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Island Hopping - West Sweden

With our intimate knowledge of West Sweden few companies are better placed to offer you such a flexible holiday in the area.   

Overview

One of our guests stated that "the Swedish west coast is quite simply one of the most beautiful places on earth." We are inclined to agree.

Here at Simply Sweden we have intimate knowledge of this stunning area of natural beauty. We visit on a regular basis and keep up-to-date with what West Sweden has to offer. The west coast of Sweden is a popular summer destination for Swedes, Norwegians and Europeans alike. This captivating coastline is scattered with hundreds of barren islands, rocky inlets and picturesque fishing villages. With seafood in abundance, oysters, lobsters, crab, prawns and fish are served in gourmet dishes along the coast and crayfish are an August specialty.

This holiday has been designed to take you deep into the Bohuslän archipelago with the opportunity to thoroughly explore this unique coastline which keeps company with a plethora of wildlife. Don't forget your swimming costumes as you will be inundated with a limitless array of swimming spots, from rocky coves to sandy beaches.

The highlights of this holiday include the unique and very special Weather Islands. A true taste of Swedish culture on Sweden's most westerly islands. We can offer an extremely flexible holiday in West Sweden so do feel free to call us so we can discuss a tailor-made holiday to suit you.

Itinerary

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Gothenburg
Collect your hire car from the airport
Drive to Salt and Sill approx. 1hr15
Check in
Settle down for a 3 course evening meal at Salt and Sill - the restaurant is popular with locals and tourists

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
A day at leisure to explore this stunning coastline
3 course evening meal at Salt and Sill

Day 3
Breakfast at your hotel
A morning at leisure and 1hr30 drive to Fjällbacka
Park your car in Fjällbacka
Approx 1pm boat transfer to the Weather Islands
Check in & welcome sandwich
Some time to explore this special location. A visit to the old pilot station is recommended
3 course evening meal on the Weather Islands

Day 4
Relaxing breakfast
Approx 1030 boat transfer back to Fjällbacka
Time to explore Fjällbacka (we recommend lunch at Bryggan on the quay side)
Approx 1hr30 drive to Marstrand
Check in
Time to explore this beautiful location

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel
Time to explore this beautiful area and the island of Marstrand.

Day 6
Breakfast at your hotel
Time at leisure
Drive to Gothenburg Airport approx. 1hr
Afternoon flights back to UK

If you would like to tailor-make this itinerary we work with a range of hotels across West Sweden. Here are a few!

Accommodation

Marstrands Havshotellet

The Islands of Koön and Marstrand are located just 45mins from Gothenburg. Koön is connected to the mainland by a bridge, however Marstrand is a car free island connected by a regular cable ferry across Marstrand Harbour. You will stay at the new Marstrands Havshotell (Sea Hotel) on Koön in the harbour area. The suites offer sea views and entrance to the spa is included in your stay.

Marstrand has been fought over for centuries by the Swedes, Norwegians and the Danish. The peace treaty signed in 1658 finally made Marstrand Swedish. It is home to beautiful houses, an impressive fortress and cosy cafes Local activities include boat & fishing trips, sailing, quay side bars & restaurants and great walks. Marstrand is a place for pleasure, a place to love for its culture, history, beauty and legends.

Click on the image for more photos.

Salt and Sill - West Sweden

Sweden's first floating hotel (opened 2008) is located on the island of Klädesholmen (Herring Island), offering peaceful and picturesque views across the famous Bohuslän Archipelago, just 45mins from Gothenburg.There are 23 rooms (including one suite) in six two-storey buildings on floating pontoons.

The hotel has been built to complement the highly successful Salt & Sill restaurant, accredited by Taste of West Sweden. The hotel blends into the sea environment by creating a reef and haven for marine life to flourish underneath and around the pontoons supporting the hotel.

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

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

Late May, June, July, August, September and October

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

Prices

Prices from £1395 per person on a double / twin room

Supplements from
£325 single supplement

Price includes
return flights from the UK
car rental
accommodation as detailed above
half board at Salt and Sill and the Weather Islands
bed and breakfast at Marstrand
return boat transfer to Weather Islands
all restaurants are set meals - please let us know any dietary requirements at time of booking

Not included in the price:
parking in Fjällbacka (some free spaces available)
parking in Marstrand (some free hotel spaces available)

Gallery

Information

If you would like to tailor-make this itinerary we work with a range of hotels across West Sweden. Here are a few!

