Best time to visit Sweden

Boating in Sweden

Rent a boat and see Sweden from the water

Best time: May–October


There are many opportunities for great sailing in Sweden. Especially during the season of three-hour nights when you can see all the beauty of the local geology almost the whole night through. Aim for a big voyage from the northern Lapland region to the southern cities of Sweden, or just for a trip around the Stockholm archipelago—any choice will leave​ you satisfied!

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What are some recommended places to go boating in Sweden?

Sweden is known for its vast coastline and beautiful lakes, and there are several must-visit places for boating enthusiasts. Among these popular destinations are Stockholm Archipelago, Swedish Lapland, and the Göta Canal System. The natural beauty of these areas provides scenic views, and they are home to local wildlife such as reindeer and moose, serving as a perfect backdrop for a serene and relaxing boating experience. Show more

What is the best time of year to go boating in Sweden?

The perfect time for boating in Sweden is between May and October, during the time when the weather is mild, and daylight is long. In May and June, the landscape is lush green and ideal for day trips, while July and August are the busiest and more expensive months. September and October are the months for stunning fall colors, and the lakes are generally quieter. Visitors can enjoy several on-water activities, as well as pleasant weather conditions between these months. Show more

Can one rent a boat in Sweden with no boating experience?

If you are planning a boating trip in Sweden and have no prior boating experience, there is no need to worry. You do not need any boating experience to rent a boat. However, a valid boat driving license or skipper's certificate is necessary to rent larger boats. The boat rental companies provide relevant instructions and guidelines, including how to operate the boat, how to ensure you stay safe, and recommended routes before you set off. Show more

What kinds of boats are available for rent in Sweden?

Boat rental companies in Sweden offer an extensive collection of boats. From small motorboats suitable for day trips to larger sailboats ideal for longer voyages. Yacht rental companies also offer luxurious options throughout the country. Another option is houseboats, as well as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards for enthusiasts who prefer a more relaxed boating experience. Whatever your preference, there is a boat ideal for your needs. Show more

Where can I find the best boating tours in Sweden?

If you're looking for a boating tour operator in Sweden, there are several recommendations available. Popular companies such as Boat Tours Stockholm, Stromma, and GoBoat Stockholm offer a wide range of boating tours and experiences. It's best to book in advance to ensure availability as some tours offer guided trips, while others provide pre-loaded itineraries for boat rentals. For thrilling adventures, consider night-time kayaking tours for an unforgettable experience. Show more

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin