6 independent reviews for Sweden activity holiday, Stockholm countryside

Reviews for Sweden activity holiday, Stockholm countryside

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review 11 Aug 2017

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

jumping in the lake for a cool off after a long day canoeing

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

Pack for all weathers and bring good walking boots

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

Yes. We camped in local state camping areas, used a local canoeing company and used our own manpower to get about by biking, canoeing and walking.

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

Had a great holiday. After busy days there was always a great place to stay and good food to eat. It was well planned and thought through and Carmen smoothed it all along nicely.

review 5 Aug 2017

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

The day canoeing and camping it really felt like a wilderness adventure even though you are really not far from Stockholm.. We were lucky with the weather.

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

The activities are quite tiring, though you can cut the walking and cycling short (we did on the walking day). The walking and cycling distances don't sound much but the walking is quite up and down and some of the cycling is on gravel tracks so you don't go very fast. You might want cycling gloves or similar to use for the canoeing and cycling and we had padded cycling shorts for the cycling which we appreciated given how bumpy some of the gravel tracks were. Eating out and alcohol (especially in restaurants) is quite expensive so plan accordingly.

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

All the accommodation was with locally run hotels or B&Bs and the modes of travel have low impact. It is possible that more could be done to recycle the containers for the packed lunches or else use less plastic containers. Having said that more than enough food was provided for the packed lunches.

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

It was very good. It was certainly quite tiring but very enjoyable. It was well organised and Carmen was very helpful.

review 30 Oct 2016

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

The week of touring Sweden's countryside on our own with some support was amazing, breathtaking and so enjoyable! Carmen was welcoming, informative and very organised. The equipment, support and food provided was high quality and suited to our needs. The mountain bikes with panniers and map carriers were very easy to use and lock up at various stops, tent and camping gear was top notch, BnB's fabulous with fantastic hosts. Carmen transported our luggage daily with no hassles while we rode, paddled or walked to our next destination. Maps and notes were provided at the beginning of our trip that were detailed and informative. The highlight was the day canoeing the freshwater lakes, stopping for lunch at a remote location with a picnic lunch provided and then camping beside the last lake in a tent that was already set up. To top this day off we picked fresh raspberries to eat with the feast that was provided for dinner. Nothing was too much trouble, difficult dietary needs were accommodated, every thing ran smoothly from day one to finish. Every day was immensely enjoyed, a week full of activity that was completed at our pace.

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

If you love off the beaten track locations and visiting local places then book this holiday! The variety of activities allowed us to do and see so much and gave us opportunities to use different muscles daily. Pack nicks (bike pants if you are delicate!) for the riding day, suncream and mozzie spray a must. And a good camera as the views are amazing.

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

As we walked, rode or paddled every day and stayed in local BnB's this holiday really benefits the local communities and reduces carbon emissions. The only time a small car was used was to transport our luggage and this was combined with other guests travelling the opposite direction.

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

Fantastic! This week was one of an 8 week European adventure for us visiting 12 countries and was by far a front runner in value for money, experiences and attention to detail. Well done Carmen on offering such a great experience that suited our needs and level of fitness.

review 15 Aug 2016

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

Canoeing down the lakes from Mariefred. Wonderful scenery, great fun, swimming off rocks and picnicking on the lakeside.

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

Do some cycling and walking before you go, to get your muscles in a bit of shape. Also - ladies especially - take with you, or ask for, a gel saddle pad as the bike saddles are quite hard!

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

We spent money locally, especially on food and used a lot of public transport or our own muscles.

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

It was fantastic - a really good way of seeing a country and having fun at the same time. And perfectly organised.

review 10 Aug 2015

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

Loved it all. All trails were easy to follow and really beautiful. We had a great time. The accommodation selected by Carmen was all of a very high quality, and provided an excellent taste of real Sweden. This was a perfect holiday for a fairly active family with 12 and 15 year olds. The days are fairly active, so book thIs if you want an active week.

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

There was a bit of wet weather around although we got fairly lucky, so pack appropriately. We didn't take walking boots for the hiking day, a good pair of waterproof trainers is enough. Make sure you have enough time in Stockholm, it is worth it. We also booked a follow up week on the island of Uto, which was fantastic, so maybe consider this if you want another week.

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

Yes, we stayed in small bed and breakfasts, and Swedish owned hotels in Stockholm.

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

Very highly, if you are active and want a well planned mix of cycling, kayaking and walking in the depths of the Swedish countryside then go for it. A good holiday for families with teenagers

review 4 Sep 2014

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

Visiting the archipelago

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

If cycling invest I'm gel saddle covers - amazon do some 3-4! Carry water snacks & fruit

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

Yes

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

Very enjoyable, the operator (Carmen) couldn't have done more, from the moment I started organising it 'til we left Sweden.

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