Activity Adventure in Stockholm Countryside

from £1186
including flights
6 nights May-Sep

Overview

Join this 7 day adventure and escape the city life. Explore the Swedish countryside whilst hiking, cycling, canoeing and visit some of the cultural and historical sights along the way.

Highlights

  • Journey across the calm Lake Mälaren on a steamboat
  • Cycle on country lanes and through picturesque villages
  • Hike in forests and discover hidden lakes
  • Canoe through dramatic and varied scenery of Lake Marviken
  • Explore Stockholm

What's Included

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Stockholm
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation and 1 night camping (all equipment supplied)
  • 6 x breakfasts, 2 x picnic lunch and 2 x dinner
  • Information pack including maps and route information

Full description

This tour starts and ends in Sweden's vibrant capital, Stockholm, a city made up of 14 islands. Take a leisurely stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming old town, where you wander through the cobblestone streets past narrow colourful houses of times past. Do not miss the impressive Vasa Museum housing the Vasa warship which sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage and stayed preserved in the sea for over 300 years! And why not see what it feels to be ABBA's fifth member at the museum celebrating of one of the world's most popular bands.

After spending time in the capital it is time to start your adventure! Sail away on steamboat (June to August) and continue onward through the magnificent countryside cycling and hiking through green fields and passing charming manor houses. Take time to wander through the quaint villages and sample local delicacies. And enjoy the quiet and calm as you gently paddle down Lake Klämmingen and spending one night camping on the shores of the lake with only the sound of birds and softly lapping waves.

Everyday is a day of discovery and Sormland’s many small towns like Trosa and Mariefred are a delight to wander through after a day of activity.

In Stockholm you will be given a briefing on the schedule ahead but have flexibility to experience the adventure for yourself and at your own pace as you travel on the planned route to your destination. Although you control your own trip, you don't need to worry about the luggage as it is transferred between the different accommodations, along with any necessary equipment.

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Prices & Dates

Prices are from, per person, based on 2 sharing unless stated otherwise

Departures Duration Twin Price (pp) Single price
Friday 17, 24 & 31 May 2019 6 nights £1,186 £1,349
Friday 07, 14, 21 & 28 June 2019 6 nights £1,186 £1,349
Friday 05, 12 19 & 26 July 2019 6 nights £1,186 £1,349
Friday 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 August 2019 6 nights £1,186 £1,349
Friday 06 September 2019 6 nights £1,186 £1,349

On your last day you may have time to enjoy the city before making your way back to the airport (payable locally) for the return flight home. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Stockholm and sample more delights this wonderful city has to offer.

What's Included

  • Return flights from London Gatwick to Stockholm
  • 5 nights accommodation in rooms with private bathroom & 1 night camping (all camping equipment supplied)
  • All breakfasts, 2 x picnic lunch & 2 x dinner
  • Cycle and canoe hire as per itinerary
  • Transfers - Stockholm to harbour (day 2); Mariefred to Akers Styckebruk (day 3) & Gnesta to Malby (day 4)
  • Transport - steamboat from Stockholm to Mariefred (day 2 June to August); Bus from Trosa to Liljeholmen & underground Liljeholmen to hotel (day 6).
  • Luggage transfers where applicable
  • Information pack
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1 - Arrive Stockholm

Arrive in Stockholm and make your way (payable locally) to your hotel. When you land at Stockholm Airport, there are several ways to reach the city centre (all payable locally). The Flygbussarna (the airport bus) departs from outside the terminal building and leaves every 10 minutes to downtown Stockholm. For more information on timetables and prices please visit www.flygbussarna.se/en/arlanda. The Arlanda Express train takes you directly to the central train station in 20 minutes. For more information on timetables and prices please visit www.arlandaexpress.com. There are local trains leaving regularly taking between 40 and 50 minutes, please refer to www.sj.se/en for more information. Alternatively you can take a taxi directly to your hotel, but please confirm the fare with the driver before the journey.

Today explore Stockholm’s many sights and marvel at its colourful architecture, impressive views and ancient history. Stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming old town, where you cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere. And of course enjoy dinner (payable locally) at one of the many restaurants offering mouth-watering local dishes. Your information pack will be waiting for you at the hotel with instructions on the schedule ahead.

