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Sweden's West Coast with Marstrand

Serene & sublime coastal scenery
Explore colourful fishing villages and alluring islands, including intriguing Marstrand, on this self-guided journey by car (hire car included). You’ll enjoy fresh fish and seafood all the way, ending your trip in stylish, laid-back Gothenburg.
Sweden's West Coast with Marstrand. 10 nights
Sweden's West Coast with Marstrand. 10 nights

Holiday information


A touring holiday in western Sweden

Sweden’s rugged western coastline, dotted with quaint red fishermen’s cottages, craggy islands and attractive sailing spots, stretches from the stylish city of Gothenburg all the way to the Norwegian border. This vast coastline and archipelago of over 8,000 granite islands offers an abundance of natural beauty and, with a hire car, you are free to explore at your leisure.
Starting in the northern fishing village of Fjällbacka, you can enjoy some island-hopping – head to the traffic-free Koster Islands, which you can explore by bike, or to the remote Weather Islands, home to thousands of seabirds. You can even spend a night here if you wish. 

After a scenic drive south, you reach the pretty, flower-bedecked fishing village of Fiskebäckskil for further adventuring and island hopping, then it’s onwards to the beautiful island of Marstrand, a favoured destination for the sailing set. 

Finally, soak up the laid-back atmosphere of sophisticated Gothenburg, where – in addition to interesting museums, cool canal walks, and an impressive sea port – you’ll find an enticing choice of places to indulge your appetite: cafés, for fika and fabulous cinnamon buns; craft breweries; and restaurants famed for an incredible array of fresh seafood.


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 Marstrand 
    Drive southwards from Fiskebäckskil to Marstrand, a popular place for sailing, with an interesting history, where you stay at the Grand for three nights. This is a varied route, crossing several islands, all linked by car ferries and bridges. Perhaps detour for some seaside calm on traffic-free Käringön, just a short hop by ferry. (Driving time: 1hr 30mins)
  • Explore Marstrand
    Marstrand is a former spa town and still a favourite destination among Swedish royalty and the people of Gothenburg, who like to visit the island on a weekend when the island buzzes with life. You may wish just to relax and enjoy your surroundings, perhaps walking up to take a look-out from the 18th-century stone fortress; but if you would like to stretch your legs further, we suggest two walks.

    Around Marstrand: 6km
    We suggest circling the island, starting from the bustling harbour to its more peaceful west side, before reaching the fort which dominates Marstrand. There are various swimming spots along the way, so take your swimwear.  The route follows gravel paths along the coast and a number of sections cross granite boulders.

    Around Koon: 8.5km
    The neighbouring island of Koön (reached by ferry) provides a peaceful contrast to Marstrand and offers a different perspective of the area.  Your route begins over the rocks on the southern coast, and is linked by walkways, steps and bridges before entering woodland on the northern coastline. 
  • Marstrand 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)
  • 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.


You stay in hand-picked accommodation and have the option of replacing one of your nights in Fjällbacka with a night in the guesthouse on the Weather Islands.

Options to extend or shorten your stay

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  • 10 nights: 01 June 2019 - 30 September 2019

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

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 8 Jun 2019 £1740 £575
    9 Jun - 25 Aug 2019 # £1840 £645
    26 Aug - 20 Sep 2019 # £1690 £540
    3rd & 4th person discount -£125
    Single traveller supplement £125

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

    Drive 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.
  • 10 nights, staying at Väderöarnas Värdshus & Grand Hotel Marstrand (5 dinners)

    1 June - 30 September 2019 Price Single room
    1 - 8 June £1870 £595
    9 June - 25 August £1970 £665
    26 August - 20 September £1820 £560

    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
  • 10 nights
  • 5 dinners
    10 breakfasts
  • detailed documentation
  • notes for a walking tour in Gothenburg
  • 8 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 >
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  • 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 >
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