TOUR PLANNING

Useful maps, links and resources to help you prepare for your kayak & outdoor trip.

RECOMMENDED READING BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Below are some good planning resources for you. In our kayak center you will find basic maps covering daily paddling area as well as sea charts for all trips. We provide information includes shops, islands with sauna, places to refill drinking water and good camping spots.

  • When to go

    We are paddling all year round although typically, the season for multiday trips run between May and late September. The weather in Stockholm Archipelago tends to be slightly better the farther you get from the mainland. Often when it is pouring in Stockholm there is brilliant sun in the outer skerries.

    Summer season between May and September

    Our kayak center is open everyday 10:00 - 18:00 between mid May and mid September (depending on the weather). In summer time we provide rentals of our sea- and expedition kayaks, canoes, SUP boards, bikes and packages including equipment for wild camping (tent, sleeping bags, stove etc.) Stockholm's northern location means that in June and the first half of July, the nights are relatively short, with about 18 hours of daylight. Around the summer solstice you will enjoy a bright blue sky once the sun has set because it does not get any darker than nautical twilight. You can celebrate Swedish Midsummer either on your own hand or during traditional celebration in Vaxholm.

    Late summer is our favorite time to go sea kayaking in Stockholm Archipelago. When the summer crowds departlife returns to normal for those who live here all year round. The archipelago off-season is time to slow down, enjoy wonderful tranquility andluxury of having it all to yourself. Later on water is starting to get cold and, if unlucky, can be wet and windy. For late September rentals we do recommend that you have some kayaking and camping experience.

    Note that most establishments (shops, restaurants, cafes etc.) in the archipelago is usually open for high season so roughly from Midsummer until the third week of August.

    Off-season between September and April

    As long as our waters are not covered with ice we organize guided kayaking tours with appropriate winter gear provided. Rentals are not available at that time. Check our winter offer →

     

    Annual air temperatures

    (graph from Wikipedia)

     

    Annual water temperatures

  • Weather

    You will find below links to recommended weather and wind forecasts. Some of them you can download as app on your mobile.

    Make sure you always stay aware of the weather forecast and take your own (and other group members) physical condition and experience level into consideration when planning your trip.

    Sudden changes in weather can make a daytrip twice as long, and much more challenging both physically and mentally. Calculate your timings carefully.

    Vaxholm weather and wind now

    Our favorite forecasts

    Windy →
    SMHI →
    YR →

  • Maps

    You will find below: sea chart for navigation, map with nearest food markets and map of food markets in archipelago.

    Time and distance estimate

    Avarage paddling speed with a sea kayak is about 4 - 5 km/h (but depends also on wind speed and direction). Please find below grading which may help you to estimate level of kayaking trip:

    Easy: Less experienced kayakers, easy kayaking at a slow tempo, approx. 10-20km/day or 2-4 hours/day.
    Intermediate: Experienced kayakers, approx. 15-30km/day or 3-5 hours/day.
    Demanding: Very experienced kayakers, demanding kayaking, approx. 20-40km/day or 4-7hours/day.

    Sea chart

    Food markets in archipelago

    There are two local markets ICA where you can make your food shopping before your adventure. Both are about 2.5 - 3 km away from our place. You can easily get there with bus or you are welcome to use our bike, if is available. We recommend to have almost whole food for your adventure, especially dry food like rice, pasta, canned food, muesli etc.

    Below you will find also map of shops located on bigger islands on archipelago where you can get some fresh food if needed.

    Interactive map →

    Distance from our kayak center to some of main islands

    Grinda 15 km
    Örsö 17 km
    Lådna 22 km
    Siarö 22 km
    Nässlingen 26 km
    Träskö Storö 28 km
    Finnhamn 30 km
    Stavsnäs 30 km
    Möja 33 km
    Sandhamn 41 km
    Furusund 46 km
    Björkskär 47 km
    Jungfruskär 50 km

    Recommended routes →
  • Packing

    We use expedition single and double kayaks with hatches to fit your camping gear. Depending on particular kayak model the hatch openings you’ll be packing into are about 24- 40 cm across. So baggage limits. Just like the airlines.

    Remember that all the food and water also need to fit into the kayaks. Double pack all of your goods into dry bags and then into the hatch to protect against the risk of getting wet.

    Paddling

    • Water bottle
    • Sun protection
    • Sun- / regular glasses with strap
    • Non-cotton long-sleeve shirt for paddling and quick-dry shorts/pants
    • Rain/windproof jacket
    • Water shoes or sandals with heel strap

    Personal

    • Personal hygiene environmental friendly products to be used in salt water
    • Mobile in waterproof etui
    • Power bank
    • Medications you need
    • Documents
    • Sense of adventure!

    Camping

    • Set of warm outdoor clothes (in dry bag)
    • Sleeping bag (in dry bag)
    • Tent
    • Outdoor cooking gear
    • Towel
    • Light hiking shoes
    • Bathing suit
    • Head lamp
    • Bug repellent
    • Sleeping mattress

    Optional

    • Camera
    • Favorite snacks
    • Binoculars
    • Fishing gear
  • Camping

    Why not enjoy your own island for a night? In Sweden we have the unique Right of Public Access which gives you the freedom to paddle and camp wherever you like with the obligation to respect and protect the wild and others. Leave absolutely nothing behind when you leave.

