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Yacht Charter Sweden

Stockholm’s archipelago is one of the world’s largest, and our marina at the Sune Carlsson Boatyard in Saltsjöbaden is a fantastic gateway to all it has to offer.

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Highlights

  • Rich maritime history
  • Sailing the Stockholm archipelago
  • Secluded natural anchorages

Sailing Sweden

Sweden

The city of Stockholm is spread across 14 beautiful islands, rich in Nordic culture and history. Stroll the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and discover its mansions and architecture. Stockholm is also home to many museums, art galleries, and over a thousand restaurants.

Stockholm’s vast archipelago in the Baltic Sea has around 30,000 granite islands to explore, with many secluded coves and uninhabited islets. Islands closest to the mainland are more fertile and forested, while the outer islands have a more exposed rugged appearance.

The archipelago’s extensive cruising grounds extends to Arholma in the north, while in the south you can visit as far south as the town of Gryt. Voyaging to the east through the last islands of the archipelago, you enter the open water of the Baltic Sea. You can also sail inland to the west of Stockholm, after passing through the locks in the city, and visit the large Lake of Märlaren.

For sailing Sweden, you’ll need a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities. Or you can hire a skipper. Read our guide to sailing qualifications for more information.

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Available charter types

Bareboat

For experienced sailors, a bareboat charter is the perfect getaway.
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Skippered

Relax and leave all the sailing to a professional skipper.
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Easy crewed

The simplest, hassle-free way to charter a crewed private yacht.
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Fully crewed

Your own private yacht for an all-inclusive luxury sailing vacation.
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Cabin cruise

Reserve a private ensuite stateroom on a modern catamaran.
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Aqualodge

Get closer to nature on the perfect self-catering Caribbean vacation.
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Power Catamaran

Cruise faster and see more on the perfect charter boat.
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Things to do in Stockholm

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Visit the Salt Sea baths

Saltsjöbaden (the salt sea baths) is a relatively small town just a 20-minute drive from Stockholm city. This beautiful outdoor bath lies on the shores of Baggensfjärden and is surrounded by forest to the west, making it well worth a visit if you’re sailing in Sweden. For an entrance fee, you can enjoy the bath, sun terraces and sauna, followed by a visit to the family-friendly beach and lunch on the deck overlooking the water.

Visit the harbor at Sandhamn

Sailors have made their way to Sandhamn since ancient times, and today it is still one of the archipelago’s most visited destinations, as well as being one of the top things to do in Stockholm. The harbor has many cafés, restaurants, shops and bakeries. There is also a beach called Trouville on the southeast part of the island. 

Dine at the restaurants on Utö

Utö is one of the largest islands and is very popular – offering a great variety of year round activities. Several restaurants are close to the harbor and offer delicious local specialties. Visitors may walk or hire bikes to tour the island and see its famous windmills.

Enjoy swimming at Grinda

The island of Grinda is a nature reserve, with several good places for swimming and lovely lookout points. Enjoy a day of tranquility, followed by a sunset gourmet dinner at the famed bistro, Framfickan.

Sail to the resort of Dalarö

One of the most popular things to do in Stockholm is to visit Dalarö. Its popularity stems back to the 1800s, when it became a seaside resort for Stockholm socialites. If your timing is good, you may find an art exhibit or music festival to attend during the summer. Near Dalarö are some of the world’s best preserved shipwrecks, and a number of wreck dive guides are available to show the way.

Weather insights

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When is the best time to visit Stockholm?

For warm weather and sunshine, the best time to visit Stockholm is May to September. In spring, beginning in May, you will find the first mild days.

Summer, from June to August, is a mild season with highs around 73°F and very long days. It is generally a pleasant time to visit but it can also rain. 

Beginning around May 15 to the end of July, the white nights occur, when it is not completely dark even at midnight. However, sometimes at night it can be very cool, or even cold, since the temperature can drop below 50°F, even in summer. 

The temperatures start to drop in September, the beginning of autumn. The sea is generally cool, reaching 59°F in July and 61°F in August. During hotter summers, the sea can become very pleasant.

What are the sailing conditions in Stockholm?

The average wind speeds in Stockholm have mild seasonal variation over the course of the year. The wind is most often from the south between spring and fall, and is generally quite calm. Into fall, the average wind moves to the west and increases in strength.

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Sailing Sweden with Dream Yacht Charter

Yacht charter Sweden

Take the helm on one of our monohulls and sail the Baltic Sea and Sweden’s vast archipelago with its wonderful islands.

Skippered yacht charter Sweden

No sailing experience is needed for our skippered charters in Sweden. Choose where you want to sail and we’ll find a skipper for your yacht, so you and your guests can relax.

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Stockholm sailing itinerary

Take a look at our Stockholm sailing vacation suggestions

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Day 1: Napoleon viken 6nm

Napoleon viken is a short 6nm sail from the marina. Drop anchor and sway, or moor Swedish style with bow first using the stern anchor. This is a popular bay for weekend sailors, where you can enjoy the well-protected bay and evening sun. Mind the rock on the way in through the channel!

