltic sea followed by wood burning sauna. Here some of our ideas what to do around Vaxholm in winter and off season.
Winter kayaking Stockholm Archipelago
There is nothing like kayaking in winter! Kayak tour around Vaxholm in winter is magical and truly unforgettable experience. While paddling we will enjoy silence interrupted only by splash from the paddle. The tranquility, the fresh, clear air and the view over the frozen winter archipelago that goes in pale tones of gray, brown and white. This is mindfulness for real.
Our Winter Kayaking Tours are available from October to April. We provide drysuits and all gear needed for winter kayaking to keep you warm and dry.
Cold bath and sauna
What can be better than cold bath in the Baltic sea followed by sauna and maybe a bottle of local beer? Our traditional wood burning sauna is located close to Vaxholm with wonderful sea view. Sauna session is also a good idea to end any kind of outdoor trip, especially when you feel a bit cold after winter kayaking or hiking in swedish woods.
Snowshoeing and winter hiking through swedish woodland
Go for snowshoe tour or winter hiking in the very heart of Stockholm Archipelago. Discover amazing forests of Bogesund Nature Reserve with outstanding nature and plenty of wildlife. The best chance for good snow to make snowshoe tour is somewhere between January and March but standard hiking works well all year round. Don’t forget to bring good hiking shoes when coming to Sweden! Just 30 minutes away from Stockholm we have amazing nature trails and woodlands for hiking day tours… or even overnight if that is what you wish. We will share with you some of our favorite places and hidden gems that only few people know about.
Outdoor coffee in the woods
Something for coffee lovers! We do drink a lot of coffee and it always tastes so good when outdoors. Sometimes we use thermos but our favorite is fresh brewed coffee over the fire in italian coffee maker.
Canoe trip in autumn landscape
Canoeing is a wonderful and very affordable way to discover the beauty of inner archipelago. Paddle through magnificent Bogesund – a place where for about 1000 years ago Vikings were living. Now it’s nature reserve with green meadows, old oak trees and farms with horses. Paddling silently by narrow channels is great chance to spot beavers.
Beaver safari Stockholm Archipelago
Come along and go looking for beavers with us. We have many beavers living in our waters so we will use canoe to move around. Beavers are very active in autumn when gathering for winter supplies. If we are lucky we will experience a spectacular show with a large splash of water breaking the silence.
Outdoor cooking over the fire
Why not try wilderness cooking at its best? There is something special about gathering around the fire for a meal. Sharing food outdoors makes everything taste better. In our base camp on Björnholmen island we have traditional nordic Muurikka pans, perfect for outdoor cooking over the fire! We are always happy to spend time in the woods, sharing some outdoor recipes and finally have fun cooking together over the fireplace. Outdoor cooking is always a great idea for family or friends gathering and company kick off close to Stockholm.
Winter camping Sweden
Winter camping is a great way to see more nature and fewer people. With the right gear, winter camping can be fun.