Spring was very mild when it finally arrived, so we headed to Fjäderholmarna a little earlier in the year than usual. We also had two sets of visitors and took them both there because this place is the perfect island hop experience. Although the boat journey from Stockholm is only 30 minutes, you feel like you’re much further away.
A few boat companies travel from Stockholm to Fjäderholmarna. Stromma is usually very busy with long queues and the boat itself is average. We prefer to travel with Fjäderholmslinjen on Stockholms Ström 2 — a beautiful boat built in 1894. It’s generally quieter because it jetties in Slussen, away from the hustle and bustle of Nybroviken (a base for many tours).
These are gädda (pronounced “yedda”) heads. They’re creepy but I’m also quite fascinated by them — I won’t get many chances to come face to face with a pike.
Tjärtvål means tar soap. Not surprisingly, it smells like tar; I quite like the smell but Scott and our friends were less keen. If you’re not familiar, tar soap has antiseptic properties and can be used to relieve itching, sores and rashes on sensitive skin.
Gulls and geese make nests on rocks overlooking the archipelago, and next to paths. It’s impossible to avoid them so you just have to keep your eyes peeled to avoid accidentally startling them.
It was our first time seeing these amazing orchids!
Stora Fjäderholmarna has a few nice handicraft shops selling art, ceramics, clothing and jewellery etc. We ended up buying a grey dimpled mug from Fjäderholmarnas Krukmakeri, made by the lady below.
Röda Villan is our favourite place for lunch. It’s a small restaurant tucked further into the island, away from the busier waterfront area. They have some great seating spots peppered around the rocks leading down to the water.