4 days of self-guided kayaking in Saint Anna
Kayaking through a maze of islands
A truly wild holiday among thousands of islands and islets, almost all of them uninhabited. This tour is a shorter version of our self-guided expedition for adventurers with a little less time to spare. Pick-up right at the airport for a quick getaway!
Top notch equipment
We provide kayaking, camping and cooking gear of the very highest quality. It’s sure to make your time in the wild as comfortable as can be, no matter the whims of Mother Nature!
Saint Anna is a paradise for common and rare coastal birds, no less than thirty-five species breed here. Sighting White-tailed eagles hovering high up in the air is almost a given. If lucky, you’ll spot a magnificent Grey seal bobbing its head above the water.
Wild camping permitted anywhere
So many wild islands! Just take your pick and make it your own for a night. Go for a swim, enjoy a delicious meal, and take in the beautiful sunset. You’re all by your lonesome in this amazing coastal landscape and it’s absolutely stunning.
A landscape rich in culture & history
It’s almost all solitude and wilderness out here, but the area has also been home to people living their whole lives on the islands for centuries. Visting some of the cultural points of interest is truly like travelling to a time long gone.
What You'll Get
A Complete Package from Start to finish
We provide all kayaking, camping and cooking gear needed. On site we help you pack and give instructions on paddling, navigation and the area. Return transport Stockholm Skavsta Airport -Saint Anna included as well as access to our comprehensive food order system.
- Top quality kayaking, camping & cooking gear
- Return transport Stockholm Skavsta or Norrköping-Saint Anna
- Food order – we shop and pack for you at cost price
- Briefing on the area, navigation and safety
- Detailed guide book
- Cell phone for weather reports & communication
- 24/7 Do the North service while kayaking
What to Bring
- A couple of sets of clothing
- Shoes for water & land
- Towel & swimwear
- Sunglasses, sun cap, sun block & toiletries
- Flights to Sweden
- Food & Beverage
Price per person
Departures: Arrive Friday, depart Monday, 24 May–2 September
Arrival June 14, 21, 28. July 5, 19. Aug 30 (SOLD OUT)
Group size: 2–12 people
Minimum age: 12 years accompanied by adult, otherwise 18 years
Fitness level: Low/medium
Prerequisites: Must be able to swim and have a taste for adventure. Weight limit; 120 kilo per person. 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.
Price reduction per person:
- Opt out of food order & transport
- -1,000 SEK
- Young adults (12-17yrs)
- -1,000 SEK
Day by Day
The Long Weekender allows you enough time to explore some of Saint Anna’s best spots. We recommend our 5 day+ Self-guided Expedition for also catching the highlights of the Gryt Archipelago and more outer archipelago paddling
Into the Maze
Our launch Mon is situated in a a sheltered bay – soon you’re completely surrounded by water and wilderness. Your route northeast towards Lammskär zigzags through a beautiful part of the archipelago with many clusters of islands. Several species of ducks, swans and Grey herons breed around these parts, and White-tailed eagles nest in trees not far from here.
The Uggelholmarna nature reserve is a great spot for a break. Take a short stroll through the open glade-filled forest to see pine and linden trees that are up to three hundred years old. Continue east towards the narrow inlet between Lammskär and Kalvskär, until you end up inside the sheltered atoll formation of islands. Sunset views here are absolutely stunning.
Hundreds of skerries from above
Your following day goes south past bird sanctuaries with lots of birdlife towards Äspskär. This crescent-shaped smooth islet is surrounded by shallow waters, and is superb for swimming and even snorkelling!
Head southeast to one of the most famous spots in the Saint Anna Archipelago – Kupa Klint. This old navigation mark has been used by seafarers for hundreds of years. It’s a fantastic lookout with spectacular views of the surrounding archipelago – the most finely-chiselled that exists in Sweden.
Inside the outer band of skerries is the large island Missjö and its parallel islands. This beautiful area is very sheltered with little nooks and crannies everywhere. For a genuine archipelago experience, visit the rustic pub on Missjö. Boat taxi man and sea dog Mats serve up cold beers and yummie dishes made from fish and coastal birds hunted nearby. Mats is often there to host and tell stories, and it’s a very fun time indeed.
The village that time forgot
Your exploration continues south towards Harstena Village, a must-see on your journey. An idyllic view of the village greets you as you paddle the small inlet to the water-side restaurant. Harstena is renowned for its picturesque and historic beauty. Visit the museum at the old school, stroll around the village and treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the restaurant. Make sure to pick up some mouth-watering cinnamon swirls from the bakery and smoked fish from the local fisherman.
Close to Harstena to the west is Torrön. This large wild island hosts a mosaic of hundreds of little islets, which makes for fantastic views and paddling. It’s a very sheltered area with shallow waters, smooth rocks and calm creeks – great for swimming and sunbathing. Look down as you glide across the rocky bottoms to view large forests of bladder wrack. There are lots of birds here, for example Velvet scooters, tufted ducks and mergansers. On the northern part of the island there is a small lake covered with pretty white water lilies.
Your last morning in this island wonderland, and you couldn’t be in a more beautiful spot! Jump in the water for a final dip and enjoy a leisurely morning, before taking on the quite strenuous paddle towards land.
Aim north across somewhat exposed waters to the strait at Snuggholmen. Another crossing takes you to the beautiful long sheltered passage between Missjö and its inner parallel island. After a quick paddle westward you reach the bustling mainland hub Tyrislöt.
Give yourself a little extra time here to visit the Archipelago Museum and walk the nature trail. Finish up by enjoying a couple of cold lagers among the cherry trees outside the countryside pub. A perfect ending to your long weekend of wilderness and archipelago culture!
*Weather conditions will effect your route. This example includes some strenuous outer archipelago paddling – your route will be significantly easier and more sheltered if you remain in the inner and middle parts of the archipelago. Establishments on Harstena are open June 21–August 29.
Pick-up right at the airport
We’ll pick you up straight at the airport if you’re flying to Stockholm Skavsta (flight arriving around noon). It’s also fine flying into other airports, or arriving by train. In that case we’ll pick you up in Norrköping at 13.30. Another option is your own car and meet us at the launch in Saint Anna.
We’ll pick you up right at the airport for the flight arriving a little past noon from London Stanstead.
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
Depending on your means of arrival, it may be a good idea to spend the night 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