Near the city of Stockholm, the archipelago begins. With nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocks - from Öregrund in the north to Landsort in the south - each with its own character. Rugged nature blends with wooded islands, rocky cliffs and sandy beaches. Tranquil coves or the open sea where waves can go high. Uninhabited islets as well as islands with new communities and ancient villages, where large houses and small cottages stand side by side.