Hammarö

On Hammarö, you’re always close. Close to the water, the forests, the city, and nature. And we’re also close to each other. Besides exciting adventures in the archipelago, you can take part in the rich, natural life of the forest - on horseback, on foot, or while playing golf or other outdoor activities. The city and the mainland are close by here for a greater offering when it comes to food, shopping, and cultural experiences.

The archipelago region of Värmland

Our archipelago is among the most beautiful areas of the Vänern lake’s archipelago and is close to the city as well as nature. Along with its surroundings, our island forms northern Europe's largest freshwater archipelago, consisting of skerries, islets and islands. In this beautiful environment, with rocky shores worn by the lapping waters of the lake, windswept pine forests and rolling waves, you can stay a while and fish or swim, experiencing nature and calm. 

Lillängshamnenis Hammarös marina. It’s centrally located, but just 5 minutes’ walk from Skoghall centre, and is popular with boaters and landlubbers alike. Sörvikshamnen has equipment for lifting and launching boats, among other things, and is just around 1.5 km from Skogshall centre. V:a Söön is a small harbour out in Vänern lake, south of Sörvikshamnen. This idyllic little spot is only accessible by boat and also has one of the local area’s bathing spots. 

Sand between your toes or bathing on the cliffs

Vänernis Europe’s third largest inland lake - 5,560 square kilometres and 106 metres deep at its deepest point. There are over 22,000 islands, islets and skerries here. The municipality is responsible for seven bathing spots of different kinds, which means there’s a bathing spot for everyone. You choose for yourself if you want to swim from a cliff or from a sandy beach in its own bay with an ice cream kiosk.

  • Mörudden. Popular bathing spot with large grassy areas, sandy beaches, a ramp for the handicapped, barbecuing area, playground, kiosk, restaurantcampingand toilets.
  • Västra Skagene. Popularbathing area. There are dry toilets, changing rooms, barbecuing spots, and a few parking spaces here.
  • Västra Söön. Bathing area on the island with sandy beach, located south of Mörudden bathing area, and only reachable by boat. There are handicapped toilets and a boat pier.
  • Räggårdviken/Bonäsudden. Popular beach area year-round with ahiking trailthat passes by the bay with an attractive bathing area for everybody. There are dry toilets, changing rooms, and barbecue spots here and car parking spaces are relatively close by.
  • Getingberget. Very child-friendly with a playground and shallow waters, which quickly makes the waters warm on a sunny summer’s day. You can get here by bicycle or car, and there are toilets, changing rooms, and barbecue spots. With several parking spaces and pitching spots for mobile homes, it’s a pleasant place to stay for everyone.
  • Lillängsviken. Little bathing spot with sandy beach, grassy areas and barbecuing area. Further out there are several rocky cliffs for bathing on. Toilets are located in Lillängshamnen, 250 metres from the bathing area.
  • Rud. Nice, child-friendly bathing area with dry toilets, changing rooms and barbecuing area. 

In the heart of Hammarö’s cultural sites

In Hammarö, you’re always close to cultural experiences. An island filled with history, attractions, and proud traditions which both the curious resident or tourist can experience. For example, did you know that Hammarö is an old fishing community, which is still visible today in many ways? 

Besides the beautiful, old church and the Skärgårdsmuseetthere is also Hembygdsgården, Sockenstugan from the 1920’s, Hammars Gård farm and barrows from the Viking era. These are also well worth a visit. Hammars udde is also a popular destination with its beautiful nature, hiking paths, and a bird-watching tower. 

Hammarö skärgårdsmuseum

Hammarö’s archipelago museumis situated on a beautiful bay by Vänern lake. From museiudden, it’s not far to Storvänern, the inlet that has created a livelihood for the island’s fishermen and fish farmers for many generations. They’ve built, rowed, and sailed their boats here, formed by Vänern since the Viking era. Eventually, the ships were equipped with crude oil engines that pounded rhythmically, which were later replaced by more modern machines for diesel and petrol.

In the museum, you can see a unique collection of objects from the old Vänern fishing times, and glimpses of culturally historic places of interest in the northern Vänern archipelago. You can find out more about the families that lived in the lighthouses from the 1850’s to the beginning of the 2000’s. In the boathouses, there are different types of ships, and during the summer there are boats on the jetty. On land, you can find tools that were part of daily life in the old fishing community. 

Skoghall centre

If you travel from Karlstad out towards Hammarö, you’ll pass by Nolgård’s industrial area, which has developed into an attractive shopping centre in recent years, with several stores and businesses together contributing to making the trading area grow even further. Once you arrive at Skoghall centre, you’ll find everything you could need - from clothes stores to food shops, from an off-licence to restaurants. Then pay a visit to Hammarö’s own gold coast, Lillängshamnen, which is just walking distance from Skoghall centre. You’ll find Lillängshamnens Fiskrökeri here, which is run by real, working fishermen who smoke all their fish right there in the boathouses.  

Good to know about Hammarö

  • At just 54 square kilometres, we’re one of Sweden’s smallest municipalities.
  • The island and its surroundings are northern Europe’s largest freshwater archipelago.
  • It’s only 10 minutes by boat away from Karlstad.
  • Hammarö municipality is one of the safest in all of Sweden according to SKL. 
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