Vaxholm, just an hour's ferry ride from Stockholm, is often referred to as the capital of the archipelago. People here have lived off herring fishing for many generations. In the 1500s, King Gustav Vasa decided to put the defence of Stockholm's inlet here. It was the beginning of what would be almost 500 years of military history for Vaxholm residents. The Citadel still stands on the strait just outside the city. A visit there will bring you back to a time when the old fortress was its own little society populated by senior military offers and their wives, soldiers, servants and prisoners. Toward the end of the 1800's, Vaxholm became a popular resort area for Stockholm's socialites. It was also around then that the city became known for its Vaxholm herring - a delicacy that is still served today at local restaurants. Vaxholm is now a lively island city where fishing huts and large houses coexist with small shops, cafés and restaurants. There are also several nice beaches, beautiful nature and some of Sweden's best water sports clubs. Its proximity to Stockholm and central archipelago location make Vaxholm a perfect destination whether it's for a day trip, weekend holiday, or as a base for day trips to other islands.

Contact information

Turistbyrån, Rådhuset, Torget
18532 Vaxholm
Phone: +46-854131480

Website: https://www.destinationvaxh...

Public transportation

Take bus 670 from Tekniska Högskolan in Stockholm to Vaxholm. Get off at Södra Grinda. Travel time: approx 45 minutes.


Take the E18 toward Norrtälje and follow the signs toward Vaxholm. Expected travel time: 45 mins.