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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.

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

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

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

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: 6 km (optional)
  • Accommodation: a charming cottage in Dalarö, see examples here, here and here

Day 5: Gålö Peninsula, Årsta and Utö Island

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

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 out of the 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.

Hotels

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.

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 (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 6 – 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 / Easy to Moderate

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).

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

We can organise this trip only in May, early June, late August and September. Departures on Thursdays only. For larger groups, we can arrange departures on other days of the week. For summer departures, please consider our Sörmland & Stockholm Archipelago Summer 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

  • 6 nights in 3-star hotels and cottages as listed in the itinerary
  • 6 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 storage: Skälåker, Gålö (Day 5)
  • Boat transfers: Stockholm/Dalarö (Day 2), Dalarö/Fjärdlång (Day 3), Fjärdlång/Dalarö (Day 3), Fjärdlång/Kymmendö (Day 3), 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 tickets: Ornö Hässelmara/Ornö Sundby (Day 4), Ornö Sundby/Ornö Brevik (Day 4), Årsta Brygga/Stockholm (Day 6)
  • 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
  • Extra night in Utö

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