Vaxholm anon

During peak season, Vaxholm is probably one of the busiest places in the northern archipelago. This can be accounted for to an extent because of its location – just 10 miles from Stockholm, but also because it is a lovely town. It is a hub for all the archipelago ferries. …

Ghosting to Grinda

The weather kept following the same pattern today. Completely calm overnight and then a very gentle breeze coming up during the morning, but bright sunshine. Beautiful weather, but not so much for sailing. With just 4-6 knots of breeze and a course downwind, the iron topsail was the choice of …

Vexing Vaxholm

We set off promptly this morning. We wanted to get a berth in Vaxholm as we figured that would be the best place to watch the football, but Vaxholm is like Piccadilly Circus at this time of year. So, we left Ekholmen at 9am, arriving just an hour and a …

Engaging Ekholmen

Another short run today to continue our mission of exploring the northern part of the archipelago. We left Krokholmsviken just before 10am and headed back towards Vaxholm. We managed to sail some stretches but rarely were making anything more than 4 knots, so the engine was on and off all …

Gliding to Gällnö

Yesterday morning we had a look round the fort. As expected, it was a damp, depressing place, but fascinating historically and intriguing to see how they had tried to create a suitable living environment for up to 300 soldiers. They clearly failed as it was too damp to ever allow …

Arholma anon anon

With a more promising forecast (still from the north), we finally decided to leave Öregrund this morning. With a 40 mile passage to Arholma we left promptly at about 06.45. We had to motor for the first couple of hours down through the channel between the islands but the wind then …