Length 9.2 km (5.7 miles), terrain: light hills, just 75 meters gain
Stockholm running routes:
Stockholm 5 Islands route
Stockholm Djurgarden island park route
Kungsholmen Island loop route
For other running routes, see Route List
NOTE: see the Destinations Tips page for tips about spending your free time in this great town!
I always like running along the water. And Stockholm is the perfect spot for that: the whole place is a labyrinth of bays, fjords, lakes and rivers. It's hard to tell what's an island and what is mainland.
This is a waterfront run on the west side of the city center, around Kungsholmen (Kings Island). The perimeter of Kungsholmen is 9 kilometers, making it a perfect island for a moderate run. You can run directly at the water's edge for almost the whole time, except for one small detour of about 200 meters on the west side of the island. Most of the waterside trail is paved, but there are some gravel sections.
We'll start at the southeastern corner of the island and loop it, running clockwise. The Stockholm city hall (Stadhus), with its strange tower, is over there, just across the Stadshusbron (City Hall Bridge) from downtown. The city hall is right on the water, with water on two sides.
|The Stockholm city hall|
|Along the southern shore, past the fishing boats|
Before getting to the bridge, at 1.5-km, the shore turns to the south, where a larger park is located. Always staying at the water's edge, run under the bridge and then past the little lawn with a beach. Everything is much quieter here: no cars and hardly any runners/walkers on the trail. The trail leads through trees and rocks along the shore.
|Running towards the Västerbron|
It will soon go under a much bigger cement freeway bridge, and then continue along some more cliffs. You will be up at street level again, but just stay on the trail as it goes back down towards the water and past the cliffs.
|Running along the cliffs|
You'll immediately go under the next big freeway (and train) bridge. You're near the Kristineberg T-train station. There is more natural shoreline here.
|Part of the new shoreline development|
When the shore starts curving so that you are on the north side of the island, the distance to the opposite shore is narrowed, and it looks more like a river or canal between you and the land on the other side. There are more parks here as you go under two more bridges.
|Where the water gets narrow|
At the next bridge, you'll be running across from the main downtown. The buildings on your side might look familiar, if you took the airport express train when you came to town. The train runs along the other shore.
|The last stretch, heading back to the city hall|