West Coast of Sweden
This captivating coastline is scattered with hundreds of barren islands, rocky inlets and picturesque fishing villages. With the abundance of seafood - oysters, lobsters and fish are served in gourmet dishes along the coast and crayfish are an August specialty.
Here at Simply Sweden we have designed a short tour to show you the very best and most diverse areas of this coastline. You will visit Gothenburg in the South, the Bohuslän archipelago and spend some time on the car free Koster Islands close to the Norwegian border. Please remember this tour is designed to feed your imagination. We tailor make all our holidays so you can lengthen or shorten your tour and choose where you stay in West Sweden from our list of West Sweden hotels.
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Days 1 to 3
Stay on the archipelago island of Flatön, in the heart of the Bohuslän and just 1 hour from Gothenburg. Handelsman Flink is a modern 4 star hotel with just 10 rooms. It is widely regarded as one of the best hotels and restaurants along the coast (features in 'a taste of West Sweden'). Each room has its own balcony or terrace offering unique views of some of Sweden’s most stunning scenery. This captivating coastline is scattered with hundreds of barren islands, rocky inlets and picturesque fishing villages. Fantastic lobster weekends during the Autumn.
Days 3 to 5
Also known as Strandflickorna (The Beach Girls). This charming hotel from the turn of the century is located on the sea front in Lysekil. King Oscar II was once a regular visitor and had his own suite! 15 individually decorated rooms are in the main building and 2 outstanding suites are located on the rocks by the sea. The hotel is located at the mouth of one of Sweden's deepest fjörds, Gullmarsfjörden, with a depth of around 120meters and is just 110km (65miles) from Gothenburg. We recommend you ask for an upgrade to either the Havsatelijen or the Badpaviljong, located on the rocks by the sea. Access to these suites is by a steep rocky staircase, just 50m from the main building.
Days 5 to 6
Sweden's most westerly islands are rugged, raw and incredibly beautiful. Unprotected from natures elements this collection of islands lie some 10 nautical miles from the mainland. During the 18th and 19th centuries the need for greater safety at sea meant these inhospitable islands became home to an extended lighthouse and pilot service. In 1965 the lighthouse was fully automated and the pilots returned to the main land. Today there is an excellent restaurant complemented by a comfortable guest house. There are no TVs in the bedrooms (just look out of the window!) and the showers & toilets are in the corridor. All rooms have a sea view. The only way to reach the islands is by a special boat service. Purchased in Northern Ireland the boats were brought back to Sweden across the North Sea. A sure sign that no matter what the weather you will always be able to reach the barren, rugged, dramatic Weather Islands. You will depart for the Weather Islands at 1pm. The journey takes approx. 20mins. You will be welcomed with a sandwich and warm drink and you will have time to to explore this stunning location. A walk to the old pilots station is recommended. An excellent 3 course evening meal (based around sea food) is served in the renowned restaurant. If you would prefer to spend just a few hours on the Weather Islands then we recommend Storahotellet in Fjällbacka.
Days 6 to 8
Stay on the car free Koster islands at the Sydkoster Hotel Ekenäs and dive deep into this marine kaleidoscope. Park your car in, or catch the train to Strömstad and take the passenger ferry to Sweden's most westerly populated islands, terminating just 100m from this coastal hotel. Attractions include a unique seaside location, beaches, rocky islands and of course the magic “Koster light”, which has inspired many artists on the island. Renting a bike and a guided tour are strongly recommended so you can appreciate all that is surrounding you. In 2009 the Koster Archipelago National Park was inaugurated and the Koster islands is now preserved as a spectacular marine nature reserve.
Sydkoster Taxi Boat & Activities
Price from £1355 per person based on 2 adults
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Explore the stunning West Coast of Sweden
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200km of dramatic coastline. Barren islands and incredible locations
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