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  • A sunny day at Norrvikarna, North Koster, and people are sitting at a beach.

    Photographer: Åsa Massleberg

Sun, sea & swimming

This is the Swedish west coast at its very best. Smooth rocks, secluded bays and sandy beaches surrounded by a glittering sea. The Koster Islands are one of the sunniest places in Sweden and well-known for offering wonderful opportunities for sunbathing and swimming. Below is a list of some great places to swim. Basteviken on Nordkoster and Kilesand on Sydkoster are examples of family-friendly beaches, but you will have no trouble finding your own special place to swim on the island.

A sunny, summer's day at Norrvikarna, North Koster.

Photographer: Åsa Massleberg

North Koster

Basteviken
Good swimming on the western side of the island, sandy beach and rocks. Toilet available.
(Accessible to pushchairs)

Björnsängen
Good swimming on the western side of the island, sandy beach and rocks. Toilet available.

Norrvikarna
Good place to swim on the northern side of the island, sandy beach and rocks. Toilet available

 

South Koster

Rörvik (Ekenäs)
Good place to swim on the northern side of the island, sandy beach and rocks. Snorkelling trail.
(Accessible to pushchairs)

Kilesand
Good place to swim on the eastern side of the island, with a sandy beach. Toilet available.

Långevik
Good swimming on the western side of the island, sandy beach and rocks.

Koster sea under the surface with floating eelgrass

Photographer: Lars-Ove Loo

Snorkelling 

Wearing a diving mask you glide across meadows of swaying sea-grass, swim through kelp forests and explore colourful rock faces. There are many nice places to swim around the islands.

Dogs and swimming area

Sometimes it can be nice to bring your dog to the beach, but you must consider the following since the Koster Island is a nature reserve and the dog must be on a leash all the time!

  • Important to show respect and remember that there are people who are afraid of dogs or allergic to dogs.
  • For everyone´s comfort it is recommended that you keep your dog aside and away from public swimming and where many people bathe.