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Nåttarö – legendary royal hideout

On the island of Nåttarö, there is a cave with an extraordinary history. According to legend the island was the hiding place of Queen Maria Eleonora, who fled the country after the death of her husband King Gustav II Adolf.

Beside herself with grief, she is rumoured to have buried the King’s heart outside the cave - a heart she had carried in a golden locket around her neck. Next to the famous cave, known as Drottninggrottan (Queen's cave), in eastern Nåttarö is Stora Sand. This is the largest sandy beach on the island and one of the best places for swimming in the whole archipelago. If you wish to spend the night, and not hide in the cave like Maria Eleonora, there are cottages for rent.

For more information, visit:
Archipelago Foundation