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Stockholm Lakeland Canoe Explorer (Sweden)

Canoe tour in beautiful lake region near Stockholm with guest house accommodation and luggage transfers

  • Self-guided
  • Easy
  • From £/adult, £/child
  • May-Sep, 7 days/6 nights
  • Adults, Families, Groups


  • Canoe between comfortable guest houses
  • Travel light with luggage transfers included
  • One night camping with tent erected for you
  • Some meals included
  • Accommodation in Stockholm included
  • Choose standard or upgraded accommodation

Description »

The adventure self-guided canoeing with the convenience and comfort of local accommodation

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, with luggage transfer and comfortable accommodation along the route.

Coastal towns during the tour

Trosa and Mariefred are two of the lovely coastal locations you visit during the tour. Photo: Laura Mitchell.

Paddle light during the day with luggage transfers

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.

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.

Overnight in local guest houses with a night under canvas

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.

Vindelfj&aum;llen Nature Reserve

Your luggage is transferred between overnight spots, leaving you free to travel light. Photo: Laura Mitchell.

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. Two nights (one at each end of your canoe tour) are included in comfortable hotel accommodation in the city.

Itinerary »

Day 1: Arrival and Overnight in Stockholm

Arrive in Stockholm and travel independently to your hotel accommodation for the night (there is a choice of standard or upgraded accommodation - please see under "What's included" and under "Prices > Optional extras" for details).

Stockholm is a beautiful city - often called the "Venice of the North", you're never far from the water, and it is compact enough that many of the most interesting areas of the city can be reached and explored on foot.

If you have time this day, we recommmend booking a self-guided or guided kayak tour of the city - Stockholm is a wonderful city to explore by kayak. This is arranged independently as is not a part of your tour - information will be provided in your booking documentation.

Accommodation: Recently renovated 3-star hotel in the lively district of Södermalm. The hotel offers a personal atmosphere with interesting rooms in an historic building (note that, depending on availability, the hotel normally used for last night of the tour may be used as an alternative for this night).

You will be met at your accommodation in the evening (at 18.00 unless arranged otherwise), where you will receive information pack and briefing for your tour.

Day 2: Mariefred

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.

As an additional excursion, you can take the steam train (purchase tickets locally) to Taxinge Manor, famed for its display of cakes. Cycle hire can also be arranged if you would prefer to cycle to Taxinge Manor (cycling distance 26km, approx. 2.5 hours).

Accommodation: bed and breakfast accommodation in Mariefred (shared WC/shower); Meals: none.

Day 3: Åkers Styckebruk and Lake Klämmingen

You will be transferred from Mariefred to the start point for your canoe tour at Åkers Styckebruk, 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).

NB: Please pack an overnight bag for this camping night before pick-up. Arrangements for transferring the remainder of your luggage will be explained by your local host 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 (provisions are provided for you to cook over open fire at the campsite - all cooking equipment is included); Paddling distance: 13km (four land transports required, 40m, 50m, 20m and 300m).

Day 4: Gnesta

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 WC/shower; Meals: breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner; Paddling distance: approx. 17km (one land transport required, approx. 900m).

Day 5: Trosa

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 wash basin in room, shared WC/shower. 2 double rooms share one bathroom and 2 doubles + 1 single share another bathroom. Upgrade to private WC/shower possible; Meals: breakfast and picnic lunch; Paddling distance: 16km

Day 6: Trosa and Return to Stockholm

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.

Meals: breakfast; Accommodation: A 3-star boutique hotel right in the city centre with a welcoming, homely feel. The design reflects its owner's varied artistic interests and international background, with an exhibition of black and white photography (note that, depending on availability, the hotel normally used for first night of the tour may be used as an alternative for this night).

Day 7: Optional Kayak tour of Stockholm and Departure

Breakfast at your hotel accommodation. If your onward travel arrangements allow and you did not have time to do this on Day 1, we recommmend booking a self-guided or guided kayak tour of the city - Stockholm is a wonderful city to explore by kayak. This is arranged independently as is not a part of your tour - information will be provided in your booking documentation.

Alternatively, you might like to hire a bike and visit Stockholm Ekopark, which is a beautiful oasis in the city - 27 sq. km rich in both cultural and natural heritage. The route takes you through old-growth forest, past palaces and lovely bathing spots. Foxes, badgers, pine martens, mink and deer inhabit this unique area, and the Ekopark also contains the largest number of large oak trees to be found anywhere in northern Europe.

When it's finally time to leave Stockholm, you may own arrangements for onward travel to the airport, etc, for departure.

Meals: breakfast.


