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
The large park in SoFo, between the streets Renstiernas gata, Skånegatan, Barnängsgatan and Malmgårdsvägen in Stockholm is very popular with locals. Vitabergsparken is the place where they come for a walk, jogging, picnic,… They call their beloved place ‘Vitan’ or Vitabergen.
On top of the hilly park you can see the Sofia church (Sofia kyrka). On the other side is a large open-air theater where there are free performances in the summer. And the subsurface of Vitabergsparken is also special to say the least…
From poorest neighborhood to hotspot
In the 18th-19th century, Vitabergsparken was the poorest place in the city. The poor houses provided shelter for the textile workers who worked nearby. In 1888 they started to convert the site into a park with the (literally) highlight being the Sofia Church. Sofia kyrka reaches 46 meters above sea level.
Today there are still a few houses where still people are living in. Until a few years ago, the red house on Mäster Pers gränd 1 had no running water or drainage. The cottage is now owned by AB Stadsholmen and has a high cultural-historical value.
What few people know is that there is a data center under the hill of Vitabergsparken. Pionen was among other things where the Wikileaks servers were located. The (natural) security in the nuclear bunker is enormous.
Vitabergsparken, practical information
How do you reach Vitabergsparken?
Vitabergsparken is located on Södermalm, in the south-east of this island. The park is located near Skånegatan and Malmgårdsvägen streets.
There is nothing quite like the Swedish summer. Long days, short nights. And contrary to what you might think, it can be really hot during such summer in Sweden. Even at the Arctic Circle it can reach 30°C. Just like in Belgium, the weather can sometimes be changeable, but that is usually only for a short time. Looking for a cool down? Stockholm’s best outdoor swimming spots are never far away!
The water is also so pure that you can swim everywhere without any problems. You can choose between Lake Mälaren, the Baltic Sea or one of the hundreds of other lakes. If you are currently in Stockholm and you could use some cooling, you will find all the swimming spots in Stockholm here.
UPDATE: here you can check the water quality. Website is only in Swedish.
Hint! Bring water shoes if you plan to go swimming in the open air in Stockholm. The rocks can be slippery.
Boobadet is a bit further from the center, in Saltsjö-boo, but offers rocks, lawn and a sandy beach. So something for everyone. Make sure you bring everything yourself because there are no shops or restaurants in the area.
Brunnsviken are located in the north of Stockholm, near Hagapark. The swimming spot is completely surrounded by forests, so you don’t have the idea that you are still in the Swedish capital. You can easily reach the beach by metro (stop: Universitetet). There are rocks, lawns and plain beach to choose from.
Address: Frescati hagväg 18, Norra Djurgården Nearest metro stop: Universitetet
This swimming spot is also called Lappis Beach. Ekhagenbadet is located near Lappkärrsberget.
Address: Lektorsstigen, Norra Djurgården Nearest metro stop: Universitetet
From the end of April to mid-September you can also swim outside in Eriksdalsbadet. There are no fewer than 3 outdoor and 5 indoor swimming pools. It is the largest and most modern swimming pool in Stockholm. There is also an indoor pool and a sauna. Don’t forget to bring a small lock for your locker! Open daily from 7am to 8pm. Up to 20 years you pay 20 SEK for the outdoor pool. If you are older you pay 70 SEK. You will find Eriksdalsbadet south of Södermalm.
Address: Hammarby Slussväg 20, Södermalm (Stockholm) Nearest metro stop: Skanstull
Fjäderholmarnas Bad *
Feel like swimming and would you like to take a boat trip? Then Fjäderholmarnas Bad provides the perfect combination. Take the boat to Fjäderholmarna with your bathing suit in your bag. There are several spots on the island that are ideal for sunbathers. If you also want to take a refreshing dive, look for the rocks below.
Flatenbadet at Skarpnäck has an utegym, petanque, tennis, mini golf, beach volley,… You can also rent canoes. In the summer months you will find some stalls with drinks, ice creams and snacks. You can also barbecue there yourself.
Address: Badplats Stora Flaten, Flatenvägen 200, Skarpnäck By public transport: take bus 811 or 816 from Gullmarsplan or bus 401 from Slussen
Take the metro to Kristineberg (Kungsholmen) and continue walking to Fredhällsbadet. Here you dive from the rocks into Lake Mälaren (check the depth before you really jump off the rocks, but the water is normally quite deep). Nearby are stalls selling ice creams, drinks and takeaways such as pizza so this is the place to be if you forgot your picnic.
Address: Kungsholms strandstig 602, Kungsholmen or Snoilskyvägen 34, Kungsholmen Nearest metro stop: Kristineberg
If you come by car, Fågelöudde on Lidingö is a nice place. There is ample parking (although on busy days it is still recommended to find your spot early). If you opt for public transport, bus 204 to Elfvik will take you there. Fågelöudde offers all facilities for a fun day at the water: BBQ spot, sandy beach, mini golf, diving platform,…
Address: Fågelöuddevägen, Lidingö By public transport: take the metro until Ropsten and then take bus 204 to Lidingö. Get off at Fågeloudde. After that it’s about a 10-minute walk.
I already wrote about Hellasgården in winter but it’s also a nice spot during the summer. In addition to the sauna, there is petanque, beach volley, SUP, mini golf,… The activities around Källtorpssjön will certainly provide the necessary refreshment. Also always special to visit places where you were in winter in a different season.
Hornsberg Strand *
Hornsberg Strand is located on the north side of Kungsholmen. No beach here but pontoons and ladders to easily get in and out of Lake Mälaren.
Långholmen is a green island just before Södermalm, near Västerbron. The beaches are rather narrow. Still, it is a popular swimming spot. Just be careful where you go in the water so you can get out too.
Address: Långholmsmuren 21, Södermalm Metro stop: Hornstull
At Stora Essingen, you will find Oxhålsbadet. You can easily get there with bus 1 (stop: Flottbrovägen). There are toilets, a few restaurants, a large lawn, a BBQ and pontoons to easily get in and out of the water.
Smedsuddsbadet is next to Rålambshovsbadet but on the other side of Västerbron (on the Kungsholmen side). Here you will find a large lawn that leads to a sandy beach. One of the most popular places for families with children. Of course you will also find a hot dog and ice cream stand here. You can also barbecue there yourself. This swimming spot is wheelchair accessible. If you want to go on a sporty tour, you can rent kayaks and SUPs here.
Address: Smedsuddsvägen Nearest metro stop: Fridhemsplan
At Tantolunden (Årstaviken, on Södermalm) you can choose between cliffs and a real sandy beach. There are also sports beaches, so ideal for those who like to be a bit more active. The wider sandy beaches make Tantobadet also a good swimming spot for families with children. You can easily get through with a buggy or wheelchair. On hot days it can quickly get crowded here. There are also toilets and even showers.
A secret swimming spot that Stockholmers prefer to keep to themselves is a rooftop pool in the middle of the city: Vanadisbadet. The pool opened in 1938 and has recently reopened after extensive renovations. The swimming pool is only open from the end of May to the end of August. You pay 70 SEK entrance.
Address: Sveavägen 142, Vasastaden
Is your favorite swimming spot not listed yet? Then feel free to give us a heads up! Do you want more information about a specific location? Let me know and I’ll add to the article.
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