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Koster Islands - West Sweden

A car-free relaxing holiday on the Koster Islands in the Bohuslän archipelago on the border between Sweden and Norway in West Sweden.

Overview

One of our favourite places in Sweden and inaugurated as Sweden's first marine national park in 2009.

The car-free Koster Islands are at the northernmost part of the stunning Bohuslän archipelago which stretches 100 miles north of Gothenburg to the Norwegian border. An idyllic area with 8,000 rocky islands and skerries that is a popular summer destinations for Scandinavians. The area is scattered with tiny fishing villages and the Bohuslän archipelago, especially the area around the Koster Islands, is rich in marine wildlife. This national park boasts the richest marine waters on the Swedish coast. Fed by the warm waters of the Atlantic, the Koster Fjord has the optimum salinity for a diverse range of marine animals to thrive. As a guest in this area you will only be able to scratch the surface of this amazing marine kaleidoscope, as much of it is below the waves (try diving!).

The Koster Islands are easily accessible from Gothenburg. Just 2hr40 minutes from Gothenburg by train and a short ferry crossing from the town of Strömstad and across the Koster Fjord. These apartments are part of the Koster Hotel and offer unrivalled views across the Koster Fjord. Relax on your balcony and soak up the long summer days or explore this beautiful location by bike, foot, boat or kayak.

The highlights of this holiday include relaxing on your balcony with stunning views, the nature and calm outdoor life of the Koster Islands.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Gothenburg
Typical flight times from Heathrow 0740 landing 1035
Airport coach from Gothenburg Airport to Gothenburg Central Station
Train to Strömstad
Approx times 1240 arriving 1530
Short walk from Strömstad Station to the harbour (approx. 400m)
Ferry to the Koster Islands
Approx times 1630 arriving 1715
Short walk from the quay to your apartment (approx 100m)
Check in and enjoy your holiday on the Koster Islands

Day 2 - Day 6
This is your holiday - stay as many days as you like!
This is a self-catering holiday on the beautiful west coast of Sweden
Enjoy your days at leisure
Rent a bike, hike around North Koster, take a seal safari, try sea kayaking
and so much more

Day 7
Short walk from Koster Hotel to the ferry terminal (100m)
Ferry to Strömstad - typical times 1250-1325
Short walk (400m) to Strömstad Station
Train to Gothenburg - typical times 1425-17-20
Airport coach to Gothenburg Airport
Typical flight times to Heathrow 1945 arriving 2050.

Accommodation

Koster Hotel - Koster Islands (West Sweden)

Stay on the car free Koster islands at the Sydkoster Hotel Ekenäs. Park your car in Strömstad and take the passenger ferry to Sweden's most westerly populated islands, terminating just 100m from your hotel. Attractions include this 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 will be preserved as a spectacular nature reserve forever.

Standard accommodation is a double / twin room with a balcony. Suites offer spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchen, balcony and outstanding view across the Koster Fjord.

Self catering airy 3 bedroom (6 bed) apartments are also available. These include a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, balcony and unobstructed views across the harbour and fjord.

Click on the image for more photos.

Activities & Excursions

Koster Islands

This holiday is all about enjoying the local scenery and culture. 

Koster Islands
Take a guided walk / cycle ride with Steffan from the Koster Trädgård cafe / restaurant. Enjoy 'fika' at this cafe, rent a bike or walk and explore by yourself. Take a fishing or diving tour into the marine national park, seal spotting from a boat or relax on a beach under the warm summer sunshine. Rent a kayak and explore on a guided or self guided tour. Play boule or croquet next door to the hotel. 

Other local activities include
Crabbing - popular with children
Badminton and tennis
Yoga
Segway tours
RIB tours

The Koster Islands are a marine national park - come visit, look after it and enjoy it!

Dates

Late May, June, July, August & September

(peak holiday season is mid-June to mid-August)

Prices

Prices from & based on 4 people including breakfast

Up to 7Jun from 24Aug
£850 per person
Extra nights from £350 per apartment
Extra person from £330 per person

8Jun to 5Jul, 10 to 23Aug
£960 per person
Extra nights from £385 per apartment
Extra person from £330 per person

6Jul to 9Aug
£1095 per person
Extra nights from £455 per apartment
Extra person from £330 per person


For 2 people, we recommend staying in a suite with sea view

Up to 7Jun from 24Aug
£1050 per person
Extra nights from £125 per person

8Jun to 5Jul, 10 to 23Aug
£1135 per person
Extra nights from £140 per person

6Jul to 9Aug
£1195 per person
Extra nights from £150 per person

 

Price includes 

return flights from the UK
airport coach to / from Gothenburg airport and Gothenburg station
train to / from Strömstad & Gothenburg
return ferry ticket to Koster Islands
5 nights bed and breakfast in a sea view apartment / suite at Koster Hotel

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Information

Our West Sweden holidays are extremely flexible.

