10.00 – Ferry to Donsö
You can reach the beautiful island of Donsö by the Vrångö ferry from the stop Saltholmen on the mainland. When you arrive on Donsö, you’ll be greeted by the typical red fishing huts that line the harbour. Donsö is one of the major islands of the archipelago and it has historically played a big role in the fishing and shipping industry. From the harbour, the shops and small studios of the island are within walking distance, but so are wonderful nature trails and swimming spots as well. A look out that’s well worth a visit is the hill Radarberget, from where you get a great view of the entire archipelago.
12.00 – Lunch at the restaurant Isbolaget
Head south towards the end of the pier and you’ll reach Isbolaget, a typical archipelago bar and restaurant located in an old warehouse. From the pier you have a great view of the old wooden buildings of the island, the cliffs and the sea and at Isbolaget you can enjoy a tasty lunch. During the summer the menu offers a mix of fish, seafood and meat. During winter time, Isbolaget offers traditional Swedish Christmas smorgasbord as well as Christmas “fika” and lunch.
14.00 – Ferry to Vrångö
Vrångö is located just ten minutes from Donsö, and it’s the southernmost island of the islands that are inhabited year round. The ferry docks at Mittvik on the eastern side of the island and to reach the centre walk along the road Byvägen across to the other side of the island. The uninhibited parts of Vrångö consist of nature reserves that you can stroll through using several walking trails. Stop by the lookout Lotsutkiken or the fishing harbour and enjoy the calmness of the island. There are also vast meadows and a beach with shallow water, perfect for families with kids during the summer months.
16.00 – Early dinner at Skärgårdens café
After a nice walk around the island, surrounded by deciduous forest, it’s time for an early dinner. Skärgårdens café and restaurant is located close to the harbour on the east side of the island. Try their homemade meals made from carefully selected ingredients, while enjoying a great view of the archiepelago. The restaurant is open every day from May to September and also for much of the rest of the year. They also put on live music many times throughout the year.
19.00 – Relax in a floating sauna
Take a short walk after dinner across the island to the western side. Stop by the small shop Måsens Livs where you can buy breakfast ingredients. On the outermost part of the harbour you’ll find Kajkanten, where you can spend the night in remodelled fishing huts with an unbeatable view of the sea. The modern fishing huts are equipped with their own bathroom, kitchen table and small pantry where you can make your breakfast in the morning.
Next to Kajkanten is a small restaurant called Fiskeboa where you can, during the summer time, sit down outside or grab fresh fish and seafood to go. End your day by relaxing in the Kajkanten sauna and then by going to bed and falling asleep to the sound of the waves outside.
How to get there:
Hop on ferry 281 from Saltholmen towards Vrångö. The ferry stops at Köpstadsö, Styrsö Bratten, Styrsö Skäret, Donsö and Vrångö.
Getting to the archipelago
You’ll reach the car-free southern islands by ferry from boat terminal Saltholmen or from Stenpiren Travel Centre. To get to the northern islands you take the ferry from Lilla Varholmen on Hisingen. Both the northern and the southern archipelago are beautiful and well worth a visit. Here a few tips on how to get there.