On this self-guided hiking adventure you have a chance to explore Sweden's southernmost wilderness areas offering a wealth of opportunities for the nature lover. Go off the beaten track and into the depth of Stockholm's surrounding archipelago and countryside in Sormland County.
- time in Stockholm, Sweden's capital
- exploration at your own pace
- Sormlandsleden trail in Sormland County
- Tullgarn Palace
- Trosa, a 17th-Century town
The towns and villages are vibrant, with attractions and activities to suit all interests, while the countryside is vast with open meadows, deep forests, glittering lakes and extensive archipelagos and remain one of Europe's best kept secrets with peace and tranquility abound.
The tour starts and finishes in Sweden's capital Stockholm, a modern, bustling and historic city spread over 14 islands and one of the world's most beautiful cities with a combination of ancient history, colourful architecture, nature and city life. Take a stroll through Stockholm's old town Gamla Stan, with its narrow cobbled streets, welcoming shops and lively cafes. Visit Skansen, the open air museum with historical buildings, living history exhibition and Nordic Zoo. Nearby is the Vasa Museum, definitely not to be missed! The ship sank in 1628 on its maiden voyage and stayed preserved in the sea for over 300 years. Combine these with a visit to Ecopark, The Royal Palace, several museums and many shops, you won't want to leave.
After a brief visit to Stockholm, the real adventure begins and takes you on established hiking paths through nature reserves and on stretches which are varied, passing lakes, forests, open countryside and coastal regions. The Sormlandsleden trail is more than 1,000km in length and one of the longest hiking trails in Sweden. The paths are well maintained and marked as they wind through Sormland County taking in the nature, wilderness and historical monuments.
Each day you encounter a different gem waiting to be discovered and explored, taking you to wonderful places such as Tullgarn Palace, the charming 17th-Century town Trosa, Stendorren nature reserve considered one of the most beautiful archipelagos in Sweden, manor houses, Nynashamn village, Haringe-Hammersta nature reserve which is rich in birdlife, Nattaro Island with its sandy beaches and Uto Island with its iron mine dating back to the 1100's, museum and busy village life with local shops, cafes and restaurants.
On tour you will be given information on the schedule ahead but have flexibility to experience the adventure for yourself and at your own pace as you travel on the planned route to your destination. Although you control your own trip, you don't need to worry about the luggage as it is transferred between the different accommodations, along with any necessary equipment.
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Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: arrive Stockholm
- Fly to Stockholm and make you own way (payable locally) to the city centre hotel. You then have the remainder of the day to explore the city and its attractions or alternatively start the your week of hiking off with an optional self-guided hiking tour through Stockholm’s unique Ecopark – the world’s first National Park to be located within a bustling city. The Ekopark is 27 km2 and is a green oasis combining cultural heritage and natural features. Here you can hike through ancient forests, visit palaces and bathe from waterside rocks or visit the vibrant ‘Soder’ region of Stockholm and walk the many quaint alleys, passing historic housing and churches and a handful of impressive viewpoints across the city. The information pack will be waiting for you with instructions on the tour ahead.
- Day 2: Tullgarn Palace & Trosa
- In the morning you are transferred to Tullgarn Palace, an 18th century Royal Palace. Guided tours are optional. After your visit take the coastal hiking path passing wonderful viewpoints as you continue to the town of Trosa, a charming 17th century town on the banks of the Baltic Sea, your home for the next two nights. Today's hiking distance is approximately 12-19 km.
- Day 3: Stendorren nature reserve & Savo Island
- Take a transfer from Trosa to Stendorren nature reserve, known for its unspoilt nature and tranquility. Time can be spent here to hike across the many islands using a system of suspension bridges, visit the viewpoint and information centre or swim in the clean crisp Baltic Waters. Then travel by boat to Savo Island in the beautiful archipelago to hike on the Sormlandsleden trail, then back to the mainland to Sandvik beach before being transferred back to Trosa. Hiking distance is approximately 12 km.
- Day 4: Trosa and Nynashamn
- Today is free to explore Trosa village before boarding the boat to Nynashamn in the southern archipelago. Once settled in the accommodation, you can choose to take an evening walk along Strandvagen, a small winding road along the coastline, or time to relax at the hotel.
- Day 5: Haringe -Hammersta Nature Reserve
- Travel by public transport to Haringe -Hammersta Nature Reserve which is located on two coastal peninsulas. The region is made up of manor houses, giant oaks, broad-leaved wood, coniferous forests and saltwater bays. The deciduous forest in this area is one of the richest botanical concentrations in the Stockholm region, and hosts a large number of oak trees. The bird life is rich, and white-tailed eagles are common. At Haringe, visitors are greeted by Haringe manor from 1657, although the present exterior is a product of the 1770s. Both Gustav Vasa and Gustav II Adolf are former owners of the estate. The oval room in the sea wing was furnished for Greta Garbo, a regular guest to the manor. Hammersta is the site of the ruins of an old fortress from the middle of the 15th century. Hammersta was a manor during the Middle Ages. Hammersta gård, by the manor, is a farm dating back to 1914. This afternoon you can relax in the hotels spa or walk the Strandvagen trail if it was missed previously. Hiking distance approximately 10-15km.
- Day 6: Nattaro, Alo & Uto Islands
- Take the boat from Nynashamn to Nattaro Island with its sandy beaches and wonderful view across the islands. Continue by boat to Alo Island and explore the beautiful landscape. You then have a choice of cycling or being transferred to Uto Island and its main village Gruvryggean, alive with shops, cafes and restaurants. Hiking distance is approximately 12 km.
- Day 7: Uto Island - Stockholm
- In the morning you have a chance to visit the windmill built in 1791 and enjoy one of Uto's best views, or visit the mine museum to learn about the history of mining in this community. Afterwards catch the boat to another island, Fjardlang, located on the edge of Stockholm's bustling city. The whole island is a nature reserve with marked footpaths winding their way around the island with spectacular views from tysta Klint, the island's highest point. Then prepare for your journey back to the city making your way to the Stockholm hotel and your last night on the tour. The evening is free to enjoy Stockholm's nightlife. Hiking distance approximately 10 km.
- Day 8: depart Stockholm
- On your last day you may have time to enjoy the city before making your way back to the airport (payable locally) for the return flight home. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in Stockholm and sample more delights this wonderful city has to offer.
Prices & Dates
|Per person from prices||Jun - Aug 2018|
Please note there is a minimum of 2 persons travelling, so the single room applies if both travellers require a single room or for the third or fifth person.
Price includes return flight from London Gatwick to Stockholm with Norwegian; accommodation for 7 nights on breakfast basis - 2 nights in Stockholm at either Hotel Rex or Hellstens Malmgard, 2 nights in Trosa at Agarden Guest house, 2 nights in Nynashamn at Nynas Havsbad Hotell and 1 night at Uto Vardshus; luggage transfer where applicable; transfer where applicable; boat transfer where applicable; information pack.
Price excludes return transfers between the airport and Stockholm city hotel; meals other than stated; any optional activities; personal expenses.
The tour operates on set dates with arrivals on a Monday and Saturday between 25 June and 06 August 2018. Please note the following.
Monday arrivals are on: 25 June; 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 July; 06 August.
Saturday arrivals are on: 30 June; 07, 14, 21 & 28 July; 04 August.
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