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Stockholm Lakeland Canoe Explorer is the ideal canoeing holiday for adults or families who would like to explore this beautiful area on a self-guided canoe tour combining the adventure of point-to-point canoeing with the added convenience and reduced level of challenge of luggage transfer and comfortable accommodation along the route.
Beginning from Stockholm, you travel by steamboat to the beautiful waterside town of Mariefred before starting your canoe tour. Paddle distances are around 13km-17km each day, with occasional land transports required (a canoe trolley is provided), taking you through the scenic lake system of Marviken to end your tour in the lovely coastal town of Trosa before returning to Stockholm.
Your luggage will be transported between the overnight stops, leaving you free to maximise your enjoyment of your paddle experience in this stunning lakeland landscape. For three nights of the tour, overnights are in hostel standard or bed and breakfast standard accommodation, and to add to the adventure the canoe tour also features one night camping (your tent will be set up for you when you arrive and all camping equipment is provided).
With breakfast each morning as well as picnic lunches and dinner on some days included, Stockholm Lakeland Canoe Explorer offers a relaxing canoeing experience for couples seeking an active but romantic getaway break or families introducing their children to the excitement and adventure of a multi-day trip in the outdoors. As your itinerary begins and ends in Stockholm, this is also the perfect option for a tour with minimal travel time or those who wish to spend some additional days exploring Stockholm city before and/or after the canoe trip.
You will be met at your accommodation in Stockholm in the evening before your experience begins, where you will receive information pack and briefing for your tour.
From Stockholm you travel by steamboat across Lake Mälaren in the morning to the picturesque town of Mariefred. Nearby lies the lovely Gripsholm's Castle, well worth a visit in the afternoon.
Accommodation: small hostel or B&B accommodation centrally-located in Mariefred (depending on availability); Meals: none.
You will be transferred from Mariefred to the start point for your canoe tour at Åkers Syckebruk, where you will collect your canoe equipment. Your day's canoe tour takes you through the scenic lake system of Marviken to Lake Klämmingen, where you camp for the night (tent will be erected for you and ready on arrival).
Accommodation: camping (tent will be erected for you) at small campsite in attractive, quiet location, outside dry toilet available (no shower); Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner; Paddling distance: 13km (four land transports required, 40m, 50m, 20m and 300m).
Your paddle tour continues, taking you to Lake Sillen, where you have accommodation for the night in a farmhouse just outside Gnesta.
Accommodation: B&B in farmhouse or adjacent building, shared facilities; Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner; Paddling distance: approx. 17km (one land transport required, approx. 900m).
You leave Lake Sillen to paddle down the Trosa Ån river towards the atmospheric coastal town of Trosa, known as "The World's End", where your canoe tour ends.
Accommodation: charming hostel in central Trosa, private rooms with separate beds (no bunk beds except in family room, which has 1 x bunk bed and 1 x normal bed) and private WC, shared shower; Meals: breakfast and picnic lunch; Paddling distance: 16km
Trosa is a very attractive town and you have the day free to discover some of its cosy streets and shops. Bus tickets for local bus travel are provided, and return time to Stockholm is flexible depending on how you wish to spend the day.
Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.
Single supplement: There is no single supplement for odd-numbered participant in adult group. This person will have single accommodation but share canoe during canoe tour.
General good health and level of fitness. Participants must be able to swim 200m. Canoeing distances 13km-17km, no previous experience required.
Minimum 2 adults. This experience is suitable for both adults and families.
Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.
As in the UK, there are ticks in the forests in Sweden which can carry diseases such as Borrelia. You should check for ticks at the end of a day in the outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible by pulling the tick out straight, carefully and slowly, with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Ensure that you do not leave any of the insect's mouth parts attached to your skin. Wash the bite area with soap and water. In the unlikely event that you feel unwell or notice anything unusual around the area of the bite in the coming days/couple of weeks, consult your doctor.
In some small localised areas of Sweden (including the region in which the tour takes place), the ticks are known to carry a disease called TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas do vaccinate themselves. For a map of TBE distribution in Europe and latest updates, please see Tick Alert.
For current advice on TBE and inoculations, please consult your doctor or see NaTHNaC.
A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing.
Minimum 2 adults. This experience is also suitable for groups - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.
Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Fly to Stockholm Arlanda, Stockholm Skavsta or Stockholm Västerås airports. Travel time into Stockholm 20-90 minutes depending on options chosen. You will be met in Stockholm for the start of your tour.
Ferry from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Stockholm.
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