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Scenic Serenity: West Sweden by Electric Vehicle

City, Coast, Nature and Cultural Immersion in Västra Gotäland


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Scenic Serenity: West Sweden by Electric Vehicle

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Västra Götaland County in West Sweden unveils a mesmerizing tapestry of serene landscapes and picturesque tranquillity.

As you traverse through the region, verdant countryside vistas and charming coastal scenes unfold, inviting you to embrace the beauty of nature. From the peaceful archipelagos along the Gothenburg coast to the idyllic islands and ancient rock carvings of Kållandsö, each corner of Västra Götaland resonates with a tranquil ambience. The gently rolling hills, crystal-clear lakes, and meandering pathways through lush forests provide a canvas of tranquillity, fostering a sense of calm and connection with the breathtaking surroundings. Whether exploring historic manors by the lakeside or meandering through the timeless beauty of nature reserves, Västra Götaland County offers a sanctuary of peace and scenic splendour.

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Where will this journey take you?

Set off on a 12-day Sustainable Journey in West Sweden by EV. Explore the vibrant city life of Gothenburg, immersing yourself in cultural gems such as the Botanical Garden and the Gothenburg Museum of Art, and unfold the wonders of the car-free southern islands in the Gothenburg archipelago and picturesque fishing villages on Skaftö. Unwind on a seaside escape with outdoor activities, scenic walks, and culinary delights and journey through historical sites like Baldersnäs Manor and Vitlycke Museum, indulging in nature and rich cultural experiences.  Finish up your trip by exploring Kållandsö, featuring Läckö Castle and the stunning Naturum Vänerskärgården nature reserve, and cultural immersion in Lidköping and Borås, showcasing Sweden’s design prowess and textile heritage.

Journey Overview

Day 1 – Arrive in Gothenburg
Day 2- Gothenburg’s Car-Free Islands
Day 3- Uddevalla
Day 4- Skaftö
Day 5 – Lysekil
Day 6 – Fiskebäckskil – Dals Långed
Day 7 – Lake Laxsjön
Day 8 – Kållandsö
Day 9 – Naturum Vänerskärgården Nature Reserve
Day 10 – Kållandsö
Day 11 – Kata Gård – Mölnlycke
Day 12 – Depart from Gothenburg

What’s Included?
  • All accommodation.
  • 2 breakfasts at Hotel Eggers.
  • 3 breakfasts and three 2-course dinners at Gullmarsstrand.
  • 2 breakfasts and one 3-course dinner, one 5-course dinner and lunch/picnic at Baldersnäs.
  • 3 breakfasts and three 2-course dinners at Victoriahuset-Läckö Castle.
  • 1 breakfast and one 2-course dinner at Hällsnäs.
  • Lunch at restaurant Hvita Hjorten.

Bicycles, boats, sauna and additional activities that come with a cost are not included.

Transfers instead of rental car is available on request/supplement.

Not included:
Beverages not included. Entrance fees.

How is this a Sustainable Journey?

Supporting the local economy: While the food you eat will be bought from local producers, the places you visit are small or medium-sized enterprises that are often family-run businesses owned in Sweden, with local people employed. The public art in Borås was conceived as a way of reinvigorating this post-industrial town and a focus on attracting visitors to boost the local economy. None of the destinations you will visit in West Sweden suffer from mass tourism so you can be sure that you are genuinely supporting the local economy and helping to sustain living communities.

Food and drink: All the restaurants on the tour work with locally produced and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. You will find some classic Swedish dishes on the menus along with excellent contemporary cuisine that takes its inspiration from what is available close at hand.

Resources and inclusivity: Museums and attractions managed or run by the local authority must meet the highest standards for inclusivity, energy use and waste management. Sustainable thinking is embedded in tourism businesses, whether they are privately or publicly run, and it is common to find plenty of information about what each organisation is doing. You can also check out the West Sweden Tourist Board website, Stepping up Sustainability, where this information is gathered for most of the places you will visit.

