An island famous for its traditional summer dances and child-friendly beaches.
Brännö is a lively island in the southern part of Gothenburgs archipelago with just over 800 inhabitants. Different to the other islands, it has relied on farming, piloting boats and shipping as its main sources of income.
Lasse Dahlqvist, a ballad composer, lived on Brännö and made the island famous through his ballads. If you want to experience the traditional summer dances, jump off the ferry at Husvik on the soutwestern coast. Climb the cliffs to the old pilot lookout, the island’s highest point, and enjoy amazing views over Vinga and the harbour entrance. The narrow roads and small wooden houses add to the island’s old-fashioned charm. There are no cars here, but bikes can be rented at Brännö Rödsten.
You can reach the neighbouring island Galterö by a small bridge. Out here, in what used to be a military area, you will find a diverse birdlife and untouched nature. Kayaking is popular here, and in the summer you will find sheep grazing. There are plenty of bathing spots on the island, for instance at Ramsdal, close to Husvik, where you will find a child-friendly beach with cliffs, a diving tower and rest rooms. About one kilometer from Rödsten you will find Gröna Vik, with a sandy beach and bathing piers.
Brännö has a grocery store, post office, restaurants, bakery, café and church. At Brännö Värdshus/Pensionat Baggen you can enjoy a tasty meal as well as spend the night. Café Brännö Brygga is located in Husvik, open daily in the summer. At Brännö Lammskinn & Ull you will find locally produced goods of lambskin, fur and wool, and they also offer various handcraft workshops. If you want to learn more about the island’s history, visit the charming folk museum on the main road.