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Stockholm Archipelago (Stockholms Skärgard)
Stockholm Archipelago (Stockholms Skärgard)

Stockholm Archipelago (Stockholms Skärgard)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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