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The Best of West Sweden on Foot

8 Days & 7 Nights
  • Explore the best of West Sweden’s wild and beautiful North Sea coast
  • Hike part of the ‘Soteleden’ long-distance trail, along coastlines and through forests
  • Enjoy the lively, holiday atmosphere of the small fishing village of Smögen
  • Walk around the car-free island of Marstrand, stopping for a dip along the way
  • Indulge in the fresh sea food and enjoy a classic Swedish ‘fika’
Explore the best West Sweden has to offer on this self-guided walking holiday. 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 two days of walking along the Soteleden long-distance trail. Walk through peaceful forests, along scenic coastlines and through fields and meadows. Spend two nights in the fishing port of Smögen, relax with a drink on the boardwalk and tuck into some fresh mussels. Walk in the nearby Ramsvik Nature Reserve before heading back to Gothenburg, your base for the next three nights. Explore the city’s unique Nature Reserve, just ten minutes from the city centre by tram. Spend a day hiking around picturesque Marstrand island, and finally enjoy a free day to soak up the city vibes in Gothenburg.
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What To Expect

This tour is perfect for those looking to explore the best parts of Sweden’s west coast on foot, while 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. Seafood being the main attraction! 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.

Tour Style:

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

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, National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

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Activity Level & 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!

Accommodations

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip. 6 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.

Included
  • 6 Nights in 3 star hotels and 1 night in a comfortable guesthouse
  • 7 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 and from Gothenburg
  • 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.  

Luggage 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/taxi from Gothenburg to Norden’s Ark, from Smögen back to Gothenburg, 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. It will also 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 to Norden’s Ark, Walk to Bottna Inn 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 3 Walk Bottna Inn to Hunnesbostrand, bus to Smögen 9.6 miles / 15.6 km Day 4 Bus to Ramsvik Nature Reserve, Loop Walk 9.5 miles / 15 km Day 5 Travel to Gothenburg, Botanic Gardens and Änggårdsbergen Nature Reserve Walk 5.3 miles / 8.5 km Day 6 Bus/Ferry to Marstrand, choice of walks Day 7 Free day in Gothenburg Day 8 Onward Travel

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