Self-guided Island Running in the Stockholm Archipelago (Sweden) - 6 Days

An island-hopping running holiday through the stunning landscape of the Stockholm Archipelago staying in local guests houses along the way.

Trip Facts

  • Guided or Self-guided: Self-guided.
  • Price: From £806/€893 per person.
  • Dates/Duration: Start every Tuesday and Friday from 21 June to 4 August 2020.
  • Running ability required: Up to max 13-19km/day (flexible) on relatively flat woodland trails, rocky paths and surfaced tracks. No min. speed requirement as tour is self-guided. 6 days/5 nights (overnight locally before and after tour, 6 days’ activities).
  • Terrain/distance: Forest trails, stony paths, gravel tracks and some tarmac.
  • Location: Stockholm Archipelago, east coast of Sweden.
  • Travel to: Stockholm (need to overnight locally before/after tour).
  • Accommodation: Guest houses along the route. Accommodation upgrades available on some nights.
  • Group size: 2-8 persons.

See below for details.

Why choose this tour for a running holiday in Sweden?

  • Run on cool forest paths, stop at beaches for swimming, visit charming coastal towns and island settlements.
  • Self-guided itinerary offers wide choice of dates great flexibility to take things at your own pace, with distances covered also variable and some runs optional
  • Easy-going island hopping runs between some of the Stockholm Archipelago’s 50,000 beautiful islands.
  • Boat transfers between islands and luggage transfers between overnight locations.
  • Accommodation in a selected of local guest houses with upgrades available.

This self-guided running tour shows you some of the gems of the Stockholm Archipelago.

You will be staying in a selection of local guest houses along the way, each with their own character and atmosphere. Accommodation is in private rooms and there is the option to upgrade to higher standard accommodation for some nights if you wish.

Each day when moving location your luggage is transferred between the accommodation. Boat connections between the islands (you don’t have to swim!) are also included.

This is a relaxed running itinerary with the flexibility to take each day at your own pace and make the most of the beautiful archipelago landscape along the way. Stop for a rest and a swim anytime you like. Water temperatures will vary depending on time of year and weather, but the Baltic can often be 20 degrees or more in summer and the water is perfect for swimming. Find a little beach to relax on the sand, or lay your towel on a smooth rock to soak up the sun!

As well as its beautiful natural landscape, the Stockholm Archipelago has a rich cultural heritage. Full route information will be provided on places of historical and cultural interest to stop at along the way to enable you to get the most out of each day’s run.

Self-guided Island Running in the Stockholm Archipelago. Photo: NT.
From cool forests to quiet beaches for a cooling dip, the Stockholm Archipelago landscape is wonderful terrain for runners. Photo: NT.

The tours use seasonal public boat connections and so are possible during the period when these services operate, from late June to early August.

The itinerary is 6 days/5 nights with total three different overnight locations during the tour.

For either tour, you will need to spend a night in Stockholm before and after your trip. Stockholm is a wonderful town to explore with plenty to see – you’ll probably want to stay some extra nights! We will be happy to provide information on suggested options for accommodation.

Is it for me?

  • You should at minimum be able to run (or walk) a total distance of max. 13km-19km per day on generally flat or undulating forest paths, gravel tracks and some tarmac.
  • Two start days per week throughout the summer season offered a wide choice of possible start dates, and as a self-guided tour this is ideal if you are two or more persons (self-guided tours are not open to solo travellers for safety reasons). Prices are based on two persons sharing – see under “Prices” for details of supplement if requiring single occupancy.
  • Plan your timing each day as you wish – there’s no hurry! This means that the tour can be suitable for runners of different abilities/speeds travelling together.
  • If you are a running family, with children who would also enjoy the trip, the tour is open to children aged 10 or above who are comfortable running or walking the minimum daily distances.
  • Choose your preferred accommodation standard with upgrades available for extra “luxury”!

Day 1
Day 1: Running in a Landscape of Forests and Beaches to Trosa

You will need to overnight in Stockholm before the tour begins. A detailed information pack will be waiting for you at your accommodation giving full details of routes, options, boats and other transfers during the tour as well as information on places of interest to enjoy along the way.

Summary: Distance: Flexible 13km or 19km on forest trails. Accommodation: Hostel in Trosa with optional update to en-suite facilities at same location or alternative guest house.

From your chosen accommodation in Stockholm the previous evening, you will be met for a 1-hour transfer to Tullgarn Palace, where your running adventure begins.

The standard route today will take you on 19km of forest trails to the lovely coastal town of Trosa, where you spend the night. Along the way, there’s a beach for swimming and plenty of opportunities for breaks.

If you’d rather begin with a shorter run, there is the opportunity to choose an alternative 13km route this day if you prefer.

