Welcome to Southwestern Sweden

South of Gothenburg, the coast around Halmstad is home to sandy Blue Flag beaches and Sweden’s top surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. The attractions of inland Västergötland are low-key and eclectic, from Trollhättan's post-industrial museums and mighty locks to Lidköping's fairy-tale Läckö Slott.

North of Gothenburg, the Bohuslän coastline shatters into myriad granite islands with craggy cliffs and adorable red-and-white fishing villages. Yachts weave their way among uninhabited islets and skerries, while the area's mysterious Bronze Age rock carvings testify to the rich spiritual life of the region's early inhabitants. Further north, Dalsland, with its network of canals, locks and narrow lakes amid thick, dark forest, beckons boating and kayaking enthusiasts.

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$26.05 Tours & Sightseeing

Gothenburg Hop-On Hop-Off Double-Decker Sightseeing Bus Tour

Cosmopolitan Gothenburg rewards sightseers with its delightful harbor setting, laid-back vibe, thriving arts, shopping, and restaurant scene.One of the best ways to discover the city is aboard this hop-on hop-off bus tour. Sit back, pop on your headphones to listen to the audio commentary, and enjoy the panoramic views. Your open-top double-decker whisks you from one fantastic landmark to the next. Along the way, hop off at the beautiful shopping thoroughfare of Avenyn to browse for souvenirs. Stop at Feskekörka, the city’s fascinating fish market, and perhaps feast on fresh seafood at any one of its trendy restaurants (own expense). Leave the bus at Drottningtorget to stroll around the leafy city park. Or maybe hop off at Korsvägen to visit the awesome Universeum nature centre, with its indoor rainforest and stunning shark tunnel.Armed with your ticket, you’re free to leave and reboard your bus at any of the seven stops along the route. Or, stay on the bus for the entire 1-hour loop — and even do it all again — viewing the main sights in an effortless sightseeing experience. What’s more, your ticket is valid for 24 hours from first use, so you can set your own pace! And don’t worry about the weather: If it rains, tour staff will quickly pop a protective roof over the upper deck of your bus to keep you snug and dry.Gothenburg Bus Stops (1-hour full loop duration): Stora Teatern Feskekörka Valand/ Avenyn (near Haga) Korsvägen for Liseberg theme park, the Universeum and Museum of World Culture Drottningtorget Gustav Adolfs Torg for Nordstan shopping mall Lilla Bommen Harbour for the Opera House, Barque Viking and boats to Älvsborg Fortress Discounted City Attractions:Show your hop-on hop-off ticket at the following attractions and enjoy savings on select purchases. Nordstan Kajutan Hard Rock Café Café Husaren Gothia Towers Liseberg

$13.81 Transfers & Ground Transport

Landvetter Airport Shared Arrival Transfer

Travel from Landvetter Airport to any of the bus stops listed in Gothenburg City.There are two routes from Landvetter Aiport:First Route Korsvagen Park Aveny Kungsportspl Nils Ericson Term Second Route Lundaskog Sandlid Provn.institutet Sven Eriksonspl Sodra Torget Grand Hotel Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!

$26.05 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Gothenburg Hop-On Hop-Off Boat Tour with Feskekôrka Market

Buzzing shopping streets, unusual museums, winding canals and leafy gardens: Gothenburg is a compelling mix of historical landmarks, vibrant street life and modern-day surprises. So what better way to discover this unique city than on a hop-on hop-off boat tour? Take off from Kungsportsplatsen in the heart of the city for a boat ride that allows you to hop on or off to your heart’s content at any of the four stops — it’s completely up to you. Alternatively, stay on board to enjoy the 50-minute ride, which includes audio commentary, along the city’s canals.Leave your boat at Lilla Bommen to admire the impressive Opera House and one of Scandinavia’s largest sailing ships known as Viking, or visit the 17th-century fortress Nya Älvsborg residing on an island. Step ashore at Feskekörka to trawl through its seafood-laden stalls and perhaps dig into a delicious, straight-from-the-sea lunch (own expense). Or, why not take time out at Lejontrappan, and scour Gothenburg’s main shopping streets for souvenirs and designer goodies?The commentary from the live guide adds an extra dimension to your sightseeing, revealing interesting facts about the city’s past and present. Want more? Your ticket provides discounted entry to some of Gothenburg’s favorite attractions, including the Liseberg for its legendary white-knuckle rides!Gothenburg Boat Stops (full loop in 50 minutes): Kungsportsplatsen Lejontrappan for central shops and restaurants Lilla Bommen harbor Feskekôrka Discounted City Attractions:Show your hop-on hop-off ticket at the following attractions and enjoy savings on select purchases. Segway Adventure Nordstan shopping mall Kajutan restaurant Hard Rock Cafe Café Husaren in Haga Gothia Towers Hotel Liseberg amusement park