Overview

One of our guests stated that "the Swedish west coast is quite simply one of the most beautiful places on earth." We are inclined to agree.

Here at Simply Sweden we have intimate knowledge of this stunning area of natural beauty. We visit on a regular basis and keep up-to-date with what West Sweden has to offer. The west coast of Sweden is a popular summer destination for Swedes, Norwegians and Europeans alike. This captivating coastline is scattered with hundreds of barren islands, rocky inlets and picturesque fishing villages. With seafood in abundance, oysters, lobsters, crab, prawns and fish are served in gourmet dishes along the coast and crayfish are an August specialty.

This holiday has been designed to take you deep into the Bohuslän archipelago with the opportunity to thoroughly explore this unique coastline which keeps company with a plethora of wildlife. Don't forget your swimming costumes as you will be inundated with a limitless array of swimming spots, from rocky coves to sandy beaches.

The highlights of this holiday include the unique and very special Weather Islands. A true taste of Swedish culture on Sweden's most westerly islands. We can offer an extremely flexible holiday in West Sweden so do feel free to call us so we can discuss a tailor-made holiday to suit you.

Itinerary

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Fly from UK to Gothenburg
Collect your hire car from the airport
Drive to Salt and Sill approx. 1hr15
Check in
Settle down for a 3 course evening meal at Salt and Sill - the restaurant is popular with locals and tourists

Day 2
Breakfast at your hotel
A day at leisure to explore this stunning coastline
3 course evening meal at Salt and Sill

Day 3
Breakfast at your hotel
A morning at leisure and 1hr30 drive to Fjällbacka
Park your car in Fjällbacka
Approx 1pm boat transfer to the Weather Islands
Check in & welcome sandwich
Some time to explore this special location. A visit to the old pilot station is recommended
3 course evening meal on the Weather Islands

Day 4
Relaxing breakfast
Approx 1030 boat transfer back to Fjällbacka
Time to explore Fjällbacka (we recommend lunch at Bryggan on the quay side)
Approx 1hr30 drive to Marstrand
Check in
Time to explore this beautiful location

Day 5
Breakfast at your hotel
Time to explore this beautiful area and the island of Marstrand.

Day 6
Breakfast at your hotel
Time at leisure
Drive to Gothenburg Airport approx. 1hr
Afternoon flights back to UK

If you would like to tailor-make this itinerary we work with a range of hotels across West Sweden. Here are a few!

Accomodation

Marstrands Havshotellet

The Islands of Koön and Marstrand are located just 45mins from Gothenburg. Koön is connected to the mainland by a bridge, however Marstrand is a car free island connected by a regular cable ferry across Marstrand Harbour. You will stay at the new Marstrands Havshotell (Sea Hotel) on Koön in the harbour area. The suites offer sea views and entrance to the spa is included in your stay.

Marstrand has been fought over for centuries by the Swedes, Norwegians and the Danish. The peace treaty signed in 1658 finally made Marstrand Swedish. It is home to beautiful houses, an impressive fortress and cosy cafes Local activities include boat & fishing trips, sailing, quay side bars & restaurants and great walks. Marstrand is a place for pleasure, a place to love for its culture, history, beauty and legends.

Click on the image for more photos.

Salt and Sill - West Sweden

Sweden's first floating hotel (opened 2008) is located on the island of Klädesholmen (Herring Island), offering peaceful and picturesque views across the famous Bohuslän Archipelago, just 45mins from Gothenburg.There are 23 rooms (including one suite) in six two-storey buildings on floating pontoons.

The hotel has been built to complement the highly successful Salt & Sill restaurant, accredited by Taste of West Sweden. The hotel blends into the sea environment by creating a reef and haven for marine life to flourish underneath and around the pontoons supporting the hotel.

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

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

Late May, June, July, August, September and October

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

Prices

Prices from £1395 per person on a double / twin room

Supplements from
£325 single supplement

Price includes
return flights from the UK
car rental
accommodation as detailed above
half board at Salt and Sill and the Weather Islands
bed and breakfast at Marstrand
return boat transfer to Weather Islands
all restaurants are set meals - please let us know any dietary requirements at time of booking

Not included in the price:
parking in Fjällbacka (some free spaces available)
parking in Marstrand (some free hotel spaces available)

Gallery More Info

If you would like to tailor-make this itinerary we work with a range of hotels across West Sweden. Here are a few!