Guide to Lidingö
Publish date: 18 December 2020
Lidingö is perhaps best known for its many opulent villas and homes. Since the mid-16th century, when wealthy noblemen and merchants started buying up land from the native farmers, the island has become something of an exclusive area.
Despite Lidingö’s growing population, there are still large swaths of the island covered by untouched nature. It’s accessible forest paths, lush nature and close proximity to downtown Stockholm makes it a perfect destination for a day trip. The island is also home to the world’s largest cross-country race, Lidingöloppet, a formidable challenge for any runner be they pro or amateur.
It’s also on Lidingö, at the now-defunct Svenska Bio-film studio, where directors like Mauritz Stiller and Victor Sjöström revolutionized cinema in the early 20th century. Through groundbreaking optical effects and in-depth character studies, they proved that moving pictures were more than just a fad and technical wonder but a genuine art-form. The island’s cultural heritage can still be felt at the former residence of world-renowned sculptor Carl Milles. Since his passing in 1955 his home and studio have become a popular museum, with an exhibition hall and sculpture park beautifully overlooking Lake Mälaren from the heights of Herserudsklippan.
Lidingö is easily reached by taking the metro’s red line to Ropsten, where you switch to the Lidingöbanan-tram. Travelers who prefer the scenic route can take the commuter ferry from Nybrokajen in central Stockholm.