Lidingö is a suburban island east of Stockholm in Sweden, at the innermost part of the Stockholm archipelago. With 45,000 inhabitants and a long coastline, it is known for the Millesgården sculpture museum, the annual cross-country race Lidingöloppet, and a cluster of conference hotels.
Founded as an upper-class sanctuary in the 1910s with detached houses along the Lidingöbanan railway, and the AGA industries, Lidingö got city privileges, and the municipality still styles itself Lidingö stad. Lidingö contains suburban areas with high-rise buildings as well as single-family houses, several diplomatic missions, conference hotels, a few farms, and a nature reserve.
The light rail line Lidingöbanan departs from T-Ropsten in Stockholm, serves southern Lidingö, and ends at Gåshaga brygga, a dock for the Stockholm archipelago ferries. Buses from Ropsten serve parts of Lidingö. Just as inner Stockholm, Lidingö is in the inner public transport zone.
The Stockholm congestion tax has an exception that favours Lidingö. A vehicle that travels along the Norra Länken tunnel to or from Lidingö, is exempt from tax.
Lidingö is well within reach for bicycles from central Stockholm, and has some stands for Stockholm City Bikes.
Sjövägen is a public transport ferry from Nybrokajen in central Stockholm, passing Nacka on the way to Lidingö.
You can rent the Stockholm City Bikes at three locations at Lidingö: Stadshuset, Baggeby and Torsvik.
phone: +46 8 446 75 90address: Herserudsvägen 32The former residence and studio of world-renowned sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955). His own work is showcased in an outdoor park with an astounding view of Stockholm Harbour. The indoor section displays Milles' collection of ancient Roman sculptures, along contemporary Swedish and international works.
BosönThe Swedish Sports Confederation's training centre. Several athletes of the international elite work out here. Many training facilities are open to the public, as well as the hotel and restaurant.
FjäderholmarnaFjäderholmarna is a group of small islands, with craft shops and restaurants during warm seasons (opening in late April). Several Waxholmsbolaget and Strömma boats call at the islands, as well as the local Fjäderholmslinjen.
Lidingö ChurchA 16th-century town church on a hill at the Kyrkviken bay of the Baltic Sea. The cemetery contains graves of prominent Swedes, such as Nobel laureates Gustaf Dalén and Pär Lagerkvist. One of Sweden's most popular wedding churches.
Långängens GårdThis nature reserve is the home of a café/restaurant surrounded by spectacular nature and walking trails. But the area around here dates back to Viking times. Just north-west of the farm's buildings is a grave field where Viking Age residents were buried.
address: Stockholmsvägen 50
- There is a lot of public art on Lidingö. Get your map (Cykel- och Fritidskartan) at the Town hall (Stadshuset).
- Hiking and cycling all across the island. There are six culture walks across the island. Maps and information about them are found here
Fågelöudde, a beach, most frequented by families.
KottlasjönA lake for bathing in the summer, and ice-skating in the winter.
Ekholmsnäs, a semi-artificial hill, a downhill ski slope, with equipment rental. With artificial snow, it keeps open as long as temperatures are below zero. Great view. Mountain biking during warm seasons.
Lidingö GolfklubbAn 18-hole golf course, open to the public for hiking during summer, and cross-country skiing during winter.
LidingöloppetA cross-country running race, which claims to be the largest of its kind. Held annually in September, with approximately 45,000 participants, effectively doubling the island's population during the racing weekend. One of four legs of the Swedish Classic Circuit. A similar event for mountain biking is held in spring.
- Rod fishing is allowed without a license along the island's coast, but not in Kottlasjön or other lakes.
Elfviks GårdA farm with horses, pigs, cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens, cows and sheep. There are also several boutiques with local products and during summer there is a small café.
Lidingö CentrumBasic shopping opportunities, including Systembolaget, H&M, an Akademibokhandeln bookstore, a Stjärnurmakarna watch store, and a jeweller.
Konditori Princessaddress: Stockholmsvägen 53A Swedish-style café and bakery.
Jernetaddress: Stockholmsvägen 56A diner in central Lidingö
address: Ekholmsnäsvägen 80
Elfviks GårdA 18th-century mansion open for brunch on the weekends.
address: Gåshagaleden 12At Gåshaga Marina.
address: Odenvägen 5A luxury chocolatier.
phone: +46 8 767 82 47address: Stockholmsvägen 35
phone: +46 8 544 813 00address: Stockholmsvägen 70Cosy 3-star breakfast hotel central Lidingö, close to Lidingö Centrum and to Stockholm. Free parking and Wi-Fi, breakfast included.
phone: +46 8 6996602address: BosönHotel and hostel in an athletic environment.
phone: +46 8 506 180 00address: Loviksvägen 1
phone: +46 8 517 324 00address: Herserudsvägen 22near Millesgården. Great view of the Stockholm harbor.
phone: +46 8 546 46 100address: Grindstigen 5A high-class conference hotel at the southern waterfront. Rates upon request.
phone: +46 8 505 637 00address: Elfviks uddeNot a regular hotel, more targeted towards conferences. With view of the archipelago, and a Turkish hamam spa.
address: Rönnebergavägen 1A conference hotel, close view of the archipelago. Rates upon request.
phone: +46 8 731 42 00address: Hustegavägen 1Yet another conference hotel. Rates upon request.
phone: +46 8 766 65 00address: Södra Kungsvägen 254A conference hotel inspired by South Africa.