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Gothenburg Archipelago | Sweden | Europe

[Visited: May 2006 and several times before]

Gothenburg is a major city in Sweden; in fact, it is the second largest city of the country. Nevertheless, as in most other parts in Scandinavia, nature is never far away. Gothenburg is right on the coast, and a nice break out of the city is the archipelago. Gothenburg actually boasts two, the Northern and Southern archipelago. The Southern archipelago consists of several dozens of islands, some small, some larger, of which only eight are inhabitated by around 5000 residents. Boats typically stop at several islands on the way to their final destination, which makes it possible to visit several islands on one day.

Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Gothenburg archipelago: islands off the coast of Styrsö

To get to the islands, I took a tram from downtown Gothenburg, which took me directly to Saltholmen in the south. From the last stop, it is a short walk to a small harbour where boats are waiting to take passengers to the outlying islands. Although they all leave in the same direction, and sometimes at the same time, they have different routes, most calling at several islands. You can base your decision where to go, on what you want to do. For the beach, Styrsö is best, while Donsö has good bathing spots, and Vrångö is good to walk around, and watch birds.

Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Seagulls waiting in bay of Styrsö in Gothenburg archipelago

I decided to go to Vrångö, and shortly after leaving Saltholmen, the boat took us past Köpstadsö and Styrsö to make a short stop at Donsö, passing under the bridge linking Styrsö and Donsö. Donsö is the most densely populated island and consequently has the biggest harbour. Vrångö is the most southerly island, and after I set foot on the island, I followed a walking path leading me over the south part of the island. It took me to desolate bays, islands, a nature area, and a marvellous view over the sea from the south cape, from which I could see still other islands. It was very quiet, I didn't see anyone except some animals and mostly birds. Residents live in the village which is laid back as well, completely in tune with the islands atmosphere. On a later visit, I explored Styrsö.

Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Vrångö island: beach in Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Islands in the Gothenburg archipelago with sun peeking through the clouds
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Lighthouse on small island in the Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Boats, houses and rocks, typical for Gothenburg archipelago islands
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Vrångö island, boatstop in Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Church and churchyard on Styrsö, Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Dark clouds gathering above the islands of Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Boat plying the waters of the Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Close-up of boat connecting the islands of Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Vrångö island: street in village of Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Islands of Gothenburg archipelago near Styrsö
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Boats lying upside down on Styrsö island, Gothenburg archipelago
Picture of Gothenburg Archipelago (Sweden): Vrångö island: boat lying in small rocky bay of Gothenburg archipelago

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