Experience the nature of Stockholm
Stockholm is surrounded by water and greenery, and you never have to go far to experience nature in Stockholm. Public access gives visitors a unique opportunity to move freely in nature, whether it is in the forest, mountains or on the water.
KAYAKING IN STOCKHOLM
Kayaking in the middle of a city is a strange experience. You get to see Stockholm from a low-angle perspective, in the truest sense, and you get to set the pace and destination.
Kayaking in the Stockholm archipelago is a whole other kind of experience of transquility and closeness to nature. A kayak lets you access places that cannot be reached in other ways and it gives you an unbeatable feeling of freedom.
Rent a kayak in downtown Stockholm:
Rent a kayak in Stockholm archipelago:
Do you want to experience Stockholm in your own way? Then Vespa Stockholm can be your perfect match. They rent you a classic vespa that has a GPS with pre-programmed tours. You start a tour with one click on the GPS and it will show you to the best sights of Stockholm. The rental is either for five hours or one complete day and all their tours are included
Put your helmet on and get ready to discover the city!
TYRESTA – A NATIONAL PARK ON THE EDGE OF THE CITY
Two miles south of Stockholm, you’ll find the biggest primeival forest south of Dalälven, Tyresta National Park. Tyresta nature reserve is shaped like a protective horseshoe and forms a forest area of almost 5,000 hectares. The town of Tyresta dates back to the 1300s, and one of its buildings houses the National Park Visitor Center which features a permanent exhibition on Sweden’s national parks.
Address: Tyresta by / Vendelsö, Sweden
Telephone:+46 (0) 8 745 33 94
Here you can try to blow glass. Glass artist Ebba von Wachenfeldt Forms and blows glass in his workshop at road 223 between Mariefred and Björnlunda. Only 50 minutes from Stockholm. There is also a café, Art gallery and a shop with Ebba’s unique glass.
Address: Skeppsta hytta 1 / Gnesta, Sweden
Telephone:+46 (0) 158 300 25
Roslagen is the northern part of Stockholm’s archipelago. There is some disagreement about what exactly constitutes Roslagen but the area between Vaxholm and Östhammer municipalities is definitively included. Norrtälje is sometimes called the capital of Roslagen. And with its long bay leading into the harbor, Norrtälje is a good starting point to explore the environment of the archipelago. Roslagen’s archipelago offers picturesque towns as well as untouched nature. Seals and bald eagles are frequent sights along the coastline.
The nearest archipelago town to Stockholm is located on Fjäderholmarna, 20 minutes by boat from central Stockholm. Fjäderholmarnas tavern is open in the summer and is particularly known for its popular Christmas dinner. Fjäderholmarna is home to several artisans with widely differing specialties, such as pottery, smithy work, chocolate production, and the smoking of meats. Boats depart from Slussen and Strandvägen during the summer.
Take a rooftop tour on the old parliament building in Stockholm, 43 meters (141 feet) above ground level. Equipped with helmets, harnesses and a licensed guide, this is probably not a great idea for those suffering from acrophobia. Still, the view of the city and street bustle below might have you forget your fear of heights.
Hellasgården is a popular and scenic meeting place for companies, clubs, and families. A wide range of offerings makes Hellasgården a fantastic platform for kicking off events, workshops, camps, competitions and festive occasions. Visitors primarily include individuals and families looking for a fabulous place to enjoy nature, exercise and to kick back.
With just 15 minutes’ travel time from Slussen, Hellasgården is an obvious gateway to one of Sweden’s finest nature reserves.
BIKING IN STOCKHOLM
Borrow a bike and have a smooth ride to your job or the store. Bikes are available at some 150 stations downtown from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm all days in season. You’ll need a Citybike Card to borrow a bike and these are for sale at Citybike’s website, among other places.
GO FISHING IN CENTRAL STOCKHOLM
Each year, some 30,000 juvenile salmon and sea trout are released into the streams of Stockholm. When it’s time to mate, the adult fish travel back to Mälaren and then pass by the House of Parliament. Strömparterren is a sandbar downstream from Helgeandsholmen where fly fishermen wade out to reach the fish. A less serene option is to stand on one of the bridges and catch your own dinner – a very special fishing experience with traffic roaring behind you.
In addition to game fish, there are also plenty of pike, perch, whitefish, and bass. The record for a fish caught in the Stockholm stream is 21.8 kg (48 lbs.) and 13.4 kg (29.5 lbs.) for sea trout.
FLYING A HOT-AIR BALLOON
Let the wind take you away. Under the right conditions, hot-air balloons take off from any of the 20 different starting locations around Stockholm. Each balloon start is determined by the wind direction and the goal is for the balloons to fly over Stockholm. To sail out over the city at the speed of the wind is an almost dreamlike experience.
If you get the opportunity to fly a balloon over Stockholm, don’t hesitate!
Header picture: Kayaking | Photo: © Henrik Trygg /imagebank.sweden.se