A nice day trip from Gothenburg (Göteborg) is to the islands in the archipelago on the coast near Gothenburg. These islands are a mix of bare rocks, nature reserves and inhabited islands.
I took the opportunity recently to take the ferry from Saltholmen to Vrångö, one of the islands in the southern part of the archipelago. This island has a population of about 350+ people, and features nature reserves, a few sandy beaches, accommodation. On a sunny Sunday in Autumn, there were quite a few people arriving on the ferry, and yet the island didn’t feel crowded at all.
The scenery is “typical” of the postcard Swedish west coast – white wooden houses, narrow lanes lined by hedges or white-picket fences, and a rocky coastline dotted with a few sandy beaches. On the island, rare plant species, such as wild asparagus, willowleaf yellowhead and sea holly grow, and several species of birds also call the island home.
Getting there: Tram 11 to Saltholmen drops you off near the ferry terminal. It is a 20-40 ferry trip to the island, depending on the number of stops the ferry makes.
Accommodation: Available at Kajkanten. Website: http://kajkantenvrango.se/en/boende-pa-kajkanten/
Hiking: No cars are permitted on the island, so you’ll be walking everywhere you go. There are two main loops through nature reserves at either end of the island, each of about 2.5-3 km.