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 in total, with the stem and stern stones reaching over 3m in height; the site has been dated to AD 400 to 600. Across the road is a huge site containing approximately 40 Iron Age graves. The tourist office can help with transport. Alternatively, there’s a gorgeous walking path from the north of town.

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1. Strömstads Museum

3.44 MILES

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

2. Skee Kyrka

3.52 MILES

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…

3. Kirkøy Stone Church


This mid-11th-century stone church is one of the oldest in Norway. It hosts a week-long music and arts festival in July.

4. Koster Islands

9.88 MILES

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…

5. Rød Herregård

11.22 MILES

Dating from at least 1690, Rød Herregård manor has fine interiors, which include notable collections of both weapons and art, as well as the mounted heads…

6. Fredriksten Fortress & Museums

11.44 MILES

Crowning the hilltop behind Halden is the 1661 Fredriksten Fortress, which has resisted six Swedish sieges and never been captured. The fortress covers a…

7. Storedal Cultural Centre

18.02 MILES

This cultural centre is 11km northeast of Fredrikstad. The most intriguing feature is the Ode til Lyset (Ode to the Light), a 'sound sculpture' by Arnold…

8. Kongsten Festning

18.46 MILES

On what was once called 'Gallows Hill' stands the flower-festooned Kongsten Festning. Dating from 1685, it once served as a lookout and warning post for…