Island Hopping Adventure - summer 6 days
Day 1: In Vaxholm
Today you make your own way to the charming village of Vaxholm, often referred to as the gateway to the Stockholm archipelago due to its location right on the edge of this sprawling multitude of islands. Arrive early and give yourself plenty of time to enjoy this idyllic archipelago village with its busy harbour, colourful wooden villas and imposing fortress.
A visit to the fortress with its defence museum is not to be missed. Used to defend stockholm for 400 years, it still today towers impressively above the surrounding waters.
For those of you already keen to put on your walking shoes, head to Bogesund nature reserve, a large peninsular connected by bridge to Vaxön, where there are beaches and walking trails through its rich natural and cultural environment.
Accommodation: Vaxholm, hotel
Day 2: Vaxholm → Svartsö
Today you walk around Vaxön island, a 10 km loop that takes you along coastal paths and winding village streets, with opportunities to swim along the way.
Then it's back to the busy harbour and time to say farewell to Vaxholm as you take the afternoon boat and set off into the heart of the archipelago to explore this island metropolis by foot, exactly the way it should be.
The Stockholm archipelago is a seemingly endless archipelago of 30,000 glorious islands, islets and skerries lying right on Stockholm's doorstep. Stretching some 80 km east of Stockholm deep into the Baltic waters, it formed during the last Ice Age and is today considered to be one of the world's natural wonders.
Svartsö is your first stop. Its landscape is typical of the central archipelago, with forests of pine trees and oaks, open meadows and well-preserved villages. Two inland lakes are also accessible and beavers have been known to enjoy their peace and tranquility. The island boasts a local school for 20 children up to the age of 16 years. Kids come from nearby islands by school boat in the summer and school hovercraft in the winter! Everyday life with a twist!
Accommodation: Svartsö, hotel
Hiking Distance: 10 km
Day 3: Svartsö → Ingmarsö → Finnhamm → Svartsö
Today you have an exciting day on foot as you island hop from island to island using archipelago boats and rowboats. Start with a walk to the eastern end of Svartsö where the archipelago boat collects you and just some minutes later leaves you at your next stop, Brottö. A couple of kilometres later and you are on Ingmarsö, a more lively island with a bustling harbour and village life. Follow the 'båtluffaleden' (island-hopping trail) all the way across the island passing the local bakery and Femsund swimming area. A bridge takes you over to Kålgårdsön and then it is a short walk on to the end of the island where you prepare yourself for a short island hop over to Finnhamn, this time by rowboat.
Once on Finnhamn you pick up the 'båtluffaleden' again which takes you past beaches and open countryside to the jetty. A chance to reminisce over your day as you wait on the cliffs for the archipelago boat to take you safely back to Svartsö.Accommodation: Svartsö, hotel
Meals: Breakfast & lunch
Hiking Distance: 12-15 km
Day 4: Svartsö → Möja → Sandhamn
This morning it's a short walk to the boat jetty at Skälvik and then back on the archipelago boat as you leave behind Svartsö and head to Möja, the island that is located right in the centre of the Stockholm archipelago. The little lively village of Berg is well worth a wander as is Möja church on the hilltop.
The walk today takes you to Löka, a pretty hamlet of wooden summer houses by the water. Möja residents have been less inclined to sell off their houses and land to summer guests eager to find their piece of paradise in the archipelago, and therefore Möja's settlements retain their genuine character.
Beaches are few and far between on Möja but your walk today takes you to a hidden beach only for those who know the way.
Return to Berg and enjoy dinner at charming Möja Värdshus back in the busy village.
Hop on the next boat to the chic island of Sandhamn, so different from the local charm of Möja, but just as beautiful.
Accommodation: Sandhamn, hotel
Hiking Distance: 6 km
Day 5: Sandhamn → Stockholm
There's no denying that Sandhamn is the playground of the rich and famous. A charming waterside village with narrow winding alleys and 17th century houses, it has everything you need despite its remote location on the distant edge of the archipelago.
Leave behind the summer buzz in the village and stretch your legs as you walk a circular loop around the whole of this sandy island passing beaches and windswept pines. You pass by Fläskberget beach and viewpoint, the island cemetery where the worn gravestones still bear the names of sailors from around the world, and Trouville beach, on the far side of the island. Trouville is what attracts Stockholmers in the summer months and with its long stretch of white sand it'll do its best to tempt you into the refreshing Baltic waters.
Once back at the village, visit the much talked about Sandhamn bakery and indulge in a delicious homemade cinnamon bun!
Then its back on the late afternoon boat, destination Stockholm.
Accommodation: Stockholm, hotel
Hiking Distance: 8 km
Day 6: In Stockholm
Often referred to as the 'Venice of the North', Stockholm is unquestionably a unique and beautiful city all year round, not only due to its location on 14 islands with its infinite presence of water, but also because of its combination of nature, colourful architecture and ancient history. Stroll through 13th century Gamla Stan, Stockholm's charming old town, where you cannot help but feel its medieval atmosphere as you wander through the cobblestone streets past narrow, colourful houses of yesteryear. There is so much to see in Stockholm, appealing to so many different interests, that you are sure to find something special to enjoy.
Today your hike 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. Not to mention stunning views across lake Mälaren towards the old town, city hall and Djurgården.
Hiking Distance: 4-10 km