    Wild camping

    You can put up a tent for up to two nights as long as you stay away from dwelling and respect the natural environment. Read about Right of Public Access →

    Campsites

    There are several camping locations in archipelago. The nearest campsing from our kayak center is on Grinda. Check also alist of campsites owned by Archipelago Foundation which is protecting a genuine archipelago. Archipelago Foundation →

     

  • Learn

    Spend some time before your trip to learn about Stockholm Archipelago. It will be truly rewarding and inspirational time! We've put together some resources which might be interesting before your adventure.

    Leave nothing but footprints

    The Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten) gives us a wonderful way to experience Sweden’s countryside, whether paddling, hiking, bicycling or even riding. But be sensible. Show that you care about nature so that we all can continue to enjoy and access the outdoors.

    Read more about The Right of Public Access (Allemansrätten)→
    Read about Swedish Fishing Rules →

    Movie 'The Young Sea'

    A beautiful journey around the Baltic Sea and the beauty of the lives of those that shape it. World renowned photographer and filmmaker Mattias Klum has for year followed life around the Baltic Sea, the youngest sea on the planet. A sea surrounded by nine countries and 90 million people. With the largest body of brackish water in the world. A sea both loved and forgotten. This vulnerable, uniquely balanced ecosystem is now at risk. A film built on passion and fascination. But triggered by deep concern.

    Producer/Director Mattias Klum
    Title The Young Sea
    Length 58 minutes
    Release 2019

    The Young Sea - vimeo from Folke Rydén Production on Vimeo.

    Book 'Harmony of the Stockholm Skerries' by Jeppe Wikström

    Never before has the Stockholm archipelago been portrayed in such a grand manner. Photographer Jeppe Wikström reveals the barren, the bountiful and everything else that attracts us to the sea.

    In staggeringly beautiful images, he takes readers to the thousands of seemingly magical islands that fan out in two great arcs from the Swedish capital. This exclusive volume has become a classic in just a few years, selling more than 50,000 copies. The Swedish edition is published under the title of Havsskärgård.

Accomodation, dining, activities


We are happy to recommend you some of our favorite places around Vaxholm. Let the archipelago delight you with the islands views, the beautiful sea, wonderful people, and abundance of recreational opportunities. If you have the time, stay for a while, you won't regret it.

Vaxholm & surroundings accomodation

Vaxholms Bed & Breakfast

A small hotel in lovely Linda's home, in Vaxholm’s older residential neighbourhoods. Just steps away from the waterfront and a few hundred meters from Vaxholm guest harbor, cafes, restaurants and archipelago boats.

Waxholms Hotell

The beautiful setting of the hotel offers fantastic views over the bay Vaxholmsfjärden and the fortress Kastellet..

Grinda Wärdshus

Grinda Wärdshus offers several types of accommodation. Hotel with high standards, cottages, hostels and a campsite. You can get to Grinda by kayak - it's only about 15 km (3-4 hours of paddling) from our kayak center!

Kastellet Vaxholm

Located by the 16th century Vaxholm Fortress, Kastellet Bed & Breakfast offers a unique experience in historical settings.

Fredriksborg Hotel & Restaurant

Enjoy small and personal hotel Fredriksborg with its unique location next to Oxdjupet, the main inlet for all ships and boats entering Stockholm.Spend the night in one of individually decorated hotel rooms.

Dining & Café

 

Hamnkrogen Vaxholm

Our favorite place! Make sure to try famous Vaxholmsströmming (local herring fish) - a delicacy that is still served at Vaxholm's tavern.

Lilla Strand

Unique restaurant with modern bistro. Here you can enjoy delicious food in the middle of the archipelago, lovely outdoor seats and great music.

Waxholms Hotell

Delicacies fresh from the archipelago’s waters are theirs specialty but meat lovers and vegetarians won’t be disappointed.

Vaxholms Bed & Breakfast

Linda offers fantastic at-home-dinners in the Greenhouse! You are welcome to organize private lunches and dinners for parties from 10 up to 16 people. 

Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café

Desserts wonderland! Feels like you are visiting your Swedish grandma. A place for all cake lovers!

Bistro Magasinet

You sit at the top of the building in cozy bistro, where you are welcome to order food and drink and have a lovely view of Vaxholm Fortress.

Activities

Catch & Relax Fishing Guides

One of the leading companies in charter sport fishing tours in Stockholm Archipelago. Try pike fly fishing from the boat or spin fishing for pike, perch, sea trout or zander.

Vaxholm Yogacenter

Whether you are experienced or just want to try out, you are welcome to beautiful yoga studio just by the water or outdoor yoga in the summer time.

Skypark Vaxholm

Skypark is the largest and coolest adventure park in Stockholm. It’s a fun and exciting activity up in the air between the trees.

Water taxi

Kastellets Rederi

We recommend Christopher's water taxi boat which is well adapted to provide assistance for kayakers with the possibility of launching and picking up at sea if needed.

Contact: +46 (0) 70-225 0005

Resarö Sjötaxi

Kontakt: +46 (0) 70-9169417

Waxholm Water Taxi

Contact: +46 (0) 70 600 61 00