From cabins to glamping – accommodation in the Stockholm archipelago
Planning a visit to the archipelago? Make it a weekend and stay the night. The islands offer a wide range of accommodation, from luxurious tents to cosy hotels and more.
This article covers:
- Hotels and B&Bs
The word 'glamping' may be past its best-before date but the accommodation it describes - glamorous camping -is still as great as ever. Especially on an island, where you sleep, dine and watch the sunrise from your tent, only metres from the water’s edge. Night swimming, anyone?
Fejan Canvas Hotel, Fejan
Luxurious double beds, views to the Baltic sea and oil lamps for the evening make sleeping in the tents at Fejan Canvas Hotel a joy. The surrounding forest and waters offer both hiking trails and kayaking. Guests also get ingredients to prepare their own dinner outdoors, using a Muurikka pan. Fejan is located in the outer archipelago north of Stockholm, and the ferry trip from Strömkajen gives you just under 4 hours to admire the beautiful surroundings. Book your stay at: fejanoutdoor.se.
Island Lodge, Bergholmen
Island Lodge at Bergholmen gives you comfort and Scandinavian style close to nature. All tents are located on prime spots on the island, offering breathtaking views over the archipelago.
Glamping (glamorous camping) at Island Lodge in the archipelago of Stockholm. Photo: Anna Hållams
A wood-fired oven will keep you warm on chilly nights, and a chef will prepare your dinner. Guests also get access to a floating sauna and a wood-fired hot tub. The small island is located in the mid-archipelago, 40–50 minutes from the city by motorboat. Ask the hotel to arrange your transfer. Book your stay at: islandlodge.se.
Hotels and B&Bs
Stockholm’s archipelago is home to some of the most charming hotels in Sweden. Whether you’re a fan of restored old mansions or genuine archipelago homes, you’ll find a favourite here.
Vaxholms Bed & Breakfast, Vaxholm
Checking in at Vaxholms Bed and breakfast is like staying at a friend’s house. Accommodation is offered in three rooms in the bottom floor of a 1930s villa. All rooms have a small kitchen, but breakfast is also offered.Vaxholms Bed & Breakfast offers rooms in a cosy 1930s villa. The B&B is located only an hour's boat ride away from the city. Photo: Jesper Wahlström/jesperwahlstrom.com
Vaxholms Bed & Breakfast offers rooms in a cosy 1930s villa. The B&B is located only an hour's boat ride away from the city. Photo: Jesper Wahlström/jesperwahlstrom.com
The owners also organise courses in cinnamon bun-baking. Vaxholm, just north of Stockholm, is about an hour’s boat ride away from the city. It’s a picturesque small town with cafés, shops, restaurants and beaches, so there’s a lot to see and do.
Book your stay at: vaxholmsbedandbreakfast.se.
Utö Värdshus, Utö
The history of the inn of Utö Värdshus goes back to the late 19th century. It’s been an important meeting place on the island of Utö, one of the most popular in the archipelago, ever since, much thanks to the laid-back ambience, the delicious food and the stylish, marine-themed rooms.
There are activities for every taste too, from sauna-bathing and swimming to tennis and diving. To get here, take the ferry from Stockholm. Utö, an island where you can do everything from cycling and kayaking to hiking, is a 2,5 hour trip through the southern archipelago. Bikes can be rented on the island.
Book your stay at: utovardshus.se.
Hotell Smådalarö Gård, Dalarö
Hotell Smådalarö Gård, housed in a mansion from 1810, underwent a complete renovation in 2016. The 56 rooms are straight from a romantic archipelago dream, with colorful wallpapers and four-poster beds. Well-known Swedish musicians perform here regularly, and there’s also a wood-burning sauna, a golf course, tennis court and a nice restaurant. Dalarö, located south of Stockholm, is one of the closest islands to the city. It takes just over an hour to get there; take the number 43 train from the city and change to bus number 839 in Handen.
Book your stay at: smadalarogard.se.
Feel like a local and rent a whole cabin for yourself. Choose between contemporary Scandinavian minimalism on a cliff facing the sea, a secluded house in the woods or something in between – the options are endless.
The Stockholm skärgårdsstugor agency helps visitors find a suitable cabin in the archipelago. They offer a large selection of different sized accommodation, from modernist glass houses to traditional villas from the early 20th century.
Book your stay at: skargardsstugor.se/en.
Another option if you're looking to rent a cabin is Visit Skärgården, an agency offering housing across the entire archipelago. Whether you’re dreaming of a tiny hut in a nature reserve or a luxurious house with its own sandy beach, this is the place to look.
Book your stay at: visitskargarden.se.
Rent your own cabin in the archipelago of Stockholm. Photo: Anna Hållams
The classic way of holidaying in nature, camping is still the number one choice for many people. The Archipelago foundation runs good quality campsites on many islands, equipped with composting toilets, waste bins and, usually, access to fresh water. Some sites can be reached by car or bus, others by archipelago boat. All are located in nature reserves – so as always, remember to treat nature with respect. Here are some examples – but you’ll find more information at archipelagofoundation.se.
A lovely island perfect for an active holiday, Gålö just south of Stockholm offers bathing, a pub, pony riding and much more. There’s a four-star caravan and campsite at Gålö Havsbad and a meadow with a jetty. It’s easy to get there by commuter train and bus; take train number 43 from the city and continue from Västerhaninge by bus 845. The trip takes an hour.
Find more information about Gålö at archipelagofoundation.se/area/galo.
The tidy campsite on this beautiful island in the southern part of the archipelago has been a favourite for campers for more than 50 years. The tents are set up in clearly defined rows between rocky knolls. The island is known for its beaches with soft sand dunes and a view towards the horizon. To get here, take the commuter train 42X or 43X from Stockholm city towards Nynäshamn, where you need to change to a ferry taking you to the island. The entire trip takes about 1,5 hours.
Find more information about Nåttarö at archipelagofoundation.se/area/nattaro.
The islands are full of original hostels, many of which are run by the Swedish Tourist Association (STF). These are some of the highlights – but you’ll find many more on the STF website at swedishtouristassociation.com.
Gällnö is a perfect destination for those wanting to experience the archipelago as it once was. Only 30 people live permanently on this island in the mid-archipelago, where STF rents out lovely cabins. Services include bicycle rental, a café, a guest kitchen and a sauna, and the beach is just 1 km away. The ferry trip from Stockholm takes about three hours.
Book your stay at STF Gällnö.
STF Stora Kalholmen
The hostel on Stora Kalholmen is the only building on the island, originally built as a summer house in 1914. There’s no running water and you have to bring food with you when you come – but there is a child-friendly beach, a sauna and rowing boats for hire. The island is located on the outer edge of the mid-archipelago, and the ferry trip from Stockholm takes about two hours.
Book your stay at STF Stora Kalholmen Hostel.
STF Lilla Tyresö
The former summer home of Prince Eugen, the quaint hostel of STF Lilla Tyresö is housed in three beautiful villas built in the late 19th century. There’s also a lush garden where you can relax in the shade of apple trees. The hostel is part of Tyresö Slottspark, home to craft shops, swimming facilities, a restaurant and cafés. Only an hour from central Stockholm by bus, it’s a chance to experience the archipelago close to the city. Take bus 875 from Gullmarsplan.
Book your stay at STF Stockholm, Lilla Tyresö Hostel.