Discover the Islands in Gothenburg and West Sweden’s Archipelago

The paradise-like archipelago in the Swedish region of Bohuslän, north of Gothenburg, has been selected by CNN as one of the 10 best natural reserves in the world. From now on discovering the islands in Gothenburg and West Sweden is easier than ever.

Recently me and my wife were visiting the West Coast of Sweden during our one-month long roadtrip in Sweden but I had already been in the area on previous occasions (read here about a recommended route to visit Gothenburg and West Sweden). No need to say that I have fallen in love with this destination and that I always try to come back if possible.

Stångehuvud la reserva natural en Lysekil, Suecia <br> Foto: Israel Ubeda /

Stångehuvud the Natural Reserve in Lysekil, Sweden
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If plan to visit this region of Sweden on holidays you should head to Stångehuvud Natural Reserve in Lysekil, famouse for its rose-colored granite rocks, discover unspotted bays and beaches, book your accommodation at one of the many red cabins by the sea and enjoy the untouched nature.

West Sweden’s Archipelago extends over 200 km (125 mi) from the island of Vrångö to the south, in front of Gothenburg, to the Koster Islands in the north of the region, in front of the town of Strömstad by the Norwegian border. So many islands over such a long area should make it very difficult to decide which one to visit but now it has been made easier …

Boat Tours in West Sweden’s Archipelago

On board the boats of Västtrafik, Strömma (some routes included in the Go City Gothenburg tourist pass) and some other smaller local shipping companies you can travel from island to island in a cheap way (sometimes even for free) and discover the Bohuslän Archipelago at your own pace.

Barcos por el archipiélago de Bohuslän <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda /

Boats at Bohuslän Archipelago
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The official West Sweden tourist website offers a list of all the boat tours, the routes and their schedule which simplify a lot traveling by boat in the area. Whether you want to spend a weekend island-hopping carrying only your bike or maybe discover the islands hiking Bohus Archipelago is open to all experiences and budgets.

En barco de isla en isla por el archipiélago de Bohuslän <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda /

Island-hopping at Bohuslän Archipelago
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When we stayed on the island of Klädesholmen we took our car to the nearby town of Rönnäng and from there boarded a boat bound for the islands of Åstol and Stora Dyrön to spend a whole day and enjoy the wonderful landscapes of the archipelago at the West Coast of Sweden.

En Stora Dyrön una isla en el oeste de Suecia <br> Foto: Israel Úbeda /

On Stora Dyrön an Island in West Sweden
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If you plan to stay and visit Gothenburg in 2 or 3 days I advise you to take a ferry to some of the nearby islands like Donsö, Styrsö or, as mentioned before, Vrångö which are all connected to the city center by public transport. Check this short video below to discover what the destination offers you.

On every island you will find some hotels and hostels managed by local families that will give your stay an special touch and will make it harder for you to return home. A hotel that we really enjoyed was Salt & Sill (see our review here), a floating hotel on the island of Klädesholmen. On Styrsö you can book a couple-oriented cozy hostel at Pensionat Styrsö Skäret which fits perfect if you are on a romantic getaway in West Sweden. There are many others in the archipelago.

Discovering West Sweden with Locals

A very celebrated experience is contacting some locals and discovering the West Coast of Sweden with them doing as they would do where they would go. This service is offered by the website Meet The Locals and some experiences available in Gothenburg and West Sweden are:

  • doing some yoga with Maria
  • discovering Tjörn Island with Susanne
  • enjoying a ride on 63-year-old Ann’s classic car in Låstad

And if you make it to the countryside in Alingsås you will be able to enjoy the best cinnamon rolls guided by a local in what is considered Swedish Capital of Fika.

Have you already visited Sweden’s West Coast? Where did you travel? In case you are planning to visit and want some tips leave me a message and I will help you prepare your trip in West Sweden.

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About Israel Úbeda

Former press officer and communicator at VisitSweden, the Swedish National Tourism Organization in Spain. Traveling to Sweden since 2002 and at times living in the country. A few years ago I decided that others could learn about Swedish tourist destinations, the language and the society on this page. Welcome!

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