Discover the Breath Taking Islands of Göteborg, Sweden

On the March Birmingham Vegan's pizza night, a friend of ours, Von, was telling us about her upcoming trip to Gothenburg, Sweden. She suggested we join her and her partner on their trip. She told us flights were £9.99 each way with Ryanair. We didn't need any more convincing than that. We went home and booked the flights immediately. One of the best ways to travel is by picking your destination by how cheap it is. The last time we got flights like this was to Ireland in December. Since there are so many places that we want to see, it's best if we just go where the deals take us. Ryanair is quite good for having £9.99 flights.

 Check out our guide if you are planning a trip to Gothenburg!

We looked on Expedia for hotels and were able to get a hotel for £249.46 for 4 nights. We booked at the Spar Hotel Majorna. It had really good reviews and is a 3 star hotel with 91% of people recommending it.

We stayed at our friend's house the night before our flight to make things easier in the morning. We had to drive to Stansted airport for our flight to Gothenburg.

Our flight was over in a jiffy and before we knew it we were in Sweden. After being questioned by border security to make sure we weren't moving to Sweden to take advantage of their welfare state, we were let into the country.



We had to show proof of our hotel booking, our return flights, show how much cash we brought in, show a credit card in case we ran out of cash and we had to explain why Spain didn't give us an entry stamp on one of our visits where we entered Barcelona by cruise ship. Apparently Spain doesn't have as tight of security as Sweden. He didn't seem to believe us that we weren't given an entry stamp. The border guard was also skeptical of the amount of money we brought. He warned us that we should have almost double the cash we brought and that Sweden is a very expensive country.


After all the questioning Von's friend picked us all up from the airport and gave us a ride to our hotel which was very nice of her. Us wanderlust vegans got a hotel in the neighbourhood Majorna and our friends rented an apartment in a different part of town.

Also See: For our city guide to Gothenburg, Sweden




We took a stop at the system bolaget which is the government owned liquor store in Sweden to pick up some Organic Vegan Wine which we had heard a lot about.

We checked into our hotel which was pretty nice. It was a 3 star hotel, one of the cheapest hotels that we found in Gothenburg, and it was better than we had expected.
The bed was extremely comfortable, making it hard to get up in the morning.
Organic Vegan Wine. Sometimes wine has fish guts, eggs or milk in it. Wine please, hold the fish guts.
Our view of the back of the hotel was nothing special but we didn't get the street noise from the trams.

Nice spiral staircases in the hotel. Classes it up a bit.

We went exploring our neighbourhood...

We spotted a vegetarian/vegan store, called Ecomelo, almost right next to our hotel so we went to check it out. They were just closing the store but they let us buy some snacks before they closed. They also have a cafe with vegan food during the day. Check it out next time you're in Gothenburg.

We headed back to the hotel after exploring.

Hotel's lounge
After a quick look on happy cow and the Gothenburg tourist guide we decided to go to a vegan bar called Blackbird Vegankök & Bar. It had a lot of vegan food/beer/etc. and was playing Black Sabbath.
We walked because we weren't sure how the tram worked yet.


The menu was in Swedish, obviously, so we had to ask for a bit of an explanation. Everyone in Sweden speaks English. We ended up deciding to get 3 of the appetisers.
We got deep fried chili cheese, cheese and crackers platter and a salad roll with marinated seitan aka wheat meat. Excellent stuff.


We walked home and saw this little restaurant in the park. Apparently we picked the right neighbourhood for vegan food options when we choose Majorna.
We didn't end up checking out this place during the day though. So we have no idea what we missed out on.

We saw these ads everywhere.
Swedish Horses
Back at the hotel we enjoyed a glass of our organic vegan wine from a box. :)


The next day we bought some 3 day travel passes from the Västtrafik outlet then took the tram to a midway point to meet our friends before heading to the ferry boats to go island hopping.

Another one of these travel ads.

We met our friends and took the tram to the ferry.


