Sparkling Lakes of Sörmland
Day 1: In Stockholm
Today you arrive at Stockholm and you free time to explore the picturesque city of Stockholm. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', Stockholm is unquestionably a unique and beautiful city all year round, not only due to its location on 14 islands with its infinite presence of water, but also because of its combination of nature, colourful architecture and ancient history. And you need never walk far to appreciate the impressive views stretching across the Baltic water as it winds past the city walls. Furthermore, stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm's charming old town, where you cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through the cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. There is so much to see in Stockholm, appealing to so many different interests, that you are sure to find something special within walking distance of your hotel.
A great option is to rent kayaks in Stockholm and discover the city at its most beautiful, from the water. Discover the islands, channels and inlets of central Stockholm at your own pace, enjoying the stunning views around each corner. You may also opt to take a guided kayak tour of our beautiful city to ensure you don't miss the best views!
Optional extra: city kayaking
Day 2: Stockholm → Mariefred
Our SPARKLING LAKES OF SÖRMLAND tour begins with a delightful journey by steamboat across the mighty Lake Mälaren as you make your way to the charming village of Mariefred.
This afternoon you have some free time to enjoy Mariefred, founded in 1605 and famed
for its narrow, winding streets and colourful, wooden houses as well as being
home to one of the most important and magnificent castles in the region,
Gripsholm Castle. Time permitting, you could take the steam train to Taxinge
Manor House where they are famed for their remarkable display of cakes. Catch
the steam train back to Mariefred.
Alternatively if you are eager to explore Sörmland's lakes then rent a canoe and enjoy a paddle on Lake Mälaren and admire Gripsholm Castle from all angles.
Accommodation: Mariefred, Bed & Breakfast
Optional extra: canoeing
Day 3: Mariefred → Åkers Styckebruk → Marviken lakes → Lake Klämmingen
A short transfer takes you to the start of your canoeing trip where you are met and provided with your canoes. After your canoe introduction, the route takes you through remarkable scenery as you paddle gently down the chain of Marviken lakes to Laxne. The area has its own unique character because of its geological history - the mountain split in two and as a result Lake Marviken is today bordered by 50 metre high cliffs. Here you will have time to enjoy your picnic lunch looking out over the beautiful lake views.
lunch, you get back into your canoes and continue paddling as the lake widens
into the beautiful Lake Klämmingen. Take advantage of the clean, fresh water as you stop at one
of the small beaches lining the lakeshore. And enjoy the quiet and calm as you
gently paddle down the middle of the lake, listening only to the birds and
softly lapping waves. A short while after entering Lake Klämmingen you will
find your camp set up for a peaceful night among the wildlife
Accommodation: Lake Klämmingen, Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Paddling distance: 13 km
Lifts: 4 (40 m, 50 m, 20 m & 300 m)
Day 4: Lake Klämmingen → Södertuna manor → Gnesta → Lake Sillen → Mälby
This morning, you continue your journey by canoe down Lake Klämmingen, again stopping at beaches to swim or soak up the summer sun. Pass by impressive Södertuna manor and take in the stunning views across Lake Frösjön. After a morning of canoeing in the fresh air, you look forward to stopping at Gnesta for a rest and a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, your voyage continues down the narrow Sigtuna canal that opens out in your final lake - Lake Sillen. Another beautiful lake, you can appreciate its solitude and scenery as you paddle to your accommodation for the night, a mansion house located on its shore at Mälby on the outskirts of Gnesta.
Overnight; Gnesta, Bed & Breakfast
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Paddling distance: 17 km
Lifts: 1 (900m)
Day 5: Mälby → Lake Sillen → Trosaån river → Trosa
This morning you complete the journey down some of Sweden's most scenic lakes. From Mälby, you take your canoes for the last time and paddle down Lake Sillen to the small and secluded beach at Sille. You then experience a change of scenery as you leave behind lake Sille and continue your journey along the Trosaån river all the way to Trosa. Trosa is visited by many Stockholmers in the summer months because of its unique location surrounded by both open landscape and a marvellous archipelago. Here you will arrive in the afternoon so that you have time to wander around this charming little town, enjoying its many restaurants and shops.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Paddling distance: 16 km
Lifts: 2 (depends on water level)
Day 6: Trosa → Stockholm
Today you are free to either wander the streets of Trosa and enjoy the many shops, cafes and restaurants, or why not complement your paddling holiday and rent a sea kayak and explore the waters of Trosa's beautiful archipelago. Alternatively you could opt to rent a bike and cycle from Trosa to royal Tullgarn Palace - an 18th century royal palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy a stroll around the delightful palace gardens. You are then free to catch the bus from Trosa back to Stockholm at a suitable time.
Opt: Cycling distance: 25 km/Estimated cycling time: 2 hrs (roundtrip Trosa/Tullgarn)
Day 7: In Stockholm
See day one for options in Stockholm
Optional activities: city kayaking