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Boat trip to Fjäderholmarna
A passenger boat at the quay at the islands of Fjäderholmarna in the Stockholm archipelago.
Photo credit: Tina Stafrén/

Discover Fjäderholmarna – an archipelago paradise close to Stockholm

The Stockholm archipelago is easily accessible from the city and particularly so the islands of Fjäderholmarna. Head here to soak up authentic vibes and a range of independent shops, artist studios and eateries – including an excellent brewpub.

Fjäderholmarna is a cluster of islands located a mere 30-minute boat ride from central Stockholm’s Strömkajen. Here are some tips to consider once you get here.

Take a seafront stroll and discover local Swedish crafts

The main island of Fjäderholmarna – Stora Fjäderholmen – is a thriving locale and its quaint streets are lined with artist studios and independent shops. Pick up a piece of pottery at Fjäderholmarnas Krukmakeri or hand-woven textiles at Textiltrycket. A must-visit for the sweet-toothed, Solberga Konfektyr offers a wide array of Swedish candy, including cloudberry-flavoured jellies, while Fjäderholmarna Choklad is one for the chocoholic.

Eat and drink on Fjäderholmarna

Fjäderholmarnas Brewery and Brewpub, located right by the pier on Stora Fjäderholmen, invites you to a “complete craft beer experience”. Order fresh beer straight from the tank or try a bottled variety – from pilsner and IPA to stout. Staff will guide you as to which brew will go with your chosen dish.

Another quality summer restaurant is Rökeriet Fjäderholmarna. Should you wish to enjoy lunch as a picnic on the cliffs, the grocery section offers a number of takeaway dishes, including shrimp sandwiches, salads and smoked shrimp.

If visiting in wintertime, Fjäderholmarnas Krog – a true Stockholm archipelago classic – offers a Swedish ‘julbord’ (Christmas buffet) and other traditional dishes.

Sleep by the seaside courtesy of Hotel J

Linger a little longer by the sea by hopping off the boat after a mere five minutes, at Nacka Strand, in the southern part of Stockholm. Here you can check into the stylish Hotel J, scenically located among pine trees and lapping waves. Rooms are designed in Scandinavian style and many feature balconies with sweeping views across the water. Should you fancy a swim to mark your Stockholm archipelago tour finale, the hotel gives you direct access to the sea. Staff are on hand to arrange other types of activities, such as boating, fishing and catamaran trips.

Stockholm’s nickname “the Venice of the North” rings very true – life in and around the water is second nature to Stockholmers, and the wealth of experiences available across the archipelago is testament to this.