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Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 3 nights hotels
  • 3 nights cottage
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts

7 Days£1010GBP

Overview

Trip Code: IHW

Trip highlights


  • Discovering the islands of Stockholm's archipelago on foot
  • Exploring forests, seaside trails and charming villages
  • Visiting quiet sandy beaches and swimming in the Baltic sea
  • Breathing fresh sea air from boats crisscrossing the calm waters
  • Soaking up the Swedish culture, staying in charming accommodation typical of the region

Sweden's picturesque capital spreads out across 14 islands, each providing a different perspective of the city. Just southwest of Stockholm lies its southern archipelago with more than 24,000 islands stretching 80 km east of Stockholm into the Baltic Sea. With a relaxed pace there is ample time to swim in the refreshing Baltic waters, hike trails enjoying coastal views and visit towns of pretty wooden houses. Island hop your way through a handful of islands using the intricate archipelago boat system crisscrossing the calm Baltic waters. The hand-picked accommodation is all about authenticity and includes local cabins as well as well-located city hotels.

Countries:

Sweden

Starting Point:

Stockholm


On arrival in Stockholm make your way to your joining hotel where check-in is from 3pm (bags may be dropped earlier). The remainder of the day is 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. If you are keen to start walking, we can offer you an optional self-guided hiking tour through Stockholm's unique national city park - the world's first National Park to be located within a bustling city. The city park is 27 km2 and is a green oasis combining cultural heritage and natural features. Here you can hike through ancient forests, visit palaces and bathe from waterside rocks. Walking distance: 10-14km /6.2-8.8mi

Meals:  Nil

Today your walk begins from your hotel. 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. walking distance: flexible 4-10 km/2.5-6.2mi Accommodation: Dalarö

Meals:  B

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, TystaKlint, for wonderful views over the islands. There is also the option to island hop to Kymmendö on either your way to Fjärdlång or way back to Dalarö, where August Strindberg spent many a summer and inspired his novel Hemsöborna. Walking distance: flexible 7-12km/ 4.4-7.5mi Accommodation: Dalarö *Day 3 and 4 may be swapped around depending on the seasonal ferry schedules.

Meals:  B

This morning you take the ferry over to Ornö for the start of your hike along the western shore of Ornö. 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 and beautiful viewpoints along the way, including the very impressive Telegrafberget view tower, the southern archipelago’s highest point. At the end point, Sundby gård, you are transported to Ornö Kyrka, Ornö's small village with its picturesque church and local museum, by local bus or e-pod taxi. Time permitting you can also hike picturesque Levassastigen heritage trail with information boards explaining the cultural history of the island. You then take the boat back to Dalarö from Ornö Kyrka. Walking distance: flexible 12-14km / 7.5-8.8mi Accommodation: Dalarö *Day 3 and 4 may be swapped around depending on the seasonal ferry schedules.

Meals:  B

Today a taxi transfers you to Skälåker on Gålöpensinsula 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 ÅrstaBrygga, where you meet the boat that takes you to the holiday island of Utö walking distance: flexible 5-12km / 3-7.5mi Accommodation: Utö An extra night on Utö can be added - to be requested at the time of booking.

Meals:  B

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. walking distance: flexible 6-12km /3.75-7.5mi Accommodation: Stockholm

Meals:  B

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. Alternatively, you can do the optional self guided walk mentioned on day 1. walking distance: optional

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts - Continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, often eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 3 nights in hotels , 3 nights cottage with cleaning and linen included - both styles on a twinshare basis with ensuite facilities
  • Information pack including detailed trail routes in English, maps - one per room booked
  • Full trip briefing
  • luggage transfers on days 2 and 5
  • Boat transfers: Stockholm/Dalarö (Day 2), Dalarö/Fjärdlång (Day 3), Fjärdlång/Dalarö (Day 3), Alt: Fjärdlång/Kymmendö (Day 3), Alt: Kymmendö/Dalarö (Day 3), Dalarö/Ornö (Day 4) Ornö/Dalarö (Day 4), Årsta Brygga/Utö (Day 5), Utö/Årsta Brygga (Day 6) - NOTE: Autumn itinerary only includes boat to and from Huvudskär on Day 3 if preferred
  • Bus and train transfers: Ornö Sundby/Ornö Kyrka (Day 4), Årsta Brygga/Stockholm (Day 6)
  • vehicle transfers: Stockholm accomm./Stockholm jetty (Day 2), Ornö Sundby/Ornö Kyrka (Day 4) Dalarö/Skälåker, Gålö (Day 5), Skälåker, Gålö/Årsta Brygga (Day 5), Stockholm central station/Stockholm accomm. (Day 6)
  • Emergency hotline

  • Travel to and from joining hotel in Stockholm
  • Meals and beverages other than those specified
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, souvenirs, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees and optional excursions
  • Tour guide - this is a self guided trip
  • Transfers other than those specified

Suitability

introductory to moderate

2

The walking is graded introductory to moderate (2) grade with daily walks of between 1 and 4 hours. the walks are well marked, usually with paint on the trees/rocks. The accent is on keeping a relaxed pace to take in all of the attractions, with time to stop and take photos. You will need a reasonable level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure.


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Notes

Note:
Due to transfers this trip is not suitable for solo travellers. It can be possible for single travellers to book on a date which already has bookings. Contact our team for more details.
Note:
Autumn itinerary only includes boat to and from Huvudskär on Day 3 if preferred
Note:
The cottages in Dalaro are subject to availability and a supplement may apply - please ask our consultants

Priceper person from

£1010GBP

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