Welcome to the Stockholm archipelago!
With its 30 000 islands and islets the Stockholm archipelago is a unique place. Barren cliffs, soft sandy beaches, green meadows and deep forests create a magnificent nature experience.
The Swedish right of public access and the many nature reserves in the archipelago provide you with the opportunity to hike, go canoeing, swim or just be in the moment and enjoy nature. Take one of the many boats out to the islands or visit the mainland areas. Bring your tent or stay in a hostel or cottage. Restaurants and farm shops provide good food with local ingredients.
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Utö is a destination with something for everyone, with great services and a lot to experience and explore. Here you will find both hotel cabins and a hostel, several restaurants, a convenience store, a café, a bike rental, and a guest harbour.
If you fancy a dip in the ocean there are both rocky shores and sandy beaches. There are many bike paths and nice walking trails all across the island. You can take a break and enjoy a bite to eat at the famous Utö Värdshus or one of the other restaurants and cafés. There are bike and kayak rentals and if you would like to stay the night to enjoy another day. There are glamping tents, cabins, and hostels.
There are remnants from the intensive years of mining all over the island. You can read all about it at the mine museum by the impressive mine pits, visit the low rising houses where the miners lived, or the mill that can be seen all over Mysingen.
Arholma is a leafy island in the northern archipelago with beautiful historic buildings. Here, with the sea of Åland as the closest neighbour, you can enjoy a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, under the watchful eye of the historic Arholma beacon built in 1763.
From the steamboat jetty you can take a stroll along the old village road and admire the houses from the 17th century, or shop at the small country shop. The whole island is a nature reserve with trails that run through forests and meadows, with grazing cattle and sheep in the beautiful cultural nature landscape.
A kilometre walk from the steamboat jetty you will find a beautiful bay with Arholma Nord. It has a small restaurant and cosy accommodation, and the military building Batteri Arholma that has been turned into a museum where you can take a guided tour and feel the winds of the days of the cold war.
Grinda in the central Stockholm archipelago is one of the most accessible islands in the archipelago. After only an hour boat ride you arrive at an island with archipelago nature with pine and deciduous forests and bathing cliffs that slope down into the ocean.
The island is a great destination for the whole family. Both the south and north side have child friendly places to swim at, and Grinda farm has many animals to admire.
Grinda Wärdshus has a restaurant and a hostel, and at the water’s edge you will find Framfickan, a popular bar that also serves simple meals. Grinda also has a farm shop, a café, and a tenting area. During the summer there are activities such as music nights, a regatta and grill barbecue nights.
The beaches at Nåttarö are some of the finest in the Stockholm archipelago. In openings in the forest, you will find the softest sand dunes, bathing in the fresh scent of the ocean against a backdrop of panoramic views of the horizon.
Nåttarö is one of Sweden’s first marine nature reserve and there is a snorkelling trail at the steamboat jetty with signs that tell you all about life under water. At the steamboat jetty you will find an exquisite restaurant and a service building for visitors of the guest harbour. At Nåttarö you can rent a cabin or stay the night at a hostel.
Nåttarö is the perfect spot to enjoy some autumn surfing, read more in our article Våga höstsurfa i skärgården (Enjoy surfing in the autumn in Stockholm archipelago).
Finnhamn is one of the most popular islands in the archipelago. Even though it is located far out in the outermost archipelago, it is easily accessible by archipelago boat. A lot of people also come here by private sailboat to anchor in the popular natural harbours.
Finnhamn has it all - there is a hostel, a cabin village, a tenting area, a guest harbour, beach, café, and a restaurant with an outstanding rooftop bar. At the sister island Idholmen, which nowadays is joined to Finnhamn, you will find Idholmen farm that has cows, chickens, and other animals as well as a farm shop with produce from their own eco farm.
Large parts of the island are a nature reserve with hiking trails that lead you through leafy forests, meadows, an active agricultural community, and barren archipelago nature. You can island hop between Finnhamn and Ingmarsö by using one of the row boats and then explore the islands on foot.
Read more about the points of interest on the island at Finnhamns naturskatter.
Gällnö & Karklö
Gällnö is an island in the central archipelago with lovely beaches, protected natural harbours and a well-preserved agricultural landscape. At Gällnö, there are red wooden sheds, boat houses and homesteads under the shade of knotty old apple trees.
Here you will find a country shop, a hostel, cabins, a popular bar and a well-stocked café, and the smallest hotel in the archipelago with only one room! Torsviken bay has a natural harbour, a tenting area, and a sandy beach. A small strait separates the island from the neighbouring Karklö, but you can grab an island-hopping rowboat to get across. Karklö also has an active agricultural farm with farm animals.
Lidö is a leafy island in Stockholm’s northern archipelago. It is a popular destination for families with children, canoeists, and boaters. Here you can enjoy private bays, stunning nature, and great food at Lidö restaurant.
At the guest harbour there is an ice cream shop and a canoe rental. If you come by private boat, you can anchor in the picturesque natural harbour at Österhamn. Lidö restaurant offers both an award-winning restaurant and accommodation in a hostel, cabins, and glamping tents.
Örskär is located furthest north in the Stockholm archipelago. The island is quiet and beautiful with barren cliffs and a lighthouse that dominates the skyline.
During the summer season you can visit the lighthouse, take a guided tour and let yourself be mesmerized by the stunning panoramic view. Below the lighthouse there is a well-preserved idyllic archipelago village that used to be the residences of the sea pilots and lighthouse keepers. Nowadays the village houses are used as overnight rentals for those who wish to spend the night on the island. In the summer, the local restaurant serves both lunch and dinner.
A hiking trail runs between the jetty Passbåtsbryggan and the lighthouse and there are several other marked trails that take you to different parts of the island. At the Archipelago Foundation jetty there are a couple of mooring spots, but please keep in mind that it is not possible to reserve these spots.
Sandhamn is far out in the outermost archipelago and is one of the most popular islands. In the summer, the harbour is full of visiting boats and tourists strolling the harbour.
You can come just for the day, have lunch or dinner at the historical Värdshuset or grab a snack at one of the many shops down at the harbour. You can also stay the night at one of Sandham’s accommodations, Seglarhotellet or Sands Hotel.
If you venture away from the harbour on one of the paths through the pine forest you will reach long sandy beaches with beautiful views across the ocean. At Sandhamn you can have a dip in the ocean from both cliffs and sand beaches of which Trouville is a favourite for many. At the harbour you will find cafés, bars, restaurants, boutiques, shops, and hotels. Or you can rent a kayak to go exploring by sea.
Landsort, or Öja as the island is really called, is located furthest south in the Stockholm archipelago. Here you can enjoy beautiful nature, a rich animal life and a genuine archipelago village.
The island has a country shop and two restaurants, and if you want to stay overnight there are rental cabins, a hostel, and a bed & breakfast. You can have a swim in the ocean from cliffs and take a stroll across the island on paths that run from north to south. The most famous attraction on the island is the magnificent lighthouse which is Sweden’s oldest. Nearby is the tall pilot tower where you can stay overnight in the spectacular hotel. Another popular spot is Batteri Landsort, an underground military facility from the cold war which has been converted into a museum.