Ekholmen – a paradise island

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Kayak tour to Ekholmen island, just outside of Vaxholm, with our favorite sandy beach. Perfect spot for outdoor fika, picnic and swimming!

Rent a kayak and paddle to one of our favorite island Ekholmen with nice sandy beach and rocks perfect for picnic. You will pass by Stegesundet – a narrow channel between Skarpö and Stegesund outside of Vaxholm. This is one of the most charming and picturesque strait in archipelago with wonderful summer villas from the turn of the last century. Stegesundet strait is operated by Waxholmsbolaget and Cinderella ferries as well as by smaller boats. Waterway for ferries is very narrow so you should avoid it and obey water traffic rules.

You can even make a shortcut by paddling through top secret narrow channel between Vikingsborg and Stegesund. Channel was digged in the rock and is so narrow that only kayak can pass by when the level of water is high enough.

Due to the high water traffic with ferries and other vessels, especially in June – August, this route is recommended for more experienced paddlers.

Plan your route according to your skills and weather forecast. You are responsible for conducting proper behaviour according to the traffic rules.

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In Sweden we say ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes’. You will be surprised how fun it is to paddle in rain. Make sure you wear the right outdoor clothing (no jeans or cotton).

During thunderstorms or very strong winds we may have to re-schedule or cancel activities for safety reasons.

Unless you are an experienced paddler and know how to do the self-rescue, we recommend you do not paddle alone.

If you do not know how to do solo re-entry after a capsize, we recommend to paddle with a friend or join a guided tour. You can also rent a stand up paddleboard by yourself.

Our kayak center is located about 30 min by car from Stockholm and it is easy to get here with public transport. Take subway T14 towards Mörby Centrum, on station Danderyds sjukhus go to bus terminal F and switch to bus 670. Our nearest bus stop is 100m away and is called Engarn.