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Sweden: Sailing to the Southern Archipelago From Gothenburg

Ferry terminal, Gothenburg
Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg, Sweden

Even though Gothenburg is a pretty amazing city with more attractions and things to do than we ever anticipated we still took the decision to escape the city centre and head out to the Southern Archipelago for the day. We hadn’t done much research regarding how to get there or what to expect. Luckily, we were staying at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia which is located directly opposite the central train station so we headed in that direction hoping someone at the ticket office would be able to help us on our quest. Fortunately for us the very helpful lady behind the desk spoke perfect English and reeled off all the information we needed as I am sure she had a million other times too. Tickets bought and timetables stored safely in my bag off we headed to the tram stop in front of the central station.

Tram at Gothenburg Central Station
Tram at Gothenburg Central Station

We waited patiently for the Number 11 Tram, luckily it was a bright day and we were wrapped up warmly as the tram stops are open to the elements. We did not have to wait long before one showed up and we jumped on board. The tram we were on wasn’t busy at all so we were lucky enough to get a seat. We were on the tram for around 35 minutes. We were worried that we were going to miss our stop or get off at the wrong one but there was nothing to worry about as Saltholmen, the stop you need for the ferry port, is actually the last stop on the line making it almost impossible.

Ferry terminal, Gothenburg
Ferry terminal, Gothenburg

Once at Saltholmen, you can see the ferry terminal from the tram stop so no possibility of getting lost. We headed through to the ferry terminals pulling out the ferry timetable that the lady at the ticket office had given us earlier. We checked and double checked and it looked like we had around a 30 minute wait. There is a waiting room if the weather isn’t great however we hung around outside, taking in the views and snapping away on our cameras. We also checked out the islands that the ferry stops at. We decided we were going to jump off on Styrsö the largest island in the archipelago. Don’t forget the ticket issued for the tram can also be used on the ferry.

Ferry in the Souther Archipelago, Gothenburg
Ferry in the Souther Archipelago, Gothenburg

Once on board we found a seat and watched the world go by as the ferry zipped between the tiny islands. The ferries are modern and equipped with toilets and a cafe should you wish to grab a drink or a snack on your journey. Before we knew it we were at Styrsö and we jumped off at Styrsö Skaret (which is near the south of the island) to be greeted by……nothing! Which was actually quite nice. We were the only people as far as the eye could see meaning we could take as many uninterrupted photographs as we wanted. We did visit in February when the weather wasn’t the greatest. I imagine in the summer months there are more tourists to compete for the views with.

Old pier Styrsö, Gothenburg
Old pier Styrsö, Gothenburg

It was then we decided that we would explore the island and get the return ferry from Styrsö Bratten (in the north of the island). There is a coastal road around the island, but no path – not to worry as the islands in the Southern archipelago are car free. Instead the preferred modes of transport are bicycle and golf carts which you can certainly hear before you see. Dotted along the sea front we found lots of big detached wooden houses, a couple of which are guest houses,  which I imagine offer fantastic views over the smaller islands especially in the summer.

Beautiful scenery in the Southern Archipelago, Gothenburg
Beautiful scenery in the Southern Archipelago, Gothenburg

We enjoyed our slow 30 minute stroll from our drop off point to where we were going to jump back on the return ferry. It was so peaceful and relaxing with any locals we came into contact with greeting us with a friendly hej! Unfortunately for us it was freezing and these little islands are open to the elements and 30 minutes was all we could really handle as we tried to find a cafe for a hot drink. Again as it was February and so quiet that the cafe near the ferry port was closed 😦 so instead we waited patiently for the ferry to take us back to the mainland. We didn’t have to wait long – the ferries are super regular all year round.

Sailing through the Southern Archipelago, Gothenburg
Sailing through the Southern Archipelago, Gothenburg

Back on board, sat next to a heater and with a cup of tea we started to thaw out. It was such a shame the weather wasn’t nicer as we would have liked to have explored Styrsö more and maybe even island hopped. Once back on the mainland we jumped on back on the tram where we had got off it earlier and headed back to the central station. We had a lovely trip out to the Southern Archipelago and it was nice to get out of the city and experience the peace and quiet the islands offer. Highly recommend visiting yourselves but maybe when the sun is shining and the shops and cafes are open so you can make a full day of it.

 

 

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6 comments on “Sweden: Sailing to the Southern Archipelago From Gothenburg

  1. At, that sounds amazing! I’ve been to Gothenburg myself (you can read about it here: http://traveluxblog.com/gothenburg/), but skipped the archipelago tour. Definitely a mistake as it appears. Seems like I have to come back for sure. Thanks for your detailed posts about Gothenburg 🙂

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  2. This one is very close to my heart. I am not a city person but Gbg is the one exception – it doesn’t feel like a city and is surrounded by beautiful scenery. I lived here for six months (possibly the six coolest months of my life) and this place is the reason I met my travel companion Nigel. We love Sweden and the Swedish so much and on a nice summer’s day there is no better place in the world.

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    • Hi Martha, I would love to hear about your time in Gothenburg and how it led to you meeting Nigel 🙂 It really surprised us. We weren’t expecting it to be as cosmopolitan as it is. I would love to return in summer and see how beautiful it is in the sun!

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