As the July weather torments and teases Copenhagen, its time to explore Sweden’s Southern archipelago, a cluster of coastal granite islands famed for its rugged beauty, coves with sandy beaches and a haven for ornithologists. The archipelago has always been a popular destination for Danish sailors, darting over the Kattegat, braving the odd force gale wind, finding refuge in the countless natural harbors. My route is less adventurous, but just as rewarding. A 3 hour train trip from Copenhagen Central Station to Gothenburg’s and its impeccable tram service to Saltholmen’s ferry terminal, followed by the ferry 281, navigating past weathered granite formations to my destination, Vrångö. Arriving on this car-free island at the tiny ferry berth, followed by a short walk over on the west coast to my home for the next few days, Kajkanten. Since 2014, Kajkanten, which literally means on the edge of the sea, has been welcoming to the 11 specially designed and self-catering boat-houses and as far as I know, the archipelagos only floating sauna. Located in the harbor and with no car noise to battle with the acoustic landscape comes blisfully from the sea, the lapping of the water and rigging against masts from the sail boats visiting from all over the Baltic region. Vrångö has a fertile landscape, famed for its wild asparagus and bird life and with paths crisscrossing the island make it very accessible to explore. If island-hopping on Sweden’s southern archipelago is on your summer agenda, then Vrångø should be on your list.
Content & Image: Phillip Mills