- Self-guided tour with detailed description
- Beautiful archipelago landscapes
- Luggage transfers let you hike with daypack
- Boat transfers between islands included
- Flexible hiking distances
- Nights in Stockholm included
A self-guided hiking holiday through a beautiful network of islands with boat and luggage transfers included
The coastal and archipelago region to the south of Stockholm is a beautiful landscape - tranquil, scenic and ideal for an island hopping adventure!
Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago is a great way to explore some of the 24,000 islands that make up the archipelago network, each with their own atmosphere and attraction.
This tour is an ideal choice for couples seeking a romantic but active break, small groups of friends or families with children who enjoy walking.
The Stockholm Archipelago is stunning network of mostly forested islands. Photo: Nature Travels.
Wonderful hiking at the height of the Swedish summer
Tours take place during the main Sweden summer period from late June to mid-August, when the days are long and luxuriant and temperatures typically at their warmest (perfect for cooling dips in the waters of the archipelago during your hike).
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.
Your experience begins and ends with a night in Sweden's beautiful capital, Stockholm - a city large enough to offer the vibrant feel and excitement of a capital, but small enough to be easily explored on foot.
The main 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.
The tour takes you to picturesque island and coastal settlements. Photo: Adam Munt.
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.
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.
Day 1: Arrival and Overnight in Stockholm
An information pack giving times for meeting and other practical information will be waiting for you at your accommodation.
Arrive in Stockholm and travel independently to your hotel accommodation for the night (there is a choice of standard or upgraded accommodation - please see under "What's included" and under "Prices > Optional extras" for details).
Stockholm is a beautiful city - often called the "Venice of the North", you're never far from the water, and it is compact enough that many of the most interesting areas of the city can be reached and explored on foot.
Accommodation: Recently renovated 3-star hotel in the lively district of Södermalm. The hotel offers a personal atmosphere with interesting rooms in an historic building (note that, depending on availability, the hotel normally used for last night of the tour may be used as an alternative for this night).
Day 2: 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 3: 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. 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 2; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: 12km (easy); Boat trip Stendörren-Sävö (15 mins) and Sävö-Källvik (15 mins)
Day 4: 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 5: Håringe nature reserve or Strandvägen-Lövhagen
Depending on your preference, there are two possibilities for this day:
- Travel by public bus (approx. 40 mins) to the Håringe-Hammersta nature reserve, which offers flexible opportunities for a wonderful day's walking on a coastal peninsula among woodland and manor houses with good possibilities to see White-tailed Sea Eagles as well as other birds. Return to Nynäshamn for overnight.
- Starting directly from your accommodation, walk along the lovely Strandvägen area to Lövhagen, which has good opportunities for swimming spots, hiking and views of the sea. This option does require any transportation for this day and leaves additional time to enjoy the spa facilities at the hotel if you wish.
Accommodation: as per Day 4; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 10-15km (easy).
Day 6: 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).
Day 7: 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 between 17.30 and 20.30.
Accommodation: 3-star boutique hotel right in the city centre with a welcoming, homely feel. The design reflects its owner's varied artistic interests and international background, with an exhibition of black and white photography (note that, depending on availability, the hotel normally used for first night of the tour may be used as an alternative for this night).
Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible/10-15km (easy); Boat Utö-Fjärdlång (30 mins) and Fjärdlång-Stockholm (3 hours)
Day 8: Departure
Breakfast at your hotel accommodation. If your onward travel arrangements allow (and we strongly recommend making sure they do!), take some time today to explore this beautiful city before you leave. There are many attractions, including Stockholm's Ekopark - a unique place, being the first National Park to be situated in a major city.
When it's finally time to leave Stockholm, you may own arrangements for onward travel to the airport, etc, for departure.
Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.
NB: If you would like to travel earlier or later than the tour dates below, there is an alternative spring/autumn itinerary possible for this tour. Please contact us for details and prices.
Tours are offered weekly from late June to mid-August, normally Monday-Monday but in some cases Saturday-Saturday.
