A New destination
We had made it to Læsø and now we had to decide where to sail to next. From here we had several options. We could sail south and cruise the southern part of Denmark and the north coast of Germany and maybe the north coast of Poland. Or we could continue east and north which would position us in Sweden. From here we could sail into the canal called Trollhättan which would take us to the great lake Vänern. Or we could sail north following the west coast of Sweden and maybe continue to Norway.
On July 10th the sun was shining and the wind was perfect to continue north-east. So we did and 38 nm later we found ourselves in the Swedish archipelago. We found a great anchorage behind the island Kungsö. It was apparently a very popular spot and by late afternoon the anchorage was packed. In the evening we hiked the top of the rocks and watched a gorgeous sunset. It felt like we had made the right decision and our summer cruise had finally begun.
The next morning we went on a little dinghy adventure and by noon we picked up the anchor and motored north to find a new anchorage. We were surprised by the number of boats on the water. Big motorboats, sailboats, small boats, locals and boats from Norway and Denmark. The anchorages and marinas were packed and boats were tied up to the rocks and small islands everywhere. We had arrived in the Swedish high season and what a difference to the last time we were here. In 2017 we sailed these waters for a week in late august. Compared to this time we had it all to ourselves.
We found an anchorage by Ängholmen and had a good nights sleep. The next morning we continued north. We wanted to stop for a couple of hours in Marstrand. Marstrand is a very popular and beautiful town. Many visitors and superyachts come here in the high season and it is very expensive to get a berth overnight. We arrived at 11 o’clock and had no problem finding an available berth. We purchased a day ticket which allowed us to stay until 18 o’clock. It was only 82 SEK. and included electricity, water, showers and washing machines.
We had fish n’ chips for lunch and went for a walk around the beautiful island. When returning to the marina we saw a familiar sailboat passing by. It was the Danish sailboat Salt. We had met them a couple of times and funny to see them so far from home. We topped up on water and continued to our anchorage for the night. This anchorage turned out to be one of our favourite spots on this trip. Great protection from almost all wind directions and surrounded by tall gorgeous cliffs. We climbed them in the evening and the view was spectacular.