Sandhamn views

Archipelago

For many people, Stockholm’s most spectacular attraction is still the archipelago’s wonderful maritime landscape with more than 30,000 islands and skerries. On some islands there are picturesque restaurants, hotels, youth hostels and country stores, while other islands are uninhabited and only have natural harbors. There is great variation, and a wealth of wildlife. Many of the islands in the archipelago can be reached by boat from central Stockholm and are ideal for a day trip or spending a few nights in a hotel or youth hostel.


Fjäderholmarna

Fjäderholmarna is a group of four small islands. Visitors arrive at the main island, where there is a boat museum and an aquarium with a fascinating collection of Baltic fish. There is also a fish-smoking plant, a bakery, a couple of restaurants, and art and craft shops – all within easy walking distance.

The boat trip from the city takes approximately 30 minutes.

Vaxholm
Idyllic archipelago town with many well-preserved wooden houses from the turn of the last century. Vaxholm has numerous charming restaurants, cafés and shops. Waxholm Hotel, with its great views of the fortress (which can be reached by a short boat ride from Vaxholm quay) and harbour, is a classic choice for lunch or dinner.

Vaxholm is located 37 km north-east of Stockholm, and the trip from the city centre takes about 50 minutes by boat and 45 minutes by car/coach.

Gustavsberg
Situated in the inner archipelago, Gustavsberg is a small community with a ceramics factory and an adjoining porcelain museum displaying porcelain from 1825 up to the present day.

The town is located 25 km south-east of Stockholm, and can be reached in 20 minutes by car or by boat, courtesy of Strömma Kanalbolaget.

Grinda
The island of Grinda is two hours from Stockholm by boat and popular with both Stockholmers for swimming, sports activities and relaxing excursions. It is a green island with woodland and beaches where visitors can wander along paths and lanes.

Several scheduled boat services depart daily from Stockholm.

Finnhamn
Finnhamn lies on the boundary between the middle and outer archipelago, on a group of islands with forests, meadows, small bays and smooth rocks to swim from. Facilities include a café, a shop, a youth hostel offering rowing boat hire, and a campsite and cottages for rent.

Boats depart from central Stockholm.

Möja
Traditional farming and fishing are still practiced on Möja. Berg village has a museum, a church and an old cinema. The popular outdoor dance floor is one of few remaining of its kind in the archipelago.

Boats depart from central Stockholm.

Sandhamn
Sandhamn is the key meeting place for sailors and yachters, with white sandy beaches and a vibrant party scene during summer. The Royal Swedish Yacht Club was established here some 100 years ago.

The boat journey from Stockholm takes about three hours.

Utö
An old mining community turned fashionable resort with beaches, a hotel, a youth hostel, restaurants, swimming and camp sites, bicycle hire, a guest harbour, fishing opportunities and lots of interesting things to see.

Departures leave Årsta Havsbad all year round.

Transportation

Pleasure boat tours

Strömma
Cinderella

Regular boat service

Waxholmsbolaget
Cinderella

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