Getting away from it all in Stockholm is easy. You just go to the archipelago. From the city, you can be at one of the inner archipelago islands in about 15 minutes. On Sunday, we took the somewhat more distant option and traveled to Utö. This island is located at the southern end of the archipelago and if you go directly from the city, it’s a three-hour boat ride. Instead, we opted for the “planes. trains and automobiles” school of travel. Leaving early in the morning, we took the subway to the above-ground train called the Pendeltåg, then transferred to a bus that pulled us directly up in front of the ferry which we took to the island. Once there, we then rented bikes directly next to the harbor. You have to love the efficiency of the Stockholm transportation system!
In true get away from it all style, there’s not been a lot of development on any of the islands. On Utö, there’s a grocery, a couple of cafe/restaurants, a hotel or two and a few small shops. But that’s about it. Otherwise, there are beautiful forests, rocks and beaches to explore and we did just that for the day.
Our group included four Americans, two Italians and one Australian. And we all agreed that it felt like we spent the day in paradise. Now we just need to find a way to get our own summer houses on the island.