When to Go
Kayaking tours from early summer until autumn
A season full of Joy
Our season runs from late May through late September. Saint Anna & Gryt boast some of the highest number of sunny days in Sweden – often a band of grey clouds veil the mainland as you’re enjoying sunny blue skies. It does get windy, overcast or rainy at times – that’s when superior equipment really makes a difference for your experience.
When our seasons starts, early summer is in its pride – it’s incredibly green with lots of flowers. The archipelago is full of proud bird moms 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.
The prime summer months in Sweden and your best bet for sunny and warm days. By now the water is a little warmer – you may get some glorious days sunbathing on a flat skerry in the outer archipelago. Although still solitary while camping & kayaking, there may be bustling activity of sailers, boaters and kayakers at the different hubs of the area.
Pros: Beautiful sunny weather, swimmable water, long hours of sunlight, all establishments in the area open.
Cons: Conditions may get very windy, some mosquitos, fishing not great in warm water.
By late August you will probably be blessed with calmer weather but you won’t 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 mirror-calm water for several days. Late summer sunsets last for hours and are absolutely amazing!
Pros: Fantastic calm days, long colourful sunsets, good fishing.
Cons: Most establishments close end of August, chillier water even though it usually stays swimmable at least a week into September. Many bird species have migrated south.
As autumn arrives to the archipelago, the leaves turn beautiful bright red and yellow colours. The air is crisp and the sun is low, creating a lovely golden light. The stillness is palpable – no one around except locals carrying on their daily lives on the islands. Bring your long johns and a warm beanie, and preferably have some kayaking and camping experience.
Pros: Beautiful, crisp autumn weather, incredible solitude.
Cons: Water starting to get cold, if unlucky, can be wet and windy.