With so much water everywhere, it's no surprise Stockholm is a great place for kayaking and canoeing. Rentals are available on both the Lake Mälaren and Baltic sides of the city, starting from about SKr 200 for two hours. Guided tours are also available.

Rålis Kajak. For paddling trips on Lake Mälaren, Rålis Kayak near Västerbron (the Western Bridge) has single and double kayaks for rent. Smedsuddsv. 23, Kungsholmen, Stockholm, 112 35. 0707/717273.

Sjöcaféet. Kayaks, canoes, and pedalboats are all available for rent by the hour or day at this café by the Djurgården bridge; the company also rents bikes and golf carts. Galärvarvsv. 2, Djurgården, Stockholm, 115 12. 08/6605757; www.sjocafeet.se.

Stockholm Adventures. Stockholm Adventures offers two-hour guided kayaking tours in central Stockholm, as well as full- and multiday paddling trips in the archipelago. 08/336001; www.stockholmadventures.com.

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