Welcome to West Sweden
Starting in the city of Gothenburg which is known as the ‘culinary and festival capital of Sweden’ you have a host of great hotels to choose from here and when it comes to places to eat; if you are a meat eater, shellfish lover, or vegan you will be truly spoilt for choice!
From Gothenburg, you can then head out by car or by train to explore the lakes, forests, islands, and pretty coastal villages of the three provinces of Bohuslän, Dalsland and Västergötland! These three main provinces offer contrasting landscapes and activities that include sea kayaking, cycling, and hiking.
There is so much nature to discover too from seals, and dancing cranes (in the March/April months), to learning about endangered species at Nordens Ark.
- Best time to visit
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West Sweden boasts some of the most beautiful natural scenery in Sweden, from rocky coastlines to dense forests and idyllic islands which makes Summer the perfect time to experience the region’s natural beauty, with longer days providing more time to explore. Generally, the temperatures range between 18-25°C, making it ideal weather for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, and exploring the archipelago.
Outside of Summer, the best time to travel is late Spring or Autumn when the temperatures are cooler and it can be a little less busy during this time.
Fly into Gothenburg
Arrive in Gothenburg city where you will spend your first night and take the opportunity to explore the city. There are plenty of places to discover such as the city’s Botanical Garden, which has over 16,000 plant species from around the world, Liseberg amusement park which is located in the heart of the city, and we highly recommend the Haga district which is renowned for its cobblestone streets, cafes, and small boutiques. It is a great place to explore, then grab a cup of coffee and a giant cinnamon bun!
In the morning you will head to the harbour to hop onto a local ferry M/S Kungsö and head to your first destination – Hönö Klåva. Hönö is one of many hidden gems in West Sweden and it is a perfect location to spend the day here. In the afternoon you can join a local fisherman for a shellfish tour that will take you around this stunning archipelago before then heading to your accommodation for the evening at Skärgårdshotellet where an evening dip in the sea is a must!
Spend the afternoon with Fika at Bergs Konditori before taking some time to explore the stunning port and history, which includes a castle you can visit! In the evening you will check into Marstrands Havshotell, a property inspired by the sea and fresh winds of Bohuslän.
Today after a hearty breakfast you can hop onto the local ferry to the island of Dyrön where you can head out on a walk around the island – here you can take in the views of the West Sea, spot Mouflon sheep, rare plants, and a variety of rock types. One of its big highlights is the Dynes Ravine, an absolute must-visit and the perfect rest stop – along the way you will also get the opportunity to find some perfect swimming spots too.
Head back to Marstrand in the late afternoon for a relaxing evening in your hotel.
Today you will make your way to Lysekil which can be found on the Bohuslän coast – here you will find the mouth of Gullmarsfjorden facing the open sea. Within Lysekil there is the Gamelstan (old town) to discover, and areas of stunning architecture to see including Lysekil’s church built in granite and overlooking the town from a high hill.
In the afternoon you will check into Gullmarsstrand Hotel for an evening to relax.
Day of Activities
Time to head out on your rental kayak to get to know the surrounding area. As you soak in the scenery you might find yourself stalked by a curious seal – there will be plenty to see on your journey. If you don’t feel like kayaking then why not take up the option of heading out on a seal safari where you can see these fascinating animals in the wild? In the evening return back to your property for a relaxing final night.
Back to the City
After breakfast head back to the city for your flight back home or if you wish to extend your stay and explore more of Sweden or its neighbouring countries then speak to one of our adventure artists who will be able to assist if tailoring your extended holiday.