The little church on Käringön is well worth a visit, after all it was the priest long time ago who is responsible for the colourful plants all over the island (but this is a story for the local customs section). The church is quite old,. Built end of 19th century when the island had its heydays as a fishermen island with approx. 300 inhabitants....more
Käringön is one of those little islands that you just have to see to believe that it exists. It's a tiny little island with a history that dates back to the 16th century, when the first fishermen came to the island. The island had its heydays between 18th and 19th century, a time when herring was in high demand. The fishman salted and dried the...more
I fell in love with this house when I saw a photo of it on Simone’s page. First I thought that this is just a little summer house but when we were on Kärinön I realised that this is another of these pilot lookout houses, similar as the one on Gullholmen. They have been used during the days when meteorological forecasts and weather measures weren’t...more
You might wonder why I recommend this church on a page about Käringön, because the church is just outside of the tiny village of Hälleviksstrand where the ferry to Käringön (island) leaves from. But it is so close on the way to the ferry anyhow and well worth a visit. I discovered it on Google Earth’s photos and immediately fell in love with its...more
The village is concentrated around the harbour on the northern side of the island, which is by far the busiest part of the island. Although 'busy' is probably not the correct word for it, 'cosy' is maybe more a word that I would use.This is where the ferry arrives, where the little fish store is located and you can even find a small supermarket on...more
The village of Käringön is small. About 130 people live here all year round and an interesting fact is that 180 of the islands 200 houses were build before 1920. It is a charming place to walk through, which of course has to be done in a leisurely pace, as everything seems to slow down as soon as you set foot on this little island. It's wonderful...more
One of my favourite restaurants in Sweden is without a doubt Peterson's Krog. It's probably a combination of many factors that it has become a favourite of mine, one of them being the relaxed atmosphere with an elegant and at the same time cosy interior. No real dress code applies, at least not for lunch. The same relaxed atmosphere of the island...more
So let me give you a little taste of the menu at Peterson's Krog. During our latest visit we started off our lunch with a classical Swedish dish called "Toast Skagen". This is a delicious combination of shrimp and dill mayonnaise on a small piece of sautéd bread. It was served with some whitefish roe and a sprig of dill on top and some salad on the...more
Oh well…. Peterson’s Krog is such an excellent restaurant that I will not only put it on my Sweden page but also on my Europe page. It is… the best! However, I can only write prosa here and am not able to give prices, because.. yes, because the visit on Käringön and dinner at Peterson’s Krog was my birthday gift from dear Simone and Åke. They could...more
Käringön (island) is even smaller than the one of Gullholmen (and Hörmanö) and also here, cars are not allowed on the island. The only mode of transport is the ferry (or private boats, albeit much more expensive). The ferry leaves from the tiny village of Hälleviksstrand and a ride takes approx. 30 minutes. The ride is exceptional though, because...more
There are two ways to get to the island of Käringön, well, actually three if you would include going here by your own boat. For all others the most likely alternative would be by taking the ferry to the island. The ferry departs from the little village of Hälleviksstrand around 5 to 10 times a day. During the weekends the ferry only departs 5 times...more
Once you get to the island you only mode of transportations is quite simple: your own two feet. There is no motorised traffic on the island and I didn't even see a bicycle around. So it is walking that will bring you to the place you want. Not that the distances are that huge (remember, the island is very small!) but still, everything you bring you...more
There is a cute story or legend about priest August Simson who worked on the island until his death 1900. It is said that he gave order for anyone who travelled on the mainland or island of Orust to bring back soil so that they could have a proper cemetary. Käringön island’s surface is rocky, so no soil was here. And it seemed to have worked...more
Another special feature I noticed on Käringön, like on Gullholmen, is the very much artistic way the inhabitants decorate their houses, gardens or even toilets. I loved the little sign saying “Bad” which leads to the bathing area (nothing bad with Bad, haha) and as if to make sure that everyone understands, it was decorated with a bathing suit....more
Around Käringön there are the following places that are all worth visiting. I try to include at least one or two every time I return to the West Coast:
Hällevikstrand: A quiet little village, maybe mainly known for its ferry to Käringön. It is worth while though to wander into some of the small winding streets and enjoy the view of the colourful houses clinging to the rocks and their romantic tiny gardens. Please do not forgot to cross the tiny bridge where you can climb up on the rocks on the other side and have a gorgeous view over the village and the little boat houses at the harbour.
Stocken: one of the quieter villages in the area. It is my favourite spot to stay though as they have some great accomodation alternatives. When there, don't forget to drop by at the local fish store, where they have an excellent selection of local fish. Perfect for on the grill! The evenings should be spend on the rocky shores where the sunsets are often breathtaking. While sipping on a cold glass of wine this makes for an excellent end of the day.
Gullholmen: absolutely gorgeous little fishing village, one of my favourites! I can walk around here endlessly and keep on clicking my camera forever with all the picturesque little houses and views. To the south is Hermansö, which is for the main part a nature reserve, and an excellent place to hike and enjoy the typical landscape of the west coast.
Mollösund; south of the villages mentioned above. Wonderful to sit here on the pier, 10 yards from the main "touristy sea highway", watching hundreds of sailing boats passing in an hour, sipping a cold drink. Also a great location to enjoy lunch or dinner. Mollösund is also the place where the Schooner Mathilda organizes several tours during the summer and gives you a chance to see the wonderful achipelago from a sailing boat (absolutely worth it!)
And if you would like to venture a bit further I can also recommend Marstrand: Marstrand seems to be a place that has it all: a cosy quay with colourful wooden houses, a fortress from the 17th century, wonderful rocky cliffs, a clear blue sea and views to die for. No wonder that it is loved and visited by so many people!
You can find some more tips on places to visit in the province on my Västra Götralands Län page