This archipelago in western Sweden is very much like me today. Sleepy.

A mid-morning ferry from the mainland to Marstrand has approximately four people on it. Including me.

Founded in the 1300s, this quaint island, which comes alive in the summer, is nearly deserted today. Which is a beautiful thing because it lets me go and wander around without having to dodge anyone.

The herring capital of Europe in the 1600s, today, people flock to this gorgeous  town for the sailing and nature.

In fact, when I stop in a hotel to question what goes on here in the off-season, the reply I receive is simple: people come here to wander around the island. With gray waters against granite outcroppings, along with the soft cry of seagulls, it is easy to be just like this woman in the photo: quietly relishing the moment of beauty.

Join me this week as I travel through Sweden! Follow along on Instagram and Twitter #myswedentrip, plus be sure to check back here for photos and more in the coming weeks!

Editor’s Note: My time in Sweden is courtesy of Visit Sweden, however all opinions are my own. If you have questions regarding this, please read my disclosure policy.

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  1. I’m trying to decide between Trondheim and Goteborg/ Marshrand. What would you suggest? I’m a solo female traveler with a 2 free days to spend after Oslo/Bergen. Any other suggestions welcomed!

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    1. Well, I have only been to Goteborg, so that is what I would suggest. It is a lovely area … transport within the city is great and easy. I could have spent a lot of time there just exploring. Marstrand, while I was there, was very quiet. If the weather is good, you could spend an afternoon there.

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