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Accessibility For All - a Tour Boat Designed for the Disabled


An association for disabled has designed and equipped the harbour and a special boat with equipment making it possible for disabled people to go out in the archipelago of Stockholm for activities such as game fishing, seal safaris and photo tours.




After a motorcycle accident, some ten years ago, Jonas Nilsson, the project manager, believed his active life with fishing, boat trips and nature experiences was over. But a few years later he started “The game fishing and leisure time association for disabled.” With scarce resources it was not possible to do so much, but he had a vision for a positive life and secured Leader funding to help realise it.


The main objective of the project was to make the nature in the Stockholm archipelago accessible for people with disabilities, giving them a chance for a more active life and to experience nature. The project was supported with EAFRD funding through the Leader LAG, UROSS

Main activities

The main activities undertaken were: i) the construction of a pier in the harbour with a ramp for wheelchairs; ii) the purchase of a speciallly equipped fishing boat allowing accessibility for disabled persons including incorporation of a "splash lift".

Results & Benefits

The first summer around 40 boat trips were organised, offering 270 people active nature experiences of seal safaris, game fishing, photo tours, visits to different islands and even swimming in the sea with use of the special 'splash lift'. The project has generated a lot of interest from different organisations even internationally. Mainly through its Facebook site, many requests for information are received. The web site is therefore being made available in English.

Lessons learnt

Involving several associations for disabled and rehabilitation actors in the project group was very successful. It gave them the possibility to positively influence the project, giving advice and support. However, the service is expensive to run and no way to make it financially independent has been found. A one day boat tour costs around € 700 per person and none of the disabled users can afford to pay the full cost.

Project location and other information

Norrtälje municipality, Leader UROSS in the archipelago north of Stockholm


Stockholms län

RDP Territory


Total project cost (€)

160 700

EAFRD contribution (€)

89 900

National contribution (€)

66 300

Private contribution (€)

4 500

Contact name

Jonas Nilsson


+46 70 2613858

Languages for contact

English, Swedish

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Non-governmental organisations

Budget range

€100 000 - €500 000

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End Date:


Theme / Measure:

• Implementing the LEADER Approach
• Implementing local development strategies
• 413. Quality of life/diversification


Quality of life, Innovation, Leader, Disadvantaged people, Under-privileged people

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