Day 2 - Stockholm to Mariefred

Today take the steamboat from Stockholm over Lake Malaren (operates June to August, other times a private transfer will be arranged), to the delightful village of Mariefred. The village with its lakeside location, many shops and cafes and historic buildings including the impressive Gripsholm’s Castle is well worth a wander. You have the afternoon to cycle through green fields, deep forests and along the shores of Lake Malaren to the Taxinge Manor House. Taxinge Manor House is not only a beautiful manor house set in glorious surroundings but it is famous for its cakes. After a well-deserved tea break, it is time to cycle back to Mariefred. Alternatively, you may choose to board the charming steam train from Taxinge, reminiscent of times gone by, and make your way back to the village of Mariefred (optional, payable locally).
Cycling distance today approximately 29km.

Day 3 - Mariefred to Lake Klammingen

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. After lunch, you get back into your canoes and continue paddling as the lake widens into the beautiful Lake Klammingen. Take advantage of the clean, fresh water as you stop at one of the small beaches lining the lake shore. 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 Klammingen you will find your camp set up for a peaceful night among the wildlife.
Paddling distance today approximately 13km.

Day 4 - Lake Klammingen to Gnesta

This morning you start your day’s hike direct from your camp site. This hike is a true wilderness stretch which takes you through varied landscape, passing lakes, both large and small, forests and hills with delightful views across the Sörmland landscape. Stop to enjoy your lunch and a refreshing swim in one of the many remote lakes en route. You hike in the direction of Gnesta and have a choice of pick-up points from where you will be picked up and transferred to your accommodation just outside of Gnesta, a beautifully located farmhouse with wonderful views across the lake.
Hiking distance today approximately 13.5km/estimated hiking time 5hrs.

Day 5 - Gnesta to Trosa

Today you can choose to take a short break before continuing your onwards journey Trosa. When you are ready, cycle through the Swedish countryside at its very best; pine forests, sparkling lakes and open meadows. The distance you cycle today depends on you entirely. You can take one of two routes - a shorter route where you can cycle from your accommodation straight to Trosa along predominantly country lanes and cycle paths or a longer route that takes you to Tullgarn Palace and then on to Trosa on which a substantial section of this route follows rougher tracks. The royal Tullgarn Palace is an 18th century royal palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic waters. Relax and enjoy your lunch (payable locally) in the delightful palace gardens. After lunch you continue your journey by bicycle the short stretch to the seaside town Trosa, a charming 17th century town called 'the World's End' because it of its location on the banks of the Baltic Sea with endless views of the ocean all around. The little square, surrounded by old wooden houses, marks the centre of town and the walkway along the canal as it winds its way to the ocean is not to be missed.
Route 1: Cycling distance today approximately 25 km Route 2: Cycling distance today approximately 46km.

Day 6 - Trosa to Stockholm

Today you are free to either explore Trosa and enjoy the many shops, cafes and restaurants or you can take your bikes and cycle to one of the nearby beaches to enjoy a swim before heading back to the city. If you are keen to explore the waters of Trosa’s archipelago, then you can rent a kayak or alternatively join an archipelago boat tour around the archipelago (booked and payable locally). You can also opt to cycle to Tullgarn Palace and return to Trosa if you had not done so already. Then it's back to Stockholm by bus for your last night. Cycling distance today approximately 25 km if cycling to Tullgarn Palace.

Day 7 - Departure day

On the last day you may decide to use the bikes for a last time and take a self-guided cycle trip before making your way to the airport for the return flight home.
Cycle through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark - the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. Here you can cycle through ancient forests, visit palaces and bathe from waterside rocks. Animals such as foxes, badgers, marten, mink and deer roam freely and the greatest number of large oak trees in northern Europe are located right here, in the city centre! Your self guided tour takes you through this peaceful city hideaway and includes the Royal island of Djurgården where many of Stockholm’s best museums are located, the royal residence of Rosendal and its delightful gardens and café plus the picturesque canal running through the island. Not to be missed along the way is the Kaknäs Tower with its 30 floor high observation deck offering fantastic views across Stockholm city. Head north and you come to Haga Park and Palace - home to the recently wedded crown princess which lies alongside the beautiful Brunnsviken inlet. Further north and you can reach as far as Ulriksdal’s Palace with its well respected restaurant plus relaxing gardens and delightful views.
Alternatively, you may decide to extend your stay in Stockholm and explore this fascinating city further.

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