Familiar, well-publicised, fabled, sung-about. Even from far away, the red windmill in Gruvbyn tells you that you are on the right course. Utö – the island farthest out in the ocean – is probably one of the most complete islands of the archipelago, with a history that is ever-present on the Utö of today.
At the end of the mining era, Utö was converted to the first true bathing spa in the archipelago. Artists and writers came here in a steady flow and took over the abandoned homes of the miners. At the miner’s jetty, Evert Taube rubbed shoulders with Anders Zorn, Hasse Z and Crown Prince Gustaf.
Utö is one of the most highly visited archipelago destinations without a land connection (Sandhamn is another). It is estimated that between 200,000 and 350,000 visitors arrive here each year.
And it’s true that it can sometimes get a bit lively here in the summer, with everything that Utö has to offer. It is also true, however, that it is also possible to discover peaceful forests, bathing rocks and fine sandy beaches, great cycle trails and pleasant walking routes.
Remains from the intense mining years are everywhere, ready to be explored, such as the mining museum housed in the old pumphouse and the low buildings of Lurgatan where the mine smithies were located.