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.
This island hopping tour has been designed to take you deep into the Bohuslän Archipelago with the opportunity to thoroughly explore this unique coastline. Don't forget your swimming costumes as you will be inundated with a vast array of swimming spots, from rocky inlets to sandy beaches.
The West Coast of Sweden is a popular summer destination for Swedes, Norwegians and Europeans alike. Our island hopping tour takes you to popular sailing locations such as Marstrand & Smögen, but also more remote locations such as the Weather Islands and Koster Islands.
Marstrands Havshotell - West Sweden
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. 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 cozy cafes Marstrand is a place for pleasure, a place to love for its culture, history, beauty and legends. [map]
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Marstrand is a hive of activity during the summer. Local activities include boat & fishing trips, sailing, quay side bars & restaurants and great walks. The highlights include a walk around the island of Marstrand (just take the cable ferry across), including Marstrand fortress. Marstrands havshotell also has a pool and SPA area.
Salt & Sill - West Sweden
Sweden's first floating hotel (opened 2008) is located on the island of Klädesholem (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 will blend into the sea environment by creating a reef and haven for marine life to flourish underneath and around the pontoons supporting the hotel. [map]
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The restaurant at Salt and Sil is one of the main attractions. Take part in the traditional Swedish activities of schnapps tasting or indulge in a sauna on the worlds fastest sauna boat! The scenry around here is spectacular.
The Weather Islands - West Sweden
One of Simply Sweden's favourites! 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. 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. [map]
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The highlights of this location are the islands themselves and a walk to the old pilots station. We also enjoyed the boat trip from Fjällbacka to the Weather Islands. Enjoy the food, relaxation and the view from the hottub during the evening! Fjällbacka is also home to Camilla Läckberg, author of thrillers, based in the small coastal town.
Syd Koster - The Koster Islands
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. The Syd Koster Hotel has an excellent restaurant, and the terrace offers stunning views across the Koster Fjord. During the summer months there is often a live band during the evening. All suites and apartments offer unrivalled views across the fjord. [map]
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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. On the way to / from the Koster Islands you'll find Nordens Ark (home to Scandinavian animals) and the ancient rock carvings in Tanumshede.
Price from £1460 per person May, June, July, Aug & Sep
Price from £1245 per person other dates
Book / Enquire about this holiday
Price is based on 2 adults and includes flights, car rental, b&b accommodation at all hotels. The Weather Islands includes a light lunch and 3 course evening meal. Return boat to the Weather Islands is included. The ferry to the Koster Islands is not included as this is a regular service and you are free to choose a time perfect for you.The cost is approx 120sek per person for a return journey. There is also a small charge for parking in Fjällbacka (Weather Islands) and in Strömstad (Koster Islands).