Stockholm Archipelago Tours

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The Stockholm Archipelago is a trove of natural wonders, with miles of glittering ocean dotted with thousands of islands, rocky coves, and sandy beaches. Extending roughly 37 miles (60 kilometers) east of Stockholm, the vast archipelago offers ample opportunities for scenic cruises, day tours, and multi-day island-hopping tours. 

The Basics
The archipelago’s main towns—Nynashamn, Gustavsberg, and Vaxholm—can all be explored on a day trip from Stockholm. Guided boat cruises and passenger ferries run between the mainland and the islands, providing easy access. Treat yourself to spectacular views and soar overhead on a helicopter tour, set sail on a sunset sightseeing cruise, or glide around the beaches and bays on a kayaking excursion.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Pack sunscreen, insect repellent, and warm clothes if you’re setting out on an island-hopping cruise. At sea, even the summer air can get chilly. 
  • Wi-Fi and cell phone service can be unreliable, especially around the more remote islands.
  • Most public transport options, including ferries, are wheelchair accessible. Facilities on the islands may vary.

How to Get There
While coastal towns like Vaxholm, Norrtälje, Nynäshamn, and Gustavsberg can be reached by bus or train, the most popular way to explore the archipelago is by boat. Ferries, guided cruises, and water taxis run year-round (weather permitting) from central Stockholm. You can reach the closest islands in about an hour, and the outer islands in several hours.

When to Get There
It’s possible to visit most islands year-round, but boat services may be limited during winter and can be canceled when the weather gets rough. April through September is the most popular time for island-hopping cruises, when the longer days and warmer weather are ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

Highlights of the Stockholm Archipelago
Head to Varmdo island for scenic coastal walks and forest hikes, discover the Viking history of Vaxholm on Bodesun Island, get hands-on experience at Gustavsberg’s porcelain museum, or explore the abandoned silver mine on Uto Island.
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Stockholm in One Day Sightseeing Tour

Explore Stockholm by bus and boat on this 2.5-hour tour that covers all of the city's highlights. Aboard a comfortable coach, tour the city's highlights like Stadshuset (City Hall), the island of Djurgården, the Vasa Museum and Kungliga Slottet (the Royal Palace). Then hop on to a canal boat to cruise around the city's scenic archipelago and end with a fantastic photo op of the coastal city's skyline. This comprehensive tour is ideal for those with limited time in Sweden's capital city.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Adventure

Spend the day on a yacht in Stockholm's scenic archipelago during this full-day excursion from Vaxholm. All hands are on deck as you help steer and crew the ship yourself under the direction of an expert skipper. Disembark on a picturesque island to explore its rocky shores and swim in the bracing ocean. Enjoy a traditional Swedish lunch on board the boat. No sailing experience is necessary to enjoy this day on the water, and all equipment is provided.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Kayaking Tour of Stockholm Archipelago

Paddle your way through Stockholm's archipelago on this full-day kayaking tour. Whether you are a novice or an experienced kayaker, this excursion allows you to immerse yourself in the rugged beauty of the unspoiled wilderness found just offshore from Sweden's cosmopolitan capital city. Kayak to a secluded island for a refreshing swim, lunch and a traditional afternoon coffee break, or 'fika'. Paddling instruction from an expert guide and all kayaking gear is included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day Stockholm Archipelago Kayaking and Camping Tour

Camp and kayak in the Stockholm's archipelago during this 3-day outdoor adventure. Follow an expert kayak guide, who will provide informative commentary about the culture and history of the archipelago, for three days of paddling and camping amongst the pristine islands. Between stops at the tiny harbor villages, keep your eyes open for native wildlife like oystercatchers and seals in the Swedish wilderness. This small-group tour is limited to 8 people and is available in both beginner and intermediate versions. All meals and the use of tents and kayaks is included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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  • Duration: 3 days
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2-Day Kayaking Tour in the Archipelago of Stockholm

Kayak through the more than 25,000 islands in the Stockholm Archipelago during this 2-day eco-adventure from Stockholm. Under the capable watch of your expert kayaking instructor, head out into one of the wildest areas of Europe, where most of the rocky islands remain uninhabited. As you paddle, listen to your guide's engaging commentary on the history, culture and wildlife of the islands. Sleep out in in tents under the stars and wake up in the morning for a swim, or try your hand at fishing for your lunch in the shallow waters between the islets. Enjoy personalized attention on this small group tour, limited to 10 people. This trip is suitable for participants of all skill levels.
  • Duration: 2 days
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