Rökan, Bohuslän, Exploring Sweden

Rökan, Bohuslän – Exploring Sweden

Rökan is a small uninhabited island in the archipelago of Bohuslän on the western coast of Sweden. The small island is, however, important for the local infrastructure. The island’s main attraction is the impressive bridge Inströbron between Rökan and the neighboring island of Instö.

A Short History of Rökan

In 1940, the ferry M/S Instö started to operate the route between the islands Vrångholmen and Instö. In 1991, the new bridge Instöbron replaced the route. No information is available about any permanent population on the island and there are few written sources about the island’s past.

Things to Do and See

Rökan can either be a rest stop along the way to or from Marstrand, or it can be the starting point on an adventure in the archipelago. There is a small café on the island as well as parking for caravans and campers.


The Instö Bridge, or Instöbron, connects Rökan with the island of Instö. The bridge extends road 168 out into the archipelago to Marstrand and it replaces an earlier ferry connection. The bridge is 510 meters long and allows boats of a height of 18 meters to pass below it. Walking along the pedestrian path over the bridge offers a great view of the Bohuslän Archipelago.

Dyrön Ferry

Dyrön is a small island between Marstrand and the island of Tjörn. There are regular ferries to and from Rökan to the island. The island is a popular summer destination.

How to Get to Rökan

  • Flights: There are domestic and international routes to and from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT), which is located 65 kilometers away.
  • Car: Rökan is almost at the end of road 168, west of Kungälv and north of Gothenburg.
  • Bus: Local buses connect the area with the surrounding area.

The driving distance from 5 major Swedish cities, according to Google Maps:

  • Stockholm – 508 kilometers (5h 15min)
  • Gothenburg – 42 kilometers (40min)
  • Malmö – 310 kilometers (3h 13min)
  • Linköping – 312 kilometers (3h 23min)
  • Kiruna – 1598 kilometers (18h 15min)

Find out more about other destinations in Sweden by visiting our page Exploring Sweden

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