Exploring The Islands Of Gothenburg, Sweden

Guest post: Maria from the popular Swedish interior design blog > www.inredningsvis.se

My name is Maria and I live in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second biggest city and also Sofia’s home town – Gothenburg has so much to offer, but my absolute favourite getaway is the archipelago.

It consists of some of Bohus county’s most beautiful islands, and is just far enough away to make it feel like a mini-holiday destination – if you’re visiting Gothenburg, I highly recommend a trip on the water – you won’t regret it :)

Each island has its own unique charm – here is a list of my absolute favorite summer getaways close to Gothenburg:

Styrsö – Where Time Stands Still

The first time I set foot on Styrsö it was love at first sight – when stepping off the ferry, the first thing you see is an adorable old-fashioned garden café – with beautiful white-washed villas from the turn of the 20th century lined up along the promenade.

There are two shops on the island, as well as a lovely place to go swimming called Utterviken – it’s an island with a hint of romance where time stands still.

Asperö – Picnic Perfect

Asperö is a recent discovery for me and a new favourite on my list – it is the island closest to the mainland – just 9 minutes from the port of Saltholmen.

Small, picturesque Summer cottages and newly built villas are huddled on a small land mass.

There is an ice-cream kiosk, and one shop on the island which is reminiscent of an old-fashioned Swedish country grocers.

If you walk towards the island’s sole swimming beach, you can take a short climb to a look-out – it has a stunning view over all Asperö and also parts of nearby Bränno.

Asperö is quite simply a perfect island for a Summer picnic with a Swedish sea view.

Brännö – For The Island Enthusiast

Brännö is one of the biggest of the islands with approximately 900 permanent residents – it is unique in that it is not a fishing island like the others, rather, agriculture is the biggest industry there.

The island has rich bird life and wonderful nature to walk in – you can also paddle sea kayaks from there.

There is a classic quay on the southwest side of the island called Brännö Husvik – every Summer, the classic Swedish “Dance at Brännö Quay” is held here and is a must for every true island enthusiast :)

Köpstadsö – The Hidden Gem

Köpstadsö is like a little sugar-sweet praline in a bag of island-candy.

There are only footpaths here – cars are not allowed on the island – you can see many of the 100 residents driving around on mopeds carrying tools on the narrow, winding roads.

There are many small picturesque houses and gardens. The genuine island feeling is made stronger by the fact that there is not one single shop on the island.

A tip is to take your own picnic with you to eat on the rocks, to the sound of the gently rolling waves and seagull serenade :)

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10 Responses to Exploring The Islands Of Gothenburg, Sweden

  1. Eleni Gunnarsson August 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Amazing photos !!!!! So very beautiful !!!!!

  2. Hogga August 27, 2012 at 7:24 pm #

    Sweden is definitely climbing my list of places I need to visit!

    • Sofia September 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Haha, ironically, it’s climbing up my list too. I’ve seen way too little of my own country ;)

  3. Sara August 30, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    I’ll be visiting Sweden in 2 weeks. I cannot wait!

    • Sofia August 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

      fantastic! where will you be going?

  4. Tom @ Waegook Tom August 30, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

    I had no idea that Gothenburg had all these islands around it. They look beautiful! Although I’m a bit confused by Köpstadsö – do locals have to leave the island every time they want to buy something?! That view on Asperö is stunning, too. They all look picture-perfect :)

    • Sofia August 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

      Glad to hear you like it, it’s a beautiful part of Gothenburg that most tourists don’t get to see, definitely a place to visit :)

      About Köpstadsö, yes they have to leave the island and take a boat to a bigger island when they want to by something, or go all the way back to mainland. Pretty rural, haha.

  5. Leif September 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Köpstadsö looks wonderful. I was in Gothenburg recently and didn’t realize they had these islands so near by. I ended up spending some time in Smogen, which was really cool. Very hip and touristy but beautiful, almost as beautiful a Norway ;) Just kidding. I find the name Smogen so funny, do you know what it means? It sounds like some kind of marzipan cake to me :)

    • Sofia September 2, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

      Glad to hear you enjoyed Sweden :)

      Next time you visit Gothenburg, just take tram nr 11 (from the train station for example) all the way to the final stop, and from there you can catch ferries to all the islands (with the same tram ticket).

      Smögen is amazing, the name is very old, and while it doesn’t mean anything in itself they believe it derives from a word loosely translated to “loophole”, from a narrow strait between the main island and Kleven island.

  6. joshi daniel September 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    looks like a very nice place to enjoy :)