Exploring Södermanland

Exploring Södermanland will take you along the peaceful coast of the Baltic Sea. It will take you along the shores of Lake Mälaren, the third largest lake in Sweden and with many towns and large fields along its shores. The trip will also take you towards the inland, or heart of the province. Where you will find small towns nested along the ever-changing landscape of fields, forests, and lakes. No matter if you are close to the sea, lake Mälaren och inland, you will find historical towns, ancient remains such as burial mounds and runestones, and beautiful scenery with nature ever-present.

Exploring Södermanland, Sweden, Travel Guide

About Södermanland

Södermanland is a province that stretches along the eastern shore of Sweden. Its name – meaning “Southern man land” refers to its people who live south of lake Mälaren. The province includes the southern half of the country’s capital Stockholm. In total, the population is around 1.300.000. The province is famous for its history; the earliest settlements date back to the early stone age, and around 300 runestones remain from the Viking Age. Before the end of the 14th century, six cities had received official city status. These places can still be visited today and they are Södertälje, Nyköping, Stockholm, Strängnäs, Torshälla, and Trosa.

Largest City: Stockholm
Province Flower: “Vit näckros”, European white water lily (Nymphaea alba)
Province Animal: Osprey

Exploring Södermanland

Exploring Södermanland can be done in many ways. The Baltic Coast and Lake Mälaren have plenty of islands and is easiest to explore with a boat. These are ,otherwise, mostly unaccessable for any visitor. The railway network will take you to many of the larger localities from where there are local buses to almost everywhere. It is the sights far out in the forest or away from populated settlements that will be hard to reach with public transport. For these there are only one way to explore and that is with a car. Well for the more adventouros there is cycling and hiking possibilities. The province have a huge network of hiking trails that can you from one corner to the next. The many smaller roads also make perfect roads for cycling.

Our Top 5 Recommendations, Not to be Missed:

What not to miss when visiting Södermanland? There are plenty of historical towns, natural features, and more modern urban areas. These are the five places we recommend you to visit when exploring Södermanland. Just remember, there are plenty more places worth a visit in this part of Sweden.

5. Vagnhärad

Vagnhärad is a locality close to Trosa. This is our base and for some reason we felt that it should be included. This is a part of Sweden with many ancient remains, such as burial mounds and runestones. In addition, there are is the Trosa river, some forests, lakes and plenty of fields walk along or through. It is one of the possible bases for anyone wanting to explore both Södermanland as well as the Swedish capital Stockholm.

4. Trosa

Trosa is one of the piqturesque small towns along the coast of the Baltic Sea. Its history stretches back tot eh 14th century and it is a popular stop for people looking for a bit more peace and quite compared to the larger towns in Sweden. With the Baltic Sea ever so close by, it is easy to end up on a promenade along the water.

3. Strängnäs

Strängnäs was for a long time together with Nyköping the main centers in Södermanland. While Nyköping had trade and administration, Ströngnäs had the church. The Diocese of Strängnäs had its seat here and were responsible for the two provinces of Södermanland and Närke. This means that Strängnäs is home to a cathedral and an historical quarter around it. The town is also located along the shores of Lake Mälaren, offering easy access for swimming and the possibility of nice walks along the shore.

2. Nyköping

Nyköping and its location along the coast of the Baltic Sea do offer great posibilities for tourists and the town is probably one of the best bases for exploring this part of Södermanland. Its an historical town which has played an important role in many of the events in Sweden’s history. Nyköpingshus, the castle, might be partly in ruins, but is one of hte more significant sights. There is also Stendörren Nature Reserve a bit outside of the town, on the way towards Vagnhärad. Stendörren is an easy accesspoint to the archipealgo that otherwise usually requires a boat to explore.

1. Mariefred

Mariefred is really a must when visiting Södermanland during the summer. Located along the shores of Lake Mälaren, this is not only a small historical town. This is a town with one of the most beautiful castles in Sweden, Gripsholm. Exploring the small town will also include a visit to the historical museum railway and the royal enclosure to see the deers.

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