You could spend months exploring Stockholm’s vast 30,000 island archipelago, but if you’d prefer a change of scenery there’s plenty to see in the surrounding area, including these popular day trips from Stockholm.
Around 100 miles north of Stockholm, the historic town of Galve makes a popular day trip from the capital, with its picturesque old town dotted with authentic 19th century wooden houses. While you’re there, take a peek at the town’s National Railway museum and harrowing Prison Museum, wander the many parks and sample some of Sweden’s best coffee and chocolates. Alternatively, time your visit for August, when Galve’s annual City Fest takes over the city streets, with lively street entertainment, parades and live music.
Just an hour north of Stockholm, Uppsala is renowned as Sweden’s religious and historical capital, an important medieval center that retains a fascinating array of architecture. The dramatic 15th century Uppsala Castle is one of the city’s main attractions, but be sure to check out the Uppsala Cathedral, the largest in Scandinavia, and the University, the oldest in Sweden dating back to 1477. That’s not all – the 17th century theatre, the Gamla Uppsala Museum, the Disagarden Open air museum and the Linnaeus Botanical Gardens are also well worth a visit.
3. Gota Canal
Escape the city for an idyllic boat cruise along the beautiful Gota Canal, starting in the coastal town of Mem. Drift downstream past historic sites like Motala Ström, Charlottenborg manor and the Grave of Baltzar von Platen, cruising through some of the canal way’s 65 locks.
4. Gotland Island
A scenic 3-hour ferry journey from Stockholm, the historic island of Gotland is the largest island in the Baltic Sea, boasting an impressive 800km of sandy coastline and an illustrious history dating back to the Middle Ages. Start your trip with a wander around the UNESCO World Heritage town of Visby, then take a walking or cycling tour around some of the island’s 94 medieval churches, ending with a trip to Gotland’s main attraction – its glorious beaches, renowned as some Sweden’s best.
Planning a Trip? Check out Viator’s Viking History Day Trip from Stockholm.