If you follow us on the blog or socials, you have probably noticed that we are big fans of “Sunday walks”. In fact, as the weather gets colder, we just put an additional sweater and go on walks, usually for a couple of hours. Luckily, Stockholm has many great places in and out of the city to enjoy a relaxing stroll, or have a proper hike. In this article, you will be able to find inspiration for your next weekend adventure, and a list of the best hikes and walks in Stockholm.
This time, we decided to focus on places to go in the city, that is just one short metro ride away or even accessible by foot, depending where you live or stay. If you are willing to discover more of the Swedish nature, we already wrote about great day trips to Björnö and Tyresta.
Here below, we suggest 6 great and peaceful places where you can enjoy a nice and beautiful walk during the weekend or even in the evening. As Stockholm is made of many islands, most of these walks are along the water.
Probably because we live in Kungsholmen, this is the walk we do most of the time! The ‘runt’ is the walk that goes all around the island, and is about 9,5 kilometers long. We often just walk some parts of it, depending on how we feel and based on the time we have.
Personally, I really enjoy this walk as you are by the water all the time (did I mention that Kungsholmen is an island?). Nature is all around and the scenery changes quite a bit with different landscapes around the district of the island. The unmissable landmarks? The city hall, located in the south-east part of the island, Hornsberg strand – a nice area to relax or swim and barbecue in the summer, the long Norr Mälarstrand – promenade following the water and the southern part of Kungsholmen.
There are also a lot of spaces to sit, relax and enjoy the view along the coast, often on the rocks. Around Fredhäll area, you can find great spots for a picnic or to have some drinks with friends!
Haga parken is located in the northern part of the city and happens to be massive! It is one of our favorite places to go during the weekend as the park is huge and so there are not too many people at the same place. We also like it because there are 2 sides around the lake and the scenery is quite different from one to the other. Last time we went there, the weather was perfect and so we combined our walk with a nice fika in a former green house (Gamla Orangeriet). In our opinion, this is the best place for a walk if you want to enjoy the autumn colors, pick some pretty leaves or get nice pictures!
Paths are made for everyone to walk or cycle and overall the park is easily accessible with the metro, buses or a quick walk directly from Vasastan.
Walking around Djurgården is probably the most classic walk in the city! But there are a few good reasons for it! Located on the east side of Stockholm, it is an amazing area to be close to the sea and archipelago. Nature is everywhere around, there is no noise from the city, cars and others. In Djurgården you can find entertainment parks, nature, sea, canals and very cute cafés scattered on the island.
Once again, you can choose to walk the whole route, about 9 kilometers or just portions of it. In both cases, you will enjoy beautiful landscapes, colors and the peace of walking next to the water.
Djurgården is also great if you prefer cycling. The island is rather flat and paths are large enough to accommodate walkers and cyclists.
I have been really surprised by Långholmen and, I believe, it is actually one of the best places for a walk in Stockholm! In fact, this little island is stuck in between Södermalm and Kungsholmen. It is easily accessible by public transport and there are quite a few things to do. You can enjoy a walk by the canal and check out the boats and repair workshops, play football or go for a swim in the summer. Actually, I have heard that this islands offers some of the best swimming spots in the city.
When I went there, my goal was to walk all around the island and see if this was even a option. And you’d be surprised that not only you can walk all around the island, but most of the path happens to be just by the water. Not to mention, the stunning view on the surrounding nature. Another thing that I enjoyed there is this feeling of being in a village. The houses are really nice and cute, a lot of trees everywhere (with a ton of birdhouses on them!!) and shared gardens. I was really intrigued, so I took some pictures there. A nice lady invited me to go in and see it better, while explaining to me how everything works.
If you are looking for a peaceful walk, without many people around you, this is the one! I enjoyed listening to a podcast while walking and in less than 2 hours I completed the tour.
Tantolunden is a place which we pass by while cycling in the summer, but we never really took the time to explore more of this area. As autumn is full on and the colors are gorgeous, I went on a short walk there! Tantolunden is a park located in the south part of Södermalm, facing Liljeholmen. The park is fairly large, with a swimming area/beach, an outdoor gym and a lot of playgrounds for kids. If you have a family or if you enjoy outdoor sports, this will be the place for you!
Note that as this park is located in the centre of the city, it can be a bit crowded. Walking in this type of park, is usually not my favorite thing, but I actually found it very convenient when the weather is a bit in-between. And another advantage is that if you are going from a place to another, you can walk by the park instead of being on the side of the road. It is a lot safer and prettier! In Tantolunded you can follow the water and access a really pretty path, which will take you all the way to Eriksdalbadet (this is a large swimming pool in Skanstull area). I cannot tell you enough how nice this place is in the summer!!
Skeppsholmen is a small island located in the heart of Stockholm, just across the royal palace. We like going there if we want a rather short walk, if we don’t have much time but still need some fresh air. Going to Skeppsholmen is really easy with a direct bus connection or a short walk from Kungsträdgården. We recommend you walk all around the island for the best view of the city centre, Gamla Stan (old town) and the northern part of Södermalm. On the other side of the island, you will have the perfect view of Gröna Lund and Djurgården, and even Strandvägen!
The best part of it, is that you can stop at Moderna Museet, either for a visit of the museum (free entrance), or if you prefer a short break, just head to their café for a fika. The view from there is absolutely stunning!