Adventure Sailing Holiday: Stockholm to Copenhagen
Adventure sailing holiday from Stockholm, Sweden to Copenhagen, DenmarkRelax and unwind with two wonderful weeks of Scandinavian sailing onboard one of our fabulous 60' expedition yachts as we head from the heart of Stockholm, down the gorgeous Blue Coast of Sweden and around its southern tip to the very heart of Copenhagen in Denmark. Capital city to capital city, around stunning and unique Scandinavian islands. Idyllic, lazy summer days of sailing, island exploring and discovering hidden gems in one of the world's finest sailing grounds. NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. FULL TUITION GIVEN
This is a sample itinerary for your Scandinavia holiday. The wonderful thing about sailing is your course and destinations each day are ultimately shaped by the weather and sea conditions.
Day 1: Welcome aboard in Stockholm
Join the boat between 1200 and 2000hrs (the closer to 1200 the better but we know flights and such like don’t always work like that, so don’t worry!) Get your belongings packed away and relax. There’s plenty to do and adventures to be had, but right now it’s about relaxing, finding your way around the boat and enjoying the surroundings. Stockholm is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. It is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges and has gorgeous old buildings, green spaces, and water everywhere.
Day 2: Time to learn the ropes en route to Vaxholm
Today is all about getting up to speed with the boat. Whether you are a complete novice or more experienced sailor, everyone benefits from detailed introductions, safety briefings and training sessions. You will have two highly experienced instructors to guide you through every aspect that you need to know to have a great sailing holiday.
By lunchtime we should be casting off the lines, hoisting the sails and working through all the key sailing manoeuvres such as tacking and gybing, reefing and knot tying! By the end of the day, everyone on board should feel comfortable with the basics – even though there’s more to learn and practice every day.
We’ll probably anchor at the stunning Vaxholm, with its huge citadel, sloping cobbled streets, brightly-coloured wooden houses, and beautiful shoreline.
Day 3: Winding through the archipelago to Sandhamn
“Sandhamn, a place of natural beauty, surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by the sea”. So said August Strindberg in the late 19th Century and it holds just as true today. This is a superb day of sailing, passing by countless little islets, some just big enough to hold a single red-painted wooden hut. It is a unique sailing experience and we’ll find a lovely spot for lunch before sailing on to Sandhamn.
This is an island that comes to life in the summer. It has an idyllic village, a historical sea pilot station, sand dunes running across the island, a wonderful inn and is home to the famous Royal Swedish Yacht Club.
Days 4-6: Exploring the islands of Finnhamn, Grinda, and Utön
There are literally endless places we can sail to but these three islands are always lovely places to visit. Bare windswept cliffs, bays lined with soft sand, green forests and a beautiful coastline nature in the archipelago is varied and offer a wide variety of activities.
These are idyllic days with low mileage, sailing, fishing, exploring, having a BBQ ashore and reveling in the beautiful Blue Coast of eastern Sweden. A truly perfect sailing ground.
Days 7-8: Gotland
We now sail south to the island of Gotland, famous for its cliffs and rugged landscape. This peaceful island is home to Raukar, awe-inspiring rock formations on the beach. On the northern coast lies Fårö, the town Ingmar Bergman famously made his home and loved for its serenity and tranquility and where he made many of his films.
You’ll find beautifully painted houses and cobbled streets, which are just lovely to wander around musing. On the western coast is the World Heritage City of Visby, a beautifully preserved example of a Hanseatic village dating to the 12th century.
Days 9-10: Bornholm
We now sail south again to Bornholm. Everyone’s talking about this cute little Baltic island of culinary wonders and laid-back island living. This is said to be the sunniest part of Denmark. It is a truly beautiful island as well, with huge rocky cliffs, a castle ruin to explore, lush green forests, almost picture-perfect white beaches.
The island has a famously good light that for centuries has drawn painters and artists to its shores. If you’re feeling active and adventurous this island has you covered too! Bornholm’s breathtaking landscape is perfect for all kinds of action-packed activities in the open air.
