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Sörmland Stockholm Archipelago Summer Programme

Sörmland & Stockholm Archipelago Summer Walking Programme

Overview

Close to the charming city of Stockholm, you will discover Sweden’s southernmost wilderness, Sörmland, and the sprawling archipelago of 24,000 islands spreading far out into the Baltic Sea. After spending a night in Stockholm, head out to the beautiful countryside where the air is pure, the water crystal-clear, the summer daylight endless and the wildlife plentiful. Following easy and well-marked coastal and inland paths, take in numerous nature reserves, countless lakes, secluded sandy beaches, tranquil forests, colourful cottages, and centuries-old regal manor houses and castles.

Please note that due to hotel availability we can organise this trip only from the end of June till early August. For spring and autumn departures, please consider our Stockholm Archipelago Spring and Autumn Programme.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Stockholm

Arrive in Stockholm and enjoy some free time to explore this picturesque city, often referred to as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its location on 14 islands and its infinite presence of water. Stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s charming old town. Alternatively, visit the vibrant Söder neighbourhood. For those of you keen to start hiking, we can offer you an optional self guided hiking tour through Stockholm’s unique Ekopark – the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city, a 27 sq. km green oasis.

Day 2: Tullgarn Palace to Trosa

The next morning, you start with a transfer (1h) from Stockholm to Sörmland and the impressive Tullgarn Palace, an 18th-century royal palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic Sea. Guided tours are available (not included) and there is a nice café/restaurant. After the visit, you start your hike southwards enjoying the coastal scenery. The hike follows the Sörmlandsleden Path which winds its way for over 100 km through Sörmland. You pass by wonderful viewpoints and Kömote beach where you can take a quick swim in the sea before you continue your journey on to the seaside town of Trosa. Trosa is a charming 17th-century town called “Тhe World’s End” because of its location on the banks of the Baltic Sea with endless views of the ocean all around. Note that you can optionally shorten the hike.

Day 3: Stendörren and Sävö Island

This morning, a transfer (30 min) is arranged for you from Trosa to Stendörren nature reserve, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Sweden. Here you have the rest of the morning to hike across the many islands using their system of suspension bridges, visit the viewpoint and Naturum information centre, or swim in the clean, refreshing Baltic waters. You are then collected by boat from Stendörren and taken to Sävö island nature reserve (15 min). Here you pick up the Sörmlandsleden hiking trail which leads you around the island. After your island hike, you are then collected again by boat and taken back to the mainland (20 min) at Källvik where you once again pick up the Sörmlandsleden trail and follow it as far as Sandvik beach, from where you are collected and transferred back to Trosa.

Day 4: Trosa Rest Day / Strandvägen Optional Walk

Today you have a free day in Trosa to visit the village, harbour, church and museum. If you feel like stretching your legs before boarding the boat then there is a short walk available through the village and along the river. You then board the boat for your journey from Sörmland to Nynäshamn (3h). Once at your accommodation, you can choose to take an evening walk enjoying the long daylight hours along Nynäshamn’s best-kept secret, Strandvägen – a small winding road following the coast. Here you enjoy stunning views across the cliffs over the open horizon. Your accommodation tonight is a 4-star spa hotel near Strandvägen with an exceptional location by the water’s edge.

Day 5: Häringe Nature Reserve / Strandvägen and Lövhagen

Option 1: This morning you head by public transport to Häringe-Hammersta nature reserve which is located on two coastal peninsulas. It is a region of manor houses, giant oaks, broad-leaved woods, coniferous forest and saltwater bays. The deciduous forest in this area is one of the richest botanical concentrations in the Stockholm region and hosts a large number of oak trees. The birdlife is rich, and white-tailed eagles are common. At Häringe, visitors are greeted by Häringe manor from 1657, although the present exterior is a product of the 1770s. Both Gustav Vasa and Gustav II Adolf are former owners of the estate. Return by bus to Nynäshamn.

Option 2: If you didn’t fit in the walk along Strandvägen yesterday, you have another chance today. Walk directly from your hotel along beautiful Strandvägen into the Lövhagen recreation area which offers many hiking trails, swimming opportunities and great sea views. Or you can just relax in the hotel’s spa looking out across the ocean.

Day 6: The Islands of Nåttarö, Ålö and Utö

This morning, you take the boat from Nynäshamn out into the archipelago to your first stop at Nåttarö island (20 min). Nåttarö is one of the archipelago’s sandiest islands and here you can enjoy many beaches as well as views across the islands from the Bötsudden viewpoint. You then hop back on the boat and continue to Ålö island (30 min), where you again explore the beautiful scenery of this peaceful island and have the chance to visit its wonderful fish restaurant offering local delicacies. You are then transferred from Ålö over the small bridge to Utö island and then all the way onto Utö’s main village, Gruvbyn. The village buzzes with life in the summer months and has a great selection of restaurants and cafes.

Day 7: Tysta Klint and Island of Fjärdlång / Stockholm

After a free morning spent on Utö to optionally explore the northern end of the island by foot, you then island-hop (30 min) over to neighbouring Fjärdlång island. Despite being on the edge of bustling Stockholm, Fjärdlång could not be more remote and the whole island has been declared a nature reserve. Marked footpaths wind their way through the island’s woodland so you can spend the day hiking around the island. Don’t miss a trip to the island’s highest point, Tysta Klint, where you can admire the spectacular views over the archipelago. You then board the boat for the impressive journey back to Stockholm (3h). The boat takes you right to the centre of Stockholm, from where you are transferred the short distance to your hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Departure or an extra day on request.

