In the Sticks – Festival
4 days of music, well-being and partying
The party of a lifetime!
Come groove with us in our stunning island maze. A cozified festival setting only reachable by kayak and four days of music, well-being and partying…in the sticks!
Dancing around roaring fires
Oh there will be bass! Our line-up of DJs and artists is sure to make you wanna dance! Smooth tunes in the afternoon, then progressively harder as the dark starry sky descends upon us.
Begin your day with yoga, followed by an invigorating dip in the sea and perhaps some paddle-boarding. Busy your fingers with wood carving, jewellery making or wilderness cooking. Join the old viking game ‘Kubb’, the perfect accompaniment to some cool ones.
Wild street food
Our wilderness chef serves up delicious street food on the festival island. How about wild boar kebab with beet hummus and cucumber dill yogurt sauce, or Swedish pulled pork with apple cabbage slaw in a flatbread wrap. Vegetarian and vegan variations available of course.
Bartenders who forage
Our bartenders forage ingredients and mix up delectable creations such as a muddled lingonberry, pine syrup and gin cocktail, old-fashioned with bourbon, thyme-honey syrup and lemon peel, or rosemary-infused vodka with vermouth and lavender syrup.
What You'll Get
A festival experience like none other
We’ll divide into smaller groups at the launch and set off in our kayaks. We spend one night camping along our route, and then all gather on the festival island for two nights of great music, partying and chilling together!
Festival programme of DJs and artists coming soon!
Daytime: Ambient house & dub, reggae, roots, instrumental acts
Nighttime: Deep house, tribal house, soulful tech house, dubstep, liquid drum & bass
- One night of guided kayaking and camping in smaller groups, meals included.
- Two nights of music and fun on the festival island
- Top quality kayaking, camping & cooking gear
- Return transport Norrköping-Saint Anna
What to Bring
- A couple of sets of clothing
- Shoes for water & land
- Towel & swimwear
- Sunglasses, sun cap, sun block & toiletries
- Camera or battery pack for phone
- Flights to Sweden
- Wild street food and alcohol for sale on the festival island
- Order groceries for cooking your own meals at cost price
Dates: 5–8 September
Minimum age: 18 years
Fitness level: Low/medium
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim and have a taste for adventure. Weight limit; 120 kilo per person. Kayaking beginners are welcome!
Payment: We charge 1,000 SEK deposit per person at the time of booking. Remaining balance is due 2 weeks prior to your trip.
Referrals: Bring your friends, you all get the discount! You can book separately and at different times.
1 friend: 5% off
2–4 friends: 10% off
5 > friends: 15% off
Day by Day
Into the maze
We all gather and drive the windy country-side roads out to the coast and beautiful Saint Anna. After dividing into smaller crews with one guide each, we load the kayaks and disperse into the maze of islands. Before long, the mainland is nowhere to be seen and we’re surrounded by water and wilderness.
We paddle through clusters of pretty islets, likely spot White-tailed eagles hovering high up in the sky, and eventually find our very own island to set up camp for the night.
Festival island ahead
We aim north through the beautiful landscape, if lucky we may spot seals on the way.
By late afternoon we’re greeted by smooth tunes bouncing across the water as we near the festival island. A super cozy setup awaits with DJs, bartenders, wild street food and all the other party-goers.
As the sky grows darker we light up our fires and lanterns. The DJs up their beats and we dance…far into the starry night.
The best of times
We wake up at our own leisure. Spend the day as we like, maybe some yoga or meditation and a morning dip. Join in a forest volley ball game, find your balance on a paddle-board or play around in a kayak. Try your hand at carving a pipe or making jewellery. Maybe even get a tattoo. All the while, loungy music is flowing from the stage and DJ booth.
By the afternoon, our bartenders are shaking up delectable creations with foraged ingredients and serving up cold cold beers. The perfect companion to a round of Kubb, the old Viking game that everyone loves. Yummie aromas fill the air as our wilderness chef prepare the evening meal.
As darkness falls once again and our cozified island light up, we know what to do. We dance, to progressively harder tunes, like our life depended on it. Coz this is our last night together in our island wonderland!
All good times must come to an end
It’s time to say goodbye to the charming island that’s been our festival playground for the weekend. Far from strangers anymore, we’re already reminiscing about all the fun times, as we paddle towards the mainland. It’s a beautiful route back to the launch, and the perfect way to end an energetic, yet so relaxing, festival experience.
Hopefully, many of us will see each other again next year!
Norrköping is the major hub of the area. We pick you up at 10.00, it’s a beautiful city to spend the night before your adventure. Our closest airports are Norrköping, Linköping and Skavsta, but you can also fly to Arlanda. Other great options are train or car.
Bus transfer 55 mins to Norrköping. flygbussarna.se/en/skavsta
Fly from London Stanstead, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Brussels, Paris, Dusseldorf, Bremen etc. ryanair.com
Combining kayaking with a visit to Stockholm? Bus transfer 80 mins to city terminal in Stockholm. Train from Stockholm to Norrköping, 65-90 mins. sj.se
Taxi 10 mins to central Norrköping. Cost 140-170 SEK.
Fly direct from Munic. Transfer from Bristol, Brno, Milan, Florence etc. flybmi.com/en
Alternatively fly another airline to Munich.
Norrköpings Taxi: +46 11 100 100
Taxi Kurir: +46 11 14 00 00
Direct train 2 hours to Norrköping. sj.se (Arlanda C – Norrköping)
Sweden’s main airport. Served by all major airlines.
We very much encourage arriving to Norrköping by train to save our precious environment! trainline.eu
Meet us at the launch in Saint Anna. Safe parking available.
Whether you have your own or a rental from the airport, a car gives you lots of flexibility. If you drive to Saint Anna, as well as shop your own food, we give you a 1,000 SEK price reduction per person.
Aim for our closest town Söderköping.
Take road 210, follow signs to S:t Anna,
Pass the bridge “Lagnöbron“, and take a left after 500 meters by the sign for “Mons Friluftsby“.
Take a right by the next sign for “Mons Friluftsby”.
Drive through the campsite to the waterfront. Parking on the left.
Spending the night in Norrköping
We’ll pick you up at any hotel or hostel in Norrköping. We recommend:
This chic little hotel in a refurbished 18th-century building has a great atmosphere. It’s located 700 meters from the train station, and also offers spa services and a great restaurant. Breakfast is included. All rooms are equipped with shower & WC, TV and Wi-Fi. The Lamp Hotel
Mention Do the North for a 10% discount!
This hostel is a more budget alternative, 1.4 kilometres from the train station. It’s located right in the city centre in the historic “Industrial Landscape” with great views of the river and the old magnificent factory buildings and chimneys. All rooms have TV and Wi-Fi. En suite or shared shower & WC. Self-serving breakfast buffet included. Pronova Hostel