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Gothenburg and the Weather Islands

Explore the gateway to West Sweden, the cultural city of Gothenburg and Sweden's most westerly islands, the Weather Islands.

Overview

They are called the Weather Islands for a reason! This short 4 night holiday combines the cosmopolitan city of Gothenburg (the gateway to West Sweden) with the rugged nature of the Weather Islands (one of Simply Sweden's favourite locations in Sweden), but also has the flexibility to include more of the West Coast and beyond. 

Gothenburg is a compact city where everything is within easy walking distance or accessible by the city's extensive tram network. For a taste of local life walk round the cobbled streets of Haga and enjoy a 'fika' (coffee and pastry) in a local cafe. 

The Weather Islands are Sweden's most westerly islands, exposed to the elements of Skagerrak (the stretch of water between Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and as their name suggests, the weather is naturally unpredictable. Combined with the cosy atmosphere of the guest house, the welcoming staff, the warming food, the famous old pilot's station and the scenic walks, we believe you will fall in love with the Weather Islands. 

Highlights of this holiday
- The cultural city of Gothenburg
- The remote nature of the Weather Islands
- The hot tubs and sauna on the Weather Islands
- Walking around the Weather Islands 

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Gothenburg (or arrive from another of our holidays).
Check into your city centre hotel.
Time to explore.

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel.
Day at leisure to explore Gothenburg and the surrounding region.

Day 3
Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning at leisure.
Approx. 1440 train from Gothenburg.
Approx. 1649 arrival in Tanum.
Your transfer will meet you from the train.
15min transfer to the quay.
Boat transfer out to the Weather Islands.
3 course evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included.
Hot tubs and sauna included during the evening.
Take some comfortable walking shoes to explore the islands.

Day 5
Breakfast.
Approx. 11am departure from the Weather Islands.
Boat transfer to the main land.
Transfer to Tanum Station.
Train to Gothenburg Station.
Airport Coach to Gothenburg Airport (or continue your holiday with Simply Sweden).

Accommodation

Hotel Royal - Gothenburg

A small and personal hotel, with just 77 rooms, in the heart of Gothenburg that is bursting with character in an Art Nouveau style. The building dates from 1852 and now houses recently renovated individually decorated rooms across 4 floors.

During the afternoon and early evening you will always find complimentary tea, coffee and cake (known locally as afternoon ‘fika’). Your stay in Sweden is not complete without ‘fika’! Gothenburg Central Station is just 350m away and the shops, bars and restaurants are even closer. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Weather Islands - West Sweden

Sweden's most westerly islands are rugged, raw and incredibly beautiful. Unprotected from nature’s 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 inn with hot tubs and sauna looking out across the small harbour. The only way to reach the islands is by a special boat service and you may be lucky enough to see some seals. The journey takes approx. 30mins.

You are offered a warm welcome as you step ashore in the sheltered harbour and then you will check in to your room. Standard rooms have shared bathroom facilities and the superior rooms are all ensuite – please ask us for an upgrade. Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes as you will have plenty of time to follow the many paths zig-zagging across the islands.

Click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Gothenburg Excursions

Gothenburg is a welcoming city and Sweden's biggest port and Sweden's second city. It is also the gateway to the Bohuslän Archipelago. Local recommendations include numerous excellent restaurants, a coffee in a cosy cafe in Haga and a boat trip on the Göta River. Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park and home to an excellent Christmas market, is just a stone's throw away from the city centre.

Gothenburg Tourism website - the Gothenburg Tourist card offers great value for money.

West Sweden - Bohuslän Archiepelago

West Sweden is full of activites and excursions, guided and self guided. Here are just a few of them.

  • Sea kayaking is widely available with guided and self guided tours.
  • There are many walking trails and many hotels have maps marking walking routes.
  • The ancient viking rock carvings at Tanumshede.
  • The Weather Islands is a good day trip if you aren't staying there.
  • The Koster Marine National Park.
  • Marstrand is a bustling sailing island.
  • Nordens Ark specialising in Nordic animals and endangered species.
  • Cycle rental is widely available.

For more information please visit the West Sweden tourism website.

Dates

Available all year round.

Summer
The main summer period is mid-June to mid-August. A busier period all along West Sweden with all attractions open.

Spring
Late April to mid-June. Experience long often sunny days as everything comes into bloom.

Autumn
One of the most colourful and scenic times of year. The first lobster of the season is caught around the last Monday in September.

Winter
An unpredicatable time of year - they're called the Weather Islands for a reason. No better time to relax in the hottub, enjoy a sauna, take a good book and enjoy this quiet location. 

Prices

Peak season prices from (June, July and August)
£1140pp based on 2 people in a double / twin room.

Off-peak season prices from (other periods) 
£1090pp based on 2 people in a double / twin room.

