Without a doubt, one of the best things about living in Stockholm is its close proximity and access to nature. Not only is the city itself full of greenery, but within a short distance you’ll find lush and expansive pieces land just waiting to be explored. With a vast network of trails and paths, Stockholm is a city that begs its visitors to get out and enjoy a breath of fresh air.
Here is the Petite Adventures Guide to the Best Parks and Nature Reserves in Stockholm, Sweden.
You can’t write a list of the best parks in Stockholm and not include Djurgården.
Set at the centre of the city, Djurgården is one of the 14 islands that makes up the Stockholm city centre.
The island itself has a rich history as it was used as a hunting ground by the Swedish Royal Family. Today, Djurgården is home to some of Stockholm’s top attractions including Skansen, Gröna Lund, and the Vasa, Nordiska and Abba Museums.
But wander away from the throngs of tourists and you’ll find yourself at the green heart of the city. Kungliga Djurgården is 27 square kilometres of urban green space. It boasts open fields, rustic woods and plenty of hidden spots to rest and relax in. There’s also an apple orchard, which is a popular hangout spot on sunny summer days.
No matter the time of year, tourists and locals flock to Djurgården to wander or bike the paths and enjoy a peaceful meander along the water. It offers a relaxing atmosphere and incredible views over to Östermalm. In short, a visit to Djurgården is a must for anyone touring Stockholm.
Hop on the number 7 Tram at T-Centralen Spårv. Take the tram through the city and onto the island until you reach Waldemarsudde. From here, hike into the park and enjoy the stunning nature.
Tyresta National Park
Travel just 20 kilometers south of the city centre and you’ll find yourself in a whole other world.
Tyresta National Park is another epic green space that is easily accessible from the capital. It covers nearly 20 square kilometres of land and is home to one of the largest old-growth forests in southern Sweden. The park is crisscrossed with paths and trails that snake through the forest, across streams and lead visitors to beautiful and serene lakes.
A haven for hikers and walkers, Tyresta is also a very popular destination for mushrooms. Visit at the right time of year and you’ll find Swedes dashing off in all directions hoping to find that perfect haul.
From T-Centralen take the Pendeltåg (direction Tungelsta station) to Handen station. From there, walk to Haninge centrum and hop on the 834 bus to Tyresta by.
Alternatively, take the Green Line to Gullmarsplan where you’ll transfer to
Grimsta Nature Reserve
Grimsta Nature Reserve is one of the most beautiful and underrated parks and nature reserves in Stockholm
But, I might be a bit biased.
For the duration of my time in Stockholm, I was lucky enough to live within walking distance of Grimsta. It was where I wandered through the forest, watched icebreakers in the winter, and cooled down at the beach in the summer. It’s been my “home” park for 18 months, so obviously, it deserves a place on this list.
Grimsta is a sprawling nature reserve located north of the city centre in Bromma. Set on the shores of Mälaren (Lake Malar), the nature reserve is comprised of rolling hills and thick mossy forest. It is crisscrossed by trails and walking paths that take you along the shoreline to golden-sand beaches, and up and over hills where you’ll see some of the most beautiful views in Bromma.
The nature reserve is also home to a number of historic and cultural sites with plenty of ancient remains, villages and farms for you to explore.
From T-Centralen take the Green Line to Hässelby Strand T-bana. From there walk approx. 20 minutes to Grimstanaturreservat.
Rålambshovsparken (or Rålis) is a massive and expansive green space in the Marieberg neighbourhood of Kungsholmen. Inspired by London’s Hyde Park, Rålis is located between Fredhäll park and Norr Mälarstrand and is easily accessed by transit or along the bike path.
On nice days, this is far and away one of the most popular places in the city. Locals flock to this lakeside park to lounge in the grass, play volleyball and soak up the sunshine. Here you’ll find picnic benches, a skate park, sports courts and a handful of sculptures.
Rålis is also one of the best places in Stockholm to swim, so pack your suit and get ready for a relaxing and fun day in the sun. Although it can be hard to find a space on the lawn, it’s worth squeezing in amongst the crowd to be at the centre of the action.
Take the Blue or Green Metro lines to Friedhemsplan and walk down the hill towards the lake.
A short walk from the centre of Södermalm is Tantolunden. A large park by Årstaviken, Tantolunden is a popular spot for swimming in the summer and sledding in the winter. Lively yet relaxing, Tantolunden is a great place for a Saturday morning stroll or for watching the sunset over the water.
From T-Centralen, take the Red Line to Zinkensdamm and walk approx. 8 minutes to Tantolunden.
Haga Park is one of the most popular parks in the city. It was founded in the late-18th-century by Gustav III and is Stockholm’s answer to a sprawling English landscape. Here you’ll find a series of parks, woods, lakes and lawns, perfect for wandering, relaxing and basking in the sunshine.
The park is also home to a number of historic buildings and museums, including the Chinese Pavilion, the Turkish Kiosk, and the Butterfly House Haga Ocean, which is one of Scandinavia’s largest aquariums.
For Royal watchers, Haga Park is a must. Within the park you’ll find the Royal Burial Grounds, as well as the official residence of Crown Princess Victoria and her family.
Alternatively, you can take the Green Line to Alvik where you’ll pick up the 515 Sundbyberg station bus. Hop off at Haga Norra and follow the signs.
Set south of the city, about 15 minutes from Södermalm, is Hellasgården. Part of the Nacka Nature Reserve, Hellasgården is surrounded by stunning natural scenery and boasts a massive lake and lush forests.
Hellasgården is a playground for outdoor adventurers and nature enthusiasts. The grounds are covered in a series of trails that are perfect for walking, biking or running. In the winter, you’ll also find the park packed with skiers sliding there way across the landscape.
But that’s not all. At Hellasgården you’ll also find saunas and swimming, ice skating, volleyball, canoeing and so much more. Basically, whatever activity you’re after, you’ll find it at Hellasgården.
From T-Centralen take the subway south to Slussen. Transfer to the 401 Ekstubben and ride the bus until you get to Hellasgården. Once there, cross the street and enjoy the park!