Romantic weekend camping in the Bohuslän archipelago
It needn’t be expensive or difficult to arrange a break from everyday life. Campsites in Bohuslän offer comfortable cabins, scenic footpaths, seaside swimming and the best seafood from the west coast.
We all long to take a break sometimes, don’t we? So why not take someone you love on a romantic, relaxing and close to nature stay on the Bohuslän coast.
Choose between spring and autumn
It’s not surprising that many campsites attract a lot of families in the summer, but during the spring and autumn (and winter), they have a completely different atmosphere - a bit like the calm before or after a storm. The rocks and sandy beaches that are filled with thousands of tourists in the summer are wonderfully calm for the rest of the year. A lot of people think the west coast is at its best in spring and autumn, when it almost feels like nature is taking a deep breath. The air is a little clearer, the shellfish tastes a little stronger and the villages and towns along the coast are quieter.
Photographer: Roger Borgelid
Cosy, luxury cabins
There are many different forms of accommodation on a campsite, but among the cosiest is staying in a cabin. Camping cabins also have smart interior designs that include almost everything you need. They have free parking spaces, comfortable beds, seating arrangements, shower and toilet, a kitchen with a cooker, fridge and coffee maker. If you don’t want to eat at the restaurant you can prepare dinner together, enjoy a nice drink and take the time for a good, uninterrupted talk.
Many campsites these days also offer more luxurious hotel cabins with TV, dishwasher and WiFi. You can arrange for the beds to be made when you arrive and the cleaning done after you leave.
Many of the cabins in Bohuslän also have fantastic views of the sea and rocks, which is not so strange considering that campers have chosen these locations. Read more about the history of Swedish camping traditions here.
Photographer: Jonas Ingman
Looking for romance?
Let that warm and tender feeling stay with you outside the cabin. Bohuslän has dramatic landscapes with many beautiful places to discover.
- Walk along coastal paths that meander over impressive smooth rocks, past the red fishing huts and the piers. Lunch could well be in the form of a picnic at one of the many viewpoints along the way. If you get an early start, watching the morning mist lift over the archipelago, especially during spring, autumn and winter, is a magical experience.
- Go on an art tour. The Swedish west coast has many events in art and culture, especially at Easter. Don't miss the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn.
- Make a visit to the past. Both Bohuslän Museum and Vitlycke Museum, with the historic rock carvings in Tanum, are well worth a visit.
Island hop to one of Bohuslän’s islands and seaside villages, like Gullholmen, Hållö, the Weather Islands, Käringön or Åstol. Stroll around the car free streets and small craft shops. If you come outside the summer season, you’ll experience a peace and quiet that’s rare these days.
- Or rent some bicycles and explore the area around the campsite.
Why should you need to go to an expensive spa to enjoy your relaxation? Most campsites have outdoor hot tubs, jacuzzis and saunas. Relax with some sparkling wine, or follow a sauna with a dip in the sea.
Photographer: Jonas Ingman @ Bruksbild
…or nature experiences?
If you’re after experiences at sea you won’t have far to look. Rent a two-man kayak and set your course towards the nearest group of islands, try out gathering shellfish with a local fisherman, or set off for a walk along a hiking trail. If you’re here in autumn you can pick mushrooms to take back to the cottage and make into a delicious supper.
Photographer: Amplifyphoto/ Markus Holm
Here are some nature experiences in Bohuslän:
- Kosterhavet - Sweden's only marine national park with about 12,000 animal and plant species, half below the surface and half on the land. Naturum Kosterhavet is a good place to start your excursion. Perfect for those who like snorkelling!
- Nordens Ark is both an animal park and a zoological conservation park. See odd species such as natterjack toads, markhor (screw horn goats), and Siberian tigers (the largest cats in the world!).
- Havets Hus in Lysekil It is impossible not to marvel at the huge tunnel aquarium, where sharks and rays swim just above visitors’ heads.
Would you like some slightly different accommodation? Try out glamping in a luxurious safari tent, complete with a kitchen, toilet and proper beds - for those who like the idea of camping but are still a bit reluctant.
As you see, campsites in Bohuslän have a lot to offer, especially during the spring or autumn if you want to experience the west coast at your own pace.