For those that have a little bit more time to spend in Stockholm, you might want to widen your horizons and see something else than just the city. If that’s the case I know just the place to go to. In fact I can suggest two, I’ll share them in the order of favouritism.
The first one is Fjäderholmarna, a little island in the Stockholm Archipelago, located only a 25 min boat ride from the city, it’s described as where the archipelago begins. The boats depart either from Slussen (the boats from Slussen are my favourite as they are the old fashioned ones) or from Nybroplan every hour and half hour from 10 am. And will cost you around £10 for an open return ticket. You can buy your ticket on board, but they only accept cash. Otherwise you can buy in advance as well.
There are a couple of places to choose from if you fancy having lunch out there, or if you want to you can even take the boat out there for an evening trip for dinner. Fjäderholmarnaskrog, have a few different venues out there to suit all budgets. Or if you fancy a more budget friendly option, why not go to the shop before you jump on the boat and buy some food to bring with you and have a little picnic on the cliffs by the water! There are a few handicraft shops out there and if you’re lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the glass blowers! A trip to Fjäderholmarna will not leave you disappointed and it’s also very nice to get to see Stockholm from the water front and you can not beat fresh sea air!
My second tip for a half day trip or evening walk is Tantolunden’s Allotment area. If you fancy a little breather from the hustle and bustle of shopping and sightseeing, make your way to Skanstull tube station, from here it’s only a short walk to the wonderful area of Tantolunden, a large park and allotment area on the south west part of Södermalm. If you’re anything like me when it comes to things in miniature, you’ll love this place! If you’re a keen gardner or maybe just like looking at beautiful greenery and gardens, this is the place for you! There are a ton of allotments here. And when I say allotment, you may think of the scrummie looking ones next to motorways outside of London, these couldn’t be further from it. They are more like a miniature of a Swedish summer house paradise, complete with little mini cottages and picked fences and gorgeous little miniature gardens! You can continue your walk along the gravel path, lined with allotments and wild nature on one side and the water on the other, it’s hard to believe that you are in a European capital when you walk along here. It’s so serene and beautiful, like a little bit of countryside paradise in the city. You can even stop off for a fika at Cafe Rhodos. Check out this blog for lot’s of wonderful photos of what Tantolunden Allotments has to offer!
More photos here