Close to the charming city of Stockholm, you will discover Sweden’s southernmost wildest area of 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 Walking Holiday in Spring & Autumn.
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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 (30min) 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 (15min). 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 to Mättinge. Hike Mättinge to Nynäs manor via Sandvik beach, 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.
- Walking for the day: 6km (optional)
- Accommodation: Nynäs Havsbad Hotel & Spa or similar
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.
- Walking for the day: 10 – 15km
- Accommodation: Nynäs Havsbad Hotel & Spa or similar
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 (20min). 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 (30min), 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.
- Walking for the day: 12km
- Accommodation: Utö Värdshus or similar
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 (30min) 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.
What to expect
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.
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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’s 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!
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.
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 and terrain
The grade is easy to moderate, and the longest day is 19km (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). 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 end-June till early August, on Mondays & selected Saturdays 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.
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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 20min.
- Flygbussarna Airport Coaches run buses from Skavsta Airport to the centre of Stockholm, which takes about 80min.
- 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 20kg per person): Stockholm/Trosa (Day 2), Trosa accommodation/MS Flora boat, Trosa (Day 4), Nynäshamn harbour/Nynäshamn accommodation (Day 4), Nynäshamn accomm./Nynäshamn harbour (Day 6), Ålö/Utö (Day 6)
- Boat transfers: Stendörren/Sävö (Day 3), Sävö/Mättinge (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), Nynäs manor/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
- 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 and supplements
- A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room (the single supplement is based on a single room throughout the trip and on a shared cabin with two separate bedrooms in Utö)
- This holiday is NOT available for solo travellers
- Extra nights in Stockholm or along the trail are bookable upon request