Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Sweden

Fancy a change from the Mediterranean? From May to August a sailing holiday in Sweden offers relaxed sailing in a setting of stunning beauty.

Sailing Holidays in Sweden

Charter a yacht and explore the hundreds of offshore islands off the east coast of Sweden from Stockholm or off the west coast from Gothenburg. These archipelagos form a necklace of islands with sheltered natural harbours and traditional fishing villages.

The Stockholm Archipelago stretches from Stockholm to about 60 km to the east, bordering Åland. It consists of approximately 24,000 islands and islets, perfect to explore on a sailing holiday. Today the archipelago is a popular holiday destination with some 50,000 holiday cottages (owned mainly by Stockholmers) and sailing is an extremely popular activity. Some of the communities on these islands are virtually suburbs of Stockholm, and many residents commute into the city daily.

Sailing from Gothenburg on the West coast of Sweden you'll find a glorious sailing area with some 60 harbours along the coast and a large number of anchorages. The west coast of Sweden is renowned for its sailing, fishing villages and the smooth, rocky coastline and islands. Explore islands with small fishing communities and islands which are completely deserted – a yacht charter holiday in Sweden will be entirely unique.

Start your yacht charter at Gashaga, just outside Stockholm, on the East coast of Sweden. Visit the larger islands in the central archipelago, Möja, Runmarö and Nämdö. Right of the edge of the archipelago is Sandhamn, one of the area´s most popular spots, with restaurants and excellent beaches. Other well known islands to discover on your sailing holiday are: Dalarö, Finnhamn, Grinda, Husarö, Ingarö, Isö, Ljusterö, Nämndö, Tynninge, Utö, Svartsö and Värmdö.

Or charter from Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden. A sailing holiday in this area allows you to visit all the picturesque fishing villages with an enormous range of restaurants with fresh seafood, excellent shopping and a genuine archipelago culture. Each community has its own character. Why not stop off and buy fresh prawns, a speciality in this region, or buy live crab and lobster and boil onboard for a tantalising lunch al fresco in one of the beautiful anchorages.

From May to August a sailing holiday in Sweden offers relaxed sailing in a setting of stunning beauty. Explore islands with small fishing communities and islands which are completely deserted – a yacht charter holiday in Sweden will be entirely unique. Experience level 1

Most of these picturesque harbours have their own website most often in English - click on the name. All have secure mooring and restaurants. There are also hundreds of anchorages along this route

DAY 1 : Embarkation at Gashaga Marina. The small marina has 2 restaurants and a supermarket within walking distance. The train connects you to central Stockholm.
DAY 2 : Finnhamn is a group of 3 islands bordering the open sea "Stora Jolpen", "Lilla Jolpen" and Idholmen. You can swim from the rocks or from small sandy beaches. There is a nice restuarant Finnhamns Cafe & Krog with a lovely seaview and a supermarket open during summer.
DAY 3:Arholma is an island on the northern edge of the archipelago with two large guest harbours or you can anchor in the sheltered bays.  Eat at Dansbanans Restaurant who serve locally produced specialities with a fantastic view over the Sea of Åland.
DAY 4 : Sandhamn is a summer resort and a popular sailing destination in the outer archipelago -often called "Cowes of the North". Moor in the main marina or in Lokholmen with ferry link to Sandhamn. The harbour is very attractive with restaurants, cafes and shops. A short walk across the island takes you to sandy beaches.
DAY 5 : Utö is a very preety island with 2 marinas (the southern part is more accessible), many restaurants, shops and bars. Take a stroll down the charming slope of "Lurgatan" lined with old miner homes, or bicycle your way through winding country roads to Ålö, a neighbouring island. Dine at the famous Uto Vardshus.
DAY 6 : In Wasahamnen guest harbour you are close to Stockholm City centre, as well as museums, art galleries, restaurants, amusements and strolling areas - all within walking distance.
DAY 7 : Return to Gashaga Marina.

DAY 1 : Embarkation at Gotenburg, the gateway to the stunning archipelago on the West Coast of Sweden. The city is also Scandinavia’s largest and busiest port, and seafaring culture is very evident throughout the area.
DAY 2 : Marstrand (19nm), is the sailing centre of Sweden's west coast. A small town built on the herring trade, it became a popular seaside resort in the 19th century and now hosts many sailing regattas.
DAY 3 :Gullholmen (20nm). At the far west of the Bohuslän archipelago is Gullholmen, one of the most beautiful fishing villages on the west coast.
DAY 4 :Hunnebostrand (19nm). One of Bohuslän’s oldest coastal towns, dating from 13th century and a popular holiday spot with a good harbour, nice beaches and lots of street life in summer.
DAY 5 : Käringön (17nm). Typical fishing village and a vibrant island scene. 
DAY 6 : Åstol (7nm). An island of rock, Åstol sits off Tjörn in southern Bohuslän. In the port is the well-known smokehouse, Åstol Rökeri and restaurant which holds music nights.
DAY 7 : Return to Gotenburg (20nm)

Yachts are based at Gashaga Marina near Stockholm on the east coast and at City Marina Gothenburg on the west coast. Charters start and finish on Saturdays.

