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NATURE RESERVE

Gålö

  • Coordinates
    59°5'17.9"N 18°15'43.4"E
    Land area
    1750 ha
    Ranger
    Robert Lundh
  • Shop
  • Bathing Site
  • Bus stop
  • Bicycle rental
  • Barbecue Area
  • Information
  • Café
  • Natural Harbour
  • Old Path
  • Parking
  • Archipelago Tavern
  • Rowboat and Kayak Rental
  • Launching Ramp
  • Cottages
  • Basic Camp Site
  • Educational Place
  • Lookout Point
  • Hostel

At the Gålö sea bathing facility, leisure activities are in focus. This is the largest tourist facility in Mälardalen (in terms of area), with fine beaches, hostel, camp-site, and around 100 caravan stands. The island can boast 30,000 guest nights, and a million visitors each year.

Just about everything you can ask for is here, no matter what your age. From an archipelago pub, bar and sauna to crazy golf, pony riding and our own little train. The sandy beach is the longest in the archipelago; the fine bathing rocks are easy to get to; and the seven rambling trails pass through the agricultural and cultural landscape of the archipelago, along beaches to the highest point of the mountain.

And Gålö has also an exciting history. Stegsholm Farm, which is still in use, has its roots in the medieval period. Destitute children from Stockholm were fostered at Gålö where they learned practical farming, while in a well-camouflaged bay the Swedish navy attempted to train seals to find torpedoes and mines during the war. There was also a base for motor torpedo boats here.