Sandböte is actually two islands, Stora and Lilla Sandböte. They were bought in 1930 by Anna Lindhagen, a famous figure in the peace movement and the women’s suffrage movement, and a pioneer behind the development of gardening allotments in Stockholm. Stora Sandböte became an important meeting place for people active in important political questions of the age.
The islands were declared as being of natural heritage value and when Anna Lindhagen died they passed to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Forty years later, in order to better preserve the culture historical value of the islands, the society donated the islands to the Archipelago Foundation.
On Stora Sandböte a burned down fisherman’s cottage from the 18th century has been rebuilt following original drawings and old methods. It is now a museum, while a boat-builder museum, complete with tools and templates, has been opened next to the harbour as an example of the small boatyards that were common in the archipelago in past times.
There are popular natural anchorages on Lilla Sandböte and swimming in the strait between Stora and Lilla Sandböte is a delight.