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The coastal and archipelago region to the south of Stockholm is a beautiful landscape, tranquil and scenic and ideal for an island hopping adventure!
Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago is the ideal way to explore some of the 24,000 islands that make up the archipelago network, each with their own atmosphere and attraction. With easy-moderate hiking over distances of 10-19km, boat and luggage transfers and comfortable overnights in some of the archipelago's most charming and scenically-located hostels, this experience is a great way to discover the southern archipelago both on and off the water. The tour features accommodation in three different locations over five nights, combining the variety and adventure of a point-to-point itinerary with a more relaxed element that comes from a fixed base. Transfer to/from Stockholm is also included.
Beginning from the small harbour town of Trosa, you will set out to explore some of the highlights of this archipelago region, from the nature reserve at Stendörren to the islands of Utö and Fjårdlång, all of which offer wonderful opportunities for hiking day tours. Your luggage will be transported between the overnight stops, leaving you free to travel light during the day. The points along the route are conveniently connected by boat services, offering wonderful views and a relaxing and enjoyable way to travel between the islands.
Accommodation each night is in private rooms in local hotels and B&Bs with options to upgrade accommodation on some nights. Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago is an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic but active break, small groups of friends or families with children who enjoy walking.
NB: As for all our self-guided tours, min. 2 persons are required for safety reasons. For solo travellers, please see our range of options for guided hiking.
An information pack giving times for meeting and other practical information will be waiting for you at your accommodation in Stockholm the night before.
NB: For this experience it is necessary to overnight in Stockholm before and after your tour. Please provide details of your accommodation in Stockholm before/after the tour in advance. Suggestions for accommodation are available on request. Depending on the location of your accommodation before the tour, you will either be met at your accommodation or asked to meet at suitable rendezvous point in town. After the tour, transfer is included back to accommodation (if in central Stockholm) or to the city centre for onward travel.
Tullgarn Palace to Trosa
You will be met in Stockholm for transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the imposing Tullgarn Palace, with its beautiful views over the Baltic sea, where your experience begins. Guided tours are available at the palace and there is a cafe/restaurant. A well-marked trail leads 19km through a beautiful forest landscape and a good beach for swimming before reaching the picturesque small 17th century town of Trosa on the coast, where you check in to your accommodation for the night. It is also possible to choose a shorter hiking route, distance 13km, if you wish.
Accommodation: charming hostel in central Trosa, private rooms with wash basin room, shared WC/shower. 2 double rooms share one bathroom and 2 doubles + 1 single share another bathroom. Upgrade to private WC/shower possible; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 12-19km (moderate)
Day 2: Stendörren and Sävö
From Trosa you will be met for transfer (approx. 30 mins) to the nature reserve at Stendörren. Here you spend the morning hiking through the islands of the reserve, with its wonderful viewpoints. The Naturrum at the Visitor Centre is also a special attraction. From Stendörren you will be met for boat transfer to the island of Savö. The island offers very nice hiking and you have time on the island to explore before short boat transfer to the island nature reserve of Sävö. Here part of the Sörmlandsleden trail leads you around the island. From here, you are taken by boat to the mainland at Källvik to pick up the Sörmlandsleden again towards Sandvik beach, where you will have transfer back to Trosa for overnight accommodation.
Accommodation: as per Day 1; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 12km (easy); Boat trip Stendörren-Sävö (15 mins) and Sävö-Källvik (15 mins)
Day 3: Strandvägen and Nynäshamn
You have the morning and early afternoon free to discover the atmospheric streets and shops of Trosa with its lovely village, harbour, church and museum. You then catch the boat for an island cruise towards Nynäshamn, in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago. If you wish, there are opportunities for an evening walk on Strandvägen in Nynäshamn, a small road which winds along the coast. Accommodation is an archipelago-inspired hotel next to the harbour and near the town centre and train station. When you check in, you are given a "pier slip" instead of a room number!
Accommodation: hotel standard, en-suite rooms; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: Around 8km, optional; Boat Trosa-Nynäshamn (3 hours)
Day 4: Landsort
You travel by public transport (approx. 40 mins) to Ankarudden and take the archipelago boat to Landsort on the island of Öja, the furthest point to the sea in the south. This area offers a beautiful sense of the untouched archipelago, rich in migrating birdlife in the spring and autumn, with Sweden's oldest lighthouse dating from the 17th century. Its flora, fauna and cultural heritage are unique in the archipelago, with barren rocky landscapes, a plague churchyard and charming small chapel. You then return to Nynäshamn for overnight.
