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nocturne for Furusund

Jag minns en stund
i Furusund

när skymningen föll på.
(Evert Taube)

With only 126 permanent residents, Furusund in Norrtälje Municipality is a humble village as well as an island located 92 kilometers north-east of Stockholm. Many Swedes will remember the song Waltz in Furusund by author-composer-singer Evert Taube. From here, the road continues to the island Yxlan courtesy of double-ended ferries like this one. See more?

Furusund, Norrtälje (map) 22 June 2009


Vogon Poet said...

I am fashinated by these night photos of strange (for me) ferries operating at night.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

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Buenos Aires Photoblog said...

Wow, just 126 residents. That's kinda private. So I guess everyone knows each other.
What's the sign saying?

Buenos Aires Photo

Per Stromsjo said...

Most of these ferries are considered part of the public road network and financed through our taxes. But there's also an option to request a departure of your own - outside the regular schedule. That will cost you, of course.

Vogon Poet: I haven't had many encounters with them but these ferries certainly represent vital infrastructure for residents (or visitors) in the archipelago.

Unseen Rajasthan: Thanks.

Buenos Aires Photoblog: I guess it's fair to say that the year in the archipelago has two phases. Several months with a limited population of permanent residents and then, all of a sudden, an invasion of tourists and summer residents. The sign says that you're not allowed to pass the road gate. You'd have to wait until a couple of minutes before departure - in this case at 1AM.

Thanks all for visiting the coastal areas with us.

Leif Hagen said...

Aker du oft med bat dit? Fin foto!

cieldequimper said...

That's an invitation! I would love to drive on to it.

JM said...

I've never been in Sweden but, as I really love water, I think it must be great travelling around Stockholm, having so many islands, bridges and ferries everywhere!

Jacob said...

I love to ride ferries in the night...kinda spooky, though. How does one get to the islands in the breakers?

Per Stromsjo said...

This particular night was rather foggy, you will notice this if you take a closer look.

Leif Hagen: Har aldrig åkt båt till Furusund men däremot förbi Furusund i stor finlandsfärja.

cieldequimper: A wish no doubt shared by those car drivers waiting in line behind that silly photographer who appeared out of nowhere and started snapping photos of the old ferry in the middle of the night! ;)

JM: Spot on! I'd say the water and the archipelago are our predominant attractions. Hope you get a chance to stop by one day.

Jacob: We used to have serious winters but these days ice doesn't seem to be a major issue anymore. In the case of this particular strait, there are major ferries to and from Finland passing by right here several times per day plus these smaller ferries at least once an hour... so no, the ice wouldn't stand a chance.

Again, thanks all.

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