Sweden: Hiking Stockholm and Beyond

Highlights

  • Discovering the historic castles and manor houses of Sweden
  • Experiencing the archipelago with its nature reserves and Baltic Sea coast
  • Relaxing in charming villages with colourful wooden houses
  • Soaking up the great hospitality of family run accommodation in stunning locations

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

In central Sweden’s heartland lies Stockholm, the nation’s capital city spread across 14 islands, each providing a different perspective of the city. Not too far southwest of the capital is a different world, where royal palaces and castles are interspersed with pine forests, open green fields and vast lakes. Exploring this region on foot ensures a full immersion in the subtle landscapes of its archipelago and beyond. With a relaxed pace there is ample time to swim in the refreshing Baltic waters, hike trails in manor house grounds and visit towns of pretty wooden houses. Concluding in Stockholm, enjoy exploring the city and gain an insight into its unique topography.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, cheese, often eggs and meats, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 7 nights in hotels on a twinshare basis
  • Information pack including detailed trail routes in english, maps
  • Full trip briefing
  • 7 day service hotline
  • Internal transfers
  • Luggage transfers on days 2, 4, 6 & 7
  • Boat transfers as per itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Stockholm
Today you are free to explore the picturesque city of Stockholm or start your walking in Stockholm's Ecopark or Tyresta National Park. 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. You don't need to walk far to appreciate the impressive views stretching across the Baltic sea as it winds past the city walls. 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. There is so much to see in Stockholm, appealing to so many different interests, that you are sure to find something special within walking distance of your hotel. There are two hiking options to choose from. The first is through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark – the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. The Ecopark is 27km² 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. Alternatively head out of town (approx. 50mins by train/bus) to Tyresta National Park - a protected area of some 5000 hectares with trees dating back over 400 years, sparkling forest lakes and a wealth of wildlife. Deer roam freely throughout whilst moose wait their turn as dusk falls. Hike the trails through the endless forests of pine and birch, taking a refreshing dip as you pass by one of the many lakes. Find the perfect spot and enjoy the peace, tranquillity and breath-taking nature of the National Park.
Day 2 Transfer to Tullgarn Palace, hike to Trosa (5hrs)
This morning starts with a transfer from Stockholm south to the county of Sörmland and the impressive Tullgarn Palace, an 18th century royal palace located on the seashore with magnificent views of the Baltic sea. There are guided tours available and a café/restaurant. After your visit, hike southwards enjoying the coastal scenery of the hiking path. The hike follows the Sörmlandsleden which winds its way for over 1000 km through the Sörmland county passing true wilderness, glittering lakes, areas of cultural tradition and historic monuments. You pass by wonderful viewpoints and Kömote beach where you can have a quick swim in the sea before you continue your journey on to the seaside town of Trosa. Trosa is a charming 17th century town called 'the World's End' because of its location on the banks of the Baltic Sea and its endless views of water all around. The little square, surrounded by old wooden houses, marks the centre of town and the walkway along the canal as it winds its way to the ocean is not to be missed.
Day 3 Hiking in the Stendörren and Sävö nature reserves (3hrs)
This morning, a transfer is arranged for you from Trosa to Stendörren nature reserve, considered by many to be one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world because of its distinct feeling of peace and tranquillity in unspoilt nature. Here you have the rest of the morning to hike across the many islands using their intriguing system of suspension bridges, visit the viewpoint and Naturum information centre, or swim in the clean, refreshing Baltic. You then make your way to Stensund where a boat will be waiting for you to take you the short way to Sävö island nature reserve where you can pick up the Sörmlandsleden hiking trail around the island. After dinner in a well-respected archipelago restaurant located right on the seafront, catch the boat heading back to Trosa and enjoy the beautiful journey through the Sörmland archipelago.
Day 4 Boat to Nynäshamn, and an evening walk along Strandvägen (2hrs)
