Landsort

Landsort is the furthest south you can travel by boat within the Stockholm region so it is no surprise that the journey from Stockholm Central can take 2 .5 hours. To be able to reach Landsort, you will need to take the commuter train to Nysnäshamn and then swap to the bus to Ankarudden to be able to reach the boat. On the bus journey, you will pass through and see the island of Torö that can be referred to as the “scenic” route.

Once on the boat, you will sail pass the island of Krokskär, a granite rock that plays host to summer homes. When you make it to Landsort, it really looks and feels like a west coast island when compared to any of the other Stockholm islands. With granite rock making up most of the island, there is one main path that stretches to the northern end that is roughly 5km and smaller paths branching off it to cater for the small 400 metre width of Landsort.

The ferry port will drop you off in the populated part featuring a café, restaurant, hostel, lighthouse and gunports that are all well within a short walk of each other. The communications tower has been cleverly converted to a hostel alongside military barracks that have also been renovated.

The lighthouse dates from 1669, which makes it the oldest in Sweden, although a rebuild in 1870 gives it its current appearance. It’s also here that you will see the island’s cannons still giving the impression that the Landsort shouldn’t be messed with.

If you grow tired of the southern part of the island then the main path towards the north might be for you. Along the way you will find a nature reserve mostly reserved for avid birdwatchers, a 3000 year old labyrinth (not the hedged variety but stones arranged in a spiral), a cemetery for plague victims and a rock statue of Albert Holm who was responsible for the road you are walking on amongst other things. There is also something called “The Giant Kettle” that is a circular rock formation said to be the largest in the Nordic countries although it is hard to reach by foot. For the adventurous among you, you will need to climb up towards the small fortress on top of the rocks and then down the other side, which is quite steep.

The northern part of Landsort was still being developed at the time of writing this but if you have walked all the distance here, you will be glad to know there is a shop here waiting for you.

Landsort is a well-recommended island to visit if you want things to see and do and it offers up a huge wedge of historical attractions. There is something for nature lovers with the Öja bird observatory and although there are places to take a dip here, the rocky terrain will put most sunbathers off.

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