We will help you every step of the way when getting organised. You can throw any questions you have our way and we will do our best to help you out. We give you lots of helpful info about food and cooking along with your food order form. We assist with hostel bookings and tips on what to see and do in Norrköping or Stockholm, as well as airport transfers and thourough equipment lists upon request.
Flight, Train or Car
You can fly with Ryanair to Stockholm Skavsta from e.g. London Stanstead, Edinburgh, Dublin, Brussels, Eindhoven,
Berlin, Frankfurt or Paris. An airport shuttle takes you to Norrköping where we will pick you up (55 minutes and
cost appr. £11, €13).
Important: You cannot fly to Stockholm Vasteras, as Ryanair posts the two airports as Stockholm but they in reality are far both from each other and from Stockholm.
Fly with SAS or other airline to Stockholm Arlanda. Flights are available from: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh,
Dublin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt etc.
Important: Stockholm Arlanda is completely out of the way, so you need to take a direct train from the airport to Norrköping (2 hours) where we will pick you up. You could also visit Stockholm for a day or two before taking a train from the city to Norrköping.
If you are driving or arriving by train to Norrköping C, we will pick you up at the train station or at the launch site down in Saint Anna.
Pick up Time
It is an hour drive to get down to Saint Anna from the airport shuttle/train station in Norrköping. It will take anywhere from 1,5 to 3 hours to pack all your gear and give instructions once we're on site. Pick up is usually around 10 am or as soon as the shuttle bus gets you there from your early flight.
Get an Early Start – Arrive the Night Before!
It's a really good option to arrive the night before and stay at the hostel right by the airport shuttle/train station in Norrköping. If you prefer a hotel there's a great one just a ten minutes walk from the station. This way you will get a good night's sleep, breakfast and an early start while still not loosing a working day. We will pick you up at the hostel or hotel in the morning at 10 am. We cannot recommend this option enough as arriving the same day means getting up in the middle of the night and you will be very tired your whole first day. Norrköping is a beautiful city with many restaurants, an interesting city center and an amazing water scape. All within ten to fifteen minutes walk from the hostel and five minutes from the hotel.
The hostel is conveniently located on the second floor of the train station, so only a couple of minutes walk from your train or airport shuttle. Sheets/Towel and self-serving breakfast is included in the price
|WC/shower en suite||100 SEK|
The Lamp Hotel
This hot new boutique hotel with a chic, shimmering interior mixed with raw design is located 700 meters from the train station. Breakfast is included and all rooms are equipped with WC and Shower, TV and free wi-fi internet.
|Single Deluxe||1,435 SEK|
|Double Deluxe||1,690 SEK|
|Grand Single Deluxe||1,775 SEK|
|Grand Double Deluxe||2,075 SEK|
|Junior Suite||2,795 SEK|
|Extra bed||350 SEK|
Late May to mid June
When our seaons starts, early summer is in its pride. It's incredibly green, there are flowers everywhere and proud bird mums swimming around with their little chicks. Days are really long and it barely gets dark at all. You can celebrate Swedish Midsummer at the summer solstice, either on your own or go to the traditional celebration at Harstena village.
Pros: very green and lush, lots of bird wildlife, crazy long hours of daylight
Cons: water usually does not get warm until mid June, can be windy, most establishments in the area closed until Midsummer
Late June to mid August
The prime summer months in Sweden. Your best bet for sunny and warm days. By now the water has had some time to heat – perfect for swimming. You can get some amazing days out sunbathing on a flat skerry in the outer archipelago.
Pros: beautiful sunny weather, swimmable water, long hours of sunlight, all establishments in the area open
Cons: conditions may get very windy, mosquitos, fishing not so great in warm water
Late August to mid September
By late August you will probably be blessed with calmer weather but you may not see as many flowers and birds. September is regarded by many as the best month to go sea kayaking in Sweden. It's starting to get a bit cooler but late summer weather is usually very stable. There is a good chance of getting mirror-calm water for several days. Late summer sunsets last for hours and are absolutely amazing!
