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Family Holiday in Sweden: Stockholm, Islands & Wilderness

A unique holiday in Sweden for adventurous families wanting something different. Explore Stockholm and then take to the seas and kayak in the wild Stockholm archipelago. Then head for a wilderness adventure in the dense forest. Staying in primitive forest huts, your experienced guide will take you on an unforgettable journey on lakes, through evergreen woods and spotting amazing wildlife.

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Itinerary

Overview

The third largest country in Western Europe, Sweden is also home to some of the wildest landscape. With less than 9.4 million inhabitants, this country is all about wilderness. With forests accounting for half or the landscape, there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen, including moose, beavers and the elusive wolf. In the cities, there is an abundance of culture, with Stockholm playing host to a charming cobbled old town and the beautiful Royal Palace. The city is spread over 14 islands and just outside, in the Stockholm archipelago, there are 30,000 small islands, the majority of which are uninhabited. This holiday has been designed so that you and your family can see some of Sweden’s highlights. Starting in Stockholm, you have two days to explore the waterways and museums and take in the atmosphere of this charming city. Fitting in a visit to the Royal Palace, a boat trip and a walk in one of the many parks are an absolute must. You will then spend a day out on the water, exploring the wild Stockholm archipelago. After a briefing from your experienced guide, you will spend the day exploring deserted islands, craggy inlets, stopping to enjoy a picnic lunch along the way.

Leaving southern Sweden behind, you will then pick up your hire car and drive to the centre of the country, famed for its beautiful lakes and pristine forest. This part of your holiday gives you a real chance to get away from it all. With no electricity or running water, you will be left to fetch water from the springs and cook over an open fire. With acres of untouched forest and a beautiful lake on the doorstep, you will have ample opportunity to commune with nature and forget the everyday worries of modern life. With mornings at leisure to relax and explore, the afternoons are spent with a local wildlife guide who knows the region like the back of his hand. On your first day, he will take you on a moose safari, teaching you how to search for hoof prints, fresh droppings and bite marks. You will also be demonstrated different ways of communicating with moose, some of which have been used by hunters in the region for thousands of years. On your next afternoon, you will go on a beaver tour. Starting by the lakeside, you will have dinner together by a fire then you will get on a small rubber boat for your beaver safari. Travelling in complete silence so as not to scare them, you will cruise on the lake, waiting to see ripples in the water and hope to see a beaver emerge.

Day-by-day

Day 1: You will arrive at Stockholm airport and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Today is a free day in Stockholm. Entrance to many of the city's museums is included in your price. Try and make it to the Royal Palace and the Vasa Museum (a 17th century ship that has been salvaged and lovingly restored) the most visited museum in Scandinavia. If the weather is nice, you may want to hire bikes from the hotel and explore over-land.

Day 3: Another free day to explore. Today you might want to take a boat tour of the city's canal network. In the afternoon you might want to walk in one of the beautiful parks, or perhaps visit the Astrid Lindgren museum.

Day 4: This morning you will need to make your way to the island of Runmaro where you will meet with your kayak guide. You will start off by trying out the kayaking equipment and learning the paddle technique. You will then start off paddling with a short stretch to the first stop where there is time for a swim before lunch. You continue paddling at an easy pace and then during the afternoon head back to the starting inlet. You will all have afternoon tea ("fika") before heading homeward. Arrival back at the hotel between 19:00 and 20:00.

Day 5: This morning you will pick up your hire car and drive to the Bergslagen forest (about 2 1/2 hours) Once you arrive, you will be met by one of the hosts for a short introduction to the facilities. You are then free to explore at your leisure. You will be self-catering during your stay; outdoor kitchen equipment is provided and there is a supermarket 3km away. This is a true back to basics experience, you will need to fetch water from the spring, chop your own fire wood and do the dishes in the stream. In the evening you can go hiking, fishing, swimming in the lake or just rest by the fire with the other guests. Night in forest hut.

Day 6: Self-service breakfast at any time. After breakfast you have a whole day to explore the surrounding forest. In the evening one of the wildlife guides will take you for a guided Moose Safari tour. The forest near Kolarbyn is exceptionally good for Moose watching and the guides have succeeded in showing Moose to every guest for the past eight years. The tour lasts 4-6 hours and you return to Kolarbyn late at night. An outdoor dinner is included in the tour. Night in forest hut.

Day 7: Self-service breakfast at any time. Another free day of outdoor activities on your own or with other guests. You may choose to swim in the lake, take one of the Canadian canoes for a paddle, or indulge yourself on the floating Swedish sauna. In the afternoon you will drive for about 20 minutes to meet up with a wildlife guide again, this time for a Beaver Safari tour (4-6 hours) on the lake with big chances of seeing wild Beavers. The tour takes 4-6 hours using a rubber boat with electric engine to increase chances of getting close to the beavers during sunset. An outdoor dinner is included in the tour. Night in forest hut.

