Gothenburg Holidays: An Overview

There's a lot more to Sweden than Stockholm and Lapland. We at Original Travel particularly recommend the charms of holidays to Gothenburg, the country's second city, and the beautiful west coast archipelago of some 8,000 islands.

To many outside Sweden this is secret Scandinavia, and long may that last- it's an area made special by its wide open spaces inhabited by a small population, the downright beautiful scenery and the range of wholesome activities on offer. Add in enough culinary highlights to sate the appetite of the most demanding of gastronauts and this is perfect Big Short Break country.

The elegant and friendly city of Gothenburg is the gateway to the region and worth at least a day's exploration, either on foot or by bike. By night the place has a fun atmosphere as this is a big student town, and there's the chance to eat at one of four Michelin-starred restaurants and many other excellent eateries.

There are increasingly regular flights from the UK so the city is a plausible weekend break in it's own right but we would definitely recommend extending the holiday a couple of days in order to explore the islands and inlets of the Bohuslän coastal region.

There are several excellent boutique properties in the tiny and colourful clapboard communities hugging the shoreline, and this is the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors, either on walks or on the water messing about in boats or by kayak. The coastal waters are warm in summer, and with no strong currents and no tidal waters, this really is the perfect place to paddle.

Even better, the culinary exploration continues beyond Gothenburg, and the tourist board has created Taste of West Sweden a list of the 25 best places to eat (and sometimes stay) in the region, many of which are far from the city. The west coast's shellfish, such as lobster and oysters, are among the best in the world, and we can arrange hands-on experiences such as seafood safaris.

We can arrange lobster safaris where you sail along the stunning coast with a skipper, helping to haul up and reset the pots; learn how to prepare and cook lobsters and then sample the catch, perhaps after enjoying a drink in the outdoor hot tub. Crayfish is a particular speciality in August before lobster season starts in late September when the weather should still be pretty nice.

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Seafood Safari

Set sail on a fishing trawler to catch and cook your own mussels. Travel to the vast mussel farms in the Swedish fjords to learn about the life cycle of blue mussels and have a go at harvesting them yourself. Armed with your catch, head back to the Ljungskile coast where you can cook and savour a steaming bowl of mussels while admiring the Nordic scenery.

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Fjallbacka Tours

Explore the tiny village of Fjallbacka through the eyes of the famous crime fiction writer Camilla Lackberg. Join the Cosy Crime Walk for an insight into the scenes and characters that appear in her books and fascinating tales about the village. For a glamorous touch, walk the Ingrid Bergman tour to find out about this famous actress' love for the remote area and the events she organized for the community.

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Sea Kayaking

Disconnect from the hustle and bustle of life as you embark on a kayaking expedition and discover the Tjorn Archipelago with its hundreds of islands and shallow straits. Sail on the calm waters gently rocked by the salty breeze and discover the traditional fishing villages dotted along the coast. For a truly memorable experience, go on a night kayaking tour complete with a night swim and a sensational sunset.

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A Note on Price

All of our holidays are completely tailor-made and prices will vary based on things like when in the year you will be travelling, how far in advance you book and the level of accommodation you choose. The guide prices shown across this website are designed to provide you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your trip.

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