Day 2: Bullerö 15nm

Head on a 15NM sail to lovely Bullerön – the Bullerö archipelago alone includes 900 islands! This beautiful island has interesting footpaths, a sauna and a museum which was the artist Bruno Liljefors’ old hunting house. The bay is protected for winds from NW to E. If winds are from the south, head towards Nämdö and the northern bay Skärvassa where you also find a sauna. In Nämdö, there is a supermarket and a restaurant.

Day 3: Sandhamn 7.5nm

Head for the hustle and bustle in Sandhamn, a famous sailing spot with many restaurants, shops, a bakery and things to see. Don´t miss the loveliest beach in the archipelago, Trouville, on the southeast part of the island.

Day 4: Möja 10nm

Around Möja you can pick a charming, natural harbor, like one on the island of Ostholmen, or head for the guest harbor on Möja to visit the restaurants and supermarket.

Day 5: Gällnö 11nm

Anchor in the bay of Hemfladen and visit one of the best-preserved island villages in the archipelago. There is a newly opened restaurant if you fancy a meal out. If you want more restaurants, shops and a guest harbor, sail further to Grinda.

Day 6: Stockholm Djurgården 21nm

Don´t miss the opportunity to stay a night at the royal island Djurgården, close to downtown Stockholm. Visit the Vasa museum, Skansen, the ABBA museum or Gröna Lund and enjoy dinner at one of the city’s many restaurants.

Day 7: Saltsjöbaden

You will most certainly enjoy the lovely cruise from Stockholm out to Saltsjöbaden. Pass through the narrow Baggensstäket, where Sweden’s last battle took place 1719 – both the Russians and Swedes thought they won! We advise that you tune in and listen carefully on the VHF when you enter the channel. You don’t want to meet one of Waxholmsbolagets cruising boats at the wrong place in this narrow sound.

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Day 1: Napoleon viken

Just a short 6 NM sail from the marina. Drop anchor and sway, or moor Swedish style with bow first using the stern anchor. This is a popular bay for weekend sailors – enjoy the well-protected bay and evening sun.

Day 2: Popular island Utö

Home to several restaurants and shops. Rent a bicycle and go around the island on a nice day. Don’t miss the restaurant Båtshaket between Utö and Ålö. This is a perfect spot to enjoy typical Swedish seafood, shrimps and smoked salmon.

Day 3: Sandhamn’s famous sailing spot

There are many restaurants, shops, bakeries, and a lot to see. Try Trouville beach on the southeast part of the island.

Day 4: Finnhamn’s mooring balls

You can also sway anchor in the ’lagoon’, west of the mooring spot.

Day 5: Grinda’s mooring lines

It’s also possible to sway moor in the bay south of the guest harbor. When ashore, there is a casual restaurant and bar down in the harbor, where you also find a restroom and showers. There is a fancy restaurant and bar on the hill. In the small village there is a food store and a bakery with a cafe.

Day 6: Stockholm – Djurgården

Don´t miss the opportunity to stay a night at the royal island Djurgården, close to downtown Stockholm. Visit the Vasa museum, Skansen, the ABBA museum or Gröna Lund and enjoy dinner at one of the city’s many restaurants.

Day 7: Saltsjöbaden

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Useful information for yacht charters in Stockholm

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How do I get to Stockholm from the US?

For sailing Sweden from our base, the nearest international airport is Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN). You can fly directly from New York, Los Angeles or Chicago with Norwegian Airlines.

We can arrange airport transfers on request, and it takes approximately 55 minutes by taxi to reach our marina.

What language is spoken in Stockholm?

The language spoken in Stockholm is Swedish.

What is the currency for Sweden?

The currency of Sweden is the Swedish Krona (SEK)

What are the customs restrictions for Stockholm?

For those traveling from outside the EU, customs clearance will take place on arrival at Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

What documents do I need to sail Stockholm?

US citizens need a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay in Sweden.

You also need a sailing license recognized by local port authorities.

Talk to us to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel for your vacation sailing Sweden.

Getting around Stockholm

Major car rental companies operate their offices at all airports. Please refer to the airport website for information, operating hours and contact details. Taxis are regularly available in front of the airport buildings. 

Arlanda Express is a fast train service that connects the airport and Stockholm. There are two stations, Arlanda North (Terminal 5) and Arlanda South (Terminal 2,3 and 4). The trip to Stockholm takes 20 minutes.

Flygbussarna is a bus service that operates between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm. The service takes 45 minutes. From Stockholm Central Station, it is possible to take the Tunnelbana (metro train) to Slussen where Bus 25B connects Slussen and Henriksdal Station. From Henriksdal take the Saltsjöbanan (local train) to Neglinge Station (23 minutes). From there walk towards Skogsövägen 22 and enter Sune Carlsson Boatyard to the right.

What is the Wi-Fi like in Stockholm?

There is Wi-Fi available in our marina and on our boats, which you can use while sailing in Sweden. Cell phones can work, depending on zones, but don’t forget about the roaming fees.

