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Stockholm Archipelago Spring & Autumn Programme 13

Stockholm Archipelago Spring & Autumn Walking Programme

Overview

Close to the charming city of Stockholm, you will discover Sweden’s sprawling southern archipelago of 24,000 islands spreading 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.

Note that we can organise this trip only in late May, June, late August and early September. For summer departures, please consider our Sörmland & Stockholm Archipelago Summer Programme.

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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: Stockholm to Dalarö | 4-10 km

Today your walk starts on your doorstep. It takes you on a historical and picturesque tour of Stockholm’s southern island, Södermalm. Explore the district’s narrow cobblestone alleys, timber cottages dating back to the 1600s, and grand churches. Take in the stunning views across lake Mälaren towards the old town, city hall and Djurgården. Then take the late afternoon boat from central Stockholm to the idyllic village of Dalarö, passing houses of the rich and famous lining the shore as you leave Stockholm and then into a unique landscape of pine-covered islands as you weave your way through this archipelago of thousands of islands. Dalarö is your first taste of archipelago village life, as the village starts to enjoy its first guests in the spring months and wind down after a busy summer in the autumn months. 

  • Walking for the day: 4-10 km
  • Accommodation: a charming cottage in Dalarö, see examples here, here and here

Day 3: Fjärdlång Island | 10 km

This morning you can explore the picturesque village of Dalarö, with its narrow streets of colourful wooden houses, before taking the boat out to 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. There is also the chance to island-hop to Kymmendö on either your way to Fjärdlång or way back to Dalarö, where August Strindberg spent many summers and got the inspiration for his novel Hemsöborna.

  • Walking for the day: 10 km
  • Accommodation: a charming cottage in Dalarö, see examples here, here and here

Day 4: Ornö Island | 10-12 km

This morning you take the ferry over to Ornö, and then a connecting bus takes you the short way to the start of your hike around Mane Äng. Ornö is the largest island in the southern archipelago that remains today an island with a living community yet to be discovered by large-scale tourism. Your hike takes you through the nature reserve, passing forests, open landscapes and coastal scenery. You can also take advantage of the island’s pod taxi to take you to the start of the walk up to Ornö’s viewpoint on Telegrafberget, the southern archipelago’s highest point. You then take the boat from Ornö Kyrka, Ornö’s small village with its picturesque church and waterside cafe, back to Dalarö. If you missed it on the previous day, in the autumn, you have the choice of visiting Huvudskär, an island boasting a stunning location in the outer reaches of the archipelago.

  • Walking for the day: 10-12 km (optional)
  • Accommodation: a charming cottage in Dalarö, see examples here, here and here

Day 5: Gålö Peninsula, Årsta and Utö Island | 11 km

Today a taxi transfers you to Skälåker on Gålö peninsula where there is a spectacular loop walk passing through changing scenery of woodland and coast with views at every turn. Your hike ends at a beautiful sandy beach, the perfect place to rest your weary feet. Enjoy the scenery and calmness until the taxi collects you and takes you to the jetty at Årsta Brygga, where you meet the boat that takes you to the holiday island of Utö (30 min).

Day 6: Utö Island / Stockholm | 6-12 km

Enjoy the calmer pace that Utö offers in the spring and autumn seasons and walk the loop in the nature reserve around the northern end of the island, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks, white sandy beaches and breathe the fresh, pure archipelago air. The small village of Gruvbyn also has something to offer with its mine, museum and windmill high up on the hilltop. Shops and restaurants give it a friendly atmosphere, even off high summer season. You then say farewell to the islands and catch your late afternoon boat back to the mainland. You then take the connecting bus and train back to Stockholm.

Day 7: Departure

Departure or an extra day on request.

What to Expect

Accommodation

Accommodations on this tour include a mix of charming 3-star hotels and cottages. They have been carefully selected for their location, atmosphere, cuisine and/or unique services.

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Days 2, 3 and 4 – Dalarö: a characterful cottage, see examples here, here and here

We use a selection of centrally located cottages with modern standard. All are within walking distance of Dalarö’s restaurants and the boat harbour. The cottage chosen depends on availability and your personal preferences.

Day 5 – 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 6 – Stockholm: Rex HotelHellstens Malmgård HotelHellstenHellsten 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.

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.

Hellsten is a 4-star hotel 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.

Difficulty & terrain

The grade is easy to moderate, and the longest day is 12 km. The walking is not challenging (3-4 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). 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

We can organise this trip only in late May, June, late August and early September, on selected Thursdays only. For larger groups, we can arrange departures on other days of the week. If you are a seasoned and well-equipped hiker, we can eventually book you on off-season dates.

For summer departures, please consider our Sörmland & Stockholm Archipelago Summer Programme.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

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

By train or bus
  • 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, which takes about 80 minutes.

Inclusions

Included

  • 6 nights in 3-star hotels and cottages as listed in the itinerary
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer/storage: Dalarö jetty/Dalarö cottage (Day 2), Skälåker, Gålö (Day 5)
  • Boat fare: Stockholm/Dalarö (Day 2), Dalarö/Fjärdlång (Day 3), Fjärdlång/Dalarö (Day 3), Alt: Fjärdlång/Kymmendö (Day 3), Alt: Kymmendö/Dalarö (Day 3), Dalarö/Ornö (Day 4), Ornö/Dalarö (Day 4), Årsta Brygga/Utö (Day 5), Utö/Årsta Brygga (Day 6)
  • Car transfers: Stockholm accommodation/Stockholm jetty (Day 2), Ornö Brevik/Ornö Kyrka (Day 4), Dalarö/Skälåker, Gålö (Day 5), Skälåker, Gålö/Årsta Brygga (Day 5), Stockholm central station/Stockholm accommodation (Day 6)
  • Bus/train fare: Ornö Hässelmara/Ornö Sundby (Day 4), Ornö Sundby/Ornö Brevik (Day 4), Årsta Brygga/Stockholm (Day 6)
  • 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)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative

Excluded

  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on-site)
  • Any items not explicitly listed as included

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room – upon request only (shared cabin with two separate bedrooms in Utö)
  • This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers
  • Extra nights in Stockholm or Utö are bookable upon request

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