Stockholm’s magnificent archipelago indeed seems endless, and offers endless possibilities to the adventurous sailor looking to explore this gem of a cruising ground. Nearly 30,000 islands dot the seascape along Sweden’s east coast, extending seaward from the historic harbors and waterways of Stockholm city. The vast archipelago offers experiences to suit everyone, from adventurous sailing, hiking and exploring in remote, uninhabited wilderness, to contemporary cuisine by the fireside of a rustic seaside café. In short, Stockholm’s archipelago delivers an enormous variety of experiences to the cruising sailor, set within one of the most unique environments on the planet.
Today, 170 islands in the Stockholm archipelago (without land connection or bridges) are inhabited, mostly seasonally by vacationers and Stockholmers with summer homes in the archipelago. Nearly 150,000 leisure boats ply the waters around the archipelago, and visitors are treated to the choice of over 100 restaurants & cafes. The islands offer escape from the city to an untouched peacefulness that only nature can provide. Clean water, unspoiled landscapes and fresh air abound in the archipelago, making these cruising grounds so enjoyable.
From our base in Saltsjö-Duvnäs, the archipelago is at your fingertips. Saltsjö-Duvnäs is perfectly situated between Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old City) and the untouched islands of the archipelago – you can experience both under sail, regardless of your time frame.
Click on the link below to download our one week suggested itinerary, complete with GPS coordinates, estimated costs and contact information for each harbor.
Saltsjö-Duvnäs – Wasa Harbour – Vaxholm – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
Saltsjö-Duvnäs – Ägnö (Napoleonviken) – Utö – Sandhamn – Finnhamn – Wasa Harbour – Saltsjöbaden (Hotellviken) – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
Saltsjö-Duvnäs –Träskö Storö– Fejan – Arholma (Österhamn) – Rödlöga – Möja (Kyrkviken) –– Sandhamn –Lilla Nassa (Sprickopp) –Bullerö – Huvudskär – Nåttarö(Östermar) – Trosa –Landsort – Utö –Saltsjöbaden (Hotellviken) – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
It is also possible to reach Åland and Gotland from our base in Stockholm, read more about these excursions by clicking on the tabs “Åland” and “Gotland” above.
Åland Islands – Quaint & Traditional
Due to the distance from our base in Saltsjöbaden, a three day itinerary in the Åland Islands is simply too short. Enjoy an exciting seven-day adventure to Åland, or experience our 14 day trip with a little extra leisure time.
Saltsjö-Duvnäs –Fejan – Mariehamn –Sotunga – Degerby – Rödhamn – Sandhamn – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
Fourteen Days (2 days stop on the island group Kökar and Mariehamn):
Saltsjö-Duvnäs – Fejan –Mariehamn – Degerby – Sotunga –Kumlinge – Brändö(Djurholm) – Kökar (Hellsö) – Rödhamn – Sandhamn – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
A day’s sail from Stockholm, the Åland Islands bridge the gap between Sweden and Finland. The tumultuous history of the Åland Islands is as unique as the cruising grounds itself, which includes nearly 6,500 islands, rocks and skerries – only 80 of which are inhabited.
The gorgeous harbors & marinas in Mariehamn, Åland’s unique village capital, will have you feeling right at home. The Åland Islands are culturally, politically and geographically unique. Åland’s 6,500 islands are in fact part of Finland, yet they indeed have their own very unique culture. Aland Islander’s are extremely proud of their heritage and independence, and despite their Finnish nationality, they speak Swedish and fly their own flag.
Åland’s tumultuous history is due in large part to it’s strategic location in the Baltic between Sweden and Finland, and the islander’s insistence on remaining sovereign. It’s status today was cemented in a decision by the 1921 League of Nations, and though it’s included in the European Union, was granted several exemptions in order to maintain it’s unique heritage.
Åland may comprise a dizzying amount of islands to explore, yet it’s population is relatively small, and the islanders will indeed make you feel right at home. Spend your time ashore cycling back country roads, visiting historic monuments, or simply relaxing in a seaside cafe on Torggatan, Mariehamn’s lively main street. Don’t miss one of the world’s last commercial sailing ships, the Pommern, not permanently docked in Västerhamn Harbor, in Mariehamn. This once-great ship last sailed from South Australia in 1947, and is now a museum, offering an interesting glimpse into a not-so-distant seafaring past.
Due to the distance from our base in Saltsjöbaden, a three day itinerary in the Gotland is simply too short. Enjoy an exciting seven-day adventure to Gotland, or experience our 14 day trip with a little extra leisure time.
Saltsjö-Duvnäs – Utö – Gotska Sandön – Fårö (Lauterhorn) – Visby (Two Days) – Nynäshamn – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
Saltsjö-Duvnäs –Jungfruskär (grönskärsfladen) –Huvudskär –Gotska Sandön – Fårö (Lauterhorn) – Visby –Öland (Böda) –Västervik – Harsstena – Landsort – Utö– Saltsjöbaden (Hotelviken) – Saltsjö-Duvnäs
Gotland is situated nearly in the center of the Baltic Sea, and is by far the most popular holiday destination in Sweden – and for good reason. With abundant nature reserves, a fascinating history and world-class golf courses, Gotland offers a little bit of fun for everyone.
Gotland, the island of churches, is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and compelling reasons to visit Sweden. And to sail there is simply magical. After an adventurous sail southeast from the Stockholm Archipelago, you arrive in Gotland, a medieval island teeming with history. Astoundingly, the island was once situated near the equator (roughly 400 million years ago!), as evidenced by the shallow shelf, which was once a coral reef, extending around the shores of this mystical island. Towering limestone pillars line the coast, eerily shrouded in fog during certain times of the year.
Ashore, you’ll quickly learn why Gotland is one of Sweden’s premier tourist destinations. With nearly every recreational endeavor from diving to caving to golf readily available, you’ll never be wanting for anything to occupy your adventurous side. Or simply relax on one of Gotland’s picturesque sandy beaches or in a quaint cafe in the islands only town of Vibsy.
Historic Visby could have been taken straight from a fairy-tale. A 13th-century wall surrounds the city, complete with over 40 lookout towers, a reminder of Medieval times, and several churches from the era still grace the cobbled streets. Visby is indeed famous for it’s seafaring culture, which at the beginning of the 15th century, was ruled by pirates. Terrorizing much of the Baltic Sea, the Vitalie Brothers as well as the Danish Admiral Sören Norrby used Visby as their base for nearly 100 years.