Walking in Bohuslän
Walking in Bohuslän can be a rewarding experience in many different ways. Short day trips with fine accommodation and meals made from locally sourced food, or more strenuous hikes through challenging terrain. Whichever you prefer, the choice is huge.
Bohuslän’s best hiking trails
One of the most dramatic hiking trails is the Kuststigen – it’s a bit like Sweden’s answer to the Italian “cinque terre”. There’s lots to experience along the way, and the contrasts are marked, with everything from deciduous forests and ancient rock carvings to bridges, boathouses and incredible views out to sea. The path snakes along the west coast all the way up to Oslo in Norway. It’s made up of many stages, some of which are out on islands. Among the most spectacular are the ones found on Dyrön, Bohus-Malmön, Ramsvikslandet, Fjällbacka and the Koster islands.
Another tip for more coastal walksis to head for the hiking trails on Marstrand. The idyllic island of Marstrand is just an hour from Gothenburg. The trails there are easy to hike but the views are hard to beat. Stopping at the Skallen lighthouse to see the point where the two seas, Skagerak and Kattegatt, meet is a magical experience.
A somewhat more traditional long distance path is the 370 kilometre long Bohusleden, which is perfect for anyone wanting to overnight in a tent or shelter (even if there is more comfortable accommodation along the trail as well). The path stretches from Lindome in the south to Strömstad in the north, but takes a more inland route than the Kuststigen. The Bohusleden offers deep forests, hilly valleys and hidden lakes. If you’re looking for a real primeval forest experience we recommend the stages passing through Svartedalen. Don’t miss Älgafallet either – Bohuslän’s highest waterfall, with a 46 metre drop.