Photographer: Stadsbyggnadsförvaltningen / Haninge kommun
Photographer: Eva Simonson
Huvudskär is Haninge archipelago's final outpost. A vast and beautiful archipelago with over 200 islands, islets and rocks. The largest island is Lökskär, but people are usually referring to the somewhat smaller, but populated Ålandskär island when they talk about Huvudskär. In the Middle Ages, there was a fishing village and, later on, the island became known as a pilot-, customs- and lighthouse station. Today, the old customs house is a hostel and, in the pilot´s house, there is an exhibit about Huvudskär's history. On Huvudskär, you can experience the barren outer archipelago's distinctive beauty. Cottongrass, heather and crowberry grow in the crevices between the bare rocks. Seals rest on the low-lying rocks and sea eagles hover in the sky. Look out over the open horizon and experience the magical light that has captivated so many artists and photographers throughout the years. Take a walk around the island, go fishing, sunbathe, and be sure to swim in the much talked about blue lagoon, or from the smooth, sun-warmed rocks. There are neither shops nor food service on the island, so be sure to bring a packed lunch. In winter, there is no accommodation either, and no regular boat traffic. But you can book a water taxi as long as there is no ice.
Take Route 73 south from Stockholm toward Nynäshamn. Take road 227 toward Dalarö and follow it until it ends at Dalarö hotellbrygga (hotel jetty). During summertime you can also choose the quicker way from Dalarö to Huvudskär via Fjärdlång. In spring, fall and winter, there is no regular boat traffic to Fjärdlång or Huvudskär. But you can book a private water taxi from Dalarö, Gålö or Ornö.