Explore a beautiful network of islands with boat and luggage transfers included
Want to hike in the archipelago in summertime? See Discover the Islands of the Stockholm Archipelago.
The coastal and archipelago region to the south of Stockholm is a wonderful region - tranquil, scenic and ideal for an island hopping adventure!
Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago is a great way to explore this magical area during the peaceful "off-season" months from mid-May to mid-June and mid-August to mid-September.
This fully supported, self-guided hiking tour uses public boat services to explore some of the 24,000 islands that make up the archipelago network, each with their own atmosphere and attraction.
The Stockholm Archipelago is stunning network of mostly forested islands. Photo: Nature Travels.
Wonderful hiking in spring and autumn when the archipelago is at its most tranquil
For the Swedes, the main summer holiday period runs from late June to mid-August, beginning with the Midsummer celebrations in June and starting school and work again by the third week in August.
Island Hopping and Hiking in the Stockholm Archipelago takes advantage of the weeks either side of this high season period. Despite its proximity to Stockholm, the area can feel surprisingly remote at any time of year, and even more so in spring and autumn.
Temperatures may be cooler compared to the heat of high summer (although in many years it can still be surprisingly warm from early June onwards and into early September), and you might be taking shorter dips in the clear waters of the Baltic instead of long, luxuriant summer swims, but spring and autumn are wonderful times to be out in the Archipelago.
With easy-moderate daily hiking over distances of 6-15km, boat and luggage transfers and comfortable overnights in cottage and hotel accommodation, this experience is a great way to discover the southern archipelago both on and off the water.
Away from the heat of July and August, it may feel a little fresher to take a dip, but you'll have the world to yourself! Photo: Nature Travels.
From the bustling city street to calm island forest trails
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 two different locations over four 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.
The first three nights of your main tour are spent in a cottage in the attractive coastal town of Dalarö. From here you head out by boat to discover the islands of Fjärdlång, Kymmendö and Ornö.
Then it's time to take the boat to Utö, exploring the islands of Gålö and Årsta en route. Utö is a beautiful island with wonderful hiking opportunities - a vibrant holiday spot in summer, but a more tranquil experience in spring and autumn. Here you can extend your trip with an extra day if you wish, before heading back to Stockholm for your final night.
The off-season period is an ideal time to enjoy the peace and natural beauty of the Archipelago. Photo: Nature Travels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If your travel plans allow, take time today for self-guided walking tour for the city, taking in sights such as the ABBA musuem, Vasa ship, Skansen open-air musuem and Stockholm Royal National City park, a stunning 27 sq. km. reserve and the world's first urban National Park.
Accommodation: Hotel in Stockholm; Meals: none; Hiking distance: flexible 10-14km.
Day 2: Stockholm to Dalarö
From the doorstep of your hotel, you begin with a historical and scenic walking tour of Södermalm, Stockholm's southern island. This is a lovely area of narrow cobbled streets and wooden houses, dating back to the 1600s. The walk offers impressive views across Lake Mälaren to Gamla Stan (Stockholm Old Town), the city hall and Djurgåden.
In the afternoon, you travel by boat from the city centre to the coastal settlement of Dalarö. The boat trip takes you through a typical inner archipelago landscape of forested islands, before reaching Dalarö, where you will spend the next three nights.
Accommodation: Cottage in Dalarö (there are a number of cottages which may be used, depending on availability – all are within walking distance of restaurants and the harbour); Meals: Breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 4-10 km.
Day 3 (or Day 4 depending on transport timetables): Dalarö to Fjärdlång (incl. Kymmendö) to Dalarö
Today, after a morning to discover Dalarö, you take a boat to explore the beautiful island of Fjärdlång. The island offers wonderful walking, including up to the highest point at Tysta Klint for a view over the archipelago. You can also include a visit to the island of Kymmendö either en route to Fjärdlång or on your return. Kymmendö was a popular summer retreat of the writer Strindberg and the inspiration for his novel Hemsöborna.
Accommodation: Cottage in Dalarö Meals: Breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 7-12km.
