The islands in the northern part of the archipelago offer a wide range of restaurants, accomodations and activities. You will find bigger islands with grocery stores and all amenities, as well as smaller islands, perfect for a cosy getaway.
You can reach the ten inhabited islands by car, bus or bike from road 155 in the direction of Hisingen/Öckerö via the ferry stop Lilla Varholmen. The ferry is free of charge. You can also get a ferry from Stenpiren travel centre in the city to Hönö Klåva at certain periods throughout the year.
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.
Cosy restaurants and unique accomodations
Tullhuset is a seafood restaurant located in the harbour at Hönö Klåva.
Their outdoor deck puts you right by the archipelago cliffs with an amazing view of the ocean, no wonder it is a summer favourite.
Franses archipelago pub
Welcome to three floors of good food, drink and a genuine archipelago atmosphere, in which was once a fisherman’s shed.
Franses regulary put on live music, and in the winter time you can cosy up infront of their fireplace.
Fall asleep to the sound of the waves right outside your window at Skärgårdshotellet Hönö.
The hotel is close to the restaurants, shops, cafés and tour operators in Hönå Klåva.
Rent a cabin right by the water at Nimbus Öckerö. You can also get a bite to eat at their café.
At Nimbus you are close to the main shops on the island of Öckerö, while nature is just around the corner.
Gothenburg is the beer capital of Sweden and the archipelago is no exception. One of the many archipelago craft breweries is Hönöbryggeriet, which has been in business since 2014.
During the spring and summer months the brewery opens up to visitors. Check their Instagram account for more info.
As the name suggests, when you sit down to eat at restaurant Seaside you are right by the water on the island of Björkö.
The wonderful views of the ocean make the restaurant a favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Sea lodge Björkö
Sea lodge is a cosy spot with just two rooms accomodating eight people in total..
A unique place to spend a night with great views of the Björkö harbour and the ocean.
Boat tours, kayak rentals and other activities
Guided boat tours
At Hönö Klåva, there are quite a few different tour operators to choose from, offering all kinds of different boat tours such as crab fishing and seal safaris.
Try Kastor Boattrips, Marine Events or Hönö Boattrips.
On the island of Björkö, you can join Björkö Marin & Fiske for sightseeing or fishing tours.
M/S Sarita of Källö-Knippla boat charter leaves from Källö-Knippla and offers seal safaris and other tours.
Kayaking is an excellent way to discover the islands of the archipelago, and there are a couple of rental options to choose from. On the island of Öckerö you can get everything you need for your kayaking adventure at Öbs Kajak.
Walker naturturer offers both kayaking and walking tours of the archipelago.
Amazing scenery and a history lesson
Hike the brand new hiking trail Göteborgs skärgårdsled and explore 21,7 km of the northern islands of the archipelago by foot. The trail is divided into three sections and the trail is part of the longer trail Kuststigen.
The nature reseve Ersdalen on the island of Hönö is well worth a visit and its rocky terrain makes it a popular spot for bouldering.
Hönö is also home to the fishing museum, where visitors can learn all there is to know about the industry that once dominated the archipelago of Gothenburg.