Yesterday we manage to tick off another goal on our bucket list, to travel around Stockholm in a boat.
Having spent some time tracking down a place to rent canoes or kayaks that was still open this late in the season, yesterday we finally got out in the water in a canoe. We hired two canoes between four of us, and were lead to believe by the owner that we would be able to paddle round Djurgården (one of the islands that makes up Stockholm city) in about two hours.
The first hour of our journey took us down a very beautiful and picturesque canal. We were enjoying waving at people walking at the sides, and we even pulled over for a picnic.
To our surprise this canal ran out into much busier water. We were soon taking on huge speed boats and sightseeing boat tours. Paddling against the wind, in our little tin boats, we were feeling pretty exposed. Things got even more interesting when huge cruise liners began to pull out of the dock…
By this point we were pretty worried we were lost, so we paddled over to a lovely man on a docked boat and asked for directions. He told us we were on track and reassured us we hadn’t got much further to go.
For the last hour of our journey we were pretty cold and tired, but enjoyed amazing views of Stockholm city centre just as the sun was going down making it all well worth it.
When we returned the boats we asked the aforementioned owner how far we had paddled. He very casually told us we had paddled 11Km! So, though we had a really fun day, it was no wonder that we were in our beds early last night!
The Scottish Lassies
P.S. Gran I promise we had our life jackets on the whole time!