The Gothenburg Archipelago

Over 20 islands with an endless amount of gems to discover

The archipelago of Gothenburg stretches along the coast like a string of pearls. You don’t have to travel far from the city to find charming villages, stunning nature, and beaches. Seal safaris, sea-fishing, and boat excursions are just some of the activities available there.

These islands have the easiest access from the city:

  • Asperö: a serene island perfect for a day on the beach
  • Björkö: a lovely island in the north part of the archipelago
  • Brännö: an island famous for its traditional summer dance and child-friendly beaches
  • Donsö: island with magnificent scenery and swim spots 15 minutes from Saltholmen
  • Fotö: a quiet and genuine island with good places for swimming
  • Grötö: a serene and car-free island with few residents
  • Hyppeln: one of the northernmost islands in the archipelago
  • Hönö: a popular island with restaurants, shops and activities
  • Hälsö: an island with lovely nature and walks
  • Kalvsund: a small car-free island with a lot of character
  • Knarrholmen: a calm summer island close to the Saltholmen ferry
  • Källö-Knippla: a calming and picturesque little genuine island
  • Karholmen and Sjumansholmen: two small and calm islands mainly populated by summer residents
  • Köpstandsö: a small beautiful island free from cars
  • Rörö: stunning nature on the northernmost island
  • Stora Förö: a small island with good swim spots mainly visited by summer residents
  • Styrsö: this island can be considered the hub in the south part of the archipelago
  • Vargö: a small island with great natural beauty
  • Vinga: a much-loved island, famous for its lighthouse and scenic nature
  • Vrangö: a genuine island very close to Gothenburg
  • Öckerö: the municipality of Öckerö consists of ten inhabited islands, this is also an island where their own Pride takes place

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.

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