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  • Photographer: Roger Borgelid

Walk on islands

Is there anything more inspiring than reacquainting yourself with nature during a walking holiday? Walk on archipelago islands like Dyrön or the Koster Islands, and discover the lush islands of lake Vänern.

There are fantastic walking options on the islands of the west coast. The entire Bohuslän coastline is renowned for its picturesque fishing villages, red boathouses and miles of smooth rock formations. But inland, too, you can walk on islands. The calm of the forest settles easily along the paths here. The most popular islands for walking in West Sweden are shown below, both on the coast and inland.

 

5 km, hard

Dyrön

The Dyrö Path takes you one round of the lovely island of Dyrön (4.5 kilometres). Despite its modest size, the island has a dramatic landscape. Discover the narrow gorge between two high walls of rock, wander among the free-roaming mouflon sheep and enjoy a stunning view of the archipelago.

14 km, moderate

Sydkoster

Sydkoster is the larger of the two Koster Islands and has a lush landscape with deciduous forest, flower-filled meadows and long sandy beaches. The path around the whole island is about 14 kilometres, but this can be broken down into shorter sections of 3–7 kilometres each.

5.5 km, moderate

Nordkoster

There are two paths (about 5 kilometres each) on Nordkoster by the Kosthavet National Park. The ice age left behind amazing fields of shingle, which alongside the view from the lighthouses at Högen (the highest point on Koster) are the highlights of this pleasant walk.

8 km, medium

Brommö Path

The island of Brommö is in the archipelago in lake Vänern, just off Mariestad. There is an 8 kilometre long path here that takes you through the wild blueberry forests with good swimming options, both from smooth rocks and sandy beaches. Perfect for a day trip, but remember to bring your picnic basket!

4 -7 km, medium

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Läckö, Kållandsö

Discover the area around Läckö Castle on foot. The 4-kilometre path that goes out to Roparudden takes you to the outermost part of lake Vänern's beautiful archipelago. On the west side of Kållandsö, the 7-kilometre-long Tranberg Path takes you through a cultural-historical area with much biodiversity.