The province of Sörmland is located southwest of Stockholm. Sörmland is particularly known for its numerous castles and manor houses but also for its impressive archipelago.
Country residences of aristocratic Stockholmers
In the 17th century, when Sweden was one of the great European powers, many wealthy and aristocratic Stockholmers had their country residences built in Sörmland. They had received the land from the Swedish Crown as a reward for their services. Some of these manors are exceptionally large and have beautiful park-like surroundings, such as Ericsberg Castle outside Katrineholm, for example. You won’t find such a density of castles and manor houses anywhere else in Sweden.
Gripsholm Castle and Kurt Tucholsky
Gripsholm Castle in Mariefred is a popular tourist destination in Sörmland. It is well known due to Kurt Tucholsky’s novel of the same name. Tucholsky is buried in Mariefred’s cemetery.
Strängnäs is likewise a very popular destination with its cathedral and its cozy small town charm. The narrow cobblestone street leading up to the cathedral is said to be Sweden’s most beautiful, see photo above. Its name is Gyllenhjelmsgatan.
Around 2,800 islands, islets and skerries are located in front of the coastal towns of Trosa, Nyköping und Oxelösund. They are easily accessible and partially connected by small bridges.
However, in contrast to the Stockholm archipelago, Sörmland’s archipelago has been far less developed for tourism. In Sörmland’s archipelago you can find unspoilt nature, tranquility and peaceful seclusion. In the outer archipelago you can even spot sea eagles, ospreys and seals.
Boat tours to the archipelago depart from Nyköping, Trosa and Oxelösund.
Stockholm Country Break
Sörmland’s landscape is beautiful and idyllic, as are its small towns, e.g. Nyköping, Trosa, Mariefred and Strängnäs. It is not without reason that many romantic movies are made here.
Even though this is the countryside, Sweden’s largest major city is never far away. Which is why Sörmland likes to advertise itself with the slogan “Stockholm Country Break”.
Apart from experiencing Swedish culture and history, you can also pursue your sports and leisure interests in Sörmland. There are golf courses, hiking trails, bridleways, canoe and kayaking routes, cycle paths, countless bathing places, and, last but not least, fishing opportunities in the waters of the Baltic Sea and in approximately 400 lakes.
For those who enjoy hunting, there are good grounds and offers, for example at Ericsberg Castle. When we went on a nighttime safari here, we spotted roe deer, fallow deer, red deer and lots of wild boar.
In Sörmland you can find many local suppliers that produce their food by hand, organically and sustainably. Culinary delights range from ostrich liver patés, lamb sausages and smoked boar to special varieties of coffee, fish and cheese, or even edible wild flowers.
Stockholm Skavsta Airport
If you are travelling to Stockholm with a low-cost airline, you are likely to land at the Skavsta Airport (officially “Stockholm Skavsta”), which is located right in the middle of Sörmland – 100 km south of Stockholm. Skavsta is situated approximately 7 km northwest of Nyköping, the capital of Sörmland County, which gained the status of a royal seat in the 16th century.
Fly and hike: the Sörmlandsleden trail
The 1,000-km-long hiking trail “Sörmlandsleden” begins directly at the Skavsta Airport arrivals hall. Thus, if you want to go hiking in Sörmland, you won’t be in need of a rental car or public transport.
Sörmland = Södermanland
Sörmland is an acknowledged abbreviation of the name “Södermanland”. Today, both terms are used more or less equally often, even though in different contexts. In tourism, the use of the term “Sörmland” seems to be more common.
The province of Sörmland is not identical with the county of Sörmland (administrative unit). Södertälje, for example, belongs to Sörmland geographically while it belongs to Stockholm County (“Stockholms län”) administratively. Complicated? Yes – therefore we refer here to the geographical division, regardless of administrative borders, and present to you the province of Sörmland.
Hotels in Sörmland
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Here are some hotels we especially recommend:
- Sunlight House Hotel Conference & Spa in Nyköping – the team that films the romantic Inga Lindström movies usually stays here
- Öster Malma Castle in Nyköping – a restaurant and hotel, with moose, deer and moufflons – read more about the hotel here
- Trosa Stadshotell & Spa right in the centre of the idyllic coastal town of Trosa
- Gripsholms Värdshus opposite the Gripsholm castle in Mariefred
- Hotell Laurentius in one of the most beautiful areas of Strängnäs
- Hotel Bishops Arms Strängnäs with restaurant and an outside terrace
- Sundbyholm Castle not far from a golf course, marina and beach, north of Eskilstuna by Lake Mälaren
Holiday homes in Sörmland
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In the archipelago, not far from Oxelösund
Picnic in the archipelago
In the car museum at Sparreholm Castle
Culinary delights at Rocklösa farm
The coastal town of Trosa