Day 8: Self-service breakfast at any time. You have the day at leisure until it is time to drive back to Stockholm and catch your flight home.

Details

Getting there

Fly to Stockholm...
Airlines that fly regularly to Stockholm include: SAS, British Airways, Norwegian and Ryanair.

You have three choices of airport; Stockholm Arlanda, Stockholm - Vasteras, or Stockholm Skavsta. Arlanda is by far the most convenient for Stockholm as it is closest to the city. However, there are buses from the other two airports, so it really depends on flight prices and personal preferences.

Stockholm-Arlanda airport (ARN) is the the city's main airport with Worldwide connections, located 20 minutes from Stockholm City

Stockholm-Vasteras airport (VST) is a small airport with Ryanair connections to London Stansted. Located 1 hour from Stockholm City.

Stockholm-Skavsta airport (NYO) is a small airport with several budget airline connections to many European cities. Located 1,5 hour from Stockholm City. Flights are with Ryanair from London Stansted and Edinburgh.

Price includes

Stockholm Card giving you free access to many of Stockholm's museums as well as free public transport and a free canal tour, one guided kayaking day, including a guide, equipment, picnic lunch and boat connection, four nights accommodation at a 3 star hotel with breakfast, hire Car (VW Golf or similar) for 4 days, accommodation in forest huts with sleeping bags for three nights at Kolarbyn Eco-lodge with self-service breakfast, two guided evening tours with dinner.

When is best?

This holiday is suitable for either the May half term or the summer holidays.

During July and August the average day time temperatures are normally around 20C, but it can be colder, especially at the beginning of summer, so make sure you bring some warm clothes to be on the safe side. As with all North European climates, rain is still a possibility even in the height of summer - at that time of year you could expect one rainy day per week so a waterproof is recommended. The water temperature usually ranges between 15° and 20° C. May and September are normally a bit colder, with the thermometer sometimes dipping below 10°C at daytime.

Moose and beavers can be seen in the entire season. Second half of August and all of September means a greater chance of seeing Moose bulls with antlers because of the mating season.

During the summer months, you can expect very long days, with the sun still shining late at night.

Is it for me?

The recommended minimum age for this holiday is 12 years. For the kayaking, you all need to be able to swim 200m. The kayaking is suitable for beginners; the guides are very experienced and very stable and easy to paddle one and two man kayaks are used. Families with younger children will be offered a day sailing instead of the kayaking.

At the forest huts, accommodation is very basic; there is no running water and no electricity. There are toilet facilities, but washing needs to be done in the stream or in a lake.

Safety

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth office check www.gov.uk/travelaware

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 612 reviews

(4.94/5)

  • We had a great holiday. Stockholm was great, although courtesy of BA our trip was cut short by a day. The Stockholm cards were great value and we enjoyed our stay at the Zinkersdamm hotel. The breakfast was great.

    Everything went smoothly with the trip to Kolarbyn and we had a great time there. The two safaris were superb - both Jan and Marcus were great guides and very attentive. Jan took just us out on the boat to see the beavers and he was a great host, very enthusiastic and more patient with our 12 year old daughter than we are!

    We enjoyed the eco lodge - a great experience. However, we did feel that it was a bit of an effort to maintain personal hygiene over three days - by swimming/washing in the nearby lake. I can't help thinking it must be possible to provide some form of environmentally shower system at the lodge - doesn't need to be plush but just provide a means to stay clean etc.

    However, that aside a brilliant holiday and would definitely use Tourdust again and recommend others to do so.

    MissingGuy Lavis reviewing Family Holiday in Sweden: Stockholm, Islands & Wilderness on 21 August 2013

  • My kayak tour with Tour dust is an experience I will treasure forever. I believe Johnny is exactly the type of guide everyone hopes for on a trip like this. Upbeat, funny, enthusiastic, and an incredible level of skill in this sport. I have been kayaking for many years, but, being over 60 years old now, I certainly appreciated knowing we were in such very, very capable hands.
    And the other people who took part in the trip? What a great bunch! It's hard to believe we were mostly complete strangers just one week ago. I will treasure those friendships forever as well.

    MissingStephen McGrill reviewing Dubrovnik Kayaking Short Break on 06 October 2014

  • On our final night now in Dubrovnik sadly.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the first half Tourdust arranged with all the kayaking etc. our son was very sad to leave and preferred the earlier part of our trip to the second half chilling by the pool!

    Accommodation was 'ok', activities were just enough, some people couldn't keep up with the amount of kayaking but for us it was just the right amount. Johnny and Mattie were superb, they went out of their way to ensure everyone was happy all the time (I hope Tourdust look after them as they are a great asset to the company!!).

    They took us to some great restaurants, arranged all the transport and ensured everyone was safe during the activities.

    5 out of 5 to you guys, we hope to be back!!

    MissingRichard Jones reviewing Family Sea Kayaking Holiday in Dubrovnik on 22 August 2014

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