Welcome to Stockholm Archipelago

Exactly how many islands there are is debatable, with the count ranging from 14,000 to 100,000 (the general consensus is 24,000). Whatever the number, it’s an unmissable area, unique in the world and much closer to the city than many visitors imagine, with regular ferry services and various tours. And while you can see most of the islands on day trips, it's worth staying overnight to soak up the ethereal tranquility.

Most islands have good boat connections, provided you check timings in advance – although there are worse places in the world to get stranded!

Top experiences in Stockholm Archipelago

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Stockholm Archipelago activities

$24.74 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Royal Canal Tour

Board your sightseeing cruise at Strömkajen at your chosen time. Sit back, relax and listen to your audio commentary as you leave the city center behind and glide through the Stockholm archipelago, a cluster of some 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks spreading east into the Baltic Sea.Enter the peaceful Djurgården canal, where you’ll pass several historical buildings, museums and lovely green areas. As the canal opens out into the sea, return toward the city and pass the island of Fjaderholmarna and the Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, the scenic former home of the Swedish Prince Eugen. Skirting the island of Djurgården, view the Vasa Museum, a maritime museum that displays the only almost fully intact 17th-century ship that has ever been salvaged, the Vasa warship that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. Admire the large, bustling island of Södermalm, whose district of the same name is one of the most densely populated districts of Scandinavia. Then view the locks and bridges around the central area of Slussen, situated on the Söderström river connecting Södermalm and Gamla stan. The area is named after the locks between Lake Mälaren and the Baltic Sea.Soak up a beautiful Stockholm city panorama before returning to the dock to end your 50-minute cruise.

$88.85 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Stockholm RIB Sightseeing Cruise

Meet your skipper Strandvägen and receive a short briefing on your boat and the ride ahead. Then, don a lifejacket and waterproof gear, and board your modern RIB. Take your seat and hold the clutch rail as your skipper gets ready to go!Hold on tight and ogle the views over Stockholm, including the impressive Stockholm National Museum (Nationalmuseum), from the water as your boat picks up speed through the water. Glide past the city’s soldierly rows of russet and ocher townhouses, all beautifully reflected in the clear waters.Heading eastward, cruise past the castle-like turrets of the Prince Eugens Waldemarsudde museum and then feel the wind gather strength and your adrenalin race as you head into the Stockholm archipelago.Pass the island of Fjäderholmarnas and enter the archipelago, zooming past pine-cloaked headlands, rocky ridges and islands peppered with pastel-colored wooden houses. As your RIB reaches speeds of up to 40 miles per hour (64km per hour), feel the cold spray of the Baltic waters on your face — it’s an experience you won't forget!After a while, reach the island of Vaxholm, edging the open Baltic Sea. Here, slow down to admire the mammoth walls of Vaxholm Fortress, a fortified outpost first built in the 16th century and reconstructed some 300 years later to defend the main sea route into Stockholm.When the time comes, start retracing your route back to the start point. After around 1 hour in total, hop back onto dry land, where your cruise ends.

$57.92 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Christmas Day Cruise in the Stockholm Archipelago with Buffet Lunch

Enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch on board MS Enköping, the world's oldest registered passenger ship still in traffic. MS Enköping was built in 1868 to accommodate the transports between Stockholm and the city of Enköping, a route that is still an important part of Stockholm's archipelago traffic.Small but cozy, MS Enköping I was built in 1906 and has only room for 60 persons, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy a more intimate Christmas lunch in a genuine archipelago environment.On board you can enjoy traditional Swedish Christmas dishes such as smoked salmon, pickled herring, meatballs, small fried sausages, Janssons frestelse, wort bread and Christmas goodies.See you in the Stockholm archipelago this Christmas!

$223.81 Cultural & Theme Tours

A Day On the Ice in Stockholm

Your expert nordic skating guide will brief you on the tour and the safety equipment first off, then once you are fitted with your nordic skates and equipment, you’ll set off on your adventure.  Depending on the weather, ice conditions and the skills of the group, you will cover anything between 10 – 70 km. You will ice skate for 3-4 hours on the beautiful natural ice of the Stockholm archipelago or one of Stockholm’s big lakes, before stopping for a well-earned picnic lunch.  There will be hot drinks, an open fire and our classic outdoor lunch on offer.  Once lunch is finished there will be plenty more time to enjoy the ice before your tour comes to an end. We always strive to find the best natural ice on the day of your tour.  This means that, depending on the weather conditions, the location of our adventure and the skating conditions may vary.  We could go to a small lake, to Lake Mälaren (the 5th largest lake in Europe) or to the Baltic Sea in Stockholm’s Archipelago – we won’t know until that day.  We skate on all types of natural ice; from hard black ice, to ice with water or snow on top.  One thing we do know for sure, is it’ll be a great experience!

Stockholm Archipelago in detail