During TBEX Stockholm 2016, Visit Stockholm took us on a phenomenal trip to Landsort, a remote lightouse on the island of Öja. Join me on my journey to the Southernmost Island in Stockholm’s archipelago.
Travelling from Stockholm to Landsort
From Stockholm, we travelled south by bus, towards Nynäshamn for approximately an hour, and then took the ferry from Ankarudden Brygge to Landsort Brygge (approx 30 mins).
These ferries run all year, at least 5 times a day. There is even an ice breaker so that it can run in the winter time.
If you want to break up the journey, you could stay overnight in Nynäshamn.
Landsort in a Day or More?
Landsort is easily doable as a day trip from Stockholm, but it is a beautiful place, and I would recommend a stay overnight in the 7 floor pilot tower! Also, go to the top of the tower to get amazing views. Do book in advance, as there are not many places to stay on the island.
Views from the Landsort Pilot Tower
The Pilot Tower may stick out like a sore thumb compared to other beautiful properties on Öja, that is agreed! But the conversion into a hotel has been done stylishly and tastefully, whilst the height of tower provides the best views of the open sea on the island.
Life on the Island – Landsort, Öja
Today, there are around 27 people living on the island of Öja (in the 1800’s, there were around 200). Half of these people own a house elsewhere in Sweden, and maybe stay on the island for approximately 10 months of the year. The average age is around 70 years old, and the main industry is tourism.
Temperatures on the island can be as low as zero in the winter time, and being an island, the residents do need to prepare themselves for big storms!
The people who live on Öja are so house proud. We stumbled on numerous houses with beautiful gardens and white picket fences. Many homes here are postcard worthy!
The whole island itself is owned by the Swedish government, and residents pay rent for the land. There are 94 houses in total on the island, and some of these are also government owned. I loved finding the post boxes for all the houses on the island!
Also, look out for the many tiny statues and sculptures dotted around the island.
Lunch at Svedtiljas pa Landsort
After exploring the Chapel and beautiful houses of the Island, we were invited by Åke Svedtilja to eat at his wonderful restaurant Svedtiljas pa Landsort. Do bear in mind that there are only two places you can eat on the island, but it’s quality over quantity, folks! Just look at my fabulous bouillabaisse…
It was washed down with a Landsort lager – just the job to get me the energy to go lighthouse climbing in the afternoon!
The highlight of any visit to this island is, of course, the famous lighthouse. The lighthouse was built so that ships and would not crash into the rocks of the islands, and aircrafts would be able to avoid Stockholm.
Landsort is the oldest lighthouse in Sweden, and dates back to the 17th Century. The white part of the lighthouse has been present since 1690, and the red part was added in the middle-end of the 19th Century.
If you would like more information on the island, you can follow the Facebook page Svedtiljas på Landsort.
You might also like to read about the Vasa Museum Stockholm and Why you should stop off for a day in Malmo.
*Many thanks to my Sponsors Svedtiljas på Landsort and Visit Stockholm during this trip. The sponsored and affiliate links used in this blog allow me to keep getting this information to you for free.