THE NORTHERN VENTURE
The Northern Trip for the experienced paddler
This suggested trip is aimed at the experienced paddler and it has lots of options, regard it more as inspiration than a fixed tour. You’ll have lots of possibilities to extend or shorten the itinerary.Make it a week, two weeks or five days, depending on your capacity and weather of course.
Launch at Norråva and paddle through an archipelago that has been cultivated since the 18th century. Paddle through the narrow passages around Gällnö and head north to Svartsö. Follow Svartsö on the northern side and choose pass Äpplarö on either side before you reach Husarö. On the northern part of Husarö, there is an old ship wreck to explore on the way to Hallonstenarna. Paddle this stretch in on day or two. Oh, and by the way, Hallonstenarna means Raspberry Rocks in swedish 😉
Distance: about 30 km or 16 NM
Hallonstenarna is a good starting point for continuing to Svartlöga and Rödlöga before reaching Norrpada. The archipelago gets more exposed so it takes a more experienced paddler to enjoy the scenery and the islands getting smaller and decorated with less trees, taken over by sloping, smooth rocks.
The journey from Hallonstenarna to Norrpada is about 30 km or 16 NM. Of course, you have the option of dividing the stretch into two days and explore the islands thouroughly on your way.
Svenska Högarna is the most easterly point in the Stockholm Archipelago. It brings you about 40 km or 20 NM of exposed paddling before you reach the outpost that has been written about as early as 1488. Monks travelled here to trade the the salted herring being prepared on site against pardon. There has also been a pilots on the island in the early days from the 18th century, but not any more. There is though a family living permanently on the island, working for the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, The Archipelago Foundation and the Swedish Met Office.