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The world's sweatiest art tour

Here on the island of Tjörn on Sweden’s west coast, one hour north of Gothenburg, we love art and culture. We also love the triathlon! So for the tenth consecutive year we will be blending together our two passions at the end of August. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy amazing art in the open-air Sculpture at Pilane exhibition and at the Nordic Watercolour Museum together with hundreds of athletes competing in swimming, cycling and running.

During the rest of the year you’re free to put yourself to the test by walking, running or cycling between Skärhamn and Pilane. The route is clearly signposted and you can pick up a route map from any Bohuslän tourist office or download it here.

Tenson Tjörn Triathlon – August 25

Welcome to a triathlon weekend for the whole family. Since its start in 2008, the Tenson Tjörn Triathlon has grown to be one of Sweden’s largest triathlons. Every year triathletes from around the world come to the West Swedish island of Tjörn to see who can swim, ride and run the fastest around Tjörn and its surroundings.

It doesn’t matter if you’re on the island as a competitor or a spectator. Alongside the competition there will be all sorts of exciting activities. If you don’t want to do a full triathlon you can compete in the fun class. If your children want to try a triathlon you can register them for the Tjörn Triathlon Ungdom & Kids Race, which is held during the same weekend.


Photographer: Nordiska akvarellmuseet

The Nordic Watercolour Museum – part of the world’s sweatiest art tour

The Nordic Watercolour Museum, stunningly located by the sea in Skärhamn, fosters an atmosphere of clarity and creativity. During the Tenson Tjörn Triathlon, the museum serves as the start and finish for the competitions.

Since its opening in 2000, the Nordic Watercolour Museum has exhibited world-class art, including works by Salvador Dali, Bill Viola, Louise Bourgeois, and by Swedish favourites such as Elsa Beskow, Anders Zorn and Lars Lerin.

In conjunction with the Tenson Tjörn Triathlon you can try your hand at painting in the Watercolour Triathlon – the workshop with a sporty touch. Finish the three stations in the Watercolour Triathlon and you could be in for an award!


Photographer: Katja Ragnstam

Sculpture at Pilane – also part of the world’s sweatiest art tour

Sculpture at Pilane is a totally unique, exciting and unusual art experience. Whether you’re visiting the beautiful, historical countryside of Bohuslän in conjunction with the Tenson Tjörn Triathlon or at some other time this summer, you’re in for something unforgettable. Because where else in the world can you enjoy fun, exciting and thought-provoking art, created by some of the world’s foremost artists, alongside grazing sheep and Iron Age stone circles.

Photographer: Anders Jonsson, Södra Bohuslän Turism

In previous years, artists including Tony Cragg, Laura Ford, Maria Miesenberger, Bernar Venet and Katrine Helmersson have exhibited their sculptures. On top of the hill stands one of the world’s largest and most beautiful sculptures – Jaume Plensa’s 14-metre tall ANNA.

Walk, run or bike part of the world’s sweatiest art tour

The section of road between the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn and Skulptur at Pilane is signposted. So whether you walk, run or ride a bike, finding your way is easy. 

From the museum and the quay in the coastal community of Skärhamn, you can walk, run or bicycle through charming streets, past fishing boats and boat sheds. Leaving the village, one of Sweden’s most beautiful cultural landscapes opens up. Along winding trails, the tour continues through wind-blown pine forests before arriving at a paradise of coastal meadows.

Among granite expanses, stone-age graves and free-ranging sheep is Skulptur i Pilane.

The route is well signed, and a map is available, so you can do your own sweaty art tour whenever you like, any time of the year.