There are millions of islands in lakes and oceans and even rivers around the world. Each offers its own unique features, people, sites, traditions, cultures and of course, attractions. In honor of these amazing islands, Island Trader Vacations invites you to explore islands around the world with us in our Divine Islands Series. Explore some of the lesser known, smallest, most amazing, most historic and most beautiful islands around the world with us.
We begin our divine island search with a trip to the islands of Sweden.
Sweden is a Scandinavian nation located in Northern Europe and is bordered by Norway, Finland, Denmark and of course, plenty of water. Surrounding the mainland are many islands which are also part of Sweden. These islands are generally grouped into archipelagos including the Stockholm archipelago, the Ostgota archipelago, the Southeast Coast archipelago and the West Coast archipelago. Within these groups are tens of thousands of islands including Grinda, Sandön and Gotland, three must see destinations for travel.
Grinda Island – Located within the Stockholm archipelago, Grinda is a popular island destination and is only 2 hours from Stockholm. A small island, visitors often walk the entire island in just a few hours. Today, Grinda welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Historic sites, amazing food, hostels, hotels and quaint shops make visiting this island convenient and enjoyable. Quiet and peaceful, nature abounds and presents many opportunities to enjoy it including hiking, biking, swimming, fishing, canoeing or just relaxing in general.
Sandön Island– Great for the day, Sandön island offers visitors the opportunity to experience the maritime history of Sweden. Popular for yachters, Sandön is home to an idyllic village named Sanhamn which is home to inns, hotels, a yacht club as well as plenty of options for eating and drinking. While the permanent population of the island is small, the number of visitors numbers in the tens of thousands each summer.
Gotland Island – By far one of the largest and most popular islands, Gotland is located in the Baltic Sea it is over 1,200 square miles and offers visitors the opportunity to experience the unique culture, history and beauty of Sweden. Nicknamed the Pearl of the Baltic, its climate is pleasant and the island offers plenty of resorts and destinations to choose from. Made up of several islands in addition to the main island, visits to this island may easily encompass an entire Swedish vacation experience. From national parks to UNESCO sites, cities, towns and much more, Gotland is certainly one destination you must see.
From uninhabited gems to bustling escapes, visit Sweden’s Islands and find out what you have been missing.
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