Nov 14, 2011

Vrångö

Woke up late due to the long day the day before.

Went to the tourist office and asked how to go to the archipelago. The archipelagos are on both sides of the mouth of the Göta älv on the Kattegat.

Learnt that the archipelagos are served quite often by boats. Indeed, there are some people living on the islands and the boats act like a tram or a bus. Therefore… it is the same price as other public transportations! SEK 21 only!

The boat is to catch at Salthomen. There is the tram #11 ending at Salthomen. It is a ~30-minute ride from the center of Göteborg.

Arrived at 1 pm at the ferry terminal. The light outside was already like a 4 or 5 pm light!

I decided to go to Vrångö instead of the other islands because:

  • Vrångö is the farthest. Meaning I would see all the others by the sea
  • It is also the wildest one, with the fewer people leaving there (only 400 inhabitants)

While going there, the boat stopped about 6 times, dropping and getting less than 10 people each time.

The Swedish flag (the Archipelago in the back)

On the islands, there are no cars. People have some small electric cars (such as golf cars), some kind of moped with a place to put things or wheelbarrows.

After an hour, the boat finally stopped at Vrångö. On the way, the boat came very close to the coast many times, allowing me to see the small houses on the rocks facing the sea.

Going to Vrångö (the Archipelago)

When I disembarked, there was a couple loading a bunch of stuff on a small moped. Quite funny.

I crossed the village to the other end of the island. There is a rock which is one of the highest spot of the island!

Vrångö

The North of the island is wooded while the South is mainly rocks. Headed North, starting by visiting the small harbour.

I then took a small path to a creek, then continued to the North. The path was leading to the cemetery. Cross a bit of the forest to go on the top of the rock that was surmounting the small creek I was before. Saw some deer.

Creek in Vrångö

Vrångö

Had to go backwards, from the cemetery to the main path before heading North again. Did not encountered a lot of people on the path. Headed to another creek on the West of the island before going back to the town.

The weather was becoming cloudy so I decided to go closer to the ferry pier, just in case… As I arrived in advance, I decided to walk a bit South. It was starting to be windy. I was on top of a rock when the boat arrived. Rushed down the rock and run along the shore to be sure to get that boat… and not the one 1:30 hour later!

A cove in Vrångö

On the way back, the boat stopped to a small island where people had to call at least half an hour before the boat leave in order to have it to stop at the pier!

Once back in Saltholmen, took the tram “home”.