The weather was really nice. We're not used to this after living in England for a year.


Amazingly the ferries were included in our 3 day travel passes which only cost us 170 SEK.
This is one place that actually looks exactly like the travel brochure.

It was just such a beautiful day.

The ferry

The ferry leaving us!!
We arrived at our first island Asperö. We asked for a little bit of advice from one of the locals on the best way to island hop. We headed over to the other side of the island which was a pretty short walk.
The walk to the other side of the island was nice and it was fun seeing all of the houses.  You could tell that they get a lot of snow during the winter since all of the roofs were steep.
There was a Swedish kitty roaming around the island.
Swedish Kitty!!

Picturesque is an apt description of these islands.






Östra means eastern.

We hopped on the next ferry to Bratten on the island Styrsö.
Swedish Flag
On to the next Island.

There were people riding around on these cool motorbikes with a flat bed on the front to transport stuff. One guy even has a couch on there.





Styrsö was nice. Next we took the bridge to another island called Donsö. The weather was amazing. The skies were clear but it was still a bit cold. It was maybe 8 or 9 degrees celsius.

The views were just breathe taking. If it was like this year round we would move here immediately.



Sweden likes to Välkommen you everywhere you go.




There were people riding bikes all over the place. It would have been cool if they had bike rentals on the islands.

For lunch we went to a pizza place that we able to make us some vegan pizzas. The crust didn't have any animal products in it and we got veggie pizzas with no cheese. They didn't have any vegan cheese but that's okay, they were still really tasty. They were the thin crust Neapolitan style pizzas.


Pizza Pizza Pizza
It was delicious. We were too lazy to get forks and knives though, so we ate with our hands.

The last island we went to was Vrångo.




Vrångo is another beautiful island and it has a nature reserve with a trail to walk on so we went for a hike around the nature reserve.

There we some sheep on the island as well. We didn't see them at first, but you could sure smell them.

After Vrångo we took the ferry back to the mainland and chilled at our hotel. We went to the grocery store ICA and got some food which we ate in the hotel room while we watched a movie. All the walking around and fresh air on the islands made us in the mood to just relax for the evening.

Here's a little Vlog we did while we were on our trip to Sweden:


Tune in on part II of our Sweden trip at 'Exploring Bohus Fortress and Göteborg, Sweden where we explore a fortress that was built in the 1300's and find vegan eats in the city centre of Gothenburg (Göteborg in Swedish). Good luck pronouncing Göteborg correctly fellow English speakers.

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  1. The ferries are part of the highway in Sweden - hence why they are included in your travel pass. The Gothenburg islands are beautiful!! P.S. I can correctly pronouce Göteborg!! :-)

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    2. As they should be! Its ridiculous to pay to get off an island.

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  2. I love the idea of going to Scandinavian country. I recently wrote a curated research based blog on Norway, Sweden and Denmark and fell in love with the place without visiting. I hope I go there soon. Lovely blog!

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    1. We've been to all 3 countries and they are all amazing in their own way. Hope you make it there soon!

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  3. Lovely post and great pictures there. Inspired me to leave the cheapness of South East Asian travels and look westward for my next travel fix. :)

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    1. Great to hear! Hope you enjoy yourself. Sweden is amazing!

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  4. I've always wanted to go to Sweden! I find it interesting that many people are moving there to take advantage of their welfare state, and that the border guard judged you guys, probably by your small amount of cash and minimalist packing! Great photos!

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    1. Glad you liked the photos. Yeah I'm not sure why you would want to go to Sweden to live on welfare. No big deal, we had fun. At least you know their security is tight, especially compared with some other countries we entered no questions asked.

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  5. Sweden is the only Scandinavian country I actually miss. Actually I was kinda thinking about moving there, but it's not easy for several reasons.
    I'm glad, and I guess you too, you found a sunny day on your stay, my problem with northern countries is the lack of sun! And it seems like the country for vegans, never imagined it, despite their life in symbiosis with the nature.

