Archipelago experiences all year round

Vaxholm is a pittoresque small commuity, just an hour’s ferry ride from central Stockholm. Since there is a bridge to the island, you can also get here by bus or car making Vaxholm accessible year round.

Both in central Vaxholm and on the surrounding islands are many pleasant beaches, beautiful landscape with long walking paths and some of Sweden’s most successful water sport clubs. Go paddling, fishing or simply take a boat tour out to sea. In the town center old fishermen cottages and turn of the century villas mix with modern houses and year-round open boutiques, cafes and restaurants. We recommend you to try the Vaxholm herring, a specialty that has been on the menu ever since the late 1800s when Vaxholm became a popular seaside resort for Stockholm socialites. Be also sure to try the local cheese and beer, produced in small scale on Rindö.

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Regardless if it’s Summer or Winter, there is often something going on in Vaxholm. At Destination Vaxholm’s website you’ll find a calendar of what is happening right now. 

Cinnamon bun “bakeshop”

Whether the sun shines or the rain sprinkles it’s always a perfect time to bake cinnamon buns. For about four hours in our kitchen at Vaxholm Bed & Breakfast you will learn the secret of baking really juicy cinnamon buns. While the dough ferments, we eat a light lunch and talk about upcoming island adventures. And before it’s time to go home we round off the day with a Swedish cinnamon bun “fika”. The buns left over you will bring home, wrapped in a tea towel with Vaxholm pattern. Suitable for all ages.

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Catch some perch

Borrow a fishing rod and go fishing at the pier. Around Vaxholm you are free to fish from land with a tackle as long as you’re not on someone’s private land. Maybe it will be the grilled perch for dinner?

Go paddling

Experience Vaxholm from the water. Rent a kayak at Vaxholm Brygghus, pack your backpack with a good picnic and enjoy a day along islets and rocks. Vaxholms Brygghus is open year round and rent kayaks as long as there is open water. Go paddling on your own or let a paddling guide show you their best canoeing routes.

Explore Vaxholm’s history

Download the guide app Appipelago to your iPhone and go for a tour around the center. With the app on your phone, you get a personal guide to Vaxholm’s history and sights with narration, text, and images.

Take time to exercise

In and around Vaxholm there are nice roads, trails and paths if you want to combine your holiday with a roundabout in the beautiful archipelago nature. If you prefer the gym, group training or yoga, the gym is just around the corner from our B & B. Yoga studio you will find a couple of blocks away. You will buy your training cards with us.

Have a Swedish fika

In Vaxholm are several good cafes. One of our favorites is Bistro Magasinet where you can enjoy both lunch and pastries overlooking the Citadel all year round. Summertime we also recommend the lovely cafe Hembygdsgården and their stunning Tart- and cake buffet and lovely garden right by the water front.

Visit the Citadel

Take the cable ferry over the strait to the Citadel. A visit at the museum gives you a journey through Sweden’s coastal defence history and takes you back to the end of the 1800s when the Citadel was like a little society of military, soldiers, officer families, maids and prisoners.  During Summer the cable ferry operates the strait several times an hour from morning to late evening.

Walk around the island

Take a long walk. If you follow the shoreline around the island, it will be a walk of about 10 km. Do you want to go further, we recommend you to cross the bridge to Bogesundslandet. Here are mile-long promenades for those who feel compelled. Bogesund is a nature reserve because of its rich flora and fauna.