Day 1: In Stockholm
Today you arrive to Stockholm and are free to explore this picturesque city. 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. And you need never walk far to appreciate the impressive views stretching across the Baltic water as it winds past the city walls. Furthermore, 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.
Day 2: Stockholm → Dalarö
Today your walk 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. Feel free to take a break during your walk for a spot of shopping or why not pop into one of the museums you pass en route. You then take the late afternoon boat from central Stockholm to the idyllic village of Dalarö, passing houses of the rich and famous lining the shore as you leave Stockholm and then into a unique landscape of pine-covered islands as you weave your way through this archipelago of 30,000 islands. Dalarö is your first taste of archipelago village life, as the village starts to enjoy its first guests in the spring months and wind down after a hectic summer in the autumn months.
Hiking distance: flexible 4-10 km
Day 3: Dalarö → Fjärdlång/Huvudskär → Dalarö
This morning you have a chance to explore the picturesque village of Dalarö, with its narrow streets of colourful wooden houses, before taking the boat out to Fjärdlång island. Here you can hike around the island and up to its highest point, Tysta Klint, for wonderful views over the islands. There is also the chance to island hop on your way back to Dalarö at Kymmendö, where August Strindberg spent many a summer and inspired his novel Hemsöborna. In the autumn you have the choice of visiting Huvudskär, an island collection boasting a stunning location in the outer reaches of the archipelago.
Hiking distance: flexible 10 km
Day 4: Dalarö → Ornö → Dalarö
This morning you take the ferry over to Ornö and then a connecting bus takes you the short way to the start of your hike around Mane Äng. Ornö is the largest island in the southern archipelago and 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. Your hike today takes you through the nature reserve, passing forest, open landscape and coastal scenery. You can also take advantage of the island's pod taxi to take you to the start of the walk up to Ornö’s viewpoint on Telegrafberget, the southern archipelago’s highest point. You then take the boat from Ornö Kyrka, Ornö's small village with its picturesque church and waterside cafe, back to Dalarö.
Hiking Distance: flexible 10-12 km
Day 5: Dalarö → Gålö → Årsta → Utö
Today a taxi transfers you to Skälåker on Gålö pensinsula where there is a spectacular loop passing through a changing scenery of woodland and coast with views at every turn. your hike ends at a beautiful sandy beach, the perfect place to rest your weary feet. Enjoy the scenery and calmness until the taxi collects you and takes you to the jetty at Årsta Brygga, where you meet the boat that takes you to the holiday island of Utö
Hiking distance: flexible 4.5-11 km
Day 6: Utö → Årsta → Stockholm
Enjoy the calmer pace that Utö offers in the spring and autumn seasons and walk the loop in the nature reserve around the northern end of the island, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks, white sandy beaches and breathe the fresh, pure archipelago air. The small village of Gruvbyn also has something to offer with its mine, museum and windmill high up on the hilltop. Shops and restaurants give it a friendly atmosphere. You then say farewell to the islands and catch your late afternoon boat back to mainland. You then take the connecting bus and train back to Stockholm.
Hiking distance: flexible 6-12 km
Day 7: Depart Stockholm
Depending on your time of departure you could enjoy a walk down Stockholm's fanciest boulevard, Strandvägen, passing extravagant apartments and boats galore. This leads to Djurgården, an island of parkland crisscrossed with walking trails, plus many of Stockholm's top museums including the Vasa Museum.
Hiking distance: optional