- 25.06-02.07.22 (Saturday-Saturday)
- 27.06-04.07.22 (Monday-Monday)
- 04.07-11.07.22 (Monday-Monday)
- 11.07-18.07.22 (Monday-Monday)
- 18.07-25.07.22 (Monday-Monday)
- 25.07-01.08.22 (Monday-Monday)
- 06.08-13.08.22 (Saturday-Saturday)
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|
|Single supplement/person (for odd-numbered adult or persons requiring single occupancy)||GBP|
|Adults travelling with children aged 10-12:|
|Child price if 2 adults and 1 child||GBP|
|Child price if 2 adults and 2 children||GBP|
|Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children||GBP|
|Adults travelling with children aged 13-18:|
|Child price if 2 adults and 1 child||GBP|
|Child price if 2 adults and 2 children||GBP|
|Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children||GBP|
Accommodation arrangements for solo occupancy
Solo occupancy supplement is for odd-numbered adult in a group (e.g. 3 or 5 persons) or for 2 adults who wish to have single occupancy during the tour. Guests with single occupancy supplement will have single room throughout. For nights on Utö (Day 3 and Day 4), guests with single occupancy will have cabin with own room but shared bathroom/lounge facilities.
Accommodation arrangements for families:
- With one child: With child 10-12: Extra bed in parents' room on all nights; With child 13-18: Extra bed in parents' room Day 2-Day 5, child has separate room Day 6.
- 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 2-Day 5 (except for accommodation in Trosa where children 13-18 will have single room), cabin for 5 persons with kitchenette and WC/shower Day 6.
NB: Please note that accommodation upgrades must be decided at time of booking and cannot be subsequently amended.
|Optional Extras - Accommodation Upgrades/person (see description below)|
|Stockholm Option 1||GBP|
|Stockholm Option 2||GBP|
|Trosa Option 1||GBP|
|Trosa Option 2||GBP|
- Accommodation upgrades: Details of the accommodation upgrades are available in this PDF document.
What's Included »
- Accommodation (in 2-person rooms, see images below):
- 2 nights in hotel accommodation in Stockholm (nights of Day 1 and Day 7).
- 3 nights in hotel standard and 2 nights in B&B standard accommodation as per itinerary.
- Meals: 7 x breakfast as per itinerary. Additional meals are available to purchase locally.
- Transfers: Accommodation in Stockholm-Tullgarn Palace (Day 2); Boat Fjärdlång-Stockholm (Day 7). Other boat and bus transfers as per itinerary.
- Luggage Transfers: Stockholm-Trosa (Day 2); Trosa accommodation to boat (Day 4); Ålö-Utö (Day 6); Utö accommodation-harbour (Day 7).
- Activities: 5 days' hiking as per itinerary.
Days 2 and 3: Accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Tre Små Rum
Days 4 and 5: 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 "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.
Good To Know »
Suitable for adults and active families with older children. Recommended minimum age 10 years.
Hiking is easy-moderate (Day 2 being longest day), but you should be comfortable hiking with light daypack at own pace for distances of 10-19km (max. 12km for Option 2 tours).
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 accommodation each night. Option 2 itinerary has slightly lower level of challenge compared to Option 1.
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 Zecken. For current advice on TBE and inoculations for the area you are visiting, please consult your doctor or see Travel Health Pro.
For information on any equipment and/or clothing included as standard for this experience, please see under "What's 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.
Preparing for your trip:
For further reading, we also have a number of general information articles to get you ready for your trip, covering a wide variety of topics from what to do on a city break before/after your tour, advice on packing, eyewear for winter and considerations for female travellers.
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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.
Getting There »
See below for a summary of travel options. To learn more about how to travel to this experience, please get in touch!
Detailed information on travel 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.
NB: 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.
Gallery & Reviews »
"The beaches were wonderful. The hiking was great and the instructions sheets made life very easy. Also loved the fact that luggage arrived ahead of us. All went well and our local host was great. We went on a Nature Travels canoe holiday years ago. I was very impressed and the service/holiday was equally as good this time. Thank you!" Adam
"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
"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