The southern islands of the Gothenburg archioelago are car free and offer everything from quaint villages to uninhabitated islands.
The islands are easy to reach by public transport ferrys from Saltholmen ferry boat terminal or Stenpirent travel centre.
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.
The Gothenburg archipelago – unique experiences year-round
The Gothenburg archipelago is amazing and there are so many islands for you to discover. Walk along winding trails near the sea, through quaint fishing villages and experience beautiful nature reserves.
Seafood “fika” and accomodations
Brännö värdshus and pensionat baggen
The inn Brännö Värdshus was built in 1900 and is located on the middle of the island. Get something to eat, stay the night or do both! Rooms are available at Pensionat Baggen.
The beach and surf-inspired café Brännö Varv is a summer favourite, right by the ferry stop Brännö Rödsten.
Eat a pizza or grab a drink and enjoy the sunset.
Café Brännö Brygga
Enjoy a “fika” next to what is probably one of Sweden’s most famous piers, Brännö Brygga (it is mentioned in a popular song by the artist Lasse Dahlquist. ).
When you arrive at the island Styrsö, you’ll notice Café Öbergska right away. Their lush garden is perfect for a shrimp sandwich and a cup of coffee.
Styrsö Skäret hotel and restaurant
If you wish to spend the night at the island Styrsö, look no further than the inn Pensionat Styrsö Skäret. Every room is unique and offers and authentic archipelago experience. Their restaurant
The restaurant offers a season-based menu consisting of traditional dishes.
The island of Donsö is home to one of Sweden’s most important harbours, but Donsö is worth visiting for many other reasons. The restaurant and hotel Isbolaget for instance. What was previously an ice house is now an ambitious restaurant and a cosy place to spend the night.
The old fire station at Donsö has been turned into Popsicle Café. gamla brandstationen på Donsö
Here you can choose between items such as Donsö bread, handmade ice cream, espresso, cappuccino and retro candy. Popsicle Café has a second location located on the island of Vrångö.
A stay at Kajkanten is pretty much as close to the water as you can get without getting wet. Rent your own cabin with all amenities by the quayside.
Kajkante also offer activities such as kayaking and a floating sauna.
Fiskeboa / Hamnkrogen Lotsen
Get your fresh seafood straight from the boat at Fiskeboa! If you would rather sit down and enjoy a meal then Hamnkrogen lotsen is a great choice with several tasty seafood dishes.
Kayaking, biking and swimming
The islands in the southern part of the archipelago are located within close proximity of each other and are perfect for kayaking.
On the island of Styrsö you can rent a kayak at Styrsö Kajak, they also offer courses and guided tours.
On the island of Donsö, check out Donsö Sea Kayak where you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
If you would rather stay on dry land then renting a bike is another way to explore the islands.
On the island of Brännö you can rent a bike at Brännö Cykelyuthyrning, and bring the bike to the other islands on the public transport ferrys (providing there is enough room on the ferry).
There are many swimming spots to explore on the islands, two of our favourites are Brännö Ramsdal and Styrsö Brattenbadet.