The most populous city in Scandinavia, Stockholm is one of the world’s most beautiful capitals. It’s built on 14 islands around a medieval city center and is located where the freshwater Lake Mälaren flows out into the Baltic Sea. Running in Stockholm is a treat, given the water, unique geography, and well laid out pedestrian and recreational paths. The Stockholm Marathon is among the most beautiful marathon routes in the world. If you’d like to have an in-person guided running experience in Stockholm, we highly recommend our friends at Go! Running Tours.
We’ve designed three routes in central Stockholm, featuring the city’s unique geography and important sights, that can be mixed & matched: ‘Runseeing‘ Tour, Kungsholmen, and Södermalm. Djurgården is Stockholm’s most popular recreation area… and is 3x the size of Central Park! Hagaparken is another nice park for running. East of the city, there’s nice running on Lidingö and the Hellasgården area. In southern Stockholm, there’s nice running around the Skärholmen area waterfront and inland forest paths. Head just west of Stockholm for a run on the gorgeous grounds of Drottningholm Palace, which can be combined with Judarskogen Nature Preserve for a longer route!
Stockholm has an excellent public transportation system consisting of bus, tram, local train (pendeltåg) and subway (tunnelbana; look for a T-sign). Runners should note that the weather can be unsettled at any time of year. Winters can be cold, but paths are usually well- maintained and lit to compensate for the short days.