A unique island world to discover
The Stockholm Archipelago is a natural gem of 30,000 islands and one of the world's natural wonders - a stunning coastal landscape with shady forests, sandy beaches and smooth rocks ideal for bathing.
This tranquil and charming landscape is all the more impressive and precious for being within easy reach of Sweden's capital, Stockholm - yet the buzz of the city feels a world away.
The archipelago is beautiful area capturing the essence of a Swedish summer. Photo: NT.
Hike and Bike in the Stockholm Archipelago gives you the chance to explore this unique landscape on foot and by bike, with comfortable accommodation at local hotels/hostels each night, combining the flexibility and freedom of a self-guided adventure with the convenience of a "full service" itinerary.
Luggage transfers lighten the load
Cycle hire, boat transfers and luggage transfers between overnight stops are all included, giving you maximum freedom to enjoy the beauty of the archipelago and the long, lazy days of summer.
Your experience begins and ends with a night in Sweden's capital, Stockholm - the "Venice of the North" - a beautiful city to explore. Cycle hire is included on the last day for self-guided tour of the city, including Stockholm's Ekopark, the world's first urban National Park.
Over the four days of the main tour, you will discover some of the highlights of the coastal and archipelago area, starting with the ancient forests of Tyresta National Park and the beaches of Dalarö before travelling out into the archipelago to explore the forested islands of Ornö, Utö and Fjärdlång, each with their own special character.
The landscapes of the archipelago are perfect for exploring both by walking and cycling, with the islands large enough to offer a variety of places to interest, while small enough to explore in the time available.
Bike is a wonderful way to explore, and included luggage transfers mean you travel light! Photo: NT.
Hike and Bike in the Stockholm Archipelago is an accessible tour suitable for couples, small groups of friends or active families. See under "Itinerary" for daily cycling/hiking distances.
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: Tyresö Palace and Tyresta National Park
Pick-up from Stockholm for transfer to Tyresö Palace, where the trail begins. The palace dates from the 17th Century with lovely English waterside gardens. Walk through the gardens to the small islands nearby with views across the sea and forests. You then begin cycling along quiet lanes to Tyresta National Park, which contains some of Sweden's most ancient forest, with trees more than 400 years old, beautiful lakes and rich flora and fauna including moose and deer. Take time to walk some of the trails and maybe take a dip in one of the lakes. When ready, you cycle on through a landscape of fields and woods to the attractive village of Dalarö and your first taste of the archipelago. Originally a customs station, the village became a popular resort town in the late 19th Century due to its lovely setting and architecture of narrow streets and colourful houses. There are wonderful white beaches for swimming and a 15th Century church to visit. You will then continue cycling a further 5-6km to your accommodation for the night (if choosing standard accommodation option).
Accommodation: Country hotel located in Hemviken Bay (approx. 5-6km outside Dalarö) dating from 1810 and with lovely views of the water from the restaurant terrace and renovated to high standard in 2021. The hotel has golf course, tennis courts and sauna on the premises. Private rooms with en-suite WC/shower.
Meals: none; Cycling distance: 38km/3.5 hours (cycling distance 5-6km less if choosing alternative hostel accommodation option); Hiking distance: flexible/3 hours on undulating terrain.
Day 3: Dalarö, Ornö and Utö
It is a short cycle to Dalarö, with time there to enjoy the village and visit the viewpoint for a wonderful view over the archipelago followed by lunch at a restaurant with sea views and a focus on local fish. You then take the boat out into the network of thousands of islands that comprise the southern Stockholm archipelago. Extending approx. 80km from Stockholm to the east into the Baltic, the Stockholm Archipelago formed in the last Ice Age. The attractive island of Ornö is the first stop, the largest island in this part of the archipelago, 14km long by 6km wide. Less visited than some of the nearby islands, Ornö retains a vibrant community. Take to your bikes to explore the island in full, with its mix of forest and meadow landscape, wonderful swimming possibilities from the smooth rocks and a wealth of history including a walk up to Ornö's viewpoint on Telegrafberget. Visit the local Ornö Museum to learn about local life on the island over a cup of coffee and then, in the early evening, you take the boat from Ornö to the popular island of Utö.
Accommodation: 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.
Meals: breakfast, lunch, coffee/cake stop; Cycling distance: flexible/approx. 30km; Boat trip: Dalarö-Ornö (1 hour 20 mins) and Ornö-Utö (5 mins)
Day 4: Utö, Nåttarö and Ålö
A day to enjoy the life and scenery of the island of Utö. A good option is to cycle the length of the island, crossing a bridge to the small island of Ålö with its wonderful white sandy beach and fish restaurant, or take a boat to the nearby island of Nåttarö for some of the archipelago's best beaches and views. Hiking is also very good on the island, or you can hire a kayak locally to take to the water.
Accommodation: As Day 3
Meals: breakfast; Cycling distance: flexible/approx. 25km. Optional activities: hiking, sea kayaking.
Day 5: Fjärdlång and Boat to Stockholm
The morning is ideal to visit the island's village and the windmill dating from 1791, offering some stunning views. There is also a mine museum with history of the community.
Today you should also explore the nature reserve on Utö, either on foot or by bike. There is a beautiful coastal trail offering sea views, beaches and some wonderful bathing spots with smooth rocks for sunbathing and picknicking.
Later in the day, board the boat taking you back through the archipelago to hustle and bustle of Stockholm..
