Stockholm’s city centre consists of 14 islands, but that’s nothing compared with the tens of thousands that make up its sprawling archipelago. The three-hour ferry ride to the last island before Finland, Sandhamn, makes the Swedish capital feel endless. Forest-covered and dotted with brightly coloured cottages, the islands on your way range from the remote and unexplored to pristine tourist spots boasting boutique hotels, galleries and long stretches of sandy beaches.
Time Out tip: In the winter season (from September, usually, up until the end of April) some of the longer ferry rides are free. Check the Waxholmsbolaget and SL company websites for details and timetables.