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Öregrund in Roslagen
Öregrund in Roslagen is a well preserved wooden city in Uppsala county.
Photo credit: Anne Sofie Eriksson

Roslagen – a taste of the good life in the coastal countryside

Roslagen is a quaint oasis nestling on Sweden’s east coast. Immerse yourself in its pristine nature while exploring the historic villages and sites in its peaceful midst.

Visiting Roslagen – the coastal countryside within easy reach of both Stockholm and Uppsala – feels nothing short of taking a step back in time, when the pace of life was a lot slower. This idyllic archipelago, which encompasses charming towns like Vaxholm, Norrtälje and Öregrund is the antidote to hectic urbanity. You’ll get plenty of space for yourself, yet there’s a lot do across culture, outdoor activities, culinary experiences and even shopping for artisanal handicrafts.

Roslagen and its many individual villages, islands and fishing communities cover varied terrain – from cliffs and sandy beaches to forest and meadows bursting with wild flowers.

Here’s a taste of what Roslagen has to offer.

Explore the historic maritime town of Öregrund

The culture-rich harbour town of Öregrund, located in the northernmost part of Roslagen, dates back to the 15th century. Today, it’s sought after for its well-preserved wooden houses and unique village charm. Wander the picturesque streets of the centuries-old centre, stopping for a coffee in one of the many cosy cafés or popping into the small independent craft shops such as Hantverket. Here you’ll find everything from pottery to textile art, created by a talented community of artisans.

As for must-see landmarks, the mid 19th-century town hall and the church of Öregrund are highlights. The church itself is built in stone, but the distinctive 18th-century bell tower is a wooden structure painted red, 18 metres high.

Walkers will find plenty of stroll-friendly environments – from Öregrund harbour to the trails snaking through the vast recreational area Tallparken. You’ll also find sandy beaches and tennis courts within this beautiful expanse. Tallparken is also known for its cliffs – find your favourite spot and stop for a picnic while taking in the sweeping views.

Make sure to catch the sun as it sets in the ocean – Öregrund is the only town on Sweden’s east coast allowing you to experience this natural wonder. The elevated position of the elegant late 19th-century community building ‘Societetshuset’ – which can be booked for events – makes it perfect for admiring the ocean sunset.

Set off on a soft adventure in the archipelago

Immerse yourself in genuine archipelago life by spending the day on the island of Rävsten (reachable by boat via Äspskärs jetty in Gräsö). The terrain is varied with rounded rocks, fir tree woods and vast stretches of natural beach, studded with secluded spots ideal for a peaceful swim.

Look out for the many rare species of flora and fauna such as ‘rödklint’ (brown knapweed) and ‘blodnäva’ (bloody cranesbill) that thrive in this haven of biodiversity. Small-scale farming has been a central way of life for hundreds of years on Rävsten – and still is to some degree, though the land is mainly used for grazing today – which explains the many open fields and meadows bursting with wild blooms. Tourism is another important, yet equally small-scale, industry during the summer months. Nature lovers keen to explore the island over a few days can rent quaint cabins via Rävstens Stugby, for instance.

Soak up the coastal beauty of Roslagen by cruising along the water in a kayak – and keep an eye out for eagles and grey seals. A range of kayaks can be rented at Gräsö Kanotcentral, located on Rävsten. The company also organises fishing trips.

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Holzhäuser in Öregrund

Alte Holzhäuser in Öregrund, Roslagen.

Photo: Ulrika Ahlinder

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Holzhäuser in Öregrund

Photo: Ulrika Ahlinder

Rävsten stugby in Roslagen

Photo: Gisela Norén

Tallparken in Öregrund

Photo: Gisela Norén

The belfry in Öregrund

Photo: Gisela Norén

Öregrund marina

Photo: Gisela Norén

Sunset at Öregrund

Photo: Gisela Norén

Roslagen’s varied menu of fish and seafood

Thanks to its seaside location and strong fishing culture, Roslagen is a natural draw for seafood lovers. One of the top restaurants in Öregrund is Bojabäs by top chef Melker Andersson. Housed in a fishing hut by the water, you’ll be dining in a relaxed atmosphere, feasting on freshly caught fish. Be sure to try the traditional French fish stew Bouillabaisse, after which the restaurant is named.

Also consider the Öregrund takeaway eatery Strandnära, which serves up various types of smoked fish, shellfish and other sorts of seafood to enjoy outdoors. If you prefer to eat in, opt for Standnära Bistro & Bar next door.

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Restaurant Bojabäs in Öregrund

The Restaurant Bojabäs in Öregrund located in the northern part of Roslagen.

Photo: Anne Sofie Eriksson

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Restaurant Bojabäs in Öregrund

Photo: Anne Sofie Eriksson

Bistro Standnära in Öregrund

Photo: Anne Sofie Eriksson