Sailing Holidays

Sailing Holidays in Sweden

Sweden offers relaxed sailing on the east or west coast, both with islands of outstanding natural beauty.

Sailing Holidays in Sweden

"Just to say that if there is only one place in the world that you should charter make it the Stockholm Archipelago! The beauty and interest factor is stunning. Overall it's easy sailing, in most places like sailing on very large lakes. The closer you get to the open water of the Baltic, the quieter it became and nowhere did it ever seem crowded. Guest harbours all superb and natural harbours stunning. Every night the water became glass like and we had the quietest nights on board ever. A memorable and thoroughly enjoyable charter." P.M. 2015

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.

From the marina at Saltsjo-Duvnas you can sail into the Stockholm Archipelago, which stretches about 60 km to the east. It consists of around 24,000 islands and islets, perfect to explore on a sailing holiday. Visit the larger islands of Möja, Runmarö and Nämdö. On the eastern edge of the archipelago is Sandhamn, the area’s most popular spot, with a picturesque marina, good restaurants and an excellent beach.

Charter from Gothenburg on the West coast of Sweden and discover a glorious sailing area with some 60 harbours on the coast and a large number of anchorages on the islands. The west coast of Sweden is renowned for its sailing, fishing villages and the smooth, rocky coastline and islands.

A sailing holiday allows you to visit quaint fishing villages, with cafes and  restaurants serving fresh seafood. Explore islands with small fishing communities and islands which are completely deserted – a yacht charter holiday in Sweden will be entirely unique.

To book your next sailing holiday in Sweden, give us a call or fill out the Quick Quote Form.

Sailing conditions

During the short summer season June, July & August the winds are Force 2-4. Summer temperatures around 22°C are similar to southern England but with a lot more hours of sunshine as the sun sets very late.

Sailing area

From Stockholm you can 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.

A sailing holiday from Gothenburg on the East coast 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.

Charter yachts

Start your yacht charter at Saltsjo-Duvnas, just outside Stockholm, on the East coast of Sweden. Or charter from City Marina Gothenburg on the West Coast of Sweden. Charters start and finish on Saturdays.

Travel arrangements

FLIGHTS TO STOCKHOLM (ARLANDA): BA, SAS and bmi have flights from London Heathrow. SAS also have flights from Edinburgh and Manchester (via Copenhagen).

FLIGHTS TO GOTHENBURG: BA, SAS and bmi have flights from London Heathrow. EasyJet have flights from Gatwick and Manchester.

DAY 1 : Embarkation at Saltsjo-Duvnas. The restaurant in the marina is very popular. There are supermarkets within a short taxi ride.
DAY 2 : Grinda has a nice guest harbour with 2 restaurants, showers and shops. Framfickan Bistro is a great place to eat on the edge of the shore.
DAY 3 : Finnhamn (12nm) 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 4 : Sandhamn (16nm) 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 :Malma Kvarn (12nm) is a small harbour with a cosy restaurant, much loved by clients. The approach is simple through Orsundet to the southeast
DAY 6 : In Wasahamnen (24nm) harbour you are in the heart of Stockholm City with museums, art galleries and restaurants all within walking distance.
DAY 7: Return to Saltsjo-Duvnas (7nm). The train connects you to central Stockholm.

DAY 1 : Embarkation at Gothenburg, 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 Gothenburg (20nm)

Early booking offers in Sweden

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Sweden is a spectacular sailing destination with an unspoilt coastline. Here's what you said: "Just to say that if there is only one place in the World you should charter, make it the Stockholm Archipelago! The beauty and interest factor is stunning. A memorable and thoroughly enjoyable charter."

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. Norewgian Air have flights from Gatwick. SAS also have flights from Edinburgh and Manchester (via Copenhagen).

BA, SAS and bmi have flights from London Heathrow. Norewgian Air have flights from Gatwick. EasyJet have flights from 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 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, Gamla Stan, 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!

"Booking process is always smooth and efficient. The local Maltese charter company was very good and helpful. This was the third charter with Nautilus and it won't be the last."
Malta 2016 - V.N.


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