- 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we spend time exploring the scenic archipelago of Bohuslän.
One of the world’s finest coastlines to explore by boat, the archipelago covers almost 280 kilometers of Sweden’s western coast and is an area of outstanding natural beauty. We sail through the “inside passage” before arriving at the Kosterhavet National Park. Sailing so close to so many islands, we will see small piers, towns and picturesque summer houses, before we cruise north to arrive at the Koster islands.
As part of a marine biosphere, Koster consists of two relatively large main islands, North Koster and South Koster, both prime for exploration by foot or on bike. The two islands are filled with meadows, forests, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Multiple walking trails, as well as beaches good for swimming can be found here.
There is a cable ferry connecting the islands, which have their own unique qualities - South Koster is reasonably flat and good for cycling, whilst North Koster is more rugged and with more plant life and wildflowers. Both islands have small settlements to be explored. Perhaps with a stop for lunch or a fabulous ice cream?
With fishing and farming being a focus in the area, there are cultural and heritage sites dotted throughout these islands as points of interest.
The area is sprinkled with skerries and rocky isles and should condition allow, we make the most of it by kayak and small boat cruising. As it is a Marine National Park, nearly all underwater, an ideal way of exploring the area is by snorkel.
This is Sweden’s first Marine National Park, which is largely car-free and mostly a nature reserve, where the many types of flora and fauna are protected. There is a great National Park visitor center providing detailed local information, as well as a photographic exhibition and interactive presentations. Either of the Koster Islands is a perfect spot for nature trekking and hikes in the sublime landscape.