Sweden walking holiday, self guided

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Environment

All our trips are about enjoying and experiencing the natural and cultural beauty of the region, in a respectful and considerate way. Our trips are only run with small groups, most often from two people to four people, to ensure that impact on the environment is a minimum at all times, and the most personal and rich experience can be had by all.

We are a member of the Svenska Ekoturismföreningen (Swedish Ecotourism Association) which works towards an improved tourism which protects and takes responsibility for our delicate natural and cultural environment. Our company beliefs reflect this vision.

As our trips are self-guided, we make extra efforts to provide travellers with as much information about the local area as possible, including information about bird, animal and plantlife as well as historical and cultural information. This ensures that, even without a guide, we can inform travellers about the region. With additional knowledge, travellers can go one step further to protecting the environment.

We take responsibility of ensuring that rubbish is handled accordingly. both in the countryside and in the office, with a developed sorting system. Use of paper is spared with all marketing made online to avoid the production of own brochures. Travellers are encouraged to recycle as much literature as possible that they are provided with at the start of the trip.

Community

We wholeheartedly support the local economy - our guests want to experience the genuine region in which they are travelling, and our aim is to let it be seen and enjoyed.

Encounters with the locals is a fundamental aspect of our trips, and we therefore make all efforts to use suppliers from the area. With this aim in mind, we ensure all meals are provided from local suppliers with a commitment to using local produce. Where meals are not provided, we encourage travellers to visit locally-owned restaurants, take extra day trips, etc.
We prefer to use accommodation that is smaller and more personal which allows an insight into the local community. Where possible, we use local suppliers (e.g. boat and canoe suppliers). Our aim is always to promote and support the local community.

Our trips are designed so that travellers pass by cultural and historical sites en route, and information is provided about these sites. Travellers are encouraged to visit or take guided tours, and all opening times of sites, shops, facilities are indicated to allow the traveller the opportunity to maximise their visit.

We have also supported the local community by providing translation services of local websites to help encourage tourism from abroad.

Our trips would quite simply not be the same without the support of the local community.

Reviews of Sweden walking holiday, self guided

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


For me, the most exciting part of the holiday was probably being whisked from our quiet hotel in Stockholm, through the city and out into the country, in a brand new and powerful electric taxi, driven by an extremely competent driver, and being delivered to the almost empty, peaceful car park at Tullgarn Palace, to await Carmen's arrival (she was bringing two other small parties who were setting out on the same holiday as us).
After that there were endless memorable moments: tramping along the Soderlandsleden very well-waymarked trail, through the woods; exploring the islands at Stendorren and Savo; seeing creatures we hadn't see before, such as a slow worm, an otter, a white-tailed sea eagle; learning about the Baltic Sea at Naturum visitor centre; lounging in the saunas in Nynashamn; the wonderful meals wherever we stayed; the jazz evening we stumbled on in one of the restaurants in Nynashamn; paddling and bathing in the Baltic at Natarro and Alo; the fast boat trip from Savo; the sedate boat journey on the MS Flora; the amazing ferry journey back through the archipelago to Stockholm; the smells of the woods and forests . . .

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Top tips:
1. make sure you arrive the day before the holiday starts, or stay an extra day at the end, to take up the suggestions for walking in or near Stockholm itself: we took up the Eco Park option and spent a day walking in Djurgarten, unwinding from our journey to Stockholm, catching a glimpse of deer in the park, eating at the Rosgatan (?) organic gardening project, and seeing another side of the city, before setting out on our trip. The information pack Carmen left at our hotel the evening before Day 1 gave us all the information we needed to do this.
2. to use the public transport system in Stockholm you need to buy either one Access card, which can be used to buy tickets for a group of people travelling together; or an Access card for each person, which can be used to buy 24-hour or 72-hour travel cards. Assuming that you are spending Day 1 in Stockholm, it may be a good idea to have bought these online before you travel, so that you can use them as soon as you arrive.
3. Carmen gave us lots detailed information before and during the booking process and she was very responsive to my emails. She was also very patient and helpful in answering questions about things that were not clear to me. She resolved a problem which arose during the holiday very promptly and efficiently. She prepares an individual pack of information for your party to use on the walk itself, with maps and everything you need to know, day by day. You may not have time to do all the things that are recommended in each place, but don't worry, just go with the flow and enjoy discovering Sweden outside the city of Stockholm.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. Carmen clearly books with local firms and providers, as well as using public transport services. We visited a number of nature reserves, where the environment was being actively protected.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was fantastic! We - my husband, myself (in our sixties) and our two young adult children (in their twenties) - all enjoyed it very much.

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We particularly enjoyed the first three days walking to and around Trosa. The walks through forests, along the coast and around islands were quite varied and really lovely. They provided a fantastic start to our holiday and a memorable introduction to the Stockholm archipelago.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take all optional sections of the walks. This will maximise your opportunity to see as much as possible of the scenery. If you enjoy swimming, take the opportunity to swim whenever it is available.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


As the holiday largely involved walking and catching public transport, it probably did have a reduced environmental impact. However, this was not something that I thought about before being asked this survey question.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We were impressed with the beauty of Sweden and how easy it was to travel around. Though, no doubt, much of the ease of travel stemmed from Carmen's meticulous and thoughtful planning of the itinerary and the logistics!

Reviewed on 25 Jun 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Canoeing on Marviken lakes.
Walking in Swedish forests and on coastal paths when there was barely a sound to be heard
Taking boats to Islands in the southern archipelago
Paddle oat journey to beautiful Mariefred - especially stepping on board to find our bikes already there with all equipment and a welcoming note from the operator

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't hesitate - you will not be disappointed. The organisation and support from the operator is excellent - Carmen does a superb job and makes sure your tailor-made holiday is just that - very personal but not intrusive.
Be aware that if you go out of season some restaurants/shops may be closed. However we didn't find that a disadvantage . Also to go early june means missing most of the Mosquitos.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We stayed in b&b s run by local people.
The hotel wasn't a chain.
We were able to shop easily at local supermarkets or buy from small retailers.
We used public transport organised by the operator including train, bus boat and taxi.
We cycled and canoed and were advised about wild bird nesting areas.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent. No complaints at all and would definitely do it again. Credit should be given to Carmen Hamdi who left nothing to chance and organised our stay with extreme professionalism. It was a complicated adventure in many ways with lots of changes of location but everything ran like clockwork and the daily itineraries, which Carmen gave us, were easy to follow and included detailed maps and information which was invaluable

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