Today you have a free day in Trosa to visit the village, harbour, church and museum. You then board the boat for your journey from Sörmland to Nynäshamn, located in the southern part of the Stockholm archipelago. Once at your accommodation, you can choose to take an evening walk enjoying the long daylight hours along Nynäshamn’s best kept secret, ‘Strandvägen’ – a small winding road following the coast. Here you enjoy stunning views across the cliffs over the open horizon. The route was created in connection with the Olympic sailing events held here in 1912, and shows off the Stockholm archipelago at its very best. Your accommodation tonight is along Strandvägen with its exceptional location by the water’s edge.
Day 5 Hiking in the Häringe-Hammersta nature reserve (2.5-4hrs)
This morning you need to travel to Häringe-Hammersta nature reserve which is located on two coastal peninsulas. It is a region of manor houses, giant oaks, broad-leaved woods, coniferous forest and saltwater bays. The deciduous forest in this area is one of the richest botanical concentrations in the Stockholm region, and hosts a large number of oak trees. The birdlife is rich, and white-tailed eagles are common. At Häringe, visitors are greeted by Häringe manor from 1657, although the present exterior is a product of the 1770s. Both Gustav Vasa and Gustav II Adolf are former owners of the estate. The oval room in the sea wing was furnished for Greta Garbo, a regular guest to the manor. Hammersta is the site of the ruins of an old fortress from the middle of the 15th century. Hammersta was a manor during the Middle Ages. Hammersta gård, by the manor, is a farm dating back to 1914. If you didn’t fit the walk in along Strandvägen yesterday, you have another chance today, or why not relax in the hotel’s spa looking out across the sea!
Day 6 Hike from Ålö island to Utö island (3hrs)
This morning, you take the boat from Nynäshamn onwards to Ålö island. On Ålö island, take the opportunity to explore its deserted sandy beach or wonderful fish restaurant offering local delicacies. You walk over the small bridge that connects you with the larger Utö island. Hike the length of the island, enjoying the archipelago scenery through forests and open country, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks, hidden white sandy beaches and small cottages as you go. After a day’s hike, you come to Utö’s main village, Gruvbryggan. Gruvbyn, the iron mine was in operation as early as the 1100s and today both the mine and the museum are open to visitors. The village buzzes with life in the summer months and has shops selling interesting local products, and a good selection of restaurants and cafes. It is also easy to find your own peaceful spot if you head out of the village and explore the rest of the island.
Day 7 Hike on Fjärdlång island to Tysta Klint, return to Stockholm (4hrs)
After a free morning spent on Utö to explore the northern end of the island by foot, you then island hop over to neighbouring Fjärdlång island. Despite being on the edge of bustling Stockholm, Fjärdlång could not be more remote and the whole island has been deservedly declared a nature reserve. Marked footpaths wind their way through the island’s woodland so you can spend the day hiking around the island. Don’t miss a trip to the island’s highest point, Tysta Klint, where you can admire the spectacular views stretching across the archipelago. You then board the boat for the impressive journey back to Stockholm. Watch as the archipelago changes from the remote outer islands to the more inhabited regions as you near town, with the homes of the rich and famous lining the waterfront. The boat takes you right to the centre of Stockholm, from where you are transferred the short distance to your hotel.
Day 8 Trip concludes in Stockholm
You have more time today to explore the city of Stockholm. We recommend a visit to Stockholm’s open air museum, Skansen, which is famous for its Nordic Zoo and living history exhibition; over the years about 150 historical buildings have been moved here from nearly every part of Sweden. Alongside Skansen is the always impressive Vasa Museum. The Vasa ship sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged from the depths of Stockholm’s harbour in 1961. Despite over 300 years lying at the bottom of the Baltic, the Vasa is extremely well preserved thanks to the Baltic’s brackish waters. Consider a boat trip to Drottningholm Palace, the official residence of the Royal family which is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. It is the most well-preserved royal palace built in the 1600’s in Sweden. Alternatively, you may choose to take it easy and explore the trendy clothing and design shops that Stockholm is becoming increasingly renowned for. Tour arrangements conclude after breakfast. Ask us about extending your stay in Stockholm.