Experience Swedish Island Life in the Happy Little Harbor of Hönö

Spend a weekend away in West Sweden amidst the Gothenburg archipelago

Sharing a little taste of Sweden’s island life out in Göteborgs skärgård. This is Gothenburg’s archipelago. A string of islands sitting in cool clear waters off the west coast of Sweden. Direct ferries take you right from the city out for the day or better yet – overnight stays.

What awaits you on Swedish island time? Days slowing down. Summer dips in the crisp, but not freezing sea. Tasty dishes plucked fresh from local waters or having a go at pulling up your own dinner. Cycles to natural spaces for long strolls across rocks dotted with wildflowers as terns flitter and chirp overhead. It’s dreamy out here. You should give it a try. Come to Hönö, she said. Or any of the other little plops of land in the Gothenburg archipelago. Of the near twenty island choices in this part of Sweden, this is the one we visited.

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Where to go crabbing in West Sweden

Take a seafood safari through Gothenburg’s gorgeous archipelago of islands
Head out to sea with Kastor Boat Trips in the Hönö Harbor

If you know this Oregon Girl, you know that I love sampling fresh local seafood while I’m out traveling. Especially when it’s sustainably caught not far from the shores we’re visiting. So when planning our trip back to Scandinavia this summer, I carved out a few days to try some in West Sweden. This region is famous for seafood caught in the cool, clear waters of the Baltic Sea.

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Spend a Weekend Away in the West Sweden Archipelago on Tiny Åstol Island

Explore the beautiful Bohuslän region north of Gothenburg
Come to Sweden, she said.

With over 200,000 islands in between her borders, Scandinavian sister Sweden boasts the most islands offshore of any country around the world. Exploring archipelagos is an essential part of the experience here in Sweden if you ask me. Even the Swedish capital Stockholm straddles a series of islands that are best experienced by boat. But if you want to see Sweden off the beaten path, beeline to Bohuslän. This is Western Sweden. And it is beautiful. Continue reading “Spend a Weekend Away in the West Sweden Archipelago on Tiny Åstol Island”

Malmö, Sweden | A Sustainable Modern Scandinavian City

Slide Across the Øresund Bridge for a day out in Southern Sweden
Meet Sweden’s little sister Malmö

Modern and historic sit side by side in Sweden’s third largest city. Located at the southern end of the country in beautiful Skåne, sustainable city planning has turned this town around. Come to Malmö, she said. You heard me correctly. Today, we’re going to Sweden. Directly across the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, it is the easiest spot to get a Scandinavian double card punch when visiting the region. Turns out, it’s super easy to see it sustainably and the city has lots of green tourism options to keep your travel full of positive impact for you and the environment. Win. And win. And nobody will feel like they had to sacrifice to enjoy all that southern Sweden has to offer. It’s all about choices. And Malmö has many! Continue reading “Malmö, Sweden | A Sustainable Modern Scandinavian City”

Celebrate Sweden’s Obsession with Cinnamon Buns

Sweden has a Special Day for Their Favorite Sweet

October 4th is National Cinnamon Bun Day | Kanelbullens dag

It might seem silly to celebrate a cinnamon roll. But the Swedes take their sticky sweets very seriously. This is due in part to the cultural entrenchment of fika in Sweden. Fika is that oh-so Swedish ritual of taking a daily pause with colleagues and friends that often includes coffee and a sweet. Most popularly enjoyed when taking fika with friends? Coffee of course. And a sticky sweet knotted and spiced cinnamon roll. Known as kanelbullar in Swedish.

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