Stockholm's Archipelago: Vaxholm

by Talia Klundt / Mar 04, 2012 /
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Well I must say that my mom was smitten after her first taste in the archipelago, even if it was a short day trip out to Fjäderholmarna!  I must admit I also really enjoyed myself and since my friend Anna-Maria was still here, she suggested for us to take another day trip out to Vaxholm.

Vaxholm waterfront

Vaxholm waterfront

Vaxholm is also located in the Stockholm archipelago and is easily reached by boat or via car through a connecting bridge.  Vaxholm is most often referred to as a small city as there are almost 5,000 people living on the island year round and it is easily accessible from Stockholm year round.  It is located north of the city and the municipality is made up of 64 islets.  One of the most famous attractions is the Vaxholm Castle, which sits on its own little island and was once used to defend the city from naval attacks.  It is now home to the Swedish National Museum of Coastal Defense.

Vaxholm castle

Vaxholm

In my opinion, what makes it quite special is that it is close to the city, allowing you to be spontaneous in going and also has many restaurants and coffee shops to choose from.  And if lying on the rocks and getting sun is not your thing, you can check out the local boutiques on the island and spend your afternoon shopping.

Vaxholm

Vaxholm

We opted for taking the ferry there and decided to take a sort of "scenic route" getting there by stopping at a few small islands (sorry, cannot remember the names) to take pictures and soak up the summer sun!  We were very lucky to have gotten such incredible weather, making it a perfect day for our outing in the archipelago!

ferry to Vaxholm

Vaxholm

 

 

 

Talia Klundt is the Europe Editor for Wandering Educators

 

 

The Archipelago Series:

Stockholm's Archipelago: Finnhamn

Stockholm's Archipelago: Fjäderholmarna

Stockholm's Archipelago: Muskö and Torö

Stockholm's Archipelago: Nåttarö

Stockholm's Archipelago: Sandhamn

Stockholm's Archipelago: Utö

Stockholm's Archipelago: Vaxholm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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