Friday, May 23, 2014

First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda

Cinderella boat through Stockholm's archipelago  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Last week when sunny summer began flirting with scattered-showers-spring, we hopped on a boat heading out from Stockholm into the archipelago to explore one of the approximately 30,000 islands (sounds like a huge number, but they also count all the rocky outcroppings and skerries and whatnot as "islands"). Rather than head into the city center to grab a dayboat from the pier most convenient to tourists, we went to the port in Nacka, the second stop for departing boats and closer to us in the south near Hammaby Sjöstad. Not only would it be a calmer departure, but it's only 20 minutes away from us by bus as opposed to 40.

Map of Stockholm to Grinda  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
We're not in full-summer-swing yet, so the options for a weekday trip were a bit limited. Of the options available, I didn't want to head to Vaxholm, an island connected by bridge to Stockholm's city limits and mostly considered a further suburb (you can see it above near the blue number 274), as well as the most obvious place to go. Instead we chose Grinda (the red marker)—a calmer, more isolated and uninhabited island for our outing.

When the Cinderella boat arrived we hopped on and I couldn't help but be surprised at how nice it was (and thank goodness because the tickets were a little pricey). Lots of people were sitting at quaint tables in front of expansive windows tucking into their seafood lunches or reading or working. We headed outside to the back deck to sit in pools of sunlight and soak in all the charming towns as they whizzed by.

Swedish flag in Stockholm's archipelago  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Vaxholm  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Stockholm's archipelago  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
An hour after leaving Nacka, we arrived at the teensy "port" of Grinda. The boat left and we just looked around blankly—they weren't kidding about the whole island being a nature preserve. There was absolutely nothing at the boat landing site. So, we turned inward with our picnic lunch and headed up a path into the forest.

We came out of the woods into a clearing directly in front of a very happy family of cows lolling about in clover. They were quite massive, which you can't tell from the picture below, but suffice to say that while one part of me really wanted to nuzzle their noses, the other was quite glad they seemed uninterested in us.

Once cow-watching became a bit monotonous (somewhere around 2 minutes in), we turned left past their paddock and walked 10 minutes to a landing area for recreational boats. We decided to unpack our lunch there on the lilting deck and nod our hellos to locals as they arrived and set off while we had a chicken salad. 

Grazing cows on Grinda  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
Grinda  |  First Swedish archipelago visit: a daytrip to Grinda on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.blogspot.com
After lunch we decided not to risk missing a boat back since there didn't seem to be anywhere to spend the night except under a tree, so we walked back over to where we arrived and laid our picnic blanket on a grassy bluff for a nap. I fell into a deep sleep and luckily R's phone rang a few minutes before the return boat very quietly docked. We jumped up and ran down the plank for our trip home.

The day trip itself was perfect—we didn't leave too early and didn't come back too late, and since there's not really much to do or see on Grinda, a 2.5 hour stopover for lunch and a nap was perfect. The beauty of Grinda is its tranquility, so if you're looking for a quiet spot to rest and just be, Grinda's your gal. If you're into window-shopping, cafè-sitting, and poking around historical places, Vaxholm (the 4th picture in), might be a better option.

P.S. Our two months of time off is ending this weekend and we're headed back to the real world very soon—R begins a new job and I start school next week!

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4 comments :

  1. how long is the ferry ride there?
    I 'collect' islands... Grinda would be perfect!
    cow watching- hehehehe

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    1. Just an hour! Definitely add her to your collection :).

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