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Stockholm archipelago

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Stockholm archipelago

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The Stockholm archipelago, Stockholms skärgård or skärgården, is a group of thousands of islands in Sweden, accessible from Stockholm as well as the towns of Vaxholm and Norrtälje.


Värmdö is the largest island in the archipelago, accessible by road, containing suburban neighborhoods, as well as deep forests, lakes and beaches. Gustavsberg is the main town. Stavsnäs is the main ferry terminal for the southern archipelago.

Vaxholm (archaic spelling Waxholm) is a quaint, road-accessible island-town, with some shopping, and a major boat terminal.

Sandhamn is a resort island in the outer archipelago.

Grinda is a small rural island, near Stockholm and Vaxholm.

Utö is an idyllic island with a closed-down silver mine, and remains from the mining industry.

Get in

The archipelago can be accessed from downtown Stockholm.

Get around

Most of the large islands can be reached on road, at some locations through free-ride car ferries. Public transport buses serve many locations.

By boat

The major shipping companies are the public-transport Waxholmsbolaget, and the private-owned Strömma.

Waxholmsbolaget's regular boats stop at most docks, and tickets are comparably cheap. They also have two old-fashioned steamboats, mainly for dining cruises.

Strömma is aimed at major tourist destinations, faster but costlier.

The Baltic Sea ferries offer an elevated view of the archipelago, though without the opportunity to set foot on any of them.




Outdoor bathing and hiking. Rod fishing is allowed without a license at most locations.



Most boats in regular traffic have a simple bar, offering regular beer and wine.

Stay safe

Ticks, fästingar, are common in grassy areas of the archipelago.

Get out

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