Points of Interest
From North to South
Saint Anna & Gryt are wild archipelagoes with almost all uninhabited islands. The area also has a rich history of people living their whole lives out here. It’s completely up to you what you choose to explore – visit cultural points of interest, do all wilderness, or more likely, a blend of both!
Saint Anna Archipelago
Saint Anna is a very wide and finely chiselled archipelago, stretching for twenty kilometres from west to east. Some of the highlights are Aspöja island, the long band of outer islets and skerries of Missjö and the famous lookout Kupa Klint.
Alnholm nature reserve
View fascinating primary rock formations and a giant kettle hole from the last ice age. Abundant birdlife – Eiders, Mute swans, Black-headed gulls and Herring gulls.
On the northern tip of the large island Aspöja you’ll find one of the most interesting geological spots in the archipelagoes. View folding processes that took place 2 billion years ago, when magma protruded through the hardened bedrock. Winding bands of dark rocks meander between white and reddish layers of marble in a beauitful relief pattern. There is a also a giant kettle hole, that was formed at the end of the last ice age by whirlpools of melting ice water. The whole area and surrounding islands show distinctive ice age features with smoothened rock surfaces and glacial striations.
There are lots of birds around here, for example Eiders, Mute swans, Black-headed gulls and Herring gulls. Old trees offer shelter and a plentitude of insects live in the dead wood, which provides an important food source.
Visit Forsmans where Helen and family breed sheep, smoke lamb & salmon, and run a small cafe. Wander the island and take in the history of people living here for centuries.
Land your kayak in the sheltered bay on the east side of the island and walk the little gravel road towards the village. Visit Forsmans where Helen breeds sheep and operates a salmon and lamb smoke-house. There is a small cafe where you can enjoy a lighter meal, baked goods, or purchase smoked products.
Interesting flora and beautiful views from this birch islet bordering on the outer archipelago. Historic remains from a fishing camp.
Typical “birch islet”, a narrow band of wild islands between the middle and outer archipelago, where short wind-pined birch trees grow. There is a beautiful creek to land your kayak to the northeast. It’s a hilly little island with long rifts filled with grasses where the birch trees are rooted. Here you can find bogs with Cloudberries, Crowberries and Hare’s-tail Cottongrass. You may spot Arctic skuas and plenty of other birds.
There are a couple of old house foundations wi