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    1. Yes we really lucked out with the weather we had while in Sweden. I'm sure the weather is not as fun during the winter but it seems like a decent place to live.

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  6. My sister lives in Sweden so I get to go there fairly often but I've not seen much of the country itself other than her local area. It's great that there are so many veggie/vegan friendly places to eat. Definitely inspired to check out Gothenburg the next time I visit and that island hopping looks wonderful!

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    1. The island hopping was definitely the highlight of our trip and it was convenient that it was included in the 3 day travel pass we bought.

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  7. Really loved your post but I'd like the writing to be clumped together a bit more. Maybe you can make a slideshow showing all the relevant photographs.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback. The reason we write like this, is because we like to do more of a picture blog with some captions on the events. We will do a post in the way you have suggested and see if we like the style though

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  8. A vegan Black Sabbath bar?! How fun! It was great you were able to find so many vegan options on your trip, I know that isn't always easy and I know Sweden is a big fan of high fat diets.

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    1. That bar was pretty awesome. We didn't have any problems finding vegan food. Even the grocery stores were selling vegan alternatives to products. I don't think it's Sweden specific that's changing, I think it's the world.

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  9. Lovely place. How much did you spend your whole duration of stay plus your food expenses?

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    1. We spent around £500 for the whole trip. It is a beautiful place.

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  10. Seems like a really great part of the world and you did a wonderful job capturing it with your photos. And I must say, in my experience, Swedes have always been super-friendly and as you mentioned, effortless English. The bar looks super trendy!

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    1. The bar was awesome. We found Gothenburg to be so beautiful that we couldn't pick just a few photos. They were all amazing - we hope to go back one day.

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  11. This was an awesome read. Captured nicely in your photography. Can't wait to get there myself!

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  12. Awesome photos! Looks like an awesome time! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I've heard a lot about it though i've never bothered to check for pictures and information. thanks for sharing this, it looks really interesting! I think pretty much every city in Sweden is underrated because of Stockholm. I've been to a really small town near Stockholm and it was lovely. Totally agree about the cheap tickets, they can bring you to unexpected destinations.

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    1. We haven't been to Stockholm yet, as every flight we've seen has been way over priced. We are very happy with Gothenburg though.

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  14. Lovely photographs! It seems you had a very exciting journey. I was unaware of so many islands in Sweden. Thanks for the insight. Will surely add them to my travel list.

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    1. Thank you. Definitely check out all the islands, they were wonderful.

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  15. You'd probably had a great time exploring the beach. I like the part where you did a hike around the natural reserve. You also have good photos there :)

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    1. Thank you. We had a wonderful time in Gothenburg. The hikes, beaches, cruising.. all of it. It was a great trip.

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  16. This looks like a great way to the spend the day! I love island hopping & these looked so beautiful to explore! I love how you add vegan food into your travels! Also, didn't know that wine sometimes contained the things you listed. Umm, gross.

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    1. I don't know why they add random stuff to wine - it just doesn't make any sense!!

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  17. I'm off to Sweden in the Spring next year to visit friends. One is from Gothemberg so I'm going to make sure he plans an island trip into the itinerary - thanks for the tip!

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    1. You are welcome! I hope you get to island hop, it was amazing.

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  18. Beautiful views with bright azure sky. The vegan pizza must be a rarity in Europe. We get them everywhere in India. lol

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    1. No, pizza isn't a rarity. We were just on an island with only one restaurant, so we were excited that we could get a pizza. :)

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  19. Okay, so you started your post by mentioning getting a cheap deal with Ryanair at 10 euros. You lost me from there. I am so envious! Hahaha. Kidding aside, I would really love to go to Sweden one day. Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip and I highly appreciate to know that there are many vegan options in there!

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    1. It's actually £4.49 to Gothenburg from London with Ryanair at the moment!! We tend to travel by following the cheap flights, not by picking our destination.

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