The cool thing about sticking an capital city on a string of islands is the potential for great vistas. Södermalm has a stunning vantage point for checking out the the islands of Gamla Stan, Riddarholmen, Skeppshomen and Djurgården. It will take you about 40 minutes to see them all by walking from Monteliusvägen to Fjällgatan and Fåfängan, a series of spectacular viewpoints on the northern waterfront edge of of Söder.
We managed the footpaths, planks and cobblestones with a stroller the first time but found life much easier and more fun when we did it with baby hikers. The small folk enjoyed pointing out boats, bridges, and seagulls.
The Monteliusvägen portion of the path has a view of Lake Mälaren, City Hall, Gamla Stan and Riddarfjärden. Make sure and snap the Instagram-worthy view through the historic buildings, and cool footbridge located at the intersection of Skolgränd and Bastugatan.
The blocks around Fjällgatan, Stigbergsgatan, Mäster Mikaels Gata, Fiskargatan, and Södra Teatern are lined with well-preserved wooden buildings from the 1700s on one side and a magnificent view of the Gamla Stan from a slightly higher vantage point.
At Fåfängan, the mountain top is decorated with with rows of linden trees. It’s a good resting spot for a picnic. Here you get a clear view to Djurgården island. There’s a cafe at the Fåfängan viewpoint if you’re in need of more sustenance.
It’s also worth noting that the footpath continues past Monteliusvägen to the west, and past Fåfängan to the east, so if you’re having fun, press on.