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Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago (Sweden)

Discover Stockholm's southern archipelago islands on foot and by boat with guest house accommodation

  • Self-guided
  • Easy
  • From £674-£806/adult, £453-£572/child
  • May-Sep, 5 or 6 days
  • Adults, Families (min age 10), Groups

Book now for 2020!

Bookings are now open for Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago for the 2020 season.

Highlights:

  • Self-guided tour with detailed description
  • Beautiful archipelago landscapes
  • Luggage transfers let you hike with daypack
  • Boat transfers between islands included
  • Flexible hiking distances
  • Choose standard or upgraded accommodation

Description »

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.

Stockholm Archipelago landscape

The Stockholm Archipelago is stunning network of mostly forested islands. Photo: Nature Travels.

Option 1: High Summer itinerary (6 days/5 nights)

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.

Archipelago towns along the route

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.

Option 2: Spring and Late Summer/Autumn itinerary (5 days/4 nights)

Outside of high season, when the archipelago boat services required for the High Summer itinerary do not run, this alternative programme features three nights in cottage in the beautiful seaside town of Dalarö with day tours to explore the islands of Fjärdlång and Ornö.

You then travel to Utö for a night, a very popular archipelago destination in summer but beautifully tranquil out of season, stopping along the way to hike on the peninsula of Gålö.

As with the High Summer programme, local travel between Stockholm and the start/end points as well as boat transfers as required for all parts of the itinerary are included.

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.

Itinerary »

Option 1: High Summer itinerary

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.

Day 1: 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. 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: 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 3; Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 10-15km (easy).

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).

Day 6: 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.

Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible/10-15km (easy); Boat Utö-Fjärdlång (30 mins) and Fjärdlång-Stockholm (3 hours)

Option 2: Spring and Late Summer/Autumn itinerary

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 central 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.

Day 1: Stockholm to Dalarö

Your day begins with a walking tour exploring Stockholm's southern island, Södermalm. The beautiful alleyways and timber houses here date back to the 17th century, with lovely views across Lake Mälaren towards Gamla Stan (Old Town) and Djurgården.

When you have finished your tour, you return to your accommodation in central Stockholm, where you will be met by taxi for transfer to the boat.

In the afternoon, you take the boat to the archipelago village of Dalarö, which will be your base for the next three nights in comfortable cottage accommodation.

Accommodation: comfortable cottage in Dalarö (exact accommodation depends on availability). Meals: none; Hiking distance: flexible approx. 4-10km

Day 2: Day tour to Fjårdlång

Explore the lovely village of Dalarö in the morning before boat to the island of Fjårdlång. The island offers wonderful hiking, including to its highest point, Tysta Klint, for views out over the archipelago.

You return by boat to Dalarö, with the option if you wish to stop off on Kymmendö, which was a favourite summer destination for Swedish author August Strindberg.

For autumn tours, either for this day or Day 3, if you prefer you can choose to visit the island of Huvudskär for the day, which offers alternative hiking possibilities in an outer archipelago landscape.

Accommodation: as per Day 1; Meals: none; Hiking distance: flexible around 10km; Boat trip Dalarö-Fjårdlång-Dalarö (with option via Huvudskär).

Day 3: Day tour to Ornö

Take the boat to Ornö, where a connecting bus brings you a short distance to begin walking at Mane Äng. One of the largest islands in this part of the archpipelago, Ornö has a vibrant island community with your hike taking you through nature reserves with forest, open meadow and coastal landscapes. A local pod taxi takes you to a walk up to the island's highest point, Telegrafberget, followed by boat to the island's small village with its lovely church and cafe.

You return by boat to Dalarö and your cottage accommodation there.

Accommodation: as per Day 1; Meals: none; Hiking distance: flexible around 10-12km; Boat trip Dalarö-Ornö-Dalarö.

Day 4: Dalarö to Utö

You leave your cottage to travel by taxi to the Gålö peninsula to a point called Skälåker, where there is a spectacular circular hike through woodland scenery with views of the coast.

The trail takes you to a lovely sandy beach, where you are met by taxi to take the boat from Årsta Brygga to the island of Utö, a very popular destination in summertime but blissfully peaceful out of season.

Accommodation for the night here is at the Utö guesthouse, which has one of the archipelago's best restaurants (dinner not included).

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: none; Hiking distance: flexible around 4.5-11km.

Day 5: Utö to Stockholm

Explore the northern end of Utö island with a circular hike through the nature reseve. The air in spring and autumn is at its crispest and most exhilarating and there are quiet, sandy beaches and picnic spots on smooth rocks to discover.

The island's small village of Gruvbyn is also worth a look, with a mine, museum and windmill.

In the late afternoon, take the boat back to the mainland for connection bus and train to bring you back to Stockholm city and the end of your archipelago adventure.

You will be back in Stockholm around 18.30-19.00. Transfer from the station to chosen accommodation in central Stockholm is included (you will normally need to overnight in Stockholm before departure).

Meals: breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible around 6-12km

Dates»

Dates 2020

Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.

