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Hönö A gem on the west coast

Hönö is a real West Coast gem – a perfect place to spend a day on. You’ll find cliffs, fishing boats, fishermen’s shacks, cosy places to eat, shops and beautiful landscapes. An island full of life all year round, with many really lovely beauty spots.

If you want a genuine archipelago experience then Hönö is the right place to head. It’s the largest of the islands in the Gothenburg archipelago and lies just north of the city.

How to get there

It takes one hour to get to Hönö with Västtrafik from Gothenburg's Central Station. Take the Röd Express bus, either 290 or 291, which will take you to Lilla Varholmen. From there the free ferry (taking 12 minutes) going Hönö Pinan's ferry landing leaves. Here you can choose to change to bus 291 going to Hönö Klåva or bus 290 to Öckerö. If you take bus 290 or 291 from Gothenburg's Central Station you can stay on it during the ferry crossing. 

During summer, from Tuesdays to Sundays between 18 June and 18 August, a direct ferry goes from Stenpiren in Gothenburg to Hönö Klåva. The ferry is run by Styrsöbolaget, with four departures a day, and you can buy tickets on board. This lovely boat trip through Gothenburg’s harbour entrance, past Nya Älvsborgs fortress and Vinga Lighthouse, takes an hour.

Explore Hönö Klåva and go out to sea

The area around the harbour on Hönö is called Klåva, and is the bub of the island, packed with shops, restaurants, pleasure boats and accommodation. It's full of life all year round. Have a dip in the sea by the lighthouse, fish for crabs from the jetty, or go on a fishing experience out at sea! There’s lots of crab, mackerel and lobster in the sea.

Would you like to try your luck at fishing in the rich waters out in the southernmost parts of the Bohuslän archipelago? No problem! You can fish with Marine Event in their state of the art catamarans, go out on Kastor Boat Trips charming old fishing boats or go to sea with Hönö Båtturer and fish with a professional on a GG 100 fishing boat.

Photographer: Jonas Ingman @ Bruksbild

If you want to take it easier you can look for harbour seals among the small islands and skerries, or visit Sweden’s most famous lighthouse, Vinga. Vinga island is the westernmost place in Gothenburg, and the lighthouse rises 29 metres above sea level. It’s been an important place for shipping in Gothenburg for a long time. Join a guided tour around the island, or go up the lighthouse and be guided around the museum there. Of course Vinga is also perfect for sunbathing, swimming and lovely walks.

Summer in the archipelago of Bohuslän

Photographer: Jonas Ingman

Are you curious about how fishing was done in the past, or interested in the history of fishing in this area? Then a visit to Fiskemuseet fishing museum is a must. You can learn all about the equipment that was used, how it developed, and get a fantastic view from the lookout tower, all the way to Vinga. 

Discover Hönö from the bike saddle

There are many lovely swimming and beauty spots not far from Hönö Klåva. The Ersdalen Nature Reserve is on the island’s north west side, and this area has an unusually varied landscape, with rocky and sandy beaches, shallow bays and fantastic climbing possibilities in the form of bouldering on the rocks.

Photographer: Copyright: Steampipe Production Studio AB/ Göteborg & Co

Would you like to explore wonderful Hönö with an expert who lives on the island? Then meet up with Sarah. She’ll take you on short or longer walks and show you all her favourite spots. PS She swims all year round so don’t forget your swimming gear! Read more about Sarah and all the other locals in Meet The Locals.

The best way to explore Hönö is by bike. Take your own bike if you are travelling by ferry, or hire one in the harbour when you get to Hönö Klåva. Paolo’s cykel has bikes for adults and children as well as bike carts, and you can hire them for a couple of hours or a longer period.

The islands in the northern part of Gothenburg’s archipelago are made for cycling. The scenery is lovely and its easy to get to other islands over bridges or on ferries. Stop to buy lunch or pause a while longer to enjoy home baked cakes. Carry on to Burö ferry landing and take the ferry to one of these islands: Källö Knippla, Hyppeln or Rörö.

Summer in the archipelago of Bohuslän

Photographer: Jonas Ingman

Whichever island you choose you’ll experience the real West Swedish archipelago atmosphere, with winding streets and quaint little fishing huts and houses, lovely stretches of coast and sandy beaches, rocks, jetties and diving towers here and there – perfect for a dip in the deep blue sea. The islands are great for walking, with lovely nature reserves and a rich flora.

For more tips on which islands you can visit alongside a trip to Hönö, have a look at island hop by bike in Gothenburg’s archipelago. 

Enjoy good food

At the end of the harbour in Hönö Klåva is Tullhuset, a lovely restaurant with the sea as its nearest neighbour. You can enjoy everything from a hearty fish soup and fresh seafood to more classic fish dishes. The restaurant’s high season is of course summer, with long cosy evenings on the deck, and now and again live music evenings, with talented musicians.

In Hönö Klåva you’ll also find the restaurant and shop Lilling Cottage. Seasonal food is served, which is both lovely to eat and to look at. Enjoy a lunch, Sunday brunch or a fantastic Friday pizza on the veranda, with a view of the harbour, or in the cosy furnished winter garden. The shop sells beautiful flowers and plants as well as interior decor.

If you want to stay the night

If you want to stay the night there are several options. Havskatten in Hönö Röds harbour is a hotel and hostel right by the sea, with spacious rooms and a communal kitchen. Relax in the sauna and outdoor jacuzzi there. Nearby you’ll find Hönö Stugor cottages, where you can stay in modern cottages with a mezzanine bedroom and large windows overlooking the deck and the sea. In Hönö Klåva you can stay the night at Hotell Trubaduren. 

Did you know… 

  • …the popular troubadour, author and composer Evert Taube grew up on Vinga? He was born in 1890 and is most famous for his many, much loved songs.

  • …there’s a special bread that comes from Hönö? The popular hönökaka is a favourite among many Swedes, and is named after the island. You can have a go at making your own hönökaka in an open wood fired oven at Havskatten. 

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