Hotels

Accommodations on this tour include a mix of charming 3 and 4-star hotels (some have spa facilities) and guesthouses. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services.

Days 2 and 3 – Trosa: Två Små Svin B&B (previously Ågården Guesthouse) or Trosa Stadshotell

The oldest parts of this charming B&B are from the early 18th century. The inn is a small, cosy guesthouse in which each room is unique. There is an impressive breakfast room as well as a delightful garden with apple trees by the river edge. Renovated in 2021 with a new pool area.

Trosa Stadshotell dates back to 1867 and is located right in the village square and alongside the picturesque Trosa stream, which winds its way through the village. The hotel is recently renovated and offers comfort and charm plus a well-equipped spa.

Days 4 and 5 – Nynäshamn: Nynäs Havsbad Hotel & Spa

Nynäs Havsbad is an exclusive spa hotel, exquisitely situated on the island Trehörningen, a couple of kilometres from Nynäshamn. The views across the southern archipelago from the hotel and spa are second to none. Recently renovated to a high standard. Use of spa facilities included on both days.

Day 6 – Utö Island: Utö Värdshus

Utö Värdshus is located minutes from the village and harbour perched high on a hill with wonderful views over the islands in the southern archipelago. Rooms are either located in the historical building or in cosy wooden cabins. A nice restaurant can be found at the Inn – one of the archipelago’s best!

Days 1 and 7 – Stockholm (standard option): Rex Hotel, Hellstens Malmgård Hotel

Rex is a 3-star hotel located right in the city centre. This special boutique hotel offers a very homely feeling. The owner’s varying artistic and international background is reflected in the design of the hotel, its vision and the permanent exhibition of black and white photos. Hellstens Malmgård is a newly renovated 3-star hotel recently opened in a historic building in Stockholm’s southern district Södermalm. Boutique hotel with quiet rooms, all uniquely decorated.

Days 1 and 7 – Stockholm (optional upgrade): Hellsten, Hellsten Glashus

Hellsten is a 4-star hotel with a difference in the centre of Stockholm. Close to everything with quiet and intriguing rooms. Every room has its own unique atmosphere. The ingredients for this are an exciting environment and daring colours, combined with a caring staff. Hellstens Glashus is a recently opened hotel in Stockholm’s vibrant southern district Södermalm. Located close by Mariatorget, within 10 minutes walk of the old town.

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is included on all days. When no restaurant location is available on the route, lunches and snacks should either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before. You can have dinner at the hotel you are staying at or at the village restaurants.

Travel

The closest airports are Stockholm Arlanda and Skavsta which is 100 km south of Stockholm.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily, so do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

The Arlanda express train takes you from Arlanda Airport to the city centre in 20 minutes. Flygbussarna Airport Coaches run buses from Skavsta Airport to the centre of Stockholm and it takes about 80 minutes.

Travel Insurance

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A comprehensive and reputable travel insurance policy is essential to your enjoyment and peace of mind while on an active holiday. It is highly recommended when booking with us that all group members have valid travel insurance which includes cover for all activities included in your trip. We have teamed up with World Nomads to offer you adequate cover at a great value from a reputable insurer, and it takes only a few minutes to buy online.

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Country Info

Up-to-date travel advice on Sweden is available here.

Trip Info

Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate

The grade is easy to moderate and the longest day is 19 km (can be shortened). The walking is not challenging (3-5 hours per day) but it is an undulating landscape with many hills and some stretches may be a bit boggy if it has rained recently (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

The trail follows well-maintained footpaths and the trails are waymarked. Comprehensive route notes and maps are supplied. You can also call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available to start from mid-June till early August, Mondays and Saturdays only. For larger groups, we can arrange departures on other days of the week. For spring and autumn departures, you can also consider our Stockholm Archipelago Spring and Autumn Programme.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing no more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15–20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several T-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside the accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)

Included

  • 7 nights in hotels and guesthouses as listed in the itinerary
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Welcome meeting and detailed briefing
  • Detailed journey documentation and practical information: personalised trip notes and maps (emailed before departure and a hard copy provided at first hotel; one set per room)
  • Luggage transfers (up to 20 kg per person): Stockholm/Trosa (Day 2), Trosa accommodation/MS Flora boat, Trosa (Day 4), Nynäshamn harbour/Nynäshamn accommodation (Day 4), Nynäshamn accommodation/Nynäshamn harbour (Day 6), Ålö/Utö (Day 6)
  • Boat transfers: Stendörren/Sävö (Day 3), Sävö/Källvik (Day 3), Trosa/Nynäshamn (Day 4), Nynäshamn/Nåttarö (Day 6), Nåttarö/Ålö (Day 6), Utö/Fjärdlång (Day 7), Fjärdlång /Stockholm (Day 7)
  • Car transfers: Stockholm/Tullgarn Palace (Day 2), Trosa/Stendörren (Day 3), Sandvik/Trosa (Day 3), Ålö/Gruvbryggan (Utö) (Day 6), Stockholm harbour/Stockholm accommodation (Day 7)
  • Bus tickets: Nynäshamn/Häringe (Day 5), Häringe/Nynäshamn (Day 5)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room (subject to availability)
  • This trip is not available to solo walkers as it would be cost-prohibitive

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights and airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • All lunches and dinners
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Optional Extras

  • Extra nights in Stockholm or along the trail are bookable upon request
  • Optional upgrade in Stockholm

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