Pros: fantastic calm days, amazing long colourful sunsets, good fishing
Cons: most establishments close mid August, chillier water even though it usually stays swimmable at least a week into September.
Autrumn arrives in the archipelago with trees changing to beautiful bright colours. The air is crisp and the sun is lower, creating a loveley golden light. Bring your long johns and a warm beanie for this one. Preferably have some kayaking and camping experience.
Pros: beautiful, crisp autumn weather, incredible solitude
Cons: water starting to get a bit cold, if unlucky with weather can be wet and cold.
The beauty of kayaking is not only the overwhelming up-and-close nature experience, but it's also a very comfortable way of
moving in the outdoors. It's fast and the waterproof hatches make sure to keep all your gear dry. You don't have to minimise
your packing as when hiking. You can very well bring a few beers, cook nice food and whatever else you feel like.
We supply all kayaking, camping and cooking gear needed for your trip. This also includes sleeping bags, waterproof paddling jackets. We also offer a fishing kit that can be rented.
We use stable double fibre glass kayaks with rudders from Tahe Marine for all beginners and intermediates. They are perfectly suited for covering vast distances, fitting lots of gear and sticking to your course.
Light paddles, spray decks, drybags, fitted kayaking life jackets and good outdoor jackets will help you feel comfortable and protect you from water and wind.
We provide single kayaks strictly for experienced kayakers. They are also made of fibre glass with rudders, but they are a lot less stable than the double kayak and fit less gear.
Tahe Marine – Tandem Maxi
Marine Fit – Size L
On your personal order page that you have access to once your booking is confirmed, you can organise your food and customise your holiday to get it just the way you like it.
Comfort Upgrade Package
Upgrade your camping gear with a thicker mat to ensure a good night’s sleep, plus some handy extras to help you feel more at home in the wilderness.
- Inflatable insulated sleeping mat (Exped SynMat 7 MW)
- Thermarest foam pillow
- ALITE Mayfly camping chair
- Exped single travel hammock
190 SEK per person / night
Ultimate Luxury Couple’s Package
Make your island getaway unforgettable with all the bells and whistles...when only the best will do!
- Ultra-comfy self inflatable double bed (Exped Sim Comfort Duo 5)
- 2 x Thermarest foam pillows
- Double camping duvet (Exped DreamWalker Duo Syn 160 LW)
- Cotton linen set (double)
- 2 x ALITE Mayfly camping chairs
- Exped double travel hammock
- Luxury environmentally-friendly bodycare pack (5 x 30ml tubes: shampoo, hand cream, shower gel, body lotion, conditioner)
640 SEK per couple / night
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|●||Gas stove & fuel|
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What to Bring
|●||Shorts & t-shirts|
|●||Trousers & warm sweater|
|●||Swim suit & towel|
|●||Sun cap & beanie|
|●||Sun block & toiletries|
Neoprene socks are good to wear instead of shoes.
Other things to bring just for leisure are small instruments, books, games and binoculars.
A City on Islands
Stockholm is just a train ride away. Why not start or end your holiday with a night or two in the capital of Sweden? Stockholm is an unusually beautiful city. Built on 14 islands, the city rises gracefully from water so clean that you can go swimming or fishing right in the centre. The history of Stockholm dates back to the 13th century and the best place to discover it is of course in Old Town, a little island right in the heart of the city. A visit here is more like an idyllic walk through history than the sightseeing frenzy you can find in many other large cities.
Djurgården is a large island a short ferry ride away from Old Town. In spite of its central position, the island is a national park where you find forests and untouched nature. Located on the southern side of the island are a number of great visitor spots. Go to the Vasa Museum where you'll find a restored royal ship that has spent 333 years on the bottom of the sea, or Skansen – the oldest open-air museum in the world and a zoological park with moose, bears and wolves.
Stockholm has a lot to offer and everything worth seeing in a day or two is within walking or ferry distance. The peculiarity of Stockholm is that you don't go from one attraction to the next, the whole place is the attraction!
Ryanair posts Skavsta Airport as Stockholm Skavsta. The airport is not in Stockholm, but rather 130 kilometres further south (and Saint Anna is even further south). The best way to travel to the centre of Stockholm is by train or airport shuttle.
