2 independent reviews for Sweden holidays, self guided canoeing

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review 23 Jul 2017

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

Paddling through the quiet part of the lakes with no other people. Fantastic to be in the EU but so in the wild.

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

Make sure you understand the length of the entire trip in the canoe. There is quite a bit of paddling each day and if the wind is blowing against you it's tough. Not enough safety advice about canoeing if you have never been before. (We had very strong winds that pushed into the side of the lake and we had to abandon the canoe and walk to the road then call for assistance)

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

Yes it benefitted local tourism business and reduced environmental impact. Not sure it supported conservation. There needs to be more explanation about this by the organisers and guides.

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

Very good experience to discover this area. Would do things differently when we come back but would for sure come back again.

review 2 Sep 2016

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

The canoeing was fabulous - especially the first day in the narrow, Marviken lakes. Going through the tunnel that connected two of the lakes was especially exciting for our 5-year old. The rivers connecting the wider lakes were also very memorable, as was the camping by Lake Klammingen (especially with all the marvellous food that Carmen provided).

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

1. If you have a waterproof case for your camera then take it. We didn't; but kept our camera in its case, and put this inside 2 carrier bags - it was protected, but easily accessible. 2. A dry bag is good too as you do get some water in the canoe. I wouldn't go out and buy one- just take some bin bags with you. 3. The times on the water are very generous - we were doing about 1 km per 15 minutes without really trying. However, some of the transitions take some time: wheels are provided to help move the canoe and this is all factored in to the route. This gives you time to enjoy the scenery, picnic and do a little swimming (the beaches at the bottom end of the 2 bigger lakes are good). 4. At Mariefred, the castle (Gripsholm) is definitely worth a visit (as was dinner at Gripsholm Vaardus - the hotel by the front). 5. In Stockholm the Vasa museum is outstanding. 6. We extended our stay in Stockholm at the end, which Carmen also kindly arranged for us: it is such a beautiful city it is definitely worth doing (if time and money allows).`

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

Definitely. All the transport used was public, and the hotels and B&B's were local run, independent outlets. The Stockholm hotels (Rex and Hellsten) were particularly good.

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

Absolutely fabulous and brilliantly organised by Carmen and company - nothing was too much trouble (re-arranged the dates slightly due to a local wedding affecting hotel availability). Although only a relatively short time, we felt we got to see a real snap-shot of Sweden and some of the beautiful places (and off the usual tourist track).

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