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Koster – a marine national park
Kosterhavet is one of Sweden’s 29 national parks. Inaugurated in 2009, it is the first marine nature park in Sweden. It is part of the Skagerrak sea and consists of the sea and shores around the Koster Islands. It contains coral reefs and a unique flora and fauna, making the park a great snorkelling site.
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Sweden's Archipelagos

From the far north in Swedish Lapland, wrapping around the coastline of the deep south, before stretching up the west coast, there are thousands of islands where you can get a taste of island life.

Archipelagos in northern Sweden

The Stockholm archipelago and the West Sweden /Gothenburg archipelago are probably the most well known Swedish archipelagos. But northern Sweden has archipelagos too. Off the northern Swedish cities of Luleå and Piteå lie groups of islands in the Gulf of Bothnia, known for their natural beauty and unique cultural heritage.

The Archipelago of Östergötland

There is also The Archipelago of Östergötland off the east coast of Sweden, which is actually three archipelagos: Gryt, and Tjust, St. Anna and Arkösund. Beautiful, verdant isles hug the east coast, while the outlying islands tend to be barren, rocky affairs. All are naturally gorgeous of course, with beaches, bathing spots, some with natural or guest harbours and a lively food scene. Accommodation options include hotels, guesthouses, youth hostels, campsites and camping with your own tent.

South east coast archipelago

Sweden’s south east coast archipelago is 10,000 islands strong, stretching out from coastal towns Västervik, Oskarshamn, Mönsterås and Kalmar. The biggest island here is Öland, a favourite among Swedish holidaymakers for its sun, sea and fantastic white beaches/shallow coastal waters. Öland is also famous for its windmills, Borgholm Castle and ancient sites. The most southerly archipelago in Sweden is the Blekinge archipelago. This archipelago is made up of 1,53580 islands, islets and skerries – from Hasslö in the west to Utlängan in the east.

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Winter on the west coast

Sweden is largely surrounded by ocean and has vast archipelagos on both the east and west coasts. Skärhamn, on the West Coast, is a yachting centre and home to the Nordic Watercolour Museum (Akvarellmuseet).

Photo: Per Pixel Peterson/

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Winter on the west coast

Photo: Per Pixel Peterson/

L'archipel du grand Nord

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Clam farming

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Stockholm Archipelago

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