15 Islands In Sweden That Will Take Your Breath Away!

Sweden Islands

Island of Ven, Finnhamn, Gällnö, Gotland, Marstrand, Öland, The Weather Islands, Holmön, Visingsö, Brännö, Hallands Väderö, Gotska Sandön, Trysunda, Southern Goteborg Archipelago, Sandhamn.

As astonishing as it sounds, there are over 267,570 islands in Sweden and less than 1000 of these are inhabited. These islands are ideal for sailing and kayaking during the short summers and for their amazing landscape, hiking trails, lobster safaris, picnics, island hopping and lots more. Each Sweden Island has its own charm. They are perfect havens for cycling and nature enthusiasts. The Islands of Ven is famous for its Alpaca Farms and St Ibb’s Old Medieval Church while Gällnö is perfect for landscape photography.

Marstrand is famous for its first synagogue in Scandinavia and Visingsö for the Visingsborg castle. These islands are a great place to indulge in several activities such as cliff jumping, sunbathing, exploring the rich cultural heritage of Sweden, learning about the Viking Era, visiting local island museums and so much more. These islands also serve the best when it comes to traditional Swedish cuisines. Be it meatballs or lingonberries; pickled herring or princess cake, the best thing to do while you are here is to try the local cuisines.

Here is the list of best island in Sweden:

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Island of Ven

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This tiny Sweden Island is a beautiful nature reserve with sprawling wheat fields, wildflowers growing in abundance and amazing sea views.  It is a perfect haven for cycling enthusiasts and nature lovers. The Island’s main attraction is the Tycho Brahe Museum that can be enjoyed without paying any entrance fee.

There is a grassy area in the museum that showcases games that were played during Brahe times. However, a ticket is required to visit the observatory and a digital representation of constellations with music and dramatic voice over light show. Other attractions include the Whiskey Distillery, Alpaca Farms, Ven’s Cultural Centre and St. Ibb’s Old Medieval Church to name a few.

Location: Landskrona Municipality, Skåne County

Best Time to Visit: May to October
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The Island of Finnhamn is beautiful to say the least and it offers a wide variety of activities to indulge in. You can choose to go kayaking, ride a row boat or visit the magnificent beaches. Paradise Viken is a great place for families to enjoy a great spot of sunbathing and a beach picnic.

The best way to explore the Island is by hiking and there are trails all around the Island with well-placed signs for you to follow. Organic farms sell traditional homemade jams or essential oils which you can buy as gifts to take back home.

Location: Stora Jolpan, Stockholm Archipelago.

Best Time to Visit: Year round destination
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Gällnö is one of the most unique islands in Sweden with its beaches that comes in small patches and beautifully cultivated lands. The Island has the smallest hotel in the country - it has only one room. There are several well-preserved anchorages and pretty red Swedish houses, boat houses and homes.

The village is a picture perfect scenery with huts built under apple trees. If landscape photography is your forte then Gällnö is definitely the place to be. You can indulge in outdoor camping, visit the nature reserve or go hiking in the village. Enjoy freshly baked goods at the village cafe or sunbathe on the beach.

Location: Stockholm Archipelago

Best Time to Visit: May to October
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Gotland, the land of vikings and spectacular scenery is one of the most beautiful islands in Sweden. The main town of Gotland, Visby is from the Viking era and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Gotland is famous for its 92 churches, remarkable ruins of ancient churches such as St Karin church, St Clemens, St Nicolai and Drottens, attractions such as Gotska Sandön National Park, Gotland Museum in Visby, Kneippbyn Theme Park and Ringmumen the Visby City Wall. This beautiful Island is also famous for traditional Swedish flavours and food.

Location: Baltic Sea, 90km off the eastern coast of Sweden.

Best Time to Visit: March to September.
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This small yet beautiful Island has some great mentions in the history of Sweden. It was once a refuge for criminals, a holiday destination for the royals of Sweden, it was Europe’s herring capital, it was home to the first synagogue of Scandinavia and a place where people lived their wildest dreams.

Today, Marstrand is one of the most colorful islands of Sweden with vibrantly colored wooden buildings, cobbled stone paths and pretty Swedish villages. It is a great place to indulge in kayaking, sailing, water sports, hiking and excursions. The most prominent attraction here is Carlstens Fästning, a 17th century fortress.

