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A perfect guide to the best islands in Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm is a vibrant city with plenty of attractions for tourists. One of the rewarding things to make your trip memorable in Stockholm is to take a day trip into the fantastic archipelago. The visit will take you to another world!

The Stockholm Archipelago has tens of thousands of tranquil islands away from the bustle of city life. They are worth exploring, especially during warmer months, where you can do a myriad of fun activities such as swimming, barbecuing, and overnight stays. 

Luckily, it is very easy to visit the archipelago – you just need to hop aboard a ferry or a water taxi. Out of so many islands and islet options to explore, here are the best island in Stockholm, Sweden, you should never miss. 

Fjäderholmarna

Fjäderholmarna is a little island and only a 30-minute boat ride from the Stockholm centre. As you land here, you can explore the entire perimeter of the island is only half an hour. Then, you can settle down for a picnic overlooking the sea. An island is a serene place where you can sit on the rocks, enjoy your own sweet time while feasting the eyes with beautiful views. 

Vaxholm 

Vaxholm

The island is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is the first stop for most ferries, which are heading further into the Stockholm archipelago. Vaxholm is a little hub, more developed than other islands in the archipelago. During the tourist season, the island attracts a massive influx of day-trippers. In addition to the scenic beauty, the tourists also enjoy taking a stroll across the old town, exploring its picturesque houses, local souvenir, and café shops. Another main attraction is Vaxholms Fästning. This huge fortress was built to protect the capital from the Russian invasion. 

Grinda

Grinda

Grinda is also named as ‘the bathing paradise of Stockholm.’ It is the favorite island for visitors and locals to take a sunbath, swim and relax during the summery weekends. Grinda island is lush, and you have free access to swim and explore the nearby forest. 

While you are visiting the island, you must visit the traditional Swedish värdshus (inn).  Another recommendation is to try the island’s famous baked bread called ‘Grindal loaf.’

Svartsö

Svartsö

Svartsö island has a laid-back vibe and is one of the largest islands in the archipelago. The island is very sparsely populated, which makes it lesser-known. Thus, it is an amazing spot for you to enjoy a peaceful time in nature and feel the calmness around you. The small beach here is perfect for sunbath. 

The island has a treasure of varied scenery, and the best way is to rent a bike and explore the beauty of Svartsö. During your bike tour, you will see freshwater lakes, open farmlands, forests, and exquisite views of the Baltic Sea.

 Ingmarsö

The pretty island attracts people due to peaceful natural surroundings. It is a haven for walkers as they can explore the island’s unspoiled woods, marshlands, and sandy bays. Tourists also visit here to have a trail ride around the island. You can also opt for swimming and fishing on the island. 

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