Option 1: High Summer itinerary (6 days/5 nights)

Start days Tuesdays (ending Sunday) and Sundays (ending Friday) as follows:

  • Start Tuesday: 23rd June, 30th June, 7th July, 14th July, 21st July, 28th July, 4th August.
  • Start Sunday: 21st June, 28th June, 5th July, 12th July, 19th July, 26th July, 2nd August.

Option 2: Spring and Late Summer/Autumn itinerary (5 days/4 nights)

Start days Fridays (ending Tuesday) as follows:

  • Spring: 22nd May, 29th May, 5th June, 12th June.
  • Late Summer/Autumn: 21st August, 28th August, 4th September, 11th September, 18th September.

Prices»

Prices 2020

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.

Standard Prices

Option 1 Itinerary:  
Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)GBP 806EUR 893
Single supplement/person (for odd-numbered adult or persons requiring single occupancy)GBP 135EUR 150
   
Adults travelling with children aged 10-15:  
Child price if 2 adults and 1 childGBP 572EUR 634
Child price if 2 adults and 2 childrenGBP 683EUR 756
Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 childrenGBP 549EUR 608
   
Adults travelling with children aged 16-18:  
Child price if 2 adults and 1 childGBP 653EUR 723
Child price if 2 adults and 2 childrenGBP 763EUR 845
Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 childrenGBP 630EUR 697
Option 2 Itinerary:  
Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)GBP 674EUR 747
Single supplement/person (for odd-numbered adult or persons requiring single occupancy)Price on request 
   
Adults travelling with children aged 10-15:  
Child price if 2 adults and 1 childGBP 453EUR 502
Child price if 2 adults and 2 childrenGBP 480EUR 531
   
Adults travelling with children aged 16-18:  
Child price if 2 adults and 1 childGBP 534EUR 592
Child price if 2 adults and 2 childrenGBP 560EUR 620

Prices for Option 2 may vary from those given above depending on cottage accommodation available in Dalarö and will be confirmed at time of booking.

Accommodation arrangements for families (Option 1 itinerary):

  • With one child: With child 10-15: 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.

Accommodation arrangements for families (Option 2 itinerary):

  • With one child: With child 10-15 or child 16-18: Extra bed in parents' room on all nights.
  • With two children: With child 10-15: Two-person rooms in cottage for Days 1-3, family room Day 4. With child 16-18: Double room on all nights.

NB: Please note that accommodation upgrades must be decided at time of booking and cannot be subsequently amended.

Accommodation Upgrades/person (Option 1 only - see description below)  
En-suite rooms in standard accommodation Days 1-2GBP 24EUR 26
Upgraded Accommodation Days 1-2GBP 47EUR 52
Upgraded Accommodation Days 3-4GBP 105EUR 116
  • Days 1/2 (Trosa): Upgrade 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.
Upgraded Accommodation in Trosa

Days 1/2: Upgraded accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Ågården

Upgraded Accommodation in Nynashamn

Days 3/4: Upgraded accommodation in Nynäshamn (top photo shows reception/restaurant building - rooms normally in adjacent building). Photos: Nynäs Havsbad

What's Included »

Included

Option 1 itinerary:

  • 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 central 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).
Accommodation in Trosa

Days 1/2: Accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Tre Små Rum

Accommodation in Nynashamn

Days 3/4: Accommodation in Nynäshamn. Photos: Skärgårdshotellet

Accommodation on Uto

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)

Option 2 itinerary:

  • Accommodation: Three nights in high-standard self-catering cottage in Dalarö (end cleaning and bed linen/towels included) - exact cottage will vary depending on availability. One night on Utö as per itinerary - see images above for Option 1 itinerary Day 5.
  • Meals: 4 x breakfast. Additional meals are available to purchase locally and cottage accommodation in Dalarö has facilities for self-catering.
  • Transfers: Taxi from chosen accommodation in central Stockholm to boat and boat Stockholm-Dalarö (Day 1); Boat Dalarö-Fjärdlång-Dalarö optionally back via Kymmendö (Day 2); Boat Dalarö-Ornö-Dalarö or Huvudskär in autumn if preferred (Day 3); Taxi Dalarö-Skålåker-Åsta Brygga (with luggage storage) and boat Årsta Brygga-Utö (Day 4); Boat Utö-Årsta Brygga and bus/train to Stockholm (Day 5); Stockholm-your chosen centrally-located accommodation (Day 5).
  • Luggage Transfers: Accomodation in Stockholm to boat and boat to Dalarö accommodation (Day 1); luggage transfers and storage on Gålö (Day 4); assistance with luggage boat-accommodation on Utö Day 4/5 is available if required.

Not Included

  • 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 »

Required

Health requirements/experience:

Suitable for adults and active families with older children. Recommended minimum age 10 years.

Hiking is easy-moderate (Day 1 for Option 1 itinerary 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 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.

Equipment/clothes needed:

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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Groups

This experience is also suitable for groups. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Eco Info

This provider has a detailed written environmental policy.

Getting There »

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.

By Air:

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.

Without Flying:

Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Stockholm.

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