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A house and a boathouse with a wooden pier sit on a cliff in the Stockholm archipelago. An empty boat sits on the ocean, halfway up on the cliff.
Archipelago, Stockholm archipelago
Photo: Henrik Trygg/


Stockholm archipelago

The Stockholm archipelago of 30,000 islands, skerries and rocks fans out 80 km east into the Baltic Sea from the city.

Explore the Stockholm archipelago year round 

The most popular way to see the Stockholm archipelago, called the 'skärgården' by locals, is by ferry. You can book a range of trips with ferry service Cinderella and ferry company Waxholmsbolaget with boats departing from central Stockholm multiple times a day. Some boats are accessible through the commuter service of SL.


You can boat, hike, fish, sea kayak, bike and swim and even ice yacht in the Stockholm archipelago. Forage for wild berries and mushrooms in early autumn, cook your own fish at BBQ stations at camp sites, or go gourmet at some of the well known restaurants on Fjäderholmarna, Grinda and Värmdö.

Where to stay

Once refuge of farmers and fishermen, the Stockholm archipelago – the largest in Sweden – is now home to some of the poshest Stockholmers and has over 50,000 holiday homes ranging from red-painted, wooden one-room cottages to full-scale 'I’ve-won-the-lottery' villas. But you don’t have to be a local to stay overnight. You can stay at a campsite or hostel and cottage rentals are common, and you can also stay in traditional country guesthouses, as well as swish hotels.