Dalarö short break
A 2-day cycle tour passing virgin forest, open countryside, colourful Dalarö and an island hop to Ornö.
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 Dalarö, a vibrant archipelago village with narrow alleys, colourful wooden houses, beaches and wonderful views over the islands of the southern archipelago. Hop on the boat to Ornö, and explore all corners of the island not missing a climb up its view tower with mile-wide views of island after island...
Enjoy an unforgettable cruise back to Stockholm city winding your way past islands, canals and idyllic waterside summer houses.
Day 1: Stockholm* → Tyresö palace → Tyresta national park → Dalarö
Archipelago boat from Stockholm to Trinntorp, Tyresö in Haninge
Cycle from Trinntorp to Tyresta national park via Tyresö manor
Hiking in Tyresta national park
Cycle from Tyresta national park to Dalarö
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 the idyllic village of Dalarö, your first taste of Stockholm's wonderful archipelago. Dalarö is an old customs station that developed into a popular resort town in the latter part of the 19th century due to its picturesque location and charming houses. Explore the picturesque narrow streets of colourful wooden houses, swim from the white beaches of Schweizerdalen or pay a visit to the charming 15th century church.
* 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).
Cycling Distance: 34-40 km
Hiking Distance: Not fixed/Estimated hiking time: 2-3 hrs
Boat trip: Stockholm → Trinntorp, 1 hr 30 mins
Day 2: Dalarö → Ornö → Stockholm*
Boat from Dalarö to Ornö, Hässelmara.
Cycle on Ornö passing Mane Äng loop and Telegrafberget view point
Boat from Ornö to Stockholm
This morning, you can spend a few hours to explore Dalarö village, not missing a walk up to its beautiful viewpoint with extensive views across the archipelago. You then take the boat and head out amongst the thousands of islands that make up the southern part of Stockholm's archipelago, a seemingly endless archipelago of 24,000 glorious islands 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. Your first stop takes you to the pretty island of Ornö. Ornö is the largest island in the southern archipelago totaling 14 km in length and 6 km at its widest part. Ornö has traditionally been less exploited for tourism than some of its neighbouring islands and remains today an island with a living community yet to be discovered by large-scale tourism.
You then have the chance to visit the four corners of the island on two wheels, and enjoy its unique nature around Mane Äng, with both woodland and open landscape, plus opportunities to swim from the smooth rocks as well as visit historical landmarks en route, such as the wooden church dating from 1885. Don't miss a walk up to Ornö's viewpoint on Telegrafberget, the southern archipelago's highest point.
You then take the late afternoon boat from Ornö back to Stockholm city enjoying the scenery as you wind your way past islands, canals and idyllic waterside summer houses.
*During spring, summer & autumn this trip can also end at Nacka Strand, Boo, Saltsjöbaden, Tyresö or Stockholm.
Cycling Distance: Not fixed/approx. 21 km
Boat trip: Dalarö → Ornö, 30 mins & Ornö → Stockholm, 3 hr 15 mins
Accommodation in Dalarö
Small and charming hostel situated in the converted customs house. Envied location right by the water's edge with wonderful views across Stockholm's southern archipelago and only moments walk from Dalarö village. Shared facilities.
Includes linen & cleaning of room on departure
Selection of cottages
We use a selection of centrally located cottages with modern standard. All within walking distance of Dalarö's restaurants and the boat harbour. The cottage chosen depends on availability and your own personal needs. To be discussed when booking.
Includes linen & cleaning of room on departure
Smådalarö Gård - note that Smådalarö Gård
is located 5 km from Dalarö centre
Smådalarö Gård is situated on the shore of Hemviken bay in Stockholm's southern archipelago. The mansion was built in 1810 and enjoys wonderful views over the water from its restaurant terrace. Golf course, tennis courts and sauna on the hotel premises.
Extra cost: SEK TBC
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 Ornö Kyrka between 16:00 & 16.55. The cycle route is however easy with gently undulating terrain.
If you upgrade to Smådalarö Gård then allow an additional 5 km each day.
Timetables for 2023 to be confirmed but are expected to be as follows:
15 April - 17 June
Departs every Saturday, only from Saltsjöbaden
25 June - 19 August
Departs everyday during the summer season
26 August - 2 September
SEK 1,590 per person
Detailed route notes and maps & GPX tracks (2 days)
Archipelago boat Stockholm/Tyresö (Day 1)
Hostel/cabin x 1 night
Linen & room cleaning at hostel/cabin in Dalarö on departure
Breakfast x 1
Archipelago boat Ornö/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