Summer activities in Stockholm
Updated 4 Jun 2019
With its proximity to water and abundance of leafy green spaces, Stockholm is the perfect summer city, both for locals and tourists. Whether you're staying in town for the whole summer or just passing through, there are masses of great ways to spend days off and sunny days in the capital. Kayak through the heart of the city, discover a hidden oasis, eat lunch in the inner archipelago or head out into the countryside just quarter of an hour away - follow our tips for some fantastic summer activities in Stockholm.
Next to the Djurgårdsbron bridge, Sjöcaféet is famous for its huge outdoor serving area right by the water. You can also rent canoes, kayaks, bikes and pedalos and explore Djurgården from both land and sea. Royal Djurgården Visitor Center is right next door, packed with information about the surrounding area.
Galärvarvsvägen 2, Djurgården
Hire a kayak
Paddling around Stockholm is a wonderful way to explore the city in the summer. Långholmen kajak by Hornstull on Långholmen island both sells and hires out kayaks. From there, it's easy to navigate the waters around Södermalm, whether you've kayaked before or are a total rookie.
Alstaviksvägen 3, Hornstull/Södermalm
Paddleboard in the city centre
Stockholm isn't usually a city you associate with surfing, but in the city centre you can paddle standing up on a surfboard - or SUP (stand up paddle). You can rent and buy SUP boards, and even take part in SUP yoga in the summer, at Stockholm SUP near Rålambshovsparken in Kungsholmen.
Smedsuddsvägen 23, Kungsholmen
Play boules in the park
In the summer months, Boulebar opens up its French-inspired boules lanes close to the water in Rålambshovsparken and Tantolunden. Play a game of boules and have an al fresco drink or bite to eat in leafy surroundings. A sociable, summery activity that's fun for all ages.
Everything from mountain biking to swimming
This enormous recreation area is just 15 minutes by car from the city centre and offers a plethora of outdoor activities for anyone keen to spend time, and get some exercise, in natural surroundings. Lots of fitness fans come here to ride mountain bikes along the numerous forest trails and paths. Cool off with a dip in Lake Källtorp - there's a sandy beach, jetty to swim from and a sauna.
Ältavägen 101, Nacka
The archipelago 20 minutes from the city
If you want to get a little taste of the Stockholm archipelago without travelling too far, idyllic Fjäderholmarna is just a short ferry ride from the city centre. Stockholmers and tourists alike head over in the summer months to eat at Fjäderholmarnas Krog and enjoy the handcrafts, culture, activities and pretty surroundings.
Holiday vibes in the city centre
Nine floors up, with views over the rooftops, you'll find Urban Deli's leafy roof park, filled with cosmopolitan vibes in the summer months. Transport yourself to an exotic holiday location without leaving the city - count on tropical cocktails with parasols, sun loungers (on warm days), a south-facing orange grove and live musical performances.
Sveavägen 44, Norrmalm/City
Grab a spot in the grass for an al fresco cultural experience. Every summer, Parkteatern puts on a huge range of outdoor theatrical performances, most of them outside the city centre. The performances are completely free and the season ends in August with concerts and dance performances in Vitabergsparken in Södermalm.
Sergels Torg, Norrmalm/City
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Enjoy a refreshing cool drink or a cup of coffee at a summery café - one of the best things about summertime in Stockholm is all the leafy park cafés and other green oases where you can spend hot sunny days. Check out the recommendations in our guide.