Inside the Archipelago

5 nights / 6 days

Stockholm / Dalarö / Utö

This self-guided cycling and hiking tour will take you inside the Southern archipelago of Stockholm! Enjoy the clam and peaceful atmosphere of this untouched piece of earth. You will pass through national parks, exceptional beaches and charming island villages. This tour will take you out of your stressful city life! Just become one with nature.

Day 1: Arrival in Stockholm

Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is built on 14 islands and you are never far from water. Well-preserved medieval buildings stand alongside modern architecture and just outside the city, the archipelago of 24 000 islands is waiting to be explored. Sights of interest include the Vasa Museum, Skansen Open Air Museum, City Hall and the Old Town (Gamla Stan).  We can offer a great variety of sightseeing options in Stockholm, please ask us for details!
Accommodation in Stockholm city center – 3* hotel

Day 2: Stockholm – Dalarö

Breakfast at the hotel. Today your cycling adventure starts with a transfer from your accommodation in Stockholm to Tyresö Palace from where your trail begins. Tyresö is an imposing palace dating back to the 17th century boasting impressive waterside English gardens. Take a stroll through the gardens or across to the nearby small islands with wonderful views across the sea and forests before you start your cycle journey along quiet country lanes the short way to Tyresta National Park. Tyresta is 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. Take a break from cycling and instead hike the trails through the endless forests of pine and birch, taking a refreshing dip as you pass by one of the many lakes. After free time in the park you take to your bikes again and cycle through fields and woods until you reach the idyllic village of Dalarö, your first taste of Stockholm’s wonderful archipelago. Dalarö is an old customs station that developed into a popular resort town in the latter part of the 19th century due to its picturesque location and charming houses. Explore the beautiful narrow streets of colorful wooden houses, swim from the white beaches of Schweizerdalen or pay a visit to the beautiful 15th century church. You then continue by bike on to your overnight accommodation at Smådalarö Gård, a few kilometers from Dalarö.
Accommodation at Smådalarö Gård or similar

Day 3: Smådalarö Dalarö Ornö Utö

This morning, you cycle the short way to Dalarö, and enjoy a few hours to explore the village, not missing a walk up to its beautiful viewpoint with extensive views across the archipelago. Lunch is included in a respected restaurant enjoying sea views and local fish dishes. You then take the boat and head out amongst the thousands of islands that make up the southern part of Stockholm’s archipelago, a seemingly endless archipelago of 24,000 glorious islands lying right on Stockholm’s doorstep. Stretching some 80 km east of Stockholm deep into the Baltic waters, it formed during the last Ice Age and is today considered to be one of the world’s natural wonders. Your first stop takes you to the pretty island of Ornö. Ornö is the largest island in the southern archipelago totaling 14km in length and 6km at its widest part. Ornö has traditionally been less exploited for tourism than some of its neighbouring islands and remains today an island with a living community yet to be discovered by large scale tourism.
You then have the chance to visit the four corners of the island on two wheels, and enjoy its unique nature, both woodland and open landscape, plus opportunities to swim from the smooth rocks as well as visit historical landmarks en route, such as the wooden church dating from 1885. Don’t miss a walk up to Ornö’s viewpoint on Telegrafberget, the southern archipelago’s highest point. You then take the early evening boat from Ornö onwards to the holiday island of Utö.
Accommodation at Utö Värdshus or similar (2 nights)

Day 4: Day at leisure in Utö

Today you are free on Utö island to enjoy its life and scenery. Take your bikes and cycle the length of the island, cross over a bridge to the small island of Ålö where you will find solitude on a white sand beach plus a charming fish restaurant. You may also opt to island hop to another close lying island called Nåttarö, where you can enjoy one of the archipelago’s best sandy beaches and great views. Utö also offers a wealth of other activities from sea kayaking on its calm waters, to hiking along the many trails through forests and open country, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks, white sandy beaches and breathe the fresh, pure archipelago air.

Day 5: Utö – Stockholm

This morning, you have the chance to visit the village where you can head up to the windmill built in 1791 to enjoy one of Utö’s best views. Alternatively, visit the mine museum and learn about the interesting history of this mining community. After a free morning on the island, you catch the boat onwards to your third archipelago island, Fjärdlång. 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 prepare for your journey back to the buzz of Stockholm city.
Accommodation in Stockholm city center – 3* hotel

Day 6: Departure from Stockholm

Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Stockholm according to your own itinerary.