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Do the North

Do the North

Headquarters in Söderköping, Sweden
OVERALL RATING
4.9/5 - Excellent
TOURS
4
AGE RANGE
20-40
RESPONSE RATE
43%
RESPONSE TIME
2d
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Highlights

  • Get lost in breathtaking Swedish landscapes
  • Go kayaking surrounded by an unspoilt environment
  • Leave for a self-guided and challenging adventure
  • Be trained by local kayaking experts

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Accommodation
5 / 5
Transportation
5 / 5
Meals
5 / 5
Value for money
5 / 5
Guide
5 / 5
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About Do the North

There are few places in the world more beautiful than the archipelago of Saint Anna, Sweden, and a kayaking trip is a wonderful way to relax and experience its beauty, culture, and history. If you want to enjoy a nice getaway in the archipelago, Do the North can set you up and send you on your own self-directed tour. They provide kayaks and training, pack your supplies for you, and get you to the archipelago to start your trip! From there, your group can spend your time exploring the islands, from the wilderness to a fishing village and abandoned buildings. Do the North reviews rave about it's value and the preparation it carries out on it's customers' behalf. In addition, the Do the North reviews you'll find will show you the excellent service and advice they will provide you with.

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Questions & Answers

Here we have collected and answered the most frequently asked questions.

  • Is it safe? I have never gone sea kayaking before.

    You need no prior kayaking experience to do this trip, just a little bit of guts and common sense. Double kayaks are incredibly stable and well suited for beginners and intermediates, while singles require more skill since they can roll over. There are no tides, currents or big swells to worry about in Saint Anna. Windy conditions will be your biggest hurdle and you do need to be sensible and realise your limitations. Sometimes it's better to wait out some windy weather on an island rather than battling the seas.

  • What about emergencies?

    We give you a cell phone and the whole area has reception. If something happens civilisation is only a phone call away and you can be reached by boat taxi or the coast guard in up to 20 minutes. Luckily accidents are very rare in the archipelago and if any problems occur (for example broken equipment, minor medical problems) we will assist you.

  • Do I have to worry about tides?

    There are no tides whatsoever in Saint Anna. The sea level stays the same, which means that you have no times to consider and you don't have to transport kayak and gear from the waterline. Also, there are no big swells because of all the islands breaking up wind and waves.

  • I don't know anything about navigation. Will I get lost?

    We'll teach you what you need to know, it's not that difficult. You just have to be very attentive and constantly compare what you see around you to the map. It's an advantage to have a little knowledge of maps, orienteering or navigation, but we've had many complete novices over the years and they have done just fine too. One person in your group will be assigned navigator and have the rolling compass, map and hand compass strapped in front on the kayak.

  • Is there anywhere to re-stock supplies?

    No, not really. You should order all your food and bev from us in advance. (you pay cost price and we shop and pack it for you) There are a couple of small camp shops, but they have nothing fresh and a very limited assortment, so better to be organised and bring everything.

  • Is there a set paddling route?

    No, not at all. You choose completely where you wish to paddle and how far. There are a few different pick-up points so you do not start and finish at the same spot. When it's time to go home, just let us know let us know where and when using the provided cell phone. You will see that the wind direction will have a big say in what route you will be taking. We do advise you of a general plan though.

  • What's the temperature of the water like?

    It's always hard to predict water temperatures. It depends completely on the weeks leading up to the summer how early you can comfortably swim. All it takes is a couple of weeks of warm weather to heat it up nicely (Nordic style, we're not in the Mediterranian). In general it may look something like this:
    Early June: 14–19°C
    Late June – mid August: 19–24°C
    Late August – early September: 19–22°C
    Late September: 14–19°C

  • What's the weather usually like?

    The weather in the archipelago changes often and quickly. We give you a cell phone and text you the weather report every morning. When you are out for a few days you are very likely to experience a couple of calm and sunny days and a couple of windy and overcast ones. Sometimes it rains of course, but it usually passes pretty quickly. We provide good water and wind proof clothing. Temperatures vary a lot, a typical summer day can bring you 33°C and sunshine, or 17°C and rain, but mostly it stays around 20–28°C.

  • I’m continuing travelling afterwards and have a lot of gear. Is there anywhere I can store it?

    Whatever you don’t wanna bring paddling you can leave with us. You will get to re-pack your stuff into waterproof bags anyhow and leave your bags/backpacks behind.

  • Where can we camp?

    In Sweden we have something called "the right to public access",which among other things mean that you can camp wherever you want, as long as you are respectful to the area. You'll see that camping in the archipelago is something really natural in these surroundings.