Thus for this year, Gotska Sandön was one of the places that we wanted to visit, if weather conditions permit. The island is uninhabited and has no harbour, so one has to anchor on that side of the island which gives the best protection from the wind and the waves. The sand bottom around the island gives a good grip for anchor, but the problem is the constant swell that rounds the island. The wind was from the south as we arrived in the evening, but fresh westerly breeze was forecasted for the night between Tuesday and Wednesday and it was forecasted to veer to north during the following day. This kind of unsettled wind conditions are the most difficult for anchoring on Gotska Sandön. Our boat neighbour on Lauterhorn had just arrived from Gotska, and they had had to change the anchorage multiple times during the night!
We decided to drop the hook on the east side of the island (on the French Bay), which was more exposed during the evening but hopefully would give a better protection from the westerly winds during the night. What we did not expect was that there was fairly large northeasterly swell remaining although the winds had been westerly for two days – the swell was probably coming from further north. The cross-swell created an uncomfortable rolling on the anchorage, especially when the boat turned so that the swell came from aside. I guess that I fell in sleep only around 4.30 in the morning...
Four boats were anchoring on the northeastern side of the island (Källahamn)
In the afternoon, the wind turned to southwest so we decided to take the advantage of the favourable winds and head towards the Stockholm archipelago.
Kyrkudden, the eastern tip of the island
Sand dunes at Källahamn
A paradise also for birdwatchers and photographers. These two fellows were so tame,
that even my rather small objective was enough for bird photography.
A lot of driftwoods on the beach
Dinghy is almost a must to see the Gotska Sandön. Another option is to swim ashore.
On the beach (via Minna's Instagram)