Shipping and fishing

Tjörn is no different than other municipals on the west coast, it is the sea that has determined it's conditions of existence. The municipal is an island of it's own (the fitfth in Sweden) and shipping has been, and still is, an important business. There are approx 15000 inhabitants, but in july-august the amount of summer residents are numerous. Some small old fishing villages more than double the poulation. For more information, see the link at the bottom of this page.Skåpesund

Tjörn is an island, and you can of course sail around it. That is what some 500 sailing boats do in august every year. It is an sailing event, “Tjörn runt” (around Tjörn) which is one of the biggest of the kind in Sweden. Start and finish is on the east side of the island. Although most of the leisure boats visit the western part, it is well worth to try the north and eastern side, and in particular the fjord between Orust and Tjörn, called Stigfjorden. Then you will pass some nice sceneries, like Skåpesund where the road bridge passes quite high above you.


Points of interest

Akvarellmuseét/Nordic Water Color Museeum

Akvarell is the Swedish word for watercolors, and that is what you can expect to see when you come there. It is situated just by the harbour in Skärhamn. I can highly recommend a visit, it is quite unique in its kind. Look in their calender and finish with a meal in their good restaurant, a fantastic view is included.

Wooden Boat Festival

At Skärhamn every year, there is a wooden boat festival. If you like old beautiful wooden boats (and who doesn't?) visit Skärhamn in july. In 2017 it will take place in July 15-16.


Pater Noster Lighthouse

Somehow it seems that lighthouses has a special part in a sailors heart. At least it goes for the oldest and more spectacular ones. If they are threatened, there are always some enthusiasts that come to their rescue. That happened to one of the most famous ones just outside Tjörn: Pater Noster, or Måseskär as the area is called.

Light House of Pater NosterStaircase

It has a rather interesting history. It was constructed in 1868, and was in use until 1977. Then the nearby Hätteberget took it's place. The engineer behind the construction was Gustav von Heidenstam. He was by the way a relative to the famous Swedish author, Verner von Heidenstam. The latter won the Nobel price in literature in 1916. He, at the time, was also a member of the Swedish Academy who selects the price winner.

But Gustav, the engineer, was the father of a series of lighthouses constructed with a metal framework, and hence called Heidenstam lighthouses. It was a light construction, and quite quick to raise. But. The weather conditions were not to favorable. Rain and salt. So finally the metal frame work had almost rusted away. Some volunteers formed an organization in order to keep Pater Noster alive, and managed to raise funds enough to remove it and bring it to an old shipyard in Göteborg. At the yard they even discovered that the stage was even worse than anticipated, and more funds and more time was needed. But they managed. In 2007 it was towed back to it's birth place again. A nice heritage was saved for us.The lighthouse towed outsida Öckerö

There is a small sheltered harbour, built for the staff at the lighthouse. But it is not really for public use. It is for the people who keep the maintenance, and also small groups that chartered firms bring out there. As for myself, I went out there with a chartered rib boat, had an oyster test with champagne. Nice! (Although I am not impressed by oysters, I am sorry to say. Champagne is better...)The harbour of Måseskär

Pater Noster! The meaning of the words is the common Christian prayer. And that is no coincidence. In older days, this area was an notorious area for sailing ships. Look in your chart and you see an enormous amount of rocks and small islands. The Jutland current from west to east and and westerly storms made ships drift towards the Pater Noster area. And you could imagine that there was a lot of praying on board!

Guest Harbours


This is an old favorite of mine, often it was my first stop for the season.

It was, and still is a major place for the processing of herring. Pickled herring that is. Some 50 years ago there were as many as 25 small businesses here. In the beginning of 2000, there were only three left. When you stroll around the island, you will see some big properties by the sea. Big houses and enormous jetty’s. Many of those are old herring factories.Klädesholmen

Hundred years ago there were 750 residents, today there are about half of them. Klädesholmen became some 15 years ago an living example in the political debate regarding taxation of property. The property taxation was based on estimated value when sold, and the price on property rose so much that people that had lived there their whole life, with a small pension, could not afford to keep their own houses. The former government changed the rules with a maximum of approx 7000 Sw Cr annually, hence the old people could afford to stay.

All in all, it is a very nice place with a well kept marina.

There are some good restaurants, and I can particularly recommend Salt och Sill.



Skärhamn is the biggest place on Tjörn, and has a big and well equipped marina. Note that you will find the water colour museeum and the woddenboat festival here.


Just south of Tjörn itself we find Dyrön, which is well worth a visit. You have two guest harbours to choose between, one on the the western part, and one on the south.
Dyrön Syd

Some 400 years back it was a farming community, or rather it was owned by one farmer. But as the family with his descendents grew larger, fishing became a vital part of their livelihood. The bay at west, which now is a good harbour, was not good at all before it was constructed in 1902. When the strong westerly storms arrived, the fishermen had to take their boats out to the sea, otherwise they would have been smashed to pieces.
Finally the fishermen managed to finance the construction by visiting the King Oscar II in Marstrand. The king used to visit Marstrand in the summer with his private yacht. There is an inscription at a rock close to the harbour “Oscar 6/9 1902”, which is date of the opening. The harbour at the south side is opened 1944. Which one you choose, is mostly a matter of availability. It is popular island.

One of the reasons of it's popularity is a path around the island. It is some five kilometres long, up and down the cliffs, as well dwelling in some lush vegetation on the east side. It is originally an EU financed project, and it is a walk that most people can manage. Get out of the boat and become fit!



You could rent a sauna just by the sea. The wiev is fantstic, and the sea will be nice and cool when emerge. Try it!


Åstol is a fairly small island and community, but very popular place to go. Some 50 years back, “tourist” were not that welcome as today. Today, a lot of the houses, who seem to climb on top of each other, are sold to outsiders.

Åstol houses

It is not that old as a fishing village. In the middle of the 18th century two persons from Dyrön settled on Åstol, in order to become fishermen. Dyrön could not harbour more farmers any longer. Around 1950 some 500 people lived here, and the fishing fleet was huge. Today there are around 200 living there all year round.

Åstol harbour

The harbour is indeed very sheltered, an easy to enter in all weather. You could stay on both sides. On the northern side you have either buoy or fixed anchor lines. On the southern ther side, you can stay alongside the jetty.


Tjörn municipal - official webpage

Including event calendar, links to guestharbours and more.

Weather at Tjörn

Weather chart för the next week