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Sweden's West Coast

Serene & sublime coastal scenery
Discover Sweden’s dramatic western coastline on this self-guided journey by car, with hire car included. Enjoy superb fresh seafood, hop on ferries to explore alluring islands, and stroll around colourful fishing villages before finishing in stylish Gothenburg, Sweden’s foodie capital.
Sweden's West Coast. 7 nights
Sweden's West Coast. 7 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday in Sweden

Stretching from the stylish and handsome city of Gothenburg all the way to the Norwegian border, the beautiful Bohuslän coastline is an eye-pleasing confection of bright-blue sea, over 8,000 granite islands and a generous smattering of red-and-white fishing villages. Behind it, cocoa-coloured cliffs shelter mysterious Bronze Age rock carvings, while the watery depths offer up an astonishing array of seafood that forms the basis of one of the world’s finest gastronomic traditions.
With the freedom of a hire car, you can take your time exploring this alluring coastline, making the most of the local ferries to enjoy several island-hopping adventures, including, perhaps, a visit to the remote Weather Islands, home to thousands of seabirds. 

Deliciously fresh, the seafood to which you are treated is a real highlight of the holiday; and Gothenburg, Sweden’s culinary capital, is a fitting place to end up.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Fjällbacka
    Night 1: at Stora Hotellet Bryggan (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore from Fjällbacka
    Fjällbacka itself is worth taking time to explore – a riot of colour with its vividly painted houses squeezed between steep cliffs and the rolling sea. You could also visit the Vitlyke Bronze Age stone carving museum nearby, and we strongly recommend a drive north to Strömstad: here you can leave your car on the mainland and catch a ferry to the traffic-free Koster Islands, which can be explored on foot or by bike. These are not large islands, so it’s possible to cycle around South Koster in its entirety, passing beaches of golden sand and hamlets of red-painted houses. Alternatively, take to the sea in a kayak, keeping your eyes peeled for Sweden’s largest population of harbour seals.

    Another highly recommended option is to take a 30-minute boat ride to Väderöarna (the ‘Weather Islands’), a remarkable marine reserve on the westernmost fringe of the Bohuslän archipelago which was formerly home to the families of hardy, seafaring pilots. These islands now provide the opportunity for a gentle stroll past the old lookout tower, some invigorating sea air, and sightings of a variety of birds. You can even choose to stay overnight in the welcoming guesthouse (replacing one of your three nights in Fjällbacka), allowing you to enjoy a memorable seafood dinner meal and – if the conditions are right – a truly magical sunset.
  • Fjällbacka to Fiskebäckskil
    Drive south along the coast from Fjällbacka to Smögen, a village connected to the mainland by an arching bridge and popular with the sailing fraternity. Pause here to stroll along the buzzing boardwalk beneath the cliffs, before continuing southwards to reach the Gullmarsstrand Hotel in Fiskebäckskil, your base for the next two nights. (Driving time: 2hrs 15mins)
  • Explore from Fiskebäckskil
    The red-roofed houses of pretty, flower-bedecked Fiskebäckskil tumble down towards a bustling harbour, making it a lovely place to amble around, and an ideal springboard for a memorable trip 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’. You could also go sea kayaking and relax on the golden sands of Käringön, an island nearby; while, back on land, make a beeline for Brygghuset, whose fish and seafood is the freshest and most delicious you can ever imagine.
  • Fiskebäckskil to Gothenburg
    Drive south and drop off your hire car in Gothenburg, where your last two nights are spent at the Hotel Vanilla, a great base for discovering Sweden’s stylish and fascinating second city. (Driving time: 1hr 30mins)
  • Explore Gothenburg
    You have a full day to explore using our self-guided walking tour and included 24-hour city card. The broad avenues, squares and canals are lined with many grand 17th-century buildings, the most notable of which are the Rådhus and Kronhuset, as well as more modern, but equally striking, buildings such as the ship-like Opera House, the Art Nouveau Vasa Church, and the late 19th-century experimental Feskekörka, literally the ‘Fish Church’, a fish market in the shape of a place of worship. There are plenty of museums, too, from the small but nevertheless insightful Kortedala Museum (an apartment that takes you back in time to the early 1960s) to the Museum of Art with its works by Edvard Monch and Carl Larsson, as well as a large collection of Impressionist paintings. The Gothenburg City Museum houses Sweden’s only surviving Viking ship, while the Aeromuseum, complete with a jet fighter plane, occupies a huge underground hangar hewn from the rock during the Cold War. One of the newest additions is the Museum of World Culture, which hosts a wide variety of temporary exhibitions from around the globe. Afterwards, linger among the atmospheric streets of the Haga district for fika (coffee) and shopping, before choosing between the many high-quality – but refreshingly unstuffy – restaurants that make Gothenburg’s foodie culture the envy of the world.


One of the best features of the accommodation on the west coast is the sea views. 

You have the option of replacing one of your nights in Fjällbacka with a night in the guesthouse on the Weather Islands. 

Extend your stay

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  • 7 nights: 01 June - 30 September 2019

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 6 June £1295 £285
    7 June - 27 August # £1395 £355
    28 August - 23 September # £1245 £250
    3rd & 4th person discount -£105
    Single traveller supplement £105

    Includes accommodation, meals, travel between hotels and any other services integral to the holiday as described, plus a detailed information pack, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    # ADD £55pp/n (£75pn in a single room) for stays in Gothenburg 15-21 Jul & 27-30 Sep 2019

    Included travel: 6 days' category C car hire (eg VW Golf or similar with manual transmission); boat to Weather Islands (if staying overnight)

    Driving time to the first hotel: Gothenburg 1h45 

    Pay locally for travel arrangements back to Gothenburg airport after staying in the city

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Prices include an extra day's hire car (except in Gothenburg).
    Stora Hotellet Bryggan, Fjällbacka (with dinner) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 07 Jun 2019 £145 £180
    08 Jun - 30 Aug 2019 £168 £223
    31 Aug - 30 Sep 2019 £145 £180
    Hotel Vanilla, Gothenburg (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Jun - 30 Sep 2019 £75 £120
    ADD £55pp/n (£75pn in a single room) for stays in Gothenburg 15-21 Jul & 27-30 Sep 2019.
    Upgrade your City Card in Gothenburg: Add £20pp for a 48hr Card or £36pp for a 72hr Card.
  • 7 nights, staying at Väderöarnas Värdshus (5 dinners)

    1 June - 30 September 2019 Price Single room
    1 - 6 June £1425 £305
    7 June - 27 August £1525 £375
    28 August - 23 September £1375 £270

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Birmingham - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Cambridge - Gothenburg British Airways 
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    Durham Tees Valley - Gothenburg (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
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    Edinburgh - Gothenburg Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Gothenburg Norwegian 
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    Heathrow - Gothenburg British Airways 
    Heathrow - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
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    Stansted - Gothenburg Ryanair,  SAS 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Gothenburg British Airways,  Ryanair 
    Manchester - Gothenburg (via Copenhagen) SAS 
    Manchester - Gothenburg (via Stockholm) SAS 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed here. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 5 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • notes for a walking tour in Gothenburg
  • 6 days' category C car hire
  • 24hr Gothenburg City Card
  • return ferry to Weather Islands if staying overnight

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  • The information that we send to you 2-3 weeks before your holiday includes practical information about each stage of your journey so that you can travel confidently from one hotel to another, recommendations for places to visit and eat out in each place, plus cultural information about the area. Where applicable, we also provide notes for a self-guided walking tour of most cities, and some large towns. Sample travel pack >
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Sweden, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • The official language is Swedish. The currency is the Krona. Swedish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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