Island hopping with a bicycle
Island hopping in the beautiful archipelago of Bohuslän will give you some unforgettable experiences. You will find tips here about boat trips, hidden gems, activities and friendly accommodation from Marstrand to Lysekil.
Day 1 - Monday: boat to Marstrand
On Sundays and Mondays between 8 July and 13 August, Strömma Kanalbolaget sails the M/S St. Erik between Gothenburg and Marstrand. Book your tickets here. You can take your bike on board free of charge. On land, the Marstrand Express will swish you along the main road. The trip from Gothenburg to Marstrand ferry port only takes an hour. Remember that you can’t take your bicycle on the bus.
There are many reasons why the sailing and seaside resort of Marstrand is a favourite. The quay is a berthing place for boats of all shapes and sizes, there are lovely houses in car-free zones, good restaurants and cafés, sun and sea, music and drama. Carlstens fortress is the crown on the top of the island. Check in to some charming accommodation in Marstrand and finish the day with a tasty meal at one of Marstrand's many taverns.
Photographer: Roger Borgelid
Day 2 – Tuesday: dramatic walks in Marstrand
Walk along well-kept, varied footpaths on Marstrandsön and Koön nearby. There is a 15-kilometre (return) cycle path between Marstrand and Nordön that takes you through beautiful countryside – and no cars! Don’t miss a trip to the Strandverket Art Museum and Carlstens Fortress.
Day 3 - Wednesday: boat to Klädesholmen/Mossholmen or Mollösund
Every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 July - 2 August, M/S Drott af Dyrön sails from Marstrand in the south to Käringön in the north. The boat stops at several picturesque islands and coastal villages along the way. The tour must be booked in advance and you can take your own bicycle for SEK 100 extra. Book your tickets with Gunnars Båtturer.
Photographer: Anders Jonsson, Södra Bohuslän Turism
Take a bike ride and see the art on Tjörn
The boat leaves from Marstrandsön at 10.10 and half an hour later you arrive at Mossholmen/Klädesholmen, on the west side of Tjörn.
There are a number of good cycle paths that take you through beautiful, varied scenery. After enjoying the lovely surroundings, take the opportunity to see some world class art at the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn and Sculpture in Pilane.
You can rent a bicycle or book a cycling package here that includes board and lodging and a bicycle at the floating hotel called Salt & Sill on Klädesholmen. You can find more accommodation on Tjörn here.
Photographer: Roger Borgelid
Stroll around the fishing village of Mollösund
Seafood from Bohuslän is considered by many to be the best in the world, so make sure you taste some while you're here. You choose whether you want to eat in a restaurant or buy some fresh produce from the local fishmonger and enjoy it on a scenic rock somewhere.
There are several unique places to stay in and around Mollösund. Marcel and Johan provide a colourful setting at their Bed & Breakfast Lådfabriken in Edshultshall. You’ll also eat well and enjoy your stay at Nösunds Havshotell. You can easily get to these locations by public transport or by bicycle. Find more accommodation on Orust here.
Photographer: Jonas Ingman
Day 4 - Thursday: boat to Käringön
Continue your journey northward with M/S Drott af Dyrön, arriving on Käringön at 12.30. Step off and enjoy the Bohuslän countryside, beautiful houses, peace and quiet. You can’t cycle here, though, and the island has no cars or mopeds. Discover the contrasts on the island; stroll around the dense buildings in the north and the sparsely populated southern part of the island.
Book a room and stay for the night on the island and enjoy some great seafood.
If you are travelling with your own bicycle, it’s easiest to leave on the same day with M/S Byfjorden from Käringön to Uddevalla. The crossing leaves every Thursday at 14.30 in June, July and August. From there you can take the train back to Gothenburg.
Day 5 - Friday: boat to Lysekil
The boat named Windros leaves Käringön for Lysekil in the afternoon, so you have an extra day to enjoy Käringön.
There are several good options for accommodation in Lysekil and the surrounding area. Strandflickorna offers accommodation in a turn-of-the-century setting in Lysekil. Skaftö lies on the other side of Gullmarsfjorden. You can stay close to the sea at Gullmarsstrand or at Slipens Hotell. More accommodation options can be found here.
Take the chance to try out some well-prepared, locally produced food at some of Lysekil’s and Skaftö’s restaurants. Several of them are certified by A Taste of West Sweden, which guarantees the highest possible quality is a guide to the best eating experiences in West Sweden.
Photographer: Roger Borgelid
Day 6 - Saturday: activities in Lysekil
Lysekil has a lot to offer, both on land and at sea. You’ll find everything here, from world class climbing to excellent kayaking and great cycling and hiking paths. Kajak i Grundsund on Skaftö has kayak rentals as well as guided tours and courses, so just get out there among the dramatic Bohuslän rocks, formed by the weather and the sea and over thousands of years.
Take a trip onto the high seas and gather oysters and mussels. Boat tours on the Signe leave on Fridays and Saturdays at 13.30 between 1 March and 30 November, starting from Norra Hamnen in Lysekil. The tour takes about 3 hours.
Västtrafik´s direct bus will take you back to Gothenburg in two hours. There are tours at regular intervals all days of the week from Havets Hus and Södra Hamnen in Lysekil.
Inspiration guide and map
You can download an inspiration guide with a map for island hopping here.
Read more about Island-hopping in West Sweden.