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Discover the Charm of Swedish Small-Island Life in the Far North

Sweden is an awe-inspiring destination that has a plethora of charming small islands scattered across its majestic coastline. In this article, we will take you on a journey to the enchanting far north, where you’ll get to experience the magic of small-island life and uncover some hidden gems along the way. Get ready to embrace the serenity, rejuvenate your senses, and indulge in unforgettable adventures as you explore these idyllic Scandinavian sanctuaries.

“Embrace the serenity, rejuvenate your senses, and indulge in unforgettable adventures as you uncover the hidden gems of Sweden’s enchanting small islands.”

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The High Coast Archipelago

The High Coast Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Gulf of Bothnia, is home to more than 6,000 stunningly beautiful islands. Some of our favorite islands include:


Ulvön island, located in the heart of the stunning archipelago, is a true gem for nature enthusiasts. Spanning over a vast area, Ulvön island is one of the largest islands in the region and offers an unforgettable experience with its breathtaking landscapes. The lush forests that blanket the island are teeming with diverse flora and fauna, making it a perfect destination for avid hikers and wildlife watchers alike.

In addition to the verdant forests and rocky cliffs that characterize the terrain of Ulvön island, visitors can explore picturesque fishing villages that are brimming with charm and tradition. These charming communities offer a glimpse into life on this remote island where locals have lived off the land and sea for centuries.

“Amidst Ulvön’s lush forests, rugged cliffs, and charming fishing villages, the whispers of the wind carry tales of tradition and an unyielding bond between nature and humankind.”

One of the most famous delicacies of Sweden – fermented herring or surströmming – can also be found here on Ulvön Island. While not for everyone due to its pungent smell, surströmming is considered by many to be an essential part of Swedish cuisine. For those who dare to try this classic dish, it’s an unforgettable culinary experience that reflects Ulvön’s unique cultural heritage.

Tips & Tricks: Consider visiting during August when Ulvön hosts its annual Surströmming Festival. You can also hike up to Lotsberget lookout point for panoramic views of the island.


Trysunda island is a remote and idyllic destination, perfect for those who crave tranquility and a deep connection with nature. Its unspoiled beaches beckon visitors to bask in the sun or take refreshing dips in the crystal-clear waters. The island’s lush forests and rugged terrain invite hikers to explore its many trails, which wind through breathtaking landscapes teeming with wildlife. Whether you’re seeking solitude or adventure, Trysunda island offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.

Tips & Tricks: Visit Trysunda Church – an ancient wooden church dating back to 1624 – and check out the nearby boat museum showcasing traditional wooden boats used by local fishermen.

Getting Around

The islands are a hidden gem, with stunning views and unique flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Not only can you access the islands by ferry from Härnösand or Örnsköldsvik harbors, but there are also guided tours available for those who want to learn more about the area’s history and wildlife. If you plan on visiting during peak season (June – August), it’s highly recommended that you book your tickets well in advance as they tend to sell out quickly due to their popularity among tourists and locals alike. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience these breathtaking islands for yourself!

“Discover the hidden gem of enchanting islands, where stunning views meet unparalleled flora and fauna; embark on a journey through history and wilderness, and let your soul be captivated by their timeless beauty.”

Ferry to Ulvön and Trysunda

Höga Kusten Båtarna departs from Ullånger, Docksta, or Mjällomslandet. You can board from any of these three harbors. The ferry begins its journey at Ullånger and makes stops at Docksta and Mjällomslandet before arriving at Ulvön Island. M/F Ulvön departs from Köpmanholmen. If you’re going to Trysunda Island, you will need to travel with M/F Ulvön, departing from Köpmanholmen.

“Discover the hidden gem of islands, where stunning views and unparalleled flora and fauna await your adventurous spirit. Embark on a journey through history and nature from Härnösand or Örnsköldsvik, and embrace the essence of these enchanting lands during their dazzling peak season.”

Tips & Tricks: To save money, consider purchasing a day or week pass instead of individual tickets, as these offer unlimited travel across various islands and ferry routes.


Staying in cabins or local guesthouses is a fantastic way to experience the true essence of small-island life. Many of these accommodations are owned by locals who will gladly share their knowledge and stories about the islands’ history and culture.

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Tips & Tricks: Make sure to book accommodation well in advance, especially during peak season. You can also bring your camping gear if you prefer to sleep under the stars at designated campsites on some islands.

Activities for Adventure Seekers

The far north of Sweden offers an array of exhilarating activities that cater to adventure lovers:

  1. Sea Kayaking: Exploring the islands by kayak is an unforgettable experience that allows you to get up close and personal with the region’s unique flora and fauna.
  2. Hiking: Unwind and reconnect with nature as you hike along scenic trails that weave through dense forests, dramatic cliffs, and tranquil beaches.
  3. Fishing: Cast a line in the pristine waters around the islands for your chance to catch delicious fresh fish like Baltic herring, perch, or pike.
  4. Birdwatching: The High Coast Archipelago attracts numerous species of migratory birds including sea eagles, ospreys, and puffins – perfect for bird enthusiasts!
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Embrace Local Culture

Dive into island life by participating in traditional activities like fishing using classic wooden boats or learning how to bake local delicacies such as kubbspel (a type of bread cooked on an open fire).

“Embrace the enchanting essence of Sweden’s far north, where unspoiled beauty, rich cultural traditions, and thrilling adventures intertwine to create memories that will forever captivate your heart.”

Tips & Tricks: Get involved in local events celebrating Swedish Midsummer’s Eve or other festivities throughout the year!

So there you have it – your guide to experiencing small-island life in Sweden’s far north! With its unspoiled natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and thrilling adventures, this destination is sure to captivate your heart and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Last Updated on June 9, 2023

Mr Nordic

Mr Nordic

I'm a passionate travel blogger captivated by Scandinavia's stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and Viking history. I explore offbeat destinations in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, providing authentic insights into Nordic life. When not adventuring, I share my experiences, photos, and love for Scandinavian cuisine. Join me as I uncover Scandinavia's hidden gems and magic!

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