Utö short break
A 2-day cycle tour passing virgin forest, winding roads through idyllic countryside and the holiday island of Utö.
An archipelago boat trip from Stockholm takes you to suburban Tyresö boasting an impressive manor and delightful gardens. The coastal lane winds its way to the deep forests, glittering lakes, peace and tranquility of Tyresta National Park. Continue on countryside trails onwards to Årsta Havsbad with its large sandy beach and jetty which is the gateway to Stockholm's mighty archipelago. Utö holiday island has activities for everyone from sandy beaches and hiking trails to cosy shops and mining history, and by bike you can easily experience all the island has to offer.
Enjoy an unforgettable cruise back to Stockholm city winding your way past islands, canals and idyllic waterside summer houses.
Day 1: Stockholm* → Tyresö slott → Tyresta national park → Årsta beach → Utö
Archipelago boat from Stockholm to Tyresö in Haninge
Cycle from Tyresö to Tyresta national park via Tyresö palace
Hiking in Tyresta national park
Cycle from Tyresta national park to Årsta Havsbad beach
Archipelago boat from Årsta Havsbad to Utö
This morning you take the archipelago boat form Stockholm to Tyresö, where you trail begins. First stop is Tyresö palace, an imposing palace dating back to the 17th century boasting impressive waterside English gardens. Take a stroll through its gardens or across to the nearby small islands with wonderful views across the sea and forests before you continue your cycle journey along quiet country lanes the short way to Tyresta National Park. Tyresta is a protected area of some 5000 hectares with trees dating back over 400 years, sparkling forest lakes and a wealth of wildlife. Deer roam freely throughout whilst moose wait their turn as dusk falls. Take a break from cycling and instead hike the trails through the endless forests of pine and birch, taking a refreshing dip as you pass by one of the many lakes. Find the perfect spot and enjoy the peace, tranquility and breathtaking nature of Stockholm's National Park.
After free time in the park, you take to your bikes again and cycle through fields and woods until you reach Årsta Havsbad from where you catch the boat to the holiday island of Utö. And if you have some extra time before the boat trip to Utö, then take a dip at Årsta's large, inviting sandy beach. But don't enjoy the beach too much, the boat won't wait for you!
Then you head out among the thousands of islands that make up the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago, a seemingly endless archipelago with 24,000 islands located right on Stockholm's doorstep. The journey ends at Utö where you enjoy a good night's sleep.
* During the summer and autumn this trip can also start at Nacka Strand, Boo, Saltsjöbaden or Tyresö. During the spring this trip starts at Saltsjöbaden or Tyresö (not Stockholm).Accommodation: Utö
Cycling: 38.5 km
Hiking: Not fixed/Estimated hiking time: 2-3 hrs
Boat tour: Stockholm → Tyresö, 1 hr 30 min; Årsta Havsbad → Utö, 45 mins
Day 2: Utö → Ålö → Utö → Stockholm*
Cycling on Utö to Ålö
Visit beaches and hiking on Ålö
Cycle back to Utö, Visit Gruvbyn village & hiking options
Boat from Utö to Stockholm
Today you are free on Utö island to enjoy its life and scenery. Take your bikes and cycle the length of the island, cross over a bridge to the small island of Ålö where you will find solitude on a white sand beach plus a charming fish restaurant.
You may also opt to island hop to another close lying island called Nåttarö, where you can enjoy one of the archipelago's best sandy beaches and great views. Utö also offers a wealth of other activities from sea kayaking on its calm waters, to hiking along the many trails through forests and open country, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks, white sandy beaches and breathe the fresh, pure archipelago air.
You then take the afternoon boat back from Utö to Stockholm and enjoy the beautiful landscape as the boat winds its way past islands, canals and idyllic summer houses by the water.
* During the spring, summer & autumn this trip can end at Nacka Strand, Boo, Saltsjöbaden, Tyresö or Stockholm.
Cycling: Flexible/approx. 25 km
Boat tour: Utö → Stockholm, 4 hr
Accommodation in Utö
Utö Värdshus Inn 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 nearby historical buildings or cosy wooden cabins. A well-respected restaurant can be found at the Inn - one of the archipelago's best!
The first cycle day is longer covering 40 km on gently undulating terrain. The second cycle day is shorter and flexible so you can adapt the distance to suit you - we do however recommend that you allow for at least 25 km cycling to make the most of the day.
Note that you do not have the whole day to complete the cycles. On day 1 the archipelago boat leaves you at Tyresö at 10.25. On day 2 the archipelago boat leaves Utö Gruvbryggan at 16.00 . The cycle route is however easy with gently undulating terrain.
Timetables for 2022 to be confirmed but are expected to be as follows:
16 April - 18 June
Departs every Saturday, only from Saltsjöbaden & Tyresö
26 June - 20 August
Departs everyday during the summer season
27 August - 3 September
SEK 1,915 per person
Detailed route notes and maps & GPX tracks (2 days)
Archipelago boat Stockholm/Tyresö (Day 1)
Archipelago boat Årsta / Utö (Day 1)
Hotel x 1 night
Breakfast x 1
Archipelago boat Utö / Stockholm (Day 2)
Mountain bikes and hybrid bikes are suitable for this trip - see our bike rental for prices
20% reduction on all our bikes if rented for our tours
Baggage transfer service:
Day 1 baggage transfer Stockholm/Årsta Brygga @ SEK 250 per person
Day 2 baggage transfer Utö/Stockholm is not necessary because you can store the bags at Utö Värdshus during the day and then take them on the boat back to Stockholm.