You may be surprised to learn that Sweden has more islands than any other country in the world, with Norway a close second – though sometimes Norwegians claim that they are top, with Sweden second!
Either way, these two neighbouring countries have almost half a million islands between them to explore.
And with some 30,000 islands in the Stockholm archipelago alone, visiting the islands outside the Swedish capital is a no-brainer for those who fancy a holiday on the water.
Sailing in the Stockholm archipelago is a great way to explore these islands – many of which are completely uninhabited – and there’s no shortage of Stockholm sailing itineraries that take in everything from pretty fishing villages to remote, wild and wooded islets.
How much does it cost to rent a yacht in Stockholm?
The cost of yacht rental in Stockholm varies depending on the type of boat you choose, how many it sleeps, the time of year, whether you’re qualified to skipper it yourself or whether you want a captain to do all the hard work for you.
Another thing to consider is meals – some of the flashiest rentals come with food and drink included.
In the Stockholm area, the cheapest option for a six-berth boat, without captain, food or fuel starts at about €1000 a week in low-season, though you can easily spend more than €5000 a week – and that’s just for a basic package!
The best yachts to charter in Stockholm
Yacht charter in Stockholm is pretty easy to organise and there are plenty of different types of private boat charter in Stockholm to choose from.
Whether you prefer dinghy sailing in the Stockholm archipelago or classic yacht charter from Stockholm, we’ve checked out some the best private boat charters in Stockholm.
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Set sail in this classic yacht
This beautiful classic sail boat really looks the part, with a wooden deck and wooden interior. With seven beds in three cabins, it’s ideal for a relaxed family sailing trip round the islands.
Sun, sea and space in the Stockholm archipelago
You get loads of space on this 50-foot sailing yacht , which can sleep 11 people in five cabins. This top-end yacht is perfect for exploring some of the more remote islands in the Stockholm Archipelago.
Short-term sailing trips from Stockholm
This brand new (2022) cruising yacht can comfortably take eight people in three cabins. It’s an ideal option if you’re short of time as it can be rented out for shorter trips, starting at a reasonable €350 a day.
Make a splash in this stunning Sunseeker
Make like a celeb in this flash Sunseeker speedboat which can take up to 48 passengers for cocktails at sea, or sleeps eight if you prefer a more intimate experience.
It comes with a captain, so is a great option for a boat party in Stockholm – all you have to sit around and enjoy the views. Be warned, it’s not cheap though – a day’s hire starts from €6,200!
Family fun on the water
One of the cheaper yachts available, this intimate 30ft cruiser is a great option for close friends or family. Experienced sailors will love to take the helm themselves – or you can opt for a captain to do the sailing for you.
Luxury for a large group
If you fancy splashing out with a group of friends, this elegant sailing yacht sleeps up to 9, with four cabins and three bathrooms. Wifi, paddle-boards and a barbecue can all be added on to make the ultimate luxury trip.
Motor boat rental in Stockholm
This smart speed boat can take up to 12 passengers for a half-day or full-day trip round the islands and inlets of the Stockholm archipelago. A captain is included and catering can be provided too for a bucket-list day out!
Other boat trips and sailing tours in Stockholm
Boat rental in the Stockholm archipelago doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. If Stockholm boat rental appeals, but renting a private yacht is beyond your budget, try these group boat rentals.
They allow you to get out onto the water and explore the Stockholm archipelago, but at a much lower cost.
This full-day sailing trip starts on the island of Gålö and takes you round some of the lesser-known islands of the Stockholm archipelago.
Your experienced skipper will teach you the ropes so you can have a go yourself and then moor up for lunch in a secluded bay.
Alternatively, these two traditional ships, the M/S Östanå I, built in 1906, and S/S Stockholm, dating from 1931, take passengers on a classic two-and-a-half-hour cruise round the Stockholm archipelago for around €35.
And if speed is your thing, this one-hour RIB ride will whizz you out to sea for a whistle-stop adrenaline-fuelled trip round the islands.
But if you prefer to explore the waterways under your own steam, paddle boat rental in Stockholm may be more your style.
There are plenty of places in the city where you can rent your own kayak or canoe, and paddle out onto the water for a morning’s gentle meandering, or a full five-day camping adventure.
For further details, check out our post on renting kayaks in Stockholm.