$13.81 Transfers & Ground Transport

Landvetter Airport Shared Departure Transfer

Travel from any of the stops listed in Gothenburg City bus stop to Landvetter Airport.Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.It's that easy!

$45.30 Tours & Sightseeing

Gothenburg Small Group Walking Tour

HighlightsJourney through this beautiful city with a group of no more than 10 peopleDiscover the gems of Gothenburg and famous landmarks as Feskekôrka (the fish church), Poseidon and othersYou don’t need to choose between the famous sights and the hidden gems - with us you’ll discover both!Learn what living in Sweden is really like and get personalised recommendations for the remainder of your journey Central start location and choice of 10am or 2pm start. Relaxed walking pace. What You Can ExpectOur tour will take you around the city centre, discovering both its most famous sights as well as it’s hidden corners. You will gain local insight and hear fascinating stories about this wonderful city, and you’ll get to know Gothenburg as both an enchanting historical town and as a dynamic modern hub.You’ll discover the gems of Gothenburg, encountering landmarks such as the Feskekôrka, Gustav Adolfs Torg, Domkyrkan and Kronhuset. Together we will also explore the charming Haga district, one of the oldest areas of Gothenburg over which the Skansen Kronan stands sentinel, and where you’ll find Gothenburg’s biggest cinnamon buns!To choose a Nova Fairy Tales experience is to live in Gothenburg, not just visit it! We know that you’ll have an unforgettable time with us and that your tour will be one of the highlights of your trip! 

$146.66 Tours & Sightseeing

Nightly Aurora Photo Tour in Abisko National Park

During our Nightly Aurora Photo Tour we will visit one of our beautiful locations in Abisko National Park including two teepees, Abisko’s world famous Sami camp and the frozen surface of Lake Torneträsk. Our Nightly Aurora Photo Tours are strictly limited to 10 participants per guide – maximizing your ability to spend as much one on one time with your guide as possible. We are confident that you will go home with lots of great pictures and memories of the Arctic that will last a lifetime! Itinerary: 8:00 PM First you will meet your guide where you will be given a high quality camera and we will spend a few minutes explaining how to use it. All of the camera’s settings will be taken care of in advance so that all you have to do is enjoy watching and photographing the aurora borealis. You will also be given a pair of warm overalls to help keep you safe and comfortable during your night in Abisko National Park. 8:30 – 11:00 PM The adventure begins! Your guide will use their many years of experience to lead you into Abisko National Park where you will search for and photograph the magical aurora borealis. During this time we will discuss the history of Abisko National Park and give you a local’s insight into Lapland’s folklore. You will learn how the aurora fits into the local culture and your guide will share information that will help you understand the solar system and the countless stars and constellations above Abisko National Park. We will explain the science behind the aurora in layman’s terms so you can understand exactly what you are seeing when you watch the aurora borealis dance overhead. During your adventure we will also discuss the impact that strong solar storms and the auroras that they create may have on modern society in the years to come. 11:00 – 11:30 PM Return Upon arrival to the hotel you will collect your memory card full of photographs of the evening’s adventure. Additional information: It is important that you bring warm clothes to wear under your overalls and warm insulated winter boots for your feet. We ask that you provide your own SD memory cards to be used in our cameras . We recommend a minimum of two to four gigabytes of storage space. Memory cards are also available for purchase if needed (16 GB: 250 SEK).

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