Skärgården (Stockholm Archipelago), Stockholm
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 Stockholm or from some of the stops along the way. We decided to hop on board in Vaxholm.
The sea looks so blue; the sun is shining brightly and glistering in the water. The boat moves with a rather high speed, zigzagging around the many islands that the archipelago consists of. The wind is blowing through my hair, sunglasses on, and I am totally enjoying the views, the sunshine and the fresh sea breeze. After 1 1/2 hours on the boat we finally are there: Ängsö!
The island is small, only 73 hectares, but so worth visiting. Quite a few people get off the ferry, but some stay on, to continue their way to another destination in the archipelago. A slight feeling of disappointment comes over me, I almost feel like panicking, realizing that the peace might be disturbed by all the people coming from the boat. But my fears are too quick and totally unnecessary. After only a few minutes we break away from the groups and after this it is just heavenly to be here! The island consists of many meadows, all in bloom, with different types of flowers. The amount of wildflowers and the diversity is amazing.
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. Follow the hiking trail, which will lead you through the meadows, and somewhere along the trail take a left turn, which will bring you to the shoreline. Sit down on the rocky shores overlooking the Stockholm archipelago, with its blue water and scattered around islands, and simply enjoy the food, the view, the sun and the flowers! After your meal make a further round tour on the island, and as the island isn't so big, it makes for a lovely relaxing walk.
Read my Ängsö page for more about this lovely little island.
Held between March 28 to June 6 in conjunction with the Stockholm fair. No entrance fee and everything except the tourist trap sortiment were affordable. The handiwork from the archipelago, boats for sale, food stuff from the various islands- ranging from cloudberry jam to fresh bread to handicraft such as pottery, wooden househould items, souveniers to even napkins were on sale. It was on Djurg?rden.
Tip: Driving is hell! Parking spots non existent and rates are incredible, Take the train up to Kungstr? (a with 2 dots) g? (a with a ring)rden station on the redline. Walk the rest of the way. Be prepared to have lunch there. Treats like fried stromming (herring) served with mashed potatoes and salad or malt bread from Åland (?=a with ring) a must try!
Sometimes I just crave for instant nature. One of my favorite bus-trips goes from Slussen to Björkviks brygga. The bus takes you there in about an hour. At Björkvik there are nice bare cliffs or lovely sandy beaches for sunbathing, outdoor loo, large woods to hike and a beautiful sea to swim in.
The place is crowded in the summertime, but very nice anyway. And, if you don´t mind walking/hiking, the woods an coastline are vast so you will easily find a spot all by yourself!
Bring a picnic (but don´t forget to bring back your trash)! Feel free to stroll but mind the tics, they may be infectuous. I´m a bit neurotic when it comes to tics so I always walk "safe" paths with no grass or bushes with leaves. Check clothes and body after hiking.
Go to Slussen and down the stairs to the buses. Take bus no 428 towards Björkviks brygga or 429 towards Ingarö (Idalen), exit at stop Björkviks brygga.
For english bus-journey planner go to: http://sl.se/Templates/SubStart.aspx?id=1906
vaxholm is a genuine small archipelago city with about 4900 permanent residents and many summer guests.
the best way to experience this picturesque city is by walking. stroll through the North harbor area wit the oldest buildings, visit the city square and see the City Hall with its onion-shaped cupola, enjoy the Hamngatan with its stores and the guest haror with its swarm of boats. And you should not miss a visit to Vaxholm Fortress.
but 670 leaves from Tekniska H?gskolan (underground)and the journey takes about an hour.
Vaxholm's history runs from the first half of the 16th century when Gustav Vasa had a block house built on the little island where Vaxholm Fortress is located today. The structure grew and Vaxholm existed as a city from 1647 although the royal letter of Privilege granting this status has never been found. In 1883 it was decided taht a new and more appropriate fortification should be built, and in 1863 the impressive new structure was completed.
It's probably possible to take the kayak everywhere in Stockholm. On a couple of occasions we took them to a rocky spot opposite Haga Park, parked them among the reeds and lay on the flat rocks suntanning.
The Baltic Sea is really cold even in summer, like 16 degrees celsius, but I suppose one can swim after a couple of beers and a huge dose of courage :)
An excursion to archipelago with the inumerous islands is a must for any traveler visiting Stocholm. You take a boat (e.g. 'Cinderella II') from 'Nybroplan' place and travel for 2-3 hours through the small islands. It's marvellous and spectacular.
It's about a 2 hour boat ride from Stockholm & the day we went the weather was absolutely beautiful. It was the only day that we didn't have to wear jackets. You can catch a ferry by the harbor off of Strandvagan or over on Gamla Stan. It was slightly confusing trying to figure out which ferry goes where & at what time, but we asked people by the harbor and they helped us.
If you go to the island of Sandon, you should check out Sandhamns Vardshus. It's been around since 1672 & is to the right of the dock where the ferry leaves you off at. It has very good food & beer. I had a birthday creme brulee here & it was heaven! I also had spinach crepes for lunch that were fantastic. Don had pytter, it was good too.
This is the hotel we stayed in one night on the island. It was very expensive!!! But, it was our honeymoon, so it was ok. I don't think there is anywhere else to stay...they were in progess of building another hotel, but that will probably be expensive too. There isn't any camping as far as I could tell, so you might just want to do a day trip if you're budgeting. The hotel is to the left of the dock.
The Stockholm Archipelago (Swedish: Stockholms skärgård) is the biggest archipelago of Sweden, and one of the biggest archipelagos of the Baltic sea. It stretches from Stockholm to about 60 kilometers to the east and is separated from Åland by a stretch of water named South Kvarken. It consists of approximately 24,000 islands and islets.
Good Links To look at:
http://www.skargardsguiden.se/ (only in Swedish)
The Stockholm Archipelago is one of the world's most spectacular. Stretching 80 kilometers east of the city, the archipelago comprises 24,000 islands, islets and rocks. Close to the mainland, the islands are larger and more lush, the bays and channels wider and year-around residents more numerous. As you travel further out towards the sea, the scenery becomes more rugged finally ending in sparse windblown islets. We took a boat out to Sandhamn on Sandon. It's one of the farthest out islands.
Stockholm is not just the city. Stockholm is parks, water and solitude as well.
Don't miss to take a trip with the white former steam boats into the archipelago. 300.000 islands are waiting to be explored...
The Archipelago - Visit Fjäderholmarna or any of the other islands in the archipelago. Fjäderholmarna is only half an hour away from the centre of Stockholm (Slussen or Strömkajen), go there for a relaxing lunch. Or why not spend a day at Sandhamn, a barren island far out in the sea with rocks, sand and red houses with white corners. Bring your camera and find the real spirit of Sweden!
Here's a photo of the beach....you can imagine all the people in the summer time. We had it all to ourselves.
All you have to do is wander around & you'll come across this cemetary. Sandon is not a very big island & you can walk around it in a few hours.