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.
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.
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. Over four days 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.
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.
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 also normally after your tour. Please provide details of your accommodation in Stockholm before 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.
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: (please specify preferred option on booking)
- Standard option: 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. The hotel has golf course, tennis courts and sauna on the premises. Private rooms with en-suite WC/shower.
- Alternative option (no price difference): Personal, charming hostel in converted customs house in central Dalarö with waterside location and views across the southern archipelago. Shared shower/WC, private rooms with bunk beds.
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.
Take the morning 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. On arrival, lunch at a respected archipelago restaurant focusing on local produce is included. You then take to your bikes to explore the island in full, with its mix of forest and meadow landscape, wonderful smimming possibilities from the smooth rocks and a wealth of history including the wooden church dating from 1885. 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 and lunch; Cycling distance: flexible/approx. 30km; Boat trip: Dalarö-Ornö (1 hour 20 mins) and Ornö-Utö (5 mins)
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 2
Meals: breakfast; Cycling distance: flexible/approx. 25km. Optional activities: hiking, sea kayaking.
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. Around lunchtime you take the boat to the island of Fjärdlång. Despite its proximity to Stockholm, Fjärdlång feels a world away and the whole island now has protected status as a nature reserve. There are well-marked trails for hiking and the highest point, Tysta Klint, offers excellent views. In the afternoon you return by boat to the bustle of Stockholm.
Meals: breakfast; Optional activities: cycling/hiking (approx. 2 hours)/kayaking; Boat trip: Utö-Fjärdlång (25 mins) and Fjärdlång-Stockholm (3 hours 20 mins)
Possible start dates can sometimes be subject to variation depending on timetables for public boat services.
- Start day every Monday from 18th June to 13th August 2018 (last start 13th August).
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.
Please contact us for prices for single supplement, if travelling as solo adult with child(ren) or if travelling with children spanning two age categories.
NB: Please specify on booking whether you would like to choose standard (hotel) or alternative (hostel) accommodation option for Day 1. No price difference.
|Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing)||GBP 571||EUR 641|
|Adults travelling with children aged 8-15:|
|Child price if 2 adults and 1 child||GBP 390||EUR 438|
|Child price if 2 adults and 2 children||GBP 400||EUR 449|
|Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children||GBP 360||EUR 405|
|Adults travelling with children aged 16-18:|
|Child price if 2 adults and 1 child||GBP 527||EUR 592|
|Child price if 2 adults and 2 children||GBP 536||EUR 602|
|Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children||GBP 505||EUR 567|
Accommodation arrangements for families
With one child: Day 1 (standard accommodation option): extra bed in double room with WC/shower; Day 1 (alternative accommodation option): 4-bed room with bunk beds and shared WC/shower; Days 2-3 (if child 8-15): extra bed in double room with WC/shower; Days 2-3 (if child 16-18): 3-person cabin with kitchenette and WC/shower (no extra bed).
With two children: Day 1 (standard accommodation option): 2 x double/twin room with WC/shower; Day 1 (alternative accommodation option): 4-bed room with bunk beds and shared WC/shower; Days 2-3: 4-person cabin with kitchenette and WC/shower.
With three children: Price for other two children as for "2 adults + 2 children". Day 1 (standard accommodation option): 2 x double/twin room with WC/shower, one room with extra bed; Day 1 (alternative accommodation option): 1 x 4-bed room and 1 x 2-bed room with bunk beds and shared WC/shower; Days 2-3 (if child 8-15): 5-person cabin or 2 x cabins with kitchenette and WC/shower; Days 2-3 (if child 16-18): 2 x cabins with kitchenette and WC/shower.
What's Included »
- Accommodation (in 2-person rooms, see images below): 1 night in Dalarö (hotel or hostel standard depending on option chosen) 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: 3 x breakfast (Days 2-4), 1 x lunch (Day 2)
- Equipment: 4 days' cycle hire (bikes provided are 21-speed mountain bikes, normally Scott, Trek, Giant or similar). Pannier, pump, toolkit, extra tube, puncture repair kit, and first aid kit are provided. Helmets are available to borrow at no extra charge on request (please advise in advance and give size).
- Transfers & Transports: Stockholm - Tyresö Palace (Day 1), Boat Dalarö-Ornö and Ornö-Utö (Day 2), Boat Utö-Fjärdlång* (Day 4), Boat Fjärdlång-Stockholm* (Day 4), Stockholm harbour-accommodation (Day 4)
- Luggage Transfers: Stockholm - Dalarö (Day 1), Ornö harbour/storage/Ornö harbour (Day 2), Utö harbour-accommodation (Day 2), Utö accommodation-harbour (Day 4)
- Other: Trail and route descriptions with maps; Trip briefing on arrival; Local contact number for emergencies
Day 1 (standard option): Hotel accommodation in Hemviken Bay (5-6km outside Dalarö). Photos: Smådalarö Gård
Day 1 (alternative option): Hostel accommodation central Dalarö. Photos: Vandrarhemmet Lotsen
Day 2/3: 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.
- Accommodation in Stockholm before/after tour.
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 "Medium"?
The tour is self-guided but supported with luggage transfers and comfortable accommodation each night. 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 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.
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.
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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.
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 tour was amazing! We loved every minute of it. Such amazing scenery and beautiful places visited along the way. From start to finish it was such an easy experience and we never had any concerns along the way. We particularly loved Trosa and Mariefred was beautiful. We were lucky enough to have great weather along the way too - an amazing cloudless day on Fjärdlång which was lovely. We would definitely recommend the tour to other travelers and we even had people questioning us along the way and thinking it was a brilliant idea. We would 100% come back to Sweden - I would love to see it in the winter for a different experience." Ceinwen (special itinerary 6-day tour)
"The whole process worked very smoothly - everything was clearly listed and easy to interact with. Staff were helpful with the small changes we had to the itinerary. Everything was very well organised - from being picked up at the start of the trip, all the daily information and detailed instructions on where to be. Excellent trip - we had a great time - thank you." Mike