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; Optional activities: cycling/hiking (flexible, approx. 2 hours)/kayaking; Boat trip: Utö-Stockholm (4 hours)
Day 6: Cycling Tour of Stockholm and Departure
Breakfast at your hotel accommodation. If your onward travel arrangements allow (and we strongly recommend making sure they do!), there is time today for a self-guided cycling tour of Stockholm's Royal National City Park - a unique place, being the first National Park to be situated in a major city.
The Ekopark is a beautiful oasis in the city - 27 sq. km rich in both cultural and natural heritage. The route takes you through old-growth forest, past palaces and lovely bathing spots. Foxes, badgers, pine martens, mink and deer inhabit this unique area, and the Park also contains the largest number of large oak trees to be found anywhere in northern Europe.
During your tour you'll visit the royal island of Djurgården, with its many museums, the royal residence of Rosendal and the Kakn&aumml; Tower with a wonderful observation deck offering great views of the city. Continuing further north and you reach Ulriksdal's Palace with its beautiful gardens.
When it's finally time to leave Stockholm, you may own arrangements for onward travel to the airport, etc, for departure.
Meals: breakfast; Cycling (optional, 20-40km): Distance and time flexible.
Dates & Prices»
Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.
Start every Sunday end Friday between 23rd June and 11th August 2024 (latest start 11th August):
- June: 23.06-28.06.24, 30.06-06.07.24
- July: 07.07-12.07.24, 14.07-19.07.24, 21.07-26.07.24, 28.07-02.08.24
- August: 04.08-09.08.24, 11.08-16.08.24
Please contact us for prices if travelling as solo adult with child(ren) or if travelling with children spanning two age categories.
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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: Day 2: extra bed in double room with WC/shower; Days 3-5 (if child 8-12): extra bed in double room with WC/shower; Days 3-4 (if child 13-18): 3-person cabin with kitchenette and WC/shower (no extra bed).
With two children: Day 2: 2 x double/twin room with WC/shower; Days 3-4: 4-person cabin with kitchenette and WC/shower, one room with double bed/twin for 2 adults + sofa bed for 1 child, separate single bedroom. NB: For families with older children, space in the cabin may be limited. Alternative accommodation may be available for these nights for additional charge if preferred - please ask for details.
With three children: Price for other two children as for "2 adults + 2 children". Day 2: 2 x double/twin room with WC/shower, one room with extra bed; Days 3-4 (if child 8-12): 5-person cabin or 2 x cabins with kitchenette and WC/shower; Days 3-4 (if child 13-18): 2 x cabins with kitchenette and WC/shower.
What's Included »
- Accommodation (in 2-person rooms, see images below):
- 2 nights in hotel accommodation in Stockholm (nights of Day 1 and Day 5). Exact accommodation will be one of four locations depending on availability and will normally be different for first and last day. Hotels will be 3-4 star standard and each with their own special character, conveniently located in either city centre or popular Södermalm district.
- 1 night in Dalarö (hotel) and 2 nights on Utö (hotel standard, either rooms in historic buildings close to main building or in wooden cabins depending on availability and number of persons).
- Meals: 5 x breakfast (Days 2-6), 1 x lunch (Day 3)
- Equipment: 5 days' cycling including mountain bike hire (bikes provided are 21-speed mountain bikes, normally Scott, Trek, Giant or similar) and cycle hire for Stockholm city tour Day 6. Pannier, pump, toolkit, extra tube, puncture repair kit, first aid kit, bike lock. Cycle helmets are not provided as standard, as many guests prefer to bring their own. If you would like a helmet, please advise in advance and one will be provided at no extra charge.
- Transfers & Transports: Stockholm-Tyresö Palace (Day 2), Boat Dalarö-Ornö and Ornö-Utö (Day 3), Boat Utö-Stockholm* (Day 5), Stockholm harbour-accommodation (Day 5)
- Luggage Transfers: Stockholm-Smådalarö (Day 2), Smådalarö-Utoö (Day 3), Utö harbour-accommodation (Day 3), Utö accommodation-harbour (Day 5)
- Other: Trail and route descriptions with maps; Trip briefing on arrival; Local contact number for emergencies.
* Luggage is transferred from hotel to boat and boat to hotel. Please take your own bags on and off the boat.
Day 2: Hotel accommodation in Hemviken Bay (5-6km outside Dalarö). Photos: Smådalarö Gård
Days 3 and 4: 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 not specified above.
- Alcoholic drinks.
- Travel to/from accommodation in Stockholm on arrival/departure days.
- Cycle helmets are not provided as standard, as many guests prefer to bring their own. If you would like a helmet, please advise in advance and one will be provided at no extra charge.
Good To Know »
You should be in good health with a normal level of fitness. You should be able to cycle and hike for around 3-4 hours over the course of a day. Cycling can be challenging in places. Recommended min. age 9 years (younger children may be possible on request). The first day's hiking and cycling can be challenging for children, but there is also the option to cut out the hiking component on Day 1 to leave additional time to cover cycling distance if desired.
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"?
The tour is self-guided but supported with luggage transfers and comfortable accommodation each night, and distances covered each day are relatively short. Depending on how used participants are to cycling, the cycling component may be experienced as moderately challenging.
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:
- Sailing in the Stockholm Archipelago (3 or more days, one hour from Stockholm)
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.