The ferry to Ornö is called "Ebba's Dream." It is named after the countess, Ebba Stenbock, who has had great significance to the island. Over a long period of time, her family practically owned all of Ornö as an entailed estate, and since an entailed estate must be inherited and not sold, Ornö is - despite being the southern archipelago's biggest island - hardly exploited at all. Nature here is beautiful and largely unspoilt. In the woods, there is an abundance of wildlife. Explore Ornö by bike or with skis if you come in winter. Since it's a big island, this is the best way to get around. Take your bicycle over by boat, or rent one on the island. Visit the ruins of the first manor (if you're lucky, you'll run into the mansion's very own ghost) and the cemeteries from the Bronze Age in Hässelmara. See the orchids at Mare meadow and the interesting rocks at Ornöhuvud. The buildings in Ornö are located around Kyrkviken. This is where you'll find the church, school, museum, library and restaurant, as well as the many popular guest docks. You can go to Ornö year round by car ferry from Dalarö. In summer, there are small cottages for rent and many places where you can eat or have a coffee. There is no accommodation in autumn and winter, but the restaurant is open weekdays for lunch.
Take Route 73 south from Stockholm toward Nynäshamn. Take road 227 towards Dalarö and follow it until it ends at Dalarö hotellbrygga (hotel jetty). From here, the car ferry to Hässelmara departs on the west side of Ornö. To ensure you can get on the ferry, you can always pre-book a spot by phone: 08 -501 56,600. For a timetable, see www.ornosjotrafik.se