Stockholm at the start of your trip:
Either fly to Arlanda airport and take the Arlanda Express to Stockholm city (20 mins), or fly Ryanair to Skavsta and take the airport shuttle (1 hr 45 min). When it's time to kayak, take a train down to Norrköping (2 hrs).
Stockholm at the end of your trip:
We will drop you off at Norrköping and you take the train to Stockholm city (2 hrs). In order to get back to the airport for your flight home, either take the airport shuttle for Skavsta (1 hr 45 min) or Arlanda express (20 min) for Arlanda airport.
Places to Visit
stockholmtown.com – Stockholm’s Official Visitors Guide
vasamuseet.se – This extraordinary museum holds a full-scale restored royal ship. It’s the most visited museum in Scandinavia.
skansen.se – Open-air museum and zoological park with 150 historical buildings, moose, bears and wolves.
medeltidsmuseet.se – Get to the roots of Old Town at The Museum of Medieval Stockholm.
rosendalstradgard.se – This garden, orchard and fantastic café is located on the beautiful Djurgården, 15–20 minutes from the ferry landing.
fotografiska.eu – One of the world’s largest meeting places for contemporary photography
modernamuseet.se – Museum of Modern Art
nrm.se – Natural History museum
There are lots of budget accomodation alternatives in Stockholm. You can choose between classic backpacker joints near the station, cozy places in Old Town or even staying on ships turned into hostels. Beware, hostels fill up quickly so book as soon as you can!
Hostels we recommend:
Is it safe? I have never gone sea kayaking before.
You need no prior kayaking experience to do this trip, just a little bit of guts and common sense. Double kayaks are incredibly stable and well suited for beginners and intermediates, while singles require more skill since they can roll over. There are no tides, currents or big swells to worry about in Saint Anna. Windy conditions will be your biggest hurdle and you do need to be sensible and realise your limitations. Sometimes it's better to wait out some windy weather on an island rather than battling the seas.
What about emergencies?
We give you a cell phone and the whole area has reception. If something happens civilisation is only a phone call away and you can be reached by boat taxi or the coast guard in up to 20 minutes. Luckily accidents are very rare in the archipelago and if any problems occur (for example broken equipment, minor medical problems) we will assist you.
What about tides?
There are no tides whatsoever in Saint Anna. The sea level stays the same, which means that you have no times to consider and you don't have to transport kayak and gear from the waterline. Also, there are no big swells because of all the islands breaking up wind and waves.
Do I need to be fit?
You do not have to be fit to go sea kayaking. It's really easy and you completely decide your own pace and how much distance you wish to cover. Kayaks are suprisingly quick with just a little effort. If you are paddling against strong winds it can however be pretty tough. It can often be avoided but not always. We'll teach some tricks to avoid the wind as well as some basic paddling technique.
I don't know anything about navigation. Will I get lost?
We'll teach you what you need to know, it's not that difficult. You just have to be very attentive and constantly compare what you see around you to the map. It's an advantage to have a little knowledge of maps, orienteering or navigation, but we've had many complete novices over the years and they have done just fine too. One person in your group will be assigned navigator and have the rolling compass, map and hand compass strapped in front on the kayak.
What are the weather conditions usually like?
The weather in the archipelago changes often and quickly. We give you a cell phone and text you the weather report every morning. When you are out for a few days you are very likely to experience a couple of calm and sunny days and a couple of windy and overcast ones. Sometimes it rains of course, but it usually passes pretty quickly. We provide good water and wind proof clothing. Temperatures vary a lot, a typical summer day can bring you 33°C and sunshine, or 17°C and rain, but mostly it stays around 20–28°C.
How warm will the water be?
It's always hard to predict water temperatures. It depends completely on the weeks leading up to the summer how early
you can comfortably swim. All it takes is a couple of weeks of warm weather to heat it up nicely (Nordic style, we're
not in the Mediterranian). In general it may look something like this:
Early June: 14–19°C
Late June – mid August: 19–24°C
Late August – early September: 19–22°C
Late September: 14–19°C
Isn't Sweden supposed to be cold?
