Stockholm is located across 14 islands and, as you can probably imagine, nature is all pervasive throughout Stockholm. That is why you don’t even have to go outside the city to spend time in nature; hiking, swimming, enjoying beautiful views or physical activities - everything can be found right there in the city!
But to make the most of it, you have to know the right spots. Here are some of the nicest and most popular places to enjoy nature within or close to the city.
Nature spots within the city
Hagaparken is a beautiful, leafy park that’s only a stone’s throw away from the city centre, it takes 15 minutes to get there by public transport. This haven has everything you need to relax - parks, gardens, beaches and swimming spots at lake Brunnsviken, woods, hiking and bicycle trails. Haga Palace, the residence of Crown Princess Victoria and her family, is also located inside this park, alongside with other pavilions and temples, an Aquarium and a Butterfly house.
The park is great for picnics or just relaxing on the beach in the warmer months of the year, but since the park is so big, renting a segway is a great idea. You can rent segways in the Haga Ocean Aquarium. Visit the aquarium to see large and small sharks swimming together with various exotic fish, as well as colourful butterflies freely flying around!
To get to Hagaparken take public transport to HagaNorra or HagaSodra stations, there are several ways to get there, souse the SL trip planner to find the way that suits you best.
Rålambshovsparken is a park located on the island of Kungsholmen, in the western part of central Stockholm. Rålis, as the locals call it, is very close to the city centre and it is popular for enjoying various types of outdoor activities. There are running trails, a skatepark, bouldering walls and a big, well equipped playground for children, andeveryone is welcome to use all of this free of charge. Visit Rålis on Saturdays in the summer when they have yoga sessions that everyone is welcome to join. In August Rålambshovsparken offers an outdoor cinema, also free of charge. This place is not only popular for outdoor activities, but also for picnics and swimming in the Smedsuddsbadet beach, and the park gives you an amazing view of Gamla Stan and the City Hall. How to get to Rålambshovsparken? Take the blue or green subway line to Fridhemsplan and walk 5 minutes from there. We also recommend walking there from the City Hall alongRiddarfjärden bay. The walk takes about 20 minutes and is accompanied all the way by a beautiful view of Lake Malaren and Södermalm.
Djurgården is an island in Östermalm, the eastern part of central Stockholm. The western part of the island is mostly known for housing lots of museums, historical buildings and posh residential areas. But this time we’re more interested in the other part of the island that is rich with many forests, meadows and a lot of parks including Skansen, which is an open-air museum, zoo and a nature park. It is a great idea to rent a bike and cycle through the forests and parks to the Isbladskärret lake on the eastern side of the island for bird-watching, since this place is home to many different bird species. And definitely stop by Skansen to see the wild animals that live in the Nordics.
How to get to Djurgården? There are several ways to get there, the nicest of which is walking or biking from the Royal Dramatic Theatre down Strandvägen along the water. Other ways include taking SL public transportation - either a ferry from Slussen or the City Tram Line 7.
Another park, Tanolunden, is located in Södermalm, the southern part of central Stockholm. This park offers various activities for everyone. There's a playground, beach volleyball court, miniature golf course, an open-air theatre and an outdoor gym. Tantolunden is located right next to ÅrstavikenLake, and has a beach called TantoStrandbad. Along the ÅrstavikenLake there’s a jogging and bicycle trail that connects Skanstull and Tantolunden. It begins as the street HammarbySlussväg and later on becomes a beautiful trail along the water and through the forest. There are several beaches and boat moorings on the way, and a breathtaking view of Årstadal andLiljeholmen districts across the water. We suggest renting a bike and taking the trail from Skanstull to Tantolunden and enjoying the beach and all the activities the park has to offer.
Nature spots just outside Stockholm
Söderbysjön is a lake that is a part of Nacka Nature reserve, located a little outside of Stockholm centre, but is still reachable by the subway in about 30 minutes. Söderbysjön lake has a few sandy beaches, but mostly there are rocks and boulders all around the lake that can be used for jumping into the water (with due caution!) There are also several hiking and biking trails through the woods around the lake. On the eastern part of the lake, where the sandy beaches are, there is a park with a sprawling green lawn that is perfect for picnics. In the park you can find BBQ grills, tables and seating that everyone is welcome to use free of charge. Put on your hiking shoes, pack your food basket and enjoy the beautiful nature in Stockholm city! How to get to Söderbysjön? Use the SL public transportation.
There’s plenty of nice places inside and around Stockholm to get your well deserved rest and fresh air. Be sure to visit at least one of these oases when you’re in Stockholm!
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