Sandviken fishing village

A unique fishing village

Sandviken fishing village is in Ångermanland, on the northern promontory of Ulvön. The fishing village dates back to the seventeenth century, and the buildings are preserved from the nineteenth century. The fishermen came from far away. They were often well-to-do citizens who acquired the right to trade in fish. In the spring they took their family and household with them and sailed northwards to catch fish. Fishermen came to Sandviken fishing village from Enköping and Gävle, among other places.

In the fishing village twenty or so small houses are packed close together. Nearest to the water are the boathouses, small, unpainted, timbered buildings where fishing equipment and fish were stored. In the cookhouse, which was often built onto the boathouse, lived the fisherman with his family.

Most fishing villages had their own church or a chapel if they were so remote that it was not possible to travel and from the mainland in one day. Therefore, in 1867 the fishermen of the island had a chapel built with a separate bell tower.

The fishing village ceased to be used in the 1940s as the area does not have a harbour. The beach is shallow and it was necessary to pull the boats ashore. When the boats got bigger and motorised this was no longer possible, and this led to the fishing village being abandoned.

Nowadays you can rent the fishing cabins for holidays. The fishing village also has a restaurant, a barbecue spot with a view out over the sea and a sauna by the sandy beach.


  • Beach
  • WC
  • Café
  • Restaurant