A date with nature at Utö Island
Stockholm has many beautiful islands around it, and one of them is Utö. For those who love nature and outdoor activities must explore this part of Sweden. Settled in the east of Stockholm archipelago, Utö is easily reachable by a ferry from Stockholm, which takes around three hours. Travelling to Utö is a lovely experience, as you get to see many stunning islands, islets, inlets and skerries on the way.
As soon as you touch the brinks of Utö, you will see an age-old windmill, from where you get a chance to see the bay Mysingen. All the surrounding islands are also inviting. So, don’t be surprised if you feel like a carefree bird here!
Things to do and see in Utö
- Go on a fishing day trip
It would be a wonderful idea to try your hand at fishing at Utö Värdshus. They arrange fishing tours that leave from Årsta Pier for a full day of fishing. The tour package comprises fishing gear and a water-resistant jumpsuit. You can also look forward to picnic lunch or maybe coffee and sandwiches.
- Explore the island on a cycle
You can take a cycle on rent, and explore the entire vicinity of Utö on your own. The harbour at Cykelboden provides both children’s bikes and cargo. They also give maps of the island, so that you can navigate easily and have the best time possible.
- Enjoy the outdoor sports
To extract the most out of Utö, you can play some outdoor sports, such as golf, tennis and Boule. The miniature golf course is situated directly opposite Seglarbaren, while the tennis court is located just next to Seglarbaren and is open throughout summer.
- Get close to the waters
How about some kayaking and swimming at Utö Island? When you are at an island, you can’t stay away from water for very long. So, get your swim suits and take a dip.
- Go for a geological hike
Utö is known to be a gold mine. Don’t miss the chance to discover different kinds of rocks and minerals. You will spot lines of quartz entrenched in the rock, Giant’s kettles, huge flat-rock areas and holmquistites, which are seen seldom and found only on Utö and Madagascar.
- Visit the Utö Church
You can also steal some time to visit an eighteenth century church, which is the biggest stone church in the whole of the archipelago. It looks beautiful perched on The Church Bay. There are direct ferries available from Årsta Pier, or you can also walk from the inn.
- The Mining Museum
There is scope to blend nature with art at the mining museum, which is situated right beside the inn. It showcases Utö’s mining history and the complete mineral collection. Also, at the Community Museum, you can have a look at the lifestyle of fishermen and farmers of Utö.
- Hang out at the Boathook (Båtshaket)
Take a bike ride to the south of Utö to chill out at restaurant Båtshaket. Enjoy a good drink along with the smoked shrimp. Not to mention, the sunset view is amazing from the restaurant.
Utö is one of the most nature-filled and fun experiences of Stockholm.
Image credits: Henrik Trygg / mediabank.visitstockholm.com