We are lucky enough to live in southern Sweden. Blekinge, our part of Sweden, has an archipelago made up of 1650 islands, skerries, and islets. With the great transport system of archipelago boats, and county buses (we moved from the UK where buses were a little hit and miss!!), exploring the archipelago is very easy. We started exploring our archipelago a little last spring and summer, but this year, with a little more research, we are going to go on a journey of discovery. We will explore the archipelago looking at the background, how to get there, what to see and do, where to eat, and where to stay for each place we visit. We would like to take you with us on this adventure via the blog, and you never know you may well find yourself booking a trip to discover this small part of the world 🙂 Enjoy the adventure with us….fourteenth up is the island of Östra Bokö.
Our Adventure To Östra Bokö
This was our first island hopping adventure that took us away from the Eastern part of the archipelago, over to the west of Blekinge, and the archipelago off the coast from the town of Karlshamn. So we would be using a new boat, but not entirely sure where to find it! We decided we would catch the ferry from Matvik, a little less distance to drive, and our destination was the first stop on this route, and only 5 minutes across the water.
We took the first sailing of the day and I was so pleased we did, as it soon became obvious once we alighted on the island, that this was a popular place to while away a lazy, sunny, Swedish, summer day. The island is quite small and also uninhabited, but very popular to visit in private boats or kayaks. Whether just for the day or a for a spot of camping. A fully flushing toilet block, a rare occurrence out in Swedish nature (they are what we would call “drop boxes” usually), complete with a supply of drinking water, makes this an even easier place to spend a day on with young children.
Although we did have a little wander around the island and a little nosy, we spent a good six hours playing in nature. The shallow, beautifully clear waters around the one side of the island make this an ideal place for children to play. There is a wide open grassy area beside it so you can easily make a base for the day. Our three loved exploring the small island just the other side of the shallows too, clambering up a huge rock having waded through the water to get there. There is sand to play with as well, and mine built sandcastles, roads, went searching for fish, chased a ball in the water, and generally had a very easy going day. They were given hours to fill themselves in this place with my general parenting tactic of free play in nature. I believe these kind of days are the best for them and I hope they will remember them when they are older!
Throughout the day many private boats of all shapes and sizes, came and went, slowly drifting in to beach themselves on a sand strip, and then families unloaded for a day of relaxing in sun. It was so fun to watch and the children liked seeing all the different boats.
The day was drawing to a close, and we started packing up, only to glance up and see our boat home sail past the island a whole 10 minutes early! We raced to the jetty and arrived 7 minutes ahead of the boat’s scheduled stop time, only to see it sail on past and return to its harbour on the other side of the water! That was the last boat home, and we’d missed it….through no fault of our own. However, for some islands (like this one) boats only stop if they see you clearly waiting on the jetty. We were not, but he was very early. So I located a phone number off the timetable and rang the boat. At first he tried the tactic of telling me it was our fault as we were not there. I pointed out that we could see him from our place on the beach and he was very early, and we had got to the jetty with 7 minutes to spare. He then said he had one more trip to do, and although our island was not on it, he would come by and fetch us…we had no choice but to wait for him. When he did pick us up and we boarded, he graciously said that although we’d paid for our return fare, he wouldn’t charge us anymore for this route around the islands that was an hour and a half, rather than the five minutes home!! I would think not! So, a little more tired, and rather later than planned we finally got back to our car. My advice is if you are using this route, get to your pick up point VERY VERY early!!
How To Get To Östra Bokö
What To Do And See On Östra Bokö
Being on this island is all about relaxing in nature, or using it as an exploring pit stop in your own private transport, whether this is a boat or a kayak. Take your time and enjoy having nowhere to be with nothing to do.
Where To Eat On Östra Bokö
This is a bring it and do it yourself affair, but there is a fire pit with a beautiful view. Cook up some tasty outdoor food and relax beside a campfire and watch the sun go down 🙂 Unusually, we were unable to do this for this trip, as we are under a fire ban…..we have had literally 1 or 2 days rain since April, and there are currently forest fires raging all over Sweden 🙁
Where To Stay On Östra Bokö
This is again a do it yourself affair, so bring a tent for wild camping. But it is made a little easier with the toilet and water provisions.
This is a definite must to place on the list of islands to visit, to experience a day of relaxing with no distractions….no shops, no roads, just you, nature, and a barbecue if that’s what you fancy. Watch the world go by, see the boats and families come and go, and let the children have free play in nature to their hearts’ content 🙂