Although it is easy to find beautiful places to go middle or long distance running in Stockholm (see our Top 10 Routes), sometimes your running schedule calls for short distance or interval training instead. You can try and measure out a distance for this at a park, but generally interval training is easiest at an athletics track. Stockholm has a number of these which can be found centrally, both north and south of the city. Here are five of the best running tracks in Central Stockholm.
1. Östermalms IP (Fiskartorpsvägen 2, Östermalm)
Completed in 1906 and host to the 1912 summer olympics, this is Stockholm´s most famous athletics track. The Stockholm marathon finishes here and it is a used for a number of different running events throughout the spring and summer. It also becomes an ice skating rink in the winter months.
Getting there: T-Bana to Stadion.
2. Karlsbergs slottspark (Karlsbergs Slottsväg 48B, Solna)
This is central-north Stockholm´s most easily accessible athletics track. Located alongside Karlsbergs slottspark, it is a grass track and is not enclosed by a fence. You can run there all year round, weather dependent..
Getting there: Pendeltåg to Karlsberg or T-Bana to St Eriksplan.
3. Zinkensdam IP (Ringvägen 16, Södermalm)
Located in the centre of Södermalm, this is used for athletics and football in the summer, and bandi in the winter. It is generally unlocked, is synthetic, and situated alongside a nice park at tantolunden.
Getting there: T-Bana to Zinkensdamm.
4. Hammarbyhöjdens Idrottsplats (Finn Malmgrens väg 45, Johanneshov)
Another football field come athletics track which can be found in the south east of central Stockholm. It is located next to the beautiful Nacka forest and alongside Hammarbybacken, in case you want to do some hill running while you are there.
Getting there: T-Bana or Pendeltåg to Hammarbyhöjden.
5. Enskede IP (Enskedevägen 115, Enskede)
Located in the south of Sweden, Enskede IP is another sports complex with a synthetic athletics track.
Getting there: T-Bana to Sockenplan.
Further information can be found on the Stockholms stad website.