Accommodation tonight is at an atmospheric centrally-located hostel in the centre of town. Rooms have wash basin and shared WC/shower. There are 2 double rooms sharing one bathroom and 2 doubles + 1 single sharing another bathroom.

If you wish, you can upgrade to having en-suite facilities at the hostel here or choose an alternative guest-house with en-suite rooms and lovely apple orchard by the water – see under “Prices” for details.

Day 2
Day 2: Stendörren Nature Reserve and the Island of Sävö

Summary: Distance: An easy-going 12km on rough/rocky tracks and trails, with two 15 min boat transfers during the day. Accommodation: As Day 1.

After breakfast, you’re transferred (approx. 30 mins) to the nature reserve at Stendörren, which offers great opportunities for running on rough forest paths and some wonderful viewpoints.

From here, you take the boat to another island, Savö, where you follow the Sörmlandsleden trail around the island.

Another short boat trip brings you to Källvik to join the trail again to the end point at Sandvik beach. Here you have transfer back to Trosa for overnight.

Day 3
Day 3: Optional Morning Run in Trosa, Boat to Nynäshamn and Optional Evening Run on Strandvägen

Summary: Distance: Optional 11km trail exploring Trosa on surfaced tracks/trails + optional 8km run on tarmac/gravel. Boat transfer time 3 hours. Accommodation: Local hotel with en-suite facilities or option to upgrade to spa hotel.

Today you’ll be spending about 3 hours on the water as you take the boat transfer from Trosa to Nynäshamn, a lovely scenic voyage toward the southern part of the Stockholm Archipelago.

Before taking the boat, there’s the option for a morning run in Trosa around the heritage trail. When you reach Nynäshamn, you can either relax for the evening or take an evening run or walk along Strandvägen.

You’ll be staying tonight in a harbourside hotel with archipelago theme with en-suite rooms. If you wish, there’s the option to upgrade to a spa hotel located a couple of km from the town on the island of Trehörningen, where use of the spa is included.

Day 4
Day 4: Running in Håringe Nature Reserve or on Strandvägen

Summary: Distance: Flexible 10-15km on gravel tracks (Håringe) or tarmac/gravel (Strandvägen to Lövhagen). Accommodation: As Day 3.

You have two options for your runs today:

– A 40-minute bus ride brings you to the nature reserve at Håringe, with great options for coastal running along the peninsula.

– If you’d like some tarmac under your feet today, begin directly from your accommodation to explore Strandvägen and the Lovhagen nature reserve, with lovely views and great bathing spots.

Day 5
Day 5: Running on the Islands of Nåttarö and Ålö and Utö

Summary: Distance: Optional around 12km. 11km on gravel tracks (Nåttarö) and coastal forest/rocky trails (Ålö) with two boat transfers (20 + 30 mins) during the day. Accommodation: Hostel on the island of Utö staying in rooms or cabins/cottages depending on availability.

The day begins with boat trip to the island of Nåttarö, where the highlights include great sandy beaches and a viewpoint over the archipelago. Following your fun here, another boat brings you to Ålö. If you’re planning to take it easy for the rest of the day, you could enjoy lunch at the fish restaurant here, or if you’ll be continuing your run, bring a lighter packed lunch.

Ålö and Utö, where you’ll stay tonight, are connected, and you have the option of ending the day with a transfer or cycle ride to your accommodation in the village of Gruvbryggan. The hostel here is close to the jetty and you’ll be staying either in rooms with shared WC/shower or in cottages/cabins with kitchen for self-catering and WC/shower in nearby building.

Day 6
Day 6: Running on the Islands of Utö and Fjärdlång and Return to Stockholm

Summary: Distance: Optional 10-15km on natural/forest trails . Accommodation: In Stockholm (not included).

Your time in the archipelago is nearly at an end, but before you go there’s great running to be done on Utö, where a trail leads around the north of the island. Later, take the boat to Fjärdlång for some additional trails and finally the evening boat back to Stockholm.

Depending on timetables for your travel dates, you’ll be back in Stockholm between 17.30 and 20.30 and will need to overnight here before departure.

Dates 2020

Start days are Tuesdays (ending Sunday) and Sundays (ending Friday) as follows:

Start Tuesday: 23rd June, 30th June, 7th July, 14th July, 21st July, 28th July, 4th August.
Start Sunday: 21st June, 28th June, 5th July, 12th July, 19th July, 26th July, 2nd August.

