The archipelago in Karlshamn are the most southerly in Sweden. It extends from the west side of Karlshamn and to the southeast corner of Blekinge.
The archipelago off the coast of Karlshamn is actually known as Hällaryd archipelago. It is made up of 270 picturesque islets and islands of varying sizes, with rocky or craggy shores, broadleaf copses and meadowland. Joggesö, Ekö, Hallö, Östra Bokö and Fölsö are the names of a few of the islands. The largest is Tärnö, which lies furthest out. There are regular services out to Tjärö, Joggesö and a few other islands, i.e. the archipelago boat that depart from the archipelago terminal in the marina.
Please, buy the ticket with cash at the boat (credit card payment is not possible).
Tjärö – a fairytale place
Tjärö is a genuine island idyll with meadows, grazing animals, stone walls and leafy walking trails. Out here it feels as if time has stood still. The traditional red farm buildings, farmhouses, outbuildings and cottages have been turned into youth hostels and restaurants. If you are lucky enough to be on Tjärö on a Thursday evening in July you should not miss “Music in the Barn”, with singing and good company by the glittering sea. You can get to Tjärö on the tour boat from Karlshamn or Järnavik, or in your own boat, as there is a large marina with good facilities. This beautiful island is also a nature reserve –explore it and be enchanted!
Tärnö - last but definitely not least
Farthest out lies the largest island of all: Tärnö. This is home to Laxboden, the only grocery store in the archipelago and a great place to enjoy a coffee on the jetty. The archipelago boats, which run from Matvik or Karlshamn, moor up by the shop, which also has a post box, public telephone and refuse bins. In the 1920s the sland had a permanent population of around 250 people, but today it comes alive in the summer when holidaymakers come here to swim, enjoy life and learn about Tärnö ascinating heritage. The island also has seaside shacks you can rent from the Tourist Information Office.
Kastellet – from fortress to heritage site
The fortified island known as the Citadel (Kastellet) sits at the entrance to the harbour just a short boat ride from the town. This little island makes an attractive and fascinating place for a day out and for many years has been the venue for summer performances by the popular amateur theatre company Teatersmedjan. The fortifications were built in the 17th century to defend Sweden against Danish attacks. The MF Flundran ferry, which runs out to the island, departs from the archipelago terminal in the marina.
Karlshamn – Kastellet
Karlshamn – Tärnö – Joggesö – Tjärö
Järnavik – Tjärö
Matvik – Tärnö
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