The luxuriant cultural landscape has been held open for hundreds of years and is still managed using traditional methods. Following the narrow, windy roads from the jetty and grocery store at Norrhamnen across the island will take you past fields and well-grazed meadows that contrast strongly with the forest and rocky beaches.
Many visitors come to Arholma for the traditional Swedish midsummer celebrations. The maypole raised here is one of the finest in the archipelago – and has been so since the beginning of the 19th century. And if it’s not midsummer, you can still take a look at one of the most famous landmarks in Roslagen: Arholma båk, a daymark built in 1768 at the strategically important passage to Åland and Russia.
As shipping activities gradually became less profitable, Arholma experienced a revival as a summer paradise, and many buildings were converted to popular holiday lodgings for visitors from the mainland. The Bull-August farm is one example, painted with traditional Swedish red paint, located along the old village street that dates from the 17th century.
What was previously a top secret defence facility, Batteri Arholma, is today an experiential museum and visitors’ centre. The island church, once a mission church on the Stockholm island of Kungsholmen, was moved to Arholma by the residents in the 1920s.