Day 4 (or Day 3 depending on transport timetables): Dalarö to Ornö to Dalarö
In the morning you travel by ferry to Hässelmara on the island of Ornö. Ornö is the southern archipelago’s largest island with a vibrant year-round community. Today you will hike the island's west coast, passing the Telegrafberg and Lake Maren.
From the small village of Ornö Kyrka, you can hike the Lervassa trail loop and there is also an open to hike around Mane Ä.
From Ornö Kyrka you take the boat back to Dalarö.
Accommodation: Cottage in Dalarö Meals: Breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 12-15km.
Day 5: Dalarö to Gålö to Årsta to Utö
A taxi transfer brings you to the Gålö pensinsula for a very scenic hiking loop through varied scenery, offering beautiful views and ending at a sandy beach. Here you can relax and soak up the atmosphere until the taxi comes to bring you to Årsta Brygga for the boat to the popular island of Utö, where you will stay at the Inn for the next three nights.
Accommodation: Rooms at Utö Inn (either in wooden cabins or in historic buildings adjacent to the main inn, subject to availability); Meals: Breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 4.5-11km.
Day 6: Utö to Årsta to Stockholm (additional night on Utö can be added as optional extra)
Outside the main summer season, the island is quieter and lovely to explore on foot. There is a very nice hiking loop around the northern part of the island, where you can pause to enjoy sandy beaches and relax on smooth rocks by the water. Visit the small village of Gruvbyn, with its mine, museum and windmill, to discover some of the island’s history. In the afternoon you take the boat back to the mainland and continue by bus and train back into Stockholm for your last night.
Accommodation: Hotel in Stockholm; Meals: Breakfast; Hiking distance: flexible 6-12km.
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 Royal National City Pakr - 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.
Meals: breakfast. Hiking distance: flexible 10-14km.
Dates & Prices»
Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.
Offered Thursday-Wednesday from May to mid-June and from late August to mid-September. An extra night on Utö can also be added as an optional extra to make the tour 8 days/7 nights.
- May: 16.05-22.05.24, 23.05-29.05.24, 30.05-05.06.24
- June: 06.06-12.06.24, 13.06-19.06.24
- August: 22.08-28.08.24, 29.08-04.09.24
- September: 05.09-11.09.24, 12.09-18.09.24
Departures later than 12th September may also be possible on request. Please contact us for details.
NB: Prices below are based on two persons sharing. Please contact us for price information for solo occupancy and families travelling with children, as price will vary depending on group size and accommodation availability.
Standard itinerary is 7 days/6 nights. Extra night on Utö can be added as optional extra to extend the tour to 8 days/7 nights.
|Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)||GBP|
|Extra night on Utö per adult (based on 2 persons sharing||GBP|
|Single supplement/person (for odd-numbered adult or persons requiring single occupancy)||On request|
|Per child||On request|
What's Included »
- 3 nights in cottage in Dalarö (bed linen and end cleaning included).
- 2 nights in hotel in Stockholm.
- 1 night in cabin or room on Utö.
- Meals: 6 x breakfast as per itinerary. Additional meals are available to purchase locally.
- Transfers: Accommodation in Stockholm to/from boat jetty (Day 2/Day 6); Boat transfers and bus/train journeys as per itinerary.
- Luggage Transfers/Storage: Dalarö jetty/Dalarö cottage (Day 2) and Gålö (Day 5).
- Activities: Hiking as per itinerary.
Day 5 (optional extra night possible): 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, but you should be comfortable hiking with light daypack at own pace for distances of 6-15km.
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. Daily hiking distance is often flexible and you can choose shorter/longer hikes depending on your preference.
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.
Combine This With
This experience makes a good combination with the following:
- Guided Kayak Tours in Stockholm City (1 day, start/end Stockholm)
- Guided Kayak Tours in the Stockholm Archipelago (1-3 days, start/end Stockholm)
- Sailing in the Stockholm Archipelago (3 or more days, one hour from Stockholm)
- Self-guided Sea Kayaking in the Stockholm Archipelago (2 or more days, one hour from Stockholm or transfer included depending on options chosen)
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.
Ferry Dover-Dunkirk or Newcastle-Amsterdam for onward train connections to Stockholm.