BOHUSLÄN ARCHIPELAGO

Hiking and boating across one of the most beautiful

sea-side regions of Scandinavia

> Two weeks in Sweden's Bohuslän archipelago during Autumn <

Here is a little qiuzz for island nerds: Which country in the world has the most islands? You might think it is Indonesia (18.300), Arctic Canada (36.500), the Philippines (7.500) or the Bahamas (3.200). But all of the big Scandinavian countries have more. Norway has an amazing 240.000 islands, islets and cays, Sweden has 60.000, and Finland can count 40.000. The cluster of islands off the coast of Norway, Finland, and Sweden forms the largest archipelagos in the world, with more rocks, skerries, islets and habitable chunks than any other region. The Stockholm archipelago alone is the start of a chain of 28.945 of them, stretching 60km towards the open waters of the Baltic Sea.

Enough with the statistics, let's get down to business: Along Sweden's 7000 km-long coast-line, without a doubt, the Bohuslän coast and archipelago is one of Sweden's most alluring regions. Stretching for only 160km from Gothenburg to the Norwegian border, the coast is dotted with small, charming fishing communities, natural harbors, and hiking trails both on shore and off the coast on the 8000-or-so Bohuslän islands. What is so special about this region is its remoteness and the unusual coloring of the rock found everywhere. Known as Bohus granite, the rock ranges in color from earthy brown to dusky grey, though the rock bears a distinctly pink hue. At sunset, the combination of the golden yellow of the sky, the aquamarine of the sea, and the pink of the granite is a Bohuslän and West Sweden classic. Bohuslän is also known for its succulent seafood. Mussels, oysters, lobsters, langoustines, crabs and prawns all thrive in the deep, cold and exceptionally clear waters off the Bohuslän coast. The colds waters cause the crustaceans to grow more slowly, which produces an exceptional taste.

We have spent a few weeks hiking across the entire Bohuslän coast from Gotenburg in south to Strömstad in north along Marstand, Åstol, Klädesholmen, Tjörn, Orust, Käringön, Gullholmen, Fiskebäckskil, Lysekil, Smögen, Väderöarna, Fjällbacka, Tanumshede, and Kosteröarna. The summer months from June to August are always the best time to visit with long, sunny days and white nights, but our trip took place in March and April where the weather is not always playing along. This however was not too bad for nature and outdoor-gear enthusiasts.

 

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© Anders M. Pedersen & Jakob M. Pedersen

All photos have been taken by Anders & Jakob.