Last July I traveled to Sweden because I promised my Swedish friend that: “after, I finish my military service I will visit Sweden for sure!”. So after I got discharged in May 2016, I wasn’t sure if I had enough budget and time to travel to Sweden. But without any hesitation I purchased a one way ticket through Stockholm, and I had no intention to visit Marstrand, when I was in Gothenburg. But my Swedish friend David have recommended me to visit Marstrand.
Marstrand is very small island, which is located in Västra Götaland County, Sweden. Also according to Swedes they have around 2000~3000 inhabitants who reside there. But it’s mostly known as “rich Swedes’ summer vacation place”, as they often come to sail their boat over the summer.
From Gothenburg it took me about 40 min by a local bus, and also I spent 350 SEK (around $40 USD) for a transportation card (one important tip: if you are travelling with multiple people, please by one card, if you buy several cards for individual you will have to pay a new card creation fee. Besides they add a bonus on the card, if two persons are sharing one card, not sure but my friend have purchase the transportation card for me).
I almost forgot another tip – please bring sunscreen and a windshield jacket. From July to August the weather in Gothenburg is very unpredictable, it rains on mornings or gets very sunny in afternoon. I thought that I wouldn’t get sun burn in Scandinavia. Well I turned out to be the most brown-tanned person in my hometown in Korea haha.
There is a huge fortress called “Carlstens Fästning” on top of the Marstrand Island, you will have to pay for the entrance fee which I thought wasn’t worth paying for (I think it was around 80SEK , Around $9 USD). But it’s just a huge castle that can be seen from any direction of the Marstrand.
After strolling around Marstrand’s sight seeing I would suggest to sit down to Konditori (Swedish coffee shop), and enjoy long Fika (Swedish coffee hour); the cinnamon buns have irresistible tastes. Just looking at the beautiful sea and people smiling at you, it couldn’t been the best place I’ve traveled to so far. To be honest, Marstrand doesn’t have much to offer in terms of sightseeing and as compared to another big islands such as Puerto Rico, Jamaica or Ibiza. It has it’s own color though and has much to offer in terms of enjoying the Swedish vibe.
Last but not least, they host Match Cup Sweden (World sailing race) every year, I was lucky enough to observe some of the most panoramic scenes of yacht sailing on the beautiful Scandinavia archipelago. I personally think it’s one of the not very well known traveling spots in Gothenburg! But if you have time, it’s definitely a place that I would recommend to visit during the Summer.