Dates 2022

Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services. Tours on dates slightly earlier and later those given below may also be possible by arrangement - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

  • Start Friday end Thursday weekly from 13.05-16.09.22 (last start 16th September).


Prices 2022

Standard Prices  
Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)GBP
Single supplement/adult (if 2 adults both requiring single rooms, note will share tent when camping)GBP
Adults travelling with children (regardless of age)  
Child price if 2 adults and 1 childGBP
Child price if 2 adults and 2 childrenGBP
Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 childrenGBP

Accommodation arrangements for families and odd-numbered adult/single supplement:

  • With one child: Child will share room in overnight accommodation with parents on all nights, family will use 1 x canoe with 3 persons (with extra seat).
  • With two children: Family will have 2 x double/twin rooms on all nights and use 2 x canoes when canoeing.
  • With three children: Family will have 2 x double/twin rooms with an extra bed in one of the rooms on all nights and use 2 x canoes when canoeing (one with extra seat).
  • Single supplement:
    • Single supplement price given is for adults in even-numbered group wishing to have single accommodation and includes single rooms but shared tent for camping night. Will share canoe during canoe activity.
    • For adult in odd-numbered group (e.g. 3 adults), please contact us for price information. Will have single room and own tent when camping and will share canoe during canoe activity.

NB: Please note that accommodation upgrades must be decided at time of booking and cannot be subsequently amended.

Optional Extras - Accommodation Upgrades/person/night (see description below)  
Stockholm Option 1GBP
Stockholm Option 2GBP
Trosa Option 1GBP
Trosa Option 2GBP
Mariefred Option 1GBP
Mariefred Option 2GBP
  • Accommodation upgrades: Details of the accommodation upgrades are available in this PDF document.

What's Included »


  • Accommodation (standard without optional upgrades):
    • 2 nights in hotel accommodation in Stockholm (nights of Day 1 and Day 6).
    • 3 nights in simple hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation as per itinerary; 1 night in bed and breakfast accommodation; 1 night camping (all camping equipment is provided).
  • Accommodation: See images below.
  • Meals (as per itinerary): 6 x breakfast, 3 x picnic lunch, 2 x dinner (for dinner at campsite, provisions are provided to prepare over open fire - all kitchen equipment is included). Additional meals are available to purchase locally.
  • Equipment: Canoe equipment including canoes, paddles, buoyancy aids and canoe trolley to assist with land transports. Canoes are 2-3 person Canadian canoes.
  • Transfers: Accommodation in Stockholm to Stockholm harbour (Day 2); steamboat Stockholm-Mariefred (Day 2); Mariefred harbour - accommodation (Day 2); Mariefred - Åkers Styckebruk (Day 3); bus tickets provided for Trosa - Liljeholmen (Stockholm) and underground ticket for Liljeholmen - accommodation in Stockholm (Day 6).
  • Luggage Tranfers: Mariefred - campsite at Lake Klämmingen (Day 3); Lake Klämmingen - Mälby (Day 4); Mälby - Trosa (Day 5).
Accommodation in Mariefred

Accommodation in Mariefred (Day 2). Photos: Gripsholm

Accommodation in Trosa

Accommodation in Trosa (Day 5). Photos: Tre Små Rum.

Not Included

  • Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Getting There" for general travel information.
  • Meals apart from those specified. Additional meals are available to purchase locally - information on the various options will be given when you begin your tour.

Good To Know »


Health requirements/experience:

General good health and level of fitness. Participants must be able to swim 200m. Canoeing distances 13km-17km, no previous experience required.

This experience is suitable for both adults and families.

Minimum 2 adults normally required. Solo adult travelling with child(ren) may also be possible depending on age and options chosen. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

What makes this "Easy"?

The tour is self-guided but is supported with luggage transfers and for the camping night the equipment is prepared for you. Unlike our other canoe tours, the majority of accommodation for this tour is not camping.

NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.

Ticks and TBE:

Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.

As in the UK and other areas, there are ticks in the Nordic forests 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, consult your doctor.

As in large areas of mainland Europe, in some small, localised areas of the Nordic countries (mostly in the Stockholm Archipelago), the ticks are known to carry TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas often choose to vaccinate themselves. For more information and latest updates, please see Zecken. For current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro.

Equipment/clothes needed:

For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's Included".

A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.

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. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.

Preparing for your trip:

For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.

Combine This With

This experience makes a good combination with the following:


Minimum 2 adults. This experience is also suitable for groups - please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

Accommodation during the tour is small-scale and locally-owned.

This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.

Getting There »

Getting There

See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!

Detailed information on travel will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.

NB: Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.

Travel Summary:

By Air:

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.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Stockholm.

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