Lat: N 59º 17' 16.39"
Long: E 18º 54' 38.99"
This exclusive metropolis in the Stockholm Archipelago which August Strindberg described in 1873 with the words, "Sandhamn, a place of natural beauty, surrounded on three sides by water and on the fourth by the sea", has been the centre for boating life on the east coast since boats first started to be used for pleasure sailing. The headquarters of KSSS, the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, are based here and every year in the beginning of July, hundreds of yachts meet here at the jetties from where Gotland Runt starts. The community, which consists of about 100 permanent residents, is swollen every year by thousands of summer residents and boat tourists who come here to buy provisions, shop, swim, enjoy pub life, repair their boat, fill up with fuel and fresh water, go to the spa, eat at one of the classic restaurants or just experience the idyllic community and the special countryside. Sandhamn lies on the island Sandön and it consists, as its name implies, of sand. On the opposite side of the island to the harbour there is a fantastic long beach, perfect for families, which was named Trouville around 1900.
It is also very easy to get to Sandhamn using scheduled boat services and the harbour is usually full of boats on their way to or from one of the many jetties. The peace and quiet of the Stockholm Archipelago is not to be found on the jetties in front of KSSS's clubhouse. There is usually plenty of action here, especially during the summer months. North of the harbour, on the other side of the sound, is Lökholmen. There you can find a large and well-protected guest harbour which offers a more peaceful environment. There is a tender boat that goes here to and from Sandhamn.
On Sandön there are a number of shops and service establishments. Most of them are only open during the summer, but Weterbergs Livs (food store), Sandhamns Kiosk and Svensk Kassaservice are open all year round. Westerbergs Livs is also an agent for Systembolaget (off-licence) and Apoteket (pharmacy).
Visit Sandhamn's museum which is in the cook shack, Australia, built during the 18th century. There are artefacts here from when the area was a customs post and pilot station and interesting memories from Sandhamn's exciting period as the liquor smuggling centre of the 1920s. Other sights are Kapellet (church), Tullhuset (customs house), Dansberget and Havsfruns Grotta and a giant hole carved out by a rock by the glacial ice.
How to get there
Sandhamn is easy to get to even if you don't have your own boat. There's a scheduled service all year round from Stavsnäs Brygga. The journey is approximately one hour. SL buses go to Stavsnäs from Slussen in Stockholm. Boats go here during the summer from Strömkajen in Stockholm. The journey time is between 2.5 and 3.5 hours.
Sandhamns Värdshus (Hotel), tel 08-571 530 51
Dykarbaren, tel 08-571 535 54.
Seglarhotellet with Skärgårdsbistron and Alma Bar, tel 08-574 504 00
Strindbergsgården, tel 08-571 530 54
Sandhamns Bageri (bakery), tel 08-571 530 15
Sands Hotell and Café, tel 08-571 530 20
Seglarhotellet, tel 08-574 504 00
Sandhamns Värdshus has a Bed & Breakfast in Missionshuset, tel 08-571 530 51
Bed & breakfast in cottages and in private homes, tourist information tel 08-571 530 00
It is possible to camp in Sandhamn and on the surrounding islands. However, there are no formal campsites.
The guest harbour in Sandhamn is one of the largest in Stockholm's Archipelago with 200 berths and all possible services.
There is also a guest harbour on nearby Lökholmen which is served by a tender boat from Sandhamn.
The nearest place to swim is called Fläskberget and is just to the west of the village. Trouville is on the other side of Sandön. It is a long beach with a view over the shipping channel to the south. You can also swim from the rocks here.
Services & Information
Most of what a boat-owner can need is available in Sandhamn. For example:
Boat lift, boat accessories, service station, mains electricity, fresh water, LPG, mast crane, rubbish/recycling facility, engine service, slipway.
Sauna, cafés, shops, food store, mini food store, post-office, restaurants, laundry-room
Tourist information 08-571 530 00
There is a sauna at the Seglarhotellet spa.
Sandön (Sand island), as the name implies, consists mainly of sand. Vegetation is mainly pine woodland. The beaches, mainly to the south, have fine white sand. The most well known is Trouville which is nearly a kilometre long. To the north, the harbour is protected by a group of islands with rocky shores. To the east the sea opens up towards Finland and to the south, Gråskärsfjärden opens out towards Bullerön.
Sandön's history stretches all the way back to the 13th century when it is first named in the writing of Magnus Ladulås. Until the middle of the 17th century the island was mainly used for grazing but at the end of that century it became a pilot station. That was also when the hotel opened which is at the same spot even today. The pilot station and customs work increased, as did the population towards the middle of the 19th century when scheduled steamboat traffic started to run to and from Stockholm. At the same time the island became a popular destination for holidaying city dwellers. A lot of famous artists and writers like August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, Bruno Liljefors and Evert Taube were summer residents here.
KSSS was founded in 1830 and is one of the world's oldest yacht clubs. The clubhouse was built and the jetty was opened by King Oscar II in 1897. The most classic regatta in Sandhamn is Gotland runt, which was first staged in 1937.
During the 1940s in Trouville, a large number of modern style cottages were built to give ordinary people the possibility to rent accommodation in the archipelago. The price of housing has rocketed in recent times, so it is difficult to get permanent residents to come to Sandhamn despite the availability of work all year round. There are plans to build approximately 30 new apartments in the area.
The people of Sandhamn, in contrast to other Stockholm Archipelago communities, have not supported themselves primarily on fishing, hunting and shipping. Work has been in piloting, customs, crafts and tourism instead.
Touristinformation 08-571 530 00
Telephone: 08-100 222