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrive Gothenburg

    Arrive at Gothenburg train station or airport. Gothenburg offers a lot to see and do. Visit the Botanical Garden, and Gothenburg Museum of Art with art collections from the 15th century up until today, or enjoy delicious fish and seafood in Feskekôrka, take a stroll in Haga, one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Gothenburg, with plenty of unique shops and cafes or rent an electric boat and explore Gothenburg through its canals.
    Gothenburg offers great dining and a nice “fika”.

    Overnight at Hotel Eggers, or similar.

  • Day 2 - Gothenburg's Car-Free Islands

    After enjoying your ecological breakfast at Hotel Eggers, jump onto public transport and head to one of the Gothenburg archipelago’s car-free southern islands. The islands are easy to reach by ferries from Saltholmen ferry boat terminal or Stenpirent travel centre, here you can enjoy a walk along winding trails near the sea, through quaint fishing villages and experience beautiful nature reserves.

    Overnight at Hotel Eggers, or similar.

  • Day 3 - Uddevalla

    After breakfast, pick up your electric rental car and drive to Uddevalla (84km). Take a walk on the beautiful seaside boardwalk Strandpromenaden, a 9.3km car-free cycling and walking path that will take you through the city, forest and along the coast. Take a boat trip and visit Bohusläns Museum which focuses on Bohuslän’s history and an exhibition of classical art from masters such as Bruno Liljefors, Anders Zorn and Carl Fredrik Hill. After an adventurous time in Bohusläns continue to Gullmarsstrand Hotell & Konferens (39km). You can’t get any closer to the ocean than this, the hotel is situated on a jetty, overlooking the islands and bays of the GullmarsFjord. Their restaurant is certified by KRAV (an organic certification) and by A Taste of West Sweden.

    Dinner and overnight at Gullmarsstrand Hotell & Konferens, or similar.

  • Day 4- Skaftö

    Explore the idyllic island of Skaftö with its varied coastal landscape and several picturesque fishing villages. For many people, the island is better known as Saltön, from the popular TV series with the same name. Join a seal, crayfish, or lobster safari or try sea kayaking as it has one of the world’s finest coastlines to explore by kayak. Or stick to dry land and admire the many hues of the water on a hike.

    Dinner and overnight at Gullmarsstrand Hotell & Konferens, or similar.

  • Day 5 - Lysekil

    Go for a trip to Lysekil, where the GullmarsFjord meets the sea. Stångehuvud is a beautiful, rugged rocky area just west of the town which has a breathtaking view of the sea.
    In Lysekil itself, amble through the beautiful and historical architecture. Gamlestan – the old town – is the original historic centre where there are several well-preserved, charming neighbourhoods to stroll around. Other popular attractions are outdoor swimming at Kallbadhuset and Havsbadsparken, as well as Lysekil church, built in granite on a high hill overlooking the town.
    Join an oyster and mussel-picking tour. During this adventure, you get to try picking mussels and oysters, which you then cook and eat together.
    The mussels and oysters are environmentally friendly because they essentially help reduce ocean acidification. They don’t need any additional feeding when they’re farmed as they filter nutrients straight from the water. Another environmental benefit is that mussel and oyster producers in Sweden use sustainable fishing methods. Handpicking oysters preserves wild oyster beds and prevents by-catch. The beds create breeding grounds for many marine species, including different species of fish.

    Dinner and overnight at Gullmarsstrand Hotell & Konferens, or similar.

  • Day 6 - Fiskebäckskil - Dals Långed

    Drive from Fiskebäckskil to Dals Långed (155km).
    A visit to the Vitlycke Museum and the 3,000-year-old well-preserved rock carvings that are on the Unesco World Heritage List will give you a real insight into the Bronze Age.
    Then skip forward to the 17th century when production of ironworks took off in earnest in Dalsland. Sleep and dine in a magnificent manor environment at Baldersnäs Herrgård, located on a lush peninsula beside Lake Laxsjön. The earlier owner of Baldersnäs had a passionate interest in English parks which you can see in the surroundings.
    The restaurant serves local specialities prepared with seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is certified by A Taste of West Sweden and is recommended in the White Guide.