Day 11: Ystad
We now sail west to Ystad, on the southern shores of Sweden. Ystad is a medieval market town with beautiful half-timbered houses, winding cobbled streets and the haunting sound of its nightwatchman’s horn that rings out through the day. Fans of scandi-crime TV will know Ystad as the home of the best-selling Inspector Wallander crime thrillers.
Days 12-13: Round the tip of Sweden to Copenhagen
Our last two days are a fabulous sail as we head for the heart of wonderful Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, for a final meal together as a crew. The buzzing capital mixes royal history, modern architecture and loads of culture and a booming restaurant scene.
Day 14: Clean up, debrief and goodbyes
All too quickly our sailing holiday comes to an end. Friendships made and email addresses swapped, we’ll clean up and put the boat back to how we found her, sign logbooks and at 1200hrs say our farewells.
We can often find long haul flights at cheap prices. Ask us!
- You should join the boat in Stockholm after 1200hrs on the start day. The closer you can get to 1200hrs the better, but we know connecting travel often doesn’t work like that and any time is fine! We’ll ask you to let us know your travel details nearer the time. Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (IATA code: ARN) is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Stockholm City. The Arlanda express train takes you from Arlanda Airport to the city center. The platform is easily accessible, underneath the arrival terminals. Departure: every 15 minutes (for most of the day).
- You will disembark the boat in Copenhagen at 1200 hrs on the last day. Take the metro from Copenhagen to the airport (IATA code: CPH). The metro takes only 13 minutes. The trains run at all hours with 4-6 minutes between train departures during the day and evening. During the night the metro runs every 15-20 minutes.
AGE & EXPERIENCE
These adventure sailing holidays are open to everyone aged 18 years and over. If you are aged 70 or over, or have any concerns about your health, we ask that you get a doctor’s note before booking. This is just to make as certain as possible that you will be okay out on the water.
NO PREVIOUS SAILING EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED
CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT
We provide the foul weather clothing, life-jackets and all other technical equipment you will need. We really urge you not to spend any extra money unless you are sure you want to! You need to bring a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots.
We are committed to helping as many people as possible have an amazing sailing holiday and experience the magic of the sea. Our skippers and mates have medical training and the boats have some medical supplies and equipment on board. However, the reality is that once on board access to professional medical assistance is going to be slower than if you were on land. If we are offshore it may be some days. For this reason we ask you to check through the medical disclosure form below before you book. If you answer yes to any of the questions, you should get in touch with us before you book. It will probably still be fine but it’s good to make sure. You will be asked to submit the form electronically 14 days before the start date, ensuring that we have the most up to date information.
- It is essential that you have adequate travel insurance in place for your sailing holiday.
- We strongly recommend that you arrange insurance that covers you for any medical mishaps in the build up to your holiday so that should you have to cancel, you can reclaim your fees.
- Please note we cannot refund your money or cancel your invoice due to medical issues.
- For our latest guidance on travel insurance, please read here.
TRIP CATEGORY: ADVENTURE SAILING
Mostly day sailing, shorter mileage and more time to head ashore and explore.
INCLUDED IN YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY
- Top quality foul weather clothing to keep you dry in any conditions.
- Fladen immersion suits. These will keep you warm in even the coldest, windiest conditions.
- Ocean-spec lifejackets. These are the best on the market.
- All on-board food and snacks.
- Daily sailing lessons and tuition from two highly experienced instructors.
- RYA sailing qualifications where applicable.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- Your travel to and from the start and end points.
- Travel insurance (see our travel insurance page here)
- Any alcohol – but feel free to bring your own or buy some along the route.
- Any meals you eat ashore.
Everything’s included except for flights, travel insurance, a sleeping bag and some waterproof boots. There are no hidden extras.
- These expeditions have small numbers of people on board. When you book, you are committing to being a part of the crew.
- These are genuine adventure sailing holidays and you will be helping sail the boat, planning where we go, navigating, cooking and keeping the boat clean and tidy.
- When you book, the deposit is non refundable. It is possible to cancel subsequently, however you may still be liable for the balance of the invoice, depending on how close you are to the start date when you cancel.
- Please ensure you have read and agreed to the T&Cs and read the Trip Notes before booking.