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  • Photographer: Hans Kongbäck

Welcome to Kållandsö

Kållandsö offers a variety of different experiences. You can get here by car, bus or boat. Visit Läckö Castle with its opera performances, exhibitions and Naturum Visitor Centre, the fishing village of Spiken with its local delicacies on sale...

THE PEARL OF LAKE VÄNERN WITH A LOCAL FISHING VILLAGE, LÄCKÖ CASTLE, HIKING TRAILS AND WATER-BASED ADVENTURES

Just outside Lidköping is Kållandsö. This island, the second largest in Lake Vänern, is a true gem with a real variety of visitor attractions. The best known of these is perhaps Läckö Castle, standing proudly on its rocky peninsula for over 700 years. First as the castle of the Skara bishops, and later transformed into the grand baroque castle we see today by Magnus Gabriel De la Gardie. You will also find Naturum Visitor Centre just opposite the castle, delving into the beautiful landscape of the surrounding Ekens Skärgård (archipelago). 

Just a stone’s throw from the castle is the fishing village of Spiken, one of Europe’s largest freshwater harbours and also one of the most important in Sweden for freshwater fishing. A true idyll with red boathouses filled with both fish and local handicrafts. For a few hectic weeks between October and November, the major focus here is the red gold of Lake Vänern – when the vendace roe is harvested, processed and sold on the spot.

There is much more to discover on Kållandsö in addition to these well-known sites. Local nature offers great variety, and on land you can explore the island on foot or on two wheels, as there are a number of excellent hiking and cycle trails. If you prefer being out on the water, there are kayak tours and kayak hire. You may even be lucky enough to spot an osprey or a sea eagle, which are present in large numbers here in the archipelago. And if you get hungry while out and about, fortunately Kållandsö boasts a veritable cluster of well-reputed and cosy restaurants where you can satisfy your appetite.