Must-see attractions in Bohuslän

  • Exterior of Nordiska Akvarellmuseet at Skärhamn.

    Nordiska Akvarellmuseet


    Skärhamn is home to the superb Nordiska Akvarellmuseet, a sleek waterside building housing exhibits by the likes of Arne Isacsson, whose watercolors…

  • Rock carvings at Vitlycke museum, Sweden.

    Vitlycke Museum


    If you’re bewildered by the long-armed men, sexual imagery and goat-drawn chariots of Bohuslän's prolific Bronze Age rock carvings, drop by Vitlycke…

  • Two boats lie ashore on the North shore of South Koster Island (Sydkoster) with a view of the North Koster Island (Nordkoster) in Sweden.

    Koster Islands


    Boat trips run from Strömstad’s north harbour to the beautiful cluster of forested Koster Islands every 30 minutes from July to mid-August, less…

  • Havets Hus


    Havets Hus is an excellent aquarium with sea life from Gullmarn, Sweden’s only true fjord, which cuts past Lysekil. Peer at such cold-water beauties as…

  • Carlstens Fästning


    Looming over town, Carlstens Fästning is a fortress built in the 1660s after the Swedish takeover of Marstrand and Bohuslän. Marstrand's ice-free port was…

  • Stone-Ship Settings


    One of Sweden’s largest, most magnificent stone-ship settings (an oval of stones, shaped like a boat) lies 6km northeast of Strömstad. There are 49 stones…

  • Nordens Ark


    Snow leopards, wolves and lynxes prowl Nordens Ark, a well-conceived safari park 12km northeast of Smögen. It shows off animals and plants from countries…

  • Käringön


    This picture-perfect island boasts plenty of good swimming holes, some complete with floats and trampolines for the enjoyment of those frolicking in the…

  • Skee Kyrka


    Open by appointment only (contact the tourist office), the Romanesque stone Skee Kyrka is about 6km east of Strömstad and has a 10th-century nave. There’s…

  • Hållö


    This small, rocky, windswept island is home to a historic lighthouse and a number of bird species. Its otherworldly landscape is great for photographers,…

  • Fiskebäckskil


    Passenger/cyclist-only ferry 847 (25kr) crosses the Gullmarn fjord roughly hourly to Fiskebäckskil, of the cute cobbled streets and wood-clad houses. The…

  • Herring Museum


    The tiny herring museum ('Sillebua') delves into the history of the island's canneries, salt houses and fishing industry, which peaked around 1750. It…

  • Smögen Fish Auction


    Fishing boats unload their catches of prawns, lobsters and fish at the Smögen harbour. You can score some über-fresh shellfish if you get to the small…

  • Stångehuvud Nature Reserve


    Out at the tip of the Stångenäs peninsula, the Stångehuvud Nature Reserve, crammed with coastal rock slab, is worth a stop for its secluded bathing spots…

  • Strömstads Museum


    Housed in an old power station, this museum displays local photography and objects from nautical history.

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