Top things to do in Stockholm Archipelago

Top Choice Swedish in Finnhamn

Finnhamns Café & Krog

The kitchen and service at Finnhamns Krog, steps away from the ferry dock, are top notch: classy yet comfortable, and capable of transforming seafood into gold. Try the pickled-herring platter ('SOS'), or the daily …
Swedish in Vaxholm

Bistro Magasinet

Featuring a commanding terrace with water and fortress views, laid-back Bistro Magasinet is as good for a vino as it is for a feed. The produce is mainly organic, with standout dishes including the speciality herrin…
Bakery in Vaxholm

La Maison

After running a Parisian bakery, Kerstin Lekander decided to bring a little Gallic flair to Vaxholm. Decorated with rustic floorboards and a communal timber table, her island bakery lures the peckish with its freshl…
Bakery in Utö

Utö Bakgård

In a red-timber cottage just up from the harbour, this adorable bakery serves a smashing cardamom bulle (bun) that is one of the best in Sweden. Sweet, sticky bliss aside, it also serves filling sandwiches (perfect …
Historic Site in Vaxholm

Vaxholm Fortress Museum

While the current structure dates from 1833, the origins of Vaxholm Fortress lie in 1544, when King Gustav Vasa ordered its construction to protect the Swedish capital and mainland. It repelled an attack by the Dane…
European in Utö

Nya Dannekrogen

Near the Gruvbryggan harbour, this lively restaurant-bar has a young, casual vibe, with meals ranging from hearty fish stew to quinoa salad. The fried Baltic herring (195kr) with lingonberries and mashed potatoes is…
Museum in Vaxholm

Hembygdsgård

The Hembygdsgård preserves the finest old houses in Norrhamn. The fiskarebostad is an excellent example of a late-19th-century fisherman’s house, complete with typical Swedish fireplace. Looking like a doll's house,…
Museum in Siaröfortet

Siaröfortet Museum

At this fortress-turned-museum you can check out the officers’ mess, kitchen, sleeping quarters and tunnels, plus two impressive 15.2cm cannons (they’re trained on passing Viking Line ferries!). Guided tours are ava…
Cafe in Vaxholm

Boulangerie

Splashed with colourful artworks, harbourside Boulangerie keeps the calories coming with its gorgeous, just-baked cakes and Swedish pastries. A short, simple choice of savouries includes fresh sandwiches, omelettes,…
Mine in Utö

Iron Mine

The most unusual of Utö's sights is the remains of Sweden’s oldest iron mine, which opened in 1150 and closed in 1879. The three pits are now flooded – the deepest is Nyköpingsgruvan (215m). They're an atmospheric a…