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Stockholm archipelago

The Stockholm archipelago is a cluster of some 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks spreading 80 km east from the city into the Baltic Sea. Some are large inhabited islands famed for swinging summer parties and others are little more than rocky outposts or grassy knolls visited by the odd seal or kayaker.

  • Take the steamboat to the Stockholm archipelago
  • Summer dinner at Fejan, Stockholm archipelago
  • Utfredel close to Norrtälje, Stockholm archipelago
  • Summer night at Sandhamn, Stockholm archipelago
  • Close to Island Borgen, in Stockholm archipelago
  • Huvudskär islet, Stockholm archipelago

Take the steamboat to the Stockholm archipelago

Year round sightseeing

The most popular way to see the archipelago, called the skärgården by locals, is by ferry. You can as easily go for five weeks as for five hours and buy tickets accordingly from ferry service Cinderella and ferry company Waxholmsbolaget.

To do?

You can boat, hike, fish, sea kayak, bike and swim and even ice yacht. Look for wild berries in August and mushrooms in August and September. Cook your own fish on BBQ stations at camping sites, or go gourmet at some famed Swedish restaurants on Fjäderholmarna, Grinda and Värmdö.

Where to stay

Once refuge of farmers and fishermen, the Stockholm archipelago – the largest in Sweden – is now home to some of the poshest Stockholmers and has over 50,000 holiday homes ranging from red wooden one room cottages to full-scale I’ve-won-the-lottery villas. But you don’t have to be a local to stay overnight. Camping, hostels and hiring of cottages is common, and you can also stay in traditional country guesthouses as well as swish hotels.

You can also take RIB boat trips into the archipelago and if you find yourself stuck on an island and need to get off in a rush, there are also archipelago taxi boats.

When?

Popular for summertime holidays but is beautiful, and can be visited, year round.

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