Stockholm Canoe & kayak tours

Our most recommended Stockholm Canoe & kayak tours

Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

1. Stockholm: Archipelago Winter Kayaking and Fika Experience

Your adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your guide and take part in a safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed, and will also discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak to explore the winter archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbor, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side you'll find one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. Whilst kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1,000 years ago. Soak up the scenic winter views and feel immersed in the tranquility, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way before warming up over a cup of coffee.

Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

2. Stockholm Archipelago: Half-Day Kayaking and Fika Tour

The adventure begins at Skärgårdens Kanotcenter, where you’ll meet your kayaking guide and take part in a short safety briefing. Your guide will help you to make some adjustments to the kayak if needed and will discuss the route. Once you’re familiar with the basic paddling and safety techniques, it's time to hop into your sea kayak and explore the archipelago from the perspective of the water. Follow your guide as you explore the beauty of Vaxholm and admire typical Swedish architecture. With its famous fortress that was used to defend Stockholm and traditional fishing cottages in the harbour, it's the perfect place to get the full archipelago experience. On the other side, there is one of Stockholm's largest nature reserves. While kayaking and exploring the islands from the water, listen to local stories about the area, which was once home to Vikings over 1000 years ago. Soak up the scenic views and feel immersed in the tranquil atmosphere of the reserve, which will leave you feeling as if you're a million miles from the stresses of the city, despite being just 30-minutes from Stockholm. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, find the perfect spot for a rest and enjoy a typical Swedish 'fika,' also known as a coffee break. You are also more than welcome to bring a swimsuit for a Baltic dip if you wish. After the break, head back onto the water and watch out for the reserve’s array of native wildlife including beavers and coastal birds. At the end of an unforgettable experience, it’s time to begin the journey back to the starting point, admiring the last of the views along the way.

Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

3. Stockholm: Self-Guided 1 or 2-Person Kayak Tour

Arrive at the green island Långholmen (Södermalm) and be greeted by a professional instructor. Leave all unnecessary things at the rental and collect all of the equipment, such as lifejackets, and drybags. One of the instructors will go through everything you need to know about kayaking and where to go. On the water, explore the many canals of Stockholm. One of the more popular tours is to go around the islands Långholmen and Reimerisholme. Exploring Stockholm is more fun from a kayak since this city consists of islands. See the City Hall and parts of the Old Town. Choose between a single-person kayak or a 2-person kayak for the chance to sit close to your friend or loved one. For the latter option, the person in the front sets the pace, and the person in the back controls the steering.

Stockholm: Winter City Kayaking Tour

4. Stockholm: Winter City Kayaking Tour

There is nothing quite like having the waterways of Stockholm to yourself. During autumn and winter when the water is cold but not frozen and busy with ice skaters, the waterways are left quiet and peaceful, which is just perfect for an invigorating paddle. The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city only a few strokes away from the city's main landmarks. Your kayak tour guide will be a local that is qualified and experienced when it comes to Stockholm's waterways. At the beginning of the tour, you will switch into a dry-suit. Next, your instructor will run through some basic paddling techniques and safety information before you set off on your wintery adventure.  Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that will provide a unique perspective as you see the sites of the capital from your kayak. To ensure that you stay warm, a hearty lunch or fika will be served during the tour, as well as warm drinks. Your guide will share insights about the history of Stockholm while showing you the best places.

Stockholm: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour in City Center

5. Stockholm: 2-Hour Guided Kayak Tour in City Center

Embark on a unique sightseeing tour through Stockholm's city center in stable two-person kayaks, accompanied by an English-speaking guide. Learn about the numerous attractions and sights of Stockholm along the tour. Begin the tour at the meeting point in Tantolunden park and cruise out to see the old prison island Långholmen, Stockholm's old town, the city hall, and Norrmälarstrand. Finally, pass by the small island of Reimersholme and marvel at its former liquor and wool mill. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as those with kayaking experience. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to join in the company of a parent. Enjoy a 2-hour kayaking tour with your family and friends and get the most out of this memorable experience.

Stockholm Archipelago: 1-Day Kayak Tour

6. Stockholm Archipelago: 1-Day Kayak Tour

Discover the Stockholm archipelago, just 45 minutes outside of Stockholm. Explore by kayak an environment formed of about 30,000 islands located in the calmness of the Baltic Sea where the surface of the water is overhung by domes made of rocks and trees creating a unique natural maze. Begin the tour, by meeting your guide at 9 AM in the South of Stockholm. Drive together to Dalarö, a charming little village, from where you'll embark on your kayak adventure. On the way, admire the magnificent little wooden red houses which have been discreetly built among the pines. Spend the entire day exploring different islands from the water. Stop on one of the deserted islands for a filling lunch cooked on an open fire. Take time here to rest, accompanied by the swell of the Baltic and the singing birds. At the end of the afternoon, paddle back towards Dalarö where you started from. Go around the other islands and get the opportunity to see other fantastic things on the more wild part of the archipelago. Keep your eyes peeled for circling sea eagles searching for prey. Try to spot numerous species of migratory birds including different types of goose or the famous great cormorant flying over the horizon heading north. At the end of the tour, return to Stockholm filled with memories and replenished by the fresh air. 

