Just a few minutes away from the city of Stockholm, the archipelago begins. With nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocks - from Öregrund in the north to Landsort in the south - each with its own character. Rugged nature blends with wooded islands, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Enjoy tranquil coves or the open sea where waves can go high. Explore uninhabited islets as well as islands with new communities and ancient villages, where large houses and small cottages stand side by side.
Where the archipelago begins, only a 20-minute boat trip from downtown Stockholm. The excellent restaurant Fjäderholmarnas krog is open during the summer season, and for the julbord Christmas buffet. The popular Rökeriet restaurant and café is located by the guest harbor.
Many artisans have studios and stores in the center of the island. Fjäderholmarna provides a nice taste of the archipelago for people who don't have time to explore further. Boats depart from Strandvägen and Slussen during the summer.
An island where you can experience the remarkable maritime terrain of the outer archipelago. Sandhamn is the key meeting place for sailors and yachters, with a vibrant party scene during summer. The idyllic village, a historical sea pilot station, has an inn, hotels, the classic Royal Swedish Yacht Club, and numerous restaurants and bars. Sandhamn is also worth a visit off-season when the archipelago has returned to its peaceful natural state.
Vaxholm, just an hour's ferry ride from Stockholm, is often referred to as the capital of the archipelago. People here have lived off herring fishing for many generations. In the 1500s, King Gustav Vasa decided to put the defence of Stockholm's inlet here. It was the beginning of what would be almost 500 years of military history for Vaxholm residents. The Citadel still stands on the strait just outside the city. A visit there will bring you back to a time when the old fortress was its own little society populated by senior military offers and their wives, soldiers, servants and prisoners. Toward the end of the 1800's, Vaxholm became a popular resort area for Stockholm's socialites. It was also around then that the city became known for its Vaxholm herring - a delicacy that is still served today at local restaurants. Vaxholm is now a lively island city where fishing huts and large houses coexist with small shops, cafés and restaurants. There are also several nice beaches, beautiful nature and some of Sweden's best water sports clubs. Its proximity to Stockholm and central archipelago location make Vaxholm a perfect destination whether it's for a day trip, weekend holiday, or as a base for day trips to other islands.