From remote beaches and sleepy coastal towns to the favourite holiday haunt of Swedish royalty, here are Scandinavia's greatest lesser-known islands.
Best for... a city connection
Swedes come to gaze longingly at the bright clapboard houses and pastry-stacked tea shops on this quiet wooded island, where golf buggies replace cars.
A new twice-daily ferry takes an hour from Gothenburg city centre to its southern archipelago, making it possible to combine lazy days with busy, bar-hopping nights.
A five-night Gothenburg and her Archipelago tour costs £844pp, including B&B accommodation and flights. Sunvil (sunvil.co.uk; 020 8758 4722).
Best for… seafood
The red and white cottages are remnants of a herring fishery which brought wealth to this island and its granite neighbours. Cross a bridge to Kladesholmen (Herring Island) to sample Sweden’s favourite fish, pickled in imaginative ways at floating hotel Salt & Sill. While there, take a boat ride on SS Silla, the world’s fastest sauna.
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