Stockholm's archipelago is one of the worlds most impressive. Comprised of over 30,000 islands, it can be an excellent place to spend part of a holiday in the Swedish capital.
Tourist can even stay in Stockholm hostels on some of the islands, some of which have both restaurants and shops. However, most of the islands can be reached from the centre of Stockholm on a boat ride.
Although some of the island's are populated, much of the adventures to be had in the archipelago are done in the more deserted areas - and there is also no shortage of exciting outdoor sports activities tourists can enjoy.
For those early enough out of bed in the archipelago Stockholm hostels, fishing off one of the lesser-populated rocks is both beautiful and satisfying. With so many unique spots to choose from, avid fishermen will never be forced to fight for the best position.
Sailing is another popular pastime, and for the experienced seafarer it can be an excellent way to explore the islands at your own pace, without submitting to the dictated route of the various tours on offer.
For the committed swimmer, there is even the option of taking a dip in the sea - but be warned, it can be ice cold during the winter months. That said, there is little more satisfying than returning to a sauna after a chilly dip in the water.
While many of the islands are sporadically dotted with all manner of attractions, the island of Sandhamm has established itself as the archipelago's main tourist hotspot.
Visitors can select from one of the many hotels and hostels on the island, or simply go for a day trip to one of its many esteemed restaurants. For the less experienced sailors, the island is renowned for its sailing and boat trips.
However, overnight stays in Stockholm hostels on and around Sandhamm provide tourists with the opportunity to experience the merits of the archipelago in their full.
Highlights include evening walks along the deserted coastline and strolls through the island's village, which boasts lots of architecture and attractions of historical significance.
Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for HostelBookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Sweden, he checked out a variety of the country's budget accommodation, including a number of most Stockholm Hostels .