Nature reserves

All of the land owned by the Archipelago Foundation is in nature reserves. This means that visitors must observe certain regulations and guidelines. A nature reserve is a valuable area that is protected by the Swedish Environmental Code (SFS 1998:808).

Special provisions for protection and management apply to nature reserves. The particular regulations that apply differ between different reserves, depending on such matters as the character of the area and the natural values that are to be protected. A management plan has been drawn up for each nature reserve describing how the area is to be managed to ensure that the purpose of the protection is achieved.

The right of public access (allemansrätten) in nature protected areas

Nature reserves, nationalparks and special protected areas for wildlife and plants have regulations restricting the right of public access. The regulations are designed to preserve the natural values within each reserve or protected areas.


  • Do not disturb trees, bushes or other plants; do not pick orchids or other protected plants.
  • Do not damage rocks, blocks or stones.
  • Do not approach bird nests or fledglings. Do not harm snakes, reptiles or amphibious animals. Do not enter areas of bird or seal protection during the forbidden period.
  • Always keep your dog on a leash.
  • Do not light fires, and take great care with stoves and barbecues. It is totally forbidden to place disposable barbecues in the refuse. Many of the combined toilet and refuse facilities provided by the Foundation have special round metal containers labelled “För engångsgrillar”. This is where these barbecues are to be placed.
  • Do not disturb other people with radios, CD players, musical instruments or similar.
  • Camp or moor a boat for a maximum of two days at a beach. You must have the permission of the ranger if you stay longer than this (special regulations apply at Grinda, Utö and Landsort). Many houses in the nature reserve are privately owned. Do not enter the grounds of houses, and do not approach houses or private jetties.
  • Respect agriculture. Do not trample down crops, and close all gates after you.