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  • Sunset at the archipelago of Bohuslän

    Photographer: Roger Borgelid

16 reasons to love West Sweden

Here is a list of 16 of our favourite places to see and things to do in West Sweden.

1. Discover West Sweden

Watch this four minute film that takes you on a journey of the best, most beautiful and coolest things to do in West Sweden.


Follow us on a journey through West Sweden with seafood safaris, dancing cranes at the Lake Hornborga, salty outdoor activities - visit a castle or the city - all year round!

2. Top visitor attractions in West Sweden.

Läckö Castle, Göta Canal, Dalsland Canal and Nordens Ark. Here is a list of West Sweden’s top visitor attractions.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid

3. Gothenburg – the culinary and festival capital of Sweden

Gothenburg appeals with its urban chic and port city swagger and has bags of fantastic eateries, cafés, clubs, pubs, museums, historic sights and cultural attractions and events. The attractions and amenities of the city are all close at hand and the well-run and punctual public transport system is a great way of getting around. In just one day here you could; hit the shops and a museum, go fishing, paddle a kayak and be back in time for evening eats.

Photographer: Stefan Edetoft

4. A world famous archipelago, wilderness and beautiful plains

The archipelago off the Bohuslän coast, the wilds of Dalsland and the plains forests and hills of Västergötland. See it, be in it – year-round!

Photographer: Jonas Ingman

5. Nature experiences and activities

Kayaking, hiking, cycling – all wonderful ways of enjoying the beauty and peace and quiet of a nature-based holiday in West Sweden.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid

6. The fishing villages and islands of Bohuslän

Here is a list of some of the must-see fishing villages and islands of Bohuslän.

Photographer: Mikael Almse

7. Kosterhavet National Park

Sweden’s first marine national park and a great place for a family holiday with all its above and below water activities. The park encompasses some 390 square kilometres of unique island and marine environment, including the car-free Koster islands.

Photographer: Jonas Ingman - M2B AB

8. Kayaking in the world’s most beautiful archipelago

From the Gothenburg archipelago in the south to the Koster islands in the north, the Bohuslän archipelago takes in thousands of smooth granite-rock formed islands and rocky outcrops that make it a kayaker’s dream.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid

9. The best shellfish in the world

Lobster, langoustine, oysters, shrimp and mussels. Not only can you feast on these delicacies in the fishing villages and towns dotted along the Bohuslän coast, you can join the crew of a local fishing boat and help them catch some. After baiting, potting, catching and hauling in the deep, dark, mineral-rich waters off the coast, you can prep, cook and devour some of the catch on a deserted island in the world’s most beautiful archipelago.

10. Dalsland – Europe’s closest wilderness

One of Sweden’s smallest traditional provinces Dalsland may be, but it packs a punch way above its weight for its nature-based activities in its forests, myriad lakes, waterways and mountains. Canoeing, hiking, cycling, zip-lining, fishing and wilderness camping are all on the great outdoors menu here.

Photographer: Roger Borgelid

11. The world’s most beautiful waterway

The Dalsland Canal connects a 254 kilometre-long navigable system of lakes and waterways in wild and beautiful Dalsland. The aqueduct at Håverud – a combination of roadway bridge, railway bridge and an aqueduct - opened in 1868 and is unique in Europe.

12. Göta Canal – a part man-made wonder

What does one say about Göta Canal? We’ll give it a go…it is one of Sweden’s biggest visitor attractions and Sweden’s biggest ever construction project. Of course, like the best construction projects, its creator and builder died before it opened and it took so long to build that the railway came in and made the canal commercially unviable. What remains is 190 kilometres of gorgeous canal that takes visitors through 58 locks, gorgeous inland West Sweden countryside, hamlets, villages and the cultural and heritage landscape of the region. See it by motor boat, passenger boat, bicycle or by foot.

Hiking and biking by Göta Canal is about Virgin nature and hilly ground, unique scenery, good food and comfortable living. Watch the boats pass through the locks - it's fascinating!

13. They come to dance at Hornborga lake

Cranes, that is. Thousands of these long-legged, long-necked, wading birds arrive at Hornborga lake to hit the dance floor in March/April every year. You should join the 150,000 visitors that come to see them flap, jump, pirouette and frolic from dusk to dawn. 

Photographer: Jesper Anhede

14. Unique produce

The verdant plains, inland lakes and coastline make West Sweden an outstanding food producing region with incredible, fresh produce such as fish, shellfish, game, poultry, berries and mushrooms.

Photographer: Jesper Anhede

15. Fika – everyone in West Sweden does it

Say fika (pronounced fee’ka, a coffee or tea break with buns and biscuits) in West Sweden and someone is going to say ‘yes, please’. Visit Sweden’s fika capital, Alingsås, with its more than 30 cafés for a guided fika tour. For real. People in West Sweden take their fika very seriously indeed and at least three times a day.

Photographer: Jonas Ingman @ Bruksbild

16. Events

Here is a list of events that we think is worth coming to West Sweden on holiday for. We’re biased though, because we know how brilliant they are. Take your pick from harvest festival, art nights, music and other festivals and more.