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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 hostels with the option to upgrade to hotel standard. 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.
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.
You will be met 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. It is also possible to choose a shorter hiking route, distance 13km, if you wish.
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 twin beds) and private WC, shared shower; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 13-19km (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. 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: 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. 20 minutes) 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 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.
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: Nåttarö and Ålö 12km/flexible (easy); Boat trip Nynäshamn - Nåttarö approx. 20 mins and Nåttarö - Ålö approx. 30 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 accommodation in Stockholm or city centre for onward travel.
Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 10km (easy).
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Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.
Start Tuesday end Sunday (except tour 31st July). Start days 28.06.16, 05.07.16, 12.07.16, 19.07.16, 26.07.16, 31.07.16*, 02.08.16, 09.08.16.
*NB: Tour starting 31st July has a slight variation in standard itinerary due to boat timetables. On the last day, boat returns directly from Utö to Stockholm rather than giving option to stop on Fjärdlång en route.
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.
- Adults only: £706/adult. Single supplement for odd-numbered adult in group or two adults travelling together who both require single accommodation: £88/person.
- Family of 2 adults + 1 child under 19: £706/adult, £539/child under 19. Child will share room in overnight accommodation with parents.
- Family of 2 adults + 2 children under 19: £706/adult, £539/child under 19. Children will have accommodation in separate rooms on some nights and share room with parents on others.
- Accommodation (in 2-person or family rooms, please see itinerary for details): Five nights in hostel and hotel standard accommodation.
- Meals (as per itinerary): 5 x breakfast. Additional meals are available to purchase locally.
- Transfers: Chosen accommodation in Stockholm-Tullgarn Palace (Day 1); Trosa-Stendörren and Sandvik-Trosa (Day 2); Boat Stendörren-Savö, Savö-Källvik (Day 2); Boat Trosa-Nynäshamn (Day 3); Boat Nynäshamn-Nåttarö, Nåttarö-Ålö (Day 5); Boat Utö-Fjärdlång (Day 6); Boat Fjärdlång-Stockholm (Day 6).
- Luggage Transfers: Stockholm-Trosa (Day 1); Assistance Trosa-Nynäshamn (Day 3); Ålö-Utö (Day 5); Assistance Utö-Fjärdlång (Day 6).
- Meals not specified above. Additional meals are available to purchase locally - information on the various options will be given at the start of your tour.
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.
In Trosa (Days 1 and 2):
- 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. £59/person/two nights.
In Nynäshamn (Days 3 and 4):
- 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. £59/person/two nights.
On Utö (Day 5)
- Inn located minutes from the village and harbour on a hill with wonderful archipelago views. Rooms (en-suite) either in nearby historical buildings or cosy wooden-cabins depending on availability. The Inn has one of the archipelago's best restaurants. Supplement £20/person.
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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.
Ticks and TBE
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 packing 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. 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.
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