Wild Canoe Hike Cabin
A canoeing and hiking adventure through Sweden's southernmost wilderness.
Gently paddle through the picture-perfect Marviken lake system and elegant lake Klämmingen. This long line of narrow lakes were used by the Vikings as they travelled between their capital on Birka and the Baltic sea. Today it is your turn to make this beautiful journey.
Follow the Sörmlandsleden hiking trail as it winds its way through troll-like virgin forest trails lined with ancient trees and lush green and white mosses. Climb up the cliffs that line the lake shores and enjoy beautiful views across lakes and forest as far as the eye can see.
Appreciate the calm and beauty of the mighty forest that surrounds you.
Day 1: Läggesta → Åkers Styckebruk → Marviken lakes→ Lake Klämmingen
Transfer from Läggesta to Åkers Styckebruk
Canoe from Åkers Styckebruk to Laxne passing four Marviken lakes, Marviken nature reserve and viewpoints
Once at Åkers Styckebruk 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.
Take a break from the canoe and hike a short way on the Sörmlandsleden hiking trail into the forest and up on the cliffs above the lakes. Here you can enjoy your picnic lunch looking out over the beautiful forest and lakes.
After lunch, you get back into your canoes and continue paddling on Mellan Marviken all the way to the end of Övre Marviken. Enjoy the quiet and calm as you gently paddle down the middle of the lake, listening only to the birds and softly lapping waves.
At Övre Marviken you leave your canoe and make your way into Laxne's forest where you find your cabin for the night deep in the forest and a stone's throw from Klämmingen lake.
Accommodation: Laxne, stuga
Paddling distance: 10 km
Lifts: 4 (40 m, 50 m, 20 m)
Day 2: Lake Klämmingen → Fräkenberget → Kattnäs church → Gnesta
Transfer from Laxne to Sörmlandsleden
Hike from Laxne to Gnesta passing Fräkenberget view tower, Axsjön lake, Klämmingen viewpoint, Klämmingbergsbadet beach, Södertuna manor and Kattnäs & Frustuna churches
After breakfast, you say farewell to your cabin and take a short transfer to the start of the Sörmlandsleden. The orange markings lead you first past a series of beautiful viewpoints over slender Klämmingen before continuing towards Stora Kvarnsjön lake on your way to Fräkenberget hilltop with view tower. Enjoy milewide views of Sörmland's wilderness from Gnesta's highest point!
Continue following the orange markers passing lake after lake as you make your way through this remote, roadless environment. Detour to one final viewpoint, with spectacular views across lake Klämmingen, stretching into the distance. Enjoy the peace and calm for one last time!
You now head down to the lake and pass by Klämmingen beach where you may well be tempted to take a dip before continuing your hike passing Kattnäs & Frustuna churches and Södertuna manor, to Gnesta where there is commuter train, train and bus available for your onward journey.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Hiking Distance: 21 km
This cosy log cabin is from the late 18th century and is located in the deep forest only a short distance from Klämmingen lake. The room has a luxurious 180 cm continental bed and tea and coffee-making facilities. A modern standard shower room is available. Please note that this is not en-suite but will be for your use only. Breakfast, bed linen, towels, bathrobe and slippers are included. Outdoor grill is available for your use.
The lodge is located at 'Gården' at PilgrimsRest wellness center. Sauna and massage can be booked separately.
The canoe route follows calm lakes without whitewater or currents. The Marviken lakes are very narrow and sheltered, lake Klämmingen is a little wider and therefore can catch more wind. The wind, if against you, can make the journey more challenging. In still weather the journey is considered an easy level.
Waterproof shoes recommended as it does get wet in the canoe as well as when you get in and out of the canoe.
The hike follows mostly forest trails. Undulating terrain throughout with some steep climbs up to viewpoints.
Good hiking shoes recommended.
This trip is available in May, June, September & October on Saturday & Sunday.
This trip is available in June, July & August on Saturday & Monday.
SEK 2,450 per person
Route notes and maps (2 days)
Transfer Läggesta/Skottvångs Gruva (Day 1)Canoe rental x 1 day
Canoe transfer from Laxne (Day 1)
'The Lodge' cabin x 1 night
Linen, towels, bathrobe & slippers included
Transfer cabin/Sörmlandsleden (Day 2)
BBQ dinner at cabin (Day 1)
Breakfast (Day 2)
Picnic lunch (day 2)
Baggage transfer service:
Day 1 baggage transfer Skottvångs Gruva to lake Klämmingen camp not needed as bags can go in the canoe
Day 2 baggage transfer lake Klämmingen camp to Stockholm accommodation @ SEK 150 per person