What regulations are there in Stockholm?

Much of the Stockholm Archipelago is a nature reserve. Please observe the signs and regulations that are posted.

What provisioning is there in Stockholm?

There are plenty of choices for provisioning in Stockholm. Please refer to the base guide.

What baggage can I take on my Stockholm sailing vacation?

Please only take soft bags and not suitcases as they are too cumbersome on board.

What is the electrical current in Stockholm?

The land electrical current in Stockholm is 220V.

What is the dialing code for Stockholm?

The dialing code for Stockholm is +46.

Why should I book with Dream Yacht?

Dream Yacht Worldwide is now the world’s leading yacht charter company and offers you:

  • A diverse fleet of yachts with a wide variety of models and manufacturers to suit every type of sailor.
  • We have +60 exciting destinations and we’re a pioneer in finding new sailing grounds.
  • You can be assured of our commitment to customer service excellence.
  • You’ll receive a warm and friendly welcome from our base teams who will share regional tips, recommendations and advice.
  • We’re also a trusted seller of new and used boats and an innovator in charter management options – sailing is our business.

What licenses do I need to hire a yacht and sail myself?

The skipper of a yacht has primary responsibility for the safety of the crew and yacht at all times. Many destinations require just relevant experience demonstrated by a sailing resume.

To charter in the Mediterranean, it is mandatory that you hold a sailing license recognized by the local port authorities for bareboat charters in Italy, Greece, Croatia, Spain, Malta, Montenegro and Turkey. Other destinations that require a license include Madagascar, Seychelles, Thailand, Brazil and Sweden. For Belize, the port authority will issue a certificate of competency and an application is made on arrival.

You must take your proof of competency and original certificate with you on your charter. We advise you to contact our team about your qualifications and destination requirements before booking.

By accepting the yacht contract you are confirming that you and/or members of your crew are capable and competent to sail the yacht in the conditions and cruising area of the charter. We reserve the right not to hand over the yacht if, after inspection, it is the opinion that the charterer is not, or may not be competent to be in charge of the vessel.

What is a skippered yacht charter?

A skippered yacht charter is when you rent one of our boats for you and your guests and a professional skipper sails it for you. No sailing experience is needed.

You will need to choose a yacht with a cabin for your skipper to sleep in as they are responsible for your yacht for the duration of your charter. We will find the skipper for you once you have found your perfect destination and yacht.

You will need to pay for your skipper’s food. You can invite the skipper to dine with you on board or out at a local restaurant.

What is the difference between crewed and by the cabin charters?

Our by the cabin charter charters offer exciting destination tours on a set itinerary crafted by our destination experts. You can book a double cabin and private bathroom and will share the boat with other guests who have booked the other available cabins. You will be looked after by a professional skipper and hostess with itineraries ranging from three to 11 nights. There is a set menu and included meals and drinks vary depending on location.

Can you tell me about your yachts?

Our super premier yachts are less than 12 months old from their first charter date, while premier yachts are less than three years old from their first charter date. Our yachts are well maintained and undergo regular, scheduled technical inspection.

In case of emergency, you can rely on our hotline, at any time, seven days a week. If you experience a technical failure affecting major and important parts of the yacht, we will repair the failure within four hours of receiving your call during working hours (8am to 5pm). If you lose more than four hours (during working hours), we will compensate you for one full day. If the repair takes more than one day, we will provide you with a similar boat or compensate you on a pro-rata basis. If restrictions to this guarantee apply in specific areas, this will be detailed during the charter check-in at the base.

Do I need insurance?

We highly recommend you arrange travel insurance in case you need to cancel for an unexpected reason to cover non-refundable deposits. Please make sure you have personal travel insurance that covers sailing.

We will insure the vessel throughout the charter with first-class insurers against all risks, to provide permission to charter as under contract terms and to cover third-party liability.

The following options are available in limited locations:

  • Security Deposit: This varies on the size of the boat and when the boat is returned without damage it is refunded.
  • Damage Waiver: The charterer agrees to pay a non-refundable damage waiver at the time of booking, as well as a reduced damage deposit on embarkation that is refundable upon completion of the charter should no damage occur.

Ever considered a Cabin Cruise?

As pioneers in the industry, Dream Yacht was one of the first to develop the Cabin Cruise concept. It’s an ideal choice for solo or couples travelers seeking relaxed adventure, exotic destinations, and unique local cultures in an intimate, social setting – in comfort at sea.

Our promise

Private accommodations

Comfortable and private standard double cabins with ensuite bathroom

Curated itineraries

Experience world-class destinations, local culture and excursions with our expertly curated itineraries

Accessible

An affordable and intimate experience without the need to book an entire yacht or provide sailing qualifications

Vetted crew

Enjoy our professional crew with a strong local knowledge and friendly service

Full board meals

Enjoy fresh and delicious cuisine prepared and served daily

Choose your mood

Relax on deck socializing with fellow travelers, kayak or snorkel from your yacht, or enjoy exploring ashore

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