Vaxholm

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Paddle around Vaxholm, lovely town known as The ‘Capital of Stockholm’s Archipelago’, and get wonderful archipelago experience.

Take a look on Vaxholm Fortress (Vaxholms Fästning) dating back to the 1500s and built by King Gustav Vasa. Located between Vaxholm and Rindö, was used to defend Stockholm. Pass by Norrhamn with traditional fishing cottages located in the north harbor on Vaxholm. Don’t miss also museum about fishing history of Vaxholm and summer cafe Hembygdsgården known for its homemade cakes and pastries. If you are planning picnic, BBQ and swimming there is wonderful spot on Tenö beach.

Vaxholm and surrounding islands are also home to a number of famous personalities of various fields, just to name few: Zlatan Ibrahimović – a Swedish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Serie A club AC Milan and the Sweden national team; Börje Salming – a Swedish retired professional ice hockey defenceman; Ingemar Stenmark – a former World Cup alpine ski racer from Sweden, regarded as one of the most prominent Swedish athletes ever.

Due to the high water traffic with ferries and other vessels 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.