Prices 2020

Using Standard Accommodation (see description below):

Per adult (based on 2 persons sharing): GBP 806 or EUR 893

Single supplement/person (for odd-numbered adult or persons requiring single occupancy): GBP 136 or EUR 150

Adults travelling with children aged 10-15:

Child price if 2 adults and 1 child: GBP 572 or EUR 634
Child price if 2 adults and 2 children: GBP 683 or EUR 756
Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children: GBP 549 or EUR 608

Adults travelling with children aged 16-18:

Child price if 2 adults and 1 child: GBP 653 or EUR 723
Child price if 2 adults and 2 children GBP 763 EUR 845
Child price for 3rd child if 2 adults and 3 children GBP 630 EUR 697

Supplement for Accommodation Upgrades/person (see description below)
En-suite rooms in standard accommodation Days 1-2: GBP 24 or EUR 26
Upgraded Accommodation Days 1-2: GBP 47 or EUR 52
Upgraded Accommodation Days 3-4: GBP 105 or EUR 116

Accommodation

Standard Accommodation:

Standard Accommodation Days 1/2: Accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Tre Små Rum
Standard Accommodation Days 1/2: Accommodation in Trosa. Photos: Tre Små Rum

Days 1/2: Accommodation here is a centrally-located hostel in rooms with shared WC/shower facilities. There are 2 double rooms sharing one bathroom and 2 doubles + 1 single sharing another bathroom.

Standard Accommodation Days 3/4: Accommodation in Nynäshamn. Photos: Skärgårdshotellet
Standard Accommodation Days 3/4: Accommodation in Nynäshamn. Photos: Skärgårdshotellet

Days 3/4: En-suite rooms in harbourside hotel with archipelago theme.

Upgraded Accommodation:

Upgraded accommodation in Trosa Days 1/2: Trosa. Photos: Ågården
Upgraded accommodation in Trosa Days 1/2: Trosa. Photos: Ågården

Days 1/2: A small and cosy guest-house with en-suite rooms, an apple orchard by the water and lovely breakfast room.

Upgraded accommodation in Nynäshamn Days 3/4: Top photo shows reception/restaurant building - rooms normally in adjacent building. Photos: Nynäs Havsbad
Upgraded accommodation in Nynäshamn Days 3/4: Top photo shows reception/restaurant building – rooms normally in adjacent building. Photos: Nynäs Havsbad

Days 3/4: A spa hotel located a couple of km from town with wonderful views, en-suite rooms and use of spa included. NB: This option is less suitable for families with children under 15, as access to the spa for families is limited to weekday afternoons only. We recommend that families choose the standard accommodation option.

What's included:

  • 5 nights' accommodation along the route as per itinerary. See under "Dates and Prices" for images of standard and upgraded accommodation options.
  • 6 x breakfast.
  • Transfers: Chosen accommodation in central Stockholm-Tullgarn Palace (Day 1); Boat Fjärdlång-Stockholm (Day 6). Other boat and bus transfers as per itinerary.
  • Luggage Transfers: Stockholm-Trosa (Day 1); Trosa accommodation to boat (Day 3); Ålö-Utö (Day 5); Utö accommodation-harbour (Day 6).

Not included:

  • Accommodation in Stockholm: You will need to overnight in Stockholm before and after the tour. We are happy to provide suggetsions for accommodation options.
  • Lunch and dinner (available to purchase locally). For lunches, some of the accommodation locations will offer the option to provide a packed lunch or for you to make your own packed lunch from the breakfast buffet (additional charge applies payable locally). Please speak to your accommodation hosts on arrival if you wish to arrange a lunch package for the following day.
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Frequently Asked Questions:

What training should I do to prepare for the tour?

As this is a self-guided tour which can be taken at your own pace, there are no specific requirements provided you are able to complete the daily distances. Note of course that you can choose to hike rather than run any sections that you wish! For some days the distances covered can be very flexible depending on the route options chosen.

It is important to practise running using the pack you are planning to use and carrying what you would be intending take with you on the tour days (water, lunch, spare clothing, etc).

The nature of this tour means that on some days the runs are broken up with, for example, boat transfers, so you will have rest times built in to the itinerary during the day in some cases. Once you have completed the minimum daily distance and reached your destination, you can choose to be as active (or not!) as you wish by added extra runs/walks in the evenings or relaxing and enjoying the surroundings.

What kind of running shoes do I need?

Terrain is mixed from tarmac and gravel tracks to forest trails, which can be uneven and stony. You should have trail running shoes with good grip.

What will I need to carry with me during the runs?

You should have with you water and a packed lunch for the day as well as an extra layer. If you are planning to walk rather than run some days, you can of course bring extra items with you during the day.

You will need to carry a packed lunch with you every day except for Day 3, when you can have lunch in Trosa.

How can I refill drinking water during the runs?

For most days, there will be no reliable opportunity to refill drinking water during the day, so you should bring water with you for the day’s run from the start.