Places in Stockholm Archipelago
A manageable 2.5km long, Sandön is the archipelago’s summertime party hot spot. Stockholm status-slaves sail in on 12-footers for Midsummer schmoozing and boozing, while serious sailors flock here for regattas like the Gotland Rund each July – so the place is rather expensive and best visited as a day trip. Camping is prohibited.
This 900m-long island, northeast of Stockholm, combines lush woods and meadows with sheltered coves, rocky cliffs and visiting eagle owls. While it’s a popular summertime spot, there are enough quiet corners to indulge your inner hermit. Vandrarhem Finnhamn is an STF hostel in a large wooden villa, with boat hire available.
Rugged Svartsö (Black Island) is another mid-archipelago gem. At just over 5km wide and 2km long, its resident population of 77 booms to 2500 in summer, when fans step ashore for low-fuss rural bliss. Thick with tall trees, old farmers’ fields and five lakes, its relatively flat landscape makes it perfect for a day’s lazy cycling.
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