Christmas julbord in the Stockholm archipelago

Is there anything more beautiful than untouched snow glistening in the afternoon sun? Combine that image with the magical Stockholm archipelago in its winter plumage for a truly winning and atmospheric concept. Gather family, friends or perhaps your work colleagues for a traditional Swedish Christmas buffet, or "julbord", in the islands. Make a day of it, or even a weekend, and head out to one of the thousands of islands to enjoy a classic Christmas experience. The Stockholm archipelago is unique and you don't have to travel far from the city to feel the island vibes. To navigate your way among the islands, we've created this guide to Christmas buffets in the archipelago, with both classic to modern options to keep everyone happy.

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Smådalarö Gård

Smådalarö Gård, Haninge

Delicacies from the sea

Smådalarö Gård serves a seafood platter including lobster and oyster to your table as well as an entire buffet filled with pickled herring, salmon and other seafood delicacies, all with idyllic wintery views over the water. Round off your meal with sweet treats from the dessert and confectionary table and if you'd like to stay on after dinner, just book a room at the hotel.

Smådalarö Gård

Bockholmen Hav & Restaurang

Bockholmen, Solna

Perfect archipelago atmosphere

Just ten minutes outside the city centre, you'll find the beautiful waterfront wooden villa that houses Bockholmen Hav & Restaurang. Christmas celebrations here are traditional and exclusive; the classic Swedish julbord is divided into nine 'rounds', and the archipelago setting makes a charming backdrop.

Bockholmen Hav & Restaurang

Artipelag

Artipelagstigen 1, The Archipelago/Värmdö

Views over the waters of Baggensfjärden

This light, modern art space near Gustavsberg lays out a traditional Christmas buffet with homemade dishes and exciting delicacies from local producers. The julbord is served in Artipelag restaurant, with beautiful views over Baggensfjärden inlet, and the meal kicks off with glögg (mulled wine) and pepparkakor (gingerbread biscuits).

Artipelag

Bullandö Krog

Bullandö Marina, The Archipelago/Värmdö

Generous and archipelago-inspired

Right on the waterfront and with beautiful views, Bullandö has an authentic island vibe while being easy accessible from land. Invite your friends and family and enjoy an archipelago-inspired julbord.

Fredriksborg

Fredriksborgsvägen 17, The Archipelago/Värmdö

Festive at the fortress

Fredriksborg is a personal hotel alongside a renovated historic fortress on Värmdö. As well as spectacular sea views and charmingly decorated rooms, the hotel kitchen proudly serves food made from mainly locally-produced ingredients. Their traditional julbord is served to your table in three courses.

Fjäderholmarnas Krog

Stora Fjäderholmen

Innovative julbord at award-winning restaurant

Enjoy the delicious flavours of a Swedish Christmas as the sun goes down over the water. Award-winning Fjäderholmarna works with professor of gastronomy, Gert Klötzke, to create a buffet that combines Swedish flavours with a modern twist, as well as a wide range of dishes for vegans. Round off your meal in front of the open fire with homemade confectionary before the ferry comes to transport you back to the city.

Fjäderholmarnas Krog

Waxholms Hotell

Hamngatan 2, Vaxholm, The Archipelago

Full of Christmas spirit

This historic hotel oozes Christmas spirit with its spectacular views over the water from the dining room. All the Swedish festive favourites are laid out in time for the holidays. The julbord is served right up and including Christmas Eve and it can be combined with a conference or a whole weekend away in the archipelago.

  • When: 29 Nov - 24 Dec, lunch, afternoon, evening
  • Price: 495-725 SEK, Christmas Eve 850 SEK
Waxholms Hotell

Utö Värdshus

Utö, Haninge

Classic julbord in beautiful archipelago surroundings

Right out by the edge of the open sea, Utö Värdshus lays out a buffet full of traditional Swedish Christmas delicacies such as ham and meatballs, as well as some more unusual specialties such as the island's own-spiced snaps.

Utö Värdshus

Djurönäset

Seregårdsvägen 1, Djurhamn, The Archipelago/Värmdö

Dinner and a show

Djurönäset combines a classic julbord made from scratch with a humdinger of a Christmas musical show. Perfect for families as well as colleagues and as part of a winter conference.

  • When: 29 Nov - 22 Dec, Thurs-Sat
  • Price: Julbord only from 495 SEK, julbord and show from 695 SEK 

Sandhamn Seglarhotell

Sandhamn, The Archipelago/Värmdö

Julbord weekend

If it's possible, the yachtie mecca of Sandhamn looks even more picturesque in its winter plumage. Take the ferry out for dinner, combine your julbord with a conference or treat yourself to a cosy weekend retreat with your nearest and dearest. Seglarhotellet serves up a traditional Christmas buffet with all the classic festive Swedish favourites.

Sandhamn Seglarhotell