Surrounded by a miscellany of islands, rocks and breakers, far out in the outer archipelago with an unimpeded view to the horizon, we find Biskopsö.
Conveniently collected in a shallow bay there are a boathouse, jetty, huts and homes, surrounded by deciduous trees and tall spruces. The beach meadows are held in check by around 50 half-tame fallow deer that are descendants of the animals that were introduced for hunting purposes in the 1920s.
Biskopsö was once owned by bank directors Carl Frisk and Marcus Wallenberg. The group of islands later came into the possession of a foundation for Scania employees, and is now managed by the Archipelago Foundation, whose ranger lives in one of the traditional red houses. The complete island is now a nature reserve and the management mainly concerns conservation, natural anchorages and the fallow deer.
Another person who was delighted with Biskopsö after laying to at one of the beaches was author August Strindberg. After his visit he wrote: “When you land on the island, you are surprised to find here at the ocean’s edge a small piece of paradise anchored.”