Walking and Hiking
Clean air, fantastic scenery and the greenery within and around Stockholm’s large parks make walking a very pleasurable part of everyday life. For more robust walks, the city and its immediate surrounding areas are limited, so you’ll need to investigate hiking trips further north. However, a hearty and pretty lengthy walk is well within the realms of possibility, and there is plenty of choice.
On a sunny day the Stockholm archipelago is spectacular. It’s best explored on a private boat but there plenty of public ferries leaving from the centre of town that can take you among the thousands of islands for a daytrip or an overnight visit.
Sandhamn is probably the most-visited place in the archipelago. It takes around two-and-a-half hours to get there, and it’s wise to phone ahead to book a table at the Sandhamns Värdshus (+46 (0)8 571 53 051; www.sandhamns-vardshus.se), a restaurant dating back to 1672 that serves excellent herring and other traditional Swedish dishes.
There are a couple of hotels on the island: The Sands, an extremely stylish 17-room boutique hotel (08 571 530 20; www.sandshotell.se) and the more traditional Sandhamn Hotell (08-574 504 00; www.sandhamn.com) which has both indoor and outdoor pools.
The Archipelago Foundation (Skärgårdsstiftelsen) owns and manages around 15 percent of the archipelago. Their website has extensive information about the area, as well as advice on where to stay. There are various hotels and hostels, as well as small cottages that can be rented cheaply (www.skargardsstifelsen.se).