Walking or jogging is a good way to explore a city. In Stockholm I already have a few favorite routes. I like to walk or run around Kungsholmen and I also love to do my jogging tour around Riddarfjärden.
The water between Södermalm, Gamla Stan and Kungsholmen is Riddarfjärden. This is a part of Lake Mälaren. The round is about 7 kilometers. With the necessary photography stops, it is a feasible route, even for novice runners. In addition, the route is mainly flat. You can walk the steep parts. Experienced runners can run on the stairs at Rålambshovsparken and even run up the bridge (Västerbron) for some extra training.
I’m starting at Norrmalm, across the street from the Stockholm City Hall. One time I first run towards Gamla Stan and Södermalm, the other time I first run via Kungsholmen. Because you always follow the waterfront, it is a fairly easy route to navigate.
If you walk counterclockwise and thus first via Kungsholmen, you take the waterfront on the south side of the island. This is the side of the town hall. Follow the waterfront until you come to Rålambshovsparken. On sunny days, Stockholmers gather here to picnic, barbecue, play petanque or just socialize. Here in the park, walk to the right where you will find a staircase that takes you to the Västerbron (bron = bridge in Swedish). I usually walk this steep part 😉 The jogging around Riddarfjärden is tough enough for me. On the bridge you can enjoy a fantastic view over Stockholm. Wonderful!
The second half of the bridge you walk over Långholmen, a small and very green island where you’ll see, among other things, a campsite. At the end of the bridge you can follow the arrows to Söder Mälarstrand. Furthermore, it is also just a matter of following the water until the bridge takes you back to your starting point via Gamla Stan and Riddarholmen.
If you are staying at Kungsholmen, Gamla Stan or Södermalm, you can of course also start your tour around Riddarfjärden in a different place.
You see, it’s not hard to fall head over heels in love with this city!
More city jogging in Stockholm
- City jogging around the smaller islets of Stockholm
- Around Kungsholmen
- Around Djurgården
- My favorite running routes in Stockholm (in Dutch – Living by the Sea)