Ask any Swede and they’ll praise the Swedish summer as superior to anywhere else. It's absolutely beautiful. Everything turns incredibly green and flowery. The light is fantastic and there is so much natural beauty. Swimming and sunbathing is at the top of the list, we just have to choose our days a bit more carefully than if you live further south.
Is there a set paddling route?
No, not at all. You choose completely where you wish to paddle and how far. There are a few different pick up points so you do not start and finish at the same spot. When it's time to go home, just let us know let us know where and when using the provided cell phone. You will see that the wind direction will have a big say in what route you will be taking. We do advise you of a general plan though.
Is there anywhere to re-stock supplies?
No, not really. You should order all your food and bev from us in advance. (You pay cost price and we shop and pack it for you.) There are a couple of small camp shops, but they have nothing fresh and a very limited assortment, so better to be organised and bring everything.
We will supply fresh water that will last half your trip and we will show you a few places where you can fill up on the way.
Can we just put up camp anywhere?
Yes. In Sweden we have something called "the right to public access",which among other things mean that you can camp wherever you want, as long as you are respectful to the area. You'll see that camping in the archipelago is something really natural in these surroundings.
I have a GPS, What are the coordinates for Saint Anna?
You will start your trip at ”Mon”:
Latitude 58.36500 or N 58° 21' 54"
Longitude 16.82728 or E 16° 49' 38" A GPS is not neccesary at all, but if you already have one it's a good place to get to play with it.
Do you have a weather link for the area so I can check the forecast?
Check the weather at smhi.se/en/Weather, search for "Söderköping" or "Soderkoping"
Any dangerous animals I should know about?
Saint Anna is very low in danger. We don't have any dangerous animals at all. You might see a water snake or an adder, but they'll keep their distance. Otherwise it's just birds and the odd sheep or cow, so no worries on land or in the water. Sometimes there are ticks in high grasses and they can, even if it is very rare, carry and transmit TBE or Borrhelia, which untreated can lead to lyme decease. We give you tweezers and info so that you know to remove a tick quickly and correctly. It has to be latched on for several days for anything to transmit.
I’m continuing travelling afterwards and have a lot of gear. Is there anywhere I can store it?
Whatever you don’t wanna bring paddling you can leave with us. You will get to re-pack your stuff into waterproof bags anyhow and leave your bags/backpacks behind.
The Ryanair flight coming in is so early. Isn't there a better flight?
The best option is to fly in on the late flight the night before. Skavsta is a very small airport in the countryside, so you just take the airport shuttle to Norrköping (45 min)and stay at the hostel or hotel there. We will come pick you up there in the morning.
Is Sweden very expensive?
Sweden is definitely on the pricier side, although not even close to how expensive Norway and Iceland are.
Sweden is similar to London but more expensive than most places in the UK or northern Europe. A few examples:
1 x liter of milk: 10.50 Skr, £1, €1.20
1 x kilo frozen chicken breast: 89 Skr, £8, €11
1 x 500 ml beer at the supermarket: 12 Skr, £1.10, €1.40
1 x decent bottle wine at the store: 70–90 Skr, £7–9, €8–11
1 x 500 ml draft beer at the pub: 60 Skr, £6, €7
Dinner main at restaurant: 100–300 Skr, £10–30, €12–36
Private hostel room for 2 in Stockholm: 700 Skr, £70, €83
Double Hotel room in Stockholm: 1800–3000 Skr, £180–300, €215–360
How much does food normally cost per person?
You will order everything in advance from a very comprehensive food order form and pay cost price, same as in the supermarket. Food and mosquito repellent for a 4 night trip usually adds up to 40–60 Pounds (€50–70) per person depending on how lavish you wish be. Alcohol comes on top of that. If you are a big group it can end up a lot cheaper too.
Can I get it cheaper if I bring some of my own gear?
You are more than welcome to bring you own gear, however we cannot lower the prices because of that. Our expenses lie mainly in transportation and the hours put into your group, not so much the equipment.