The Archipelago

The Saint Anna & Gryt Archipelagoes comprise more than six thousand islands and you are free to paddle and camp wherever you like. You are the explorer in this maze of islands and the path you choose will be one never traveled before.

The Privilege to Roam Free

Wild camping in Sweden is regulated through the "right to public access". It's a unique concept that gives anyone access to forests, lakes and shores, regardless of who owns the actual land. The privilige to camp and move so freely in the outdoors goes hand in hand with the obligation to respect and protect the wild. We give you lots of information on the rules and practises in regards to rubbish disposal, bird sanctuaries, open fires, protected plant and animal species etc. Saint Anna is incredibly clean and untouched – we will keep it that way!

Points of Interest

Saint Anna & Gryt have a rich history of fishermen, farmers and miners living their whole lives on the islands. The area has the unmistakable feel of an idyllic landscape from the past – it's truly a journey through time to visit old navigation marks, the fishing village or Häradsskär lighthouse.


Harstena Village

Harstena is a must on your journey! This old fishing village is as picturesque as they come - soak in the history by strolling around the island.

There is a great restaurant right on the water that serves typical archipelago cuisine and cold Swedish Lagers. Visit the old school/museum and seal processing factory, buy delicious cinnamon swirls at the bakery or smoked fish from the local fisherman.

Establishments on Harstena are open Midsummer to late August.

Kupa klint

Missjö Archipelago
Kupa Klint Lookout

Missjö archipelago is located in the outskirts of Saint Anna. It's a long band of hundreds of little skerries - the most finely-chiselled archipelago that exists in Sweden.

Inside the outer band of islands is the large island Missjö and its parallell islands. It's superb for camping with little nooks and crannies everywhere and plenty of protection from windy. weather. There is a small pub located on Missjö. The place has very flexible hours and is run by local boat taxi man Mats.

Kupa Klint is the most well known navigation mark in Saint Anna. Climb to this great lookout point for an unforgettable view of the islands and skerries of the Missjö archipelago.


Håskö Wood-fired Sauna
Smoked Fish

Håskö is one of the region's last untouched archipelago homesteads. Locals still live off fishing, livestock and forestry. For a very small fee you can use the wood-fired sauna located right on the sea. They also have a wood-fired outdoor jacuzzi for hire, a little on the pricey side but definitely worth it if there are a few of you.

The guys at Håskö have a small scale fishing operation and are renowned for their deboned fresh perch and cured salmon. Håskö is open all season - don't miss out on buying local fish in the kiosk.


Häradsskär Lighthouse

Häradsskär is located in the outer archipelago and is famous for its lighthouse. The only sounds you can hear out here are bird calls and the rhythmic crashing of the sea against the smooth rocks. You are as far out as you're going to get and it's beautiful!

Häradsskär was inhabited since the 1650s. People on the island lived off fishing as well as piloting other ships through the difficult waters. There has been some form of navigation mark on Häradsskär since the 1600s. The present lighthouse was built in 1863 and is the second oldest iron lighthouse in Sweden.

Islands in sunset

Fångö Mine
Gubbön Lookout

Fångö is one of the largest islands in the area and was during the 1800s a prominent site for mining copper. The copper mines at Fångö were active for around 50 years (1820–1876). The ore was shipped or dragged across the ice to the mainland where the copper works were located. At its peak in the mid 1800s, 200 persons lived on Fångö. There are many remains from the copper mining era on the island, for example deep mining shafts, house foundations and massive piles of waste rock.

Opposite the Fångö copper mine is Gubbön lookout. With its 25 metres above sea level the island is a great viewing spot.



Aspöja is another idyllic village with cultral significance to Saint Anna. Hardly any of the houses here have been sold to summer guests and the large island is beautiful for a hike. On the northern tip of Aspöja, in the Alnholm nature reserve, you can observe unusual geological formations. The islands south of Aspoja are absolutely beautiful for camping.

When to Go

Our season runs from late May through late September. Saint Anna boasts a high number of sunny days - often a band of grey clouds veil the mainland as you're enjoying sunny blue skies. It does get windy, overcast and rainy at times - that's when superior equipment really makes a difference for your experience.

Late May – mid June

When our seasons starts, early summer is in its pride - it's incredibly green with lots of flowers. The archipelago is full of proud bird moms swimming around with their little chicks. Days are really long and it barely gets dark at all. You can celebrate Swedish Midsummer at the summer solstice, either on your own or go to the traditional celebration at Harstena village.

Pros: Very green and lush, lots of bird wildlife, crazy long hours of daylight.

Cons: Water usually does not get warm until mid June, can be windy, most establishments in the area closed until Midsummer.

Late June – mid August

The prime summer months in Sweden and your best bet for sunny and warm days. By now the water is a little warmer – you may get some glorious days sunbathing on a flat skerry in the outer archipelago. Although still solitary while camping & kayaking, there may be bustling activity of sailers, boaters and kayakers at the different hubs of the area.

Pros: Beautiful sunny weather, swimmable water, long hours of sunlight, all establishments in the area open.

Cons: Conditions may get very windy, mosquitos, fishing not great in warm water.

Late August – mid September

By late August you will probably be blessed with calmer weather but you won't see as many flowers and birds. September is regarded by many as the best month to go sea kayaking in Sweden. It's starting to get a bit cooler but late summer weather is usually very stable. There is a good chance of mirror-calm water for several days. Late summer sunsets last for hours and are absolutely amazing!

Pros: Fantastic calm days, long colourful sunsets, good fishing.

Cons: Most establishments close end of August, chillier water even though it usually stays swimmable at least a week into September.

Late September

Leaves change to beautiful bright colours as autumn arrives to the archipelago. The air is crisp and the sun is low, creating a lovely golden light. The stillness is palpable - no one around but locals carrying on their daily lives on the islands. Bring your long johns and a warm beanie, and preferably have some kayaking and camping experience.

Pros: Beautiful, crisp autumn weather, incredible solitude.

Cons: Water starting to get cold, if unlucky, can be wet and windy.