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