Lakes Vättern and Vänern reside almost alongside one another, in Sweden’s agricultural heartland, surrounded by lush forest and providing the perfect backdrop from which to explore this gentle countryside. They provide a popular haven for Swede's escaping the hustle and bustle of Stockholm and Gothenburg at the weekends, and the abundance of outdoor activities available is testament to this - kayaking, horseriding, cycling, sailing, hiking and simply pottering.
The beautiful region of Böhuslän is home to Sweden's famous West Coast Archipelago. Here a myriad of picturesque islands and skerries litter this magical coastline, and cosy inlets harbour quaint coastal villages. One such fishing village is Fjällbacka, which was home to actress Ingrid Bergman, and has recently been put on the literary map after Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg, used the village as the setting to her novels.
The exploration ends in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city and popularly known as the Culture and Culinary Capital. Steeped in a mixture of historic and modern buildings; from magnificent 17th century fortresses to the contemporary Opera House which overlooks the waterfront, Gothenburg has an appealing ability to mix old with new seamlessly, whilst serving a circuit of streets weaving beautifully amongst canals and tree lined avenues.
Arrive Gothenburg Landvetter Airport. Collect your hire car from the Avis Office at the airport and drive inland, towards Jönköping and the southern end of Lake Vänern. Continue alongside the lake to the eastern side and the picturesque village of Gränna.
2 nights GRÄNNA - Amalias Hus (BB)
Continue your journey northwards alongside the lake to Örebro where you will now bear westwards to the northern tip of Lake Vättern, Sweden's largest lake, and the popular seaside town of Karlstad.
2 nights KARLSTAD - Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan (BB)
Depending on the weather, and inclination, you now have the option to take a full day and drive out to the West Coast, perhaps beginning in the popular summer resort of Strömstad which is just over the border from Norway, and meander slowly southwards via Grebbestad and Fjällbacka to Ljungskile. Alternatively you may choose to follow the western shores of Lake Vänern via Säffle and Mellerud and explore the West Coast at a more leisurely pace during a day trip. Both options offer lovely scenery and plenty worth stopping for.
2 nights LJUNGSKILE - Villa Sjötorp (BB)
Continue southwards on the main route E6 into Gothenburg. Leave your hire car at the Avis Office in downtown Gothenburg.
1 night GOTHENBURG - Clarion Hotel Post (BB)
Take the airport bus to Gothenburg Landvetter Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: Daily from London Heathrow Airport
Departure Dates: 1 June - 31 August 2017
Duration: 7 nights
Price from: Price is based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room throughout. Single supplement on request.
|Departure Dates||Price per person|
|1 Jun - 31 Aug 2017||£1295|
Clarion Hotel Post****
The newly opened Clarion Hotel Post has a wow factor to enhance any stay in Gothenburg. An historic Post Office has been transformed into a full-service, international hotel; preserving original, architectural detail to create its modern, eclectic style. The hotel boasts an excellent breakfast with a wide choice to choose from, and if you want to unwind after a long day then we suggest you take advantage of the spa or even better â€“ the rooftop pool which overlooks the city!
Clarion Collection Hotel Bilan, Karlstad ****
The history of this hotel is both uniue and fascinating! The fact that this building was once a prison adds interesting architectural details: thick walls, and windows with arched tops and high beamed ceilings. The cells have been rebuilt into 68 nicely decorated ensuite hotel rooms and there is a museum in the basement, where you can learn more about the history of the prison. As guest of the hotel you have free access to the sauna, Wi-Fi, coffee, tea and fruit 24 hours a day. Breakfast is a complimentary buffet and prides itself on its organic produce. To stay in this hotel is a stay inside a part of history.
Amalia Hus, Gränna ****
Dating back to the 1700s and set inside a beautiful garden, this hotel epitomises elegance. All rooms are individually decorated to suit the charming atmosphere of the hotel, yet modernly equipped with bathroom, free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. Amalias Hus has an à la carte restaurant serving Swedish cuisine, and in summer, guests can enjoy their meals in the outdoor courtyard. The fantastic location of the hotel lets you take advantage of the beautiful Lake Vättern which is only 500 metres, furthemore Gränna Museum is 5 minutes’ walk away, and Gränna Golf Club and Västanå Castle are within 10 minutes’ drive.
Villa Sjötorp, Ljungskile ***
With a stunning fjord view and lovely gardens, matched with 16 rooms decorated in a quaint style, this is certainly a very idyllic hotel. The hotel takes pride in its heritage and charming size, with its traditional wooden features yet equipped with modern-day comforts. The award-winning restaurant is situated on the lower floor. Adjoining the main dining room is a covered terrace over looking the bay and the island of Orust. Everything that is served comes directly from our kitchen, and in the summer the staff put tea and biscuits out on the veranda for you to enjoy, whilst looking out, over the fjord!