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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 Fjådlång, 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 hostels, making Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic but active break, small groups of friends or families with children who enjoy walking.
An information pack giving times for meeting and other practical information will be waiting for you at your accommodation in Stockholm the night before.
You will be met from your acccommodation in Stockholm for transfer (approx. 1 hour) to Tullgarn Palace, where your experience begins. A well-marked trail leads 19km through a beautiful forest landscape to the picturesque small town of Trosa on the coast, where you check in to your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation: charming hostel in central Trosa, private rooms with separate beds (no bunk beds except in family room, which has 1 x bunk bed and 1 x normal bed) and private WC, shared shower; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 19km (moderate)
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 on the Sörmlandsleden trail and you have time on the island to explore the trail before boat transfer to the jetty at Källvik. From Källvik, you continue on Sörmlandsleden 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)
You have the morning and early afternoon free to discover the atmospheric streets and shops of Trosa. At 15.30 you will catch the boat for a 3-hour island cruise towards Nynäshamn. If you wish, there are opportunities for a walk on Strandvägen in Nynäshamn before retiring to your accommodation for the night, a hostel located in a renovated farm in the southern part of Nynäshamn, ideally placed to discover small walking trails and swimming spots. There is also a charming cafe in the same building.
Accommodation: hostel standard, private rooms with shared WC/shower; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: optional
You travel by public bus (approx. 40 mins) to the Håringe-Hammersta nature reserve, which offers flexible opportunities for a wonderful day's walking, before returning to Nynsäshamn for overnight.
Accommodation: as per Day 3; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 10-15km (easy).
After breakfast, you take the boat (approx. 1 hour) to Ålö to hike across the beautiful island of Utö to your accommodation for the night.
Accommodation: hostel in attractive setting close to the jetty and small shop, accommodation in rooms with shared facilities or cottages/cabins with kitchen for self-catering and facilities a short walk; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 12km (easy); Boat trip Utö - Fjärdlång approx. 20 mins.
You hike to the north end of the island, where the boat (30 mins) leaves at 13.55 to take you to Fjärdlång for a couple of hours' hiking. At 17.15 you catch the boat for an evening cruise (just over 3 hours) through the archipelago to Stockholm, where you will be met for transfer to your chosen accommodation.
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Prices are in British Pounds. If you wish, you are also welcome to make your payment by bank transfer in Euros or Swedish Kronor. If this would be of interest, please let us know and we will be happy to provide prices.
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.
Note: Ticks occur mostly in grassy areas.
As in the UK, there are ticks in the forests in Sweden 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/couple of weeks, consult your doctor.
In some small localised areas of Sweden (including the region in which the tour takes place), the ticks are known to carry a disease called TBE, or Tick-borne encephalitis, and locals spending extended periods in affected areas do vaccinate themselves. For a map of TBE distribution in Europe and latest updates, please see Tick Alert.
For current advice on TBE and inoculations, please consult your doctor or see NaTHNaC.
A detailed recommended equipment list will be sent with your booking confirmation.
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.
This experience is also suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.
Detailed information on travel options will be sent with your booking documentation. We are happy to advise on suitable connections and assist you with any aspect of planning your journey.
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 from Harwich to Esbjerg (Denmark) for onward train connections to Stockholm.
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