    Dinner and overnight at Baldersnäs Manor, or similar.

  • Day 7 - Lake Laxsjön

    After breakfast, spend the day enjoying the outdoors, kayak or SUP in the lake. Bicycle “dressing” on the old railway tracks where the trains stopped to go long time ago. Take a swim in the lake, enjoy the sauna with the lake view and the outdoor hot tub with a view of the meadows. You get a picnic lunch to bring with you. For more adventures around the area, visit Dalslands Activities, with high altitude adventures, Zipline, horseback riding and a Moose Park.

    Dinner and overnight at Baldersnäs Manor, or similar.

  • Day 8 - Kållandsö

    After breakfast, drive from Baldersnäs to Kållandsö (170km). Visit the Dalsland Canal to see the spectacular intersection of road, rail and waterway at the aqueduct in Håverud. It’s a piece of history that is best seen for yourself. Make time for the Dalslands Art Museum and Sculpture Park. There is a permanent collection of Dalsland handicrafts and art in the art museum, as well as three rooms with different temporary exhibitions. Make a stop at the Örtagården plant cultivation, studio and café. Then head to the Naturum Vänerskärgården nature reserve – The Victoria House is beautifully situated in the reeds on the shore of Lake Vänern, the largest lake in Sweden. The reed is what inspired the architects when designing the building.

    Overnight and 2-course dinner at Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset, or similar.

  • Day 9 - Naturum Vänerskärgården Nature Reserve

    Explore the surroundings of Naturum Vänerskärgården nature reserve where you have access to the forest and the archipelago. Visit beautiful Läckö Castle and the garden, voted Sweden’s most beautiful mansion and with its baroque charm it’s not hard to see why. The foundation of the castle was established in medieval times, but it was largely refurbished when the warlord de la Gardie was granted the property in the 17th century. Nowadays you can take a guided tour of the castle and even listen to operas or concerts in the courtyard.

    Lunch at the restaurant Hvita Hjorten or similar.
    Overnight and 2-course dinner at Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset. or similar.

  • Day 10 - Kållandsö

    Discover Kållandsö on foot. Walk the Roparudden Path (starts at Läckö Castle).
    The name Roparudden means shouting straits, and it was here that a man stood and shouted or signalled across to the island of Stora Eken to call the ferryman when people wanted to cross the straits. You may even be lucky enough to spot an osprey or a sea eagle, which are present in large numbers here in the archipelago.

    Overnight and 2-course dinner at Naturum Vänerskärgården – Victoriahuset, or similar.

  • Day 11 - Kata Gård - Mölnlycke

    After breakfast drive from Kållandsö to Kata Gård (60km).
    Make a stop in Lidköping. Visit Rörstrand Museum & Café. Rörstrand Porcelain is one of the oldest porcelain factories in Europe and the crown jewel of Swedish porcelain. About three centuries of porcelain collection, from 1726 to the present are illustrated and displayed here.
    Visit the Mellbygatans Delikatesser – a shop for everyone who likes and appreciates good food and good cheese.
    Continue by car to Kata Gård which is a ruin of one of Sweden´s oldest churches, a private farm church from the Viking Age. Also, visit the Varnhem Klosterkyrka church and the monastery ruins. If time allows, why not walk the 2 km-long Rosenstigen trail?
    You can make a detour to Åsle Tå, an outdoor Museum with Sweden´s largest preserved collection of crofters’ cottages. Continue the drive to Mölnlycke with a stop in Borås (165km).
    In the town of Borås, creativity flows like never before. Streets and squares have been transformed into enormous outdoor galleries that inject art into the daily lives of the residents. Swedish design is famous worldwide for its innovation and creativity, where function is often integrated into the design. And here, where textiles have been produced for centuries, the eternal question is whether there’s a limit to what we can create using textile materials.
    Visit the Textile Fashion Centre and Textile Museum.

    Dinner and overnight at Hällsnäs Hotell & Restaurant, or similar.

  • Day 12 Depart from Gothenburg

    Breakfast and drive back to Gothenburg (17km). Drop off your rental car before departing.

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