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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, 5 days/4 nights
  • Adults, Families, Groups


  • Canoe between comfortable guest houses
  • Travel light with luggage transfers included
  • One night camping with tent erected for you
  • Most meals included
  • Transfers from 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.

Itinerary »


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

NB: For this experience it is necessary to overnight in Stockholm before and also normally after your tour. Please provide details of your accommodation in Stockholm before the tour in advance. Suggestions for accommodation are available on request. Depending on the location of your accommodation before the tour, you will either be met at your accommodation or asked to meet at suitable rendezvous point in town.

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

Following Days

Day 2:

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 3:

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 4:

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


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.


Dates 2021

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 Saturday end Wednesday weekly from 15.05-11.09.21 (last start 11th September).
  • Additional Half Term tour start Sunday end Thursday 30.05-03.06.21.


Prices 2021

Standard Prices  
Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)GBP
Per odd-numbered adult (when travelling with 2 or more other adults, single accommodation)GBP
Single supplement/adult (if 2 adults both requiring single rooms, 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 and family will paddle 3 persons in one canoe during canoe activity.
  • With two children: Children will have accommodation in separate rooms on some nights and share room with parents on others.
  • With three children: Children will have accommodation in separate rooms on some nights and share room with parents on others.
  • With two children: Children will have accommodation in separate rooms on some nights and share room with parents on others.
  • Odd-numbered adult/single supplement:
    • Adult in odd-numbered group will have single room and own tent when camping and will share canoe during canoe activity.
    • Single supplement for adults in even-numbered group wishing to have single accommodation includes single rooms and separate tents.

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

Accommodation Upgrades (see description below)  
Upgraded Accommodation in Mariefred/personGBP
Upgraded Accommodation in Trosa/personGBP
  • Mariefred (Day 1): Bed and breakfast in early 19th Century traditional wooden house close to central square, church and Gripsholm's Castle. Four en-suite double rooms around an attractive courtyard.
  • Trosa (Day 4): Upgrade accommodation (see images below) in small, cosy guest house with all rooms unique and en-suite, some parts dating from early 18th Century. Attractive breakfast room and lovely garden with apple trees by river edge.
Upgraded Accommodation in Trosa

Trosa: Upgraded accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Ågården

Upgraded Accommodation in Mariefred

Mariefred: Upgraded accommodation in Mariefred. Photos: Skomakargården

What's Included »


  • Accommodation: See images below. Two nights in hostel standard accommodation; one night in bed and breakfast accommodation; one night camping (all camping equipment is provided).
  • Meals (as per itinerary): 4 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: Chosen accommodation in Stockholm to Stockholm harbour (Day 1); steamboat Stockholm-Mariefred (Day 1); Mariefred harbour - accommodation (Day 1); Mariefred - Åkers Styckebruk (Day 2); bus tickets provided for Trosa - Liljeholmen (Stockholm) and underground ticket for Liljeholmen - your chosen accommodation in Stockholm (Day 5).
  • Luggage Tranfers: Stockholm to Mariefred (Day 1); Mariefred - campsite at Lake Klämmingen (Day 2); Lake Klämmingen - Mälby (Day 3); Mälby - Trosa (Day 4).
Accommodation in Mariefred

Accommodation in Mariefred (Day 1). Photos: Gripsholm

Accommodation in Trosa

Accommodation in Trosa (Day 4). 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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