5 Fantastic day trips from Stockholm

1. Tyresta National Park

Tyresta National Park is a national park with a surrounding nature reserve about one hour south of the city centre. The park extends over almost 5,000 hectares. The information centre and the start of many trails are situated in Tyresta village. There are 55 kilometers of marked, color-coded trails and footpaths running through the park and the nature reserve. This park is perfect for jogging, camping and walking, especially from April to October. There are a cafe, a shop, and a farm with horses in the village. For more information visit the Tyresta website.

How to get there: Take the commuter train to Handen station. Walk towards the buses in Haninge centrum, and take no 834 bus to Tyresta by.

2. Dalarö

Dalarö is a beautiful village situated by the seaside in Haninge Municipality, southeast of Stockholm. It takes about one hour to go here by public transport from the city centre. The village has a few restaurants, cafes, and shops. There are a lot of big, beautiful houses and I recommend taking a walk around the area. You can also catch the boat over to Vaxholm.

How to get here: Take the commuter train to Handen, walk to Haninge Centrum and take bus no 839 to Dalarö.

3. Sandhamn

The most popular island in the Stockholm archipelago. This island is located about two hours from the city centre and has beautiful houses, beaches and viewpoints. On weekends, there are a lot of locals visiting. During the weekdays, there are mostly tourists and people with boats on the island. The beach Trouville, is a nice place to spend a few hours, just a warning though, the water is always cold. Bring or buy something to eat in the harbor and have a pic-nic on the beach or on the cliffs.

How to get there: 1. Take bus no 434 from T-Slussen to Stavsnäs vinterhamn. From Stavsnäs take the Waxholmsbolagets boat over to Sandhamn or, 2. Take the boat, a 2-hour journey from Strandvägen in the city centre to Sandhamn in the archipelago. Click here for Strömma kanal timetable.

4. Vaxholm

Vaxholm is a small, beautiful town by the coast about an hour north east of Stockholm. The bus stops in the harbor which is where you find the boats, the ferries to the fortress, beautiful houses, restaurants and much more. Take a walk along the harbor and continue up on the hill between the houses until you reach a viewpoint overlooking the lake Mälaren.

How to get there: take the metro red line to T-Daneryds sjukhus. From here take bus no 670 to Vaxholm. Get off at the last stop in the harbor.

Off the beaten path:
5. Skärholmen and IKEA

Skärholmen is a suburb located about half an hour by metro from the city center. It’s known for immigrants and low income holders. In the square, there are stalls selling fruits and vegetables in the summer. The biggest attraction is the shopping mall SKHLM. The mall has been rebuilt and is a very nice mall, I prefer SKHLM to Mall of Scandinavia.

How to get there: Take the metro red line towards Norsborg and get off at T-Skärholmen.

I guess you’re already familiar to the furnishing store IKEA. IKEA was founded by Ingvar Kamprad in 1943 and is the world’s largest home furnishing company. It takes only 10 min by bus to go to IKEA from Skärholmen. IKEA Kungens Kurva is the largest IKEA store in the world and well worth a visit.

How to get there: take the metro red line towards Norsborg to T-Skärholmen. From Skärholmen take bus 740, 865 or 710 to IKEA in Kungens Kurva.




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