Luleå’s archipelago is the only one in the world surrounded by brackish water (the Atlantic Ocean off the Norwegian port of Narvik contains ten times more salt than this part of the Gulf of Bothnia). Made up of over 1700 islands and skerries, most of which are uninhabited and unexploited, it’s well worth a visit. The islands are renowned for rich bird-life and a profusion of wild berries: lingonberries, blueberries and raspberries are very common, with Arctic raspberries, cloudberries, wild strawberries and sea buckthorn also found in large numbers.
The islands mentioned below are among the most popular destinations in the archipelago; they’re also the most accessible, being served by once-daily passenger boats from Luleå. With a few notable exceptions, the islands are relatively small – no more than a couple of square kilometres in size – and are therefore ideal for short walks. Few are inhabited year-round and there are therefore barely any facilities – you should take all provisions with you and shouldn’t count on being able to buy anything once you leave the boat. Although it’s perfectly feasible to take a tent and camp on the islands, other accommodation is severely limited (we have listed where cabins exist) and most visitors to the islands are day-trippers.