With 26 city parks, Stockholm is pretty green. Popular parks include Hagaparken (forest, lakes and ponds), Rålambshovsparken (lakeside grass beach and fields), Vita Bergen (hilly picnic park) and the huge (6,671 acres) Royal National City Park, the world’s first national city park, known as the Ecopark where you can spot heron, roe deer and foxes, right in the city.
The Royal National city park contains 3 royal parks; Djurgården, Haga and Ulriksdal – connected by Brunnsviken Bay. And the surrounding islands of Skeppsholmen, Kastellholmen, Beckholmen and Fjäderholmarna are also part of the Ecopark.
Lakes, canals and entrance to the archipelago
Bring your swimwear and fishing gear. Stockholm is, after all, surrounded by Lake Mälaren waters and at the entrance to the archipelago. It’s so clean you can safely swim and catch salmon and freshwater fish.
Canal canoeing is not restricted to adventurers. The Långholmskanalen is so calm you can take the family out and practically have a picnic if you line up. Sporty types love heading out into the archipelago for the 32 nautical miles long Långviksskär tour, or for wild nature and easy paddling, the lovely Ältaån stream (5.5 nautical miles).
Winter nature action
Stockholm city slickers really do know how to make the most of city nature over the long icy winters. Skating is wildly popular on the frozen Norrviken lake and the great lake Mälaren that surrounds the cities’ islands. It is even more impressive to skate on the archipelago waters, but join a guided tour for this.
Nordic/cross country skiing is also a major Stockholmer weekend activity both in the parks and forests as well as on the frozen waters (Check out Hellasgården for great trails, skating and sauna). And you can even go downhill skiing in Stockholm. There are 7 mini ski slopes at Hammarbybacken.
Just outside Stockholm you can opt for the popular, 621-mile long Sörmlandsleden hiking trail (pine forests, bogs, rocks plains and rivers). Or the Upplandsleden Trail (186 miles) shore line walking of the great Lake Mälaren. And Tyresta National Park has 8 trail options and even has one to accommodate baby carriages.