One of the choices at Lilla Varholmen is to visit the island of Hönö. One of the most distinctive features of this island as you look across the water is the electric windmill. This will act as a beacon towards the ferry harbour if you ever happen to get lost.

Once on Hönö, you will be faced with a few options. If you have driven on to the island by car, then you will have no worries on getting around. If you have chosen public transport, then you will have the option of catching a bus to get around the island. This is a fairly good choice to see everything but it’s not so difficult to walk around Hönö although it does take time.

If you have chosen to walk, then walking straight ahead will bring you to the bridge to Öckerö and eventually to an area called “Röd”. This area of Hönö is a nature reserve and offers a couple of nature trails to take a look at. The nearest swimming spot to “Röd” is “Lappesand” which is a short walk south of “Röd”. Here you will find a beach with the usual offerings of decking and diving spots.

If you are looking for that little bit extra to do on Hönö,  then you will need to walk further south of Lappesand and head towards “Klåva”. This is where everything happens on Hönö and you will not be short of things to see and do here. Klåva has a great swimming spot called “Hästen” which has a long sandy beach and excellent places to take a swim. If you have forgotten your swimming gear then help is at hand from the many shops that frequent the harbour area. The shops here range from everything from cafés and restaurants to clothes shops to book shops.

You may have seen “Hönö” bread being sold in high street supermarkets all over Sweden and yes! Hönö bread does come from this island. If you visit one of the cafés here, you will be able to try fresh Hönö bread actually on Hönö which is a good recommendation.

On a clear day, you will also be able to see the island of Vinga from Hönö. In fact, one restaurant has the prime place to see Vinga which is also highly recommended.

So apart from all of the aforementioned hot spots, has Hönö got anything else? In short, yes. Hönö has a fishing museum which has catalogued all fishing equipment used in past decades as well as documenting all types of fishing vessels. There is also a home building museum which features tools used by early settlers.

Another huge attraction of Hönö is the water tower on the street of the aptly named “Utsiktsvägen” (The view street). The water tower doubles up as a great view of all of the northern archipelago if you have a head for heights. From the top of the tower, you will be able to have a full 360 degree view of every island including the bridge to Fotö and the church on Öckerö.

If you can tear yourself away from “Klåva” and manage to leave, you might want to go south east and head towards the area of “Bustaden”. This area has a fairly good nature trail leading to a fantastic swimming spot called “Jungfruviken”. This is the best spot for taking a dip because the beach area is huge and the seabed is silky smooth. Although there is another swimming spot further south, “Jungfruviken” is the place that is the recommended place to go.

Also, “Bustaden” has the “Labyrinth” which is one of the most mysterious objects in the whole Northern archipelago.

To sum up, Hönö is the island to visit in the northern archipelago. There is no other island that offers as much to do both in the way of shops and beaches. Combine that altogether with the lookout water tower, the museums and the sheer beauty of the island homes, Hönö is impossible to ignore.

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