Location: Bohuslän Province

Best Time to Visit: March to August
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This Sweden Island offers an amazing landscape, perfect climate and fascinating history of the Swedes and their heritage making it a destination fit for the royals. And in this case it is true as the Royals of Sweden used this Island as their summer getaway.

While on the Island visit the Borgholm Castle, Sollinden Palace, VIDA Museum and Konstall, Eketorp. Spend the day exploring the beautiful beaches of Öland or go shopping for their exquisite pottery and ceramics. Öland also has some amazing selection of traditional Swedish food including Kroppkaka, smoked fish, lufsa, lingonberry jam and lots more.

Location: Baltic Sea, län County, Kalmar

Best Time to Visit: March to October
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The Weather Islands

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The Weather Islands is an archipelago consisting of a hundred odd rocky islands and islets. This is one of the farthest Islands of Sweden and the finest example of being far from the madding crowd. The islands are peaceful and breathtakingly beautiful.

You can reach the Weather Islands by boarding a ferry from Hamburgsund. The Island offers several activities for visitors to indulge in. You can choose to do kayaking, fishing, lobster fishing, oyster fishing and many others. One of the most popular activities here is the lobster safari where you can even pull out the lobster traps yourself.

Location: Tanum

Best Time to Visit: Year round destination
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Wildflowers, lush green meadows, colorful butterflies and excellent hiking trails makes Holmön a truly magical place to be. The Island can be reached by a short ferry ride which is usually free.  The Island is particularly known for its music festival which takes place in summer, usually the month of July.

Another major attraction here is the Boat Museum which showcases several nautical knick knacks and various boat models. The Museum offers guided tours and tells the history of the Swedes and their former occupation of deep sea fishing.

Location: Umeå Municipality in Västerbotten County

Best Time to Visit: June to September
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Your visit to Visingsö is going to be filled with exciting adventures and unique experiences. Right from exploring castle ruins to riding horse drawn carriages; there is lots to do and see here. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Island from the tower of the Kumlaby Church or visit the Oak Forest where you will find the straightest oak trees in Sweden.

These trees were cultivated by boatmen for building their boats. Also visit Nasborg, Wisingsborg and the Royal Barns. The Visingsborg castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Sweden.

Location: Vättern

Best Time to Visit: May to September
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Located in the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago Brännö is a rocky island with views and sights that are par excellence. There is an abundance of colorful rose gardens, idyllic cottages with white fences, picture perfect landscapes, wonderful holiday homes and a view that is enthralling.

You can visit the Charming Folk Museum that showcases the island’s history. There are several beautiful salty bathing spots on the island such as Ramsdal near Husvik. While here you can also shop for some local hand crafted goods, locally made fur, lambskin and wool.

Location: Southern Gothenburg Archipelago

Best Time to Visit: March to October
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Hallands Väderö

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Located on the west coast of Sweden, Hallands Väderö is a beautiful Sweden island with pristine white beaches, crystal clear waters and breathtaking landscape. Most of the island comes under the Nature Reserve as it has several flora and fauna that is endemic to this part of the world.

It is filled with beech forests, a variety of unique birds and rare and unusual fungi. Landmark attraction of the island is an old lighthouse built back in 1884. The Island does not have any permanent residents but there are several cabins here that can be rented if you wish to spend the night here.

Location: Scania Province

Best Time to Visit: May to August
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Gotska Sandön

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Gotska Sandön is a beautiful island in the Baltic Sea and the whole of the island is a national park. This is one of the best islands in Sweden to relax and unwind surrounded by impressive views all around. Legends say that this island was once a base for pirates which later became an agricultural and cattle farming hub in the region.

Today, the only residents are the park and hospitality staff. While you explore its varied wildlife do visit the seal sanctuary in Säludden. Visit the lighthouse, The Chapel, Natur & Hembygdsmuseum, a natural and local heritage museum or go berry and mushroom picking.

Location: Gotland County

Best Time to Visit: May to September
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Trysunda is a small island which is made up of a small fishing village with pretty cabins surrounding the u-shaped bay. The main attraction here is an ancient wooden chapel that dates back to 1655. If you wish to enjoy a refreshing dip in the water then there are several secluded bathing spots surrounded by towering trees.

