June 28, 2001
My visit to Grinda was accidental and unplanned. I boarded a Cinderella Boat in Stockholm to go to Vaxholm, and had a great ride out to Vaxholm. However, since Vaxholm was the first stop the boat made after leaving Stockholm, I did not know that the stops at the islands were so short (like a bus stop), and by the time I crowded my way through the families and large dogs to the front of the boat to disembark, they were backing away from the island!
So I thought now what? There I was with no idea where I was going, what the next stop was, or how long it would take to get to the next stop. I inquired, and was told the next stop was Grinda, and 45 minutes later I was there, with no idea of when the next boat would be there to take me back to Vaxholm.....so why not have a look around?
Although Grinda has been inhabited since the 16th Century, I didn't see any signs of it...and it was great. The first thing I noticed about Grinda, was the cool clear water and rocky coastline. Walking past those and off the small quay/dock, I walked several nice developed trails. Grinda is not a large island, so the walks are fairly short. You can walk from one end of the island to the other in 20 minutes. However, the walks are very nice. The trails are deserted (or were when I was there), and I walked through some of the greenest meadows and forests I have even seen.
In addition to the nice developed trails, Grinda has 2 docks for boats. Cinderella Boats uses the south dock. It is about a 20 minute walk from the south dock to the north dock, during which you will see beautiful green meadows and see nice green forests.
What a delight it was to find a gem like Grinda by accident. I eventually got my boat to Vaxholm, and on it, I reflected on the beautiful green meadows and forests I saw in Grinda. Grinda taught me that some of the best things you see and do are unplanned and by accident, and that we should always be flexible in schedule and itinerary.
From journal Sweden's Archipelago