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Stockholm Archipelago

Stockholm Archipelago

Characteristics

Description


Stockholm Archipelago ... over 30,000 islets and islands / rocks to enjoy. Unspoilt and clean - a paradise for cruising boats who enjoy natural surroundings. Unhurried and friendly.

Sailor remarks


Initial impression when looking at charts of the Archipelago tend to frighten the first time visitor - the sheer complexity of islands. It is a veritable maze. But once visited - you start to realise that the islands are mostly surrounded by deep channels and navigable by most yachts. Entry into the islands for a yacht as mine - 8m LOA and 1m draft is literally at any point I wish from seaward. I have sorted out basically 3 variations .... southern, mid and northern entry points. If interesting navigation is your wish - which is my hobby ! then there are plenty of narrow channels to squeeze through ...
The facilities on thne islands tend to be basic, as much to cover the prohibition of on-board toilets etc. Rubbish is strictly controlled and all plastic must be kept and disposed of in special designated locations. All other rubbish can be deposited in bins provided.
Many of the islands have protection orders on for fauna and wildlife - this is excellent news as it means protection of the environment and little chance of development or change.
Myself as a visitor - appreciate the efforts of Swedish Authorities to maintain this area and I for one will re-visit many times. My next trip over will be via Alands Islands ... as I intend to sail north to Estonian Island of Hiiuma, then to Mariehamn in Alands and then to Arholma into the Archipelago again. This is in June 2008 ... and then in August 2008, I shall be back in there again via Gotland similar to previous August 2007 (the trip report this article is based on).
SBC Online - the club I am a co-founder of, has an active Baltic section as well as members from various areas incl. USA .... and meetings occur in Baltic giving extra interest to the proceedings ... This year - 2008 - it is expected that distant members from UK will join in the Baltic fun.
So I hope that over the coming 2008 season to be able to post more about the Baltic ...
  • Nice trip report in the archipelago here
26/07/2011
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Visby

Port protected by a breakwater.
29 Jul 11

Nynashamn

Port.
29 Jul 11

Vastervik

Port protected by a breakwater.
29 Jul 11

Gålö

Good spot to stay over night or a  few Days. On shore a toilet free to use. Free for all to use.
14 Mar 15

Stockholm

Largeharbor .
30 Jul 11

Gustavsberg

Small port.
30 Jul 11

Sandhamn

Approach To get to Sandhamn you sail from the beacon-illuminated route north of Sandön. Shallow-draught boats can even take the KSSS marked route between Telegrafholmen and Lökholmen.Speed Limits From the route north of Sandön to the south of Lökholmen, there is a speed ...
27 Apr 14

Grisslehamn

Small port.
30 Jul 11

Gdynia

Large harbour well protected by  breakwaters. It has three netrances. The main one is 150m wide and and can accomodate ships with a  draught of 13m.
26 Jun 14

Westerplatte

Acess to the inner port of Gdansk (Nowy port)
29 Jun 14

Gdansk (inner port)

The inner port offers facilities to handle containerised cargo and passenger ferries.
25 Jun 14

Marina Gdansk

Nice modern marina  on Motlawa River in the historical centre of the hanseatic city of Gdansk. The harbour is 290 m long  near the Maritime Museum of Gdansk. Harbour’s capacity 80 berths. Possibly of ordering a full range of repair works and harbour services. 24h ...
25 Jun 14
Local Area

Baltic sea

The Baltic Sea is located in Northern Europe. It is bounded by the Scandinavian Peninsula, the mainland of Europe, and the Danish islands.
The Baltic sea is about 1600 km  long, an average of 193 km wide, and an average of 55 m  deep. The maximum depth ...
25 Jul 11

NE Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean is the second-largest of the world's oceanic divisions; with a total area of about 106.4 million square kilometres (41.1 million square miles), it covers approximately one-fifth of the Earth's surface.
The Atlantic Ocean has irregular coasts indented by numerous ...
31 Jul 11

Gulf of Riga

 The maximum depth of the Gulf of Riga is 67 m. The island of Saaremaa (Estonia) partially separates it from the rest of the Baltic Sea. The main exit out of the gulf is the Irbe Strait. Ruhnu island, in the middle of the gulf, also belongs to Estonia. Notable cities in this ...
26 Jul 11

Øresund

Øresund en Danish or Öresund in swedish is the sound situated between Denmark and Sweden. More precisely between the Seeland island and Scania. Oresund is the link between Baltic sea in the south and Kattegat sound in North sea direction.It is 8km long and between 3 and 4 km large. ...
29 Sep 10

Rügen

Rügen is the largest island of Germany with over twelve “Bodden” (lagoon-like waters) connected up to each other by small bays. West winds dominate and high seas have to be expected.
26 Jun 14

Gulf of Bothnia

The Gulf of Bothnia (Finnish: Pohjanlahti; Swedish: Bottniska viken, i.e. Bottenviken + Bottenhavet) is the northernmost arm of the Baltic Sea.
1 Oct 10
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