A weekend in Norrtälje – the city in coastal Roslagen
Norrtälje is located about 40 miles from Stockholm and Uppsala. As part of the Roslagen coastal area, this city makes for an easy point of departure to reach the archipelago, where the Norrtälje River empties into the Sea of Åland. Booking a weekend in Norrtälje is therefore a perfect way to experience a relaxing change of scene.
The islands of the archipelago can be reached by ferry or you can hire a boat. Tjockö has an exciting history of piracy and wrecking. Today you will find forests with berries and mushrooms, pubs and shops, a lighthouse, and, of course, swimming and boating areas. Cultural figures such as performers Jenny Nyström and John Bauer and writer Ivar Lo-Johansson have stayed here. Another place worth visiting is Norröra, where Astrid Lindgren's TV series "Vi på Saltkråkan” was filmed.
The city of Norrtälje was founded in 1622 and its history is well-documented. Information panels tell the stories of the buildings and those who lived there; you can also take a guided tour of the city. The Norrtälje museum is a hub of the city's history and cultural activities. The same building houses Norrtälje public gallery, which features regularly changing art exhibitions.
At the Pythagoras Mechanical Workshop Museum, you can step straight into the untouched engine factory and get a glimpse of the machinery, office space and labourers’ homes of yesteryear. There is also a popular café and shop, and events take place on-site throughout the year. This family-friendly museum also features the Kids Pythagoras where children can spend time playing and learning. Families will also enjoy a visit to Storholmen Viking village, immediately north of the city.
Located between Stockholm and Uppsala, the city is served by numerous buses and trains every day. Proximity to Stockholm means it is easy to get here by flying to Arlanda, Skavsta or Bromma airports, and then continuing on to Norrtälje. If travelling in Sweden by car, you can take E18, or national highway 76 and county road 276.
If you're looking for a fun family holiday or a lovely weekend among the islands, Norrtälje is waiting for you – the perfect place for a getaway.