For those with a particular interest in additional hiking distance, there is also the option to go to Härninge this day as an alternative to Landsort. In the evening, if you did not have chance to walk the Strandvägen the previous day, this evening provides another opportunity.
Accommodation: as per Day 3; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible/around 10km (easy); Bus Nynäshamn-Ankarudden (40 mins each way) and boat Ankarudden-Landsort (30 mins each way)
Day 5: Nåttarö and Ålö
After breakfast, you take the boat to Nåttarö. The island has some beautiful sandy beaches and you can hike to the highest point at Bötsudden viewpoint for a panoramic view across the islands. You then take the boat to Ålö to visit the fish restaurant and hike to Storsand beach and then you have the choice of either cycling or being transferred across the beautiful island to Utö to your accommodation for the night in the village of Gruvbryggan, a popular spot for Swedes to visit in the summer. Iron mining here dates from the 12th century and the mine and museum are open to visitors.
Accommodation: hostel in attractive setting close to the jetty and small shop, accommodation in rooms with shared WC/shower or cottages/cabins with kitchen for self-catering and WC/shower a short walk; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: Nåttarö and Ålö 12km/flexible (easy); Boat trip Nynäshamn - Nåttarö (20 mins) and Nåttarö - Ålö (30 mins).
Utö and Tysta Klint, Fjärdlång
You hike to the north end of the island to explore during the morning, then take the boat to the nature reserve of Fjärdlång, which maintains a remote feeling despite its proximity to Stockholm, for some afternoon hiking. You then catch the boat for an evening cruise through the archipelago to Stockholm, where you will be met for transfer to your accommodation in Stockholm or city centre for onward travel. Depending on boat timetables for your particular tour dates, the boat normally reaches Stockholm betweeen 17.30 and 20.30.
Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible/10-15km (easy); Boat Utö-Fjärdlång (30 mins) and Fjärdlång-Stockholm (3 hours)
- Not Included
Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.
Start Tuesday end Sunday or start Sunday end Friday as follows:
- Start Tuesday: 27th June, 4th July, 11th July, 18th July, 25th July, 1st August, 8th August
- Start Sunday: 25th June, 2nd July, 9th July, 16th July, 23rd July, 30th July, 6th August
Prices are in British Pounds and Euros. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment in Swedish Kronor (SEK) - please contact us for details.
See below for details of accommodation upgrades available. NB: Please note that accommodation upgrades must be decided at time of booking and cannot be subsequently amended. Prices for upgrades based on adult price for two persons sharing - please contact us for details for single occupancy/families.
|Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)||GBP 784||EUR 899|
|Single supplement/person (for odd-numbered adult or persons requiring single occupancy)||GBP 91||EUR 104|
|Adults travelling with children aged 8-15:|
|Child price if 2 adults and 1 child||GBP 575||EUR 659|
|Child price if 2 adults and 2 children||GBP 686||EUR 786|
|Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children||GBP 546||EUR 625|
|Adults travelling with children aged 16-18:|
|Child price if 2 adults and 1 child||GBP 639||EUR 732|
|Child price if 2 adults and 2 children||GBP 760||EUR 871|
|Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children||GBP 639||EUR 732|
Accommodation arrangements for families
With one child: With child 8-15: Extra bed in parents' room on all nights; With child 16-18: Extra bed in parents' room Day 1-Day 4, child has separate room Day 5.
With two children: 2 x 2-person rooms in Day 1-Day 4, cabin for 4 persons with kitchenette and WC/shower Day 5.
With three children: Price for other two children as for "2 adults + 2 children". 2 x 2-person rooms with extra bed Day 1-Day 4, cabin for 5 persons with kitchenette and WC/shower Day 5.
NB: Please note that accommodation upgrades must be decided at time of booking and cannot be subsequently amended.
|Accommodation Upgrades (see description below)|
|En-suite rooms in standard accommodation Days 1-2/person||GBP 25||EUR 29|
|Upgraded Accommodation Days 1-2/person||GBP 59||EUR 68|
|Upgraded Accommodation Days 3-4/person||GBP 79||EUR 90|
- Days 1/2 (Trosa): Upgrade to en-suite rooms in standard accommodation or choose upgraded accommodation (see images below) in small, cosy guest house with all rooms unique and en-suite, some parts dating from early 18th Century. Attractive breakfast room and lovely garden with apple trees by river edge.
- Days 3/4 (Nynäshamn): See images below. Upgrade to beautifully-located spa hotel on the island of Trehörningen a couple of km from Nynäshamn with wonderful archipelago views. Use of spa included both days. NB: Please note if choosing this upgrade as a family that access to the spa/pool area for children under 15 is restricted to Monday-Friday 13.00-16.00. Depending on your travel dates, opportunities for children to use the spa/pool area may therefore be limited.