Supplements from
Superior room upgrades £75 per person
Single supplement £195 per person

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Information

Overview

They are called the Weather Islands for a reason! This short 4 night holiday combines the cosmopolitan city of Gothenburg (the gateway to West Sweden) with the rugged nature of the Weather Islands (one of Simply Sweden's favourite locations in Sweden), but also has the flexibility to include more of the West Coast and beyond. 

Gothenburg is a compact city where everything is within easy walking distance or accessible by the city's extensive tram network. For a taste of local life walk round the cobbled streets of Haga and enjoy a 'fika' (coffee and pastry) in a local cafe. 

The Weather Islands are Sweden's most westerly islands, exposed to the elements of Skagerrak (the stretch of water between Denmark, Sweden and Norway) and as their name suggests, the weather is naturally unpredictable. Combined with the cosy atmosphere of the guest house, the welcoming staff, the warming food, the famous old pilot's station and the scenic walks, we believe you will fall in love with the Weather Islands. 

Highlights of this holiday
- The cultural city of Gothenburg
- The remote nature of the Weather Islands
- The hot tubs and sauna on the Weather Islands
- Walking around the Weather Islands 

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from the UK to Gothenburg (or arrive from another of our holidays).
Check into your city centre hotel.
Time to explore.

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel.
Day at leisure to explore Gothenburg and the surrounding region.

Day 3
Breakfast at your hotel.
Morning at leisure.
Approx. 1440 train from Gothenburg.
Approx. 1649 arrival in Tanum.
Your transfer will meet you from the train.
15min transfer to the quay.
Boat transfer out to the Weather Islands.
3 course evening meal.

Day 4
Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included.
Hot tubs and sauna included during the evening.
Take some comfortable walking shoes to explore the islands.

Day 5
Breakfast.
Approx. 11am departure from the Weather Islands.
Boat transfer to the main land.
Transfer to Tanum Station.
Train to Gothenburg Station.
Airport Coach to Gothenburg Airport (or continue your holiday with Simply Sweden).

Accomodation

Hotel Royal - Gothenburg

A small and personal hotel, with just 77 rooms, in the heart of Gothenburg that is bursting with character in an Art Nouveau style. The building dates from 1852 and now houses recently renovated individually decorated rooms across 4 floors.

During the afternoon and early evening you will always find complimentary tea, coffee and cake (known locally as afternoon ‘fika’). Your stay in Sweden is not complete without ‘fika’! Gothenburg Central Station is just 350m away and the shops, bars and restaurants are even closer. 

Click on the image for more photos.

Weather Islands - West Sweden

Sweden's most westerly islands are rugged, raw and incredibly beautiful. Unprotected from nature’s 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 inn with hot tubs and sauna looking out across the small harbour. The only way to reach the islands is by a special boat service and you may be lucky enough to see some seals. The journey takes approx. 30mins.

You are offered a warm welcome as you step ashore in the sheltered harbour and then you will check in to your room. Standard rooms have shared bathroom facilities and the superior rooms are all ensuite – please ask us for an upgrade. Bring a pair of comfortable walking shoes as you will have plenty of time to follow the many paths zig-zagging across the islands.

Click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Gothenburg Excursions

Gothenburg is a welcoming city and Sweden's biggest port and Sweden's second city. It is also the gateway to the Bohuslän Archipelago. Local recommendations include numerous excellent restaurants, a coffee in a cosy cafe in Haga and a boat trip on the Göta River. Liseberg, Scandinavia's largest amusement park and home to an excellent Christmas market, is just a stone's throw away from the city centre.

Gothenburg Tourism website - the Gothenburg Tourist card offers great value for money.

West Sweden - Bohuslän Archiepelago

West Sweden is full of activites and excursions, guided and self guided. Here are just a few of them.

  • Sea kayaking is widely available with guided and self guided tours.
  • There are many walking trails and many hotels have maps marking walking routes.
  • The ancient viking rock carvings at Tanumshede.
  • The Weather Islands is a good day trip if you aren't staying there.
  • The Koster Marine National Park.
  • Marstrand is a bustling sailing island.
  • Nordens Ark specialising in Nordic animals and endangered species.
  • Cycle rental is widely available.

For more information please visit the West Sweden tourism website.

Dates

Available all year round.

Summer
The main summer period is mid-June to mid-August. A busier period all along West Sweden with all attractions open.

Spring
Late April to mid-June. Experience long often sunny days as everything comes into bloom.

Autumn
One of the most colourful and scenic times of year. The first lobster of the season is caught around the last Monday in September.

Winter
An unpredicatable time of year - they're called the Weather Islands for a reason. No better time to relax in the hottub, enjoy a sauna, take a good book and enjoy this quiet location. 

Prices

Peak season prices from (June, July and August)
£1140pp based on 2 people in a double / twin room.

Off-peak season prices from (other periods) 
£1090pp based on 2 people in a double / twin room.

Supplements from
Superior room upgrades £75 per person
Single supplement £195 per person

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