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29th October 2018
Spend your holiday exploring coastlines and islands, picturesque fishing villages, fresh food and sweden’s second largest city, Gothenburg.
Experience a stay at Sweden’s first floating hotel, Salt & Sill, situated in Bohuslän on the small island of Klädesholmen. It provides a delightful base from which to explore the region and try out the delicious seafood for which this area is famous, most especially the herring.
No visit to West Sweden is complete without a couple of full days in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. Gothenburg has a reputation for being a friendly place, a personality trait that visitors notice and a reputation the locals are rather proud of having.
Day 1 - Arrive Sweden and Klädesholmen
Arrive at Gothenburg Airport by air from the UK. Collect your hire car from the Avis Office at the airport and head northwest towards the beautiful Bohuslän Coast and the island of Klädesholmen. Here you will find Sweden’s first floating hotel, Salt & Sill. Driving distance approximately 68 kms.
Salt & Sill have their own lovely restaurant, however you are free to explore alternative restaurants along the coastline.
4 nights KLÄDESHOLMEN - Salt & Sill (B)
Days 2 - 4 - Explore Bohuslän
The Bohuslän coast is a chain of islands linked to one another by a series of bridges and short ferry crossings. As such there are numerous picturesque small towns and villages to visit including the popular island town of Marstrand, with its impressive fortress and ancient buildings and holiday-makers who come to sail and swim; Smögen, a justly popular summer destination with a delightful mix of shops and boutiques in old seafront wooden houses and a quay that runs for several hundred metres, known as the Smögenbryggan.
Exploring this western coast of Sweden by car really is what a summer holiday in Sweden is all about... endless scenery and relaxation.
For more detailed information regarding things to see and do see Excursions.
Day 5 - Drive to Gothenburg
Time to leave the peace and tranquillity of Klädesholmen and head for Gothenburg. Leave your hire car at the Avis Office in Gothenburg on arrival.
2 nights GOTHENBURG - Clarion Hotel Post or similar (B)
Day 6 - Explore Gothenburg
Get to know Sweden’s second largest city, popularly known as the Culinary Capital and also the Friendly City. Steeped in historic and new buildings; from magnificent 17th century fortresses and well-preserved timber buildings to the modern quayside and contemporary Opera House which overlooks the waterfront, Gothenburg has an appealing ability to mix old with new seamlessly.
No day is complete without experiencing the city’s impressive network of dining options. Boasting five Michelin star restaurants with equally small cafes and bars serving traditional cuisine and delicacies, you will be spoilt for choice.
Day 7 - Homeward bound
Take the airport bus (not included) to Gothenburg Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure Day: From the UK by air
Departure Dates: 1 Jun - 31 Aug 2018
Duration: 6 nights
Price from per person: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a double/twin room. Single price on request.
|Departure Dates||Price from per person|
|1 June - 31 August 2018||£1190|
CLARION HOTEL POST (4 star) - Gothenburg
The 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!
Salt & Sill
Salt & Sill is proud to be Sweden's first floating hotel, situated overlooking BohuslÃ¤n's beautiful outer archipelago. The hotel consists of six two-storey houses that are built on floating pontoons. The hotel's roof is a large sun deck and is the ideal place place for relaxing in the sun, reading a book, sipping a glass of wine and enjoying an outdoor dinner with a stunning view of the Skagerrak. The compact bedrooms are modern and light and characterised by Scandinavian furnishings. All with TV, internet connection and an outside seating area plus tiled bathrooms with granite flooring and weathered wood features.
Sweden's Floating Hotel & Gothenburg
We want you to really enjoy your stay in Gothenburg and Bohuslän so we thought we'd share with you a few of the things we definitely recommend you should try, taste or visit!
The Cosy Crime Walk
The popular murder/mystery writer, Camilla Läckberg, has had lots of unsuspecting locals meet all sorts of gruesome ends in Fjällbacka and, for avid fans there is a 55-minutes long guided tour called ‘The Cosy Crime Walk’ where you can experience the murder scenes, characters and events. For more information about the tour see website: www.kustguiden.eu.
Nordic Watercolour Museum
An inspiring meeting place for art, nature and people. In 2010 the museum won Swedish Museum of the Year and, with the delicious food created by Restaurant Vatten Gourmet & Café, you may never want to leave! Located at Skärhamn. For further information click here.
A private non-profit foundation set up to give endangered animals a future through breeding, research and education in co-operation with environmental authorities. The park specializes in helping animals that thrive in the Nordic climate such as snow leopards, Amur tigers, Amur leopards, wolves, lynxes and old native breeds. You’ll also see endangered birds and amphibians. Nordens Ark was not developed as a safari park to entertain visitors (though it does this), it was developed as an important place for wildlife conservation and then a great place to visit - in that order! A particular favourite with everyone at Taber Holidays. For further information click here.
Nordens Ark Eco-Park Trail
The Ecopark trail runs through Nordens Ark Ecopark, where they are working to enhance biodiversity by restoring the landscape to the way it looked during the 1700s and 1800s. This is all taking place in one of Nordens Ark’s largest projects on its own lands. Along the trail you’ll get a flavour of the region’s diverse nature, from exposed rocky outcrops and rich, flowering meadows to lush stream valleys. Information posts tell you about the Ecopark Project and about the nature and culture of the local area.
Fjällbacka is one of the most picturesque villages on the west-coast of Sweden. The legendary Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman fell for the charms of the village and spent many happy summers holidaying on the island of Dannholmen, just west of Fjällbacka. The village is a cluster of picturesque wooden houses gathered around the harbour which teems with boats for either fishing or day tripping in the beautiful archipelago. Cobbled streets, little shops, cafes and a great selection of restaurants are perfect for browsing and serve up some of the finest fish and shellfish to be had anywhere.
But beware! Did you know that Fjällbacka is Sweden's answer to Midsomer, complete with murders and mystery?! The popular murder/mystery writer, Camilla Läckberg, has had lots of unsuspecting locals meet all sorts of gruesome ends in Fjällbacka and, for avid fans (Suzel is one of them!) there is a 50-minutes long guided tour called 'The Cosy Crime Walk' where you can experience the murder scenes, characters and events… For more information about the tour click here. An absolutely glorious day out!
Pilane Sculpture Park
A wonderful outdoor sculpture park, showcasing the work of international artists in a natural setting. And by natural we don't just mean outdoors in a tended garden, we mean sculptures in fields with sheep grazing amongst them! We really loved the park, which also has a cafe with homemade cakes, and think you will enjoy it too. For further information click here. NB. Site not in English yet so use Google Translate and laugh at some of the obvious errors!!
Food - Glorious Food!!
West Sweden is famous for its food and they take it very, very seriously. Along this whole coastline, and in Gothenburg, you will find food artisans ranging from chefs to farmers and bakers to brewers. We would like to list a few of those we have particularly enjoyed but as they make up only a small number out of the entire collection we decided it was easier to give you a link to the page on West Sweden's website where they present them more fully. Go on - indulge!