Vrångö - Archipelago idyll
It’s hard to imagine that there’s a city so close to the idyllic island os Vrångö – but Gothenburg isn’t far away at all.
How to get there
Styrsö and Vrångö are a short tram ride and boat trip from central Gothenburg. Hop on the Ö-snabben 114 bus or spårvagn 11 in Brunnsparken and travel to Saltholmen. Change here to ferry 282 to Styrsö or ferry 281 to Styrsö/Vrångö. The whole journey takes 48 or 57 minutes respectively and you can get there all year round.
Vrångö is the southernmost of the all year round inhabited islands in the archipelago. It’s known for its lovely scenery and excellent swimming possibilities. You’ll find a mixture of flat sandy beaches and the smooth rocks more typical of the region. Some rare and unusual plant varieties grow here, and the smaller islands and skerries make fine breeding grounds for seabirds.
Vrångö’s former harbour pilot lookout is definitely worth a visit.In the past the pilots looked out for ships to help manoeuvre into Gothenburg. Today this place offers a panoramic view that includes Vinga Lighthouse, the Öckerö islands, and the mainland.
Photographer: Emil Fagander / Göteborg & Co
On Vrångö’s west side you’ll find Kajkanten, where you can have a comfortable stay in modern boat houses, with a shower, toilet and kitchenette for self catering. If you want to maximise your island experience hop on board Kajkanten’s floating sauna or hire kayaks to explore the archipelago at sea level.
Where the ferry lands on Vrångö you’ll be met by the charming Skärgårdens café, with a restaurant, cafe and ice cream kiosk. And best of all – the sea right below.
- Fiskeboa on Vrångö – buy a bag of fresh prawns to enjoy on the rocks or sit in the glass veranda and eat in peace and quiet with a view of the harbour. Fresher or more local fish and shellfish would be hard to find.
- Visiting Vrångö all year round – the island is magical in summer, but every bit as fantastic to visit in spring, autumn and winter. The changed landscapes offer a stillness and tranqillity that would be hard to find anywhere else. Several of the restaurants serve traditional Christmas buffets, and if you’ve never tried a winter dip before, now’s your chance!
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