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Running in Stockholm

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Introduction to running in Stockholm

Winter can bring lots of snow and ice to Stockholm. Click here to see a map of the bike paths in Stockholm that are cleared first (as of winter 2017-2018).

Central runs in Stockholm

Stockholm is divided into four major boroughs. Östermalm, Norrmalm, Södermalm, and Västermalm (also known as Kungsholmen). These are the best accessible runs for each of them.

Östermalm
Take the chance to run in the beautiful Olympic stadium. No other arena has had more world records than Stockholm Stadion. It is located just a kilometer from the center of Stockholm's nightlife at Stureplan. Behind the stadium is the small forest Lill-Jansskogen where you can find a marked trail of about 3km.

 

On the opposite side of Östermalm, at the end of the street called Strandvägen, you can pass over a small bridge to the island Djurgården which is one of the most popular areas for running in Stockholm. Follow the canal out and back or loop the entire island and race the big ferries entering Stockholm on the way back.

 

Södermalm
A popular route starting at Södermalm is running around the water Årstaviken. It is very flat running on Södermalm and rather hilly at Årsta on the other side. You can also follow the water around Södermalm for a flat 10k.

 

Norrmalm
The park Hagaparken is the best spot for running close to Norrmalm. It hosts the only Parkrun in central Stockholm and if you are lucky you might see the Crown Princess and her family who live in the park.

 

Västermalm
Kungsholmen is another island that is popular to run around. Right across from the canal Karlbergskanalen is the castle and military park Karlberg. It has some trails and a 400m gravel oval.

Stockholm Olympic stadium

Stockholm Olympic stadium. (Image source)

Best places for workouts in Stockholm

The ski slopes Hammarbybacken are barely runnable because of the gradient but rather popular for a tough hill workout. The longest slope is 400m long and descends 85m.

Hammarbybacken

Hammarbybacken (image source)

Only a short trip from Stockholm

If you want a real challenge you can try the course of Lidingöloppet. Lidingöloppet is a brutal 30km cross country race that's one of the most well-known races in Sweden. From Lidingövallen it is rather close to the start, the 8k mark, the 20k mark and the finish which makes it easy to run parts of the course if you feel like 30k's of hills are too much.

 

Another more accessible nice area is Ursvik. It's a 10-minute walk from the subway station Hallonbergen on the blue line and has hilly trails from 2.5km to 15km.

The start of Lidingöloppet 30km

Lidingöloppet. (image source)

Contributors

Created by Christian Mundt 1 - Team Mundt

Christian Mundt - Coach of several Swedish national marathon medalists
Coach of several Swedish national marathon medalists

Great running spots in Stockholm

Humlegården, Långholmen, Djurgården, Gärdet, Skeppsholmen, Järva sågspånsloop, Norra Djurården

Running trails in Stockholm

Karlberg 4km, Åkeshov 1.55km, Lill-Jansskogen 3km, Norra Djurgården 3.1km, Short Djurgården loop 5km, Around lake trekanten 1.7km, Elljusspåret Gärdet, Fiskartorpet 2.5km, Solviksspåret

Athletics tracks in Stockholm

Kristinebergs IP, Stockhoms Stadion, Zinkensdamms IP, Ängby IP, Stora mossens IP, Spånga IP, Kärrtorps IP, Enskede IP, Västberga IP, Hagsätra IP, Hammarbyhöjdens idrottsplats, Globen, Farsta IP Show all tracks

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