I went on a weekend cruise to Riga, Latvia and while the trip itself is worth a post on its own, I wanted to share a few pictures with you that I took of Stockholm's archipelago in the Baltic Sea.
We crossed the archipelago on our way to Latvia and while it was already dark on the outward journey, I got up early to experience the archipelago on the way back. And it was such a wonderful landscape to see.
What's the deal with the Stockholm archipelago?
The Stockholm archipelago consists of about 30.000 little islands where you can find nothing but bare rocks and woodlands. The bigger islands and some of the smaller ones are inhabited, though most of them only in the summer.
Only very few people live out in the Baltic Sea all the year round but those who do, have to rely on the ferry to bring them groceries, take them to the city or their kids to school. Most of those also use a boat or a hovercraft in the winter when the Baltic Sea is frozen (which unfortunately it wasn't this year as far as I'm concerned).
People can also call a helicopter taxi if necessary so life out in the archipelago is pretty exciting. I would love to rent a little house out there for a holiday (there are also day and weekend boat trips to the archipelago from Stockholm in the summer - more info below) though I'm not sure if I could live there.
Must be really scary when there is a storm and you are the only one living on the island..... But imagine this on your own now!
Accommodation in the Stockholm archipelago
There's plenty of hotels on the bigger islands and Airbnb's and private home rentals on the smaller islands. Here are some hostels and hotels you might like to consider:
- STF Kapellskär Hostel - budget option at the shore
- Lidö Värdshus - a guesthouse on the island Lidö, situated in a national park
- Smådalarö Gård - a villa from the 19th century with a fabulous view
- Kastellet Bed & Breakfast - romantic B&B close to Vaxholm
- Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden - a spa and wellness center that can be reached by train
- Skärgårdshotellet - nice hotel close to the ferry pier to Gotland
If spending a vacation on a lonely island rather is your thing, check out Airbnb and use this code to get 37€ in travel credit.
How to get to the Stockholm archipelago
You can visit the archipelago on a day trip by boat or head there on your own terms via train, bus and ferry.
You can book a day trip with Strömma to get an introduction to the archipelago. Their cruises vary between 1 and 2 hours and cost between 115 SEK and 160 SEK. They also offer dining cruises.
The bigger towns on the shore like Nynäshamn, Waxholm and Dalarö, can be reached by bus and/or train and then you could take a boat or watertaxi to the more remote islands. Find more information on this here.
If you'd like to travel around the islands, you can go by Waxholmsbolaget's boats. They offer an island hopping map and app, and tickets cost between 50 and 150 SEK for a single journey. A 5 day island-hopping pass can be purchased at 420 SEK.
You can find more information about Waxholmbolaget here.