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Wanderlust in West Sweden by EV

Where urban excitement meets natural tranquillity in the heart of West Sweden


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Wanderlust in West Sweden by EV

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Västra Götaland County in West Sweden offers a diverse and captivating experience with its vibrant city life, picturesque archipelagos, and charming countryside.

From the cultural richness of Gothenburg, featuring museums and historic districts, to the tranquil beauty of the archipelagos and nature reserves, West Sweden provides a perfect blend of urban exploration and natural retreat. With scenic drives, historic sites like Läckö Castle, and unique culinary experiences, Västra Götaland County promises a memorable journey through the heart of Swedish culture and landscapes.

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Where will this journey take you?

Embark on a 12-day journey of sustainable discovery in serene Västra Götaland County, where relaxation, rejuvenation, and responsible tourism harmoniously blend. Your adventure begins in the vibrant city of Gothenburg, immersing you in a world where sustainability is a living practice. Explore the city’s Botanical Garden, marvel at the Gothenburg Museum of Art’s rich cultural tapestry, and indulge in fresh seafood at Feskekôrka, all while appreciating the city’s eco-friendly ethos.

The journey continues to the southern islands of Gothenburg’s archipelago, offering tranquillity amidst nature’s untouched beauty. Wander through quaint fishing villages and winding trails, experiencing a peaceful escape that highlights our commitment to environmental preservation and community support.

More than just a holiday, this tour is an immersive experience in the heart of West Sweden. Discover sustainability and exploration intertwined, from the lush landscapes of Kållandsö to the historic charm of Lidköping. Join us to uncover the true essence of sustainable living and cultural authenticity in this enchanting region.

Journey Overview

Day 1 – Arrive in Gothenburg
Day 2 – Explore Gothenburg
Day 3 – Alingsås & Kållandsö
Day 4- Naturum Vänerskärgården
Day 5 – Kållandsö
Day 6 – Lidköping & Kata Gård
Day 7 – Ljungskile & Bredfjället
Day 8 – Uddevalla
Day 9 – Tjörn
Day 10 – Tjörn
Day 11 – Dyrön
Day 12 – Gothenburg

What’s included?
  • All accommodation.
  • 2 breakfasts at Hotel Eggers
  • 3 breakfasts and 3  2-course dinners at Victoriahuset-Läckö
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 3-course dinners at Villa Sjötorp.
  • 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners (first evening 3-course/other evenings 1-course) at Björholmen
  • 1 Lunch at the restaurant Hvita Hjorten.
  • Bedsheets, towels and cleaning after check-out are included.
  • Rental of an Electric vehicle including free mileage, 24/7 road assistance, Liability Insurance Supplement, and GPS. Fees apply for additional drivers and drivers under 28 years old.

Bicycles, boats, sauna and additional activities that come with a cost are not included. Transfers rather than electric vehicle rental are available on request.

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 Nordic Watercolour Museum and Sculpture in Pilane were conceived as a way of bringing international art to rural West Sweden and a focus for attracting visitors to the area 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 of the restaurants on this 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. Alingsås is the Swedish Capital of Fika, a longstanding and very important tradition, so you’ll also experience a slice of Swedish food culture and history with every delicious bite.

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 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 in Gothenburg

    Arrive at Gothenburg train station or airport. Gothenburg offers a lot to see and do. Why not visit the Botanical Garden, or Gothenburg Museum of Art with art collections from the 15th century to today, or enjoy delicious fish and seafood in Feskekôrka, or 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 - Explore Gothenburg

    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, 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 - Alingsås & Kållandsö

    Pick up your electric rental car and drive to Kållandsö (150km).
    On the way there, make a stop in Alingsås, the capital of Fika in Sweden, a nice town with cobblestone streets, lined with pretty wooden houses. We highly recommend you join one of the Guided Fika tours. Visit the Nolhaga Manor Park and take a ride on the steam train along the Anten-Gräfsnäs Museum railway.
    Naturum Vänerskärgården nature reserve – The Victoria House – is beautifully situated among 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.

  • Day 4- Naturum Vänerskärgården

    After breakfast, 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 restaurant Hvita Hjorten.

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

  • Day 5 - Kållandsö

    After breakfast, 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 6 - Lidköping & Kata Gård

    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 is 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 Ljungskile (130km).
    Arrive at Villa Sjötorp. The restaurant at Villa Sjötorp is certified by A Taste of West Sweden. This certification is reserved for restaurants, producers and farm shops which offer sustainable and genuine Western Swedish products and fine dining, all based on local seasonal produce.

    Overnight and 3-course dinner at Villa Sjötorp, or similar.

  • Day 7 - Ljungskile & Bredfjället

    After breakfast at Villa Sjötorp, visit Ljungskile.
    Ljungskile was a popular bathing and spa town for many decades due to its balmy climate. Even though the town is much more than a Spa resort today, it still offers relaxation and good food throughout the year. Bredfjället rises majestically above Ljungskile. There you will find a forest landscape one hundred metres above the sea, hilly and full of blueberries, with popular fishing lakes and scenic footpaths meandering through the mixed forest. Visit the Silverfallet, a 15-metre-high waterfall.
    We suggest lunch at Musselbaren. They offer tasty experiences and food adventures around the very environmentally friendly delicacy, the blue mussel.

    Overnight and 3-course dinner at Villa Sjötorp, or similar.

  • Day 8 - Uddevalla

    After breakfast, drive to Uddevalla (22km). 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 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. The coastal village of Mollösund lies on the south-west tip of the island of Orust. What used to be one of the most important Bohuslän fishing centres is now a popular resort for everyone looking for an escape from the stress of everyday life. Enjoy great seafood by fantastic seascapes.
    Continue from Orust to the island of Tjörn, located in a unique, beautiful archipelago landscape with a breathtaking view of the sea.

    Overnight and 3-course dinner at Björholmen Marina & Hotell, or similar.

  • Day 9 - Tjörn

    Discover the island of Tjörn.
    Join a lobster fishing tour, seal safari or a bicycle tour of the island.
    At Pilane you will find a unique art experience. Every summer a sculpture exhibition with world-leading artists is arranged in the middle of the Bohuslän cultural landscape, with its grazing sheep and traces from the Stone Age.
    The exhibition area is more of a living landscape than a traditional park. From the hills, you have a fantastic view of the archipelago. One of the largest and most beautiful sculptures is found here, “Anna” by Jaume Plensa, has become a landmark for the whole of the West Coast and is now permanently located in Pilane.
    Dinner and overnight at Björholmen Marina & Hotell, or similar.

  • Day 10 - Tjörn

    After breakfast, visit the Nordic Watercolour Museum. Since its opening in 2000, world-class exhibitions at the Nordic Watercolour Museum have included works by Salvador Dali, Bill Viola and Louise Bourgeois as well as Swedish favourites such as Elsa Beskow, Anders Zorn and Lars Lerin.
    Hike in Sundsby and visit the Sundsby Säteri/Manor.
    Dinner and overnight at Björholmen Marina & Hotell, or similar.

  • Day 11 - Dyrön

    After breakfast, take a boat to Dyrön.
    Everything on Dyrön is within walking distance whether you want to swim, enjoy the local art, have a coffee and cake, see the mouflon sheep, or just admire the magnificent views of the coastal landscape. This car-free island has much to offer, both for the 200 or so residents as well as the summer guests. You’re welcome, too!

    Dinner and overnight at Björholmen Marina & Hotell or similar

  • Day 12 - Gothenburg

    After breakfast, drive back to Gothenburg (69km) and drop off your rental car.

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