"Gotska Sandön" Gotska Sandön by sim1

Gotska Sandön Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 25 photos

August 24th 2009: We just returned from a magical long weekend to Gotska Sandön. This little island, which is the most isolated spot in the Baltic Sea, is a National Park and a haven for those who love peace and quiet, nature, long sandy beaches and of course sunshine!

The boat trip from the mainland in Sweden takes about 3 to 4 hours, but then you arrive on the most wonderful island! There is no harbour however, so the boat lands directly on the beach, weather permitting. With bad weather you might be stuck on the island for some additional days, or not be able to travel here in the first place. And you have not alternatives, the only way on and off the island is by this one boat. But when you are one of the lucky ones to stay on the island, it will take your breath away. The beaches look like you are on a tropical island, with powdery white sand and blue skies above. But believe it or not, this is really part of Sweden!

As it is a National Park the amount of people allowed on the island is very limited, only 164 at a time. And with the size of the island (8 kilometres long and 5 kilometres wide) it is almost like you have it all to yourself. The island is covered with a gentle forest of pine, and the ground is covered with a lilac coloured sea of flowering heather. The trails through the forest are of sand, like everything on the island is sand, sand and even more sand. I guess that is why the island is called Sandön, which literally translated means Sandy Island (sand = Sand and ön = island).

After our long walk through the forest it was great getting back to the shore, where the blue sea greeted us with gentle waves and empty beaches, just begging to be explored with a long walk on the beach and some lazy relaxing and sunbathing on one of the sand dunes. No people to see, only some drift wood and this delicate feather in the sand (see photo). For me the island was an absolute paradise, and I'll certainly will try to return here again some day.

If you want more info about the park you can take a look at the parks website : Gotska Sandön National Park

I love the national Parks in Sweden and it is a dream of Åke and me to have visited all of them at some day. It won't be easy as not all of them are so easy to reach, but we want to give it a try anyway :-)
Here is a list of all National Parks in Sweden. The links are clickable so you can surf to
all my National Park pages.

Blå Jungfrun
Dalby Söderskog
Gotska Sandön
Haparanda Skärgård
Norra Kvill
Stora Sjöfallet
Store Mosse

  • Last visit to Gotska Sandön: Aug 2009
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  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Aug 28, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Yes, more photos, even w/o words.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    More more more, I love this little island through your photos :-)))) Hahaha, and I know exactly where we will send you across that magic border in many years from now :-)


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