On this self-guided tour you will experience three days of easy cycling and hiking in the Southern archipelago of Stockholm passing through national parks, exceptional beaches and charming island villages. Detailed trail routes, maps, a full briefing and luggage transfers are included. Arrival on Sundays only.
This tour can commence in: Stockholm
Arrival in Stockholm according to your own itinerary. The capital of Sweden is built on 14 islands connected by old bridges and overpasses and is one of Europe’s largest and best preserved medieval city centers. With its 750 years history and rich cultural life, Stockholm offers many well known places of interest such as the Royal Palace, Stockholm Cathedral, the Vasa Museum and Old Town (Gamla Stan) known for its charm and for pompous royal weddings. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. A guide will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to Tyresö Palace from where your trail begins. During the transfer you will get a full briefing on your following four days of cycling and hiking. You will receive your bike, an information pack including detailed trail routes in English, maps and a contact number to your representative (24-hour emergency service).
Tyresö is an imposing palace dating back to the 17th century boasting impressive waterside English gardens. Eat lunch at the café at Tyresö Manor (not included) and go for a stroll through the gardens or across to the nearby small islands with wonderful views across the sea and forests before you start your cycle journey along quiet country lanes the short way to Tyresta National Park. Tyresta is a protected area of some 5000 hectares with trees dating back over 400 years, sparkling forest lakes and a wealth of wildlife. If you are lucky you will spot the deer that roam freely throughout whilst moose wait their turn as dusk falls. Take a break from cycling and instead hike the trails through the endless forests of pine and birch, taking a refreshing dip as you pass by one of the many lakes. Find the perfect spot and enjoy the peace, tranquility and breathtaking nature of Stockholm’s only National Park. After some time at leisure in the park, you take to your bikes again and cycle through fields and woods until you reach the idyllic village of Dalarö, your first taste of Stockholm’s wonderful archipelago. Dalarö is an old customs station that developed into a popular resort town in the latter part of the 19th century due to its picturesque location and charming houses. Explore the picturesque narrow streets of colourful wooden houses, swim from the white beaches of Schweizerdalen or pay a visit to the beautiful 15th century church. You then continue by bike on to your overnight accommodation at Smådalarö Gård a few kilometres from Dalarö.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, you cycle the short way to Dalarö where you take the morning boat and head out amongst the thousands of islands that make up the Southern part of Stockholm’s archipelago, a seemingly endless archipelago of 24,000 glorious islands lying right on Stockholm’s doorstep. Stretching some 80km east of Stockholm deep into the Baltic waters, it was formed during the last Ice Age and is today considered to be one of the world’s natural wonders.
Your first stop takes you to the pretty island of Ornö. Ornö is the largest island in the southern archipelago totaling 14 kilometer in length and 6 kilometer at its widest part. Ornö has traditionally been less exploited for tourism than some of its neighbouring islands and remains today an island with a living community yet to be discovered by large scale tourism. On arrival, you enjoy lunch (included in the tour) at a respected archipelago restaurant serving quality food using local produce. Sit and admire the sea views as you enjoy a well-deserved lunch. After lunch, you have the chance to visit the four corners of the island on two wheels, and enjoy its unique nature, both woodland and open landscape, plus opportunities to swim from the smooth rocks as well as visit historical landmarks en route, such as the wooden church dating from 1885. You then take the early evening boat from Ornö onwards to the holiday island of Utö. Tonight you stay at the Utö Värdshus, one of the most respected and luxurious archipelago hotels where you overnight in one of the historic buildings or comfortable wooden cabins.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you are free to enjoy the popular island of Utö, visited by Stockholmers for its Nature Reserve, exceptional beaches and history. Take your bikes and cycle the length of the island, crossing over a little bridge to the small, isolated island of Ålö where you will find solitude on a white sand beach plus a respected fish restaurant. Utö also offers a wealth of other activities from sea kayaking on its calm waters, to hiking the many trails through forests and open country, stopping to enjoy the smooth waterside rocks and hidden white sandy beaches. In Utö village itself, Gruvbyn, the iron mine was worked as early as the 1100s and today both the mine and the museum are open to visitors. The village buzzes with life in the summer months and has shops selling interesting local products and a good selection of restaurants and cafes. It is however always easy to find your own quiet, calm spot if you head out of the village and explore the rest of the island. Accommodation at Utö Värdshus.
Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, you have the chance to visit the village where you can head up to the windmill built in 1791 to enjoy Utö's best views. Alternatively, visit the min museum and learn about the interesting history of this mining community. After a morning at leisure on Utö, you catch the boat onwards to your third archipelago island, Fjärdlång. Despite being on the edge of bustling Stockholm, Fjärdlång could not be more remote and the whole island has been deservedly declared a nature reserve. Marked footpaths wind their way through the island's woodlands so you can spend the day hiking around the island. Don’t miss a trip to the island’s highest point, Tysta Klint, where you can admire the spectacular views stretching across the archipelago. In the afternoon, you then prepare for your journey back to the buzz of Stockholm city and watch the archipelago change from the more rugged, sparse islands of the outer reaches to the more tightly clustered islands of the inner reaches. Enjoy the spectacular views of Stockholm as you enter the city centre! Transfer back to your hotel is included. Accommodation in Stockholm.
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure from Stockholm according to your own itinerary. By adding the necessary optional train rides you can easily combine the tour with a visit to Copenhagen. We also recommend combining this tour with one of our independent rail tours, e.g. Scandinavian Capitals, Fjord Norway & Stockholm or Scandinavian Capitals & Fjords.