Ängsö Travel Guide

  • Ängsö National Park
    Ängsö National Park
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Ängsö Things to Do

  • Going to Ängsö

    13th of June, a sunny day, blue skies and amazing warm weather. What a perfect day to go out and discover some more of the Stockholm archipelago and the wonderful little island and National Park of Ängsö!Ängsö is a little gem of an island, hidden away in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. The way to get here is by ferry, either leaving from...

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    Swedens National Parks (clickable links):■ Abisko□ Björnlandet□ Blå Jungfrun□ Dalby Söderskog□ Djurö■ Fulufjället■ Färnebofjärden□ Garphyttan■ Gotska Sandön□ Hamra□ Haparanda Skärgård□ Muddus□ Norra Kvill■ Padjelanta□ Pieljekaise■ ...

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  • Going home

    The day has come to an end and it is time to make our way back towards the ferry. Everyone on the island, from young to old, seemed to have had a wonderful day. Laughter and smiles and a general feeling of joy are hanging in the air; there are no sad faces in sight. Ahead of us is another wonderful boat trip on the ferry, 1 1/2 hours of sunshine...

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  • Into the forest

    The North Eastern part of the island is totally different in character then the rest, but wonderful in its own way. We are now entering into the forest of Ängsö. This part of the island was left to develop naturally since the national park was created in 1906 and now has the character of a virgin forest. The shade of the trees, the aroma of the...

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  • Ramslök

    At the edge of the meadow, stepping into the forest, the plant life suddenly changes. The air gets a bit more damp and the shade is dominating, which seem perfect conditions for a totally different type of flower. Here is where you can see the "Ramslök" or with its scientific name "Allium ursinum L." or in English "Ramsons". Although native to...

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  • Orchids

    Another flower that seems to thrive in the more moist conditions of the "Stormaren" Meadow is the Dactylorhiza incarnata (L.) Soó / Ängsnycklar or Early Marsh-orchid in English. I didn't see only one or two of these lovely orchids, but dozens and dozens of them, spread out over the whole meadow. It isn't every day you see orchids in the wild, so I...

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  • Flower heaven

    Of course Ängsö is known for its spring flowers, which mainly grow in the meadows in the centre of the islands. But it is not only there that you can see the flowers. There are so many different species in so many shapes, colour and sizes spread out over the entire island. In the first photo for example you can see a member of the Geranium family,...

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  • Perfect with a picnic!

    The best way to enjoy this little idyllic place is to bring a picnic basket filled with some delicious food and a nice bottle of wine. There are no restaurants here, so it is best to arrive well prepared with a basket full of delicious items. My basket was filled with some wine, french bread, delicious ham, gravlax (thin sliced salmon) and several...

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  • And of course the meadows!

    And then there are of course the meadows; which probably will be the highlight of your visit to Ängsö. They look amazing on a sunny spring day! I visited in mid June, which is almost too late in the season to enjoy the meadow in their full glory. Visiting a week or two earlier probably would have been better. But they still looked amazing!Only...

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  • The "pollard" trees

    Another old-day tradition is visible in the trees close to the meadows, like the tree on the photo. These trees are being pollarded. And a tree that has been pollarded is also known as a "pollard". The animals on the farm mainly lived on hay during the winter months, but in addition they were fed leaves. The technique of pollarding was to cut down...

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  • Gärdsgård

    While walking around the island you can't really miss noticing the very typical and traditional Swedish fence called "gärdsgård" (which is pronounced something like yeahsgoard). You can see this type of fence mainly in the area where the ferry arrives; around the farmhouse and a bit beyond. The gärdsgård hasn't completely disappeared from the...

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  • The old Swedish countryside

    In the past the island of Ängsö belonged to a tiny village on a nearby island called Väringsö. The farmers of Väringsö used the island to gather hay. After the hay was hung on racks to dry, farm animals were left on the island to graze. In 1909 Ängsö became a National Park, and the initial thought of protecting the unique nature of the island was...

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  • one of the first National Parks created

    Before we walk on I would like to tell you a bit more about Ängsö National Park, which is one of Sweden's first National Parks. The National Park was created in 1909, the same year as the National Parks of Abisko, Garphyttan, Gotska Sandön, Hamra, Pieljekaise, Sarek, Stora Sjöfället and Sånfjället were created. The total area of the park is 168...

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  • Arriving at Ängsö National Park

    The island of Ängsö is small, only 73 hectares, but so worth visiting. Quite a few people get off the ferry, but some stay on board continueing their way to another destination in the archipelago. While getting of the ferry I almost feel like panicking for a moment, realizing that the peace might be disturbed in a terrible way by all the people...

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  • Part of the Stockholm archipelago

    Ängsö is part of the Stockholm Archipelago; a unique place and one to fall in love with. It consists of 24000 islands and inlets. Little dots of land and rock surrounded by clear blue water. The Archipelago is quite popular among the Swedes and for a good reason. But having said that, it still isn't overcrowded. About 150 of the islands are...

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Ängsö Transportation

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    by sim1 Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    The island of Ängsö is located approximately 8 kilometres east of Bergshamra in the inner Roslagen archipelago in Norrtälje Municipality, Stockholm County. Roughly said it is in the archipelago north east of Stockholm.

    The only way to get to the island is by boat and the most common way is be by ferry from Vaxholm or Stockholm. Depending on the day of the week and the time of the year the ferry goes more often and the timetable varies. The ferry company having regular lines to Ängsö is "Waxholmsbolget". The best way to find out the ferry times is to take a look at their website. Type in "Nationalparken Ängsö" in "Search bridge" and you get a list of all timetables available for the island of Ängsö. Unfortunately the time table itself is in Swedish only, but most of it would probably make sense even if you don't understand a word of Swedish. Just remember that
    från = From
    Till = To
    Gäller fr.o.m = Effective from
    Gäller t.o.m. = Effective until
    Turen går inte = Tour doesn't go
    Turen går endast = Tour only goes

    Here is a link to their website: http://www.waxholmsbolaget.se/

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Ängsö Warnings and Dangers

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    by sim1 Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Ängsö is a National Park and protected area and that brings along with a list of logical do's and don't. The nature of Ängsö is fragile and therefore needs to be protected in the best possible way. I loved my visit to Ängsö and I hope all others get a chance to see this little gem of an island in its full beauty as well. So please respect the nature on Ängsö and do not:

    ■ break off branches of, cut down or in any other way damage dead and living trees, brushwood or shrubs
    ■ gather or dig up plants
    ■ enter uncut meadows
    ■ introduce exotic plant or animal species
    ■ gather or trap insects or other animals, or in any other way disturb animal life
    ■ hunt or fish
    ■ operate motor vehicles
    ■ set up tents
    ■ light fires
    ■ take unleashed dogs or cats ashore
    ■ during the period from 1 February–15 August, enter, travel through or remain in the bird sanctuaries indicated on the map included as an appendix to these regulations that Regulations for Ängsö National Park

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