Joe and I spent a little while this weekend scoping out two islands in Gothenburg’s southern archipelago, basically our favorite place ever. Soon after we arrived in Sweden, I posted here about our day on Brännö, where we’ve taken all our visitors since then to experience its whimsy and warmth. So, next stop? Vrångö. Just take ferry route 281 from Saltholmen to its end.
The island has only about 350 full-time residents and has a seafarer’s vibe, owing to the island’s important fishing sector. There are bustling docks with fish shops, where you can get fresh-caught fish, crayfish or shrimp. There is also a cozy café (where we had a ridiculously tasty pork and rice dish for lunch) and ice cream shop right by the port where you’ll arrive. Another highlight is the island’s large nature reserve area, with rocky cliffs, forest trails and sandy beaches.
On the way back, we also stopped off at Donsö, a much more populated island (about 1500 residents) with a direct bridge to its neighboring island Styrsö. We didn’t spend much time there, but we hope to return and check out Isbolaget, a restaurant in a renovated cold storage warehouse right by the water.
I’ll post a few photos below (that I took with my phone – apologies for the poor quality). Click on the tiles to enlarge into a slideshow and read the captions.
Then, check out my tour of Brännö at peak summer fun.