A stay in Gothenburg can also be included.

Overview

One of our favourite places in Sweden and inaugurated as Sweden's first marine national park in 2009.

The car-free Koster Islands are at the northernmost part of the stunning Bohuslän archipelago which stretches 100 miles north of Gothenburg to the Norwegian border. An idyllic area with 8,000 rocky islands and skerries that is a popular summer destinations for Scandinavians. The area is scattered with tiny fishing villages and the Bohuslän archipelago, especially the area around the Koster Islands, is rich in marine wildlife. This national park boasts the richest marine waters on the Swedish coast. Fed by the warm waters of the Atlantic, the Koster Fjord has the optimum salinity for a diverse range of marine animals to thrive. As a guest in this area you will only be able to scratch the surface of this amazing marine kaleidoscope, as much of it is below the waves (try diving!).

The Koster Islands are easily accessible from Gothenburg. Just 2hr40 minutes from Gothenburg by train and a short ferry crossing from the town of Strömstad and across the Koster Fjord. These apartments are part of the Koster Hotel and offer unrivalled views across the Koster Fjord. Relax on your balcony and soak up the long summer days or explore this beautiful location by bike, foot, boat or kayak.

The highlights of this holiday include relaxing on your balcony with stunning views, the nature and calm outdoor life of the Koster Islands.

Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Gothenburg
Typical flight times from Heathrow 0740 landing 1035
Airport coach from Gothenburg Airport to Gothenburg Central Station
Train to Strömstad
Approx times 1240 arriving 1530
Short walk from Strömstad Station to the harbour (approx. 400m)
Ferry to the Koster Islands
Approx times 1630 arriving 1715
Short walk from the quay to your apartment (approx 100m)
Check in and enjoy your holiday on the Koster Islands

Day 2 - Day 6
This is your holiday - stay as many days as you like!
This is a self-catering holiday on the beautiful west coast of Sweden
Enjoy your days at leisure
Rent a bike, hike around North Koster, take a seal safari, try sea kayaking
and so much more

Day 7
Short walk from Koster Hotel to the ferry terminal (100m)
Ferry to Strömstad - typical times 1250-1325
Short walk (400m) to Strömstad Station
Train to Gothenburg - typical times 1425-17-20
Airport coach to Gothenburg Airport
Typical flight times to Heathrow 1945 arriving 2050.

Accomodation

Koster Hotel - Koster Islands (West Sweden)

Stay on the car free Koster islands at the Sydkoster Hotel Ekenäs. Park your car in Strömstad and take the passenger ferry to Sweden's most westerly populated islands, terminating just 100m from your hotel. Attractions include this 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 will be preserved as a spectacular nature reserve forever.

Standard accommodation is a double / twin room with a balcony. Suites offer spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchen, balcony and outstanding view across the Koster Fjord.

Self catering airy 3 bedroom (6 bed) apartments are also available. These include a fully equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms, balcony and unobstructed views across the harbour and fjord.

Click on the image for more photos.

Excursions

Koster Islands

This holiday is all about enjoying the local scenery and culture. 

Koster Islands
Take a guided walk / cycle ride with Steffan from the Koster Trädgård cafe / restaurant. Enjoy 'fika' at this cafe, rent a bike or walk and explore by yourself. Take a fishing or diving tour into the marine national park, seal spotting from a boat or relax on a beach under the warm summer sunshine. Rent a kayak and explore on a guided or self guided tour. Play boule or croquet next door to the hotel. 

Other local activities include
Crabbing - popular with children
Badminton and tennis
Yoga
Segway tours
RIB tours

The Koster Islands are a marine national park - come visit, look after it and enjoy it!

Dates

Late May, June, July, August & September

(peak holiday season is mid-June to mid-August)

Prices

Prices from & based on 4 people including breakfast

Up to 7Jun from 24Aug
£850 per person
Extra nights from £350 per apartment
Extra person from £330 per person

8Jun to 5Jul, 10 to 23Aug
£960 per person
Extra nights from £385 per apartment
Extra person from £330 per person

6Jul to 9Aug
£1095 per person
Extra nights from £455 per apartment
Extra person from £330 per person


For 2 people, we recommend staying in a suite with sea view

Up to 7Jun from 24Aug
£1050 per person
Extra nights from £125 per person

8Jun to 5Jul, 10 to 23Aug
£1135 per person
Extra nights from £140 per person

6Jul to 9Aug
£1195 per person
Extra nights from £150 per person

 

Price includes 

return flights from the UK
airport coach to / from Gothenburg airport and Gothenburg station
train to / from Strömstad & Gothenburg
return ferry ticket to Koster Islands
5 nights bed and breakfast in a sea view apartment / suite at Koster Hotel

Gallery More Info

Our West Sweden holidays are extremely flexible.

A stay in Gothenburg can also be included.