Obstinate archipelago farmers have kept to their farms on Hjälmö-Lådna, despite attractive offers from people wishing to exploit the island, with the result that the islands today are a unique and unspoiled part of the intermediate archipelago.
Västergården on Hjälmö is open to visitors and is one of the largest farms in the archipelago. Its appearance and that of the surroundings are very similar to what they were 100 years ago.
Lådna is also a living island, with around 30 permanent residents, store and marine servicestation. It is served by year-round scheduled boat services. Traditions are kept alive here, with beautiful areas for just wandering, old roads and Hereford cattle chewing the cud.
Oppgården on Lådna is from the 19th century and still in use as a small-scale archipelago farm. Vegetables are cultivated in the greenhouse for sale in the farm shop. Conservation, forestry and agriculture keep the landscape open.