The Dalarö Hotel + Golf
Smådalarö Gård is on the bay Hemviken, at the start of Stockholm’s southern archipelago – 45 minutes by car from central Stockholm. The original building dates back to 1810 + now has a full-service hotel, 9-hole golf course, tennis courts + a brasserie with a waterfront view. For a hotel stay in Dalarö this is it. Make sure to organise through the hotel boat trips to explore the islands too!
Lovely Summer Market + Lunch Spot
Lanthandel is a Dalarö local’s number one for fresh fruit, veg, quality meat + fish, etc, etc. This sweet market + café sells a wonderful handpicked selection of delicious pre-made dishes + desserts as well. Make sure to call ahead for larger orders and stop in for the perfectly poached salmon for lunch. They also sell beautiful fresh flowers for those needing a hostess gift on their way to a summer lunch. The prices aren’t cheap, but sometimes these things are worth it. Closed Mondays. Open Easter to mid-September.
This isolated, private island in the archipelago is a 20 min taxi boat ride away from Dalarö + is by far one of the most unique, tranquil archipelago experiences to be had Stockholm’s archipelago. The island has been in the owner’s family for generations + now open to those who want to enjoy an authentic Swedish archipelago retreat for 5 – 55 people. Whether its for a lunch eating freshly caught fish from the sea that day, or an overnight retreat for larger groups to take a break from city life – this Swedish nature experience is special. For those interested in doing more than relaxing seaside, activities include: seal safaris, spin fishing, water skiing, kayaking, clay pigeon shooting, + match racing.
Just a stone throw away ( and short ferry ride) from Dalarö is this lovely island that dates back to 1623, when King Karl X Gustav had it’s fort built to protect the entrance to Stockholm’s archipelago. Now it is a place to party, dine + enjoy the beautiful Swedish archipelago land + seascape. Open for brunch the first Sunday of June through the summer, this is a must for those wanting an archipelago experience close to the city. Take your own boat or Waxholmsbolaget going from Dalaro with Saxaren 10:20 or Långvik 12:10 out to Dalarö Skans + enjoy!
If you need a hotel on Sandhamn this is the place. A sweet, modern hotel set on the popular summer island. Enjoy drinks on the terrace + dinner on the weekends in their restaurant. They offer fishing experiences with your own fishing guide, kayak rentals, boat trips to the outer archipelago + trimaran sailing with professional sailors. They also offer wine tasting + cooking classes with their chef for those interested in chilling on land.
Dating back to the 1850s, this restaurant + pub is known as the Sandhamn resident’s local watering hole. It’s best for a sunny day lunch on the terrace drinking beer + enjoying the sea breeze. Although when there is poor weather, the inside restaurant is super cosy + charming. Delicious Swedish cuisine in an authentic, seaside house on a small island = obviously.
The Adventurer’s Guide
Call these people for a Swedish archipelago adventure. Whether it’s kayaking, sailing or taking a speedboat to the outer islands for lunch on the isolated rocks, they have something to keep you busy. Call ahead to book these activities since on summer weekends they are quite busy.
Ferry Boat to Archipelago
In the summer months, a visit to the Swedish Archipelago is a must! If staying overnight is not an option, there are several islands to go for the day to have lunch on the sea + admire the beautiful island landscapes. Waxholmsbolaget has boats running daily to multiple islands. Take a look at their destination + day trip suggestions for ideas.