The guide to day trips outside Stockholm
Updated 8 Sep 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
In need of a change of scene? There are plenty of lovely places to visit just outside Stockholm. You don't need to travel more than an hour by car to find picturesque small towns, historical sites, idyllic archipelago islands, rolling countryside and magnificent castles. Naturally you can also travel to most of the places mentioned by bus, train or boat. From Roslagen north of the city to Trosa south of Stockholm, we've gathered together our best tips for outings outside the city in this guide.
Enjoy the northern archipelago
Whether you want to head out to the islands or explore the historic coastal towns, Roslagen in the northern part of the Stockholm archipelago makes for a charming day trip. Take the bus or drive to Norrtälje and stroll around the town's wooden houses, visit cafés, stores, museums and art exhibitions and take a swim in the sea. Take a ferry out to the beautiful surrounding islanda and visit archipelago restaurants such as Fejan, as well as manor houses and walking trails.
Gripsholms slottGripsholms slott, Mariefred
This idyllic small town is beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Mälaren. Gripsholms Castle, which was built in the 16th century and houses an 18th century theatre built by King Gustav III, is the town's star attraction. Spend the day and stop off at charming cafés, restaurants and shops, or move on to the historic cobbled streets of nearby Strängnäs or to explore the lake islands. During the summer months you can travel between Stockholm and Mariefred by steamboat.
A stone's throw away
It's not far from Stockholm to Sigtuna, but the town's charming little alleyways feel like a different world. Stroll among the quaint cafés and shops along Sweden's oldest street, take a dip in Lake Mälaren or go for a walk in beautiful natural surroundings. Don't miss the historic attractions such as old ruins, churches and castles. The town also arranges various cultural events throughout the year.
Take a seat under the apple trees at Rosenhill's charming farm out on Ekerö. They serve coffee, cake and seasonal food using produce from their own organic vegetable gardens. There's also a farm store and an apple press, where you can bring your own apples for juicing, and regular events such as musical evenings and car boot sales. If you like the farm so much you want to stay, there's accommodation in cabins or a treehouse, or you can camp.
Häringe SlottHäringeslottsväg, Haninge
In Greta Garbo's footsteps
This glamorous 17th century castle is just 25 minutes south of Stockholm, making it ideal for a day trip or overnight stay. Eat, drink champagne and hang out by Sweden's first private outdoor swimming pool, built in the 1930s. Or why not go riding, take a walk or enjoy a picnic in the surrounding countryside? If you want to stay over, one of the hotel rooms was specially built for movie star Greta Garbo, who was a regular summer visitor.
Gålö HavsbadSkälåkersvägen 11, Haninge
Gålö Havsbad in Haninge has lots of outdoor experiences for all ages. The peninsula has the longest sandy beach in the Stockholm archipelago, a shallow sandy beach perfect for children. You can play mini golf, hire kayaks, SUPs and mountainbikes, rent a cabin, camp and much more.
Siggesta GårdSiggersta Gård, The Archipelago/Värmdö
Surrounded by animals and nature
If you want rural surroundings without having to travel too far, Siggesta Gård on the island of Värmdö is a great option. The beautifully renovated barn houses a restaurant and accommodation and there are masses of outdoor activities for all ages. The farm is surrounded by walking paths, an obstacle course, mountainbike tracks and cute animals including goats and alpacas.
Summer in the southern archipelago
Trosa, around 70km south of Stockholm, is a charming little seaside town with quaint old wooden houses, shops, narrow streets and a canal you can stroll along as you eat ice cream in the sunshine. Perfect for a day trip or a whole weekend. If you want to get active in the great outdoors, you can rent a kayak or take a hike on the Sörmlandsleden.
Tullgarns slottTullgarns slott, Södertälje
If you're heading south to visit Trosa, don't miss nearby Tullgarns Castle. The seaside castle, which used to be a royal summer residence, was built in the 18th century and is a popular destination. Explore the magnificent state rooms, enjoy a picnic in the park and take a coffee break in the castle café.
Food mecca south of Stockholm
If you're interested in food and exploring Sörmland, Järna is well worth a stop. Just south of Södertälje, Järna is a hub for organically and biodynamically-grown produce and several organic restaurants and cafés. Stop off for something to eat, or buy seasonal vegetables, game meat, artisan bread and other goodies to take home with you.
Discover this historic paper mill museum south of the city and explore the museum, have a coffee in the café and learn how to make handmade paper. During the summer months they arrange activities such as boules and guided tours.