Days 1/2: Upgraded accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Ågården
Days 3/4: Upgraded accommodation in Nynäshamn (top photo shows reception/restaurant building - rooms normally in adjacent building). Photos: Nynäs Havsbad
- Accommodation: See images below. Three nights in hotel standard and two nights in B&B standard accommodation as per itinerary.
- Meals: 5 x breakfast as per itinerary. Additional meals are available to purchase locally.
- Transfers: Chosen accommodation in Stockholm-Tullgarn Palace (Day 1); Boat Fjärdlång-Stockholm (Day 6). Other boat and bus transfers as per itinerary.
- Luggage Transfers: Stockholm-Trosa (Day 1); Trosa accommodation to boat (Day 3); Ålö-Utö (Day 5); Utö accommodation-harbour (Day 6).
Days 1/2: Accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Tre Små Rum
Days 3/4: Accommodation in Nynäshamn. Photos: Skärgårdshotellet
Day 5: Accommodation on Utö (top left shows wooden cabins, other images show example historical buildings close to main building where rooms are located). Photos: Utö Värdshus (top left), Nature Travels (other)
- Travel: We do not arrange flights or domestic travel, but are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey. See under "Good to Know > Getting There" for general travel information.
- Meals apart from those specified. Additional meals are available to purchase locally - information on the various options will be given at the start of your tour.
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Suitable for adults and active families with older children. Hiking is easy-moderate (Day 1 being longest day), but you should be comfortable hiking with light daypack at own pace for distances of 10-19km. Recommended minimum age 10 years.
Minimum 2 adults normally required. Solo adult travelling with child(ren) may also be possible depending on age and options chosen. Please contact us to discuss your requirements
What makes this "Easy"?
Although self-guided, the tour is supported with luggage transfers, which means it is necessary to hike only with a daypack during the day, and also features comfortable hotel/B&B accommodation each night.
NB: Perception of difficulty is very subjective. What is hard to one person may be easy for another and vice versa, depending on factors including level of fitness, age and previous experience. Weather conditions/temperatures can also dramatically affect the actual level of challenge encountered.
Ticks and TBE:
Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.
As in the UK and other areas, there are ticks in the Nordic forests which can carry diseases such as Borrelia. You should check for ticks at the end of a day in the outdoors. If you find a tick, remove it as soon as possible by pulling the tick out straight, carefully and slowly, with the tweezers as close to the skin as possible. Ensure that you do not leave any of the insect's mouth parts attached to your skin. Wash the bite area with soap and water. In the unlikely event that you feel unwell or notice anything unusual around the area of the bite in the coming days, consult your doctor.
As in large areas of mainland Europe, in some small, localised areas of the Nordic countries (mostly in the Stockholm Archipelago), the ticks are known to carry TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas often choose to vaccinate themselves. For more information and latest updates, please see Tick Alert. For current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro. You can also see a map showing areas where cases were reported in 2016.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "Dates and Prices > Included".
A detailed recommended packing list for personal items to bring will be sent with your booking documentation.
NB: We advise you not to buy equipment or clothes for your trip or to incur other non-refundable expenses such as flights until you have received confirmation of your booking from us in writing. Note of course that the most appropriate clothing to use as well as the level of challenge experienced during any outdoor activity may vary significantly depending on factors such as the time of year and the particular weather/temperature conditions during your trip.
Detailed information on travel options to this experience will be provided in response to your enquiry. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
Please ensure that you make a booking with us first and wait for confirmation that your spaces are reserved before making any travel arrangements.
Fly to Stockholm Arlanda, Stockholm Skavsta or Stockholm Västerås airports. Travel time into Stockholm 20-90 minutes depending on options chosen. You will be met in Stockholm for the start of your tour.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Stockholm.
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This experience is also suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.
"It made planning of a holiday in the archipelago much easier as it would have been difficult to know where to start with so many islands. Our local host was excellent and her planning and attention to detail were marvellous." Linda, August 2106
"The walks on Aspskar Island and Savö were both brilliant - incredibly beautiful and atmospheric countryside. We also very much enjoyed exploring Utö. We'd like to commend our local host's organisation and professionalism throughout. She was phenomenal! We really liked how she met us at the start and the end (and how she got a taxi for us at the end - I don't think we've ever had this done for us before!) We really welcomed her willingness to be in touch via mobile - again this really stands out as good service." Madeleine, August 2016
"Stendörren nature reserve was beautiful, as was the beach on the island of Ålö. Our local host was excellent." John, June 2015