The Stockholm Archipelago, known as Skärgård to the Swedes, is the largest chain of islands in Sweden. This cluster of countless atolls stretches 80km to the east and is home to over 30,000 islands. It is easy to access this wilderness playground as it lies a short 20-minute trip from Stockholm. No matter what you are into, you will find excitement in your day with a range of activities including hiking, ice skating expeditions, speedboat seal safaris, nature watching, ice yachting and more. If a relaxing day is in the cards, the islands have plenty of places where you can eat, shop and get cultured.
Visiting the islands by boatThe most popular way to see the islands is by ferry but you can kayak, swim, bike along the shore or ice yacht. Once you have found the perfect places to visit you can plan your trip by visiting a ferry service website such as the Cinderella.
The most popular day trip is to Vaxholm, the capital of this Swedish Archipelago. The town can be accessed by one of the ferries leaving from Stockholm. This beautiful spot gives visitors a snapshot of the town’s past with its well-preserved wooden houses painted in traditionally charming pastel colors. Here you may want to grab lunch with a view of the ocean, sip away at a coffee or explore the area.
On this part of the archipelago you will find the Vaxholm Fortress whose history dates back to the 16th century. Nearby is the Battery Park, Batteriparken, where the old gun installments used to lie. Take a walk through the area and gaze upon the fort. This is an excellent place to grab some pictures.