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There are no adventures – just poor planning, says Dag Åsvärn, who runs one of Sweden’s smallest travel companies. As Commando Reserve Major he has the leadership qualities needed to get complex logistics in order and a thousand details to match. His being a biologist with a preference for edible plants does not lessen his capacity to arrange outdoor events for individuals and groups.

Apart from kayak arrangements in the Stockholm archipelago trips are arranged with kick-sleds (Swedish traditional vehicle for travelling on ice and snow), walking, skating (long distance on special Swedish skates) and cross country skiing. But his trips are not only for the very fit. Dag is an engaged and modest person who lets the group’s least experienced kayaker set the pace. He prefers sea kayaks to roaring speedboats, telemark skis to snowmobiles and likes steamers and veteran cars. The outer archipelago has a special place in his heart, and he likes to convey the strong feeling of going towards the open horizon.
Dag has led tours in the Stockholm archipelago since the mid 80s. Most of the other guides have similar backgrounds, as they are Dag’s friends and colleagues, either from the military or from the biology sphere.

The service level and style of the trips is consistently high. Historic exposés are interfoliated with ethno-botany and reading aloud by the fireside. You can also be quite sure that the open air meals will be laid out on a red, chequered table-cloth. When the kayaking is over for the day and it is time for dinner, the food and the wine are also normally out of the ordinary.
Escapades has a solid co-operation with archipelago hotels, hostels and restaurants as well as with Nature Reserve Rangers and other archipelago inhabitants. The company is also a Friend of the Archipelago Foundation, which takes care of many archipelago nature reserves, and Escapades actively supports the natural and cultural values of the archipelago. Dag and the other guides help out in the hay harvest and by clearing brushwood on the island of Bullerö every year.

Labelling Committee´s motivation (21 May 2003)
An operator who lets the group’s least experienced kayaker set the pace of the trip. Arrangements built on solid knowledge of the myriad of islands in the Stockholm archipelago and careful security planning are spiced with ethno-botany and reading aloud by the fireside. Sea eagles and keeping the cultural landscape open are both favoured by the company’s active nature conservation and close co-operation with the Archipelago Foundation Rangers.

Company name: Escapades
Address Ormbergsvägen 1
117 67 STOCKHOLM
Province Stockholm
Contact name Dag Åsvärn
Phone +46 8 652 29 56
Phone +46 706 50 34 77
Fax +46 706 50 34 88
Organization number 556547-9333
Started 1985
Annual employees 1
E-mail info@escapades.se
Homepage www.escapades.se
Quality-labeled tours Length of tour Period
Kayaking around Bullerö 2 days 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
  Bullerö is a great base for tours lasting an hour or up to a week in a string of outer archipelago nature reserves. Unlike other parts... More »  
Kayak conference on Sävö 2 days 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
  Those who choose the island of Sävö in the Sörmland archipelago, 100 km south of Stockholm, as a basis for their conference will stay... More »  
Kayak conference in Nävekvarn 2 days 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
  Undisturbed kayaking in magic Bråviken with lodging and conference facilites in old rows of cottages make the conference in the quiet... More »  
Kayaking around Lidö in the Stockholm Archipelago 2 days 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
  Lidö in the northern Stockholm archipelago is well suited for conferences. This is where you meet the silhouette of the Sea eagle,... More »  
Kayaking around Fejan. 2 days 2017-01-01 - 2017-12-31
  This is what an adventure experience with horizon feeling may look like: You arrive by boat to the outer archipelago island of Fejan... More »