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April 22, 2011

copyright Lennart Hansson

Vaxholm got its name from Vaxholm castle (built in 1549) , built on an island on the inlet to Stockholm by king Gustav Vasa.  The town itself was established in 1558.

Vaxholm became a popular spa town and summer retreat in the 1880s for Stockholmers. Until 1912, houses were only allowed to be built of wood, which gave Vaxholm a unique character.

The town serves as a gateway to the archipelago and is always packed  on sunny summer is a typical summer town with not much going on winter time.

If you are looking for a nice meal, visit Vaxholms Hotell, right on the water. They serve traditional Scandinavian cuisine and is in the mid-price range (according to Swedish standards)

Vaxholm is easy to reach by bus or ferry from Stockholm. Bus 670 runs from Tekniska Hogskolan tunnelbana station, travel time is about 45 minutes. Timetable can be checked at

Boats leave from Stockholm’s Strömkajen next to the Grand Hotel. Waxholmsbolaget runs the ferries (, who are very frequent in the summer but less so in the winter.



September 8, 2006

jwhuvudskar-bodar.jpgThe name Finnhamn stems from the time when Finnish ships on their way to Stockholm used to berth here. Nowadays, Finnhamn is the name of a whole group of islands, which have grown together into a magnificently beautiful archipelago landscape. You can wander freely along paths and small roads or rent a rowing boat and row out to one of the islands nearby. If you happen to pass by Idholmens gård, we recommend a visit to the farm store. The animals and the farm are shown on request. If you wish to stay the night, try the old coal keeper Rönström’s fabulous summer villa, converted into the archipelago’s largest hostel.
Eat: Finnhamns Café Krog, weekends Easter–Sep, daily June–Aug, 08-542 464 04.
Stay: The largest hostel in the archipelago, cottages and camping, 08-542 462 12.
Shops and activities: Rowing boats to rent, shower and sauna at the hostel, 08-542 462 12. Summer store, 08-542 462 07. Farm store at Idholmens gård, 08-542 462 42. Click here for Finnhamn’s own information site.
How to get here: boat from Stockholm, about 2.5 h. Single fare from Stockholm SEK 120.


September 8, 2006

Rödlöga is the island the furthest to the east and shimmers in red granite. This is as far as you can go in the archipelago with regular traffic. At Rödlöga there is a small village, but no roads, just wandering paths through wild rose bushes. The islands used to be inhabited by fishing farmers already during the King Gustav Vasa’s reign in the 16th century. Today it is only populated by sea farers, as there are lots of good harbours and swimming here. The summer store, Handelsboden, is run by summer guests.
Eat: Summer café by Rödlögaboden, 0176-870 60.
Stay: No hotels or guest rooms. Try camping or sail here on your own boat.
Shops and activities: Summer store, 0176-870 60. Telephone, water pump, dustbins, no electricity. Info 0176-719 90,
How to get here: Bus from Östra Station or Norrtalje to Furusund, then boat approx. 1.5 h. Summertime there is also a boat from Stockholm, which takes about 4 h. Single fare from Stockholm is approx. SEK 120.8ba66199e2ab799608f687ddff8325f61.jpg


September 8, 2006



The closeness to Stockholm has made Grinda the bathing paradise of Stockholm residents. As the island is owned by Skärgårdsstiftelsen (the archipelago association) you have free access almost everywhere on the island. There are plenty of good sandy beaches and cliffs for swimming at Grinda. You can go fishing both from land or rent a boat if you want to try your luck a bit further out. A beautiful, yellow Jugend-style villa is located on a height with a view over the water. This is Grinda Wärdshus with a restaurant, bar and guest rooms. If you didn’t bring your own picnic to the island, enjoy a good lunch or dinner here.
Eat: Grinda Wärdshus, restaurant and pub, Framfickan, restaurant by the water. Grinda Café. Tel 08-542 494 91.
Stay: Grinda Wärdshus, see above. Grinda Hostel and cottages for rent by the southern jetty, camping by the northern jetty, 08-542 490 72 (9–11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.),
Shops and activities: Grinda Lanthandel, food store, 08-542 490 28. Sauna, boats and bikes to rent for cottage visitors, 08-542 490 72
How to get here: Summertime: Frequent departures from Stockholm and Vaxholm, about SEK 80 one way. Travel time approx. 1.5 h. Info 08-679 58 30.



September 7, 2006


The location of Sandön, right by the open seas, made it an important junction for the shipping already during the 18th century. The small village of Sandhamn with boats and customs grew rapidly. And when the steamboats started arriving, the summer visitors came too. During the summer, lots of people mingle here among the yachts, restaurants and shops. You will find the custom’s house here, designed by the famous royal architect, Carl Hårleman, as well as the cook shack which now hosts the old homestead museum. Take a walk, enjoy a beer at the inn or try the renowned ”sailors’ buns” at the local bakery. Sandhamn is the main hangout for sailors, in July the sailing races of “Gotland Runt”, and the Sandhamn Regatta start here.sandhamn.jpg

Eat and drink: Sandhamns Värdshus, 08-571 530 51.

Seglarhotellet with the Skärgårdsbistro and Alma Bar, 08-574 504 00.

Dykarbaren, 08-571 535 54.


Sands Café, 08-571 530 20.

Sandhamns Deli, 08-571 530 16.

Stay: Seglarhotellet, see above.

Sands Hotell, 08-571 530 20.

Bed & Breakfast, see Sandhamns Värdshus.

Stores and activities: Food store and post office all year round. Bakery, shops, tennis, swimming pool, beach, mini golf. Tourist information 08-571 530 00.

How to get here: Boat from Stavsnäs all year round (SL-bus fr Slussen). Summertime boat also fr Stockholm and Vaxholm. Travel time from Stockholm and Vaxholm 2.5–3.5 h, approx. 1 h from Stavsnäs. Info 08-679 58 30.

Note: If you are calling from the Stockholm area, take off the prefix 08 at the beginning of phone numbers. If you are calling from abroad or a foreign cell phone, add country code +46, and take off the first 0. Ex: +46 8 679 5830.


The Stockholm archipelago

September 7, 2006

The archipelago outside Stockholm consists of more than 25 000 islands, from Björkö-Arholma in the north to Öja-Landsort in the south. The archipelago used to be inhabited mainly by fishermen, but is now the summer retreat for ten thousands of Stockholmers. Except for Stockholm, two other major towns are Vaxholm and Norrtälje, which both have a significant year-round population. The easiest way to get to the islands is by boat from Stockholm, Stavsnäs or Vaxholm with Waxholmsbolaget or other ferry companies. You cannot bring a car to most of the islands, they can only be explored by foot. However, you are allowed to bring bikes, strollers and dogs on all the boats.

If you wish to explore the archipelago for several days, a boat hopping card is available from Waxholmsbolaget and will cost you SEK 300 for 5 days. If you already have a valid, monthly SL-pass, you can get a monthly boat pass for SEK 450. You can obtain more information where you buy tickets, on the boats or on Waxholmsbolagets homepage. If you are interested in information about different islands, please look under the Stockholm archipelago category to the right.