West Sweden's coastline is one of the nation's best kept secrets. Stretching from Gothenburg to the Norwegian border and all along the Bohuslan coast, a myriad of islands and skerries dotted with brightly painted houses, hamlets and picturesque fishing villages, make this a great place to explore. Relax, enjoy the seafood and appreciate this little slice of heaven!
- Explore Gothenburg, by foot or tram
- Optional visit to the Koster Islands, try hiking, cycling or just enjoy the beaches
- Take a boat trip to the picturesque Weather Islands
- See the animals at Norden's Ark
- Visit the Museum of Marine Life
- Enjoy the beautiful beaches and spectacular scenery
Gothenburg is a compact city, easy for sightseeing on foot or by tram. Packed full of chic shops, interesting museums, galleries, and a bewildering array of cafes, bars and restaurants, foodies especially will enjoy this place. In fact, this entire holiday is a gastronome's delight with so many wonderful seafood restaurants up and down the coast, and the chance to go on a Shellfish Safari - highly recommended!
This region lends itself perfectly to creating your own self drive holiday, as laid back as you wish, as there are many places to stay and visit, in relatively close proximity and all with their own experiences. There are several delightful hotels and smaller guesthouses which act as your base for exploring the area - choose to stay in just one or hop between different locations and enjoy the warm hospitality. The highlights mentioned above are just a few of our recommendations, there are countless more to discover at your leisure. Some ideas for you to consider are below:
Sea Food Safaris - This stretch of coastline is considered the home of Swedish seafood. Join an Oyster Safari in Grebbestad or a Mussel Safari in Ljungskile and get a real taste of the sea.
Outdoor pursuits - with an archipelago of over 8,000 islands the best way to discover new places and get a different perspective is to explore by kayak. There are many opportunities to paddle along the coast, it's great fun and even suitable for beginners. With many walking trails in the area you can be immersed in nature in no time and enjoy spectacular views.
Nordens Ark - located 120km north of Gothenburg, the wildlife park works to ensure endangered species have a future. A great place for all the family with about 80 species on show, it has Amur Tigers, Pallas cats, wolverines, Lynx, birds and amphibians.
Lacko Castle - a medieval castle situated on the shore of Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden. An imposing 17th century baroque building with over 200 rooms and dazzling gardens surrounded by high walls.
Gunnebo House and Gardens - one of Sweden's most beautiful historic houses from the 18th century and just 15 minutes from Gothenburg. There are daily guided tours in the summer season.
Torpa Castle - beautifully situated on the southern shore of Lake Asunden, one hour east from Gothenburg. Come for medieval days and market, let the children dress up as knights and princesses, or take a guided tour.
The Dalsland Canal - one of Europe's most beautiful waterways, the Dalsland Canal turns a whole labyrinth of lakes, rivers and canal passages into a boater's dream. Join a canal cruise and enjoy the scenery passing you by.
Carlsten Fort on Marstrand Island - definitely worth a vist, the island is a west coast gem with colourful wooden buildings, vibrant harbours and the imposing Carlsten Fort its main attraction.
Vitlycke Rock carvings - a collection of petroglyphs near Tanumshede which were declared a World Heritage site in 1994. Carvings date from the late Bronze age and over the years new carvings were added, the last made just before the birth of Christ.
Itinerary & Accommodation
- Day 1: fly to Gothenburg
- Fly to Gothenburg, make you way from the airport to the city centre and spend two nights in this vibrant city at Hotel Vanilla.
- Day 2: at leisure
- Enjoy sightseeing, shopping and exploring Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. A useful purchase is the city card, which gives you free entrance to many sights, attractions, museums and day trips as well as unlimited travel on trams, buses and boats.
- Day 3: Gothenburg - Ljungskile
- Collect rental vehicle and head north, visiting the island of Marstrand with the Carlsten Fortress, dating back to 1658, en route to Ljungskile. Spend two nights at the delightful Villa Sjotorp.
- Day 4: at leisure
- Explore the scenic island of Tjorn and the Nordic Watercolour Museum, the seaside resort of Lysekil with its Marine Life Museum (with an 8m long underwater observation tunnel) and the pretty village of Fiskebacksil backed by granite cliffs.
- Day 5: Ljungskile - Fjallbacka
- Continue north to Fjallbacka, stopping off to see a variety of wildlife at Nordens Ark, home to many endangered animals including snow leopards, Amur tigers, Amur leopards, wolves, lynxes, endangered birds and amphibians. In the delightful fishing village of Fjallbacka check in for three nights at the lovely harbour front hotel Bryggan Fjallbacka.
- Days 6-7: at leisure
- With Fjallbacka as a base there are a host of attractions to visit in the area. The remote Weather Islands, easily reached by a regular boat service, and the Koster Islands with their unspoilt beaches and marine national park, are definitely worth exploring. Visit the UNESCO site at Tanum for outstanding examples of Bronze Age art carved some 3,000 years ago. Enjoy a Seafood Safari in Grebbestad and enjoy mouthwatering langoustines, lobster, mussels and oysters.
- Day 8: depart Gothenburg
- Take a leisurely drive south to Gothenburg and return the rental vehicle. You can either return the car at the airport, which carries a one-way fee of SEK 680 payable on collection of the car. Alternatively, return the car to the central office and take the airport bus service (situated next to the car rental office) to the airport. Tickets cost SEK 95 one-way. Check in for the flight home.
- This itinerary is for guideline purposes only - call to discuss your many options.
Hotel Vanilla, Gothenburg
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- Type: Hotel
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Stora Hotellet, Fjallbacka
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- Type: Hotel
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Prices & Dates
|Per person prices from||May to Sept 2018|
Twin price is based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room. Child prices on request
Price includes direct flights from Gatwick to Gothenburg with Norwegian airlines; airport taxes; 2 nights at Hotel Vanilla in Gothenburg, 2 nights at Villa Sjotorp in Ljungskile, 3 nights at Stora Hotellet Bryggen, all on breakfast basis; car hire for 6 days with Europcar in a group B car (VW Golf or similar), CDW; Sat Nav.
Price excludes transfers/taxi costs, meals other than stated, petrol, upgraded car hire insurances and personal expenses.
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