Route Suggestion Sweden – Sail along the Gothenburg Archipelago

Sailing in the Gothenburg Archipelago on the Swedish West Coast

Start a trip from the sailing capital of Sweden, and sail to rocky islands and pretty harbors in the Gothenburg archipelago.

  1. Gothenburg (Göteborg) – Culture & dining
  2. Vinga – The Evert Taube Museum
  3. Marstrand – Carlsten’s Fortress
  4. Tjorn – Walking & Cycling
  5. Mollosund or Gullholmen – Fishing villages
  6. Rönnäng – A sheltered harbor
  7. Astol – Astols Rokeri


Gothenburg is a vibrant city from which to begin your trip. It is the second largest city in Sweden, and has a cosmopolitan yet relaxed atmosphere. There are a wealth of interesting museums to visit, such as the Gothenburg City Museum, the Natural History Museum, and the Maritime Museum. The Gothenburg Art Museum is particularly worth a visit, and has a focus on Nordic art. It also houses important works by Rembrandt, van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants in Gothenburg, and the city was named Sweden’s food capital in 2012. From Gothenburg we suggest sailing to the small island of Vinga. There is an old lighthouse on the island that was built in 1890, and the Evert Taube Museum. Sail north to the port town of Marstrand, and see the impressive Carlsten’s fortress, a fortress built in the 17th century under the reign of King Carl X Gustav of Sweden. Marstrand is also the host venue for Match Cup Sweden, part of the World Match Racing Tour. Tjorn is another popular stop for sailors. It is Sweden’s sixth largest island, with an area of 168 km² and 15,000 inhabitants. From here there are cycle and walking paths that lead to the Sundsby Säteri Park. Mollosund is a quaint fishing village that has some sandy beaches suitable for swimming. For those who wish to travel further, Gullholmen is the oldest fishing village in Sweden and a unique and scenic island. Ronnang is a sheltered harbor to stop by whilst sailing back towards Gothenburg. Before returning, visit the rocky island of Astol - a center for eel, mackerel, herring, rainbow trout and shrimp fishing. There is the famous ‘Åstols Rökeri’ smokehouse that has a bar, restaurant and fish shop attached.

Sailing Conditions

The Swedish West coast has a temperate climate that is influenced by the Gulf Stream. The sailing season is from June to September, and summer temperatures are usually between 15 and 22°C. The winds are light, but unpredictable between the islands. Shallows occur around the rocky islands, and less experienced crews may want to hire a skipper to help navigate the archipelago.


  • Goteborg Langedrag Marina
  • Franckes Marina, Marstrand
  • Björholmens Marina, Tjorn
  • Gullholmen Yacht Harbour


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