Utö Travel Guide

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Utö Things to Do

  • Miners crofts

    These wooden cottages are much sought after as summer houses today! In the mining days, each house held two families and the houses are not big. Are they not extremely pretty?

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  • Mining Museum

    OK, so there is nothing in English here, but it only costs ten crowns to get in as the little barn museum is run by the local heritage society. This means that the person working will know a bit about the museum anyway and can tell you. Moreover, there are plenty of pictures to get your imagination working when it comes to what it must have been...

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  • Utö mines

    Sweden's oldest mines from the 14th century, they are today water filled and quite a dramatical sight. You can easily imagine a workers' life here.

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Utö Restaurants

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

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    This inn, based in the old miners' doctor's house if I'm not mistaken, belongs to one out of three restaurants always battling it out in the annual Archipelago Kitchen of the Year. It has come first several times and we were not disappointed.

    Favorite Dish: Homemade veggie lasagna with a chili tzatziki.

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Utö Transportation

  • By bike

    If you want to spend a full day here, renting a bike is a great way to see the island. Getting off at Gruvbryggan, you can easily see the mines on foot, but to get around to the best beaches and desolate places, bike rental is ideal. You pay in the guest harbour and pick the bikes up at in an old harbour barn beyond it as both are run by the...

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  • By boat

    There are three different options for getting to Utö without your own boat (if you have your own, there is a nice guest harbour). You can take a boat from Strömkajen in Stockholm city centre, but be prepared to leave early and spend most of the day on the boat (with great views and a cafe!). For a quicker journey, head for either Dalarö or Årsta...

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Utö Warnings and Dangers

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    by Sjalen Written Sep 1, 2004

    Be aware that many of the fjords and bays in this part of the archipelago are famous naval areas due to two bases located on the mainland here (until the 80s, foreigners weren't even allowed here). Usually, it is as peaceful as anything but there are some excersises every year, sometimes big ones when even foreign forces are involved to practise sea defense. It's only if you have your own boat that you need to be aware of certain restrictions (although you can always use the shipping lines, you just see an awful load of helicopters and naval ships and other weird vessels) but it could be good to know still. Sometimes, the southern part of Utö is for instance used for practice shooting, and even if you're not disturbed as such, you will probably be alarmed if you don't know what's going on and all of a sudden hear automatic fire booming amongst the cliffs. Also, the sightseeing taxis around the island can't run their usual way to the best beaches when this happens (but you'll still have other beaches to explore so don't worry).

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Utö Tourist Traps

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

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    Having never tried the food, I can't say if it is good or not, but the much more famous Utö Värdshus up the hill is cheaper than the two restaurants down by the Gruvbryggan jetty! Moreover, I am not paying SEK 150 for what was presented to us veggies as a "luke warm pasta salad". Just what do they take me for? :-)))

    Unique Suggestions: Try the bakery belonging to one of the restaurants. It makes the famous Utö bread which is delicious.

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Utö Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

    This is the child friendly beach not too far from the Gruvbryggan jetty, but there are plenty of others which are shown on a map at the tourist office in the harbour.

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Utö Favorites

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 27, 2004

    Favorite thing: This old mill is now painstakingly restored by the local historical society, as it had been neglected for years. You can pay a small fee to see the huge works inside and walk around its terrace with great archipelago views (see intro page). When you leave Utö, this landmark will be the last thing to disappear...

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