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Journeys in SlowMotion in Sweden

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  • extraordinarily beautiful coastal scenery
  • colourful fishing villages
  • innumerable alluring craggy islands
  • delightful Gothenburg & dazzling Stockholm
  • deliciously fresh fish & seafood

 

Sweden serves up a smörgåsbord of delights: myriad rocky islands crowd its coastline; colourful fishing villages hark back to the 18th-century herring trade; and some of the world's tastiest seafood practically jumps onto your plate. The fine gastronomy is mirrored in the country’s major cities, and both Gothenburg and Stockholm have become bywords for cosmopolitan sophistication and understated elegance. But it is the beautiful Bohuslän coastline that is the undoubted star: stretching down from the Norwegian border, it is an eye-pleasing confection of bright-blue sea and over 8,000 granite islands – many of which are little bigger than a picnic blanket. Behind it, cocoa-coloured cliffs shelter mysterious Bronze Age rock carvings, and the attractive ports of Fjällbacka and Fiskebäckskil are jumping-off points for a number of exciting, island-hopping adventures.

Read on to discover more of what this serene and sublime waterborne beauty has to offer...

The Craggily Beautiful Koster Islands

The islands of South and North Koster occupy the most northerly reaches of the Bohuslän archipelago, just a few kilometres from Norway. The surrounding, nutrient-rich waters of Kosterhavet were declared Sweden’s first Marine National Park by King Carl Gustav himself, and there is much to admire, both on land and amid the bountiful depths. For lunch, seek out the lush, secluded Kosters Trädgårdar: this tranquil ‘garden restaurant’ serves up mouthwatering dishes made from home-grown produce or sourced from local suppliers – ‘food miles’ here are close to zero.

Colourful Fjällbacka

The small coastal town of Fjällbacka, once the adored holiday playground of Ingrid Bergman, is a riot of colour with its vividly painted houses squeezed between steep cliffs and the rolling sea. Sedate and seductive, it’s an unlikely setting for tales of murder and malfeasance, but Camilla Läckberg – an ever-rising star of Nordic noir and dubbed the ‘Swedish Agatha Christie’ – has penned a series of electrifying page-turners using this, her seaside home, as her primary inspiration.

Väderöarna - The 'Weather Islands'

A 30-minute boat journey from Fjällbacka brings you to the Weather Islands on the westernmost fringe of the Bohuslän archipelago. Formerly home to the families of hardy, seafaring pilots, who guided vessels through the notorious offshore currents, they now provide the opportunity for a gentle stroll, some invigorating sea air and a memorable meal. In fact, it’s hard to imagine a more heavenly spot for a seafood dinner and a magical sunset.

The 'Big Five'

West Sweden’s sinuous coastline and profusion of islands are largely responsible for the region’s fast-growing reputation as a veritable foodie heaven. The shellfish here are of supreme quality, especially the marine equivalent of the ‘Big Five’ – prawns, oysters, mussels, crayfish and lobster. They play a starring role during festivals and holidays across the country, and are the main objects of devotion at Gothenburg’s Feskekörka (‘Fish Church’), where locals are said to worship ‘cod not God’.

Embark on a Seafood Safari

The red-roofed houses of Fiskebäckskil tumble down towards a bustling harbour, making this an ideal springboard for a memorable trip or two with a local fisherman. Seek out the reluctant, pink-hued heroes of the Swedes’ much-loved crayfish parties; or track down lobster, the area’s highly prized black gold’. Once back on land, make a beeline for Brygghuset – this west-coast institution is famous for two things: the freshest, most delicious fish and seafood you can imagine, and the broad smiles of contented diners.

Regal, Fashionable Marstrand

A major draw for outdoor-loving Gothenburgers, and a favoured port of call for the sailing fraternity, the former spa town of Marstrand is a Swedish royal favourite and a painfully pretty diversion along the coast. Founded in the 13th century by a Norwegian king, it then fell under Danish rule, before becoming what now feels like a sophisticated playground for all of Scandinavia. Jump in the sea, stroll to the imposing Carlsten Fortress, grab a bite to eat at Berg’s Konditori by the waterfront (a locals’ favourite), or just relax and admire the beautiful villas – and equally beautiful people – from an attractive spot in the sun.

Pause for Fika in Gothenburg

Sweden’s second city boasts a foodie culture that is the envy of the world, but it is the humble, twice-daily fika – the four-letter word behind a thriving coffee culture – that has become a way of life for its cool and cultivated citizenry. So slow down, indulge in the fine art of conversation in a cosy café, and tuck into a slice of cake or a cinnamon bun (kanelbullar) before resuming your day, rested and replete.

Beautiful Stockholm

The Swedish capital, a waterborne beauty spread over 14 islands, is sovereign queen among the world’s cities. Her stately charm, extending from the historic heart of Gamla Stan to a sublime archipelago of 24,000 islands, is simply breathtaking. But amid such rarified splendour there is one kitsch and shiny glitter-ball of an attraction you really shouldn’t miss: the ABBA Museum. It’s rather oddball and a whole lot of fun. And once you’ve indulged your inner Agnetha (or Björn), you can leave the Super Trouper spotlights behind and return to ‘normal’ in this abnormally agreeable city.

'Just Enough'

The expression lagom är bäst means ‘just enough’. Not too little and not too much – just about right. How admirably restrained, how classically Swedish, and how quintessentially Scandinavian! But not, it must be said, when it comes to Midsummer, the country’s most important holiday. Then you will find dancing around the maypole, traditional costumes and riotous song. There’s pickled herring by the bucketload, and more schnapps-fuelled toasts than you can keep up with. Yes, after those long and dark winters, summer in Sweden is greeted with undisguised glee, and a glorious – and refreshingly innocent – sense of gay abandon.
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