You can also head to Björnviken where there is a lovely cove. You can explore the entire island within two hours and hiking around the trails is the best way to do so. You can also visit the fishing museum or walk up the trail to Kapellberget from where you can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the whole island.

Location: Örnsköldsvik

Best Time to Visit: June to October
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Southern Goteborg Archipelago

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The Southern Goteborg Archipelago is the perfect destination to combine exciting activities, great food and ultimate relaxation. The Southern Archipelago is a car-free and tranquil destination that is ideal for any kind of traveller. Legends say that these islands were once famous as a base for the vikings.

Some of the most famous islands in the Southern Goteborg Archipelago are Köpstadsö, Styrsö, Vargö, Donsö, Vrångö and Brännö. Brännö is also famous for annual fairs. The Southern Goteborg Archipelago can be reached by taking a ferry from the boat terminal of Stenpiren Travel Centre.

Location: Västergötland Province

Best Time to Visit: May to September
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Sandhamn translates to sand harbour and this enchanting island is surrounded by pristine sandy beaches. In the 19th century about 300 people settled on this island making it one of the most prominent settlements of the archipelago. Later this was developed into a raging summer getaway for the higher classes of society.

There is quite a lot that you can do while you are on the island. Sandhamn has various walking trails that take you past rich pine forests. The beaches on the eastern side of the island are some of the best beaches on the archipelago. Try out the local dishes in the village restaurants or at the Sandhamn Yacht Hotel, explore the village, or take a stroll in the beautiful harbor.

Location: Stockholm Archipelago

Best Time to Visit: March to October.
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  1. Which are the best Islands in Sweden?

    Finnhamn: This is a perfect island to enjoy a truly relaxing and wonderful vacation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can spend your time going swimming in the sea, kayaking or exploring the island on foot.

    Visingsö: This amazing island is located right in the middle of the second-largest lake in Sweden. The island was once home of the Swedish kings and now there are several historic sites and lovely beaches to explore.

    Brännö: Brännö is totally car-free and the best way to explore this charming island is by cycling or on foot. The island is filled with beautiful homes with rose gardens, charming pathways and souvenir stores from where you can purchase local hand crafted goods.

    Öland: This is the second largest island in Sweden and it is full of beautiful beaches, amazing landscape, hiking trails and lots of eateries to enjoy the local cuisine.
  2. What are the best water sports to do on Islands in Sweden?

    1. Kayaking and Canoeing: Kayaking and canoeing are some of the best things to do in the islands of Sweden. You can explore the archipelago, the lakes, the canals as well as the open seas.

    2. Smooth Sailing: Sailing is quite a big thing in the Sweden islands. You can go island hopping and enjoy the view as you sail on the waves. You also get a good view of seals and other water animals endemic to this region.

    3. Go Island-Hopping: Sweden islands are amazing and definitely worthy of several visits. The best way to explore them if you are short of time is by island hopping. There are ferries and boats that can take you to whichever island you wish to explore.

    4. Take a Dip in Salty Spots: This is one of the most relaxing things to do in the islands of Sweden. Most of the islands have amazing salty spots for you to bathe and swim while you enjoy the view and the balmy waters.
  3. How to travel between islands in Sweden?

    The best way to travel between islands in Sweden is by using ferry boats. All the islands are well connected with ferries and these are available quite frequently during the day to take you from one island to another.
  4. What is Sweden known for?

    Sweden is famous for the Northern Lights, Alfred Nobel, Fika, Pop Music, IKEA, the Ice Hotel, Swedish food, Silver Crafts, Handmade Clogs, Sami Jewellery, Dalecarlian Horse and carved wooden utensils.
  5. How much does a trip cost to Sweden cost?

    A trip to Sweden would cost a minimum of 560 to 600 Swedish Krona per day if you are looking for bare minimum expenses like accommodation, food and transportation. If you are looking for a more comfortable holiday then plan your expenses at a minimum of 900 Swedish Krona per day.
  6. Is Sweden safe for tourists?

    Sweden is one of the safest countries to travel to. It comes highly recommended by solo travellers, family travellers and others. People are welcoming and friendly and the crime rate in Sweden is really low. However, beware of petty crimes and scams while you are here.

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