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The Best of West Sweden Short Break

5 Days & 4 Nights
  • Spend a long weekend exploring West Sweden's Bohuslan coast on foot
  • Start your adventure in West Sweden’s cultural hub, the city of Gothenburg
  • Hike part of the ‘Soteleden’ long-distance trail, along coastlines and through forests
  • Enjoy the lively, holiday atmosphere of the fishing village of Smögen
  • Slow down and indulge in a classic Swedish ‘fika’, a relaxing coffee and cake break
Spend a long weekend exploring Sweden’s West Coast. The rocky west coast region of Bohuslän is a natural paradise dotted with hundreds of islands, rocky beaches and picturesque lighthouses. Combined with the appealing city of Gothenburg and one of the most exciting foodie scenes in Northern Europe, this tour offers the perfect balance of walking, nature, culture and glorious food. Start with a day of hiking around picturesque Marstrand island before heading back to Gothenburg where you can spend the evening exploring the city and its plethora of restaurants and trendy bars. Next comes two days of walking along the Soteleden long-distance trail. Walk through peaceful forests, along scenic coastlines and through fields and meadows. Finish your adventure in the fishing port of Smögen. Relax with a drink on the boardwalk, watch the world go by and tuck into some of the freshest seafood imaginable!
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What To Expect

This tour is perfect for those looking to explore the best parts of Sweden’s west coast in a short space of time, using the region’s great public transport to get from place to place. Foodies will love the region’s emphasis on locally sourced, fresh ingredients. The walks are rated easy-moderate with a couple of long days, but ascent and descent is minimal– ideal if you’re looking for a relaxed walking trip. Stay in comfy 3* hotels and a friendly guesthouse.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Foodie Adventures, Coastal & Island

Inspiration:

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Grade & Terrain

This tour is rated easy-moderate. Distances vary from 5 – 17km, and the ascent/descent is generally negligible with the exceptions of some undulating sections on day 2 and 3 (Soteleden trail), which can be more tiring that expected! Generally, the terrain underfoot is straight-forward. However, care should be taken on the granite rock paths when wet as they can become slippery. Some parts of the woodland trails can become muddy after lots of rain. Walking shoes or boots with a good grip are essential. 

Navigation

All of the walks are way-marked to varying degrees, some walk better than others. We provide you with turn-by-turn instructions for each walk, maps and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, so you will have no problem finding your way!

Accommodation Information

4 nights accommodation is included in your trip. 3 nights are in 3 star hotels and 1 night is spent in a charming guesthouse. All accommodations have private en-suite bathrooms. The accommodation on this trip varies in standard and character, but they all offer great value, food and welcomes. You will find an example of the accommodation we normally use below. If these accommodations are not available we will use a hotel of a similar of better standard than those described.

Gothenburg is an events city, and the price of hotels there can fluctuate greatly depending on what is going on at the time. If you request a booking when there is an event happening in Gothenburg, you may be asked to pay a supplement.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers but a solo walker supplement is payable. Single rooms are also available should someone in your party wish to have their own room, again a supplement is payable.

Alternate Accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the hotels listed. However, if those listed are unavailable, alternative accommodation of the same or better standard than those described will be provided.

Meals

Breakfast is always buffet-style with various options available. For example,  freshly baked bread, jams, meats, cheese, fruit and veg, muesli, eggs, pastries. A 2-course dinner is included in Bottna Inn and is usually a set-menu. A satisfying packed lunch is also included for the walk from Bottna to Hunnesbostrand.

Swedes are very good at dealing with dietary restrictions, please let us know at the time of booking if you have any requirements and we will pass this on to the hotels.

Included
  • 3 Nights in 3 star hotels and 1 night in a comfortable guesthouse
  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 dinner
  • 1 packed lunch
  • Detailed information pack, route notes, maps and access to our navigation app
  • 24/7 support from our UK office
Excluded
  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Gothenburg and from Smögen
  • Public transport costs
  • Remaining lunches and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

This trip is available to start any day of the week, from the beginning of May to mid September, subject to availability. Any time during this period is ideal for walking, mid-July to mid- August is high season and the towns along the way will be busy with local holiday makers. 

Getting to the Start

By Air: Gothenburg Landvetter Airport is the best entry point for this tour. There are several low-cost and international airlines flying here. From here, it’s a 40 minute bus journey to the Nils Ericson Terminalen (Central Bus Station) in Gothenburg. The bus company is called Flygbussarna, and tickets can be purchased from a machine at the arrivals hall of the airport. Departures run as regularly as every 12 minutes during peak times.

You could also fly into Copenhagen Airport, from where there is a direct train to Gothenburg (3.5 hours)

By Rail: Gothenburg can be reached by train from any other Swedish town or city. For example, the train from Stockholm to Gothenburg takes 3.5 hours.  

Getting from the End

Smögen has a bus stop from where you can catch a bus back to Gothenburg. The bus takes approx. 2.5 with 1 change (possibly more depending on your departure time/date). Timetables and itineraries can be found in English at the following website: https://www.vasttrafik.se/en 

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from Norden’s Ark to Bottna and from Bottna to Smögen. Please limit the weight of your bags to 20kg per person. You will take your bag on public transport from Gothenburg to Norden’s Ark, so you may want to keep the weight of your bag as light as possible. We recommend having a suitcase with wheels to make things easier. If you are returning to Gothenburg at the end of the tour, it may be possible to leave any excess belongings at your hotel in Gothenburg, so be sure to have an extra bag with you if you intend to do this (a fold away tote bag would be ideal).

General Information

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and trousers), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which ncludes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel during the trip

This itinerary makes extensive use of the public transport in order to see the best of West Sweden, without the stress of driving! The public transport in Sweden is excellent, so sit back and enjoy the ride. Public transport in west Sweden is run by Vasttrafik. For best value, we recommend purchasing the tickets individually, these can be purchased as you go from the bus driver or at the bus station. You should budget approx. 750 SEK per person for the public transport outlined in the itinerary.

Another option is to purchase 2 x 72 hour Vasttrafik travel cards per person, meaning all public transport from day 2 to day 9 (inclusive) will be covered. Simply tap your travel card on the machine by the driver as you get on the bus, no need for additional tickets or reservations! The passes cost approx. 620 SEK per person per travel card. While it’s certainly cheaper to buy individual tickets if following the itinerary as planned, with the passes you get the added convenience of unlimited use and no need to buy individual tickets.

Two private taxi transfers (from Smögen to Fjällbacka and from Fjällbacka to Munkedal Train Sation), and the ferry to and from the Weather Islands, are included in the cost of your trip. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Gothenburg Day 2 Bus/Ferry to Marstrand, choice of walks/Explore Gothenburg Day 3 Bus to Norden’s Ark, Walk to Bottna Inn 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk Bottna Inn to Hunnesbostrand, bus to Smögen 9.6 miles / 15.6 km Day 5 Onward Travel

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