Stockholm: Guided Sunset Kayaking Tour with Barbecue

7. Stockholm: Guided Sunset Kayaking Tour with Barbecue

What about having dinner on an island and arriving there with your kayak? You don’t need to go far, we are in the middle of Stockholm, 10 minute walk from the tube station Hornstull. You wonder where to eat tonight, you would like something original but don’t really know where to go! Well, enrol in the adventure that will make you see Stockholm from the water and enjoy a nice barbecue on the way. What an original way to start your evening. We will start from Stockholm Långholmen Island at 18.00 and paddle one hour before having a dinner break in a very nice place. Enjoy the sunset swim in the water while your guide is grilling the sausages. We’ll then get back to paddling and make our way back to the starting point. The tour finishes at 21.00. Note that we will start at 17.00 and finish at 20.00 from the 14th of May to the 1st of June and from the 31st of August to the 30th of September. On the way, you will see Stockholm and notice the special colours that the old buildings take when the sun is setting this very special Scandinavian light on them. The colours reflect also on the water and make the experience very unique. You are in the city center but it feels like being in the countryside. Indeed Stockholm has the reputation of being a very green city and yes it is true. Trees all along the coast, migratory birds hanging around or even fishermen trying to catch big fish; are all present all summer. Suitable for a family, group of friends, couple or solo travellers. Everyone would find happiness in kayaking like the many other travellers before you.

Stockholm: Guided Kayak City Tour & Optional Midsummer Meal

8. Stockholm: Guided Kayak City Tour & Optional Midsummer Meal

For the morning tour, set off on your sightseeing tour in stable 2-person kayaks, accompanied by your English-speaking guide. Paddle close to land so you can enjoy all the sights, and not have to worry about tides or dangerous currents. This tour is suitable for beginners as well as those with kayaking experience. You won’t need much muscle-power to enjoy the excursion. This activity can be enjoyed by visitors as well as locals, and by the end, you'll feel that you’ve participated in something special. Alternatively, pick the evening tour and enjoy an evening paddle and a Swedish meal so you can feel the pulse of the city from a different perspective. This option includes dinner.

Stockholm: Full–Day Kayaking Adventure

9. Stockholm: Full–Day Kayaking Adventure

After pick–up from the center of Stockholm by minivan at 9:00 AM, meet your group from all over the world for the coming day. Drive from Stockholm's center for roughly 30 minutes to the areas where the kayaks are waiting for you. Start your kayak adventure by learning the basics of kayaking and how to do it safely. After this introduction, set out for the archipelago and discover its incredible natural beauty. Have lunch on a private island and enjoy the surroundings. During this trip, everything is well arranged and all is taken care off. All you need to do is kayak! Return to the city center at 5:00 PM. 

Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

10. Stockholm: Self Guided Kayak Adventure

The kayak dock is located right in the heart of the city, just 400 m from the Adventure Café, so you will start your self-guided tour in a prime location. Enjoy a leisurely sightseeing paddle that allows you a fabulous vantage point as you look in on the city from your kayak. Stockholm is lovingly known as “The Venice of the North” as it is situated over 14 islands and linked by 57 bridges, so exploring by kayak is a great way to see the city. Even better, paddle at your own pace on a self-guided tour. You'll be provided a brief introduction on kayaking and all the equipment needed for your adventure, then you can set sail on your adventure.

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4.8 / 5

based on 146 reviews

The best activity of our trip! A dream come true! Oscar, our guide was fantastic! He explained and showed us lots of things from the surroundings, villages, islands, transportation, vegetation and wild animals. We saw deers and swans ! We ate lunch in an uninhabited island, Oscar himself made a fire and cook and prepared a delicious food (vegan for me). After lunch he made us a tour around the island and showed us the different kind of trees, fruits and moss. We returned by a different route right in time, not without first racing to the finish line! ;-)

To explore a new city from the water side gives the chance for a lot of different views. To do this by kayak adds the exercise point. Our tour was with Pete who managed to organise this sportive activity very well and safe so that everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. At several points of interest, e.g. the Stockholm City Hall, he provided us with funny stories and special information about the city. I would recommend such a tour to anyone who wants to do more to get to know new places.

Our kayaking experience was just wonderful - Teresa was friendly, informative, safe and we felt very comfortable with her. we were very lucky with the weather and explored the surrounding islands which were stunning. We stopped for fika on a beautiful deserted island and travelled at a very leisurely pace. Teresa recommended the ferry rather than the bus and tube back to Stockholm which we really enjoyed! Thankyou Teresa!

This was a wonderful day that wasn't too physically demanding or required any expertise. The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and our group had a blast!

We had a great day getting a taste for kayaking in the Archipelago with an excellent guide and delicious fika break which was much needed after the wind got up!