- Enjoy a 5-day guided kayaking & wild camping adventure in Sweden's most stunning and untouched coastal wonderland!
- Team up with a crew of like-minded adventurers for this unforgettable wilderness experience.
- Wander far and wide, exploring stunning flora, fauna & geology along the route.
- Cook delicious meals as a team, decide on the route as a team and learn fun skills from your guides and from each other.
A real wild adventure for intrepid solo travellers! Enjoy a 5-day guided kayaking & wild camping adventure in Sweden's most stunning and untouched coastal wonderland!
The remote Saint Anna Archipelago on the Baltic coast is heaven for kayakers. Nowhere in Europe can you find 6000 islands so closely clustered together - a maze from the forested sheltered islands close to the mainland out to the barren islets bordering the open sea. You are free to paddle and wild camp wherever you like!
You'll team up with a crew of like-minded adventurers for this unforgettable wilderness experience. Your Tour Guides will take you far and wide, teaching flora, fauna & geology along the route. You'll venture far to the outer islands of the archipelago and get close to the amazing birdlife in this unusual habitat, and you may spot Grey seals.
The Solo Traveller is a team effort, one of our favorite things about it! Strangers at first, then quickly a well-oiled crew of explorers who are in it together! You’ll cook delicious meals as a team, decide on the route as a team and learn fun skills from your guides and from each other.
Easy access! fly to Stockholm Skavsta, Stockholm Arlanda, Linköping City Airport or Norrköping Airport. Top quality kayaking, camping & cooking gear provided.
Saint Anna boasts one of Sweden's highest number of sunny days with some of the warmest temperatures in the sea. Almost all the islands are uninhabited, but the area also has a rich history of farmers, fishermen and seafarers living their whole lives out here. It’s completely up to the group what you choose to explore – visit cultural points of interest, do all wilderness, or more likely, a blend of both!
- Day 1 - Pick-up in Norrköping at train station or any hotel/hostel
This is an example itinerary for a 5-day guided expedition, and we have lots of flexibility in choosing our route. We launch and finish at different locations, three spots to choose from, which makes it easier to adapt the route to weather conditions and cover more distance.
Pick-up in Norrköping either at the train station or any hostel/hotel of your choice at 10.00. It's an hour-long drive down windy country-side roads to the coast and beautiful Saint Anna.
All the provided gear, food and water are waiting for us at the launch. We'll repack our clothes into dry bags and load the kayaks. Using our top-of-the-line equipment is a real treat! It can be hard to justify purchasing gear of that caliber on your own!
Our launch site is situated in a sheltered bay – soon we round the first islands and see a maze of islands spreading out in all directions. During our paddle northeast towards Aspöja we’ll pass through many clusters of forested islands and islets. A variety of different ducks, as well as swans and Grey herons breed around here, and White-tailed eagles are sighted regularly since they nest in large trees nearby.
We continue paddling through the Uggelholmarna Nature Reserve, a great spot for a break. Three hundred year-old pine and linden trees grow here, and the open forest is perfect for a short stroll. We aim east towards the narrow inlet between Lammskär and Kalvskär - we'll end up surrounded by a beautiful and sheltered atoll formation of islands.
A short distance north we reach the cluster of islets south of Aspöja - one of the most gorgeous settings of the archipelago with spectacular sunset views.
- Day 2 - A band of islands against the horizon
Our following day is a fantastic paddle southeast through the outer archipelago and its barren, wind-pined little islets. The blue horizon and the open sea is our backdrop. If we're lucky we may spot Grey seals and there is an amazing variety of coastal birds out here – large colonies of gulls and Arctic terns, Black guillemots, Mergansers, Velvet scoters, Eiders, Shelducks, Oystercatchers and Redshanks. Large birds like White-tailed eagles and Great cormorants are common, and maybe we spot Arctic skuas and Ospreys.
After a quite strenuous day we reach the famous navigation mark Kupa Klint. It’s a lookout with spectacular views of the hundreds of skerries of the Missjö Archipelago spreading out below – the most finely-chiselled archipelago that exists in Sweden.
Inside the outer band of skerries we reach the large island Missjö with its parallel islands. Our guides know all the nooks and crannies and will find a superb sheltered spot for the night.
- Day 3 - The village that time forgot
We steer our kayaks south towards the most visited island in the area – Harstena. An idyllic view of the village greets us as we paddle the narrow inlet. Harstena is famous far and wide for its picturesque and historic beauty. We learn more about the history at the museum in the old school, stroll around the village and munch on delicious cinnamon swirls from the bakery
After a visit to this village seemingly frozen in time, we head southeast aiming for the magical Ytterö island with its smooth rocky beaches and gnarly old pine trees. It’s right on the open sea and we find higher ground for a spectacular view of the archipelago and the horizon. When we fall asleep tonight all we can hear are the waves crashing against the smooth rocks and calls from the many birds that breed on the little islets surrounding the island.
- Day 4 - A paddle to the edge of the world
Weather conditions permitting, we’ll try to make it to Häradskär today. The old lighthouse on the island is the last outpost of the archipelago right on the open sea. Few make it to this historic spot at the edge of the world!
We’ll pass Gubbö on the way, and climb the hill for an amazing view of this part of the archipelago. We paddle south through the beautiful clusters of islands at Laxvarp and make an assessment whether we can reach our goal.
After an exposed crossing, the red iron lighthouse finally appears. The only sounds out here are bird calls and the rhythmic crashing of the sea against the flat rocks. We're as far out as we're going to get and it's absolutely beautiful!
- Day 5 - Due west for the mainland
We set up camp site south of Fångö island last night, and it's our very last morning we in our island wonderland. After a hearty breakfast and a final dip in the sea, we're homeward bound.
We visit the abandoned copper mine on Fångö on our way back, then round the island and paddle through a small canal that takes us opposite Fyrudden. A short paddle west takes us to the mainland and the finish point.
Far from strangers anymore, we're a crew of seasoned explorers who’ve just been through an unforgettable kayaking expedition together!
- Experienced kayaking guides
- We cook all our meals together as a team.
- Top quality kayaking, camping & cooking gear
- Flights are not included
- Travel and medical insurance;