Vaxholm short break
A 2-day cycle tour island hopping through the central Stockholm archipelago to the islands surrounding idyllic Vaxholm.
An archipelago boat trip from Stockholm takes you to Tynningö island boasting grand archipelago houses and sea views round every corner. The coastal road passes the heighest point Tynningö Klack as well as hidden beaches. From Tynningö it's just a short island hop over to Rindö island where impressive Oskar-Fredriksborgs fort protects these vital waterways into Stockholm. Vaxholm is your destination with its lively harbour and picturesque alleys. Another island hop takes you over to Ingmarsö with spectacular views at both Östra Lagnö and Ljusterö Huvud.
Enjoy an unforgettable cruise back to Stockholm city winding your way past islands, canals and idyllic waterside summer houses.
Day 1: Stockholm* → Tynningö → Rindö → Vaxholm
Archipelago boat from Stockholm to Tynningö
Cycle around Tynningö passing Tynningö Klack
Boat from Tynningö to Rindö
Cycling on Rindö passing Oskar-Fredrikborgs fort and Rindö Redoubt
Boat from Rindö to Vaxholm
This morning you take the archipelago boat form Stockholm to Tynningö island, an island boasting grand villas lining its scenic shore. The pretty coastal road takes you around the island and sticking as close to the shore as possible you pass beaches and the impressive viewpoint at Tynningö Klack. Back on the coastal road you wind your way to the north of the island and take the afternoon boat to your next stop, Rindö.
Rindö is well known for its military establishments including Oskar-Fredriksborg fort and Rindö Redoute, both forts strategically positioned to protect these vital waterways into Stockholm. Explore the island by bike and enjoy a break and refreshments at lively Rindö harbour with its local cheese makers, brewery and waterside restaurant.
A short island hop on the car ferry takes you 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. Enjoy the atmosphere of this idyllic archipelago village with its busy harbour, colourful wooden villas and views over to the imposing fortress.
*The trip can also start at Nacka Strand & Hasseludden in Nacka, or Gåshaga Brygga on Lidingö
Cycling Distance: 22-27 km
Boat trip: Stockholm → Tynningö 1 hr & Tynningö → Rindö 15 min, & car ferry Rindö → Waxholm 5 min
Day 2: Vaxholm → Ljusterö → Stockholm*
Boat from Vaxholm to Ljusterö
Cycle on Ljusterö passing Östra Lagnö nature reserve, Lagarsvik and Ljusterö Huvud view point
Boat from Ljusterö to Stockholm
This morning, you and your bikes head back onto the archipelago boats to explore Ljusterö island. Ljusterö is one of the largest islands in the archipelago and offers plenty to discover. Your journey starts with the coastal road along the west coast passing the lively harbour at Linanäs and the scenic fishing village of Laggarsvik. En route you make the short detour to Ljusterö Huvud where you will be treated to mile-wide views of this glorious archipelago.
This afternoon you follow the country lane along the narrow peninsula all the way to distant Östra Lagnö, stretching some 10 kilometres into the outer archipelago. The rocks are typically smoothed by the inland ice dating from the ice age. It is a magical place with wonderful views across the horizon.
After much contemplation it is time to return to the jetty and sit back and enjoy the boat journey passing island after island until your reach the buzz of Stockholm city.
*The trip can also end at Nacka Strand & Hasseludden in Nacka, or Gåshaga Brygga on Lidingö
Cycling Distance: Not fixed/approx. 47 km
Boat trip: Vaxholm → Ljusterö 1 hr & & Ljusterö → Svartsö → Stockholm, 2 tim 40 min
Accommodation in Vaxholm
Waxholms Hotell is a boutique hotel located right next to the harbour in Vaxholm - the heart of the Stockholm archipelago. It's convenient location, a stone's throw from the archipelago boats, enjoys beautiful views over the water to Vaxholm fortress.
The standard price is for rooms facing the courtyard or on the 3rd floor.
Enquire for prices and availability of upgrade rooms.
The first cycle day is a more gentle cycle around Tynningö and Rindö islands with just over 20 km on undulating terrain on a mix of dirt track and tarmac. The second day on Ljusterö is a longer cycle day with up to 47 km on dirt track, country lanes as well as the more substantial Ljusterövägen main road through the island (approx. 6 km).
Note that you do not have the whole day to complete the cycles. On day 1 the archipelago boat leaves you at Tynningö at approx 11.00. On day 2 you have approximately 5 hrs to complete the cycle tour - the distance is between 35 & 47 km. The cycle route is easy with gently undulating terrain.
This trip is available in the spring, from mid-May to midsummer, departing Fridays & Saturdays only.
This trip is available everyday except Saturday during the summer season when the archipelago boats run their summer timetable.
Summer dates 2021 are 25 June - 15 August
This trip is available in autumn, from mid-August to mid-September, departing Fridays & Saturdays only.
Autumn dates 2021 are from 16 August
Exact timetable for 2021 to be confirmed.
Overnight at Waxholm Hotell
SEK 1745 per person (Thu-Sun)
SEK 1860 per person (Fridays)
SEK 2650 per person (Saturdays, includes 3-course dinner)
There are also some cabins/cottages in Vaxholm which are available on request. Prices for the package with a cabin/cottage is from SEK 1 515 regardless of the day. More information on request.
Detailed route notes and maps & GPX tracks (2 days)
Archipelago boat Stockholm/Tynningö/Rindö (Day 1)
Hotel x 1 night
3-course dinner x 1 (only Saturdays)
Breakfast x 1
Archipelago boat Vaxholm/Ljusterö/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/Vaxholm @ SEK 300 per person
Day 2 baggage transfer Vaxholm/Stockholm @ SEK 300 per person