Nämdö

With no less than 6 ferry ports to its name, Nämdö will sound like a really large island when you look at the ferry timetable. From the east (Nämdö Böte) to the west (Bunkvik), Nämdö is approximately 6km so it’s not so large that it can’t be seen in a day. If a 6km walk is not in your vocabulary, then don’t worry because I will tell you about the hotspots.

Let’s imagine that you do want to do the 6km walk and start from Nämdö Böte. Mostly made up of dense forest, the eastern part of the island is a walk through nature featuring a signpost to the west along the way and if you continue on the path, you’ll find a small beach and harbour area. It’s a spot for a potential dip and is very secluded from the rest of the island.

If you followed the signpost to Östanvik, you are on your way to the western part of Nämdö and if you follow this path, you’ll spot some tourist attractions on the way.  The first of these is the large farmyard you’ll encounter. You will be able to buy some food and refreshments here and it is usually open during the summer. The 2nd ferry port of Östanvik is also around the corner from the farmyard so this stop is ideal if you like chickens!

Back on the main path, there is a short cut to Långvik that eventually leads to a sauna and camping area. The fact that it says “short” cut should be taken lightly as the walk can take quite a while before you reach it plus there are obstacles to negotiate too. To be able to reach the sauna, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for trees with red dots on them. They can be easy to miss and before you know it, you could wind up in the middle of a forest, looking around and wondering, “Now, where did those red spots go?”

If you are a non-camper or clever, then you would have ignored that sign and carried on down the path towards Västanvik. It’s here that you will walk through Old Östanvik, a village that was burnt down by the Russians in 1719 (along with most of the rest of the island).  It’s here that you will find Kyrknäset, a ruin of a circular chapel destroyed in 1798. Although there isn’t much left of the building or the graveyard, the site still remains as a reminder of what was.

Back on the main trail again, you’ll now be heading through Västanvik, which has one of the best spots to take a dip. With golden sand and calm waters, you’ll be tempted to go into water especially if it is a hot day.

If taking a dip doesn’t float your boat, then continue on the main path and head towards the ferry ports of Solvik and Sand. Solvik is where the main part of Nämdö is and here you will find a convenience store and restaurant. Solvik also plays home to the main village and it’s here that you will find a church. The ferry port of Sand is not well built up but it is within walking distance of Solvik.

If you want to see the remaining part of Nämdö then head towards Bunkvik, the last ferry stop on the island. If you turn off to your right before you get to Bunkvik, you’ll be heading towards Västerby, the oldest settlement on the island. Although there are some great houses on the way and a small harbour at the end of the path, I wouldn’t recommend this journey because the houses do not look radically different from anything else on the island and the harbour area is not as inviting as Västanvik. If you carry on to Bunkvik, then you find the last ferry port and forest areas.

All in all, Nämdö is a recommended island to visit because of its combination of history, spots to swim and amenities. If you don’t fancy the long walk mentioned at the start of this review, take the ferry to Solvik instead because you’ll be in the heart of Nämdö if you do!

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