Last summer we started our first and long anticipated trip to Sweden with a visit to Vaxholm, a lovely village in the Stockholm Archipelago. We arrived at the Stockholm-Arlanda airport where we picked up our rental car and it was only a 45 minute drive to Vaxholm. Making it a nice day trip when you’re staying in the city. There’s also a bus service between Stockholm and Vaxholm. During the summer months there’s even a better way of travelling to Vaxholm: by boat !

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Vaxholm is a small but truly picturesque village, well known for its wooden houses and surrounded by water. So as soon as we got there we jumped out of the car to walk around this village. Immediately I was intrigued by all the beautiful wooden houses, the colours and the views. Like this beautiful house, imagine living there and enjoying that view every day!

Lovely Swedish windows, so well preserved.

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House number 14, painted in the well known Swedish ‘Falu red’ colour. In Swedish: ‘Falu rödfärg’.

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Oh, and this was the first of many dream houses we saw in Sweden!

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After walking through the village we ended up at the quay and we were stunned by this view of fortress Vaxholm. We immediately decided we should go there the next day!

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You can also see the little island called Badholmen. Later on we found out you can rent this island for your own private party. Imagine having a party there on a long summer evening….

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While walking around we kept our eyes open for nice places to have lunch or dinner. After climbing a hill near the water this view caught our eye. The white building houses the Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café, a popular place to go for a meal or just a drink and enjoy the sun and the views on the terrace outside.

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This day we ate a very tasty lunch at Bistro Sva Marga Mat where they serve delicious food, all made with fresh and organic ingredients. The best place to go if you’re looking for a vegetarian meal.

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Afterwards we continued our walk along the water and we passed the beaches of Vaxholm. Unfortunately it was a bit too cold to go for a swim.

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Unfortunately there was some rain too. But it was short and nature always makes it up to you with a rainbow!

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On our way back we met this hooded crow. We wished him goodnight and walked to our B&B to relax and look back on a wonderful first day in Sweden!

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We stayed at the lovely small Vaxholms Bed & Breakfast, just a 5 minute walk from the main village. I can highly recommend this B&B! It’s located in a quiet area, with your own terrace outside and a kitchenette inside. Perfect for a romantic and quiet getaway.