Styrsö Island and Gothenburg’s beachside.
Rock-climbing up a steep wall of granite, we strove to reach the highest peak, proceeding rapidly across the grey mattress stretching monotonously as far as the eye can see. By abandoning the well-trodden walking trial and venturing to the interior, we made a statement: the journey, not the arrival matters (excuse my complete fall into cliches by quoting T. S. Eliot).
Adventurously (or foolishly) renouncing to follow the well-marked hiking paths that run across the island, we were gifted by a sweeping view of Styrsö Island showing its rugged landscape of intricate forests and natural inlets. Stora Rös rose high above the sea-level in its advantage position, allowing us to glimpse at the seafront, our next target.
Descending towards the port, lush vegetation alternates with rock formations in a backdrop that is Sweden’s trademark. Surrounded by unspoiled nature, the only noise perceived is the stuttering twitter of seagulls – the island, inhabited by an approximate number of 1300 people, is shrouded in an almost unnatural silence, a peculiarity of this car-free paradise.
The only positive note of the presence of the cursed civilization is that it caters for shelters from unexpected rain fall, event that is not uncommon over the chilly Swedish summer. Spoiled by the scorching sun that Italy is gifted with, I have to admit that having to wear a sweater in June can be a put-off. On the other hand, the landscape makes up for it.
As the rain began to pour down, we headed to one of the island’s picturesque villages and to a local, seafront cafeteria, opting, as a good Swede would do, for a FIKA (not familiar with the term? check out our previous post for further information). The quaint bar overlooks the sea, creating a romantic and equally cozy atmosphere.
8pm and the sun still shone bright. It might not come as a surprise, but the sun at this time of the year sets pretty late in Sweden and, when it does, the sky is still relatively bright, creating an effect that manages to fascinate me.
Potographs taken on our way to Askimbadet, one of Gothenburg’s beaches.
Its close proximity to the sea makes Gothenburg a fascinating seaside destination, enhancing the city’s architectural beauties with a fantastic assortment of intimate beaches, natural reserves and a bunch of islands that composes the city’s namesake archipelago.