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NATURE RESERVE

Finnhamn and Kålgårdsön

  • Coordinates
    59°28'42.1"N 18°49'7.9"E
    Land area
    Finnhamn 248 ha, Kålgårdsön 75 ha
    Conservationist
    Martina Högberg
  • Shop
  • Beach
  • Sauna
  • Båtluffarleden row-boats
  • Taxi boat jetty
  • Shower
  • Farm Shop
  • Guest Harbour
  • Barbecue Area
  • Information
  • Café
  • Natural harbour
  • Historic trail
  • Restaurant
  • Kayak / rowboat rental
  • Steamboat jetty
  • Holiday village
  • Pumpout station
  • Basic camp site
  • Lookout point
  • Hostel
  • Waste and toilet

Finnhamn is one of the most diverse and popular islands in the archipelago. It has pretty much everything you could want; a hostel, holiday village, campsite, guest harbour, steamboat jetty, sauna, swimming facilities, café and a restaurant with a roof bar, music evenings and “the most beautiful view in the archipelago”.

There are also paths winding their way across the lush island, which is covered by farmland and deciduous woodland, interspersed with beautiful rocky clearings. There are many different types of nature in a small area. There is an unusual amount of deciduous woodland on Finnhamn considering how far out into the archipelago it is, on the border of the barren outer archipelago. This gives the island a rich bird-life, among other things. On Idholmen, there is an organic farm, Idholmens Gård, that has cows, chickens, pigs in summer, vegetable patches and a farm shop open to visitors.

A prosperous coal merchant in Stockholm had the summer house built in 1914 high on a flat, rocky outcrop with an expansive view; it was named Utsikten (The View) and has become a symbol of Finnhamn. The house has served as Finnhamn’s hostel for many years.

East of Finnhamn lies Särsö. The island is part of the nature reserve and you can step ashore here to discover its rich cultivated landscape. Särsö meadows, with the stone wall that stretches around it, is a fantastic environment with a rich flora of meadow wildflowers thanks to grazing animals and haymaking. Flowers that bloom here include milkwort, spreading bellflower and birdsfoot-trefoil. Thanks to earlier residents of Husarö having cultivated the land and used it for grazing over hundreds of years, and to the current tenant farmer at Idholmens Gård having taken over, visitors can now enjoy the unique cultivated landscape of Särsö.

 

Kålgårdsön

 

The Island-Hopping Trail runs between Ingmarsö and Finnhamn. You can get between Kålgårdsön and Idholmen in one of our three rowing boats and onwards along adventurous footpaths.  If you have your own boat, you are welcome to use one of the popular sheltered natural harbours on the island.

Historically, Kålgårdsön was used as outlying fields for the farms on Ingmarsö. Kålgårdsön is an independent nature reserve and what was once arable land, used in the past by farmers on Ingmarsö, has been cleared and is now kept open by grazing animals from Idholmens Gård. The island has a large herd of deer, lots of other wildlife, as well as areas that have been left to grow wild and hilly terrain. Follow the signs around the Kålgård Path or the Island-Hopping Trail and go discover!

The nature reserve also includes the smaller islands Klippingen, Knokan and Bockholmen.