Sail from Stockholm with 15% OFF

Sail from Stockholm with 15% OFF

Book any available yacht from Gashaga, Stockholm from 1 Aug and get
10% OFF 1 week, 15% OFF 2 weeks


20% OFF in Stockholm

20% OFF in Stockholm

20% OFF yachts based at Saltsjobaden, Stockholm: 

Bavaria 35 cruiser (2010) 23-30 Aug NOW £1369/week
Dufour 375 GL (2011) 30 Aug-6 Sep NOW £1369/week
Bavaria 45 cruiser (2010) 30 Aug-6 Sep NOW £1889/week

Prices given below. Click on the yacht names to view yacht layout & specification

Yacht charter rates are shown WITHOUT flights giving you the flexibility to book your own flights.

If you want a flight-inclusive holiday Nautilus Yachting is a fully bonded ATOL tour operator and can book flights from the UK to fit your sailing holiday. Choose from a wide choice of airlines - we are not tied to any particular airline. All flight-inclusive holidays are fully bonded for your financial protection under our ATOL 3016. Airport transfers can also be pre-arranged.

BA, SAS and bmi have flights from London Heathrow. SAS also have flights from Edinburgh and Manchester (via Copenhagen).

BA, SAS and bmi have flights from London Heathrow. EasyJet have flightsfrom Gatwick and Manchester. 

To charter a yacht bareboat or on flotilla you should be Day Skipper standard and be assisted by at least one competent crew.

At present you need an RYA Day Skipper qualification or RYA International Certificate of Competence (ICC) for charters in Sweden if the boat exceeds 12.4 metres (40'). No other formal license is required for navigating in Swedish waters. 

The RYA ICC will be ever more required by overseas port authorities but if you have skipper experience it is easily obtained in a day from RYA sailing schools in the UK such as Hamilton Sailing or Brixham Sea School  


Whether you are an experienced sailor or setting foot on a yacht for the first time, we can offer you a holiday afloat to suit you. We have given all the sailing areas a level with 'Experience Level 1' suitable for less experienced crews and 'Experience Level 3' for the experts.    

This takes into account the wind strength, tidal range and currents, distances between stops and ease of mooring. Of course even experts may choose to sail in Level 1 areas as they still offer stunning scenery and great sailing.

Experience Level 1: Sweden - Stockholm & Marstrand

Generally light winds Force 2-4, line of sight navigation, shorter sailing distances under 20nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 1 week or 100nm as skipper

Experience Level 2: 

Stronger winds up to Force 3-5 with some longer passages up to 30nm. You will be Day Skipper standard having sailed at least 2 weeks or 200nm as skipper

Experience Level 3: 

Stronger winds up to Force 4-7 which can lead to bigger seas on long passages between the islands. You will be Coastal Skipper 
standard with experience to a higher level having sailed at least 4 weeks or 400nm as skipper


Will Ellsworth-Jones sailed from Gashaga outside Stockholm and his account of the week's trip appeared in Telegraph Magazine Travel Issue on 8 Feb 2014. Click here to read the article >>
He says "The Swedish islands were, though expensive, an experience of a lifetime, one I would more than happily come back for."

Sailing Holidays in Stockholm SwedenStockholm, the capital city of Sweden, is built on 14 islands and is known as Venice of the North. The islands are connected by bridges giving easy walking access to all the main tourist sights and gardens. The old town is a must for some real character with wooden houses on cobbled streets. Visit the Royal Place, Vassa Museum, Storkyrkan Cathedral, Drottningholm Palace and the 500' high Kaknas TV Tower - the view of the city from above is spectacular! 

Sailing Holidays in Stockholm SwedenSwedish cuisine incorporates flavours of the Swedish sea or forest such as game, fish and shellfish, and the best that Swedish farms have to offer. Desserts often incorporate Swedes’ traditional and beloved blueberries, lingonberries and cloudberries. Enjoy a traditional smörgåsbord with herring, salmon and many other delicacies  - and Swedish meatballs, of course!v

"Thank you for arranging my sailing course in Gibraltar. Peter and Carrie were great teachers, and I can recommend them unreservedly "
Gibraltar Learn to Sail 2014 - Y.Z.


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