Skälvik, Stockholm County, Sweden

Majken and Emanuel are island fans - they lived on islands as children or spent their summers there. So it's no wonder that the two of them have built a real island retreat with "Goda" on the island of Svartsö, not far from Stockholm. For the two, island life means being part of a community, shopping locally, living in harmony with nature, without noise, without excessive comfort - but with a lot of adventure.

In the minimalist wooden houses, most of the furniture was designed and built as part of the house. Small features such as the staircase, which is also the kitchen shelf, built-in beds with a view of the sky and seating with a view of the lake ensure an individual and cozy style. The bathrooms are modern and bright. The large kitchens are fully equipped and invite you to cook together - there is even an outdoor pizza oven and a large fireplace in the living room.

Between the houses for a total of fourteen guests there is almost something like village life - here everyone can switch between the sauna with outdoor shower, the jetty by the lake or the orangery with a large table and find the right place to relax, read, play, choose works or designs.

With long walks, a dinner together and nice conversations under the starry sky, you find yourself more and more. Here you really live in and with nature, whose constantly changing colors and sounds accompany the daily routine. About eighty people live on the island and as a guest you share this particularly idyllic place with them for a while.

Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom500 €


ArchitectureGODA stands for "good" and it was built with a "perfectly imperfect" approach. The rough edges and the absence of luxury - this is the real luxury here. Everything is made of wood and the furniture has been integrated right into the building.

EnvironmentThe drinking water comes directly from the lake. Green electricity, solid insulation and triple glass windows as well as natural materials and the digital regulation of energy consumption ensure resource conservation. Waste separation and recycling are a matter of course.

Well-BeingThe sauna, unlike most saunas, is spacious, airy and light with a high roof and two large windows offering a natural view of the lake. With the outdoor shower and a courageous jump, the right cooling is guaranteed. The hot tub was built from the ruins of an old house on site.


  • Unique island retreat on an island of 80 residents in the middle of the Stockholm Archipelago
  • Furnished to a high standard, huge windows overlooking the countryside, cozy fireplace
  • Located directly on the lake, in the middle of nature
  • Authentic village life: There are two excellent restaurants and a supermarket
  • Many activities possible: yoga on the jetty, hiking, swimming, stand-up paddling, kayaking, and much more
  • Various excursion options: Stockholm day trip by boat or bus and boat, island hopping to Ingmarsö, Gallnö, Grinda or Möja
  • Also suitable for retreats or seminars

Island retreat3 bedrooms + 2 cabinsOwn cooking facilitiesChildren welcomeWi-Fino disabled accessno PoolNature Poolno pets


  • House with 5 bedrooms + 2 cabins
  • Total space for 14 people
  • 2 bathrooms, 2 fully equipped kitchens
  • Orangery with a large lounge
  • Sauna with outdoor shower and whirlpool
  • Outdoor pizza oven
  • Lake with jetty
  • Kayak rental on the island
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Rooms + Rates

per night
entire housefrom500 €

Location + Directions

By car

The best way to get to Svartsö is by ferry from Stockholm. The journey takes almost 2.5 hours. The exact address can be found on the website.

With public transport

There are several boat connections from Stockholm to Svartsö. Alternatively, there is also a bus connection to the island. From the port it is about 800 meters to the house.