Kayaking in Stockholm’s Archipelago

August 22, 2008

Sunset from Storön
Sunset from Storön. Photo by Rafael Cordones.

I lived for about three years in Stockholm and thus friends who did not take their chance to visit me while I was living there, ask me every now and then which places should they visit when visiting Stockholm. I always end up wrapping a short list of places with a short description in an e-mail. I always end the e-mail saying that to really really visit Stockholm, you have to go at least twice: once in summer and once in winter!

When visiting Stockholm in summer, a place definitely not to miss is the Stockholm’s archipelago! I had the luxury of visiting this August and had the luck of enjoying good weather. If there’s a reason why Stockholm is called “Beauty on water”, when you are out in the archipelago, you understand that reason even more.

Vaxholmsbolaget and Strömma Kanalbolaget will take you to the main islands in the archipelago.

Sunset from Storön

If you take the ferry to Helsinki, you will also be able to get a great tour through the archipelago.

Viking Line Ferry on the way to Helsinki. View from Tisterön.

But given that you are in Sweden, a country with Allemansrätt, the best way to enjoy the archipelago is to rent a kayak and make your own way through the myriad islands. Hop on and off and to enjoy the amazing scandinavian sunsets.

Sunset from Storö

Top 5 Songs for a visit to Stockholm’s Archipelago

  1. Bo Kaspers Orkester’s "Semester.
  2. Marie Fredriksson’s (internationally, of Roxette fame) “Äntligen“.
  3. Monica Zetterlund’s delicate rendering of Bill Evans‘ classic “Waltz for Debby”: “Monicas Vals“.
  4. Lisa Ekdahl’s “Vem Vet“.
  5. This last one is for the way back, on the plane. Start playing it just after the flight pilot says “Please, fasten your seat-belts!”... “The Final Countdown” by Europe.