THE SHORT ROUTE. The trail starts at the Kluntarna nature exhibition by the guest harbour. Follow the footbridge in front of the rental cottages into a small section of forest 1. Go past a small shingle field 21. On the western shore, the trail crosses basalt corridors and granite rocks polished by the inland ice sheet. Walk freely across the rocks around the cape or take a shortcut across the mountain to the next bay 3. Here lies Kråkskärsviken, with a nice bathing beach 4. Further on, the trail climbs to a vantage point with tables and benches. From here, a trail, not very clearly visible will take you south, back to the guest harbour.
THE LONG ROUTE. Start at the nature exhibition by the guest harbour and follow the footbridge to the east, to Storviken 5 . At the inner point of Storviken you will
find tables and benches, a beach with pleasantly shallow water and great spots for camping and bird watching. The trail turns left into the forest, follow the sign, reading “500 m Labyrinter”. The forest becomes drier and changes from a spruce forest into a pine heath. Only a couple of hundred years ago, the bay reached all the way up here 6. 200 metres up from the beach you will reach a shingle field. You can see several former shorelines, moved away from the coast by land uplift, in the terrain. The trail follows one of them. At the shingle field, the trail turns right but we recommend a detour along the footbridge to the left, that ends up on the hill, where there’s a spectacular view of the sea to the east. For example, you can see Bastaskär, where the wreck of the wooden boat, Alma lies on the cape. She sunk in the 1930’s, in a heavy storm 7. As you continue along the trail you will pass three labyrinths, likely dating back to the 14th century. Immediately after those, you will pass foundation remains and here the footbridge ends. Where the trail splits you keep straight ahead and the next time it splits, you keep left 8. Go past a cottage (property of the Swedish Armed Forces), where you will find a campfire site and benches. Take the opportunity to take a detour to the viewing tower 9. Soon you will pass building foundations and a well in the middle of the forest. This was once the site of a home. Per Johan Backman, his wife and four children lived here around the turn of the 19th century. They lived here for about eight years but then moved, with their house, to Hindersön. Turn left at the intersection towards Gammelhamnen. Now, the trail goes through beautiful old-growth forest 10. A couple of hundred metres ahead lies Kluntgubben, the Kluntarna Man, whose face in the granite rock is an obvious photo opportunity 11. As you continue, you will pass a mere on your right side. The mere is actually the site of the island’s old fishing harbour, Gammelhamnen. Here’s where the boats docked after returning from the sea and you can still see the remains of net drying racks along the trail 12. We recommend going up on the cliff to the left, where you will find a rest stop with tables and benches. From the cliff you have a view over Strömmingsvarpsviken and in the northeast you can catch a glimpse of Småskär. Further ahead, a footbridge will take you across a narrow swamp. That is the old inlet to Gammelhamnen. Cross the dry heath. Follow the markings of the former shoreline straight ahead. The trail is somewhat difficult to see but runs to the left of the private sauna and to the right of the fishing camp. We recommend the following detours: 13 The beautiful sandy beach. 14 Out on the cliffs on the cape with black lava corridors. From the cliffs you can see the islet, Lillbjörnen to the south, with its colony of Black guillemots, European herring gulls and lesser black-backed gulls. 14 To the picturesque fishing camp. The camp has primarily been used by farmers from Hindersön. They moved here as the ice broke in spring and left as it settled again. 15 Here you will find an information sign for the nature reserve and a sign reading “Storviken 1.3 km”. Follow the trail north back to the guest harbour. The forest that lines the trail is an absolute delight for anyone who likes old trees and the flora of old-growth forest. Here you can find rare wood mushrooms such as Phellinidium ferrugineofuscum and Fomitopsis rosea, as well as beautiful fields of peat moss on pine heaths. Some distance into the forest you will pass an enchanting forest mere. The Red-throated Diver breeds here, so pass quietly without disturbing. As you can see the water of Storviken between the alders and rowans, you just have a short way left back to the guest harbour.
A tip and some information
To avoid going around all of Kråkskäret (which is somewhat more difficult than the long route), follow the “Kråkskärsslingan” sign behind the nature exhibition and turn left, straight to Kråkskärsviken. The trail has orange markings. Kluntarna is a nature reserve consisting of nine islands. Tour boats go here in the summer/autumn and cottages are available to rent all year round.