With thousands of coastal islands and inland lakes, along with vast forests and glaciated mountains across the country, there are endless opportunities for day trips from Stockholm.
Encompassing 14 islands and more than 50 bridges, visitors to Stockholm have enough to explore to keep them busy for days of even weeks on end. But for a change of scenery, there are tons of great attractions beyond the city too, stretching out onto the extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. If you’d like some inspiration for day tours from Stockholm, check out our selection below.
Stockholm Archipelago Kayak Tour
Discover the Stockholm archipelago, just 45 minutes outside of Stockholm, on this all-day kayak tour. After meeting your guide mid-morning, you’ll travel by road to Dalarö, a charming little village, from where you’ll embark on your kayak adventure. You’ll spend the day exploring different islands from the water, stopping on a deserted island for a hearty lunch cooked on an open fire, then taking some time to relax and enjoy the swell of the Baltic and the singing birds. Late afternoon, you’ll paddle back towards Dalarö, keeping your eyes peeled for circling sea eagles searching for prey as you go. At the end of the tour, you’ll be driven back to Stockholm. From €155 per person.
Stockholm Archipelago Sailing Tour
Ranging in size from large islets to small rock formations, many of the 24,000 islands that make up the Stockholm Archipelago islands are uninhabited, and home to dense forests, rock formations and stunning natural beauty. Visitors are invited to explore a handful of them and their breath-taking scenery on this full-day sailing cruise, just a one-hour trip from central Stockholm. Navigating the untouched wilderness aboard a comfortable sailing yacht, you may even get the chance to steer and sail the vessel during the cruise under the watchful eye of your experienced captain. From €234 per person.
Explore Stockholm’s Uppsala
Explore the historic city of Uppsala, about 70 kilometres north of Stockholm, with a select group of family or friends on this private day tour. After travelling from Stockholm by bus or train, over the course of the day you’ll receive insightful commentary from your expert guide as you visit some of the city’s most notable landmarks and attractions, including the oldest Gothic Cathedral in Scandinavia, royal Viking burial mounds, The Linneaus Museum and a botanical garden. The tour price includes your return bus or train ticket from Stockholm. From €176 per group (max 8 people).
Small Group Viking Culture Tour
Visit historical Viking sites and gain an insight into Sweden’s rich Viking history and its effects on modern Scandinavian culture on this 8-hour tour. Starting with a hotel pick-up in Stockholm, you’ll visit important Viking sites close to the city, including Sigtuna and Old Uppsala. Over the course of the day, you’ll also stop off at several other places of interest including Broby bro, a famous Viking burial grounds, Jarlabanki’s bridge, a partly reconstructed Viking bridge, and Arkil Assembly site, a former Viking Parliament where you’ll learn about Viking laws, the construction of kin groups and their role in Viking society. When the tour ends, you’ll be driven back to Stockholm. From €184 per person.
Self-Guided Hiking in Stockholm Nature Tour
Just on the outskirts of Stockholm can be found a nature lover’s paradise and a veritable playground for all fans of the great outdoors. These areas of natural beauty, which form an officially designated and protected nature reserve that spans both the mainland and the islands that extend out onto the archipelago, can be explored by embarking on a number of self-guided hikes of varying lengths and difficulties to suit all energy levels. Good quality hiking equipment is available for hire and maps are also offered. From €25 per person.